Disclosure: This post for YMCA of Greater Toronto Summer Camps was generously sponsored by YMCA of Greater Toronto and my boys will be attending day camp for one week in return for my opinion but as always my opinion is my own.
When I was growing up, there were so many summers that I wished I could have attended a camp especially when I heard all the great things about them from my friends that did go. I never did get the chance to attend one growing up and I wanted my kids to be able to experience summer camp so when I was asked to partner with the YMCA of Greater Toronto again, I knew it was a great idea.
I know my boys are very much looking forward to their week at camp and with all of the different choices offered by the Y, you can literally find a program to match any child’s interests. My oldest is not athletic and doesn’t like to do sports but he does love science and experiments and the YMCA of Greater Toronto has a program just for him and other children like him. He will be spending the week in the Sr. Experimentology camp program doing chemical reactions, spherification, solar chemistry, electromagnetism and more. This camp is right up his alley and for an entire week, he will be away from all electronic devices and just be immersing himself in the fun while learning and making new friends.
My other son, who will be 10 in December is more of an outdoor kid. He likes to try new things and loves when things aren’t always the same so I knew that the Sr. Variety camp program would be perfect for him. They will be playing sports, games and doing arts and crafts. It will give him a little bit of everything to keep him busy for the entire week.
Their programs are for children aged 4-16 and offer over 60+ various programs at 45 locations across the GTA to ensure we meet the needs and interests of all campers. Programs range from creative arts and cooking, filmmaking to science programs, swimming lessons, outdoor adventure and more. Kids attending Y Summer Day Camp will have new experiences, build new skills, and get a sense of community and lasting friendships— in rural and urban settings while allowing campers to return home each evening. Busing and extended hours are available across the city to support your family’s busy schedule. Over 200 bus stops available across the GTA.
Some other great stuff about the Y camps is that all Y Summer Day Camps staff are a minimum of 17 years of age by December 31. Most are college and university-aged students or recent graduates, some were even past Y Summer Day Camps campers.
Requirements for all staff:
- Current Standard First Aid and level “C” CPR certification
- Current police records check
- Minimum 6 days of training
- Senior staff have a minimum 12 days of training
- Healthy Childhood Development training
At camp, each counsellor is responsible for a group of between 8 and 12 campers, depending on their age.
All camper groups are supported by additional on-site staff, including “floaters” (support staff not responsible for specific groups), program heads, and Camp Directors.