The City offers camp opportunities for children throughout the year including PA Days, Winter Holidays, March Break, and Summer.

Our Staff
All Camp Staff are certified in Standard First Aid & CPR-C, completed courses in the “High Five” Principles of Healthy Child Development, have satisfactory vulnerable sector screening (Police Check), and have received additional Health & Safety training related to COVID 19.

General Camp & Registration Information
  • Pack a lunch, snack, and drinks daily. All camps are peanut-free.
  • Campers must be minimum age at start of camp.
  • City programs, events, and services will operate in compliance with current Provincial Guidelines as such are subject to change.

PA Day Camps 

Paint & Play PA Day 5 - 12 yrs

Campers will spend the day exploring clay, learning hand building, and painting a masterpiece to take home. Extended hours are available for before and after camp care.

Friday, November 18

Regular Camp hours are 9:00 am - 3:15 pm.
Extended hours are 7:00 am open and 6:00 pm close. Register for extend-a-camp separately.

Camp takes place at CHD Rec Complex - Art Studio

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Summer Camps SUMMER CAMP GUIDE pdf opener

July 4 - September 2, 2022

See below for listings, or click the side image to view and download the Summer Camp Guide pdf.

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note: Registration for Summer campers with special needs requiring additional staff support will be required to be submitted by May 23, 2022. Please contact Registration for details, by email or phone 905.420.4621.

 Mini Sampler Camps 4 yrs

These 2 day, half day camps are a ton of fun for your little one, and a great prelude to all day camp programs. 

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 Mini Pidaca 4 - 5 yrs

Each week is a is a brand new theme to get little campers excited and participating in arts, crafts, dance, and more.  Location and activities are subject to change.

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 Adventure Camp 5 - 12 yrs 

For campers who love the outdoors and seek a day filled with interest and discovery! Activities include crafts, outdoor games, camping skills, and more! Special themes bring a fresh set of activities to each session.

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Arts Camp 5 - 12 yrs

This camp offers a wide variety of crafts, games and activities designed to showcase your child’s creativity. Special themes bring a fresh set of activities to each session. 

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 Breakdance Camp 6 - 10 yrs

Campers will "show off what they got" in this high energy dance camp! No matter what level of experience, everyone will learn new moves and techniques that will be sure to impress. Tons of games and activities will keep campers excited to come back for more. We see who's got what it takes, in our end of session dance battle! Available for select weeks.

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Dance Camp 5 - 12 yrs

Campers will enjoy a week of fun and creativity while exploring the magical world of dance. Available for select weeks.

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Drama Camp 5 - 12 yrs

Summer fun on stage! Campers will learn singing, dancing, and acting skills while exploring a different theme each week. Campers will also craft and create their own props to incorporate into a short end of week performance. Available for select weeks. 

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Eco-Adventure Camp 6 - 12 yrs

Every day is a new adventure as we discover, learn, and experience the nature around us! Our environmental journey will lead us down many exciting paths as we focus on a different area of interest each week.

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Jr. Firefighter Camp 8 - 12 yrs

See what it takes to be a firefighter! Campers will learn the basics of fire cause and prevention, fire safety, firefighting equipment and its usage, and the importance of teamwork! The week will conclude with a Jr. Firefighter Graduation Ceremony.

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Museum Camp 5 - 12 yrs

No computer - just outdoor, unplugged fun! Campers build friendships, skills and knowledge while embarking on quests, solving puzzles, exploring the outdoors, and creating objects of their wildest imagination!

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Specialty Arts Camp 7 - 12 yrs

Campers will have the opportunity to explore clay, while building and creating their own unique projects. They will also learn how to "paint like a pro", creating their own masterpieces to hang at home. This camp will also include some daily physical activity, and a variety of active games.

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Sports Camp 5 - 12 yrs

For the camper who loves being indoors and out, and being active in a wide variety of sports! Each session campers will be asked what their favourite sports are, and the week will be geared around their choices. Sports will include basketball, soccer, baseball, hockey, tennis, squash, and more! Campers will learn the rules and develop new skills every session. Special themes like Olympic Week will keep the whole summer new and exciting.

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Youth Exceptionalities Camp 13 - 19 yrs

This camp is designed for youth with disabilities, looking for an active, engaging, and social summer experience. Campers can expect a week of recreational fun participating in various arts, sports, fitness, games, and other interactive activities.

Please note: Campers must be able to manage changing and toileting independently, unless attending camp with a personal support staff.

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Summer Extend-a-camp

This program is offered before and after our full-day camps for those parents and guardians that need a little more time each day. We keep it interesting for campers with new activities, games, and crafts than offered in the day camp programs.

Morning hours are 7:00 am to 9:00 am
Afternoon hours are 3:15 pm - 6:00 pm

Note: before and after care offered for select camps only.

Late pick-up fee ($20.00) applied to any child picked up after 6:00pm daily.

Swim Times

Arts Camp: Monday – Friday at 1:00 pm at CHD Recreation Complex

Adventure Camp: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 2:00 pm at CHD Recreation Complex

Sports Camp: Monday – Friday at 1:00 pm at Dunbarton High School

Specialty Arts Camp:  Thursdays at 1:00 pm at CHD Recreation Complex


* Please note this is subject to change on a week by week bases. Other camps may have outdoor waters days. Please refer to the session letters for further information for each camp.

Summer Camp Parent Handbook

Everything you need to know for an awesome time at camp!

All campers are advised to wear comfortable clothing, and bring indoor running shoes. Campers are asked not to bring valuables to camp, as they will be responsible for their own belongings. Campers intending to swim should bring a towel
and bathing suit in a separate bag.


If you know ahead of time that your child will be absent from camp, please either send a note stating the camper's name and the day that they will be away or, phone the Camp Office at 905.420.4660 ext 3246.

Supervision in the pool is 2:1 for ages 7 and under. Campers aged 7 and under are given priority in the turtle pool. When the turtle pool is full, campers wear a life jacket and swim in the shallow end of the large pool. All campers are accompanied by Camp staff. Campers aged 8-10 must demonstrate the ability to pass a swim test to the lifeguard’s satisfaction to swim in the large pool without a life jacket. The swim test consists of a 10 metre swim plus 30 seconds of treading water.

Campers are required to bring their own lunch, snacks and drinks with them to camp everyday. Extra drinks are recommended. When packing lunches, please be sensitive to any food allergies that may have been brought to your attention. 

Food items with peanuts or peanut products are not permitted at camp. Any food items that are suspected to contain traces of peanuts will not be allowed at camp.

Top Four Questions Parents Ask?

What time does camp start and finish? - Camp starts at 9:00 am, ends at 3:15 pm. EAC is offered before and after these hours

Will my child be with children their own age? - In the morning, camp groups are arranged by age. In the
afternoon, camp groups mix ages for our daily team events.

Who is looking after my child at camp?
City of Pickering camp staff are experienced, creative, enthusiastic and fun. They are First Aid/CPR-C certified; have taken a Parks and Recreation HIGH FIVE Principles of Healthy Child Development training course; must submit a clear vulnerable sector screening; and have attended comprehensive job-related training. All of this is done to ensure a high quality camp experience for your child.

What if my child doesn’t want to swim at camp?
If your child will not be swimming for the day/week, please send a note to their Camp Director and an alternate activity will be arranged.

Session Letters

This is where you will find detailed information for your specific camp. Session letters will be posted 1 week before the start of each camp session.

Week 6: August 8 - 12

Adventure CampArts CampDance & Drama CampEco-Adventure CampExtend-A-Camp, Jr. Firefighter CampMini PidacaSpecialty Arts CampSports CampYouth Exceptionalities Camp

Week 7: August 15 - 19

Adventure CampArts CampDance & Drama CampEco-Adventure CampExtend-A-CampJr. Firefighter CampMini PidacaSpecialty Arts CampSports CampYouth Exceptionalities Camp

March Break Camps

March Break 2023 camps will be listed here in November 2022. Check back then for information.