McMaster Department of Athletics & Recreation Camps: March Break & Summer

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Camps Season 2021 Update

 McMaster Department of Athletics & Recreation Camps planning underway, 2021 registration to open May 17

PLEASE GO TO THE SPORT FITNESS SCHOOL (2021 SEASON PROGRAM) FOR THE MOST UP TO DATE INFORMATION ON OUR PROGRAMMING THIS SUMMER.

A summer tradition for Hamilton area youth since 1977, McMaster Sport Fitness School has been a constant in sharing the joys of play, learning and friendship with our community while building memories that last a lifetime. Although 2020 saw our traditions put on hold, the McMaster Athletics & Recreation Camps team has been hard at work to re-imaging our programming to deliver the best possible experience in today’s climate while focusing on the health and safety of your children.

Under guidance from the Ontario Camps Association (OCA), Hamilton Public Health, and McMaster University, the Department of Athletics & Recreation is planning to hold limited in-person summer camps on campus beginning July 5th. Sport Fitness School will be the only camp program offered this summer and we will not be running Mini-University or Marauder Sport Camps. There will be more updates regarding the possibility of offering Marauder Skills Development Clinics later in the spring.

The OCA has a task force of camp experts who are working alongside public health officials, medical personnel and government representatives to put forth a comprehensive plan for all camps that will put the health and safety of your children at the forefront. We will be implementing a number of significant adaptations to our programming to promote a safe environment for children and camps staff, while maintaining the primary objective of summer camp - to have fun!

At this time, our plan is to open online registration for Sport Fitness School on Monday, May 17th, with camps running July 5th - August 27th. More information, including program dates, health and safety measures, policies and procedures, and FAQ’s will be released in the coming weeks.

 As we’ve learned over the past year, things can change quickly - McMaster Camps and the university will continue to assess on a daily basis the COVID-19 situation and any changes to public health recommendations. McMaster Camps programming may be subject to change or cancellation with limited notice. We appreciate your understanding.

 We will look to provide further updates when more information becomes available in the coming weeks. Life just isn’t the same without summer camp and we can’t wait to make more memories together!

2021 Staff Update: Applications for Summer 2021 are NOW OPEN.

Please note that our program offering will be very limited this year due to Covid-19 restrictions. This means we will be hiring a signifcantly smaller cohort of camp staff. Prior to completing the application, please view the 2021 CAMPS PROGRAM tab to find out about the changes to our camp program, as well as the anticipated health and safety protocols that will be in place this summer (including but not limited to daily Covid screenings, physical distancing, cohorting, masks requirements, etc.). Additionally, as we’ve learned over the past year, things can change quickly. McMaster Camps and the university, with guidance from Ontario and Hamilton Public Health, as well as the Ontario Camps Association, will continue to assess on a daily basis the COVID-19 situation and any changes to public health recommendations. McMaster Camps programming may be subject to change or cancellation with limited notice. We appreciate your understanding.

PLEASE GO TO THE SPORT FITNESS SCHOOL (2021 SEASON PROGRAM) FOR THE MOST UP TO DATE INFORMATION ON OUR PROGRAMMING THIS SUMMER. MANY OF OUR CAMP OPERATIONS WILL BE VERY DIFFERENT AND LIMITED THIS SEASON.

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Busing

Busing

Our buses run in July and August from stops in Ancaster, Burlington, Dundas, Hamilton Mountain, Oakville, Stoney Creek and Waterdown.

Lunch Program

Lunch Program

Delicious and nutritious lunches for the kids and affordable, scramble-free mornings for you! Check the menu and order by the week...

Extended Care

Extended Care

Our Extended Care program is offered for all day camps from 7:30am-5:30pm.

Special Needs & One-on-One Support

Special Needs & One-on-One Support

We strive to provide a fun and inclusive experience for all of our campers and work with families to help them achieve their goals while providing an integrated, enjoyable camp experience.

Swim in Our Olympic Pool & Climb Our Alpine Tower

Swim in Our Olympic Pool & Climb Our Alpine Tower

Many of our camps include daily swims in our Olympic pool and a chance to experience our Altitude program’s Alpine Tower & Climbing Wall.

Camp Spaces & Parking: Construction Notice

Camp Spaces & Parking: Construction Notice

In October 2018, construction started on the Student Activity and Fitness Expansion at David Braley Athletic Centre (DBAC) and Ivor Wynne Centre (IWC). A few of our camp spaces have changed as a result, but our commitment to Fun and Learning is still the same.