Summer Programmes

Day Camps

 
Ridley’s Day Programme provides children and young adults with exciting, challenging, and inspiring experiences. Participants are encouraged to accept new challenges, risk failure, and develop grit and resilience. Each programme emphasizes individual skills development, to think outside the box, co-operation and participation, and most importantly, fun!
 
Operations & Care
We offer low camper to instructor ratios, nutritious lunches, and daily swims. All of these programmes are led by adult instructors who deliver engaging activities and have experience caring for children— In fact, many instructors are qualified teachers, coaches, or alumni. No matter their backgrounds, each member of staff has completed First Aid and CPR training, has passed a police record check (vulnerability sector), and participated in Summer Programmes training.
 
Camp Perks
Each camper receives two snacks and a nutritious lunch each day and participates in daily swimming in our heated indoor pool. In addition, all campers will receive a Ridley Summer Programmes t-shirt on their first day of the camp.
 
Daily Schedule & Costs
Day Programmes run from 9:00am to 4:00pm each day, with optional before care from (7:30am to 9:00am) and after care (from 4:00pm to 6:00pm). The cost of our Day Programme offerings per week is $260; unless otherwise noted. The pro-rated week (July 3–July 6) price for programmes that cost $260 is $208. Credit card payment is required to complete registration.


Camps for 4 – 8 year olds:

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  • Basketball (Junior - Ages 4–8)

    This programme is created to give young boys and girls a chance to be exposed to the fundamentals of basketball and to work on those skills in a team environment.  Our knowledgeable and inspirational instructors will provide a curriculum that is designed to encourage confidence, improve player skills, enhance team player dynamics, all while campers are making new friendships and being physically active.
     
    Weeks Available:
     
    July 16–July 20
    July 30–August 3
    August 13–August 17
     
    Cost: $260 per week
    Hot lunch and two snacks included daily.
  • Dance (Junior - Ages 4–8)

    A child’s flexibility, range of motion, and physical strength can all be increased through the art of dance. Children learn at a young age that they are able to express themselves not only through communication but through movement as well. This programme is designed to encourage and welcome a child’s love for movement and allows their skills to be demonstrated. At the end of each week; parents, guardians and loved ones are invited to see the final showcase performance that features the new skills acquired by our campers. The children will also design and craft an art creation to be used as a costume piece for their final performance. Throughout the week; teamwork, dedication and having fun is encouraged amongst the campers.

    Weeks Available:

    July 9–July 13
    July 23–July 27
    August 6–August 10
    August 20–August 24
     
    Cost: $260 per week
    Hot lunch and two snacks included daily.
  • Junior Scientist (Ages 4–8)

    This camp is definitely for the child with an inquisitive mind who likes to ask questions to gain a better understanding of the world and how things work. Choose from a variety of topics, as campers can explore different theme-based science concepts each week. No two weeks are the same!  Experience a new scientific adventure every day by making hypothesis, conducting experiments, building structures and using deductive reasoning to produce creative solutions to scientific dilemmas. The list of exciting theme weeks is listed below:
     
    July 3–6: Engineers in Training - How do they build that? Our engineers in training will investigate how to design and build the tallest, strongest, most creative and efficient structures out of household materials.
     
    July 9–13: Making Sense of Your Senses – Explore the limits of our five senses and develop an understanding of how our senses of sight, hearing, taste, touch and smell affect our daily lives.
     
    July 16–20: What’s the Weather? – Become a junior meteorologist by investigating the science behind clouds, tornados, hurricanes, typhoons, snow blizzards and a beautiful, warm summer’s day.
     
    July 23–27: Get Energized – Just as our campers are always full of energy, so is this camp! Delve into the science behind different forms of energy such as solar, kinetic, chemical and thermal sources and learn how each play a huge role in our daily lives.
     
    July 30–Aug. 3: Going Green – As future champions of the Earth, these junior scientists are learning how their ecological footprint and that of the globe, can influence the atmosphere and all of the ecosystems within it. 

    Aug. 6–10: Out of this World – Reach for the stars? Not these young astronauts; for them the stars are only the beginning! Spend a week on a journey with Buzz Lightyear exploring infinity and beyond! 
     
    Aug. 13–17: Inside Me – Designed for aspiring young doctors, this camp examines how the human body works by incorporating fun, hands-on activities that delve into aspects of various body systems such as circulatory, respiratory and integumentary systems just to name a few.
     
    Aug. 20–24: Junior Ecologist – This camp explores various ecosystems and how they are interconnected. Here, through interactive activities, our young scientists will come to understand the various relationships between species and why each plays an important role in the web of life.
     
    Weeks Available:

    July 3–July 6 (pro-rated week)
    July 9–July 13
    July 16–July 20
    July 23–July 27
    July 30–August 3
    August 6–August 10
    August 13–August 17
    August 20–August 24

    Cost:
     $260 per week
    Hot lunch and two snacks included daily.
  • Kibo Coding Camp (Ages 4–8)

    Children are growing up in a tech-savvy, digital world, where their minds are exposed to many different technological outlets from a very young age. The Kibo™ Coding Programme is designed to give young children an introduction to what the world of coding is all about. By programming a Kibo™ Robot, children will use their imaginations to design and complete a sequence of commands. Children select the programming options by scanning wooden blocks containing the actions they wish for the robot to perform. This camp encourages young children to use rely on creative problem solving and teamwork.  

    Weeks Available:

    July 3–July 6 (pro-rated week)
    July 9–July 13
    July 16–July 20
    July 23–July 27
    July 30–August 3
    August 6–August 10
    August 13–August 17
    August 20–August 24

    Cost:
     $260 per week
    Hot lunch and two snacks included daily.
  • Lego Robotics (Ages 4–8)

    Designed for children ages four to eight, this programme is great for the beginner builder who is a hands-on learner. Learning is achieved by encouraging curiosity, creativity and critical thinking. Participants will learn to read model plans and build a variety of motorized and non-motorized models. Fun, yet educational, this camp will reinforce counting, number recognition, fine motor skills, as well as basic science facts.

    Weeks Available:

    July 3–July 6 (pro-rated week)
    July 9–July 13
    July 16–July 20
    July 23–July 27
    July 30–August 3
    August 6–August 10
    August 13–August 17
    August 20–August 24
     
    Cost: $260 per week
    Hot lunch and two snacks included daily.
  • Multi-Sport (Ages 4–8 & 9–15)

    Prepare for a fun-filled week with a variety of sports, along with games and exciting activities appropriate to the age level (primary, junior, intermediate). Participants engage in a variety of sports, including soccer, basketball, volleyball, dodgeball, road hockey, daily swimming, ice skating, tennis, frisbee, and touch football. 

    Children are required to bring their own Ice skates and helmets.

    Weeks Available:

    June 18–June 22
    June 25–June 29
    July 3–July 6 (pro-rated week)
    July 9–July 13
    July 16–July 20
    July 23–July 27
    July 30–August 3
    August 6–August 10
    August 13–August 17
    August 20–August 24
    August 27–August 31
     
    Cost: $260 per week
    Hot lunch and two snacks included daily.
  • Physical Minds (Ages 4–8)

    This scholastic, creative and athletic programme will focus on academic and physical literacy for young minds. Math, science and English concepts will be interwoven in a weekly theme-based curriculum. Fun, educational, hands-on activities will take place both inside and outside the classroom and will include arts and crafts, as well as a variety of sports. The weekly themes are as follows:
     
    July 3–6: A Week in Whoville – Lessons from the legendary Dr. Seuss, campers will engage in crafts, math and science through the residents of Whoville.
     
    July 9–13: Globetrekkers – Bon voyage! Our young travellers will explore the culture, geography, language and sports of a different country each day.
     
    July 16–20: A Long Time Ago – Taking a giant leap back in time, campers will discover what life was like in various eras. A day with the dinosaurs, medieval knights, time at the Coliseum are just a few of the stops our time travellers will take.
     
    July 23–27: Beachcombers – Campers will explore what lies under the sea, engage in a study on the water cycle and participate in educational, beach-life activities.
     
    July 30–Aug. 3: On the Go! – Cars, boats, bikes, planes, rickshaws, helicopters, funiculars and trains! These are just some of the modes of transportation that will be explored as campers investigate various means of travel.
     
    Aug. 6–10: Animal Mania – Perfect for all zoo lovers, this programme will examine a day in the life of variety of species within the animal kingdom.
     
    Aug. 13–17: Having a Ball – This week is all about active minds and active bodies!  Our young athletes will expand their minds while engaging in a variety of sports.
     
    Aug. 20–24: How does your Garden Grow? – Taking tips from Jack, campers will make their own beanstalk and will investigate how to grow other garden delicacies. 
     
    Weeks Available:

    July 3–July 6 (pro-rated week)
    July 9–July 13
    July 16–July 20
    July 23–July 27
    July 30–August 3
    August 6–August 10
    August 13–August 17
    August 20–August 24
     
    Cost: $260 per week
    Hot lunch and two snacks included daily.
  • Tennis (Junior - Ages 7–10)

    This sport-specific camp will improve athletes’’ balance, hand-eye coordination and timing. Instructors will use smaller court and slower game-play to allow campers to acquire control in a rally. The camp aims to increase player confidence, while giving athletes a chance to make friends and have fun.

    Note: Players must bring their own tennis racquet

    Weeks Available:

    July 9–July 13
    July 23–July 27
    August 6–August 10
    August 20–August 24
     
    Cost: $300 per week
    Hot lunch and two snacks included daily.

Camps for 9 – 15 year olds:

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  • Arts, Meditation and Wellness (Ages 9–15)

    During this exciting educational arts and wellness programme, students will participate in meditation and yoga activities instructed by a certified yoga instructor. They will learn about the science and health benefits of meditation and participate in daily swimming in our indoor pool. Students will take part in a fun and engaging art session each day where many different art projects will be offered.
     
    Weeks Available

    Weeks Available:

    July 3–July 6 (pro-rated week)
    July 9–July 13
    July 16–July 20
    July 23–July 27
    July 30–August 3
    August 6–August 10
    August 13–August 17
    August 20–August 24
     
    Cost: $260 per week
    Hot lunch and two snacks included daily.
  • Basketball (Senior - Ages 9–15)

    A programme geared towards all novices and seasoned basketball players.  Participants will participate in technical training activities that will enhance both their individual skill sets as well as their team sets.  Dribbling, shooting form, game speed, defending and fitness will all be addressed, ensuring well-rounded player development.

    Weeks Available:

    July 9–July 13
    July 23–July 27
    August 6–August 10
    August 20–August 24
     
    Cost: $260 per week
    Hot lunch and two snacks included daily.
  • Creative Writing (Ages 9–15)

    During this programme, a variety of writing techniques will be taight to assist student articulate thoughts on paper. Campers will gain confidence to excel in English academic courses.

    Weeks Available:

    July 3–July 6 (pro-rated week)
    July 9–July 13
    July 16–July 20
    July 23–July 27
    July 30–August 3
    August 6–August 10
    August 13–August 17
    August 20–August 24
     
    Cost: $260 per week
    Hot lunch and two snacks included daily.
  • CSI Ridley (Ages 9–15)

    Campers will step into the shoes of a crime scene investigator, where they will work together to gather and track evidence to convict a fictional felon. They’ll test finger prints, analyse fake blood, photograph ‘crime scenes’ and more.

    Weeks Available
     
    July 3–July 6 (pro-rated week)
    July 9–July 13
    July 16–July 20
    July 23–July 27
    July 30–August 3
    August 6–August 10
    August 13–August 17
    August 20–August 24
     
    Cost: $260 per week
    Hot lunch and two snacks included daily.
  • Dance (Senior - Ages 9–15)

    Beginner and advanced dancers will delve into many different styles of dance, such as: modern, jazz, ballet, and hip hop. Self-confidence, leadership and self-expression will be taught and encouraged. Dancers will work in teams to put together a final showcase performance for their loved ones.

    Weeks Available:

    July 16–July 20
    July 30–August 3
    August 13–August 17
     
    Cost: $260 per week
    Hot lunch and two snacks included daily.
  • Decisive Debate (Ages 8–12)

    Participants will explore the art of “organized arguing”. This camp teachers the fundamentals of debate, public speaking and essay writing and encourages participants to become more confident in expressing their opinions. Campers will develop a strong presentation skills and sense of voice in a fun, safe environment.  They will learn to create factual, logical, ethical and emotional arguments to persuade others of their points of view.

    Weeks Available:

    July 3–July 6 (pro-rated week)
    July 9–July 13
    July 16–July 20
    July 23–July 27
    July 30–August 3
    August 6–August 10
    August 13–August 17
    August 20–August 24

    Cost: $260 per week
    Hot lunch and two snacks included daily.
  • Leadership Camp (Ages 12–15)

    Campers will interact with like-minded leaders and will engage in cooperative learning activities that are designed to enhance independent thinking, strong decision making, empathy and confidence. These skills will provide a strong foundation to encourage participants to become influential leaders of the future.

    Weeks Available:

    July 9–July 13
    July 30–August 3
    August 6–August 10
     
    Cost: $260 per week
    Hot lunch and two snacks included daily.
  • Leadership Training (Ages 14–17)

    During the first week of this two-week programme, students will hone in on what it means to be a leader in the workplace. Students will complete the Standard First Aid and CPR Certification course and be provided with a certificate of completion. In second week, our students will become “Counsellors in Training” and will apply their newly acquired skills to structured leadership work experience by designing, organizing and implementing an ‘Olympics Day’ that will engage the participation of our day campers. Students will earn volunteer hours that can be used towards their mandatory high school community service hours requirements. This programme offers a fantastic opportunity for students to exercise teamwork, communication and group dynamics.

    Weeks Available:

    Session 1
    Boarding: July 15–July 28                  
    Day Student: July 16–July 27

    Session 2
    Boarding: August 12–August 25         
    Day Student: August 13–August 24
     
    Cost:
    Boarding: $3,000
    Day Student: $550
  • Robotics & Coding (Ages 9–15)

    Our Robotics day camp programme allows young scientists, and engineers to design, build, programme and test robots. STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) programs enables students to become better problem solvers and critical thinkers. With computers and robots used in many different aspects of the work force and in our everyday lives, these types of programmes are becoming increasingly valuable. Students will explore the coding using the LEGO Mindstorms EV3™robot. They will work in teams to design their robot and then programme it to perform many different actions. Teamwork, communication and collaboration are constantly encouraged throughout this camp.

    Weeks Available:

    July 3–July 6 (pro-rated week)
    July 9–July 13
    July 16–July 20
    July 23–July 27
    July 30–August 3
    August 6–August 10
    August 13–August 17
    August 20–August 24
     
    Cost: $260 per week
    Hot lunch and two snacks included daily.
  • Rowing (Advanced - Ages 10–15)

    This two-week, advanced rowing programme (mornings only) will build on the skills learned in the introductory course. In line with Rowing Canada and Sport Canada’s guidelines, athletes will develop their physical literacy on the water and their technical skills in sculling. They will also enhance their physical skills with supplementary activities. This programme will build the foundation any athlete would need to be successful on a high school rowing team. Instructors are NCCP certified. Spaces are limited to 12 students per session. Camp is located on Henley Island, however for the first day, registration and swim test will be held on the Ridley campus.

    Weeks Available:

    Session 1
    July 3–July 13 (9:00am – 12:00noon) (pro-rated session $360)

    Session 2 
    July 16–July 27 (9:00am –12:00noon)
     
    Cost: $400 second session
  • Rowing (Introduction - Ages 9–14)

    Two sessions will be offered of this two-week introductory programme, which is designed for novice rowers.  Participants will learn sculling (two oars) techniques, along with activities such as ergometer training.  Character development, teamwork, confidence, strength and leadership will all be areas of focus. This camp runs from 9:00am to 12:00pm on Henley Island. In the case of inclement weather, campers will relocation to either the Ridley campus or to our indoor Ridley Rowing Tank.

    Note: A mandatory swim test will be held on the first day of camp at the Ridley’s Staples Pool. Any campers who do not successfully pass this test will be required to wear a buoyancy lifebelt for their safety during on-water sessions.  Spaces are limited to 14 students per session.

    Weeks Available:

    Session 1 
    July 3–July 13 (9:00am-12:00noon) (pro-rated session $270)

    Session 2
    July 16–July 27 (9:00am-12:00noon)
     
    Cost: $300 second session
  • Science & Engineering (Advanced - Ages 9–15)

    This STEM camp focuses on the more complex aspects of the fundamental concepts covered in Beginner Science and Engineering camp. The disciplines of science, technology, engineering and mathematics all play a role in the design and execution of lab experiments by our camp scientists. Detailed exploration into topics such as matter, energy, electricity and anatomy will be included.
     
    Weeks Available:
     
    July 3­–July 6 (pro-rated week)
    July 9–July 13
    July 16–July 20
    July 23–July 27
    July 30–August 3
    August 6–August 10
    August 13–August 17
    August 20–August 24
     
    Cost: $260 per week
    Hot lunch and two snacks included daily.
  • Science & Engineering (Beginner - Ages 9–15)

    This programme develops a greater understanding of how things work and why things happen. In doing so, it encourages our campers to probe deeper into the fundamental concepts in science and spark their inquisitive natures. Topics such as earth science, space, energy, life science and structural design are just some of the exciting that will be explored.
     
    Weeks Available:

    July 3–July 6 (pro-rated week)
    July 9–July 13
    July 16–July 20
    July 23–July 27
    July 30–August 3
    August 6–August 10
    August 13–August 17
    August 20–August 24
     
    Cost: $260 per week
    Hot lunch and two snacks included daily.
  • Tennis (Senior - Ages 11–15)

    This programme is designed for students from beginner to advanced skill levels. Lessons will be provided by a tennis pro who will promote a motivating learning environment. Each day will begin with feeding drills and exercises to prepare each camper for their morning session. Progressive tennis will take place during the first few days of the programme to hone in on each players’ skill and determine playing level. Later in the week, the technical and tactical elements of the game will be the focus; to teach skills necessary for singles and doubles play. Other sport activities, along with speed and agility training will be offered during the afternoons; as well as a daily swims. Alternate indoor activities will be scheduled for rainy days. This programme takes place on Ridley campus, on our outdoor tennis courts.

    Note: Players must bring thier own tennis racquets

    Weeks Available:

    July 16–July 20
    July 30–August 3
    August 13–August 17
     
    Cost: $300 per week
    Hot lunch and two snacks included daily.

Contact Summer Programmes

Milana Schramm
Manager of Summer Programmes
905-684-1889 Ext. 2351

Katelyn Scott
Administrative Assistant
905-684-1889 ext. 2350
summerprogrammes@ridleycollege.com

Refund Policy

Requests for cancellations or refunds must be made in writing and submitted to the Ridley College Summer Programmes office via email as summerprogrammes@ridleycollege.com. Requests for refunds received prior to four weeks before the start date of the programme will receive and administration fee of 10%. Refund requests received between two and four weeks prior to the start date of the programme are subject to an administration fee of 50% of the total fee. Refund requests received less than two weeks prior to the start date of the programme, will not qualify for a refund.
 
Pro-rated refunds are not available for days absent, meals not taken or other services not fully utilized. The full session’s fees are due and payable if a child is registered and attends any part of a session.
 
Refunds may take four to six weeks to process.
 
Ridley endeavors to provide one week notice for the cancellation of any week of camp; however, all families will be offered an alternate programme for the same week of a full refund.
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