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, take risks and develop grit and resilience. Each programme emphasizes individual skills development, to think outside the box, co-operation and participation, and most importantly, fun! 
 
Please note all international students must be part of our Boarding Programmes in order to participate in any Day Camps. Only international students currently holding a valid Canadian passport or permanent residency card can participate in our non-boarding Day Camp offerings.
 
Camp Perks
  • Low camper to instructor ratios
  • Hot, nutritious lunches
  • Daily swims
  • Qualified, knowledgeable and engaging instructors
    • Many licensed teachers, coaches or alumni
    • All certified in first aid, CPR and AED training
    • All passed a police record check (vulnerability sector)
    • All actively participated in Ridley’s thorough Summer Programmes Training Course
    • Ridley Summer Programmes t-shirt to be received on first day of camp
    • Access to full-time registered nursing staff at our on-campus Health Centre
  • Due to increased allergy and dietary restrictions we are unable to accommodate snacks. Campers are encouraged to bring their own peanut free snacks.
Daily Schedule & Costs
Day Programmes run from 9:00a.m. to 4:00p.m. each day, with optional before care from (7:30 to 9:00a.m.) and after care (from 4:00 to 5:30p.m.). The cost of our Day Programme offerings per week is $280, unless otherwise noted. The pro-rated week (June 29th to July 3rd) price for programmes that cost $280 is $224. We will be running our regularly scheduled camps on Monday, August 3rd, despite it being a Civic Holiday. Credit card payment is required to complete registration.

Before and After Care Costs
Before Care: $25 per week
After Care: $35 per week
Before and After Care: $60 per week
 
Sold Out Camps
To avoid disappointment, we recommend completing the online registration as soon as possible. If a camp has reached capacity, it will be displayed in a different colour on the online registration form and will not able to be selected.

Note: Due to new Ministry of Ontario guidelines, all campers must be the age of four at the time of their participation at camp.

Camps for 4 to 8 year-olds

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  • CAREERS (JUNIOR: AGES 4-8)

    Weeks available:
    July 6- 10
    July 20- 24
    August 3- 7
    August 17- 21
  • DANCE (JUNIOR: AGES 4-8)

    A child’s flexibility, range of motion and physical strength can all be increased through the art of dance. From a young age, children learn 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 of movement and allows their skills to be demonstrated. At the end of each week, parents, guardians and loved ones are invited to 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:
    June 29- July 3 (prorated week)
    July 6- 10
    July 13- 17
    July 20- 24
    July 27- 31
    August 3- 7
    August 10- 14
    August 17- 21
    August 24- 28
     
    Cost: $280 per week
    Hot lunch along with a daily swim.
  • DRAMA (JUNIOR: AGES 4-8)

    Lights, camera, action! Our young thespians will take to the stage to showcase their newly acquired acting skills developed through theatre games and role-playing exercises. Activities are designed to increase self-confidence, presentation skills, coordination and creative expression. At the end of each week, campers will perform a play that will showcase their new talents.

    Weeks available:
    June 29- July 3 (prorated week)
    July 6- 10
    July 13- 17
    July 20- 24
    July 27- 31
    August 3- 7
    August 10- 14
    August 17- 21
    August 24- 28

    Cost: $280 per week
    Hot lunch along with a daily swim.
  • SCIENTIST (JUNIOR: 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 a 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 2-5: 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 8-12: Making Sense of Your Senses
    Explore the limits of our five senses and develop an understanding in how our senses of sight, hearing, taste, touch and smell affect our daily lives.
     
    July 15-19: 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 22-26: 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 29-Aug. 2: Going Green
    As future champions of the Earth, these junior scientists are learning how their ecological and global footprint can influence the atmosphere and all of the ecosystems within it. 
     
    Aug. 5-9: Out of this World
    Reach for the stars? Not these young astronauts, because for them the stars are only the beginning! Spend a week on a journey with Buzz Lightyear exploring infinity and beyond!  
     
    Aug. 12-16: 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. 19-23: Junior Ecologist
    This camp explores various ecosystems and how they are interconnected. 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.
     
    Cost:
     $280 per week
    Hot lunch along with a daily swim.
  • KIBO CODING CAMP (JUNIOR: 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 6- 10
    July 20- 24
    August 3- 7
    August 17- 21

    Cost: $280 per week
    Hot lunch along with a daily swim.
  • LEGO ROBOTICS (JUNIOR: AGES 4-8)

    Designed for junior campers, 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:
    June 29- July 3 (prorated week)
    July 6- 10
    July 13- 17
    July 20- 24
    July 27- 31
    August 3- 7
    August 10- 14
    August 17- 21
    August 24- 28
     
    Cost: $280 per week
    Hot lunch along with a daily swim.
  • LITTLE PICASSOS (JUNIOR: AGES 4-8)

    A child’s world is full of colour, shapes and textures that have the potential to create an explosion of limitless creative masterpieces. Your ‘little’ artist will explore using a variety of art materials that will develop fine motor-skills and stimulate creative expression. Techniques include drawing, painting, collage and papier-maché sculpting. Campers will take home hand-crafted designs and great memories, but the mess stays in our art studio! An art exhibit will be mounted to display their creative productions.
     
    Weeks available:
    June 29- July 3 (prorated week)
    July 6- 10
    July 13- 17
    July 20- 24
    July 27- 31
    August 3- 7
    August 10- 14
    August 17- 21
    August 24- 28
     
    Cost: $280 per week
    Hot lunch along with a daily swim.
  • MULTI-SPORT (JUNIOR: AGES 4-8)

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

    Children are required to bring their own ice skates and helmets (no hockey sticks or padding permitted).

    Weeks Available:
    June 29- July 3 (prorated week)
    July 6- 10
    July 13- 17
    July 20- 24
    July 27- 31
    August 3- 7
    August 10- 14
    August 17- 21
    August 24- 28
    August 31- Sept. 4
     
    Cost: $280 per week
    Hot lunch along with a daily swim.
  • PHYSICAL MINDS (JUNIOR: 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 2-5: A Week in Whoville
    Lessons from the legendary Dr. Seuss, campers will engage in crafts, math and science through the residents of Whoville.
     
    July 8-12: Globetrekkers
    Bon voyage! Our young travellers will explore the culture, geography, language and sports of a different country each day.
     
    July 15-19: 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 22-26: 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 29-Aug. 2: 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. 5-9: 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. 12-16: 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. 19-23: How does your Garden Grow?
    Taking tips from Jack, campers will make their own beanstalk and will investigate how to grow other garden delicacies.  
      
    Cost: $280 per week
    Hot lunch along with a daily swim.

Camps for 9 to 13 year-olds

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  • ADVANCED PERFORMANCE HOCKEY (AGES 7-13)

    This international elite hockey programme is designed to elevate core fundamentals, while advancing each player’s skillset. Conditioning and speed will be integrated into on and off-ice training for these AA and AAA level athletes. This high-performance programme will be executed by Ridley’s internationally-experienced senior coaching staff. Limited space is available for specialized goalie training. Individualized assessments along with focused instruction in skating, shooting, puck control and playmaking are all designed to improve player development.

    Domestic day campers, who have the choice between two one-week day camps, will train alongside international players who are part of our two-week hockey boarding programme. All international players must board.

    We invite both domestic and international campers to share in this exciting, educational experience. Day and boarding options are available.

    Week 1: August 10- 14
    Week 2: August 17- 21

    For more information on the curriculum, coaching bios, residential details and/or to register for boarding, please visit: https://www.ridleycollege.com/page/summer-programmes/advanced-performance

    Cost: $449 per week
    Hot lunch and designated swims will be interspersed with training.
  • ADVANCED PERFORMANCE BASKETBALL (AGES 9-13)

    A programme geared towards both novice and seasoned basketball players. Participants will actively engage in technical training activities that will enhance both their individual skillsets as well as teamwork. Dribbling, shooting form, game speed, defending and fitness will all be addressed, ensuring well-rounded player development.

    Weeks Available:
    TBD
     
    Cost: $280 per week
    Hot lunch along with a daily swim.
  • MULTI-SPORT (SENIOR: AGES 9-13)

    Prepare for a fun-filled week with a variety of sports, along with games and exciting activities appropriate to the age level of the campers. Participants engage in a number of sports, including soccer, basketball, volleyball, 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 29- July 3 (prorated week)
    July 6- 10
    July 13- 17
    July 20- 24
    July 27- 31
    August 3- 7
    August 10- 14
    August 17- 21
    August 24- 28
    August 31- Sept. 4
     
     
    Cost: $280 per week
    Hot lunch along with a daily swim included.
  • ROBOTICS & CODING (AGES 9-13)

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

    Weeks Available:
    July 13- 17
    July 20- 24
    August 10- 14
    August 17- 21
     
    Cost: $280 per week
    Hot lunch along with a daily swim.

Contact Summer Programmes

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 a full refund less an administration fee of 10%. Refund requests received between one 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 one week prior to the start date of camp 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.
 
Any camper who exhibits behavior that is deemed inappropriate by the Summer Programmes Manager will have their participation suspended or terminated without a refund.
 
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 or a full refund.
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With more than 700 students from 60 countries, the largest boarding programme in Ontario and the third largest in Canada, Ridley College is a truly international, co-educational, day and boarding school of the world that prepares students for the world. It has provided enriching learning and life-shaping experiences focused on the arts, academics, and athletics since 1889. Ridley’s Lower School offers JK-Grade 8, its Upper School consists of Grade 9-PG, and Ridley graduates attend some of the top universities and colleges around the world. Ridley is the only   co-ed independent boarding school in Canada and one of only three in North America authorized to offer the International Baccalaureate (IB) continuum programme.