There are only 8 days left of school for children in London, Ontario. Soon, the last bell will ring and kids will be released from the confines of their various school’s walls. Are you excited?

Yeah, me neither…

All joking aside, summer is a great time to plan holidays, reconnect with family, and take life a little easier. That is, if you have vacation time available to you. Unless you are a stay-at-home parent, are independently wealthy, or you are a teacher with the same schedule as the kids, that might not be an option though. In today’s day and age, most parents are constrained by limited vacation time. So if you aren’t able to spend the next two months at home with your children, do you have a plan as to what to do with them? Have you sweet talked Grandma and Grandpa into spending quality time with their grandkids? Is there an older sibling in the lot that will be babysitting their youngers? Or are you like so many other Londoners, who are looking into alternate care? Yup, that means summer camp.

Summer camp can offer a lot of exciting things. There are arts and crafts based camps, theatre camps, fitness based camps, and plenty of specialty niche camps out there. Many camps offer a combination of offerings, to strike a balance in interest for campers. There are sleep-away camps, day camps that last for a week or more (full or half day), and daily camps to fit into specific days. The City of London also offers a wide range of affordable day camps through their many community centres that incorporate arts, crafts, outdoor activities, sports and games in either full or half-day settings. What they all have in common though is that they provide care for your children in safe and stimulating environments, with the aim to build self-confidence, self-esteem, social skills and at the same time be FUN!

So what you have to decide is what your children’s interests are, then narrow down your search from there. Here are  just some of the many summer camps on offer this summer in London.

Kids playing in a lake at a church camp

Summer Camps in London

  • Boler Mountain (689 Griffith St, Byron):  Adventure camp for kids aged 7-13 years. Mountain biking is the main focus at this outdoor camp, but a trip to the brand new Tree Top Adventure Park is included as well. Space is limited, but there are still spots in weeks July 29-August 2, August 5-9, August 12-16.
  • Boys & Girls Club (184 Horton St, London): Swimming, outdoor activities, games, crafts and more, the Boys & Girls Club has it all during their summer camps in July and August for children up to 16 years old. Whether you want dance, drama, science or a general interest camp, there are plenty to choose from. There is also an Afternoon Adventure Drop-In that runs from 1-4 pm daily, free for members or $3 for non-members. Subsidies are available through the City of London.
  • Camp KEE-MO-KEE (9581 Glendon Dr, Komoka): Christian Camp geared to children 6-16 years. Sleep-away camp ranging from 3-day starter camps to 5-day camps. Music, crafts, sports, outdoor activities.
  • Dance Extreme (312 Commissioners Rd W, London): For the child that can’t keep their feet from tapping, full and half-day dance camps is the answer. There is jazz, tap, ballet, hip hop and musical theatre to tempt your young dancers with.
  • East Park (1275 Hamilton Rd, London): Full day fun for kids aged 5-16. Whether you’ve got a budding golfer, a rock climbing enthusiast, or just a kid who wants to have fun, these weekly summer camps that run through July and August are sure to be a hit with your children. Who can resist the onsite water park, batting cages, mini golf and more that’s on offer!
  • Fanshawe Pioneer Village (2609 Fanshawe Park Rd E, London): Get ready to step back in time for these week-long summer camps for kids aged 6-12. Children will be part of village life for a week and get the chance to apprentice at the print, woodworking or blacksmith shop, as well as participating in historic farm and household chores. There will be games and crafts to do as well. Weeks July 15-19 (ages 9-12), July 22-26 (ages 6-8), August 12-16 (ages 9-12), August 19-23 (ages 6-8).
  • Fleetway (720 Proudfoot Ln, London): Bowling, rock climbing, golf, swimming, creative activities and outdoor fun for children aged 6-12). Weekly camps; July 15-19, July 22-26, August 12-16, August 19-23
  • Lester B Pearson School for the Arts (795 Trafalgar St, London): For creative kids extraordinaire! Spaces are limited in this Summer Arts Camp for children aged JK – Grade 8. The focus is on dance, drama, visual arts and music, but a little fun will be thrown in too at these 9-day camps that run July 2-12 and July 15-25
  • London Children’s Museum (21 Wharncliffe Rd S, London): Daily or weekly camps for children 3-12 years throughout July and August. Different weekly themes within museum, plus daily outdoor play
  • London Waldorf School (7 Beaufort St, London): Weekly creative-based camps for children 3-11 years from June 24th through the week of August 12th. Half or full-day camps for kids 3-5 years. Focus on arts, crafts, music, drama and outdoor play in a naturalized setting.
  • Royal City Soccer ClubIf your kids love soccer, then this week-long camp is for them. Choice of full or half-day camps available at Stronach Park or Sir Frederick Banting HS for children aged 5-13 years. Weeks available throughout July and August. Soccer is the main focus, but fun is the name of the game!
  • YMCA (multiple locations): Not only does the YMCA offer weekly day camps at four different and unique locations, but they break up groups into a wide range of ages from 3-16 years. With a focus on physical activity, creativity and fun at all the sites, you are sure to find one that is perfect for your child. Subsidies available.

Which camps did I forget? What are your memories of summer camp, if any? Do you have your kids registered? Let me know. Feel free to share!

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