Child and Youth Camp Resources

Here are resources on managing and delivering camp programs, whether they are day camps, overnight camps, during the summer, at school breaks or other times of the year. You can find many more ideas for activities and games in the CIRA feature collections, and Alf Grigg's Icebreaker collection.

A Summer to Change a Life: Video

Video, 18 minutes. A powerful video called "A Summer to Change a Life" by Ian Hill that challenges Parks and Recreation staff to think...

Autism Family Camp Start-up Booklet

This how-to booklet explains how to start and run a residential Autism Family Camp. It is based on a program model that can be facilitated...

Camp activities from the Ultimate Camp Resource

Suitable for anyone looking for activities for camps or other types of recreational facilties. Includes games, skits, songs, campfire...

Camp Training: Plan, Fund, Execute!

Co-presenters: Ryan Giles, Marek Holke The City of Brampton tackled the challenge of training 450 staff to supervise 14,000 children...

Camps and The Outdoor Experience

Two approaches to outdoor experiences for children and youth are described, one being a year-round outdoor education centre and another...

Chicken Pox Memo / Head Lice Memo

Sample of a letter to parents advising of exposure to chicken pox or head lice.

Cooperative Games

A sampling of games intended to to avoid elimination, encourage group effort, and maintain maximum activity levels. Each game involves...

Edmonton Flying Eagle Summer Drop-In Program

Describes Edmonton's Community Services Flying Eagle program, which is a drop-in recreation program designed around the Aboriginal...

Edmonton Travelling Playground Final Report

This presentation reports on a pilot project to provide recreation programming to four sites in Edmonton housing complexes. Budget,...

Frisbee etc.: alternative activities that are fun for everyone

Details are given of various games that can be played with frisbees.Originally published in OPHEA Journal, Fall 1998.

Girl's Day: A How-to Guide on Planning Physical Activity and Healthy Lifestyles for Female Youth

This is a planning guide for Girls’ Days, which are aimed at providing a wide range of enjoyable opportunities for young women in the areas...

Guidelines for Accreditation: Ontario Camps Association

The main purpose of the Ontario Camps Association’s (OCA) Accreditation Program is to help camps create an enriching, positive, safe and...

Health Care Guidelines for Recreational Camps

Health Care Guidelines, including relevant regulations, general questions, healthcare procedures, health care staffing, records,...

Health Protection and Promotion: Recreational Camps. Plain Language Audit Tool for Ontario

The act provides for the organization and delivery of public health programs and services, the prevention of the spread of disease, and...

HIGH FIVE Policies and Procedures

This article covers the following HIGH FIVE® standard policies and procedures:1. Commitment to Children Policy2. Code of Conduct and...

HIGH FIVE® Training Opportunities

HIGH FIVE® training provides participants with nationally recognized certification that will assist them in working with children's...

How to Plan, Organize and Implement a Playday

This resource defines what a playday is, who should be involved and how, and gives pointers on play leaders, games for different age groups...

Intentionality and Youth Development Through Camp Experiences: Study

The purpose of the larger study from which this paper was taken was to measure what, if any, positive change occurred in young people as a...

Learn to Camp Program - Ontario Parks

Ontario Parks runs Learn to Camp experiences and community events, and also provides Camp Resources (follow the link on the site), such as...

Letter to My Child's Staff Person

Getting camp counselors to understand that they are being entrusted with the lives of other people's children is a challenging task for...

Lights, Camera: Staff Training Goes Live

This presentation from the Parks and Recreation Ontario 2006 Annual Education forum, provides an overview of Caledon’s Summer Camp Training...

Physical Literacy Lesson Plans - Ages 3-5, 5-8, 8-12

These ready-made teaching units are for educators, caregivers, and program leaders who want to deliver a logical series of physical...

Play It Fair! Educational Toolkit

Play It Fair! is an easy to use educational Toolkit developed to promote human rights, non-discrimination and peaceful conflict...

Play Leadership Training Manual

This manual contains sections on program planning, risk management, behaviour management, arts and crafts and games - suitable for...

PlaySport - Educational website with activities

PlaySport is a free activity-based website helping children and youth to develop the skills and strategies needed for a variety of...

Rec Trek's New Games Manual - Cooperative games

Contains many ideas for cooperative games, organized by age group, setting and level of activity.

Recreation staff performance evaluation form

This is a form which can be used to evaluate recreation staff on a variety of topics, including general factors, interpersonal...

Staff Resource Manual

This manual provides compenesive policies and procedures for summer staff including: Hours of operation & customer service...

Summer Camp Evaluation Form (Hanover)

This evaluation form collects data from parents about program scheduling and content, costs, staffing, registration and communication.

Summer Camp Evaluation Form (Oshawa)

This is an evaluation form covering various items, for parents/guardians to complete with respect to a summer camp attended by their child.

Summer Camp Policies and Procedures

This manual provides detailed policies and procedures to be followed by summer camp staff and a series of appendices including: minor...

Summer Camps Customer Satisfaction Survey

A survey for parents/guardians of children who attended summer camps, to determine satisfaction with programming, staff, facilities and...

Summer Day Camp Work Schedule / Weekly Program Schedule

Sample of an eight week staff work schedule for a summer day camp program.

Summer staff evaluation form

This is a form suitable for evalutaing summer or student staff.

Tales from Summer Camp / D'un camp d'été

The article summarizes the documentary, "A Gift of Summer: The Story of Dr. Dan Offord and the Kids of Christie Lake Camp." Christie Lake...

Terms & Conditions - Parks & Rec Staff Administer and Supervise Administration of Participant Medication / Medication Admin Request Form

The Terms and Conditions form outlines the policy for staff to administer or supervise the taking of medication. The Medication...

The Canadian Summer Camp Research Project

This study shows participating in accredited summer camps in Canada leads to positive social integration and citizenship, greater...

The Nature Playbook

The Nature Playbook is a strategy to connect young people with Nature in Canada. It is meant to guide and inspire actions that all...

UBC Sport Camps Policies and Procedures Manual

This is an extensive staff procedures manual, which includes sections on philosophy and mission, code of conduct for participants, staff...

Using Employee Appraisals to Improve Performance: Study

The purpose of this case study is to examine a summer day camp program from various angles including (a) the relationship between part time...

What Works for Summer Learning Programs for Low-Income Children and Youth: Preliminary Lessons from Experimental Evaluations of Social Interventions

This Fact Sheet presents some emerging lessons from 11 summer learning programs that were evaluated using experimental research designs.
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