Stork Specialty Camps, 5-12 Years - CKW YMCA

Stork Specialty Camps, 5-12 Years

All specialty camp programming runs between 9am-4pm. Morning drop off is between 8:00-9:00am and afternoon pickup is between 4:15-5:00pm. Extended care as early as 7:30 am and as late as 5:30 pm is available at no additional charge. 

Specialty camps offer a unique experience to campers looking for something new to try!

  • Campers spend approximately half of their day in specialty programming and participate in traditional camp activities such as swimming, games and crafts for the remainder of their day. 
  • Campers registered for Horseback Riding and Eco-Explorers are bussed by us to and from their offsite specialty camp location. 
  • Junior Lifeguard and Dance campers remain on site at the YMCA where these specialty programs are held. 

See program descriptions below for other notes specific to each program.

Drop Off Pick Up
8:00 am - 9:00 am 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Early Care (no additional cost) Late Care (no additional cost)
begins at 7:30 am

ends at 5:30 pm



Sessions and Dates Specialty Camp Age Price
 Session 1  July 6 - 10  Horseback Riding Camp  8 - 12  $360
Session 2   July 13 - 17  Horseback Riding Camp 8 - 12  $360
  Junior Lifeguard Camp  8 - 12  $300
 Session 3  July 20 - 24 Eco Explorers Camp 8 - 12 $360
  Dance Camp   5 - 8 $300 
 Session 4  July 27 - 31 Horseback Riding Camp   8 - 12  $360
Session 5*  August 4 - 7  Horseback Riding Camp 8 - 12  $360
  Dance Camp   5 -8  $300
 Session 6  August 10 - 14 Junior Lifeguard Camp   8 - 12  $300
Session 7  August 17 - 21 Horseback Riding Camp  8 - 12  $360
 Session 8  August 24 - 28  Horseback Riding Camp  8 - 12  $360
   Dance Camp  5 - 8 $300 

Horseback Riding
Campers travel by bus at 9:00 am to Windamere Equestrian in Baden for the morning, and arrive back at the YMCA around 12:30 PM. While at the stable, campers will learn about safety and ride horses, learn about and participate in the some basic care and chores, and other games and activities during the day. Campers are required wear long pants, and to bring their own boots with 1.25 inch heel (rubber boots often work), and a bicycle or riding helmet. Parents are invited Friday morning to a horse show.

The YMCAs of Cambridge & Kitchener-Waterloo partner with qualified dance instructors to offer the ultimate dance experience. Dance Camp features a variety of different dance styles such as ballet, lyrical, contemporary, modern, jazz, and musical theatre. Classes are creative, dynamic, energetic, fun and a great way to learn dance techniques and meet new friends. Dancers spend their time in the dance portion of the day preparing for an end of the week performance for family and friends. Come with us and discover the love of dance! No previous dance experience is necessary.

Junior Lifeguard
Have you ever wondered what it takes to become a lifeguard? Join one of our YMCA Lifeguards for a fun-filled and wet week of learning the "ins" and "outs" of lifeguarding. Experience and learn about the importance of daily lifeguarding routines such as: wearing a uniform, effective communication between guards, including whistle blowing and hand signals, shadow-guarding, making your own first aid kit, and taking a pool test. Campers spend the day in program with a certified YMCA Swim Instructor / Lifeguard on-site at the YMCA. Campers must be able to swim the full length of the pool.

Eco Explorers
Campers travel by bus each day to the Laurel Creek Nature Centre actively exploring and getting their hands dirty in the natural world! We'll discover and observe the amazing living things that call the forest, field, marsh and streams their home. We'll take a closer look by turning over rocks and logs, and scooping water, and learn how some land and water creatures survive, interact with, and rely on one another in their natural habitats. Campers spend approximately half of their day at the YMCA in traditional camp programming such as swimming, crafts and games.