ARK Specialty Camps, 5-12 Years

 variety of activities

Specialty Sports, Arts, and Technology Camps

All campers who register for the following specialty half-day camps join us for the whole day, with a drop off time at your "home" YMCA between 8:00 - 9:00 am, and pick up time between 4:00 - 5:00 pm. 
  • Unless otherwise noted, most of these specialty camps are half-day experiences that take place off-site, and include transportation. Supervision is provided all day by our YMCA Day Camp counsellors, and most program instruction, where applicable, is by the providers at the site. 
  • Dance Camp, Video Game Design, Lego, Tennis, Junior Lifeguard and Junior Triathalon, stay onsite all day, and Dance, Jr. Lifeguard and Jr. Triathalon, have more program time specific to each specialty built into their day.
  • All campers registered in these programs spend a half day (afternoon, for most camps) at their "home" YMCA, for an action-packed afternoon (unless otherwise noted) of traditional camp activities including games, crafts and swimming. 

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

Program/Supervision Times

Drop Off Pick Up
8:00 am - 9:00 am 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Early Care + $7.50 Late Care + $7.50
begins at 7:30 am ends at 5:30 pm

Specialty Camps at the A.R. Kaufman Family YMCA 

Sessions and Dates Specialty Camp Age Price
Session 1   July 2 - 6  Dance 5 - 8 $275
   Junior Lifegaurd  8 - 12  $275
Session 2   July 9 - 13  Cooking 9 - 12   $330
Session 3   July 16 - 20 Video Game Design - RPG 9 - 12   $300
   Video Game Design - Arcade 9 - 12  $300
 Session 4   July 23 - 27   Baseball  9 - 12  $330 
   Low Impact Paintball 9 - 12  $330
 Session 5   July 30 - August 3 Dance   5 - 8 $275
   Rock Climbing  5 - 8 $330 
   Junior Triatholon  8 - 12  $275 
 Session 6   Tuesday, August 7 - 10 Video Game Design - Platform   9 - 12  $240
 Short Week  Lego  9 - 12  $240
 Session 7   August 13 - 17 Dance   5 - 8 $275 
   Cooking  9 - 12  $330  
 Session 8   August 20 - 24 Rock Climbing   5 - 8 $330 
   Horseback Riding  8 - 12  $330  

Dance (full day, on site)
The YMCAs of Cambridge & Kitchener-Waterloo partner with qualified dance instructors to offer the ultimate dance experience. Dance Camp features themed days based on 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. Dance 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 (full day, on site)
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 full day in program with a certified YMCA Swim Instructor / Lifeguard on-site at the YMCA and have the opportunity to earn their Basic or Emergency First Aid and CPR certifications. (Campers must be able to swim the full length of the pool.)

Calling all chefs!  This camp is for children who enjoy being in the kitchen and are interested in learning basic cooking skills. Put on your aprons and get ready to chop, mix, stir, melt and bake, while being provided fun food facts, including food safety and nutritional information. (Please be advised that we can not ensure an allergy-free zone.) Kitchener-Waterloo camps will be partnering with The Real Canadian Superstore.  The Cambridge camps will be partnering with Zehrs.

Video Game Design (on site, morning or afternoon specialty)
Learn how to program your own real working video games from start to finish. In this one week camp, campers will learn how to create up to 4 different video games from scratch, which they will be able to take home and play with friends and family. This program will introduce basic computer programming skills the fun way! Campers will spend the morning in specialty program on site at the YMCA followed by an afternoon of traditional camp activities, including games, crafts and swimming.

Platform Games - In the style of Sonic, Zool, Super Mario and Minecraft
Arcade Games - In the Style of Brick Breaker, Pacman, and Space Invaders
RPG Games - In the Style of Zelda, Final Fantasy and Dragon Warrior.

Explore with LEGO® (on site, morning or afternoon specialty)
Campers will enjoy an introduction to robotics and programming through the use of LEGO® bricks, axles, pulleys, gears, and motors. Create fun and interactive characters from Minecraft, Marvel Comics, Star Wars, and more! 

Learn from the best at PlayBall Academy Canada! Our experienced coaches will help teach our campers the basic fundamentals of baseball in this state-of-the-art, indoor practice facility. Bat, run, and throw like a pro after spending the week playing baseball related games, practicing in the batting cages, etc. Campers are required to bring their own glove; and all other equipment will be provided.

Rock Climbing
Reach new heights as you are introduced to indoor rock climbing at Grand River Rocks. Explore climbing technique while participating in fun and exciting games and challenges. Trained Instructors will help campers develop their own skills, as well as encourage and help them to work together in teams.  Equipment rentals are included.

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 day. Parents are invited Friday morning to a horse show.

Junior Triathalon (full day, on site)
Do you enjoy swimming, biking and running? Come out and meet new friends and work on drills and endurance in our Jr. Triathlon Camp. Participants have the opportunity to learn new fitness skills, learn about good nutrition habits and healthy lifestyle choices while having fun and setting goals. On the last day of the camp, participants will be challenged to complete a mini triathlon within the facility to showcase all of their hard work. Campers will spend the full day in program with a certified YMCA Swim Instructor/Lifeguard.  All biking will be done on our indoor spin bikes.