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Summer Camp

For over 20 years, Villa Charities’ Columbus Centre Summer Camp has been offering something for every camper. With 14 different camps to choose from, including Dance Camp, Visual Arts & Crafts Camp, Kitchen Camp and Magic Camp, there is little, if anything, that we cannot provide for your child.

Our camps are engaging, active, and focused on giving your child a memorable retreat where they can interact with others in a fun and exciting environment. Our full-day or half-day options make our camps very customizable and easily adaptable to your scheduling needs. We offer extended care for before and after camp hours, excursions as well as a hot lunch menu.

Columbus Centre Summer Camp is adequately staffed to ensure your child is safe, properly looked after, and given adequate one-on-one time to enhance whatever skills they have come to explore.

SESSION DATES 2019

Sessions# of DaysDates
Session 110July 2 – July 12
Session 211July 15 – July 26
Session 310July 29 – August 9
Session 410August 12 – August 23
Session 55August 26 – 30

Note: There are no variations on the above dates (No daily registrations permitted.)

Holiday Alerts: Monday, July 1 (Canada Day) and Monday, August 5 (Civic Holiday)

Click to view or download our Fall & Winter 2019/2020 Program Guide

REGULAR SPECIALTY CAMPS (Full and Half Day Options)

VISUAL ARTS & CRAFT CAMP

(Ages 4-12)

In this program, campers will learn many techniques of crafting, painting, drawing and paper-maché. Budding artists will have fun creating their own “masterpieces” with a variety of different mediums and activities. As a result, campers will have works of art to bring home each day.

Price:
Half Day Fee $200 (per 1 week session)
Half Day Fee $300 (per 2 week session)

Time:
9:00am – 12:00pm

Sessions:
1, 2, 3, 4, 5

DANCE CAMP

(Ages 6-12)

Campers will enjoy a daily schedule of hip-hop, modern, jazz and musical theatre dance styles in a positive atmosphere, where they can explore their maximum potential and have fun! The instructor will focus on technique and performance. We have a maximum number of dancers per class allowing the instructor to give individual attention to build campers’ self-image, body awareness and confidence. There will be a performance on the last day of camp! Parents are welcome to attend the last 15 minutes of their final day of camp.

Price:
Half Day Fee $200 (per 1 week session)
Half Day Fee $300 (per 2 week session)
Full Day Fee $390 (per 2 week session)
Full Day Fee $590 (per 2 week session)

Time:
9:00am – 12:00pm and 1:00 – 4:00pm

Sessions:
1, 2, 3, 4, 5

TRIPLE THREAT CAMP

(Ages 6-12)

Explore your imagination and be yourself! Join us this summer for the thrill of creating and performing through dance, drama and vocal talents. This camp focuses on engaging campers through the active process of creating theatrics through dance, voice and drama. Campers will give voice and physical form to their imaginations, develop fundamental theatre skills and together create a performance based on the ideas of the instructor. Previous performances have included Annie and Wicked. There will be a performance on the last day of camp! Parents are welcome to attend the last 20 minutes of their final day of camp.

Price:
Half Day Fee $300 (per 2 week session)

Time:
1:00 – 4:00pm

Sessions:
1, 2, 3, 4

DRAWING & STOP-MOTION ANIMATION CLASS

(Ages 6-12)

This camp is a great choice for artistic campers who want a more specialized training in the arts, specifically drawing. Campers will learn various styles of cartoon drawing including Japanese anime and Chibi, caricatures, comic book cartoons, Disney / Pixar and DreamWorks-inspired cartoons, and more. Activities include creating Claymation, stop-motion, drawing favourite cartoon characters and inventing brand new cartoon characters!

Price:
Half Day Fee $200 (per 1 week session)
Half Day Fee $300 (per 2 week session)

Time:
9:00am – 12:00pm

Sessions:
1, 2, 3, 4, 5

PREMIUM SPECIALTY CAMPS (Full and Half Day Options)

NEW! MULTI-MEDIA CAMP

(Ages 6-12)

Lights! Camera! Action! Campers will be challenged to be as creative as possible, using the latest in video and photo technology to create their very own unique works of art! Campers will be guided by our experienced instructor to make their very own movies, music videos, news reports, photography collections, and so much more! Campers will have a studio in the Columbus Centre and will be frequently capturing footage throughout the Villa Charities campus.

Price:
Half Day Fee $215.00 (per 1 week session)
Half Day Fee $320.00 (per 2 week session)

Time:
1:00 – 4:00pm

Sessions:
1, 2, 3, 4, 5

KITCHEN CAMP

(Ages 6-12)

Campers will learn the art of culinary preparation from a classically trained chef. Campers will prepare and cook appetizers, pizzas, pastas, risotto, and delicious desserts in a positive, safe and fun environment. The menu will include both Italian and international cuisines. All campers will learn authentic culinary recipes and techniques.

Price:
Half Day Fee $215.00 (per 1 week session)
Half Day Fee $320.00 (per 2 week session)
Full Day Day Fee $420.00 (per 1 week session)
Full Day Day Fee $630.00 (per 2 week session)

Time:
9:00am – 12:00pm and 1:00 – 4:00pm

Sessions:
1, 2, 3, 4, 5

MAGIC CAMP

(Ages 6-12)

Have you ever wondered how a magician was able to wow a crowd again and again? This is your chance to learn various magic techniques with the help of a professional magician! Campers will learn the secrets of the magic trade including: sleight of hand, misdirection, stage presence, parlour magic and close-up magic. Campers will leave camp being able to wow their family with their very own magic show!

Price:
Half Day Fee $215.00 (per 1 week session)
Half Day Fee $320.00 (per 2 week session)

Time:
9:00am – 12:00pm

Sessions:
1, 2, 3, 4, 5

LEGO / BE A BUILDER CAMP

(Ages 4-12)

Using the newest Lego blocks and sets, kids will engage in designing unique creations. Staff work to develop themes that create an extraordinary atmosphere to build unique productions, play games and have loads of fun! Activities are designed to develop young children’s lively imaginations and build their self-confidence within science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM education) and architecture.

Price:
Half Day Fee $215.00 (per 1 week session)
Half Day Fee $320.00 (per 2 week session)

Time:
9:00am – 12:00pm

Sessions:
1, 2, 3, 4, 5

SPORTS CAMPS (Half Day Mornings Only)

SOCCER CAMP

(Ages 6-12)

Learn. Develop. Compete! Our certified and trained soccer instructor will guide soccer enthusiasts where they will learn various soccer fundamentals. This camp is designed to give campers of all skill levels the basic foundations, techniques, and understanding of the sport. Campers will participate in fun soccer drills, exercises and soccer matches. Campers will also be included in a variety of the Ultimate Experience Camp’s themed activities and events.

Price:
Half Day Fee $215.00 (per 1 week session)
Half Day Fee $320.00 (per 2 week session)

Time:
9:00am – 12:00pm

Sessions:
1, 2, 3, 4, 5

TENNIS CAMP

(Ages 5-16)

Our Tennis Pro will help your child build their tennis-related skills in the most fun way possible! Our focus will be to build the campers skills through fun games, drills, and lessons in order to ensure they will enjoy the sport. We emphasize the importance of teamwork, competition, and most of all, FUN!

Camp includes:
-Training drills
-Fun tennis games and sports to improve agility and coordination
-Tournaments

What to bring?
-Hat, water bottle, sun screen, tennis racquet, tennis shoes, a snack.

Price:
Half Day Fee $215.00 (per 1 week session)
Half Day Fee $320.00 (per 2 week session)

Time:
9:00am – 12:00pm

Sessions:
1, 2, 3, 4, 5

ULTIMATE EXPERIENCE CAMPS (Full and Half Day Options)

KINDER CAMP

(Ages 4-5)

EXPLORER CAMP

(Ages 6-8)

SCAVENGER CAMP

(Ages 9-12)

The Ultimate Experience Camp is our most popular camp option! Divided into age groupings, Ultimate Experience Camp is our most popular camp because it is most like a traditional summer camp experience.

The Ultimate Experience Camp is an all-in-one experience that will provide campers with fun-filled, engaging activities in a safe and nurturing environment. This summer, each of our activities will be connected to an overall theme to ensure an immersive experience that our campers will never forget.

Campers will be participating in activities such as organized games, arts and crafts, sports, recreational swimming, cooking and team-building challenges. We even have exciting special events including excursions and special guests on site (additional fees may apply).

Price:
Half Day Fee $215.00 (per 1 week session)
Half Day Fee $320.00 (per 2 week session)
Full Day Fee $375.00 (per 1 week session)
Full Day Fee $515.00 (per 2 week session)

Time:
9:00am – 12:00pm and 1:00 – 4:00pm

Sessions:
1, 2, 3, 4, 5

ULTIMATE ITALIAN CAMP

(Ages 4-12)

Take part in our all-in-one Ultimate Experience Camp in Italian. Ultimate Italian Camp is designed to provide campers with fun-filled engaging activities in a safe and nurturing environment, all while practicing and becoming comfortable with Italian.

Each of our activities will be connected to an overall theme to ensure an immersive experience that campers will never forget! Campers will be participating in activities such as organized games, arts and crafts, sports, recreational swimming, cooking and team-building challenges. We even have exciting special events including excursions and special guests on site (additional fees may apply).

Price:
Half Day Fee $215.00 (per 1 week session)
Half Day Fee $320.00 (per 2 week session)
Full Day Fee $375.00 (per 1 week session)
Full Day Fee $515.00 (per 2 week session)

Time:
9:00am – 12:00pm and 1:00 – 4:00pm

Sessions:
1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Extended Care

Morning only (8:00 – 9:00am) or Afternoon only (4:00 – 6:00pm)

Pricing
Extended Care AM$30.00 (per 1 week session)
$45.00 (per 2 week session)
Extended Care AM + PM$50.00 (per 1 week session)
$75.00 (per 2 week session)

*Pricing and schedule subject to change without notice.

Camp course fees do not include HST, however HST may apply to additional services and products.

Payment

We accept credit cards, cheques, debit, and cash (exact amount). Payment is due in full upon registration. If camper is registered for both a July and an August session, there is a second installment Payment Plan available (second installment due on Friday, July 29). Inquire within for full details. An administration fee of $30.00 NSF (non-sufficient funds) will apply to all bounced cheques.

T-shirts

Our campers wear t-shirts to help identify them; this is also for their safety. All camp course fees include one free shirt. (Note: Two free shirts per camper if registered in 3 or more sessions). Additional shirts can be purchased by visiting the Arts, Youth & Culture Department for $10.00 +HST each.

Hot Lunches

All full-day campers will receive lunchtime supervision and a hot lunch as part of their camp package fee. We offer a variety of freshly made, delicious daily meals and drinks for our campers. The menu will be varied including and not limited to: pasta, chicken, sandwiches, soups, hamburgers, and fish sticks.

All meals are served with fruit and vegetables. Parents should still pack their children with daily snacks and drinks. Please advise the office if your child has any dietary restrictions at the time of registration.

Terms

All camp programs are subject to a minimum enrolment. Camp registrations are non-transferable. Columbus Centre reserves the right to terminate a camper’s enrolment if it is the Centre’s opinion that it is in the best interest of the child or camp. Columbus Centre reserves the right to cancel or combine camps due to limited enrolment. Columbus Centre reserves the right to change instructors.

Refund Policy

No refunds after registration and payment is received. In addition, no refunds will be given for any days not attended (due to schedule change, vacation, illness, etc.)

Parking

Pay parking Monday – Friday from 6:00am – 6:00pm. Free parking at all other times.

Registration

Register in person, phone or email

Columbus Centre
Monday, 9:00am – 7:00pm
Tuesday to Friday, 9:00am – 6:00pm
Saturday, 9:00am – 2:00pm
901 Lawrence Ave. West
Toronto, ON M6A 1C3

Daniel Garfinkel
Director of Camps
Email: dgarfinkel@villacharities.com
Tel: 416-789- 7011 Ext. 333

Want to Volunteer or Be a Leader-In-Training (LIT)?

Leader-In-Training (LIT) (Ages 13–15)

The LIT program provides senior campers with the opportunity to develop leadership skills, build teamwork skills, and to gain valuable knowledge and experiences, in a fun and positive environment. LITs will take on responsibilities associated with instructing and counselling while still being supervised. A letter acknowledging the completed hours can be issued upon request. LITs must be registered for a minimum of one full week, full day.

LIT Price: $150.00 (1 week Full Day)

Mandatory Orientation Training Session will be held close to the start of camp.

Volunteers (16 Years And Older)

We welcome volunteers to assist the camp counsellors/instructors with the daily activities. A letter acknowledging the completed hours can be issued upon request. Spaces are limited. Must be 18 years or older and obtain a Police check from Toronto Police Services (at your own cost). Volunteers are required to pay a one-time fee only. They must be signed up for a full week, full day.

Volunteer Price: $30.00 (Material package)

Please note: Prices for LIT and Volunteers, include one free volunteer t-shirt and completion of a reference letter/Record of Volunteer Hours (ROVH). Letters and ROVH are done by request only. If Volunteer/LIT would like to participate in our excursions and/or specialty Friday lunch, extra fees will apply.

Special Needs Campers

Part of our philosophy at the Columbus Centre is to integrate children of diverse developmental backgrounds into our camp programs. We provide special needs counsellors (one-on-one or small groups) as determined by the Camp Director’s assessment and/or supplemented by a doctor’s note provided by the camper’s parent or guardian. Alternatively, we do welcome those campers who bring their own support worker. We would be happy to meet with families to discuss their child’s needs to ensure a positive camp experience.

Please note: If you have a child with special needs, we require that you register by May 31, 2019. Additional fees will apply.

For further information about any of our camps or volunteering opportunities, please contact:

Daniel Garfinkel
Director of Camps
Email: dgarfinkel@villacharities.com
Tel: 416-789- 7011 Ext. 333

Columbus Centre
Monday, 9:00am – 7:00pm
Tuesday to Friday, 9:00am – 6:00pm
Saturday, 9:00am – 2:00pm
901 Lawrence Ave. West
Toronto, ON M6A 1C3