PD Days for JK-Grade 6
OSCA offers a full day recreation program for PD days for all four of Ottawa’s school boards. The program may include an out trip, games, and crafts.
- Southminster United Church, 8AM - 9AM
- Southminster United Church, 4PM
- 9:00 am-4:00 pm (instruction runs 9AM-11:30AM)
- runs 4pm - 6pm
- Daily fee
After Care for PD Days is included for those registered in OSCA’s After-Four Program
Note: Registration for PD Days closes one business day prior to the PD Day (Thursday at 9:00 am for PD Days on Friday; Friday at 9 am for PD Days on Monday). After the deadline, children will be put on a waiting list. If additional staff are available, you may be contacted for a space.
PD Day Pottery Workshops
Participants will be introduced to creative handbuilding techniques, drawing on the seasons for inspiration. PD Day Pottery includes a half-day of instruction (9:00-11:30 am) and a half-day of camp activities. When projects are ready for pick-up, you will be contacted.
- 9:00 am-4:00 pm (instruction runs 9AM-11:30AM)
OSCA runs camps for Junior Kindergarteners all the way up to Gr. 10. Below are our main groups of camps.
EBTKS (Everything But the Kitchen Sink) for Children Entering JK & SK
Let the good times roll with this long-time Firehall favourite! Darcy and his enthusiastic staff will lead your child through an action-packed summer adventure. During a week of EBTKS, children partake in a ton of engaging activities including crafts, active games, “circle” time, stories, and outdoor play. Excursions to parks, museums, and other local attractions are also included in each week’s schedule. “EBTKS” offers a bit of everything to make this summer memorable for your little one! EBTKS runs all nine weeks of summer. Please note that children must be at least 4 to be eligible to attend.
Campquest for Children Entering Grades 1 & 2
If you are looking for the classic Firehall camp experience, you have come to the right place! CampQuest offers participants fun activities such as crafts, sports, cooking, and active games based on a different weekly theme. Campers will also get to enjoy exciting out-trips in the community and around the city with our energetic and experienced camp staff. Camquest runs all nine weeks of summer.
Trailblazer Camps for Children Entering Grades 3, 4, & 5
In Trailblazer Camps, we’ll do classic camp activities such as out-trips, sports, cooking and crafts in addition to exciting themes that will be the focus of each week. The Trailblazer lineup this year includes: Boys Are Back In Town, Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, Gaming, Young Explorers, Sports!, What’s Cookin’, Out & About, H2O, Science, Trailblazer’s United, and Junior Camping Camp!
Youth and Senior Camps for Youth Entering Grades 6, 7, & 8 or Grades 9 & 10, respectively
Youth Camps and Senior Camps are the for the big kids. We’ll do classic camp activities such as out-trips, sports, cooking, and crafts in addition to exciting themes that will be the focus of the week. The Youth Camp lineup this year includes: Boyz Crew, Girlz Crew, H2O, Gaming, Bike Camp, Youth Masterchef, Creative Arts, YOUth Pick, Youth In Action, Camping Camp, Senior Chopped, Senior YOUth Pick, and Senior CIT.
Specialty Camps for Varying Ages
Specialty Camps are a series of themed day camps aimed at offering a focused experience where campers can learn new skills in that particular area while being guided by qualified instructors. Most of the camps will offer the specialty programming in the morning or afternoon for 3-hour blocks. The rest of the day will offer traditional camp activities such as crafts, cooking, out-trips, sports, and games. Specialty camps include Young Rembrandts Cartooning, Bike Camp, Minecraft, Lego, and Basketball Camp, Dance in the City, Centre-Stage Theatre, Ukulele, and Camp Element Science.
General Camp Information
Registration for summer camps opens is ongoing and open until the Thursday before the camp start date. If a camp is full, you may place your child on a waiting list and you will be contacted if a space becomes available.
To register, log in to your account
Note: When registering, please refer to the grade your child will be entering in the 2017/2018 school year. You’ll notice we set our ages one year over and one year under most children’s typical grade ages. This is to ensure that parents can register for the proper camp if their children are a little bit older or younger than the grade age at the time of registration. For example, if your child is entering Gr. 3, he or she should be registered for Trailblazer camps, even if he/she is only 7 at the time of registration.
All camps, unless otherwise noted, run from 9:00AM to 4:00PM
SUMMER CAMP PRE-CARE:
Pre-care takes place before OSCA Summer Camps start, between 8:00 – 9:00AM. Pre-care is complimentary for OSCA Summer Camps.
SUMMER CAMP AFTER-CARE:
After-care takes place at the end of the day between 4:00-5:30PM. After-care is available each week of OSCA Summer Camps.
- $45/week for five-day camps
- $36/week for four-day camps
There will be no exceptions to the refund policy so please read carefully.
All refund requests must be submitted at least one week prior to the start of the camp. Therefore, you must submit the request by 9:00AM on the Monday the week before the camp is scheduled to begin.
Administrative fee for all camps is $25
Refunds will not be issued if it jeopardizes the operation of a camp.
Requests received after the deadline will automatically be denied.
OSCA is able to set aside a small amount of money to subsidize spaces in programs. None of the funding comes from Municipal, Provincial, or Federal government grants.
Applications for subsidies will only be considered prior to registration
Full payment is required for all programs in order to register
Subsidy amounts - if applicable - will be issued upon approval of the application.
WHAT TO BRING TO CAMP:Each day, campers are encouraged to bring the following items in a backpack:
Those registered in Camping Camp will receive a separate list one week prior to camp
- Water bottle
- Lunch/Snacks (MUST BE NUT-FREE)
- Comfortable running shoes
- Bathing suit
- Extra Clothes
- Appropriate clothing to suit the weather
- Plastic Bag for Wet Clothes
- Anything else that counsellors advise parents to bring
Weekly Schedules that include the hours of camp, camp staff names, pick-up/drop-off locations, a brief list of what to bring, and programming highlights are sent to parents and posted online the week before a camp begins. These are meant as a guide to help parents prepare their children for camp.
*Please note that these schedules are subject to change.
Camper Support: OSCA is a judgement free zone and accepting of everyone’s unique qualities. If your child has a special need or you are concerned that he or she should be in a younger camp or may need more assistance from counsellors, please let us know. We will try our best to make accommodations. OSCA also runs some gender based camps such as Girls Just Wanna Have Fun and The Boys are Back in Town. You’re welcome to register your child in whichever camp they feel most comfortable attending.