Town of Canmore

Day Camps

The Town of Canmore is pleased to provide quality day camps for children and youth in our community.

Our commitment is to ensure your child has a safe, rewarding and memorable day camp experience. Through carefully planned itineraries, we will provide meaningful and age-appropriate activities that take into consideration Canmore and our local resources.

Important: Please visit and fill out the Camper Information Form HERE for each camper attending Big Fun Day Camps.


COVID-19 Update


After having reviewed the documents from Alberta Health Services providing guidelines for day camps in our province (click here to review), we’re pleased to announce that we can meet the requirements to provide in-person full- and half-day summer camps starting July 6!

Big Fun Camps 

Big Fun camps run from July 6 to August 28, 2020, Monday - Friday, from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Please note that we are not offering pre- or post-camp care, and all programs are designed for weekly registration (no daily registration is available). 

Day camps will use the following locations for their home base:
 - Scout Hall and Family Resource Network Building (for children ages 5 and 6)
 - Canmore Recreation Centre (for children ages 7-11) 
*Starting August 24, 2020 all camps will be based at the Canmore Recreation Centre*

Big Fun day camps are open to the residents of Canmore and the MD of Bighorn only. We will monitor wait lists and updates from the Province to open more spaces if guidelines change. 

Big Fun will follow all the necessary safety precautions as outlined by Alberta Health Services, and will include:
 - Most activities will be held outside, weather permitting
 - Symptom and temperature screening for each participant before entry
 - No physical contact between different cohorts 
- Cohorts are Chipmunks, Ravens, and Grizzlies. A cohort may consist of A and B groups that remain under the 50 person cohorts as outlined by the provincial guidelines
- An indoor space specific to each cohort Within a cohort, activities will be adapted to encourage physical distancing between participant
 - Rigorous cleaning and health and safety protocols
 - Risk mitigation and COVID-19 response plans in place 

pdf Camp Handbook 2020 (523 KB)

Weekly Camp Schedules:

pdf Grizzlies week 7 Aug 17-21 (108 KB) pdf
(509 KB)

pdf Grizzlies week 8 Aug 24 28 (509 KB)


pdf Ravens A week 7 Aug 17-21 (111 KB)

pdf Ravens week 8 Aug 24 28 (345 KB)

pdf Chipmunks A week 7 Aug 17-21 (111 KB)

pdf Chipmunks B week 7 Aug 17-21 (109 KB)

pdf Chipmunks week 8 Aug 24 28 (781 KB)

Specialty Camps

We are offering specialty half-day camps for orienteering and mountain biking through our partner, Trail Sports. Camps begin on July 6, 2020 and offer programming for kids ages 6-15 (mountain biking) and 9-14 (orienteering).

Specialty camps are open to children from any municipality 

Registration for Big Fun and Specialty Camps is open online, or by phone from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (Monday- Friday) at 403.678.8920.
To browse our camp descriptions or to register, click here

Big Fun FAQs 

What safety measures will you have in place during camps?
The safety of our community continues to be our number one priority. We have a comprehensive COVID-19 response plan that includes policies to keep our program participants and staff members safe. Our summer camp staff are being trained on these policies.

We continue to closely monitor the regulations provided by Alberta Health Services and we are doing everything we can to provide a safe environment for your children, in alignment with provincial guidelines.

Big Fun will follow all the necessary safety precautions as outlined by Alberta Health Services, and will include:

 - Most activities will be held outside, weather permitting
 - Symptom and temperature screening for each participant before entry
 - No physical contact between different cohorts
-  Cohorts are Chipmunks, Ravens, and Grizzlies. A cohort may consist of A and B groups that remain under the 50 person cohorts as outlined by the provincial guidelines
 - An indoor space specific to each cohort
 - Within a cohort, activities will be adapted to encourage physical distancing between participants
 - Rigorous cleaning and health and safety protocols
 - Risk mitigation and COVID-19 response plans in place
Will kids have to be 2 meters apart during camp? How will you enforce this?
Current Alberta Health Services guidelines do not require children within a cohort to stay 2 meters apart or to wear masks; however, social distancing practices will be encouraged and considered when designing room set-up, lunch breaks, games and activities.
What action will be taken in the event of an outbreak or spike in cases leading up to or during summer camps? 
If there is a spike in cases, in Alberta or the Bow Valley, making in-person camps inadvisable, Alberta Health services will be contacted for guidance. Families will be advised accordingly. 
What action will be taken if a camp participant shows signs of illness? 
For the safety of everyone, it is important that we check program participants for signs of infection. Camp participants will be screened for symptoms daily before entering the program site. If a camp participant shows any signs of illness, they will not be allowed to attend camp. Daily screening will help us ensure we have the most up-to-date records and will give us the opportunity to communicate with families so that they are aware of what to do to help prevent the spread of infection.
What action will be taken if a camp participant shows symptoms of COVID-19 or tests positive for COVID-19? 
If a camp participant or staff member, or anyone in their immediate family, shows symptoms of COVID-19, they will not be allowed to participate in the program and will be asked to test themselves for COVID-19.

If a camp participant or staff member, or their immediate family, tests positive for COVID-19 or discloses they have COVID-19, the Town of Canmore will immediately contact Alberta Health Services for guidance. Families will be advised accordingly.

If a participant starts to show symptoms of COVID-19 while in the program, a parent or guardian will be contacted to arrange pick up. The participant will be isolated under the supervision of a staff member. 


Our Staff

Our day camp leaders know how to create fun in an environment that is safe, and fosters learning and growth! We understand the importance of building positive relationships between staff and participants. Each day camp leader has an RCMP Security Clearance, current first aid certification and takes part in pre-camp training sessions.

Camp Handbook

Find all information about Big Fun Day Camps here! Hours, Cancellations and Waitlists, Program Safety, What to Bring to Camp, and More! 

Waivers

All children must complete a waiver with Elevation Place annually. This can be completed online here prior to the day of camp.

Age Categories

Our programs are offered for children/youth aged 5-11 years of age. Please note children must be “age-appropriate” by December 31st in order to register for camp.

Children with Special Needs

We encourage children with disabilities and/or special needs to participate in our program. Please inform the Child and Youth Coordinator at 403.678.8933 of your child’s needs prior to registering to ensure a positive day camp experience.

Financial Assistance 

Financial assistance is available through the Affordable Services Program. To apply for the program visit the Family & Community Support Services (FCSS) office which is located in the Canmore Civic Centre at 902-7th Ave. You can also call the FCSS office for more information at 403.609.3743. Eligible individuals will be provided with an Affordable Service Program Identification card. Each child will be provided with one complimentary week of summer Big Fun Day Camp.

Download the Affordable Services application form here

Contact Information:

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On site cellphone:

403.996.0444 
403.996.0025 

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