Summer Camps for Kids in Lethbridge


Summer Camps for Kids in Lethbridge

July 21, 2014

I’m sure that many of you saw the article in the Lethbridge Living magazine on camps for kids in and around Lethbridge.  They compiled a whole list of local camps and day activities.  If you didn’t see it, here are the details below!

My daughter started her first week of camp at the YMCA – Music Madness this week.  They get to swim, go to the spray park, and take a field trip to the Lethbridge Library and the local Fire Hall!  Our city has so much to offer this summer; have a peek….


Be Fit For Life Camps

Offering three different summer programs at Lethbridge College. Camps are taught by certified professionals.

Move to Improve: Sport Start Camp
Jul. 9–13, 9 a.m.–4p.m., ages 8–10.
Campers develop skills and receive instruction in the morning, and use their newly honed athletic skills in the afternoon. Activities include basketball, volleyball, and soccer.

Totally Dance Fusion
Jul. 23–27, 9 a.m.–12 p.m., ages 8–14.
Participants experience a variety of dance styles, including jazz, hip hop, and bollywood. Campers create their own original choreography, which will be incorporated into the final performance at the end of the week.

Totally U G!rl
Offered Jul. 16–20, 9 a.m.–4 p.m., ages 8–14.
This program invites girls to make new friends while participating in a variety of fun and interactive sessions. Campers will have the opportunity to learn valuable lessons on topics such as body image and nutritional information, while exploring activities like yoga and kickboxing.

Boys and Girls Club of Lethbridge and District Summer Program

Full-day, week-long camps open to children from Kindergarten to Grade 6. Monday–Friday, 7 a.m. –6 p.m., June 28–Aug. 31.
Activities include crafts, experiments, swimming, off-site field trips, guest presentations, and more.
Registration is accepted on a weekly basis, which provides a flexible format for parents.

High Level Canoe and Kayaks Summer Programs

Offering three different camps and lessons for youth aged 6–17. Program includes paddling activities that teach basics of canoeing and kayaking, as well as games that utilize those skills.

One-day camp: Jul. 9, 16, 23, 30, Aug. 7, 13, & 20; 9 a.m.–4 p.m.; ages 6–10. Participants are dropped off at the store and then transported to Park Lake for a day of instruction and games.

Three-day program; Jul. 10–12, Jul. 17–19, Aug. 8–10, and Aug. 14–16; ages 11–17. First day runs 9 a.m.–5 p.m. at Park Lake, learning different paddle strokes. Day two and three run 8 a.m.–5 p.m., on more advanced rivers.

Three-day advanced camp; Jul. 31–Aug. 2 and Aug. 21–23. Campers must have completed the previous three-day camp. Campers will have the opportunity to paddle on multiple Southern Alberta Rivers.

Several different half-day lessons are offered in basic to advanced canoeing or kayaking and rescue techniques at Park Lake.

Full-day advanced river lessons are available after the completion of basic lessons.

It’s a BLAST!

Offering action-packed, activity-based programming for ages 6–12. Activities include swimming, picnics, arts and crafts, games, giant Slip ‘n Slide, presentations from community groups, and more.

Full- and part-time available, Monday–Friday, 7 a.m.–6 p.m., Jul. 4–Aug. 26.

All staff first aid trained and fully certified. Programming takes place at Westminster Elementary School, North Side; and Children of St. Martha’s, West Side.

A Senior Blasters program also offered for pre-teens. Age-appropriate activities and working with the younger group in junior leadership roles.

Lethbridge College Camps

Various camps in various disciplines offered throughout the summer.

Wind Energy Camp
The International Wind Energy Association will host a day-long summer wind energy youth camps for ages 8–12. The opportunity to learn how wind energy works through multiple learning avenues and activities. Also learn about environmental concerns and what you can do to make a difference in your home, school, and community. Date and time to be selected.

Fashion Design and Marketing Camp
The Fashion Design and Marketing Program will offer two week-long art and fashion summer camps. The camp’s first week, Jul. 9–13, will be available for children ages 8–10. Jul. 16–20 offers another week-long camp for ages 11–12.

New West Theatre Summer Camp

Offering five different week-long sessions for youth aged 6–17. Participants explore a number of different theatrical activities to expand skills and boost confidence. Each session ends with a final performance. Offered various weeks throughout the summer.

Southern Alberta Art Gallery Camp Programming

Offering full- and half-day, week-long camps for ages 3–13.

Tender Fingers
Week-long camps, ages 3–5, 9–11:30 a.m., Jul. 2–Aug. 24. No program Aug. 6–10.
The opportunity to learn the basics of art. Campers will explore painting, sculpting, collage, and more with the use of various media.

Art in Motion
Week-long camp, ages 6¬–8, 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m., Jul. 16–20.
For those interested in learning how movement and the world around them influence art.

Public Art
Four-day-long camp, ages 9–13, 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m., Aug. 7–10.
Campers learn how artists are making their mark on the world around them in public venues.

Coulees and Culture
Week-long camps, ages 6–10, 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m., Jul. 23–27 and Aug. 13–17.
Allows participants to learn and grow as they explore Lethbridge’s cultural, historical and natural treasures, visiting a new site each day. Locations include Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Helen Schuler Nature Centre, Galt Museum & Archives, New West Theatre, and Lethbridge Public Library.

University of Lethbridge Camps

The University of Lethbridge offers various full- and half-day, week-long summer camps in a number of areas for all ages. Sports camps, science camps, and fine arts camps give campers plenty to choose from!

Conservatory of Music Summer Programs
Kindermusik summer programs use innovative music and movement curricula to involve families in their child’s development.

  • Peekaboo, I Love You, ages 0–18 mos, Jul. 16–20, noon-12:50 p.m.
  • Creatures at the Ocean, ages 18 mos–3, Jul. 16–20, 1–1:50 p.m., and Aug. 13–17 from noon-12:50 p.m.
  • Confetti Days, ages 3–5, Jul. 16–20, from 2–2:50 p.m., and Aug. 13 –17 from 1–1:50 p.m.
  • Tell Me a Tale, ages 5–7, Jul. 16–20, from 3–3:50 p.m., and Aug. 13 –17, from 2–2:50 p. m.
  • Feel the Beat–Let’s Sing, Aug. 13–17, 9 a.m. –noon for ages 6 –8, and 9 a.m.–4 p.m. for ages 9–12.

A workshop focused on developing confidence and skills in singing, acting and movement. Each day includes vocal warm-ups, choir, musical theatre, creative movement as well as games and activities. Family and friends are invited to attend a final performance on Aug. 17.

Southern Alberta Vocal Experience, Aug. 19–25, 8 a.m.–8 p.m., singers ages 13–20.

Provides opportunity for intensive study with established artists, teachers and vocal coaches. Participants develop skills in solo repertoire, choral literature and staged works from musical theatre, operetta and opera. This is an auditioned program.

Science Camps
Leaders of Tomorrow, Jul. 3–4, 9 a.m. –4 p.m., ages 12–16.
Campers learn first aid and safety orientation. Campers must also complete a week-long practicum during one of the science camp weeks to be eligible for their certificate and reference letter.

Prehistoric Wonders, Jul. 3–6, 9 a.m. –4 p.m., ages 6–7.
Campers will learn about dinosaurs, prehistoric animals and rock formation.

Have a myth that needs busting? Jul. 8–11, 9 a.m.–4 p.m., ages 8–11.
Campers will use the scientific method to test common myths and misconceptions in myth busting science.

Jr. Science Adventurers, Jul. 9–13, 23–27, and Aug. 13–17, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. ages 5–6.
Explore the world of science through indoor and outdoor activities.

Inventors Inc. Jul. 9–13, 9 a.m.–4 p.m., ages 7–10.
If you like to build, construct, or have a love for inventing? Then this camp is for you!

It’s Computerized, Jul. 9–10, 9 a.m.–4 p.m., ages 11–12.
This camp focuses on computerization. Learn to computerize objects in what it means and how robots fit into it all.

Mad Science, Jul. 16–20, 9 a.m.–4 p.m., ages 6–8.
Explore science in ways you never thought possible!

Girls Rule Science & Tech, Jul. 16–20, 9 a.m.–4 p.m., for girls ages 9–12.
Science and technology isn’t just for boys! Campers will explore a variety of activities and meet numerous female science professionals.

Science Sampler, Jul. 23–27 and Aug. 13–17, 9 a.m.–4 p.m., ages 7–10.
Every day is a new day to explore a new area of science.

Make Your Mark, Jul. 23–27, 9 a.m.–4 p.m., ages 11–12.
Mixing technology with social consciousness.

Mini Mechanics, Jul. 30–Aug. 3, 9 a.m.–4 p.m., ages 8–10.
Gadgets, gizmos and vehicles are the theme for a week of building and creating.

Marvelous Mechanics, Jul. 30–Aug. 3, 9 a.m.–4 p.m., ages 8–10.
Gain knowledge of how vehicles and different gadgets work. Learn all about roller coasters, cars, boats, and airplanes.

It’s Alive! Jul. 30–Aug. 3, 9 a.m.–4 p.m., ages 11–12.
A focus on animation. If it can be built or drawn than it can be animated.

Crime Busters, Aug. 7–10, 9 a.m.–4 p.m., ages 6–7.
Learn to solve mysteries using science¬.

CSI Camp, 9 a.m.–4 p.m., Aug. 7–10, ages 8–11.
Learn to solve a crime on the U of L campus using forensic science.

Cyber Spies, Aug. 13–17, 9 a.m.–4 p.m., ages 8–11.
Are you clever, tech savvy and know how to be sneaky? Sign up to become a Cyber Spy!

Artsy Science, Aug. 20–24 from, 9 a.m.–4 p.m., ages 6–7.
Using science, campers will create a variety of artistic masterpieces.

Mission Impossible, Aug. 20–24, 9 a.m.–4 p.m., ages 8–11.
Full of secret missions, exciting challenges, and amazing technology.

Fine Arts Summer Camps

Act I Drama; Jul. 3–6, Jul. 16–20, Jul. 30–Aug. 3, and Aug. 7–10; 9 a.m.–4 p.m.; ages 7–11.
Focuses creative energy by creating characters, telling stories and improvising, while learning all about theatre production.

Encore Drama; Jul. 9–13, Jul. 23–27, and Aug. 13–17; 9 a.m.–4 p.m.; ages 12–16.
Encompasses all elements of theatre production including writing, directing, acting and stage craft.

Art Ventures; Jul. 3–6, Jul. 9–13, Jul. 16–20, Jul. 23–27, Aug. 7–10, and Aug. 13–17; 9 a.m.–4; ages 7–11.
Campers have opportunity to dabble in different types of artistic creation each day.

Artist’s Studio, Jul. 30 –Aug. 3, 9 a.m.–4 p.m., ages 12–16.
Provides an in-depth artistic experience with a variety of creative methods including painting, sculpture, print-making, murals and much more!

Sports Camps

Basketball Camp, Jul. 23–26, 9 a.m.–noon or 9 a.m.–4 p.m., ages 6–10.
An introduction to basketball with an emphasis on fun and learning.

Basketball Shooting Camp, Aug. 13–17, 1–4 p.m., ages 11–13.
Campers work on developing lay-ups, pull-up jumpers, stationary jump shots, free throws and 3-point shooting.

Junior Boys’ and Girls’ Basketball; boys’ camps Jul. 30–Aug. 3 and Aug. 7–10, 9 a.m.–4 p.m., girls’ camps Aug. 20–24, 9 a.m.–noon and 1–4 p.m.; ages 11–13.

Adventure Youth Camp, Jul. 16–20 and Aug. 13–17, ages 13–17.
Filled with various outdoor activities in the Crowsness Pass. Campers will enjoy biking and hiking through trails and historic sites with a home base in Blairmore.

Climbing Camp; Jul. 3–6, 9–13, 16–20, 23–27, Jul. 30–Aug. 3, 7–10, & 20–24; 9 a.m.–4 p.m., ages 8–14.
Campers will be introduced to the basics of climbing and belaying, and enjoy a week of climbing, as well as other activities like coulee hiking, survivor challenges and swimming.

Dance Camp; Jul. 9–13, 9 a.m.–noon, ages 9–12; 1–4 p.m., ages 13–18.
Emphasizes different ballet movements, such as turns and jumps.

Fencing Camp, Jul. 3–4, 9 a.m.–noon and 1–4 p.m., ages 8–12.
Teaches the fundamental fencing skills through a games and discovery-based approach.

Judo Camp, Jul. 30–Aug. 3, 8:30–10:30 a.m., ages 6–12.
Provides beginners with basic instruction and helps experienced children improve their skills.

Gymnastics Summer Camps; Jul. 3–6, Jul. 9–13, Jul. 16–20, Jul. 23–27, Jul. 30–Aug. 3, Aug. 7–10, Aug. 13–17, and Aug. 20–24; 9 a.m.–4 p.m.; ages 5–10.
Includes gymnastic activities as well as outdoor games and crafts with a stress on fun, fitness and fundamentals.

Leaders in Training Camp, Jul. 3–5, 9 a.m.–4 p.m., ages 13–15.
For junior high youth who are looking for training and experience as potential leaders in the community. The program includes emergency first aid certification, handling behaviour problems, and planning and co-ordinating activities.

Hockey Camp, Jul. 30–Aug. 3 and Aug. 7–10, 9 a.m.–noon, boys ages 6–8.
A focus on skill development, and includes a fun multi-sport session off ice as part of the daily routine.

Girls’ Hockey Camp; Aug. 7–10, ages 7–11; Jul. 30–Aug. 3, ages 12–16; 10:30 a.m.–3:15 p.m.
Focuses on improving the players’ skating, passing and shooting skills. These skills will be taught through game-type activities, off ice instruction and dryland training. Final game on the last day of camp.

Checking Confidence, Jul. 30–Aug. 3 and Aug. 7–10, boys ages 11–12.
A focus on skill development in regards to receiving and performing proper checks.

Learn to Dive Camp, Jul. 3–6, 10 a.m.–noon, ages 7–12.
An exciting introduction to diving.

Learn to Synchro Camp, Jul. 30–Aug. 3, 10 a.m.–noon, ages 7–12.
Learn graceful pool travel, breath control, body position, and much more.

Multi Activity Camp, Jul. 3–6, Jul. 9–13, Jul. 16–20, Jul. 23–27, Jul. 30–Aug. 3, and Aug. 20–24. 9 a.m.–4 p.m., half-day options available, ages 6–12.
Learn fundamental skills in a variety of activities such as art, dance, and co-operative games.

Seven’s Rugby Camp; Aug. 7–10; ages 6–12, 9 a.m.–noon; ages 13–17, 1–4 p.m.
Teaches fundamental and teamwork skills, while emphasizing the enjoyment of the sport.

Co-ed Soccer Camp, Jul. 9–13, 9 a.m.–noon, ages 6–9.
Learn the fundamental skills needed to play the game. Campers will develop teamwork and essential skills in a way that emphasizes enjoyment of the sport.

Tennis Camp; Jul. 3–6; ages 6–8, 9 a.m.–noon; ages 9–10, 1–4 p.m.
Introduces children to the sport using the Progressive Tennis format, as directed by Tennis Canada.

West Wind Gymnastic Club Summer Camps

Offering full- and half-day, week-long camps, ages 5+.

Campers participate in a wide range of activities including gymnastics, art and crafts, science, stories, and swimming. Each week has a different theme. Fridays include a hotdog lunch.

There camps are kid test–mother approved!

  • Week One Jul. 3–6 Canada Week (No camp Jul. 2)
  • Week Two Jul. 9–13 Carnival Week
  • Week Three Jul. 16–20 Hawaiian Week
  • Week Four Jul. 23–27 Circus Week
  • Week Five Jul. 30–Aug. 3 ’60s Week
  • Week Six Aug. 7–10 Jungle Week (No camp Aug. 6)
  • Week Seven Aug. 13–17 Olympic Week
  • Week Eight Aug. 20–24 Whoop Up Week

YMCA Summer Camps

Offering a variety of camps for children aged 3–15. Camps run Monday–Friday, Jul. 3–Aug. 24.

Campers have the opportunity to explore the great outdoors with activities that include swimming, crafts, field trips, and much more at a number of different locations.

  • Tiny Tigers Day Camp, ages 3–6, who are potty-trained.
  • Coulee Cougars Day Camp, ages 7–10.
  • Junior Adventurers Day Camp, ages 11–14.

A week-long youth residence adventure camp is also offered for ages 8–15. Campers will be bused to Camp Impeesa, located just south of Beaver Mines to enjoy swimming, hikes, cookouts and more.

YWCA Camps Be Fit For Life Camps

The Lethbridge YWCA offers a Neighbourhood Play Program, Jul. 1–Aug. 22, 9 a.m.–noon, and 1–3:30 p.m., ages 6–12.

The program is offered at different parks throughout the city, Monday–Thursday.

This camp is free for participants and doesn’t require registration.

Sessions are offered at multiple locations on the South Side, North Side, and West Side.

4 Responses to “Summer Camps for Kids in Lethbridge”

  1. Ann sigurdsen says:

    Is there anything for underprivileged kids. My daughter is a single mother with health sues, who can’t drive and can’t work. We are the only relatives and on pensions. I’m worried my grandson will not have a childhood. We do what we can but he needs to be in something besides school

    Any suggestions? Tried Jump start but they are full.

    • kerriperkins says:

      Hi Ann, I have been wracking my brain about this. Depending on how old your grandson is your, you could take a look at what the Family Centre, they offer a bunch of different programs, many of which are free! They also have indoor play places that they have open play times in during the week. The link to their Programs page is:
      I am going to keep looking and asking around and I will update if I find more. You are so sweet for looking into this for him and I can tell that he is blessed to be so loved!!

  2. Cindy says:

    Which camps still have openings for summer 2016?

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