YWCA Summer Camps At Shade's Mills

An adventure in the wilderness awaits this summer! 







About Our Summer Camps

YWCA Cambridge Summer Day Camps have been an essential summer destination for girls and boys in Cambridge and the surrounding area for over 50 years. Taking place at Shade’s Mills Conservation Area, our camps focus on a diverse array of outdoor activities and exploring our environment. With a variety of week-long camps to choose from, there’s something for everyone.

Camps are priced individually but always include any special equipment needed. Camp runs from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.. 
Extended Day is available from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. for an additional $47 per week or $38 for weeks that include a statutory holiday.

YWCA Cambridge Summer Camp at Shade’s Mills will take your camper on an adventure that will teach new skills, build confidence, and create lasting memories.

Our Principles


The beautiful natural setting of Shade's Mills Conservation Area (a thriving ecosystem close to home) lends itself well to activities focused on nature and the environment including hiking, nature crafts, canoeing, fishing and swimming. YWCA Camp staff work with Grand River Conservation Area staff to deliver fun and educational, environment-focused programming.


Subsidized spaces are available to ensure that all children can enjoy camp.


An Inclusion Facilitator is available to ensure that children who need a little extra support can enjoy camp.

Healthy Development

As a High Five® registered camp, our programs integrate essential Principles of Healthy Child Development, including caring adults, friends, play, mastery, and participation. For more information about High Five®, visit their website.

Summer Camp Registration Opens in February 2020

Explore Our Camps

Nature Camp

Campers enjoy swimming, hiking, canoeing, fishing, games and crafts in a picturesque natural setting. The program focus is on nature, exploring our environment and having fun. Children are divided into groups according to age. Children four years of age must have attended J.K. in order to be eligible for the camp program. 

Nature Camp runs each week from June 29 – August 14

Specialty Camps

June 29-July 3

Could you survive in the woods? Can you help in a search and rescue mission? In this camp you will learn basic survival skills: build a shelter, make a fire without a match, create your own survival kit, and learn search and rescue techniques.
You’ll also make your own compass and learn to use a GPS – you’ll never be lost again! 

For children 10-12 years old.


Runs July 6-10

Enjoy two days of canoeing, two days of rafting, build your own boat and put it to the test! Don’t worry parents, life jackets are provided!

Campers will learn all about our beautiful Cambridge ecosystem.  Who lives underwater? Who is responsible for the water in the Grand? We will explore these questions and many more. On the last day of camp, staff and campers will be joined by a rafting company on an all-day  rafting adventure down the Grand River.  

For children 10-12 years old.
Important note: Children MUST be able to swim to attend this camp

Runs July 13-17

If you like cooking and the great outdoors, this is the camp for you!

Start out by decorating your own apron, then use the skills you’ll make your own delicious snacks and lunches each day, using the safe outdoor cooking and campfire building  skills you’ll learn.
There will also be time for swimming, canoeing, and other games. 

For children 10-12 years old.

Runs July 20-24

If you want to become an expert investigator in the weird and wonderful world of bugs join us!

We will explore the world of strange looking insects and look at life around a rotting log! Become a tree detective and learn to use a microscope to meet creepy crawly friends. 

For children 10-12 years old.


Runs July 27-31

If you like exploring in the woods, along the water or in a field and want to learn how to be a nature detective, sign up today!

We will learn to use binoculars to identify birds, meet live critters and learn about their role in the environment, see how birds and bats fly and much more!

Take part in a variety of activities, crafts and scavenger hunts. Bring a camera and take photos with your critters!

For children 10-12 years old.

August 3-7

This camp is a little more intensive than Survival  One. We will build on the first session to develop your survival skills.  

You will make your own compass and learn how to use a GPS.  Take these skills and perform a search and rescue!

For children 10-12 years old.


August 10-14

This camp is for anyone with an interest in fishing: we welcome those looking to learn, expand their knowledge or just take some time to enjoy a sport they already know. GRCA staff will help campers identify species and their habitats, and cover equipment set up and care, casting, and use of lures. 

For children 10-12 years old.

August 17-21

Our most popular camp! For ages 6-12 this fun-filled busy program of activities is the only camp offered during this week. This week includes an exciting line up of offsite trips and special guests. Campers are dropped off and picked up at Shade’s Mills, extended care is still available. Campers will receive a YWCA t-shirt to wear every day. 

For children 10-12 years old.
Important Note: Campers MUST be able to swim to attend this camp.

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Get In Touch

Have a Question Or Need Assistance?

If you have a question about YWCA Cambridge, our programs or events, or simply want to get involved, please give us a call or send us an email.

Contact Us

Address: 55 Dickson Street, Cambridge, Ontario, N1R 7A5

Office Hours:
Monday to Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Sundays & holidays: closed

Tel: +1 (519) 267-6444
Email: info@ywcacambridge.ca

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