YWCA Summer Camps At Shade's Mills

An adventure in the wilderness awaits this summer! 







About Our Summer Camps

Camp runs from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

YWCA Cambridge Summer Day Camps have been an essential summer destination for girls and boys in Cambridge and the surrounding area for over 52 years. Taking place at Shade’s Mills Conservation Area, our camps focus on a diverse array of outdoor activities designed to help campers explore our environment and foster a connection to our natural world. 

Camps are priced individually but always include any special equipment needed. Camps run from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day. Extended Day is available from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. for an additional $49 per week or $39 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.

COVID-19 disclaimer: Heightened cleaning and sanitation measures will be in place, as well as physical distancing practices. Should Public Health measures lead to the cancellation of any of our camps, refunds would be issued

To Contact camp staff
email camp@ywcacambridge.ca or
call 226.220.6285

Summer camp is now full!
We can't wait to explore the outdoors with your campers this summer!

Our Principles

Camp counsellor poses on the beach with a child wearing a swim vest


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, fishing, swimming and more!


Subsidized spaces are available to ensure that all children can enjoy camp. If you would like more information about camp subsidies, please contact the Camp Director at camp@ywcacambridge.ca


An Inclusion Facilitator is available to ensure that children who need a little extra support can enjoy camp. Please note, we are unable to provide 1:1 support.

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.

Explore Our Camps

Nature Camp

Campers enjoy swimming, hiking, 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. 

Cost: $222 per camper, per week for full five-day week; $177 per camper, per week for four-day week.

Very limited space is still available for nature campers aged 10-12. for registration, please contact us at camp@ywcacambridge.ca
Two boys wearing safety goggles investigate an experiment in a beaker
Two girls investigate flowers using a microscope and a magnifying glass
Girl sits at picnic table with hands covered in orange slime

Mad Scientists

This camp is a fun-filled week of STEM experiences that form the foundation of a lasting love of science, technology, engineering, and math! STEM education creates critical thinkers, increases science literacy, and enables the next generation of innovators.

For ages 10-12 years
Cost: $250 per camper

Nature Detectives
July 11 – 15

Become a nature detective! This camp gives campers the freedom to explore the outdoor world through inquiry-based learning that extends far beyond the classroom, pages of a book or a screen. Also, learn to use a microscope to meet many creepy crawly friends!

For ages 10-12 years
Cost: $250 per camper

Habitat Hunters

As habitat hunters, campers will become very familiar with the surroundings of Shade’s Mills Conservation Area and it’s various plants and creatures.
Every animal, bird, insect or fish have unique habitat needs in order to survive. By the end of the week, campers will know about different habitats and even create their own!

For ages 10-12 years
Cost: $250 per camper

Ooey Gooey
July 25 – 29

Let’s get messy! Look, listen, touch & smell with many hands-on activities. We will work together to find all things dirty, slimy and downright cool, all in the magical Shade’s Mills Conservation Area.

For ages 10-12 years
Cost: $250 per camper

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August 2 – 5 (4 days)

Could you survive in the woods? Let’s make sure you could! Learn basic survival skills like how to build a shelter, make a fire without a match, create a survival kit and learn search and rescue techniques.

For ages 10-12 years
Cost: $202 per camper

Campers Cooking

If you like cooking and the great outdoors, this is the camp for you! Start out by decorating your own apron, then make your own delicious snacks and lunches each day, using the safe outdoor cooking and campfire building skills you’ll learn.

For ages 10-12 years
Cost: $250 per camper

Gone Fishing

Calling all fishing enthusiasts! We welcome those looking to learn, expand their knowledge or just take some time to enjoy a sport they already know. We will identify species and their habitats and cover equipment set up and care, casting and use of lures.

For ages 10-12 years
Cost: $250 per camper

Carnival Creators
August 22 – 26

Let’s put on an epic party! In this camp, we will focus on becoming carnival creators. Bring your creativity and, together with fellow campers, plan and create an exciting carnival, including games, to celebrate the last day of the camp week!

For ages 10-12 years
Cost: $250 per camper

3 boys sitting on a dock fishing at summer camp

Counsellor In Training (CIT) Program
July 11-22 

For ages 13-14 years
Cost: $225 (for two weeks)

Is your camper looking to develop their leadership skills while mentoring younger campers this summer? Our Counsellor In Training program is the perfect stepping stone to getting the hands on experience needed to become a summer camp counsellor. For two weeks, CIT campers will shadow camp staff and learn what it takes to lead a group of campers. 

Once your camp registration has been confirmed by the Camp Director, we will send you a link to our secure online payment portal to pay via Visa, Mastercard or American Express.

Shade's Mills summer campers play on the beach with buckets

Review our Shade’s Mills Summer Camp Manual and find all the answers to our commonly asked questions!

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