Over 4,000 kids attend first day of CampTO

Today, Mayor John Tory was at York Recreation Centre for the opening of CampTO, welcoming 4,135 campers to their first day of summer camp.

CampTO programs will run for eight weeks from July 5 to August 27, for children between the ages of four and 12, at approximately 120 locations across the city. To date, there have been more than 31,500 registrations for CampTO programs.

“CampTO is a great way for kids to have fun at summer camp this year while keeping everyone safe. City staff designed programs to help kids transition back into social groups within the boundaries of Toronto Public Health guidelines, said Mayor Tory. “I want to thank staff for helping bring CampTO to life safely so that we can all ensure that our campers are engaged and active this summer!”

The progam offers traditional day camp experiences, including dance, drama, music, arts and crafts, and active games. Adapted and inclusive programs for participants with disabilities will also be available.

New this year, is CampTO Plus. These are  in-person specialty camps at community centres and museums which will offer specialized programing in areas such as French immersion, arts, creative writing, nature and science.

CampTO Virtual will also be available, with 45-minute-long live and interactive workshops for at-home campers age four to 12, with interactive games and creative programming. Programs will also be available for people living with disabilities.

In total, this summer the City will offer more than 35,000 spaces for CampTO, including adapted programs and CampTO Plus.

Spaces are still available for CampTO. For caregivers who wish to send their children to CampTO this year or have children participate in CampTO Virtual from home, the quickest and easiest way to register is online at https://efun.toronto.ca/TorontoFun/Start/Start.asp. Phone registration is also available at 416-396-7378.

Information on free programs and subsidies for recreation programs is available on the Free and Lower-Cost Recreation Options webpage: www.toronto.ca/explore-enjoy/recreation/free-lower-cost-recreation-options/.

More information about Summer CampTO is available at: www.toronto.ca/explore-enjoy/recreation/campto/.

All summer CampTO programs will follow provincial health guidelines for day camps. These guidelines include physical distancing, daily health screening, wearing masks, cohorting, and enhanced facility cleaning. Each camp group will stay together for the entire week and will not interact with other camper groups. Caregivers will receive a phone call prior to camp start to review procedures and do a pre-camp health check. CampTO campers and staff are expected to wear cloth face coverings or masks indoors. Campers will be required to bring two to three clean face coverings or masks to camp each day.



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