YMCA summer camps – How are your kids spending their summer?


It’s the last week of school for  London and areas students and while that makes most kids happy it can be worrisome for parents. It’s important that children have a fun summer break but it’s vital to keep them engaged and stimulated.

So how are your children spending the summer? If you don’t yet have plans for them you’ll want to check this out:


The YMCA of Western Ontario has a number of day camps throughout the city and neighbouring towns like St. Thomas, Strathroy and Woodstock. These camps offer a wide variety of activities for youth of all ages. From sailing and fishing to yoga and dance there’s a tonne to do for students ages 3 to 17.

All Y camps are based on a scientifically proven “40 asset” framework, developed by the US YMCA in partnership with the national Search Institute, that details the common sense, positive experiences and qualities that help influence choices young people make and help them become caring, responsible adults. Based on a study of 2.2 million children and youth, from communication and family bonds, to education, boundaries and role modeling, the curriculum of Y camps fulfills 29 of these assets.

Camp Highlights

Visit the YMCAWO website for a full listing of program and registration information.

Fanshawe Conservation Area Day Camp (Campers 3-12 years old)

Come experience London’s best kept secret. Located on Fanshawe Lake, our waterfront programs make this site an unforgettable place for campers to make new friends and discover new opportunities.

  • Canoeing & Kayaking
  • Sailing & Fishing
  • Archery
  • Beach Volleyball
Spencer Lodge Day Camp (Campers 5-12 years old)

With beautiful forest, ponds and wide-open fields, Spencer Lodge is an ideal traditional camp setting in which campers will play, explore and grow.

  • Low & high ropes course
  • Rock climbing
  • Earth & wilderness education
  • Campfires & Outdoor cooking
Bob Hayward Day Camp (Campers 3-12 years old)

Whether a camper is learning swimming skills in the pool, soccer skills on the field, creating crafts in the multipurpose room or dressing up for a theme day, Bob Hayward kids will be engaged and active all day long!

  • All Sorts of Sports
  • Swimming & water games
  • Video Drama
  • Yoga & Fitness
Stoney Creek Branch Day Camp (Campers 3-12 years old)

This brand new state-of the-art YMCA facility offers 2 pools, multiple youth rooms, an indoor climbing structure, interactive gaming and beautiful outdoor spaces.

  • Treehouse Games
  • Swimming & Water Sports
  • Hip Hop Dance
Centre Branch Teen & Leadership Day Camp (Leaders 13-17)

The Centre Branch Y is the new home of our camping services leadership and teen programs! With lots of space to learn and grow, this is the perfect location for our teen campers to gain independence, responsibility, self-confidence and skills that will help them become leaders of tomorrow.

  • Leadership Development
  • Swimming & Lifeguarding Certification
  • Yoga and Dance
  • Teambuilding & Leadership Placements

The YMCA Cheer Mob

The YMCA is doing something really exciting to help spread the word of summer camp season. Check it out this Friday, June 24 in downtown London.

“London’s first ever cheer mob, a huge and jubilant crowd of YMCA of Western Ontario day camp staffers, will be marching through downtown London over the lunch hour this Friday June 24, cheering, chanting and promoting the start of Y day camps, which begin at seven London and area locations on July 4.

“Why? To spread the infectious energy that is Y camps!”


You can check out the cheer mob by following them on their route.

The cheer mob will leave the Centre Branch Y on Waterloo at 11:30a.m., travel down King to Wellington, through the South side of CitiPlaza past the food court, and back to King to the Covent Garden Market Square. After some time in the Square, the group will head up Talbot to Dundas, to the Central Library and through the Library Passageway, back through CitiPlaza on the North side, past the Scotia Bank, back to Wellington, up to Dundas and down to Waterloo, ending back at Centre Branch.

Here’s to a happy and safe summer!

City Mom