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Day Camp

Our Day Camp is a place where children and youth belong, grow, thrive and lead. Children ages 4 - 12 are welcome to join our enthusiastic, energetic, caring staff members in a safe environment that encourages children to realize their potential and follow their dreams. Camps are offered in one-week sessions in July and August.

By focusing on personal growth and development, Campers are provided with the opportunity to learn new skills, try new things, gain confidence by targeting a number of different learning styles to grow and flourish in ways that will benefit them long-term. Activities emphasize social development, character development, leadership, teamwork and sportsmanship. The goal in each activity is to build self-esteem by encouraging children to feel capable and confident in their abilities. Our Day Camp is an outdoor, beach front experience. We are a tech-free zone and ask Campers to leave their devices at home and reconnect with their natural curiosity and playful side. 

Our Day Camp does not automatically include Swimming Lessons but Campers will get recreational/ free swim time supervised by a lifeguard. Swim Lessons are an additional program and must be registered for in addition to Day Camp or as a standalone course. 

Swimming Lessons

Please note: Our Day Camp does not automatically include Swimming Lessons but Campers will get recreational/ free swim time supervised by a lifeguard. Swim Lessons are an additional program and must be registered for in addition to Day Camp or as a standalone course. 

We offer the Lifesaving Society Swimmer Program in two-week course sessions. The 6-level program makes sure your children learn how to swim before they get in too deep. Swimmer progressions accommodate children 4 - 5 years and older including absolute beginners as well as swimmers who want to build on the basics. We stress lots of in-water practice to develop solid swimming strokes and skills. We incorporate Water Smart® education in all levels.

Swim Lessons are offered at Sydenham Point Park, Gilmour's Point Park in Battersea and McMullen Beach in Verona. Check out the timetable below for specific lesson times. 

Please note that Swimming Lessons are not automatically included in our Day Camp program and vice versa. Parents and guardians have the flexibility to enroll their child in both Swim Lessons and Day Camp, or one or the other. If your child is enrolled in just Swim Lessons, simply bring them to the beach at their lesson time. If they are enrolled in both Swim Lessons and Day Camp, they will pulled from the Camp to do their lesson and return to the group when they are done.

2024 Programs

Registration for Day Camp & Swimming Lessons will be open online on March 25th, 2024, at 9:00 am.

Link to update account information and to register on opening date.

Please call 613-376-3027 ext. 4331 or email recsupport@southfrontenac.net with any questions or comments.
Photo Gallery: Swim will appear here on the public site.

Day Camp Program Information & FAQ's

2024 dates, rates and times
Dates
  • Week One: July 2nd - 5th (no program on July 1st due to the Canada Day Long Weekend)
  • Week Two: July 8th - July 12th
  • Week Three: July 15 - July 19th
  • Week Four: July 22nd - July 26th 
  • Week Five: July 29th - August 2nd 
  • Week Six: August 6th - August 9th (no program August 5th due to the Civic Holiday)
  • Week Seven: August 12th - August 16th
  • Week Eight: August 19th - August 23rd
Rates
  • Day Camp Week's Two - Five, and Seven - Eight: $150.00/ week
  • Day Camp Week's One & Six (holiday pricing): $120.00/ week
  • Before and after care: $30/ week ($24/ week when there is a holiday)

There is no HST charged for Day Camp.

Times
  • Core hours of Day Camp are 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Before care starts at 7:30 am
  • After care is available until 5:00 pm
Bus Transportation

Get your Camper to the beach in style! To alleviate the tremendous demand at our Sydenham camp location, we're offering a shuttle service to our other day camp locations. The buses will pick up Campers at The Point in Sydenham and head to Gilmour's Point in Battersea and McMullen Beach in Verona with a return trip in the afternoon.

  • The buses leaves Sydenham Point Park at 7:30 am, one going west to McMullen Beach in Verona, and the other going east to Gilmour's Point in Battersea.
  • In the afternoon, it's all aboard the bus at 4:00 pm returning to Sydenham Point Park for parent pick up at 4:25pm. 
  • Transportation cost is $30/ week ($24/ week when there is a holiday)
Locations 
A day in the life of a camper

Our Camps have different themes and activities for each week; Campers and parents will receive a calendar so they know what to expect and what to bring for the planned activities/ crafts (i.e. a small cardboard box to decorate, a piece of white clothing for tie dye, etc.). Some examples of the themes include STEM, Around the World, Disney Week, etc.). The 2024 themes will be developed in June once our Summer Staff have started.  

Overall, our Camp is an outdoor, beach front experience. We are a tech-free zone and ask Campers to leave their devices at home and reconnect with their natural curiosity and playful side. 

If your Camper is in both Day Camp and Swimming Lessons, they will simply be pulled from Camp at their lesson time and return to the group when they are done.

Here is a general look what Campers will be up to during the day:

  • 8:00 am
    • Good morning, Campers!
    • Sign-in, put away backpacks and coats, lunches in the fridge, etc.
    • Free time!
  • 9:00 am
    • Morning activity/ game
    • Daily craft, usually corresponding with the week's theme
  • 10:00 am
    • Morning snack
    • Change for swim
    • Morning swim
  • 11:00 am
    • Free swim!
  • 12:00 pm 
    • Lunch time
    • Free time!
  • 1:00 pm 
    • Afternoon activity/ game
    • Finish up themed craft
    • Get ready for afternoon swim
  • 2:00 pm
    • Free swim!
  • 3:30 pm
    • Change out of swim gear
    • Final pack-up/ clean-up
    • Afternoon snack (healthy snack provided)
  • 4:00 pm 
    • Home time! 
    • Sign-out
    • Any left behind items will be laid out for parents/ Campers to claim
What is the minimum and maximum age for the program?
Our program is suitable for Campers ages 4 - 12. 
Payments and withdrawals 

Payments will not be accepted at the day camp site, all payments must be handled at the Public Services Office located at 2490 Keeley Road, in person or by using our online registration system.

  • If you transfer to another session or site at the time of withdrawal, no fee is charged.
  • If you need to withdraw your Camper, please contact the Camp Coordinator as soon as you can to allow for another Camper to join us if we have a wait list. A prorated refund may be available to you.

Staff certifications 

All South Frontenac Swim & Day Camp staff are required to provide a CPIC prior to starting. Our staff are also equipped with the following certifications: 

Site Coordinators & Swim Instructors
  • National Lifeguard Certification
  • Lifesaving Society Swim Instructor Certification
  • First Aid & CPR-C
Camp Councillors
  • First Aid & CPR-C
Weather

Our camps and swim lessons run regardless of the weather. We simply adjust the location and activities as appropriate.

Outdoor activities can still be enjoyed and sometimes our fondest memories are those rainy days. Please dress your child and pack to be prepared for any weather.

Important camp documents

Swimmer Program Information & FAQ's 

What swim program does South Frontenac facilitate? 

In 2022, South Frontenac transition into the Lifesaving Society's 6-level Swimmer program. Previously, the Township facilitated Red Cross Canada swim lessons. In a media release in January 2022, Red Cross Canada announced that after 70 years, they are transitioning swim and instructor programs the the Lifesaving Society of Canada. 

The Lifesaving Society’s 6-level Swimmer program makes sure your children learn how to swim before they get in too deep. Swimmer progressions accommodate children 4 - 5 years and older including absolute beginners as well as swimmers who want to build on the basics. We stress lots of in-water practice to develop solid swimming strokes and skills. We incorporate Lifesaving Society Water Smart® education in all Swimmer levels.

Swim level descriptions

Swimmer 1: These beginners will become comfortable jumping into water with and without a lifejacket. They’ll learn to open their eyes, exhale and hold their breath underwater. They’ll work on floats, glides and kicking through the water on their front and back.

Swimmer 2: These advanced beginners will jump into deeper water, and learn to be comfortable falling sideways into the water wearing a lifejacket. They’ll be able to support themselves at the surface without an aid, learn whip kick, swim 10 m on their front and back, and be introduced to flutter kick interval training (4 x 5 m).

Swimmer 3: These junior swimmers will dive, do in-water front somersaults, and handstands. They’ll work on 15 m of front crawl, back crawl and 10 m of whip kick. Flutter kick interval training increases to 4 x 15 m.

Swimmer 4: These intermediate swimmers will swim 5 m underwater and lengths of front, back crawl, whip kick, and breaststroke arms with breathing. Their new bag of tricks includes the completion of the Canadian Swim to Survive® Standard. They’ll cap it all off with front crawl sprints over 25 m and 4 x 25 m front or back crawl interval training.

Swimmer 5: These swimmers will master shallow dives, cannonball entries, eggbeater kicks, and in-water backward somersaults. They’ll refine their front and back crawl over 50 m swims of each, and breaststroke over 25 m. Then they’ll pick up the pace in 25 m sprints and two interval training bouts: 4 x 50 m front or back crawl; and 4 x 15 m breaststroke.

Swimmer 6: These advanced swimmers will rise to the challenge of sophisticated aquatic skills including stride entries, compact jumps and lifesaving kicks like eggbeater and scissor kick. They’ll develop strength and power in head-up breaststroke sprints over 25 m. They’ll easily swim lengths of front crawl, back crawl, and breaststroke, and they’ll complain about the 300 m workout.

What is the duration for each lesson? 

Swimmers 1 & 2: 30 minutes 

Swimmers 3 - 6: 45 minutes

What are the 2024 session dates?

Lessons run Monday's through Friday's (excluding holidays).

  • Session One: July 2nd - July 12th
  • Session Two: July 15th - July 26th
  • Session Three: July 29th - August 9th
  • Session Four: August 12th - August 23rd 

What times are the lessons?

Sydenham Point Park
  • Swimmer 5/6: 8:30 am - 9:15 am
  • Swimmer 4: 9:15 am - 10:00 am
  • Swimmer 3: 10:00 am - 10:45 am
  • Swimmer 2: 10:45 am - 11:15 am
  • Swimmer 1 - Group A: 11:15 am - 11:45 am
  • Swimmer 1 - Group B: 11:45 am - 12:15 pm
Gilmour's Point Park & McMullen Beach
  • Swimmer 1: 1:15 pm - 1:45 pm
  • Swimmer 2: 1:45 pm - 2:15 pm
  • Swimmer 3/4: 2:15 pm - 3:00 pm
  • Swimmer 5/6: 3:00 pm - 3:45 pm

What is the cost?

Swim Lessons are $65 for the session ($58.50 for sessions one and three because of the holidays).

Program registration conversion chart

Please refer to this handy chart for registration conversion from the Red Cross Swim Kids program and YMCA Learn to Swim program to the Lifesaving Society's Swimmer program:

What level should I register my swimmer for?

Please use the conversion chart if you are switching your child from another swim program (Red Cross or YMCA).

If your child is between the ages of 4, 5 or 6 and has never taken swimming lessons before, we recommend you start them in Swimmer 1. It is a much better experience for everyone to advance them to the next level sooner, rather than needing them to retake the level or drop down to master the skills taught in the lower levels.

Is your child is a bit older, has some skills, but is new to swimming lessons and you're not sure where to begin, contact Staff and to set up an evaluation. 

What is the minimum and maximum age for the program?

Our program is suitable for Swimmers ages 4 - 12. 

What do I need to bring for lessons?

  • Proper swim attire
  • Towel
  • Drinking water
  • Apply water proof sunscreen prior to arrival 
  • Goggles are optional 

If other swimming equipment is required, the instructors will provide them for use while in the lesson. 

Instructor certifications

All of South Frontenac's instructors hold the following certifications:

  • National Lifeguard Certification
  • Lifesaving Society Swim Instructor Certification
  • First Aid & CPR-C
 Weather

Swim lessons will only be cancelled in cases of thunder/lightning storms or extremely cold water, lessons will still be held in the rain.

In the event of lesson cancellations we will do our best to contact you before the lesson start time.

Water sampling at Township beaches

Results of Water sampling of beaches in South Frontenac are conducted by Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington Health Unit.

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