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Queen's Summer Camps

Update on 2021 summer camp planning

Due to the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic the decision has been reached to cancel any in-person Queen's camps for minors Summer 2021. 

Queen's will host a number of virtual/online camps for summer 2021. Details are posted below and questions can be directed to the various camp organizations about their virtual camp options.

The following Queen’s Camps are running virtual/online programming for Summer 2021. Please visit their website for further information:

Agnes Art Academy and Agnes Art Camp
ASUS Summer Camp
Barefoot Players Summer Theatre Camp
Eco Adventure
Enrichment Studies Unit (ESU)
Math Quest
McDonald Institute’s Summer of Science (previously MI-QUARKS)
Queen’s Summer Engineering Academy (QSEA)
Q-Camps (Athletics) 
Science Quest 

A wide variety of camps for children of all ages are offered at Queen’s in spring and summer. From sports to geography, art, and eco-adventures — there is something for everyone.

Oversight: Only the camps listed on this website have been approved by the Queen’s Camp Compliance Oversight Group (CCOG). For more information, please refer to the university's Policies and Procedures for Activities Involving Minors or contact CCOG at camps@queensu.ca.

Please use the individual camp contacts for information on specific programs and application procedures.

[ESU football camp, Fine Art Program and Eco-Adventure Camp photo collage][kids at camp]

Summer Programs

Camps are subject to change. Some dates not yet available.
Please contact the group/department noted for more details, to confirm dates, and to register.

Enrichment Studies Unit (ESU) Summer Programs

ONLINE for 2021

ESU connects students in grades 1-12 with inspiring academics and opportunities to discover future careers. Students take unique and challenging academic courses and workshops, live in residence or commute, and experience campus life during May, June, and August. ESU offers a variety of courses in Science, Engineering, Law, Business, and the Arts.  For more information about our programs and current course descriptions, visit the ESU website

ESU is accredited through the Ontario Camps Association.

Enrichment Studies Unit

Program Details and Dates Age / Grade Range
Summer Enrichment Experience @ Queen's (SEEQ): August Students entering grades 8-12
Core Leadership Training (L1): August
Students entering grades 7-8
Intermediate Leadership Training (L2): August
Students entering grades 8-9
Advanced Leadership Training (L3): August Students entering grades 9-10

Queen's French Camp

Department of French Studies

Program Details and Dates Age / Grade Range
  • 4–5 day sessions in June, July and August
  • Language learning and cultural activities through traditional camp recreational programming
  • No French experience necessary
SK–Grade 3
(Ages 4–9)

Science Quest

Engineering Society

Program Details and Dates Age / Grade Range
  • Science Camp
  • Science Camp Kinder
  • Tech Camp
  • Girls Quest
  • Girls Quest Tech
  • Robotics Camp
  • Science Camp Jr.
  • Science Quest in Brockville, Perth and Kemptville
  • Science Quest en Français
  • Impact and Brainstorm (overnight camps!)

Various weeks in July and August

Kindergarten – Grade 8

Queen's Summer Engineering Academy (QSEA)

Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science

With both residence and day options available, the QSEA program is an engineering-focused educational summer program that exposes your child to engineering design, as well as engineering fields such as chemical, civil, electrical and computing, geological, mechanical engineering, mining, and others. QSEA offers one-week programs in July and August for children in Grades 6–12

Program Details and Dates Age / Grade Range
QSEA Junior
  • Engineering design for sustainable solutions
  • Using robotics for Space exploration
Going into Grade 6 or 7
QSEA Intermediate
  • Designing autonomous systems with coding and robotics
  • Engineering design for sustainable solutions
Going into Grade 8 or 9
QSEA Senior
  • Engineering 101
  • Applied Science 101
  • Designing a prosthetic limb
  • Designing a hyperloop vehicle
Going into Grade 10, 11, or 12

Eco-Adventure Camp

We offer educational summer day camps and a volunteer program at the Elbow Lake Environmental Education Centre (a campus of the Queen’s Biology Station).

We provide transportation at no extra cost (stops are available at Queen’s and along the way to camp).

Online registration and payment are available. Ask about our Refer a Friend Discount!

613-533-6000 ext. 77058

Leader in Training Volunteer Program (40 Hours Guaranteed)

Our LIT Program is an advanced four-day overnight program for youth interested in advancing their leadership and outdoors skills. It includes first aid certification, canoe training, outdoors activities, and everything needed to help participants volunteer as a part of the Eco-Adventure team.

There’s also plenty of time for fun! Participants stay overnight at beautiful Elbow Lake and enjoy hiking, swimming, canoeing, campfires, and more (or should we say s’more?).

We guarantee at least 40 volunteer hours per participant!

The fee also includes food, accommodations, and Emergency First Aid with CPR B certification. We provide transportation (stops available at Queen’s and along the way to camp).

Eco-Adventure Day Camp

Try our educational day camps for children 10 – 14 during July and August.

We provide daily transportation at no extra cost (stops are available at Queen’s and along the way to camp).

Hands-on learning as well as traditional camp activities promote fun, fitness, and a love of nature. Camp includes outdoors activities like swimming and hiking, science experiments, arts and crafts, and guest presentations by experts from Queen’s and the community.

Need help? No worries – we have bursaries and are glad to assist. See our registration page or contact us for details.

  • Session 1: Things that Work Together
  • Session 2: Things that Move
  • Session 3: Things that Fly
  • Session 4: Things that Swim
  • Session 5: Things that Build
  • Session 6: Things that Make Noise
  • Session 7: Things that Hide

Family Night

Enjoy free weekly Family Night programming every Thursday evening! Learn about science and nature and experience Elbow Lake for yourself.

Family Night is open to everyone, including the public (no need to sign up for camp that week). Optional cabin rentals are available for $65. Cabins are limited, so book yours today!

ASUS Summer Camps

Arts and Science Undergraduate Society

ASUS Camps is a not-for-profit arts and science summer camp aimed at engaging the imagination and creativity of Kingston youth. Our interactive programming incorporates the standards of education that are present within the Ontario Curriculum and is designed for children aged 4-8. We have new and exciting themes for every week, each with different interactive activities to engage our campers!

Program Details and Dates Age / Grade Range

One-week Arts and Science camps over eight weeks.
Each week has a different theme and activities.

  • Week 1: Superheroes and Sidekicks
  • Week 2: Mythical Magic
  • Week 3: Eco-Adventure
  • Week 4: Amazing Artists
  • Week 5: Travelling Circus
  • Week 6: MasterChef Junior
  • Week 7: Sailing the Seas
  • Week 8: Monsters University
Ages 4–8

Barefoot Players Summer Theatre Camp

Dan School of Drama and Music

Program Details and Dates Age / Grade Range

Theatre, acting, dance, music, puppetry, and masks.

  • Session 1
  • Session 2
  • Session 3
Ages 6–12

Explore Summer Camp

Department of Geography and Planning
613-533-6000 ext. 77214 (Kathy Hoover)
Fax: 613-533-6122

Program Details and Dates Age / Grade Range
Explore Junior
  • Space Jam
  • Dawn of the Dinosaurs
  • Deep Freeze!
  • Community Helpers
SK–Grade 3
Explore Senior
  • Canada from Coast to Coast
  • We like to Move it, Move it
  • Oh, the Places You'll Go!
Grades 4–8

Agnes Art Academy and Agnes Art Camp

The André Biéler Studio is home base for Agnes Art Academy, a one-week course for teens and Agnes Art Camp, five one-week art day camps for 6-12 year-olds.
Register Online. 

Agnes Etherington Art Centre

Program Details and Dates Age / Grade Range
Agnes Art Academy
Agnes Art Camp
Ages 6–12

Math Quest

Department of Mathematics and Statistics
(613) 533-2432

A program for high school girls interested in math and science who have curiosity for exploring new ideas – and Queen’s campus. With a focus on problem solving, our hands-on activities are led by female mathematicians, statisticians, and physicists and take place across campus, indoors and out.

Program Details and Dates Age / Grade Range
Math Camp for Girls
Girls entering grades 9 or returning to high school for September 2019.

McDonald Institute's Summer of Science



Descriptions available at gogaelsgo.com/camps
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Athletics and Recreation
Call 613-533-2500

General Sport and Theme Camps

Program Details and Dates Age / Grade Range
Little Explorers Ages 4–5
Little Learners Ages 4–5
Mini Sport Ages 4–5
Music In Motion Peewee Ages 4–5
Super Hero Camp Ages 4–5
ActiveFUNdamental Ages 6–8
Music in Motion Ages 6–8
Junior Gardening Ages 6–8
Cooking Around the World Ages 6–12
DANCEPL3Y Dance Camp Ages 6–12
Soccer Camp Ages 6–12
Track Run, Jump & Throw Ages 6–12
Basketball Camp – Boys or Girls Ages 7–10
Mini Gaels Football Camp Ages 7–10
Coding for Kids Ages 8–12
Ukulele & Sports Camp  
1/2 Basketball & 1/2 Volleyball Ages 8–12
Field Sports Camp Ages 8–12
Just for Fish Ages 8–12
Red Cross Swim Kid Lessons and Sports Ages 8–12
Cycle Skills & Safety Camp Ages 9–12
On Your Mark, get set, READ! Ages 9–12 
Sport + Splash Ages 9–12
Sports Camp Ages 9–12
Swim & Gym Ages 9–12
Adventures in Creative Writing Ages 10–14
Basketball Academy for Boys or Girls Ages 10–14
Fitness for Girls Ages 10-14
Racquet Sports Camp Ages 10–14
Travel Our City Ages 10–14
Youth Gaels Football Camp Ages 11-13
Red Cross Babysitting Course Ages 11–15
Leader in Training Ages 13–17
Volleyball – Player Development Camp Jr. Ages 12-14 (Daytime)
Sr. Ages 15-17 (Evening)
Basketball – Elite Boys Academy Ages 13–16 / Grades 9–11
Basketball – Elite Girls/Women Training and Scrimmage Gr. 9 Ages 13–15 / Grade 9
Basketball – Elite Girls/Women Training and Scrimmage Gr. 10, 11, & 12 Ages 15–18 / Grade 10–12
Elite Football Camp Ages 14+
Queen's Cross Country ID Camp Ages 14-18 / Grade 9-12
Volleyball - Men's Elite Camp Ages 15-18 / Grades 10-12
Volleyball - Women's Elite Camp Ages 15-17 / Grades 10-11