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[Science Quest]
Science Quest is one of the many camps that are available for kids during the summer at Queen's. (University Communications)

Planning out the summer for the children in your life?

Queen’s University offers a wide variety of summer camps for kids of all ages. Not only do they provide children as young as four years old with fun, safe and educational experiences, they employ hundreds of Queen’s students, helping them build additional valuable skills and experience they can take with them after graduation. 

From arts and science, to sports, to gardening, cooking, superheroes, leadership, and eco-adventures, there is something for every interest!

Check out some of the exciting offerings below and find out how to register.

Athletics & Recreation Q-Camps
Q Camps offers a large variety of theme and sports camps for all age groups and skill levels that provide a welcoming and inclusive environment, from beginner preschool camps to Elite Gaels high-performance camps.

Our camp counsellors are sport-minded mature university students who create a positive atmosphere designed to help participants develop friendships, improve their athletic skills, and most of all have fun!

This year, Q Camps has introduced a 1-on-1 inclusion program for campers who need additional support. We meet with parents in advance to develop and implement individualized plans to support the successful inclusion of each child. In addition, Q Camps now has Comfort Zones for any campers who need a little downtime during the day. These zones include comforting items and sensory toys.

Visit gogaelsgo.com to see all of the camps on offer and to register!

Queen’s Athletics and Recreation

Enrichment Studies Unit (ESU)
ESU offers four camps during the week of August 11-16 that allow students to develop their leadership skills and apply their knowledge beyond the classroom:

  • Summer Enrichment Experience @ Queen’s (SEEQ) gives students in grades 8-12 the opportunity to take an academic course on campus, connect with like-minded peers and learn more about planning for post-secondary education. This program has both commuter and residence options.
  • The Leadership Training Program is offered in three levels to students in grades 7-10. This innovative program is for students who strive to become effective leaders in academic, extracurricular, and business situations, and includes a retreat to the Elbow Lake Environmental Education Centre.

To learn more and to register, visit esu.queensu.ca

Enrichment Studies Unit

Queen’s French Camp
The Queen’s French Camp is offered in 4–5 day sessions in June, July and August, and is open to children ages 4-9. The program allows students to learn and experience the French language and culture in a fun, interactive, recreational setting. No French experience is required.

Visit queensu.ca/french/queens-french-camp to learn more and to register.

Department of French Studies

Science Quest Camps
Queen’s Engineering Society is offering 7 different Science Quest camps in July and August for students in kindergarten to grade 8. Campers will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of science-based activities and learn about topics such as robots, music production and coding. There are also programs open just for girls, including Girls Quest and Girls Quest Tech.

For more information and to register, visit sciencequest.ca.

Engineering Society

Math Quest
Math Quest is a residential mathematics camp for high school girls interested in math and science. The program runs Aug. 20-23 and focuses on problem solving, and includes hands-on activities led by female mathematicians, statisticians and physicists.

To learn more and the register, visit mast.queensu.ca/~mathquest.

Department of Mathematics and Statistics

GIRLS (Girls for Innovation, Research, Leadership & Science) Camp is a 5-day camp from July 22-26 concentrating on hands-on activities related to astronomy and physics. The program gives students going into grades 7, 8, and 9 the opportunity to explore the cosmos and carry out real science experiments with the close guidance of leading female scientists.

For more information and registration details, please visit physics.queensu.ca/girlscamp.

Department of Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy

Queen’s Summer Engineering Academy (QSEA)
Connections Engineering Outreach offers a variety of summer programs for students in grades 5 to 11. The programs provide participants with an introduction to the Queen’s Engineering experience in the form of the Queen’s Summer Engineering Academy (QSEA), QSEA Intermediate, or QSEA Junior.

Visit queensconnections.ca/qsea to register.

Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science

Arthur B. McDonald Institute at Queen’s University
McDonald Institute- Queen’s University Astroparticles & Research for Kingston Students (MI-QUARKS) is a free afternoon enrichment program for keen high school students, including students graduating this June, that explores what it’s like to be a scientist and physicist. The program will be held over 12 afternoon sessions between July 9 and August 15. Students will have the chance to learn from undergraduates and scientists at the McDonald Institute, and explore a variety of content and practices through hands-on activities. The goal of this program is to supplement the focus on scientific content in the classroom with the practical tools that are at the heart of actually doing science.

Visit https://mcdonaldinstitute.ca/mi-quarks/ for more information and how to register.

Mark Richardson, Education and Outreach Officer at the Arthur B. McDonald Canadian Astroparticle Physics Research Institute

Eco-Adventure Camp
Eco-Adventure offers educational day programming with unique weekly themes for campers aged 9 – 14. Participants will enjoy day camp in the great outdoors at the Elbow Lake Environmental Education Centre, a campus of the Queen’s Biology Station. There will also be a Leader in Training Week on July 2-5 for older campers, ages 15 to 18.

Free Family Night programming and optional cabin rentals will be available every Thursday evening at Elbow Lake. Family Night is open to everyone.

To learn more about programming at Elbow Lake, visit ecoadventurecamp.ca.

613-533-6000 ext. 77058

ASUS Summer Camps
The Arts and Science Undergraduate Society (ASUS) runs one-week themed camps through July and August for children ages 4-8, that incorporate the Ontario Curriculum . This year’s themes include Summer in Space, Superhero Academy and Fairy Tales and Fables.

To register and to see a full list of offerings, visit asuscamps.com.

Arts and Science Undergraduate Society

Barefoot Players Summer Theatre Camp
Barefoot Players offers three one-week sessions of theatre camp in July and August. Campers aged 6-12 will learn more about theatre, acting, dance and music from members of the Barefoot Players theatre troupe.

Visit sdm.queensu.ca/community/barefoot-players to learn more and to register.

Dan School of Drama and Music

Explore Summer Camp
Explore Summer Camps give campers, in senior kindergarten to grade 8, the chance to engage in innovative science experiments, learn about different cultures and people, meet new friends, play games, and spend time exploring the outdoors. Programs focus on a different topic each week, from wildlife to space, and include a weekly field trip.

Learn more and register at queensu.ca/geographyandplanning/explore-camp.

Department of Geography and Planning
613-533-6000 ext. 77214

Agnes Etherington Art Centre Camps
The Agnes Etherington Art Centre offers two summer camp programs:

  • The Agnes Art Academy is for teens who are ready to take their art to the next level. The one-week course, which runs from July 2-5, includes creativity exercises, individual skill-building and group creations.
  • The Agnes Art Camps are five one-week art day camps for children aged 6–12. The program provides weekly themes, guided artmaking exercises and lots of time for creative play.

Visit agnes.queensu.ca/learn/summer-camps to find out more and to register.

Agnes Etherington Art Centre