After reading my comprehensive list of birthday party ideas in Saskatoon, Chantel Serack wondered if I’d be interested in seeing her camp list, to which I answered YES OMG SEND IT because although I’d thought about putting one together, the birthday list took forevvvver and I wasn’t sure I could do it all over again. So, armed with Google, Chantel’s master list, my own experience, and like five or six hours scrounged over the course of a week, I’ve ended up with this marvelous piece de resistence. Please note that churches around the city also host camps so if that’s something you’re interested in, just look for posters at your next service or give a ring to the denomination of your choice— there are lots out there!
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And now, the moment you clicked through for… THE A-Z LIST of summer camps in Saskatoon (although if you know another we should add, I trust you’ll share in the comments so we can keep this thing fresh and complete):
AgBio Discovery Show your child just how much fun agriculture can be with this U of S camp. Experience a week of interactive science experiments, animal care and activities centered around agriculture. Camps open to kids entering grades 3–6 this fall.
Ancient & Medieval Adventure These camps at the Museum of Antiquities offer themes like Medieval Adventures, Fun with Pharaohs, and Folklore and Fairies. Programming is available for ages 6-13.
Aspiring Artists Your child will learn some drawing, painting, mixed media, sculpture, printmaking and stop motion animation techniques at the U of S. Children aged 6-15 who love art will participate in week-long, full-day camps with campus excursions. New this year, one camp week will be offered in French.
Bonjour Saskatchewan Camps for francophone kids (whose parents are members of Canadian Parents for French Saskatchewan) start at age 5 and help to hone French skills while exploring the culture in a fun way.
Boys & Girls Club Whether you want your kid to get out of the city and enjoy a Pike lake summer day camp or have fun in the city with field trips and special guests, the Boys & Girls club offer something special for kids aged 6-12.
Camp Easter Seal Although it’s not IN Saskatoon, reader Heather points out it deserves special mention and I agree! As the only completely wheelchair-accessible camp facility in Saskatchewan, Camp Easter Seal is dedicated to providing a fun and barrier-free experience to all campers with activities like horseback riding, sports, arts and crafts, campfires, and more.
Camp Tamarack Camp Tamarack strives to provide a camp experience that is an equitable opportunity for all children to grow, learn and flourish. It is an outdoor camp with a focus on connecting to nature. I’ll update when there is more info available.
Can Am Gymnastics Offering camps to kids as young as 1 (parented), CanAm has a camp for every level and age of gymnast. My daughter Petra absolutely delighted in last year’s camp and has asked to go again. (It’s a yes.)
Canlan Ice sports camps include hockey, ringette, and learn to skate. There are SO many programs for ages 4-12.
Caring Hearts Has your child experienced a tragic loss of a friend or family member in the last two years? This memorable weekend provides campers the opportunity to meet other children and teens who are also going through similar grief experiences, helping young people learn they are not alone. Ages 6-16 are welcome and there is no cost to attend.
College of Kineseology Dance, swim, sport, yoga, and combos of the three are offered in camps for ages 4-14.
Creative Haven YXE The name says it all: this one is for your crafty kid aged 5+. Paper / mixed media camps will be on the site this week so check back soon!
DefSOL Ages 5-16 can dance the days away with hip hop and great beats.
DiGGiT Volleyball Kids 7-17 will practice passing, serving, attacking, defence, blocking, setting, mental preparation, all in an exciting and fun atmosphere.
Diefenbaker Centre Youth aged 7-12 explore the history of Saskatchewan from prehistory to today. There are two age-dependent camps.
Drama: Making a Scene These U of S camps with a variety of dramatic genres are open to beginners and experienced young actors aged 10 to 17. Campers end the week with a live performance where they assume a starring role.
4cats Art Studio Kids 5 and up will get creative with mixed media. Children older than 10 may attend but should know there will be 5-year-olds in their class.
FLY YXE Kids 5-14 are in for a high-flying adventure with AntiGravity Kids hammock silks or Aerial Silks with a side of dancing and games. Older children will have a chance to perform “Under the Big Top” in a finale show.
Funky Artsmiths Children 6-17 will explore art in many forms in a small class setting.
Girls Rock Camp This one fills up FAST. ALL female identifying youth are welcome aged 8-14. The girls will play instruments and there is a performance.
Gail Adams School of Art My daughter Petra did one of these last year and absolutely loved it (she was 3 but programming technically starts at 4 and goes to 14). Many medias, explorations in texture and value, and some outdoor time gave a good balance of education and fun.
Happy Feet Have your child learn some soccer skills and make a few new friends, including Bob the ball. Programming is suited to children 2-6 years old.
Horse and farm camps aren’t exactly in Saskatoon, but they’re close by. I went to riding camp as a child and the memories are a stand-out. Here are a few options. Note that the ages may not be all together but for ease of listing, I’ve just written the youngest to oldest range:
Copper T Warmblood Stables (8-14)
Hidden Meadows (must be a member of the Saskatchewan Horse Federation)
Huskies Sports From age 5 to grade 12 and catering to nearly every sport, these are active camps lead byREAL Huskies athletes, which I recall being impressed by when I went to them as a kid!
Ignite Danceworks Ages 3-13 will find a theme they’re excited about in an active dance camp at Ignite, from princesses and superheros to Jedi training and Fortnite. These themes sound amazing, check the site.
KFL Football Ages 11-14 are welcome to join this 3-day camp in August, no matter their skill level. Players will be separated into peewee and bantam.
Map Camp This full-day geography camp at the U of S is open to kids ages 8-12 and includes tons of outdoor games while learning about Saskatchewan, the environment, and map-making skills.
Marian Gymnastics Marian offers camps every summer. Check back to their site soon for updated camp registration.
Momentum Martial Arts My favourite description online: “Our mission is to send your kids home happe and tired. We haven’t missed out mission yet.” Not gonna lie, these camps seem AWESOME. Open to kids aged 5+.
Okami Martial Arts The July 15-19th camp (ages 5 – 11) has a handful of spots left and there will be morning camps for tots aged 3-5 with dates TBD.
Persephone School of Theatre With a ton of options throughout the summer including an art immersion component in some of the camps including time spent at Remai Modern, kids ages 6 through 18+ will explore movement, drama, and even opera.
Priairie Fire Cheerleading Ages 3-14 are welcome at Prairie Fire camps where kids learn to cheer and tumble or hone their skills, depending on their level of experience.
Pure Energy Dance Camps are available from ages 5-teen and include fun themes for the little ones and intense dance workshops for the more advanced kids.
Reebok Crossfit 306 Kids have fun training, learning about their bodies, doing gymnastics, and weightlifting. They tackle subjects like cooking healthy snacks and meals, body image, positive mindset, gratitude, stress, anxiety, usage of electronics and balancing school, sport and life. Ages 10-15.
Remai Modern Running weekly, Remai Modern art camps will inspire your little artist.
Rock Ridge Paintball These camps focus on safety, respect, teamwork and technique - and of course, lots of games. Included in the 2-day camp is a junior one-year membership. One-day camps are also available. Ages 10-15.
Royal City Soccer Ballin’ camps for kids 5+ running all summer long.
Sage Hill Writing Workshops for Teens If your child is between 14-18 and enjoys writing, this is a great opportunity for them to hone their skills with a professional instructor, and it’s free of charge. Visit the website to learn more and to apply.
Saskatchewan Band Association Open to children who’ve played at least one year of band all the way up to grade 12, these camps offer a mix of private lessons, sectional instruction, master classes, theory, ear and rhythm training along with full band, staff performances and even some recreational activities to add some extra fun to the week. Participants experience a week filled with making new friends, specialized band instruction and fun that they won't soon forget. There's also a jazz band, open to grades 7-12.
Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation Conservation camps for boys and girls aged 12-15 feature archery, canoeing, air rifle shooting, trapping, wildlife identification, plant identification, survival skills, camp cooking, fisheries studies, map & compass, GPS use and so much more. Campers must be sponsored by a SWF branch.
Saskatoon Academy of Music Kids 3-17 will find the perfect camp for their age and skill to explore and play music.
Saskatoon Racing Canoe Club Weeklong and 4-day kayak camps offer something different for your water baby.
Saskatoon Zoo From interactions and education with the animals to crafts, the zoo camps will appeal to your nature-minded child. Programming is available for ages 7-14 .
Sask Express Starting from age 3 (we did one last year and it was fantastic) and extending into teenage years, Sask Express offers kids music, dance, and theatre camps all summer long.
Sask PolyTech There are such diverse camp offerings at Sask PolyTech that this one deserves a bullet point list. Note that the age ranges aren’t always all together but rather there are junior versions of some of these camps:
Young Builders (9-15)
Virtual Reality (8-14)
Minion lab (5-8)
Minecraft Modders (8-14)
Make a 3D Video Game (8-14)
Junior Police Academy (10-13)
Girls Exploring Trades and Technology (10-13)
Gearhead Automotive (13-15)
Health & Science (9-14)
Chef Academy (9-14)
Beauty Basics (9-14)
App Attack (8-14)
Adventures and Athletics (5-15)
Sask Reptile Show Wrangler Elisa has turned the Reptile Show into year round fun. Kids will learn about and FEED snakes, lizards, tortoises, turtles and tarantulas and enjoy lots of outdoor activities, crafts, nature walks, games and more. Programming available for kids 4-13.
SCI-FI Camps These U of S camps run weekly for eight weeks in July and August and offer five unique types of camp: Science Camps, Technology Camps, Computer Science Camps, Medical Science Camps, Nutrition, and Veterinary Medicine Camps. Programming is available for grades 1-7+.
SCYP Co-op This leadership camp for kids 12-18 aims to meet new people, develop leadership skills, get involved in the community, and create a special bond between participants. Activities are participatory and interactive, and challenge participants to work together. SCYP also offers swimming, canoeing, volleyball, campfires, and other recreational activities. Co-op Camp is a core program of the Saskatchewan Co-operative Association. The theme and graphics change annually, and for 2019 is: Learn. Adventure. Connect.
Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan Kids 10-18 spend time outdoors as they develop skills like voice and movement, textual analysis, and character creation as they’re lead by U of S drama students. The camps also feature workshop sessions conducted by professional actors. Your child will gain an understanding of the life and stories behind the words of Shakespeare as well as increased confidence and skills in public speaking, teamwork, literacy, and adaptability.
Sportball Kids aged 3-12 will learn and hone their skills in a variety of sports. My daughter did this last year and had a blast.
Studio One Dance My family’s studio of choice! Dance camps run July 8-11 for dancers 4-teen and are split into two age groups. Dancers are exhausted with smiles on their faces at the end of each day of camp. Win.
Summer Academy for Voice and Piano Open to singers and pianists ages 11-18 who want to experience the joy of elevating their musicianship.
Summer Sunshine hosted by Learning Disabilities Association of Saskatoon This is a welcoming and inclusive camp for kids aged 7-11. Expect games, centers, crafts, computers, and taking a bus to do things such as swimming, hiking, bowling, or to the movies.
Suzuki Strings Children from age 1 can have musical experiences with Suzuki Strings. See the site for details about ages and dates.
Taiso Gymnastics Camps run all summer long for both ages 5+ and kinder (3+4). In addition to gymnastics, Taiso also partners with the Diving Club for combined full day camps in August. Find dates and themes on the site.
The Local Kitchen Budding chef? The Local Kitchen offers camps for ages 8-14.
Tykes and Tots This program at the Henk Ruys Soccer Centre offers school aged children (5-10) care for $30/day and you can select the days you need.
Vibe Dance Camp ViBE is a fun filled summer day camp for kids grades JK to 8 to learn new dance skills and routines, explore different dance styles, develop friendships, gain confidence and self-esteem, and stay active all summer long! Camp ViBE is suitable for beginner, intermediate, and advanced dancers and welcomes dancers with or without dance experience. There is aftercare available as well, so this is a good option for working parents.
Wanuskewin Beside this one, Chantel had written “excelent camps!!! SOOOO good!!” so with a list this long, getting that kind of review from her has gotta mean something. There are two themes available: Mother Earth and Archaeology, both with impressive activities like animal tracking, bannok making, tipi raising, and learning Cree symbols.
We Move SK Camps involve dance, acro, yoga, crafts, and more with themes like Space, Super Heros, and Animal Planet. Available for children 3-13.
Western Development Museum Hands on Heritage camps take kids back in time through Saskatchewan’s past, showing what life was like for settler kids in 1910. How did they live and play? Kids aged 7-10 will come away with an appreciation of life before screens.
Wet Paint Pottery Kids 8 and up will explore pottery techniques as well as working with fused glass, canvas, mixed media.
Wide Open Puppet Theatre Kids ages 5-10 are invited to build puppets and put on a big show at 5-day camps running July 10- Aug 4.
Wild Sky Learning Their Forest Kids Summer Camp is a week long, family-involved camp that takes place in July & August at the Ness Creek Site in north-central Saskatchewan, and their Saskatoon Forest School is a day program for preschoolers following the Forest School model of inquiry-based play and outdoor learning, where children spend weekdays exploring communities, local woodlands, green spaces, natural playgrounds and outdoor classrooms. Both sound amazing.
Wild Spirit Education Kids aged 3-12 will help plan their own days at these child-led camps aimed at developing social skills, leadership skills and independence. Expect art projects, messy science, free play in the water, and outdoor play.
YAS Basketball fan? Get them on the court with a YAS basketball skills camp. Ages 8-15.
YMCA Whether you choose the weekly-themed programs in the city which utilize the pool, gym, and nearby attractions for field trips or you pick the daycamps at Blackstrap, you can count on lots of active time for kids aged 5-17.
YWCA Basketball camps for kids aged 10-15 are broken into fundamentals and strategy depending on your child’s skills.
Ze end. Or is it? If you’ve got another (non-denominational) camp to add, let me know in the comments and I’ll add it. Let’s keep this list alive!