General Information

Our camps offer children fun-filled activities throughout the year. Through exciting and active adventures, new friends, and caring staff, children will create wonderful memories that last a lifetime!

Camps serve children ages 4 to 12. Campers must be between the ages of 4 and 12 by the start of their camp. Campers must be fully toilet trained to attend camp programs.

Our staff to camper ratio is 1:10. All camp staff are first aid and CPR certified and must complete a successful criminal reference check. Staff training includes, but is not limited to, program planning, inclusion, behavioural management and High Five Principles of Healthy Childhood Development.

Campers will need to bring with them:

  • refillable water bottle
  • four nut free snacks and a cold lunch per day
  • spare change of clothes
  • appropriate outerwear for the season
  • running shoes for indoor programs and proper outdoor footwear for weather conditions
  • a great attitude!

Additional information about clothing or equipment needs will be shared for each camp.

Our camps

Day Camp

Registration is full. Join the waitlist through ActiveNet.

Each week camp staff plan a variety of themed activities and games. On the Monday of each week, a letter will be sent home with parents/guardians outlining the weekly theme and some of the special activities planned. Activities include outdoor adventures, visits to the splash pad, crafts, games, sports, guest speakers and trips.

See our day camp page for more program information.

March Break Camp

This camp is now full.

For this week-long camp, staff are planning a variety of activities and games. Activities include outdoor adventures, crafts, games, sports, and guest speakers. Campers will need to bring winter wear such as boots, hats, and mitts in addition to indoor clothing and the items listed under general information.

Register for March Break Camp (starting January 8th).

Thank you to our generous sponsors: Bluewater Plumbing and Heating, Forever Furniture, White Squirrel Golf Club and Restaurant and Blue Water Rest Home Residents’ Council.

How to register

Registration is done online through our registration portal (ActiveNet). A link to the registration portal is available on this page. If you do not have access to the internet or are having difficulties with the registration process, please contact the municipal office.

Registration is not complete until payment is received. Payment can be made at the Municipal Office (cash, debit, cheque) or online by credit card (please note there is a 3% processing fee for online payments).

An administration fee of $25 will be levied to all NSF cheques.

Make all cheques payable to the Municipality of Bluewater.

Registration is now done online through our registration portal (ActiveNet). Follow these steps to register:

  1. Navigate to our registration portal.
  2. Select "sign in/sign up."
  3. If you do not have an account, select "Join."
  4. Enter your email address and follow the steps to create a new password for your account.
  5. Select "Activities."
  6. Select "Enroll now" on the location and week you would like to register your child.
  7. Enter details for your child and their registration.
  8. Select "Check out."
  9. Review and agree to waivers by electronically signing your name.
  10. Enter payment details and select "Pay" (there is a 3 percent processing fee to pay online).

Space in our camps is limited, so make sure to register early to avoid disappointment.

During office hours

Once registration opens for a camp, a link to the hard copy registration form will be made available. Hard-copy forms and payment (debit, cash, or cheque) can be submitted at the municipal office from Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. If you registered online, you may also pay at the municipal office.

Outside of office hours

Hard-copy forms and payment (cheques only) may be submitted using the drop-box located on the main door to the municipal office (14 Mill Avenue, Zurich ON).

Hard-copy forms and payments may be mailed to the municipal office:

Municipality of Bluewater
ATTN: Facilities Department
14 Mill Avenue
Zurich, Ontario N0M 2T0

An administration fee of $25 will be levied to all NSF cheques.

Make all cheques payable to the Municipality of Bluewater.

HIGH FIVE programming

As a HIGH FIVE registered organization, the Municipality is committed to ensuring every child and youth has a positive sport and recreation experience. This philosophy is included in our programming.

The Municipality creates a culture of quality by training camp staff in the HIGH FIVE principles of healthy childhood development. This encourages a holistic approach to quality assurance by involving everyone in recreation.

HIGH FIVE is Canada’s only comprehensive quality standard for children’s programs, offering a holistic approach to healthy child development based in years of research.

Quality matters because research shows people are more likely to stay active for life if they have positive experiences in sport, recreation and physical activity as a child.

HIGH FIVE holds true to the following five Principles of healthy child development that the research indicates are essential for providing a positive experience for kids:

  • A caring adult
  • The opportunity to make friends
  • The opportunity to play
  • The opportunity to master skills
  • The opportunity to participate

Sponsorship Opportunities

We welcome monetary sponsorship from local businesses and organizations to purchase program materials (i.e. craft supplies), offer specialized in-house programs and keep registration fees affordable for campers.

In return for each sponsorship, your company will be promoted on the Bluewater website and social media, promotion materials and flyers and the weekly camp newsletter that goes home with families.

Cheques can be made payable to the Municipality of Bluewater. For a copy of our camp sponsorship or other sponsorship opportunities and levels, please contact the administrative assistant for the Facilities department.

We would like to thank our sponsors for their generous support that went towards our guest visitors, supplies, materials, snacks, crafts, freezies, sports equipment and many more things that helped our camp run smoothly.

Our 2023 sponsors are:

  • Bayfield Community Center
  • Bayfield Arena Community Partners Association
  • General Coach
  • Paul Bunyan Lake Front Resort
  • Axiom
  • Clark Multi- Trade Contractors Inc
  • The Albion
  • Elders Enterprises LTD
  • Optimist Club Bayfield
  • B.M. Ross and Associates Limited
  • Easy Building Products LTD
  • Hay Communications
  • Turkheim Printing
  • Viking Cives LTD
  • Forever Furniture
  • Bayfield Foodland
  • Berard Plumbing
  • Seebach & Company CPA
  • Key Farms
  • Van Den Berg Millwrighting
  • Bayfield Rec Sales
  • Stacey Palen Services
  • Dave Regier Construction
  • Rowcliffe Trucking
  • Huron Ridge
  • Lawn Master
  • Market Farms
  • Durand Heating
  • Town and Country Bowl Zurich
  • Microage Basics
  • Jenly Farms Zurich- Jenna and Billy Van Den Brand
  • Brandon Hardware
  • Village Bookshop
  • The Bayfield Town Hall
  • Bayfield International Croquet Club
  • Hensall Co-Op

For more information about camp programs, please contact the recreation coordinator

If you are curious about programming offered by other organizations in the Municipality of Bluewater, please visit our child and youth services or community groups pages. 

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