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Summer Camps in Cape Breton

Music For Young Children
Summer Day Camp for ages 3-10 – July 20th to 24th
Singing, dancing, drama, instruments, & fun!
Half days for ages 3-5 – 9am to noon – $60
Full days for ages 6-10 9am to 3pm – $120
Call 371-7369 or see website for more info.

Class Acts Drama School
Registration for all camps will be held on Saturday, June 20 from 10am-4pm at the
Southend Community Centre (28 Hillview Street, Sydney).
All camps run from 10am-4pm at the Southend Community Centre and cost $120 unless otherwise noted.
June 29 – July 3: Theatre Skill-Building
North Sydney (St. Matthew-Wesley Church Hall)
9am-noon – grades 3-6; 1pm-4pm – grades 7+
cost: $60
July 6-10: Improv (ages 11-14)
July 13-18: Improv (ages 14+)
July 20-24: Playbuilding (ages 11+)
July 27-31: Musical Theatre
9am-noon – ages 8-12 (cost: $60); 1pm-5pm – ages 13+ (cost: $80)
July 27-31: Improv (ages 11-15)
New Waterford (Lions’ Club)
August 10-14: Audition Skills (ages 11+)
August 17-21: Adventures in Drama (ages 5-7)
August 24-28: Creative Dramatics (ages 8-10)

Forrester School of Dance
August 6, 7, 8 for 2 hours each day

Redwood Stables
1806 Coxheath Road
Horseback riding – for more information contact Mona

YMCA Camps
YMCA of Cape Breton offers Day Camps at the Canadian Coast Guard College in Westmount.  The Camps will run weekly from the end of June to the end of August for 9 weeks, for children ages 5 to 12 .  The cost is $100 per week per child and $20 per day per child.  Second child will receive a 10% discount.  There will be an additional fee of $1.00 for those using the bus services.

CBU Capers Baseball Camps

Boys And Girls Camp
Mon. July 13 – Fri. July 17

Boys and Girls entering Grade 7 to Grade 12

  • Day Camper (no meals included)
    9 a.m. – 8 p.m. daily
    *Camp ends Friday at 4:30 p.m.
  • Residence Camper (all meals incl)
    Check in Sun. July 12, 4 – 5:30 p.m.
    Check out Fri. July 17, 4:30 p.m.
    *Please note camp gift certificates are not valid for the overnight camp.Specialty Week

(for boys and girls)

  • Ball Handling Camp Mon -Tues July 20 – 21
    9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    Ages 6 -17
  • Shooting Camp Wed.-Fri., July 22 – 24
    9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. daily
    Ages 6-17
  • Both Specialty Camps
  • Mini Camp Mon – Fri., July 27-31
    9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. daily
    Entering grade 6 and under

Overnight Camps
Cape Breton Bible Camp

Kid’s Camp June 12 – 14 6 & 7 $75.00
Jr. Intermediate June 28 – July 3 7 – 9 $225.00
Skills 1 July 5 – 10 10 – 12 $225.00
Jr. Teen July 12 – 17 13 & 14 $225.00
Intermediate July 19 – 24 10 – 12 $225.00
Skills 2 July 26 – 31 10 – 12 $225.00
Skills 3 Pre-Teen / Teen August 2 – 7 11 – 14 $225.00
Teen Camp August 9 – 14 15 – 19 $225.00

Sydney Presbytery Camping Program
Mira Pines United Church
July 12th – 17th – Co-ed Intermediate (9-12 yrs) – $225
July 19th – 24th – Co-ed Intermediate (9-12 yrs) – $225
July 26th – 29th – Junior (6-8 yrs) – $135
July 31st – Aug 6th – Co-ed Senior Mix (13-17 yrs) – $360

Camp MacLeod
2731 Trout Brook Road, Albert Bridge
539-2467 (camp number after July 1st = 562-1085)
June 29-July 5 Junior Co-ed (age 9-11)
July 6-12 Intermediate Co-ed (age 12-14)
July 13-19 Junior Girls (age 9-11)
July 20-26 Senior Co-ed (ages 14-16)
July 27-30 Novice Co-ed (age 7-8)
August 3-9 Junior Co-ed (age 9-11)
August 10-16 Intermediate Co-ed (age 12-14)
August 17-23 Junior Girls

Gaelic College of Celtic Arts & Crafts
Stay overnight, or choose a day camp instead – everything from the Gaelic language to Highland dance and weaving offered.

Miscellaneous Camps
Town House
July 6 – August 27  For elementary school aged children
Week #1, July 6-10                        Wonders of Nature
Week #2, July 13-17                     Mad Scientists
Week #3, July 20-24                     Jurassic Park
Week #4, July 27-31                     Carnival Craze
Week #5, Aug 4-7                          Summer Olympics
Week #6, Aug 10-14                     Travel in Time
Week #7, Aug 27-21                     Cool Careers
Week #8, Aug 24-27                     Musical Fiesta
From 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. each day at Passchendaele House
Encourage your children to join in the fun for all eight weeks or choose which weeks you’d like them to participate in.  The cost is $75 per week for one child or if there is more than one child per family, the cost would be $60 per week for each additional child.  You provide their lunch and we provide snacks!  Please call Town House for more information at 849-2449.

Highland Village Programs

Wednesdays (July 8, 15, 22 & 29) – Làithean Sona/Happy Days Chidren’s Living History Program
Take part in this special living-history program for children and get a sense of what life was like for Gaels in those days past. The program features special hands-on activities including chores, crafts, games, language, and song. Costumes are provided. For ages 8-12 only. 10 am to 4 pm. $30 per child. Prepaid reservations required. No refunds or discounts. 13% HST included.

Thursdays (alternate – July 9 & 23) – Na Deugairean/ The Teenagers Living History Program for Youth
Partake in this special living-history program for teens and get a sense of the responsibilities and the lifestyles of young Gaels in days past. The program features special hands-on activities including chores, crafts, language and song. Costumes are provided. For ages 13-17. 10 am to 4 pm. $30 per child. Prepaid reservations required. No refunds or discounts. 13% HST included.

Fridays (July 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31) – Spòrs/Fun Gaelic Games for Kids
Join us for a morning of interactive games that focus on language, song, dance and other aspects of Scottish heritage. Gaelic games such as Tunnag Tunnag Gèadh, “Duck Duck Goose” center on basic Gaelic vocabulary and phrases which are incorporated into fun and engaging games for children. Spòrs is for children aged 5-10. 10 am to 12 pm. Free admission.

These programs are also available in August – see website for more details.

Island Martial Arts Yoga Camp for Kids

Keltic Drive

Yoga, games, meditation, art activities.  All ages welcome.

5-day camps (Mon-Fri) 9am-noon or 1pm-3pm

July 6th through August 28th

$75.00 weekly

Day Camps at the Centre for Craft & Design

Introduction to Pottery
Spend a week this summer in a clay studio making your own one of a kind pots, vessels or even masks. In this workshop, students will create pots or masks (for masks, students will work with a partner to make a plaster mold of their face).  Using this mold as a base, students will complete two masks – one a likeness of themselves and one creative interpretive or fantasy mask.  If you like surprises, they you’ll love exploring alternative methods pottery decoration.  Dipping, pouring, carving, and painting are just some of the many ways of treating the surface of clay.  We will explore these and other exciting methods of creating beautiful one of a kind pottery.  Beginning July 6th, students are given the opportunity to spend a week in a clay studio making one of a kind pots, vessels, or masks through an Introduction to Pottery class.

Instructor:   Elizabeth Burtt
Level:   Beginner
Age:   12 to 16 years
Dates:   July 6, 8 & 9 from 1 to 4 pm and July 15 from 10am to 4pm
Length:   4 days (15 hours)
Location:  Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design
322 Charlotte Street, Sydney
Workshop Fees:  $ 84.75 (includes materials fees and taxes)

Introduction to Jewellery Making
Tired of commonplace jewellery that you can buy anywhere?  Why not make your own?  In this five-day workshop Caitlyn Purcell will encourage students to explore piercing, texturizing, roller printing, cold connections and polishing of metal in order to create unique pieces of jewellery.  Students should be able to complete a copper or brass pendent and earrings as well as a copper bracelet.

Instructor:   Caitlyn Purcell
Level:   Beginner
Age:   13 to 16 years
Dates:   July 27 to 31 from 12 noon to 4 pm
Length:   5 days (20 hours)
Location:  Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design
322 Charlotte Street, Sydney
Workshop Fee:   $ 96.05 (includes materials fees and taxes)

The 2009 Culture and Heritage Day Camp Program will be offered to children ages 7-13 in three consecutive week-long camps during the month of July. The camps aim to provide participants with an understanding of the diverse cultures around them, while still incorporating fun and games into their summer activities.
Camp 1 – July 6-10th      Ages: 7-8
Camp 2 – July 13-17th    Ages: 9-10
Camp 3 – July 20-24th    Ages: 11-13

Time: Monday-Thursday 9:00-12:30 and Friday 9:00-2:00pm

Cost: $65.00 ($60.00 for each additional sibling) The registration fee includes project materials, refreshments, admission to a local historic site and a t-shirt.

Location: Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design, 322 Charlotte St. Sydney

Deadline to Register: June 26th

For more information on the program, please contact Nicole at the Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design at 539-7491 or email

*Do you know about a summer camp in Cape Breton?  Let me know and I’ll post it!*








Kimberly is a homeschooling mother of two living with her dear husband of over 25 years in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She works from home as a homeschool coach and offers OBM, writing, editing, social media, and tech services. In her free time she likes to hand-spin, knit, read, volunteer in local theatre, and horseback ride.