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Y.A.K. Summer Camps

All summer camps are cancelled, please refer to the homepage for instructions. We will not be updating this website anymore. Please click here for our new website and current information. The 2021 summer schedule will be posted on January 15th 2021. See you next summer !

Summer Camp Movies!

Jurassic Art Camp

Facepainting Camp

Jr. and Sr. Art Camp

Robotics and Animation

Summer Camp Registration is open.

We will be sending out an email to those on our mailing list with camp information. If you'd like to be on the mailing list please send us an email and we'd be more than happy to add you.

You can register by printing out the form on this site and bringing it down to 716 King St. West. Between now and June 1 you can pay with a personal cheque, debit and E-transfer but after June 1st we only except payments in CASH ONLY - The reason for this is mainly to do with NSF cheques and the desire to have the majority of banking done before camps start. Receipts will still be issued upon registration.

When dropping off a registration to 716 King St. West, remember that the doors there are always locked. There is a door bell and a rope that hangs out to ring the cow bell! Any questions concerning registration should be communicated with Carrie Whalen or Jonathan Morin via phone, Text (613-539-5774 & 613-893-5774) or email (yakcamps@mac.com) prior to dropping off forms.

Registration Form


The summer camp registration form is available for download here.

Please take time to read our policies.

Be a C.I.T. at Y.A.K. Camps!

Do you love working with little kids?
Do you aspire to be a Camp Staff some day?
Well this is where you start!

2020 Camp Schedule

For more information on costs and location scroll down below the schedule and click on the camp you're interested in.

Week 1
June 29- July 3
Week 2
July 6-10
Week 3
July 13-17
Week 4
July 20-24
Week 5
July 27-31
Week 6
Aug. 3-7
Week 7
Aug. 10-14
Week 8
Aug. 17-21
Week 9
Aug. 24-28
                 
Jr. Art Camp Jr. Art Camp Faries & Unicorns Jr. Art Camp Jr. Art Camp No camps this week Jr. Art Camp No camps this week No camps this week
Lego Robotics Sr. Art Camp Lego Robotics Sr. Art Camp Clay and Ceramics Art Camp   Lego Robotics    
                 


Click on a camp name below to see a description of that weeks activities!

Jr. Art Camp (Ages 4-8)

The Jr. Art Camp is a fantastic place for young people to come and explore a wide variety of creative mediums in an environment steeped in the joy of Fine Arts. Clay, pottery, ceramic painting, acrylic painting on canvas, water colors, sculpture, mixed media projects, printmaking, screening, craft projects, fabric painting, fantastic face painting, inflatables, 25 Plasma Cars for the gymnasium and of course our famous environmentally friendly multi-media projects which change every year ie: worm composters, Mason Bee Houses, community sharing boxes, cool garden projects, tile trays etc. We are currently inventing this year's project.

Hotdog day on Friday (All Beef or Tofu dogs) Pizza day on Wednesday. T-shirts given out on Monday. In the afternoons we will get outside and do lots of fun in the sun games.

There is an art show every Friday from 3:30-4:30 of all the kids' projects that they worked on all week. If your child is in half day art camp please discuss with your councillor whether or not you would like to return for the 330 art show or take your child's art work home at noon on Friday.

This is our longest running camp. We have been doing the Jr. Art Camp for 24 summers now and many of the campers that came to these camps when they were young are now leading them with the help of C.I.T.'s who are also former Y.A.K. Campers. Also this summer we have three education graduates from McArthur College working for us that have degrees in the arts, music degree and fine arts degrees as well this summer Carrie Whalen will be be working full time at the St. Johns Anglican Church location

Carrie Whalen, the founder of Y.A.K. and a fine arts and fashion design graduate, plans the projects, directs, and oversees all of the camps at both spaces along with her husband Jonathan Morin.

Please join our facebook group 'Click here to get lots more information on your camps as we have an album in photos for each camp which will show you tons of photos from camps of previous years. Also on this facebook page we will be introducing you to this summers staff, C.I.T.'s, Co-op students etc. (basically all the pink shirts) You can message Carrie Whalen, the camp director or other staff directly from this facebook page to ask question about your upcoming session or email yakcamps@mac.com

Click here to see more information and pictures from our Facebook group

When:
Week 1: June 29-July 3 (Short Week no camp on Wednesday)
Week 2: July 6-10
Week 4: July 20-24
Week 5: July 27-31
Week 7: Aug. 10-14

Location: St. John's Anglican Church, 41 Church St.
Full Day Price: $320. + HST = $361.60
Half Day Price: $220. + HST = $248.60
Short Week Price $256. + HST= $289.28
Full Day Time: 9 a.m.-4p.m
Extended hours are 8a.m.-9a.m. ($8. per hour) and 4p.m.-5p.m. ($8. per hour)
Half Day Time: 9 a.m.- noon
Facilitators: Carrie Whalen and or Jonathan Morin
Sr. Art Camp (Ages 8+)

Sr. Art Camp has a similar layout to the Jr. Art Camp however the projects are at a higher ability level. This year again we are integrating art and the photography.

Children will explore clay, painting, ceramic painting, drawing, sketching, manga, sculpture, printmaking, face painting, photography and much more.

The mornings will be devoted to Fine Arts projects and after lunch there will be roughly an hour devoted to photography and the last hour will be more fine arts. There will be different photography activities each day which will take kids on adventures to different locations to achieve their objectives for each project.

Campers will also have their own art show at the end of their camp session. Hotdog day on Friday (All Beef or Tofu dogs) Pizza day on Wednesday. T-shirts given out on Monday.

Click here to see more information and pictures from our Facebook group

When:
Week 2: July 6-10
Week 4: July 20-24

Where: St. John's Anglican Church, 41 Church St.
Session Price: $320. + HST = $361.60
Time: 9 a.m. - 4p.m.
Extended hours are 8a.m. - 9a.m. ($8. per hour) and 4p.m. - 5p.m. ($8. per hour)
Facilitator: Carrie Whalen
Fairies and Unicorns Art Camp (Ages 5-8)

What did I see in the woods, to-day?
I saw a fairies' Gypsy-camp.
The tents were toadstools, brown and gray,
Among the bracken, soiled and damp.
I called on a cowslip 'mid the green,
And borrowed a bit of fairy gold,
And then I found the Gypsy-Queen,
And so I had my fortune told.
Ah, yes, she told me a secret true,
That wild-eyed Gypsy, brown and red!
But I may not tell it out to you,
For that would break the charm, she said.
And if you seek them by yourself
You will not find that strolling band;
They have pilfered the wild bees' hoarded pelf,
And flitted away to another land.

We have had so much fun the last few summers at FAIRY camp that we absolutely must do it again.

Come and join our magical enchanted fairy land where young fairies craft beautiful fairy outfits, paint ceramic fairies & unicorns, craft lovely fairy houses, create magical fairy gardens, make wands, floral crowns, have their faces painted, tell group fairy & unicorn stories, flutter through gardens in search of outdoor fairy homes, learn group fairy songs and dances and have a fairy fluttertastic time. A real fairy will also be fluttering into camp one day during the week. A fairy tea party is thrown on Friday afternoon for parents and children to attend. (3:30-4:30)

In the afternoons we will get outside and do lots of fun in the sun games, bouncing in our castles. Hotdog day on Friday (All Beef or Tofu dogs) Pizza day on Wednesday.

Click here to see more information and pictures from our Facebook group


When: Week 3: July 13-17
Where: St. John's Anglican Church, 41 Church St.
Session Price: $320. +HST = $361.60
Time: 9 a.m.-4p.m.
Extended hours are 8a.m.-9a.m. ($8. per hour) and 4p.m.-5p.m. ($8. per hour)
Facilitator:Carrie Whalen and Jonathan Morin
Lego Robotics (Ages 8+)

We are excited to introduce our new Mindstorms EV3 kits which offer all new possibilities for Robotics Fun! We also have roughly 20 of mindstorm robots just waiting to be build.

The combination of Robots and Lego is genius! During the week camp kids will have an option to build several different robots that do all kinds of silly nutty things. Each day children will be able to build a robot and learn how to program their Lego creations using computers. Students will learn how to program the robots to compete, play, and execute various challenging missions.

Lego Robotics is availiable for children 8 years and up.

Click here to see a great short movie of robotics

Click here to see more information and pictures from our Facebook group

When :
Week 1: June 29-July 3 (Short Week no camp on Wednesday)
Week 3: July 13-17
Week 7: Aug. 10-14

Price: $280. + HST = $316.40
Short Week Price $224. + HST= $253.14 Facilitator: Pierre Couture
Clay & Ceramics Camp (Ages 8+)

Last summer's Clay Camp was a huge hit and everyone created such amazing projects. We are excited to offer this camp again; this summer there are so many new clay projects we would like to try out. Children will explore creative clay hand building making bowls, plates, cups, and more.

Click here to see more pictures from our Facebook group

For lunch and breaks we will get outside and get some fresh air. We will often play outside and go to the park located across the street.

Hotdog day on Friday (All Beef or Tofu dogs) Pizza day on Wednesday. T-shirts given out on Monday

When:
Week 5: July 27-31

Where: St. John's Anglican Church, 41 Church St.
Times: 9am-4pm extended hours available from 8-9am & 4-5pm
Price: $320. + HST = $361.60
Extended hours are 8a.m.-9a.m. ($8. per hour) and 4p.m.-5p.m. ($8. per hour)

How To Register For Y.A.K. Camps


To register for Y.A.K. Camps please print out the Summer Camp registration form attached to our site.
Please COMPLETELY fill out the registration form. It is VERY important to leave a legible email address for us to contact you regarding your camp session. Please CLEARLY PRINT YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS.
Please fill out one application form for each child.
Camp cheques are made payable to Carrie Whalen (Not Y.A.K.)
Camp cheques are made payable to Carrie Whalen (Not Y.A.K.)
Camp cheques are made payable to Carrie Whalen (Not Y.A.K.)

Mail, or drop off your registration (which includes your cheque) to 716 King St. West Kingston Ontario. K7M 2G2.

NO FORMS WILL BE ACCEPTED WITHOUT PAYMENT INCLOSED and NO PAYMENT WILL BE ACCEPTED WITHOUT A REGISTRATION FORM
A receipt will be emailed to you within 2 days of receipt of your registration and payment, as long as we can make out email address on your form.
Payment: is accepted in 2 ways;
1) Payment in FULL, via cheque or e transfer accompanied by your registration form completely filled out. THIS IS THE ONLY OPTION FOR THE EARLY ENROLLMENT DEAL.
2) Payment made with deposit of $50. PER CAMP SESSION + post dated cheques which make up the balance (POST DATED CHEQUES MUST BE DATED NO LATER THAN JUNE 1) accompanied by your registration form completely filled out.
If you are taking the second option you must have a $50. deposit per child per session. THESE POST DATED CHEQUES MUST BE INCLUDED WITH YOUR REGISTRATION FORM. If they are not included with your form then your registration can not be processed until they are received.

HST
As the Ontario Government does not consider summer camps to be child care we must charge HST on our camps.

Special Needs Children
It is important that you let us know if your child has special needs.
Children who can not function on their own for whatever reason must be accompanied by a helper/special needs worker, or parent.

Children with high needs behavior (ADD or ADHD, AUTISM etc) must be accompanied by a parent or worker for the duration of his or her camp session. It is not fair to our staff or to other campers if you send a high needs child to camp with no mention of their behavioural issues. This only ever ends badly.

Children with high needs behavior (ADD or ADHD, AUTISM etc) must be accompanied by a parent or worker for the duration of his or her camp session. It is not fair to our staff or to other campers if you send a high needs child to camp with no mention of their behavioral issues. This only ever ends badly.

High functioning Autistic/ADHD children are welcome at YAK without the accompaniment of a childcare worker or parent, but there must be good communication between parents and the camp director regarding your child and their circumstance prior to registration. We have lots of children at YAK camps with high functioning conditions; this works best when we are aware in advance of your child's particularities. Staff can prepare better for the session when they know how to best work with your child.

Behavior Issues
If your child has high needs behavior problems or behavior issues and you DO NOT notify us of this, we reserve the right to cancel your session with no refund.
If your child's behavior is very poor during the camp session we reserve the right to send him or her home and cancel their session with no refund.

By signing the application form you are giving permission for photos of your child to be used for camp advertising purposes (names are never attached to children) If you do not want photos of your child used you must attach a letter to your registration form stating so with a recent photo of your child attached so that we will be able to easily spot your child in our photos when we go to do our advertising.
We will be installing recording surveillance cameras at our camps this summer as an extra security measure for our campers and staff.
Not Nut Free
We are not a nut free camp. If your child has a nut allergy we can ask other parents to be careful not to send nut foods during your child's week at camp but this still does not guarantee a nut free environment.

Cancellation Policy
We are at this time, due to the COVID-19 Crisis, unable to refund any camp spaces. We will offer camp credit either for the summer session of 2020 or for the next summer 2021.

What to bring to camp
SUN HAT with your childs name written inside
SUN SCREEN with your childs name written on the container
Lunch and Snacks- Please try to send lunches with as little garbage as possible as all lunch garbage will be going home with children. If you send a ziplock bag in your childs lunch we will get them to put any garbage into the ziplock bag to go home.
Water bottle-labeled with your child's name on it
Appropriate Clothing
Please send your child with:
Indoor shoes or slippers
Appropriate outdoor clothing as we try to get outside everyday for fresh air and outdoor play.
Let us know in advance if you need us to buy Veggie Dogs for Friday