We set out to be different from most day camps — we involve SAIT instructors and industry professionals in our program development and delivery, giving campers the chance to engage in activities that inspire and embrace their interests and create opportunities for insight, creativity and career exploration. We take pride in our camp model as well as our reputation for delivering fun, educational camps that engage youth and encourage them to tap into their potential.
Our camp leaders are trained to keep your child's physical safety in mind and our camp culture is based on the principles of inclusion, mutual respect and teamwork.
Whether your child is in elementary school or starting to make post-secondary decisions, the experience at SAIT Summer Camps is going to be a good one. We encourage parents, mentors and teachers to actively participate in camp selection and take advantage of — and have fun with — the fulfilling summer camp experience we offer.
We engage children and youth in fun, positive learning experiences in trades, technology, business, sports and science in a manner that supports inclusive learning and the formation of unique learning and career paths, fostering the development of life skills.
- To encourage a love of learning now and in the future through hands-on activities and by modelling a passion for learning.
- To help campers and staff identify, take pride in and develop their interests and talents in order to best shape their own learning pathways.
- To provide an inclusive environment where children and you can develop life skills that support their interests and talents.
- To provide an environment and learning experience that is physically and emotionally safe for campers and staff.
Supporting essential skills
The Government of Canada identifies nine essential skills required for work, learning and life — and as the foundation for the learning and development of other skills. These include:
- Oral communication
- Working with others
- Continuous learning
- Document use
- Digital skills
All our summer camps have been evaluated for alignment with these skills and each camp description mentions up to three skills on which the camp curriculum and activities will focus and ultimately enhance. Look for the essential skills section on the camps you're interested in on our website or camps guide.
Health and safety
We understand the severity of peanut, gluten and other food allergies. As we are a campus that serves adults year-round, we cannot guarantee that your child will not encounter a person or object that has come into contact with these allergens. We encourage campers to refrain from bringing peanut products to camp, but cannot guarantee this.
In addition, our culinary camps cannot accommodate a nut or gluten-free environment. Further, we cannot allow campers to make substitutions of ingredients or processes in these camps.
All camps undergo a risk assessment analysis and only grade/age appropriate activities are selected. Campers are not allowed to handle equipment that is deemed to be high-risk and are supervised when handling any equipment they are given.
Behaviour expectations are clearly outlined before campers are allowed to use any facilities. Campers are expected to adhere to behaviour rules to ensure their safety. Campers who do not follow the rules may be asked to permanently leave the camp, without refund, if their behaviour endangers themselves and/or others.
All camp leaders have current Standard First Aid and CPR certification and are informed of emergency procedure protocols.
Our camps always include a blend of old and new. Favourite activities are brought back and added to a list of new activities. Some camps repeat basic skills, but the end product — is usually different.
Basic computer skills include typing ability, naming and saving files in different locations and knowing how to use menus like programs in Microsoft Word.
Industry and sponsors
By offering fun summer memories, practical life skills and meaningful career paths, SAIT Summer Camps is an outstanding opportunity for you to give back to the community.
We welcome the experience and skills that industry professionals bring to our camps. There are a number of ways to get involved:
- be a guest speaker
- provide knowledge and expertise in the area of trades (construction, welding, auto/aviation mechanics, electronics), engineering, computers, media arts, business and/or science.
- support our programs through sponsoring seats and give the opportunity for children in need to attend camps through our bursary program
- provide unique supplies or activities that may benefits campers enrolled in our programs.
To learn more, visit our Corporate Engagement Office's sponsorship and giving page.