Children and youth programs

Proof of vaccination or medical exemption

All recreation facilities require proof of vaccination for those aged 12 years and older and are now equipped to scan your Verify Ontario QR codes and check identification (those aged 17 years or younger can show photocopies of identification) at the door.

Anyone under 18 years old is exempt from providing proof of vaccination or medical exemption if participating in an organized sports program. This includes sports leagues and organized pick-up sports.

You can download your easy to access QR code on the provincial website. We’re also still accepting your COVID-19 vaccination receipts.

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New this year: Movies in the Park…but Indoors

The Recreation Department will be offering a movie night at the Guelph Sports Dome with our new program called “Movies in the Park…but Indoors!”

  • Dates/theme: October 30 (Halloween/Fall—“Hocus Pocus”) and November 27 (Inside Out)
  • Description: Grab your favourite beanbag chair, blanket or mat and join us for a movie night under the dome!
  • Registration: Online through recenroll.ca or by calling 519-837-5699.

Activities

Fun is the name of the game! City of Guelph children’s and youth programming offers a wide range of programming to engage, entertain and stimulate! Our programs are a great place to meet new friends, explore new activities, stay active and have fun.

We haven’t forgot about our teens either. The City of Guelph offers a variety of safe, friendly and free drop-in programs for our youth audience. Looking for volunteer opportunities, leadership development programming, a way to raise your voice in your community or just chill with friends? Our youth team has you covered. Check out of program and drop-in offerings just for you(th)!

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To learn more about our Camp and PD Day offerings visit our camps page.

Program information

Our programming philosophy

We believe that recreation and sport programs make an important contribution to the healthy development of children. In support of this, the City of Guelph Recreation Services is committed to providing a positive, caring environment where children of all ages and abilities can participate in fun-filled programs that promote physical activity, positive self-esteem, friendships, creativity and learning through play. All of our summer camp program locations are fully accessible to meet the needs of all of our participants.

Our staff

Staff are selected for their enthusiasm, energy, experience working with children, knowledge of child development, and awareness of adapting programs for individuals with special needs.

Fee assistance for children and youth

The City of Guelph partners with the Children’s Foundation of Guelph and Wellington to provide funding for children and youth to attend recreation programs, including registered programs, swimming lessons and camps. Confirmation of fee assistance must be secured before registering for City of Guelph programs. More information about fee assistance.

Guelph Youth Council

The Guelph Youth Council is a group of local youth volunteers (ages 13 to 18) that strive to preserve and enhance the youth culture within our community. To accomplish this, we liaise with City Council, plan and implement various special events and activities, engage in leadership training and development, and advocate on behalf of youth in our city.

The Guelph Youth Council is currently virtual for the Fall session and planning to run at the Evergreen Seniors Community Centre for the Winter session. Sub-committees may require additional meetings throughout the year, depending on project development. For a more detailed overview of the Guelph Youth Council (structure, etc.), please download the Terms of Reference.

Guelph Youth Council Terms of Reference

We are always looking for new members, so if you’re interested, please submit an application form. Volunteering with the Guelph Youth Council is an enjoyable way to satisfy the requirements for your 40 hours of high-school volunteer service while making a difference within the community.

The Standard Application Form is accepted annually, July to September.
Guelph Youth Council Standard Application Form with photo release

For more information

Jenn Bucci
Youth Services Coordinator
[email protected]
519-822-1260 extension 2678