This has been a difficult and trying time for all of us and we are looking forward to better days to come. Although we must continue to watch and wait to see how our province will reopen, we are optimistic that we will be able to offer a great summer program this year. There is a lot of advance planning that must go into our summer programming which is why we are going ahead and opening our summer registration for Kerr Street Mission’s Summer Programs 2020.
At this time signing up your child does not confirm that they have a spot in our program, and it does not confirm that we have been permitted to open. Registering your child today will help us all to be ready once the public gathering restrictions are lifted. When we have a confident path forward we will contact all those who have signed up with registration confirmations and program details. We are anxiously looking forward to the day we can gather again and see you all very soon and have another summer of making long lasting summer memories.
Summer Programs Director
23 years ago I began volunteering for a new organization that appeared in Oakville called Kerr Street Ministries. I joined a small dedicated team of staff and volunteers who ran a youth drop in every Tuesday night for the kids and youth of the Kerr Street area. We would meet in a dimly lit room with old couches, a foosball table and a pizza oven. It was far from the facility that we have today but it had something irreplaceable. It had people who cared, staff and volunteers who were committed to serve and care for the youth and children who came to KSM. It wasn’t long before these drop in nights turned into full day summer camps expanding programming to more age groups and more families. I often think back on that time and it always amazes me to see how far we’ve come as an organization and reflect on how many children and youth have grown up with a KSM connection.
Since 1997 Kerr Street Mission has served hundreds of children, youth and families through its summer programs either by being a camper, staff member or volunteer. So much has changed over the years like our name and location but the heart of what was started all those years ago has remained the same. This summer we are continuing the great work that was started years ago. We have assembled another great leadership team dedicated to serve and care for your children and youth and providing another exciting summer full of sports, trips and summer fun. This summer we are continuing our commitment to your child’s development by providing programming for all age groups. It is our hope that your child’s KSM connection will continue as the participants of today will develop to become its leaders for tomorrow. We look forward to serving you again this summer.
Summer Programs Director
SUMMER PROGRAM WEEKS
Week 1: July 6-10
Week 2: July 13-17
Week 3: July 20-24
Week 5: August 4-7
Hours: All programs run Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 3:30 pm (except holidays)
Extended care is available until 5:30 if needed (pre-registration required)
Location: Kerr Street Mission – 485 Kerr Street, Oakville
Cost: Registered KSM families: $25/week
Non-Registered families: $125/week
After-Care (Mon-Fri, 3:00-4:30 pm): $25/week
Kerr Street Summer Programs provides three options and opportunities for children and youth aged 5–17 to participate in a great, structured full day program that focuses on fun positive, developmentally appropriate activities.
We are committed to creating a positive environment for all guests, staff, and volunteers. The program is supported by carefully screened and selected staff who are dedicated to high quality, safe and inclusive programming.
Kerr Street Children’s Summer Program
For children born from 2010-2015
Kerr Street Children’s Summer Program offers an exciting, high quality summer day camp opportunity for children aged 5-10 years in our neighbourhood. Each week will include a new theme filled with traditional camp activities and adventures: games, sports, crafts, songs as well as swimming and special outings.
Kerr Street Youth Summer Program
For youth born from 2007-2009
Kerr Street Summer Youth Program offers a fun and interactive program for youth. They will be encouraged to build new relationships and take part in opportunities to try new things. Our program will include an emphasis on sports and art as well as a weekly movie, swimming and experience-based fun field trips.
Leader In Training
For high school students born from 2003-2006
High School Students who are registered for this program can look forward to being mentored by our staff into a leadership role within our children and youth programming. This program would be a great fit for those seeking volunteer hours as well as those looking for an amazing training opportunity that will build skills and prepare them for the future. All of our leaders in training will take part in enjoying all of the activities and field trips while learning how to develop their skills as a leader. Students can use this training towards their volunteer service hours.
Once registered, all families will be contacted to confirm their registration. Full payment must be received within two weeks of confirmation. Failure to do so will compromise the children or youth’s space in our program.
Kindly give us 3 weeks notice if your child will not be attending the summer program in order to receive a full refund. After 3 weeks, no money will be refunded although your child/youth can transfer to an alternate week up until 1 week before the start of program (space permitting).