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Ross Creek Arts Camps are unlike any other.

A perfect combination of enrichment, skill development, creativity and play — meeting the emotional needs of children at all stages of their development. We offer programs in dance, theatre, music, art, and more!

Scroll down to find schedules, costs, financial aid, payment plans, transportation and other frequently asked questions.

Have additional questions? Reach out to us at mail@artscentre.ca, by phone at (902)-582-3842, or through our Contact form.

Ross Creek now has a new registration platform. You can register for camp here. Registration accounts made through the old Ross Creek website were not able to be transferred, so you will need to make a new account. If you have any issues with this process or have questions, please contact us.

SummerArts 2024

Summer Arts camps are one week in length and have daycamp, and overnight options. Camps run Monday to Friday 9:00am to 4:45pm.
Please note: while the weekly dates are Monday through Friday in the table below, the overnight campers arrive on Sunday at 4 pm the day before. 

We are thrilled to welcome family and friends to the centre to see their campers share their work at the Weekly Showcase on the Friday at 2:30 pm. This means that the daily shuttle does not usually run on Friday afternoons, and we encourage families to come see the world of your camper and pick them up in person. However if you have no transportation or if your camper is flying to camp, contact us and we’ll make sure they are well cared for and get home to you with all their work! 

We will document all the programs and are very excited about sharing their work with you through online galleries and video. We will be working hard to ensure that you have an opportunity to celebrate and if you have things that are important to you, we welcome your feedback!

Program Schedule
WEEKJUNIORS
(AGE 5-7)
INTERS
(AGES 8-11)
SENIORS
(AGES 12-16)
July 08-12
(Day campers begin on Monday)
Where the Wild Things AreThe world of Art -or- Fabulous FashionAnimation Studio -or- Musical Theatre Studio
July 15-19
(Day campers begin on Monday)
Fables & Fairy TalesAnimation Nation -or- Triple Threat!Artist Studio: Painting & Printmaking -or- Textiles Studio
July 22-26
(Day campers begin on Monday)
Up! Up! And Away!Sagas, Sails, and Seamonsters! -or- Manga ManiaUrban Art Studio -or- Film Studio
July 29 - August 02
(Day campers begin on Monday)
Forest FriendsMaps, Myths, and Mysteries! -or- Lights! Camera! Action!Jewellery & Metalworking Studio -or- Graphic Novel Studio
Aug 04 - 16No ProgrammingTeen Academies (Music, Film, Chroeography, Visual Arts, Theatre, Writing) Ages 14-18
August 18 - 30No Programming
August 19-23 Under the Big TopNo ProgrammingDance Summer Dance, Ages 11-18
August 26-30It's a Bug's Life!No Programming

Costs

Week-long day camp: $345 incl. lunch and snack.

Week-long day camp w/ Thursday overnight: $405 incl. lunch and snack.

Overnight camp: $550 incl. all meals and accommodations.

The Camp Bus:  $100.00 for the week. Click here to view the schedule and to reserve your spot. We do not pro-rate the bus for week-long camps if you only need transportation for a day or two.

Halifax Shuttle: $40. Our transportation for overnight campers on Sunday. Click here to view the schedule and to reserve your spot.

All camp fees include all art materials, snacks, and lunch, and additionally, supper, breakfast and accommodations for overnight campers. Junior campers (5-7) are only eligible for day camp, with the exception of the Thursday overnight add-on if they are 7+. No overnight stays for ages 6 and under.

For afternoon snacks we have the “tuckshop” where the campers can buy up to two homemade sweet treats for $2 ($1 ea). This is a traditional part of a camper’s growing independence and camp fun! Some common tuck items are cookies, brownies and our famous snickerdoodle squares.

Payment Plans

Payment plans for families who would like to make the cost of camp fit into their budget. The early-bird discount does not apply to payment plans, and there is a small fee ($20) for setting up the plan to cover the additional administrative time. Click here to contact us by email and make payment arrangements.

Bursaries and Scholarships

We work hard to offer full and partial bursaries and scholarships to students who need financial aid and COVID has made that more challenging. Limited camp spots and drastically reduced earned revenue means we need some help! If you are in a position to help a child get to camp, we accept tax-deductible donations directly into our R.J. Owen Bursary Fund. We want to keep camps accessible to all and strive to be an inclusive community that empowers financially marginalized families.
You can email us here to support a child from our community and give them the gift of a fabulous summer.

Bursary applications require letters of reference, so please apply early. The deadline for submissions is June 1st for SummerArts financial aid. Bursary decisions are made by a committee and are based on a combination of need and merit. We regret that we cannot give full bursaries to all students, but try to assist as many children and families as we can through the generosity of corporations, businesses, individuals and some schools.

Fillable Bursary applications are available here. 

The deadline for submissions June 1st for SummerArts Bursaries.

What About Covid-19?

As we continue to learn about and adapt to COVID-19, we are adding to our best-practices in our accredited camp to ensure that we are following or surpassing all public health guidelines while committing to a wonderful and nurturing experience for your children.

Running an accredited camp means that we have lots of protocols that we already use for all of our camps, including disinfection of our high touch surfaces and frequent hand washing for all staff and campers. We already screen for illness before kids come to camp.

As of this writing, masks are welcome but not required.

We are committed to providing an amazing camp program for you and your family, full of creativity, skill development, outdoor exploration, all while making sure we are all safe and happy.

If you have any questions or concerns about our summer, please contact us directly and we will be delighted to do our best to help you. If you prefer you can call at 902-582-3842.