OSCA offers a full day recreation program on PD days of Ottawa-area school boards. We also offer a wide range of day camps during the summer for children from JK to Grade 10.
Winter PD Days/Journées Pédagogiques
Don’t know what to do when your children have PD Days? Well, look no further because OSCA offers a full day recreation program for PD days for the Ottawa Carleton District School Board, the Ottawa Catholic School Board, le Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est and le Conseil des écoles publique de l’Est de l’Ontario.
The program typically includes an out-trip (if numbers permit), games, and crafts.
Drop-Off (Unless otherwise noted): The Firehall (260 Sunnyside Ave.), 8:00 - 9:00 am
Pick-Up: The Firehall (260 Sunnyside Ave.), 4:00PM
After-Care: Runs 4:00-6:00PM for an additional fee. *After Care for PD Days is included for those who are registered in OSCA’s After 4 program*
*Important Note* Registration for PD Days closes one business day prior to the PD Day (Thursday at 9:00 am for PD Days on Friday; Friday at 9:00 am for PD Days on Monday). After the deadline, children will be put on a waiting list. If additional staff are available, you may be contacted for a space. This new policy is meant to ensure that appropriate staffing is in place to provide optimal safety for the participants.
Upcoming Dates and Details
Friday, February 16: Adventures at Winterlude (Jacques Cartier Park) (OCDSB ONLY)
9:00 am-4:00 pm $65
After Care $11
PD Day Pottery Workshops (Gr. 1-6)
Participants will be introduced to creative handbuilding techniques, drawing on the seasons for inspiration. Projects will be selected to appeal to both beginners and more experienced students. Includes a half-day of instruction (9:00-11:30 am) and a half-day of camp activities. All projects will be ready for pick up generally two weeks after the PD Day, after bisque firing and glazing by the instructor.
Friday, February 16 (OCDSB ONLY)
9:00 am-4:00 pm $65
After Care $11
Registration Opened February 1, 2018 and is on-going!
We’re excited for another summer at OSCA! There’s a little something for everyone from Firehall favourites to new and exciting options.
Trailblazers camps like Out & About, H2O, SPORTS!, Gamers, Young Explorers and What's Cookin'
Youth Camps like H2O, Bike Camp, & Gamers
Specialty Camps like Paul Armstrong’s Basketball Camp, Ukulele, & Dance
Junior Camping Camp
Pottery Camps for all ages
Brand New Camps:
Nerf & Turf
Youth Out & About
Minecraft Mania by FutureKids
RPG Maker Extreme by FutureKids
Aviation and Science
Youth Get Real
Ukulele for Gr. 3-5
Trailblazers: Great Escape
Youth Beach Volleyball at OTLBC
Trailblazers: Discovery Week
Youth: Life in Balance
Junior Engineering with John Hayman
STEAMBALL Engineering with John Hayman
LEGO Electronics by Ian Dudley
We're going to make summer 2018 a fantastic experience for our campers. We can't wait to see old faces and welcome new ones! If you’ve never been to Firehall camps before, feel free to come visit us or email us if you have any questions. We are always willing to help our campers feel safe and comfortable so their Firehall experience is a positive and fun one.
For more details and our full list of camps, check out our 2018 Summer Camp Guide!
If you want to know a bit about our staffing, safety procedures, and behavioural management strategies, download our 2018 Parent Reference Booklet.
General Camp Information
Registration for summer camps opens is ongoing and open until the Thursday before the camp start date. If a camp is full, you may place your child on a waiting list and you will be contacted if a space becomes available.
To register, log in to your account
Note: When registering, please refer to the grade your child will be entering in the 2018/2019 school year. You’ll notice we set our ages one year over and one year under most children’s typical grade ages. This is to ensure that parents can register for the proper camp if their children are a little bit older or younger than the grade age at the time of registration. For example, if your child is entering Gr. 3, he or she should be registered for Trailblazer camps, even if he/she is only 7 at the time of registration.
There will be no exceptions to the refund policy so please read carefully.
All refund requests must be submitted at least one week prior to the start of the camp. Therefore, you must submit the request by 9:00AM on the Monday the week before the camp is scheduled to begin.
- Administrative fee for all camps is $25
- Refunds will not be issued if it jeopardizes the operation of a camp.
- Requests received after the deadline will automatically be denied.
OSCA is able to set aside a small amount of money to subsidize spaces in programs. None of the funding comes from Municipal, Provincial, or Federal government grants.
- Applications for subsidies will only be considered prior to registration
- Full payment is required for all programs in order to register
- Subsidy amounts - if applicable - will be issued upon approval of the application.