Literacy Camp

Please click here to register for our literacy camps.

Registration is now open! Please click directly above to follow the link to our online registration. Thank-you.

Update (Revised): All of our camps are currently running waitlists. We added more spots to try and accommodate as many interested campers as possible but we are currently at capacity. If a spot opens on the waitlist, we will email you to let you know. Please email Emma at or call 705-474-3450 x4077 for further information.

NU Reads offers Literacy Camps for ages 7-11 and Play & Learn Literacy Camps for ages 4-6. Please click each tab for further information. Our two camps join together during some portions of the day (e.g. lunch, outdoor play, and reading buddies).

Camps are held at Nipissing University and are led by Nipissing University teacher education students.

Please provide a lunch for your child. A Friday afternoon snack will be provided and will be prepared together with the campers.

Sign up for one or more weeks. Spaces are limited.​

Please see below for our 2019 camp offerings. Both camps will include a focus on these overarching themes this year. 

Description: Each theme sets the stage for a week-long journey filled with hands-on, authentic literacy learning opportunities connected to art, science, nature and more!

Weeks & Themes: Please see below for our 2019 camp offerings. Both camps will include a focus on these overarching themes this year. 

Description: From shared book reading to alphabet games and more, our play-based learning environment provides opportunities for exploration and enjoyment while building literacy skills.

Weeks & Themes: Please see below for our 2019 camp offerings. Both camps will include a focus on these overarching themes this year. 

Single Day Options: For our youngest campers, we offer single full-day options as they are available.


For the summer of 2019, we are offering 4 weeks of camp during the month of July.

Regular Pricing: $180 for 5-day camps (Weeks 2,3,4); $155 for 4-day camp (Week 1). For our youngest Play & Learn campers (ages 4-6), we also offer single-day options for $36 (as available). 

Early Bird Pricing: For registrations received on or before June 1st, 2019, the early bird rate is $165 for 5-day camps and $147 for our 4-day camp. *Please note the early bird rate does not apply to the option for individual days for the Play & Learn camps.

Drop Off: Camp begins at 9:00 but our camp facilitators will be in the front foyer of Nipissing University to greet your child(ren) beginning at 8:30. During this time, we have a cart available with various games and books for campers to join in together. 

Pick Up: Camp ends at 4:00. Our camp facilitators will have your child(ren) ready for pick-up between 3:45-4:00 in the courtyard directly in front of the library (or in the front foyer on rainy/hot days).

Before/After Hours Care: We provide before-hours (as early as 8:00) and after-hours care (as late as 5:00) for an additional fee of $5 per day/per child but this must be arranged with Emma, our camp coordinator, prior to the camp to ensure we have a staff member present. Payment for before/after hours care is in cash on the day off or by the end of the camp week. We appreciate that circumstances out of your control may occur from time to time but our camp facilitators also need to prepare for the next day's learning opportunities.

Lunch will take place everyday between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. During this time, all campers will join together in H306. After campers eat their lunches, we will play an educational/family-friendly movie for those interested as well as provide other table-top activities and games. If you’re on campus, please feel free to join us! You’re also welcome to sign out your child out if you’d like to take them to the cafeteria to eat with you.

Hi !!! My name is Emma, I am the NU Reads Literacy Camp Coordinator. I just graduated from the Criminal Justice program and will be heading into the Bachelor of Education program this fall. For the past 6 summers I have been working at various camps, this is my first summer with the NU Reads Literacy camp. My favorite books include The Giving Tree, The Paper Bag Princess and The Cat and The Hat. Looking forward to meeting all the campers and having a great summer.

Hello :) My name is Raquel but you can call me Rocky! This is my first year working with the NU Reads Literacy Camp and I am very excited. I just completed my undergrad in Psychology and will begin my Bachelor of Education degree in September. I love to play sports, especially soccer and love to read in both French and English. My favourite author is Dr. Seuss and my favourite book is "How the Grinch Stole Christmas". I am looking forward to laughing, playing and learning with you all.

Hello! My name is Erin and I have just completed my first year of the Bachelor of Education program at Nipissing University! This is my first year working with the NU Reads Literacy Camp and I cannot be more excited to spend the summer with you! I love to travel, play sports and do any sort of crafts! I adore reading a variety of different books, such as Robert Munsch, Dr. Seuss, and the Harry Potter series. I hope you are as excited as I am! :)

Hello, my name is Katie. I have recently graduated from Nipissing University’s Bachelor of Education program and I am so excited to be a camp counsellor for the NU Reads Literacy camp for the second year in a row. I have a variety of favourite books and authors, but my top choices are Shel Silverstein, Robert Munsch, Dr. Seuss, and Mo Willems. I will be working with our 4-6 age group for most of the camp this year and I am looking forward to every second of it!

Hi! My name is Kayla. I have just graduated from both my Arts and my Education degree at Nipissing and am about to begin my teaching career! I studied English as my main teachable subject and am very passionate about reading and writing. Shel Silverstein, J.K. Rowling, and C.S. Lewis are some of my favourite authors. I will be in both the 4-6 and 7-11 rooms depending on the week and will be having a great time with both groups! I worked at this camp last summer and had an amazing experience, and am excited to be back again, working with both new and returning campers! (Aussi, je parle un peu de français :) ) I look forward to meeting everyone this year.

Hi everyone! My name is Terrilyn but you can also call me TL. I am so excited to be joining the NU Reads Camp for a third year in a row. I love literacy and my favourite book is I am Henry Finch by Alexis Deacon. I have graduated from the Bachelor of Education Program at Nipissing University and I am currently teaching Grade 1 in the Western Quebec School Board. I look forward to working with everyone this year and having lots of fun while learning.

Week 1 (July 2nd - July 5th): Inventor's Workshop: Dream, Design, Discover!

Calling all inventors and designers! You’re invited to help us transform our camp rooms into an inventor’s workshop. We’ll read stories about inventions, explore what we can create with found materials, and celebrate what we can do with an idea!

Please note: This is a repeat camp from last year but on a different week.

Week 2 (July 8th - July 12th): Heroes are Everywhere!

Storybooks are full of heroes, from superheroes to everyday heroes and heroes from history. Join us as we take a closer look at what it means to be a hero - both in storybooks and in real life. On our final day, you’ll be invited to come dressed up as one of your favourite heroes!

Week 3 (July 15th - July 19th): Author Exploration - Mo Willems Week

Our inspiration for this week is author Mo Willems! Our youngest campers will explore the stories of Knufflebunny and Pigeon, while our older campers join in the adventures of Piggie & Elephant. We’ll also discover some new characters in Willem’s less well-known books. You will have the opportunity to role-play characters, try on your illustrator hats and more! On our final day, you’ll be invited to come dressed up as a Mo Willems character or as a character from one of your favourite authors!

Week 4​ (July 22nd - July 26th): Welcome to Animal Planet!

Did you know that butterflies taste with their feet? Did you know a snail can sleep for 3 years! There are so many facts we can learn about animals! Join us as we explore fiction and non-fiction titles about various animals around the world. You will even have the opportunity to role-play/dress up as one of your favourite animals!