2023 Ravens Creative Writing & Sports Camp (Ages 8-14)

The Carleton University Creative Writing and Sports Camp in Ottawa is a fun and friendly day camp for children who want to exercise both their bodies and creative writing skills.

This camp offers a stimulating learning environment where children can learn about and engage in many creative writing activities for kids to discover the joy in writing and the intrigue of language and the confidence of authorship. Healthy minds need healthy bodies, and this creative kids summer camp is unique in that much physical activity is built into each day.

This creative writing camp is a collaborative effort between the Creative Writing Concentration in Carleton’s Department of English Language and Literature and the Carleton Department of Recreation and Athletics.

CONTINUING FOR SUMMER 2023: A full cafeteria lunch will be offered as an optional add-on to your summer camp registration at a cost of $43 per week ($34.40 for a 4 day camp).


Camp Price

The Ravens Creative Writing and Sports Camp will cost $308 without a cafeteria lunch.

What happens each day?

Half of the day will be devoted to Creative Writing programming in the Carleton Library HyFlex Learning Space. There will be writing time structured into activities so that children can experiment with various genres and create their own unique written pieces. At the end of the week, each child will take home a personal portfolio of their camp writing.

The other half of the day is spent playing games and trying new sports (including) a daily swim). Sports and activities will take place in our top tier facilities such as our Ravens Field, Ravens Perch (stadium field), Norm Fenn Gym, Fieldhouse and Olympic-sized swimming pool. Children are encouraged to try new activities, and each week, activities are tailored to the abilities of the children. Most importantly, we emphasize being active and having fun!

Age Range

Ages 8 to 14 years old (groups split into 2-3 year writing groups).

  • Group 1: Ages 8-10 years old
  • Group 2: Ages 11-14 years old

Creative Writing and Sport Camp Activities

Creative Writing activities may include exposure to various genres such as: fiction, poetry, comics, aboriginal storytelling, drama and the short Story (we develop unique activities for each week – not all genres can be covered in the week, but the children will be exposed to a unique combination of activities that covers many different forms).

Sports & Activities may include playing a number of games and trying different sports such as: Ball Hockey, Basketball, Tchoukball, Field Hockey, Soccer, Ultimate, Track & Field and Water Games.

What’s included

The registration fee includes a t-shirt and recreational swim. Please note that a full cafeteria lunch will be offered as an optional add-on to your summer camp registration as a cost of $43 per week. Parents also have the option to pack nutritious lunch for their child as an alternative. Campers in the same group who bring their own lunch will sit together at a location outside of the cafeteria. Unfortunately, campers who bring their own lunch are not permitted to eat inside the cafeteria.

Dates & Times

  • Session 1: July 4 to July 7 (4 days)
  • Session 1: July 10 to July 14
  • Session 2: July 17 to July 21
  • The hours of the camp are from 8:30am to 4:30pm daily
    • Drop off is from 8:30am to 9:00am
    • Pick up is from 4:00pm to 4:30pm
    • Drop off & pick up will take place outdoors on TAGG Field (stadium field). 
  • Optional early/late care will be offered at a cost of $30 for the week.
    • Early care runs from 7:30am to 8:30am
    • Late care runs from 4:30pm to 5:30pm


Registration by phone or in person is on available during our hours of operation. Register online 24/7. To register in person, visit our Welcome Centre in the Alumni Hall.