2024 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.

New for 2024: A full cafeteria lunch is INCLUDED with our Ravens Creative Writing & Sports camp.

Registration for our summer land camps opened on Tuesday, January 16 at 9:00am.


Camp Price (Includes a Cafeteria Lunch)

The Ravens Creative Writing and Sports Camp will cost $370 ($333 for a 4 day camp).

What happens each day?

Half of the day will be devoted to Creative Writing programming in a Carleton University 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, TAGG Park (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, recreational swim and a full cafeteria lunch. Please note our cafeteria does not use any peanut or tree nuts in their recipes, and does not purchase products with peanuts or tree nuts in the ingredient list. However, there is always a risk of cross-contamination due to its open kitchens and self-serve style. Hence, we advise parents of children with food allergies to communicate these allergies to us when registering.

Campers will also receive a Ravens branded notebook. Pencils and pens will be provided.

Dates & Times

  • Session 1: July 2 to July 5 (4 days)
  • Session 2: July 8 to July 12
  • Session 3: July 15 to July 19
  • 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 TAAG Park (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.