York Region Arts Camp

Please note: Arts Camp did not run in 2020, 2021 or 2022 due to Public Health restrictions related to the COVID-19 Global Pandemic. 

Arts Camp logo - Where Creativity Runs Free

Celebrating over 30 years on the shores of a private lake in the Haliburton Highlands, Camp White Pine is host to a unique yearly camp for York Region District School Board students. Arts Camp is an intensive week-long immersion in visual, studio and performance art programs and experiences. YRDSB teachers, community artists and student cabin leaders plan and facilitate differentiated arts programs and support a unique, inclusive environment for campers. There are 250 students ranging from Grades 7-12 from across York Region who attend morning and afternoon arts-based programs augmented by other daily workshops and engaging whole-camp activities. This memorable and dynamic week-long camp culminates in a studio tour and performance night.


When i​​s it?

Saturday, May 27th to Saturday, June 3rd, 2023.

Where i​s​ it held?

Camp White Pine in Haliburton, Ontario. Optional transportation service is offered (see camper application for fee information).

Who can apply as a Camper?

Students in Grades 7-12 who are registered at a York Region District School Board school can apply to be a camper. Students in Grades 10-12 may also apply for a leadership position: Counsellor-In-Training (preference is given to Grades 10 & 11) 

Camper applications are available Thursday, January 19th, 2023.  Please check back for additional information and updates.

Where is the application?

The application process is completed online through a Google Form once applications open, on Thursday, January 19th, 2023. Please apply online via the online application form.

Apply as a Camper

YRDSB Arts Camp 2023 application opens at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 19 & closes at 11:59 p.m. on February 17, 2023.
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Please note: Applications must be completed in their entirety in one session as there is no option to save and return to your application. Each application will require 10-20 minutes to complete.


How do I apply for a Counsellor-In-Training (CIT) position?

CIT positions are open to Grade 10-12 students only (preference given to Grade 10 & 11 students first).  CITs work with a Counsellor to provide leadership to a cabin of campers for the duration of camp.

All selected CITs also participate in our Leadership Training morning program at camp and select an Arts program of their choice for the afternoon.

All potential CIT applicants must attend the mandatory in-person CIT Information Session scheduled for Tuesday, January 17, 2023 from 4:30-6:30 at Centre for Leadership and Learning, Newmarket.

Application Opens: Friday, January 13, 2023

Application Closes:  Friday, January 27, 2023 at 11:59pm

Mandatory Information Session: Tuesday, January 17, 4:30-6:30pm, CLL Newmarket

Review the entire CIT 2023 Preview Application Form BEFORE you attempt to complete the online form below.

Counsellor-in-Training Application for YRDSB Arts Camp 2023

The application will open Friday, January 13 and close January 27, 2023.
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Please note:  Applications must be completed in their entirety in one session as there is no option to save and return to your application.  Therefore, it is recommended that you prepare your written answers in advance.



Additional Arts Camp Related Information

PROGRAM PROPOSALS from interested YRDSB teaching staff and community artists.

PROGRAM PROPOSAL to teach at Arts Camp is now closed. 

The selection of programs and staff is NOW CLOSED for both YRDSB teaching staff and community artists. Application Deadline was December 5, 2022.


To create an amazing Arts Camp experience, we need amazing people!

If you are a former YRDSB Arts Camp camper who graduated between 2019 and 2022 and want the opportunity to lead the next generation of campers as a Counsellor.

If hired, you will receive an honorarium to have fun at your happy place from May 27th to June 3rd (SAVE THE DATE). Applications were open December 16th, 2022 and closed January 9th, 2023. All applicants must attend a virtual information session on Tuesday, December 20th, 2022, 7:30-9:00pm.

Application Opens: Friday, December 16, 2022

Application Closes: Friday, January  9, 2023 at 11:59pm

Virtual Information Session: Tuesday, December 20, 7:30-9:00p



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