Youth Programs

Youth Programs

The City of St. John's is committed to offering interesting, challenging and inspiring programs to this generation. Engaging youth to participate in quality recreational programs will shape the youth of today into leaders of tomorrow. The Recreation Division is pleased to offer youth in St. John's, ages 12 to 18 years, a variety of programs and service options for general interest, leisure and physical activity. 

Arts and Skills
Leadership and Training
Leisure Programs
Bus Tours
Drop In
Healthy Eating Youth Advisory Council
Medical Forms



Youth Ball Hockey, Basketball, and Hand Ball are Duke of Edinburgh eligible.

Program Ages Description Registration
Ball Hockey 12 to 16 This is an opportunity for youth to take part in a recreational sport night. Registration is required. Teams will be assigned on a nightly basis.  
Basketball 12 to 16 This is an opportunity for youth to take part in a recreational sport night. Registration is required.  Teams will be assigned on a nighly basis. Winter 2018
Beginner Handball 10 to 12
12 to 14
Handball is instructionally led with a handball wall Winter 2018
Various Sports 10 to 14 Various sports available Thursday evenings at St. John Bosco gym. Winter 2018

Arts and Skills

Program Ages Description Registration
Beginner Guitar 12 to 16 Learn the basics of guitar care and musical theory, while being introduced to chords and songs.
Duke of Edinburgh eligible.
Youth & the ARTS! 12 to 15 Acting, improv, painting, mixed media, poetry, sculptures and so much for youth to get artistically creative outside the lines! Not currently available
Cook It Up! 12 to 15 If your dream is to work in a professional kitchen, or you just love the idea of developing your cooking techniques, the time has arrived. This intense, inspiring cooking program builds the essential skills needed to conquer the kitchen, even if you've never boiled an egg before. Classes are taught by a professional chef and each day is a true hands on experience. Not currently available
Youth Wild for Animals 12 to 15 Learn about veterinary medicine, practical ways you can help with animal emergencies and rescue while interacting with many different species of animals large and small. Participants will receive Basic Pet First Aid Not currenly available
Youth MOVE IT! 12 to 15 Do you like to MOVE IT MOVE IT?!  Join us for a fun filled week of adventure, action games and sports. Not currently available


Program Ages Description Registration
Fun on the Water 12 to 14 Paddle your week away with canoeing, kayaking and stand up paddle boarding (SUP).  Through fun interactive games like SUP water polo, youth learn basic paddling techniques. Not currently available
Outdoor Pursuits 12 to 14 This program is designed to provide youth with a true outdoor experience.  Develop skills and have fun in various outdoor pursuits including wilderness survival, outdoor cooking, fire building, boating and much more! Not currently available
Camping Frontier 12 to 15 This week is designed for youth to build skills and prepare for an end of the week true outdoor overnight camping experience.  Not currently available
Backcountry Ventures 12 to 15 This week delivers an experience like no other giving campers a sense of adventure and discovery! Campers build skills of boat handling, outdoor cooking and back country camping all while having fun. End the week with an incredible overnight adventure of exploration and paddling.
*Duke of Edinburgh eligible
Not currently available
Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award, Adventure Journey Week 14 to 16 This week is designed to provide youth completing their Bronze Award with the skills necessary to complete the Adventurous Journey portion of their award. It will include preliminary training, the bronze practice journey, and bronze qualifying journey. Not currently available



Program Description Registration
Cook with Herbs & Spices Cooking with herbs and spices is what gives food flavor and makes it taste great.  This course will have you identifying different tastes by smell, experimenting with seasonings and creating a delicious dip of your own! Not Currently Available
Electronic Fabrication Learn how electronic devices work and build your own during this hands on experience. Not Currently Available
Paint Night Learn to paint with acrylic paints to create your own masterpiece.
Animal Care Bring your hugging arms as you interact with some of the loveable cats and dogs in the shelter. Tour the shelter and hospital and learn about animal rescue, pet care, careers with animals and bite prevention. Winter 2018
Architectural Design Learn how to build 3D graphical models of buildings using computer software.  
Classic Cross Country Ski If you've never skied before, or have been frustrated skier, this course will help get you started on the right track.  All equipment is provided. Not currently available
Robotics Learn how programs work and how to program your own robot.  All necessary materials provided. Winter 2018
Canoeing Learn and practice basic canoe skills through a variety of games and activities. Not currently available
Kayaking Learn and practice basic kayak skills through a variety of games and activities. Not currently available
Archery Take aim and learn about archery basics: shooting techniques, equipment and safety aspects. Target shooting will fine tune your skills. Not currently available
Geo Caching Geo-caching is a high tech worldwide game of hiding and seeking treasure. While on a short hike locate hidden containers called geo-caches using maps and G.P.S. units. Not currently available
Outdoor Cooking Tired of eating the same old camp food? Outdoor instructors will teach you how to prepare a menu, set up your cooking space and cook nutritious meals over the camp stove. We will discuss different stoves and fuel types as we cook a shared meal on a variety of stoves. Vegetarian options available. All equipment provided. Not currently available
Stand Up Paddle Board SUP is the fastest growing water sport in North America. From lakes to oceans to rivers stand up paddle boards can get you where you want to go. During this full body workout we will teach you the basics to enjoying a day on the water. Learn how to properly and safely get on and off your board in this 2 or 3 hour lessons. All equipment is provided. Come prepared to be in the water. Not currently available
Fixed & Slide Seat Rowing Experience rowing in both fixed and slide seat shells. Certified coaches of the Royal St. John's Regatta will provide instruction in fixed seat rowing techniques. Certified coaches in Olympic style rowing will provide instruction in slide seat single and eight person shells. Not currently available
Indoor Cooking The kitchen becomes an action packed classroom where youth measure, chop, sift, sauté and eat their way to new found knowledge, skills and attitudes towards food. Not currently available
Art of Photography This course will guide you through creative approaches to photography including:  use of light, composition, camera modes and settings.  During a practical photo shoot focusing on technique, train your eye to see the extraordinary and gain a new perspective in photography. Not currently available

Leadership and Training

Program Ages Description Registration
X-Cellent Leader 12 to 14 X-cellent leader is a fun and interactive program with a focus on team dynamics and inclusion, self-esteem building and leadership skills. Not currently available
Youth Children’s Leader 14 to 18 Learn how to provide children with the opportunities for play and mastery while developing skills as caring leaders. Not currently available
Youth Inclusion Leader 14 to 18 This course focuses on developing a leader's advocacy for inclusion in recreation and leisure settings.  Topics to be explored are:  Empathy, mentorship, multiculturalism, ability, gender identity and mental health. Winter 2018
Youth Outdoor Leader 14 to 18 A fun and adventurous program with a focus on training youth in leadership and outdoor skills. Not currently available
Youth Fire Services Leader 14 to 18 Youth Fire Services Leader Program gives youth the opportunity to learn about what it takes to be a firefighter, through teaching life-skills like leadership, community involvement, teamwork, pride and respect.
Through theoretical and practical training provided by SJRFD, Fire Services Leaders learn basic firefighting skills, and, how to apply those skills and values into daily activities.
NOTE:  Participants are required to have steel toed boots for each session.  All other safety equipment and program supplies will be provided.
Not Currently Available
Animal First Aid & Emergency Response 14 to 18 This program will start at the Animal Care and Adoption Centre to learn about practical ways you can help with animal emergencies and rescue. Then we continue the learning with a nature walk to North Bank Lodge for basic pet first aid. Along with animal interactions at both sites, participants will get a Pet First Aid video and certificate of completion. Not currently available
High Five Strengthening Children’s Mental Health 14 to 18 One in five children/youth experience mental health issues. This workshop is a new training opportunity offered through HIGH FIVE National based on the research and expertise of mental health providers and the recreation sector. Great opportunity to learn about issues facing children, prevention, symptoms, as well as supports and resources. Participants will receive certificate of completion. Not Currently Available

Leisure Programs

Program                      Ages                    Description                                                                            Registration        
Girls Active Lifestyles
12 to 15 Provides a unique opportunity for girls to build confidence, self-esteem and develop their strengths in a supportive leaning environment, surrounded by strong role models.  Girls will take part in fun, exciting activities while being physically active and socializing to engage both their minds and bodies! Winter 2018
Pursuing Active Lifestyles 15 to 21 The program aims to teach individuals with mild to moderate disabilities the basic skills needed for active living. Youth and adults will participate in recreation and leisure activities in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere with caring leaders. To enusre a safe and inclusive environment, meeting all participants' needs, an Inclusive Services Application is required. Email Winter 2018

Bus Tours

Program Ages      Description Registration
Bell Island Adventure 12 to 16 Experience why Bell Island has been called the most haunted island in all of North America!  After the ferry ride we'll tour underground mines, and trek through a tunnel to Grebe's Nest Beach which is full of exposed layers of shale, siltstone and sandstone.  We'll visit the lighthouse and you'll get a change to sit in musical icon Harry Hibbs' chair, and of course we'll enjoy some tasty food at lunch! Not currently available

Drop In

Course        Ages     Day       Dates                    Time (p.m.)             Location                      Cost
Girls Only 10-14 M Jan 8-Jun 11 6:30-8 Southlands free
Drop In 10-13 Tu Jan 9-Jun 12 6:15-8:15 Southlands free
Drop In 10-14 Th Jan 11-Jun 14 6:15-8:15 Southlands free
Drop In 10-13 Th Jan 18-Jun 14 6-7:30 Kilbride free
Drop In 12-16 M W Jan 15-Jun 13 6-7:30 Kilbride free
Drop In 10-14 W Jan 10-Jun 13 6:30-8 Shea Heights free
Girls Only 10-14 Th Jan 11-Jun 14 6:30-8 Shea Heights free
Drop In 10-14 Tu Jan 9-Jun 12 6:30-8 St. John Bosco free
Drop In 11-16 M Th F Su Jan 14-Jun 15 3-5 PRCC $3
Drop In 11-16 Su M Th F Apr 9- June 15 3-5 PRCC $3


Healthy Eating Youth Advisory Council

Looking for motivated and engaged youth to help spread healthy eating messages across the provience. For more information please check out the volunteer page.

Medical Forms

If your child has any medical conditions please complete the appropriate form below. All forms must be submitted before the start of the program.
Allergy Package
Medical Package
Seizure Package

For more information please go to REConnect or email or call 709-576-8631 or 709-576-8499.
If your child requires support or assistance to participate in the program, please call 709-576-4450 or email