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 mold the youth of today into leaders of tomorrow. The Recreation Division is pleased to offer youth (12 to 18 years of age) in St. John's a variety of programs and service options for general interest, leisure and physical activity. An overview of programs offered for youth are listed below.

General Interest

Course Information Registration
Ball Hockey Take part in a recreational ball hockey night, teams will be assigned on a nightly basis.  Registration is required. Click here
Beginner Guitar Lessons Learn the basics of guitar care and musical theory, while being introduced to chords and songs. Click here
Pursuing Active Lifestyles Youth (PAL) This program aims to teach youth aged 15 to 21 years, who have mild to moderate developmental disabilities, the basic skills needed for active living. Youth will participate in recreation and leisure activities in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere with caring leaders.
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Cook It Up! 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
(Girls Active Lifestyles)
An opportunity for girls to build confidence, self-esteem and develop their strengths in a supportive learning environment, surrounded by strong women role models. For ages 12 to 16 years Not Currently Available
ACTing Out Enhance your improvised acting skills and knowledge. Learn the lingo, group dynamics and master scene techniques used by the best improv groups around! end the week with a preformance for family and friends. Not Currently Available
Exploring Art Are you looking for an opportunity to explore your artistic talents? Explore numerous outlets of artistic creativity such as: painting, drawing, textiles, sculptures and print making. Not Currently Available


Youth Learn To...        

These mini-programs let youth explore and try new skills. All courses are for ages 12 to 16 years.

Course Information Registration
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. Click here
Architectural Design Learn how to build 3D graphical models of buildings using computer software. Click here
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. Click here
Robotics Learn how programs work and how to program your own robot.  All necessary materials provided. Click here
Canoeing Learn and practice basic canoe skills through a variety of games and activities. Not Currently Available
Kayaking Learn and practice basickayak 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. Vegitarian 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 enjoyng 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 Seat and 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 wil 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, saute and eat their way to new found knowledge, skills and attitudes towards food. Not Currently Available

Youth Leadership

Course Information Registration
Youth Inclusion Leader This course focusas 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. Click here
Animal First Aid and Emergency Response This program will start at the Animal Care and Adoption Centre to learn about pracical 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
X-cellent Leader 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 Childrens Leader Learn how to provide children with the opportunities for play and mastery while developing skills as caring leaders. Not Currently Available
Youth Outdoor Leader A fun and adventurous program with a focus on training youth in leadership and outdoor skills. Not Currently Available


Youth Drop In

An opportunity for youth to participate in a range of activities:  sports, cooking, leadership development, guest speakers and team building.  Recreation staff will be on site for supervision. 
Courses offered (for ages 12 to 16):

  • Southlands Community Centre
  • Kilbride Lions Community Centre
  • Shea Heights Community Centre (You-th Say)
  • Shea Heights Community Centre (Girls Only)
Location Dates Day &Time Ages
Southlands Community Centre Jan. 10 to June 13
Jan. 12 to June 15
Tuesdays 6 to 8 p.m.
Thursdays 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.


10 to 13 years
14 to 16 years
St.John Bosco School Jan. 10 to June 13
7 to 8:30 p.m.
10 to 14 years
Shea Heights Community Centre Jan. 11 to June 14
6:30 to 8 p.m.
12 to 16 years
Shea Heights Community Centre Jan. 12 to June 15
6:30 to 8 p.m.
10 to 14 years
Kilbride Community Centre Jan. 9 to June 8
Monday and Wednesday
6 to 7:30 p.m.
12 to 16 years

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 RECconnect 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