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
Medical Forms



This is an opportunity for youth to take part in a recreational or instructionally led sport. Registration is required.

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.  
Handball 10 to 12
12 to 14
Handball is instructionally led with a handball wall Fall 2019
Into To Tennis 10 to 12 Tennis is instructionally led in partnership with Tennis NL Fall 2019

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.
Not Currently Available
Youth & the ARTS! 12 to 15 Acting, improv, painting, mixed media, poetry, sculptures. Not Currently Available
Cook It Up! 12 to 15 Build the essential skills needed to conquer the kitchen. These hands-on classes are taught by a professional chef. Not Currently Available
Wild for Animals 12 to 15 Learn about veterinary medicine, practical ways you can help with animal emergencies and rescue to receive Basic Pet First Aid. Not Currently Available
Youth MOVE IT! 12 to 15 A fun filled week of adventure, action games and sports. Not Currently Available
Computer Coding 12 to 16 Learn to code and problem sove alongside skilled Brilliant Labs instructors. Build and program robots, learn to program video games, build websites and much more! Not Currently Available


Program Ages Description Registration
Fun on the Water 12 to 14 This week will be spent in and around the pond playing various water games. You will learn how to canoe, kayak and stand up paddle board. For ages 12 to 14. Summer
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! For ages 12 to 14. Summer
Camping Frontier 12 to 15 This week is designed for youth to build outdoor skills and prepare for an end of the week true outdoor overnight camping experience. For ages 12 to 15. Summer
Backcountry Ventures 12 to 15 Build skills of boat handling, outdoor cooking and back country camping. End the week with an overnight adventure of exploration and paddling. This course is Duke of Edinburge eligible. For ages 12 to 15. Summer
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. Summer



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.
Not Currently Available
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. Not Currently Available
Architectural Design Learn how to build 3D graphical models of buildings using computer software.  
Not Currently Available
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 If you want to learn how robots work and want to program your own- this program is for you! Not Currently Available
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. In this two hour session we will teach you the basics paddling techniques and test your skills with some challenges. 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. Fall 2019
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
Lean skills of balance while having fun 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. Not Currently Available
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 Gives youth the opportunity to learn what it takes to be a firefighter through teaching life-skills like leadership, community involvement, teamwork, pride and respect.
Thorough 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 receive a Pet First Aid video and 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! Not Currently Available
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 Not currently available

Bus Tours

Program Ages      Description Registration
Bell Island Adventure 12 to 16 From the ferry ride over you will tour the underground mines. Turn on your flashlight for an excursion through a tunnel to Grebe's Nest Beach full of exposed layers of shale, siltstone and sandstone, sit in the famous giant Harry Hibb's chair, lean why Bell Island has been called the most haunted island in all of North America and see the lighthouse! Admission, meal and transportation included. Drop off and pick up at HGR Mews Community Centre. Summer

Drop In

Location      Course                           Ages           Dates                      Day           Time (p.m)    Cost   
PRCC Drop In 11 to 16 Sept 5 to Dec 19 M to F noon to 1 Free
PRCC Drop In 11 to 16 Sept 22 to Dec 8 Su 3:15 to 5 $2
Southlands Drop In- GIRLS ONLY 10 to 14 Sept 9 to Dec 16 M 6:30 to 8 Free
Southlands Drop In 10 to 14 Sept 10 to Dec 19 Tu Th 6:15 to 8:15 Free
Shea Hgts Drop In 10 to 14 Sept 11 to June 17 W 6:30 to 8 Free
Shea Hgts Drop In- GIRLS ONLY 10 to 14 Sept 12 to June 18 Th 6:30 to 8 Free
Bosco Drop In 10 to 14 Sept 10 to June 16 Tu 6:30 to 8 Free
Kilbride Drop in 10 to 14 Sept 16 to Dec 18 M W 6 to 7:30 Free
Kilbride Drop In 12 to 16 Sept 19 to Dec 19 Th 6 to 7:30 Free


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 Condition Medical Plan
Medication Consent
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