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
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.  
Not Currently Available
Handball 10 to 12
12 to 14
Handball is instructionally led with a handball wall Not Currently Available
Into To Tennis 10 to 12 Tennis is instructionally led in partnership with Tennis NL Not Currently Available
Trisport Discovery 6 to 8 Three different sports will be played for 30 minutes each (Basketball, Soccer, and Ball Hockey)  Not Currently Available
Trisport Explore 9 to 12 Three different sports will beplayed for 30 minutes each (Basketball, Soccer, and Ball Hockey) Not Currently Available

Arts and Skills

Program Ages Description Registration
Youth & the ARTS! 12 to 15 Improv, painting, mixed media, poetry, sculptures. Summer 2020
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
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
Outdoor MOVE IT 12 to 15 A fun filled week of adventure, action games and sports. Summer 2020
Wilderness Survival 12 to 15 Our Wilderness Survival week will be full of fun and exiting new challenges for youth to become skilled outdoor people. This week is designed with outdoor education in mind and will allow participants to develop the skills necessary to venture into the wilderness with confidence. Summer 2020
Fun on the Water 12 to 15 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 2020
Outdoor Pursuits 12 to 15 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 2020
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. Not Currently Available
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. Not Currently Available
Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award, Adventure Journey Week 14 to 15 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


All workshops are for youth ages 12 to 16 years.

Program Description Registration
Gardening Get your hands dirty and experience life in the garden! Learn how to compost, grow, harvest and prepare organic produced to eat. Summer 2020
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
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. Summer 2020
Kayaking Learn and practice basic kayak skills through a variety of games and activities. Summer 2020
Archery Take aim and learn about archery basics: shooting techniques, equipment and safety aspects. Target shooting will fine tune your skills. Summer 2020
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. Summer 2020
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
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 Summer 2020

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

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. Not Currently Available

Drop In
Not currently available due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Location      Course                           Ages           Dates                      Day           Time       Cost   
PRCC Drop In 11 to 16   M to F   Free
PRCC Drop In 11 to 16   Su   $2
Southlands Drop In - GIRLS ONLY 10 to 14   M   Free
Southlands Drop In 10 to 14   Tu Th   Free
Shea Hgts Drop In 10 to 14   W   Free
Shea Hgts Drop In - GIRLS ONLY 10 to 14   Th   Free
Bosco Drop In 10 to 14   Tu   Free
Kilbride Drop in 10 to 14   M W   Free
Kilbride Drop In 12 to 16   Th   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