Camps that promote courage

Develop inner strength and confidence, and learn the value of facing fear

Courage is:
• Willingness and ability to face fears and try new things
• Tolerance for uncertainty
• Social confidence

“Camps foster courage,” says Sarde Matti, in part because “[they don't have] the added pressure of performance that might accompany a more traditional, academic setting.” Below the listings, learn more from registered social worker Matti, parents and campers discussing the importance of camp to the development of courage. Read more




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  • Haliburton Highlands, ON
  • Age 6 to 12 (Coed)
  • From $1,395
Haliburton HighlandsOntario

Enjoy a single week with others who are new to the Can-Aqua Experience. Read more

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  • Online
  • Age 12 to 13 (Coed)
  • From $225
Online

Tutored by a highly qualified computer science teacher, students develop their skills in their preferred choice of program Read more

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Week 3
Jul 17 - Jul 23, 2022

  • Rosseau, ON
  • Age 6 to 16 (Coed)
  • From $1,249
RosseauOntario

Muskoka Woods is a place like no other featuring an unmatched activity schedule and led by trustworthy staff. Read more

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  • Online
  • Age 6 to 8 (Coed)
  • From $260
Online

Grade 1 - 3 Students use our robotics kit dropped off with a tablet to build and program robots.eg. Race Car, Helicopter, Fan Read more

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Traditional
Week 1
Jul 03 - Jul 09, 2022

  • Rosseau, ON
  • Age 6 to 16 (Coed)
  • From $1,199
RosseauOntario

Muskoka Woods is a place like no other featuring an unmatched activity schedule and led by trustworthy staff. Read more

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Week 6
Aug 07 - Aug 13, 2022

  • Rosseau, ON
  • Age 6 to 16 (Coed)
  • From $1,199
RosseauOntario

Muskoka Woods is a place like no other featuring an unmatched activity schedule and led by trustworthy staff. Read more

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  • Online
  • Age 12 to 13 (Coed)
  • From $720
Online

Convey the importance of the public speaking skills in their lives and give them tools to be a confident speaker. Read more

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CLASSIC
Aug 28 - Sep 02, 2022

  • Rosseau, ON
  • Age 13 to 15 (Coed)
  • From $1,399
RosseauOntario

Exclusive TEEN ONLY camp from August 28 – September 2. The perfect way to end your summer. Read more

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  • Washago, ON
  • Age 12 to 14 (Coed)
  • From $794
WashagoOntario

Practice your art while simultaneously developing leadership skills. Seek inspiration from like minded artist. Read more

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  • Uptown, Toronto
  • Age 12 to 13 (Coed)
  • From $625
TorontoUptownUptownOntario

n this hands-on program, campers will develop skills using hand tools and machinery through project-based learning. Read more

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  • Online
  • Age 10 to 11 (Coed)
  • From $128
Online

Develop critical thinking and strategy skills while playing classic board games. Read more

,196,2,32,188,0,virtualprogram,coed,12810-112022-07-01
  • Online
  • Age 6 to 11 (Coed)
  • From $275
Online

Learn from our professional singing coach how to open up your sound to project your voice clearly and effectively. Read more

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  • Online
  • Age 8 to 9 (Coed)
  • From $720
Online

Convey the importance of the public speaking skills in their lives and give them tools to be a confident speaker. Read more

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Week 2
Jul 10 - Jul 16, 2022

  • Rosseau, ON
  • Age 6 to 16 (Coed)
  • From $1,249
RosseauOntario

Muskoka Woods is a place like no other featuring an unmatched activity schedule and led by trustworthy staff. Read more

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Week 4
Jul 24 - Jul 30, 2022

  • Rosseau, ON
  • Age 6 to 16 (Coed)
  • From $1,249
RosseauOntario

Muskoka Woods is a place like no other featuring an unmatched activity schedule and led by trustworthy staff. Read more

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  • Uptown, Toronto
  • Age 10 to 11 (Coed)
  • From $495
TorontoUptownUptownOntario

Girls and boys in Challenge Camp Jr. will enjoy fun activities that challenge them to think critically and collaboratively! Read more

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  • Uptown, Toronto
  • Age 12 to 13 (Coed)
  • From $495
TorontoUptownUptownOntario

Learn the purpose and function of the United Nations and finish with an age-appropriate Model UN simulation. Read more

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  • 100 Mile House, BC
  • Age 9 to 11 (Coed)
  • From $740
100 Mile HouseBritish Columbia

This exciting 5-day course is packed full of adventure and exploration! Read more

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  • Online
  • Age 12 to 13 (Coed)
  • From $85
Online

Through lessons and play, this program will allow for more experienced players to further advance their skills. Read more

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  • Haliburton Highlands, ON
  • Age 15 to 15 (Coed)
  • From $4,062
Haliburton HighlandsOntario

Powerful leadership skills and a challenging wilderness environment for them to learn and grow Read more

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  • Lakefield, ON
  • Age 13 to 17 (Coed)
  • From $450
LakefieldOntario

Build dance and choreography skills while collaborating on dance performances drawn from nature. Read more

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  • Burlington, ON
  • Age 4 to 17 (Coed)
  • From $25
BurlingtonOntario

Classes in Performing Arts for ages 4 through 17, to develop stage presence, build character, and encourage teamwork! Read more

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VIRTUAL
Traditional
Kindness Club
Jul 19, 2021 - Dec 31, 2023

  • Online
  • Age 5 to 15 (Coed)
  • From $0
Online

JUMP START your GREATNESS in GROWING YOUR HEART, TRAINING YOUR BRAIN and BUILDING YOUR KINDNESS FOOTPRINT! Read more

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Week 8
Aug 21 - Aug 27, 2022

  • Rosseau, ON
  • Age 6 to 16 (Coed)
  • From $1,199
RosseauOntario

Muskoka Woods is a place like no other featuring an unmatched activity schedule and led by trustworthy staff. Read more

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  • Online
  • Age 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • From $275
Online

Speak with confidence…and be heard! This unique program empowers kids of all ages by learning the art of communication. Read more

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  • Uptown, Toronto
  • Age 6 to 9 (Coed)
  • From $396
TorontoUptownUptownOntario

Obstacle courses, hikes through our nature trail, problem-solving activities, and a variety of sports! Read more

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  • Online
  • Age 8 to 11 (Coed)
  • From $1
Online

We offer two FocusClubs: Book Club & Toastmasters Club, on alternating Saturdays. FocusClub is run by our dedicated teachers Read more

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Week 5
Jul 31 - Aug 06, 2022

  • Rosseau, ON
  • Age 6 to 16 (Coed)
  • From $1,199
RosseauOntario

Muskoka Woods is a place like no other featuring an unmatched activity schedule and led by trustworthy staff. Read more

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PROGRAM
Glee
Show Choir
Sep 16, 2021 - Jun 16, 2022

  • Burlington, ON
  • Age 9 to 17 (Coed)
  • From $30
BurlingtonOntario

Music makes us move, and what better way to celebrate rhythm in our bodies than singing and dancing simultaneously?! Read more

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  • Online
  • Age 9 to 10 (Coed)
  • From $1,700
Online

Power of Words Academy is committed in providing the highest quality of written and oral communication training to children. Read more

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  • Lakefield, ON
  • Age 11 to 13 (Coed)
  • From $4,500
LakefieldOntario

Strengthen your English fluency while learning to camp, hike and paddle on wilderness adventures. Read more

,41,6,81,79,2,24,16,3,322,25,31,49,56,overnightcamp,coed,450011-132022-07-01
  • Lakefield, ON
  • Age 13 to 17 (Coed)
  • From $5,650
LakefieldOntario

Strengthen your French fluency while learning to camp, hike and paddle on wilderness adventures. Read more

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  • Lakefield, ON
  • Age 13 to 17 (Coed)
  • From $1,195
LakefieldOntario

Build dance and choreography skills while collaborating on dance performances drawn from nature. Read more

,154,5,22,259,258,165,265,288,overnightcamp,coed,119513-172022-08-01
  • Online
  • Age 8 to 9 (Coed)
  • From $128
Online

This one-week program offers campers the opportunity to develop their French language skills. Read more

,79,2,270,19,virtualprogram,coed,1288-92022-07-01
  • 100 Mile House, BC
  • Age 14 to 17 (Coed)
  • From $512
100 Mile HouseBritish Columbia

Guided by our DEI trained facilitators and outdoor guides, we’ll create a safe space to learn and challenge each other! Read more

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OVERNIGHT
Traditional
Week 7
Aug 14 - Aug 20, 2022

  • Rosseau, ON
  • Age 6 to 16 (Coed)
  • From $1,199
RosseauOntario

Muskoka Woods is a place like no other featuring an unmatched activity schedule and led by trustworthy staff. Read more

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  • Uptown, Toronto
  • Age 12 to 13 (Coed)
  • From $495
TorontoUptownUptownOntario

Campers will have a blast learning about investing with a hands-on, age-appropriate curriculum, filled with games and lessons Read more

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  • Uptown, Toronto
  • Age 12 to 13 (Coed)
  • From $495
TorontoUptownUptownOntario

Girls and boys in Challenge Camp Sr. will enjoy fun activities that challenge them to think critically and collaboratively! Read more

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  • Uptown, Toronto
  • Age 10 to 11 (Coed)
  • From $396
TorontoUptownUptownOntario

Campers will have fun while learning how money works and developing good financial habits, an essential life skill. Read more

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  • Port Carling, ON
  • Age 8 to 12 (Coed)
  • From $675
Port CarlingOntario

Junior Camp is loved by children 8-12 old years across Ontario. Come enjoy some amazing time on Lake Rosseau! Read more

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  • Online
  • Age 10 to 11 (Coed)
  • From $720
Online

Convey the importance of the public speaking skills in their lives and give them tools to be a confident speaker. Read more

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VIRTUAL
Public Speaking
Public Speaking
Sep 28, 2021 - Jun 04, 2022

  • Online
  • Age 4 to 18 (Coed)
  • From $100
Online

Public Speaking private lessons help students to present with confidence, deliver impromptu speeches, and write speeches. Read more

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  • Burlington, ON
  • Age 5 to 18+ (Coed)
  • From $30
BurlingtonOntario

Beginner, Intermediate, or Advanced private lessons in piano - become the musician you've always dreamed of being! Read more

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  • Washago, ON
  • Age 14 to 18 (Coed)
  • From $794
WashagoOntario

Practice your art while simultaneously developing leadership skills. Seek inspiration from like minded artist. Read more

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  • Uptown, Toronto
  • Age 12 to 13 (Coed)
  • From $396
TorontoUptownUptownOntario

Campers will develop & challenge their wilderness abilities, learn about sustainable practice & develop leadership skills! Read more

,48,6,81,33,2,91,188,0,daycamp,coed,39612-132022-06-012022-07-012022-08-01
  • 100 Mile House, BC
  • Age 14 to 17 (Coed)
  • From $512
100 Mile HouseBritish Columbia

Dialogue and reflection regarding the relationship between our actions and environmental issues & the global climate crisis. Read more

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  • Online
  • Age 7 to 8 (Coed)
  • From $1,700
Online

Committed to providing the highest quality of written and oral communication training to children nurturing environment! Read more

,159,177,342,2,196,32,135,79,33,91,97,270,268,271,19,362,358,virtualprogram,coed,17007-82021-09-012021-10-012021-11-012021-12-012022-01-012022-02-012022-03-012022-04-012022-05-012022-06-01
  • Lakefield, ON
  • Age 13 to 17 (Coed)
  • From $6,700
LakefieldOntario

Strengthen your English fluency while learning to camp, hike and paddle on wilderness adventures. Read more

,41,6,81,79,2,24,16,3,322,25,31,49,56,overnightcamp,coed,670013-172022-08-012022-09-01
  • Huntsville, ON
  • Age 7 to 16 (Coed)
  • From $1,270
HuntsvilleOntario

Featuring 10 intensive hours of on-ice skill development, 2 chosen camp activities daily plus fitness or wellness training. Read more

,48,6,81,320,1,153,276,8,3,63,347,324,36,346,29,16,322,25,31,49,56,64,161,overnightcamp,coed,12707-162022-07-012022-08-01
PROGRAM
Traditional
Adventure
Cub Scouts
Dec 23, 2021 - Dec 31, 2037

  • Ottawa, ON
  • Age 8 to 10 (Coed)
  • From $230
OttawaOntario

Cubs embark on outdoor adventures like hikes, camping & paddling, and explore fun activities in STEM & cultural experiences. Read more

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  • Huntsville, ON
  • Age 10 to 16 (Coed)
  • From $1,375
HuntsvilleOntario

Campers enjoy 3 hours of water skiing daily, plus 1 camp activity and fitness and wellness training. Read more

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  • Sudbury, ON
  • Age 13 to 15 (Coed)
  • From $7,500
SudburyOntario

In our program designed exclusively for teens, campers discover a world of growth, connection and community. Read more

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  • North-York, Toronto
  • Age 7 to 13 (Coed)
  • From $600
TorontoNorth-YorkNorth-YorkOntario

Sailing Camp provides campers with an opportunity to get on the lake for a week of fun in sailboats at Cherry Beach! Read more

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  • Parry Sound, ON
  • Age 19 to 18+ (Girls)
  • From $250
Parry SoundOntario

Come relax and engage on an adventurous retreat where you can re-energize, connect with friends, and explore nature! Read more

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  • Ottawa, ON
  • Age 8 to 16 (Coed)
  • From $470
OttawaOntario

Camp Cherith Lanark offers a variety of outdoor skills to keep your child active this summer! Read more

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  • Algonquin Park, ON
  • Age 7 to 16 (Coed)
  • From $11,995
Algonquin ParkOntario

A combination of diverse in camp programming and Canoe Tripping Read more

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  • Vaughan, ON
  • Age 4 to 7 (Coed)
  • From $210
VaughanOntario

Kids explore civil engineering concepts such as building, design and construction, also create and program their robots! Read more

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  • Oakville, ON
  • Age 8 to 10 (Coed)
  • From $286
OakvilleOntario

Is your child in grade 4 French Immersion or about to enter? We help our students excel in the French Immersion program. Read more

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  • Oakville, ON
  • Age 7 to 14 (Coed)
  • From $455
OakvilleOntario

Campers get to try at a wide variety of sports, games, and team challenges all while developing their skills! Read more

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  • North-York, Toronto
  • Age 3 to 18+ (Coed)
  • From $28
TorontoNorth-YorkNorth-YorkOntario

Up your game with 1:1 tennis lessons with the best in the area. Available to both children and adults. Read more

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  • Downtown, Toronto
  • Age 6 to 8 (Coed)
  • From $375
TorontoDowntownDowntownOntario

This fun-filled multi-activity camp features hip hop, acro, parkour, yoga, acting, crafts, games and challenges. Read more

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  • Saint-Donat, QC
  • Age 5 to 16 (Girls)
  • From $598
Saint-DonatQuebec

« Joie de vivre » at camp Mère Clarac is discovering, exploring and having fun! Read more

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  • Oakville, ON
  • Age 5 to 12 (Coed)
  • From $200
OakvilleOntario

These camps will introduce the basics of rugby and explore the game rules in a fun and interactive way for ages 5-12 Read more

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  • Online
  • Age 8 to 14 (Coed)
  • From $20
Online

If your child is curious about space, this is the best workshop / event to attend. Read more

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  • Burlington, ON
  • Age 8 to 12 (Girls)
  • From $499
BurlingtonOntario

Fun wellness activities layered with empowering coaching to build positive self-image, emotional intelligence and confidence. Read more

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  • Saint-Donat, QC
  • Age 5 to 12 (Boys)
  • From $598
Saint-DonatQuebec

« Joie de vivre » at camp Mère Clarac is discovering, exploring and having fun! Read more

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  • North-York, Toronto
  • Age 4 to 14 (Coed)
  • From $200
TorontoNorth-YorkNorth-YorkOntario

Learn and develop your skills in sport, art, music and more in a safe and fun environment with high quality instruction. Read more

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  • Bancroft, ON
  • Age 8 to 16 (Coed)
  • From $476
BancroftOntario

Join the FLC community this summer and experience a close-knit summer camp; while rock climbing, swimming, and more! Read more

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  • Algonquin Park, ON
  • Age 6 to 8 (Coed)
  • From $995
Algonquin ParkOntario

Camp Ahmek and Camp Wapomeo offer a balance of canoe tripping and programming. Activities include swimming, canoeing, arts & Read more

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  • Land O' Lakes Tourist Region, ON
  • Age 6 to 18+ (Coed)
  • From $950
Land O' Lakes Tourist RegionOntario

Camp Dreamwood is unlike many camps, offering a unique, inclusive program for all campers. Read more

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  • Burlington, ON
  • Age 4 to 13 (Coed)
  • From $325
BurlingtonOntario

We have dedicated 30 years to inspiring leadership in children. We incorporate fun with leadership lessons. Read more

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  • North-York, Toronto
  • Age 7 to 13 (Coed)
  • From $600
TorontoNorth-YorkNorth-YorkOntario

Lake Days Camp provides campers with the opportunity to tackle challenging inflatables, kayak, play volleyball and more! Read more

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  • Parry Sound, ON
  • Age 6 to 8 (Girls)
  • From $250
Parry SoundOntario

For girls who are looking to take the first step in their overnight camping experience check out our Stepping Stones program. Read more

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  • Downtown, Toronto
  • Age 9 to 11 (Coed)
  • From $450
TorontoDowntownDowntownOntario

In this high energy, all-levels dance camp, we’ll take inspiration from pieces you loved from the show to create our own. Read more

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  • Huntsville, ON
  • Age 7 to 16 (Coed)
  • From $1,125
HuntsvilleOntario

Spend an action-packed day of "fun in the sun" participating in a variety of land and/or water activities. Read more

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  • Southern Bruce County, ON
  • Age 6 to 17 (Coed)
  • From $519
Southern Bruce CountyOntario

We offer many different activities to help your child learn a new skill, build friendships and try something different Read more

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Definitions of courage

“Courage is the ability to stand in the face of and move through experiences of adversity, uncertainty and uncomfortable feelings like anxiety, fear and pain,” says Sarde Matti,  a registered clinical social worker who works with youth and young adults experiencing mental health complications. Courage is a precursor to confidence and resilience in her view. “It’s so easy to fall into a critical narrative of ourselves. Courageous behaviour [rewards us] with confidence,” she explains. “If we take steps to move through uncomfortable feelings we can show ourselves at any point in life that we have the capacity to bounce back, instead of allowing those feelings to burden us or hold us back from achieving our goals.”

Ask Hailey, a former camper at Radiant Girls, and she’ll tell you that courage consists of “putting others before yourself and just doing the right thing before it’s even asked.” She believes courage she's developed in camp helps her in difficult situations, and encourages her to take ownership of mistakes. 

What does courage look like?

Sometimes, even in adulthood, Matti explains, “we’re prevented from doing things that make us uncomfortable or vulnerable, whereas children are naturally inquisitive, explorative and curious. Childhood is the optimal time to develop [courage] so it can be refined as time goes on.” The skill of courage, she believes, can grow throughout our lives as we diversify our experiences.

 

Very young children interpret courage as the ability to demonstrate bravery in fearful situations, such as going on a rollercoaster or learning to ride a bike. As they get older, they begin to associate courage with psychological fears, the risks involved and whether or not they can overcome it. Examples of this include standing up to bullying, owning up to a mistake or asking for help when you need support. Courage provides an individual with the ability to step out of their comfort zone and move past negative feelings or thoughts. “Being able to say I need help or support, being able to be vulnerable and share your thoughts and experiences is so courageous,” according to Matti. “I think if you look for it, you can see courage in everyday moments.”

Courage provides an individual with the ability to step out of their comfort zone and move past negative feelings or thoughts.

Hailey illustrates from her Radiant Girls’ experience how she learned courage in the past. “When I was rock climbing, I got blisters from the rope,” she says, “I was a bit moody about it and I was being rude to the other girls.” Gina Faubert, director of Radiant Girls camp, pulled her aside for a chat. “I was afraid that if I said sorry, their opinion wouldn’t change and it wouldn’t mean a thing.” Gina told Hailey that it would be courageous of her to do the right thing. It was a lesson that stuck with her. 

As we get older, we begin to associate courage with psychological challenges. Maddy Wells took on just such a challenge when she took part in an Outward Bound West Coast Discovery course in Clayoquot Sound. The point of Outward Bound programs is precisely to get young people out of their comfort zones. For her, the physical difficulties of the Outward Bound course were prodigious, but the bigger challenge was overcoming her own feelings of limitation. Outward Bound helps older kids challenge those limits, just as they’re learning about who they are and where they fit in the world. Like Wells, teens in these programs often discover they can exceed those challenges. At the end of it, she says, “I felt so much peace. I had done something I never thought I could achieve. I had told myself my whole life that someone such as myself could never deserve an experience like this, but I was wrong. I learned a lot about myself ... I had the ability to empower others and myself, and I had the strength to push myself mentally and physically further than I believed possible.”

How to develop courage

Kids develop courage when they persevere through uncertainty or uncomfortable feelings. Although new environments can create negative emotions and challenges, it’s important to expose them to settings that will foster and develop courage. Matti believes that social environments “naturally diversify a child’s experiences [because] children are exposed to new people, settings and activities.” 

Camps and recreational programs are particularly unique, in her opinion, because “[they foster] courage building by allowing children to explore through play and fun without the added, perceived pressure of performance that might accompany a more traditional, academic setting.”

Similarly, Hailey believes she learned one-of-a-kind lessons in courage through camp. “It really changed me as a person,” she says. One activity in particular resonated strongly with her.

She explains, “[Gina] told us to write a letter to our so-called enemy and just write all the nasty things we could think of them, and then afterwards, we’d crumple it up and burn it.” The exercise was symbolic of forgiving yourself and the other person you might have negative feelings towards. “That’s something that really stuck with me,” she says.  

Matti believes an effective way to teach courage to children is to model it yourself. “Children are so impressionable”, she says. “If they see people in their environment doing courageous acts by working through adversities and feelings like anxiety or fear, it’s definitely influential and encouraging the child’s own behaviour.” 

She suggests that parents can have a discussion with children wherein they explain courage and demonstrate what it looks like. From there, they can encourage kids to exercise courage in their day-to-day life. Daily examples of courage can include participating in a class discussion, asking a friend for help on a homework question, or trying out for their school’s soccer team.

However, Matti also recommends reframing some situations for children, to show them when they are displaying courage to help them make the connection. For example, consider the child playing their first soccer game who may be typically critical of their rookie performance. “Show the child that they were actually demonstrating courage by taking initiative to engage in something new and move through feelings of anxiety or fear”, she says. “This is important to help them realize their own capacity for skill-building and to help them recognize that within themselves.” 

Finally, she stresses the importance of giving yourself permission to be imperfect. 

“Today in the digital age … children are influenced in regards to how to act, how to behave, what to purchase, etc. Creating safety for a child to be able to question and bring up those experiences is really important.” When your child demonstrates courage, boost this behaviour as much as possible. If your child falls off course, take the opportunity to give positive feedback and teach them there’s value in learning from the experience. Remember to support your child and let them know that you are there for them, every step of the way.

What are the benefits of courage?

Courage builds confidence and resilience, while also encouraging children to persevere in the face of adversity. Matti has worked with many youth who have mental health difficulties. For many of these kids, courage sets the stage for learning. “As we age and at any point in our lives, it’s so natural for us to fear the unknown and to avoid things that make us uncomfortable. If we can continue to question things and diversify our experiences then we’re always setting the stage for learning.” 

Courage is a key aspect of leadership, she adds. “The individuals who are taking risks”, she says, “who are making practice changes, who are making suggestions for quality improvement and innovation...these are all acts of courage!” Courage is an integral leadership skill when someone moves through feelings of doubt or fear, towards an attitude that makes them feel like they can accomplish what they put their mind to. 

Patience is key

Courage is a skill nurtured and developed as kids mature. Matti highlights the importance of acknowledging that sometimes, “the impacts of our acts of courage aren’t always seen right away.” It has ripple effects over time. “Don’t be discouraged and don’t allow children to be discouraged if they don’t have immediate gratification from that courageous act. Continue practicing that because it could have more of an impact than you know.”

She encourages individuals to try and identify courage within themselves. 

“Don’t misinterpret the anxiety, the fear, the pain or uncertainty as not having the capacity for courage. It’s the act of moving through these feelings that truly gives definition to courage,” she says. 

Want your child to grow in courage?

Camp is a great environment for fostering and developing courage because it exposes children to new experiences that may initially cause hesitancy, nervousness or doubt. At camp, your child will be required to work with others and participate in new activities, itself a demonstration of courage. This environment will help your child move through their negative feelings and gain confidence, resilience and leadership skills. 



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