Camps that encourage curiosity

Grow in inquisitiveness and wonder, and develop your love of new learning

Curiosity is:
• Love of learning.
• Intellectual engagement
• Enthusiasm for experiencing the world
• Proclivity to develop passions and interests

At camp, kids are encouraged to “always be interested in something different or new,” as Aaron Lamontagne says. Below the listings, learn more from camp leaders like Lamontagne, discussing the importance of fostering curiosity, and how camp experiences uniquely encourage this. Read more

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  • Education: STEM
  • Virtual Program, Day camp, Program, Family camp

We're the coolest, most innovative kid program! more than 20 activities: Robotics (AI, Binary code..) Math tutoring, Lego, Harry Potter camps, Technical drawing for engineers,coding, website design, animation(in En & Fr) Read more...

  • Ages 3 to 18
  • Coed
  • from $190/week
Virtual Program, Day camp, Program, Family camp openCamp Coed1903-180Mississauga, Ontario, Virtual Program, Education: STEMBudding Genius - Central MississaugaWe're the coolest, most innovative kid program! more than 20 activities: Robotics (AI, Binary code..) Math tutoring, Lego, Harry Potter camps, Technical drawing for engineers,coding, website design, animation(in En & Fr) Mississauga, Ontario, Virtual Program, Virtual Program, Day camp, Program, Family camp Coed

MindKraft   

Oakville

  • Computer (multi)
  • Day camp, Program

After-school program and summer camps for robotics, coding, game development, 3D design and other STEM activities. Read more...

  • Ages 6 to 14
  • Coed
  • from $150/week
Day camp, Program openCamp Coed1506-141Oakville, OntarioComputer (multi)MindKraftAfter-school program and summer camps for robotics, coding, game development, 3D design and other STEM activities. Oakville, Ontario Day camp, Program Coed
  • Arts : Visual arts (multi)
  • Day camp, Program, Family camp

A contemporary art school that teaches skills and methods to inspire artistic expression for all ages. We offer painting, fashion design, filmmaking, animation, sculpting, architecture and more! Read more...

  • Ages 2 to 17
  • Coed
  • from $20/session
Day camp, Program, Family camp openCamp Coed202-172East York, Toronto, OntarioArts : Visual arts (multi)Canadian Contemporary School of ArtA contemporary art school that teaches skills and methods to inspire artistic expression for all ages. We offer painting, fashion design, filmmaking, animation, sculpting, architecture and more! East York, Toronto, Ontario Day camp, Program, Family camp Coed
  • Science (multi)
  • Day camp

A science day camp with exciting experiments, unexpected discoveries and exclusive access to our hands-on exhibits. Read more...

  • Ages 4 to 14
  • Coed
  • from $175/week
Day camp Coed1754-143Flemingdon Park, Toronto, OntarioScience (multi)Ontario Science Centre CampA science day camp with exciting experiments, unexpected discoveries and exclusive access to our hands-on exhibits. Flemingdon Park, Toronto, Ontario Day camp Coed

Wiz Kid Coding   

Brampton; Mississauga; Lawrence Park, Toronto

  • Education: STEM
  • Virtual Program, Day camp, Program

Innovative and Engaging Coding & STEM Enrichment Classes & Camps for children 4 - 14. Read more...

  • Ages 4 to 17
  • Coed
  • from $100/week
Virtual Program, Day camp, Program openCamp Coed1004-174Brampton, Ontario, Mississauga, Ontario, Lawrence Park, Toronto, OntarioEducation: STEMWiz Kid CodingInnovative and Engaging Coding & STEM Enrichment Classes & Camps for children 4 - 14. Brampton, Ontario, Mississauga, Ontario, Lawrence Park, Toronto, Ontario Virtual Program, Day camp, Program Coed

Glen Bernard Camp   

Huntsville

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Overnight camp, Family camp

A traditional overnight summer camp for girls offering wilderness adventure, horseback riding, sailing, swimming and lifesaving, arts and many other activities! Read more...

  • Ages 4 to 16
  • Girls
  • from $1,325/week
Overnight camp, Family camp openCamp Girls13254-165Huntsville, OntarioTraditional (multi activity) Glen Bernard CampA traditional overnight summer camp for girls offering wilderness adventure, horseback riding, sailing, swimming and lifesaving, arts and many other activities! Huntsville, Ontario Overnight camp, Family camp Girls
  • Arts : Visual arts (multi)
  • Day camp, Program, Family camp

Intended for ages 7+, our one-week programs offer a taste of everything. Campers will draw, paint, and sculpt a variety of amazing projects, including canvas paintings, custom t-shirts, figurines, and more. Read more...

  • Ages 5 to 85
  • Coed
  • from $20/program
Day camp, Program, Family camp openCamp Coed205-856Markham, OntarioArts : Visual arts (multi)Create with KirshyIntended for ages 7+, our one-week programs offer a taste of everything. Campers will draw, paint, and sculpt a variety of amazing projects, including canvas paintings, custom t-shirts, figurines, and more. Markham, Ontario Day camp, Program, Family camp Coed
  • Arts : Visual arts (multi)
  • Day camp, Program, Family camp

The McMichael provides an unmatched backdrop for children, youth and family programs. For details on Virtual Programs, Children's Camps, Art Classes, Accessible Studio Workshops and Family Days visit mcmichael.com today! Read more...

  • Ages 5 to 15
  • Coed
  • from $90/session
Day camp, Program, Family camp Coed905-157Vaughan, OntarioArts : Visual arts (multi)McMichael Children and Youth Art Camps and ProgramsThe McMichael provides an unmatched backdrop for children, youth and family programs. For details on Virtual Programs, Children's Camps, Art Classes, Accessible Studio Workshops and Family Days visit mcmichael.com today! Vaughan, Ontario Day camp, Program, Family camp Coed

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GTA Photography Classes : Camps   

Ottawa; Downtown East, Toronto; Illinois

  • Visual arts: Photo/Video
  • Day camp, Overnight camp, Program

Photography & Video Camps for kids (8-12) & teens (13-18). Campers learn from award-winning photographers & apply their new skills on daily field trips. Give your child the BEST SUMMER EVER! Read more...

  • Ages 8 to 17
  • Coed
  • from $299/week
Day camp, Overnight camp, Program Coed2998-178Ottawa, Ontario, Downtown East, Toronto, Ontario, Illinois, IllinoisVisual arts: Photo/VideoGTA Photography Classes : CampsPhotography & Video Camps for kids (8-12) & teens (13-18). Campers learn from award-winning photographers & apply their new skills on daily field trips. Give your child the BEST SUMMER EVER! Ottawa, Ontario, Downtown East, Toronto, Ontario, Illinois, Illinois Day camp, Overnight camp, Program Coed

Cloverdale Robotics   

Online; Surrey

  • Education: STEM
  • Virtual Program, Program

We are running two summer camps for 2020. 1) Robot Races : Learn Robotics while having lots of fun racing LEGO EV3 robots! 2) Learn Scratch & Python in one week or two week camps. Read more...

  • Ages 6 to 14
  • Coed
  • from $100/month
Virtual Program, Program openCamp Coed1006-149Virtual Program, , Surrey, British ColumbiaEducation: STEMCloverdale RoboticsWe are running two summer camps for 2020. 1) Robot Races : Learn Robotics while having lots of fun racing LEGO EV3 robots! 2) Learn Scratch & Python in one week or two week camps. Virtual Program, , Surrey, British Columbia Virtual Program, Program Coed

Innovation Camp Thinnox   

Mississauga

  • Computer (multi)
  • Day camp, Overnight camp, Program

STEAM BOOTCamp GTA.Animation,Game,Coding,Architecture,Robotics,UI/UX Graphic,WEB Tech,Fashion Tech,DRONE Engg,AR/VR Tech.STEAM ahead with your Career-Goals, Join Technology,Engineering & Design InnovationCamp at Thinnox! Read more...

  • Ages 6 to 18
  • Coed
  • from $250/week
Day camp, Overnight camp, Program openCamp Coed2506-1810Mississauga, OntarioComputer (multi)Innovation Camp ThinnoxSTEAM BOOTCamp GTA.Animation,Game,Coding,Architecture,Robotics,UI/UX Graphic,WEB Tech,Fashion Tech,DRONE Engg,AR/VR Tech.STEAM ahead with your Career-Goals, Join Technology,Engineering & Design InnovationCamp at Thinnox! Mississauga, Ontario Day camp, Overnight camp, Program Coed

Brick Works Academy   

Ontario (13); Online (1)

  • Science: LEGO
  • Virtual Program, Day camp

The Best Technology summer camp in the region! Your children and friends are super excited about our Lego Robotics, Lego Castle Builders, Minecraft Computer Camp, Pokemon Designer and Lego Stop Motion Animation camps! Read more...

  • Ages 6 to 13
  • Coed
  • from $220/week
Virtual Program, Day camp openCamp Coed2206-1311Forest Hill, Toronto, Hamilton, Waterloo, Kingsway Park, Toronto, Guelph, London, Alexandra Park, Toronto, Kitchener, Mississauga, Burlington, Cambridge, Lansing , Toronto, OnlineScience: LEGOBrick Works AcademyThe Best Technology summer camp in the region! Your children and friends are super excited about our Lego Robotics, Lego Castle Builders, Minecraft Computer Camp, Pokemon Designer and Lego Stop Motion Animation camps! Forest Hill, Toronto, Hamilton, Waterloo, Kingsway Park, Toronto, Guelph, London, Alexandra Park, Toronto, Kitchener, Mississauga, Burlington, Cambridge, Lansing , Toronto, Online Virtual Program, Day camp Coed

Genius Camp   

Mississauga; Downtown West, Toronto; Online

  • Education: STEM
  • Virtual Program, Program

The fastest growing STEM camp in Toronto and the GTA, offering programs in Robotics and AI, Coding, Programming, Advanced Math, Practical Science, 3D Printing and Modeling. Read more...

  • Ages 6 to 15
  • Coed
  • from $99/month
Virtual Program, Program openCamp Coed996-1512Mississauga, Ontario, Downtown West, Toronto, Ontario, Virtual Program, OntarioEducation: STEMGenius CampThe fastest growing STEM camp in Toronto and the GTA, offering programs in Robotics and AI, Coding, Programming, Advanced Math, Practical Science, 3D Printing and Modeling. Mississauga, Ontario, Downtown West, Toronto, Ontario, Virtual Program, Ontario Virtual Program, Program Coed
  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Day camp, Overnight camp, Family camp

This Christian camp has horseback riding, archery, swimming, hockey, cooperative games and more, and boasts 3rd generation campers. Kids have been raving about the wonderful family-style meals for 50 years. Read more...

  • Ages 1 to 60
  • Coed
  • from $15/program
Day camp, Overnight camp, Family camp openCamp Coed151-6013Milton, OntarioTraditional (multi activity) Rocky Ridge RanchThis Christian camp has horseback riding, archery, swimming, hockey, cooperative games and more, and boasts 3rd generation campers. Kids have been raving about the wonderful family-style meals for 50 years. Milton, Ontario Day camp, Overnight camp, Family camp Coed

Oxford Learning High Park   

Bloor West Village, Toronto; Online

  • Education (multi)
  • Virtual Program, Day camp

Oxford means a personalized learning experience for your child. Brain and Science Camps explore creative themes through engaging activities and field trips. Learning takes a fun turn. Our students are excited to learn! Read more...

  • Ages 4 to 12
  • Coed
  • from $400/week
Virtual Program, Day camp openCamp Coed4004-1214Bloor West Village, Toronto, Ontario, Virtual Program, Education (multi)Oxford Learning High ParkOxford means a personalized learning experience for your child. Brain and Science Camps explore creative themes through engaging activities and field trips. Learning takes a fun turn. Our students are excited to learn! Bloor West Village, Toronto, Ontario, Virtual Program, Virtual Program, Day camp Coed
  • Education: Language Instruction
  • Day camp, Overnight camp, Program

Fun French day camps and overnight trips in Ontario for kids aged 4-14. Year-round 1-on-1 online tutoring and weekly e-classrooms in French, as well as school workshops and overnight school trips for francophones. Read more...

  • Ages 4 to 16
  • Coed
  • from $310/week
Day camp, Overnight camp, Program Coed3104-1615Bloor West Village, Toronto, Forest Hill, Toronto, Trinity Bellwoods, Toronto, Oakville, Danforth Village, Toronto, Aurora, Richmond Hill, Markham, Vaughan, York Mills, Toronto, MississaugaEducation: Language InstructionCamp TournesolFun French day camps and overnight trips in Ontario for kids aged 4-14. Year-round 1-on-1 online tutoring and weekly e-classrooms in French, as well as school workshops and overnight school trips for francophones. Bloor West Village, Toronto, Forest Hill, Toronto, Trinity Bellwoods, Toronto, Oakville, Danforth Village, Toronto, Aurora, Richmond Hill, Markham, Vaughan, York Mills, Toronto, Mississauga Day camp, Overnight camp, Program Coed
  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Day camp

Every week at Toronto Kidz Camp we focus on a theme such as Dinosaurs, Underwater World, etc. and includes a field trip to one of Toronto's top attractions: Ripley's Aquarium, the ROM, Pirate Life Cruise, Casa Loma, etc. Read more...

  • Ages 5 to 12
  • Coed
  • from $202/week
Day camp Coed2025-1216High Park, Toronto, OntarioTraditional (multi activity) Toronto KidzEvery week at Toronto Kidz Camp we focus on a theme such as Dinosaurs, Underwater World, etc. and includes a field trip to one of Toronto's top attractions: Ripley's Aquarium, the ROM, Pirate Life Cruise, Casa Loma, etc. High Park, Toronto, Ontario Day camp Coed
  • Computer (multi)
  • Virtual Program, Day camp, Program

Artech is the Ultimate Creative Technology Program Center specializing in Game Design, Animation & Coding. Our virtual programs are fully interactive for kids 7 through teens and can reach kids anywhere on this planet! Read more...

  • Ages 8 to 18
  • Coed
  • from $150/week
Virtual Program, Day camp, Program openCamp Coed1508-1817Virtual Program, Quebec, Virtual Program, Computer (multi)Artech Camps CanadaArtech is the Ultimate Creative Technology Program Center specializing in Game Design, Animation & Coding. Our virtual programs are fully interactive for kids 7 through teens and can reach kids anywhere on this planet! Virtual Program, Quebec, Virtual Program, Virtual Program, Day camp, Program Coed

The Cube STEM Camps   

The Beach, Toronto; Online

  • Computer (multi)
  • Virtual Program, Day camp

A technology camp that offers kids the opportunity to touch on a full range of fun and engaging technology classes and activities that encourage kids to use their creativity to be the technology makers of the future. Read more...

  • Ages 7 to 17
  • Coed, Girls
  • from $300/week
Virtual Program, Day camp openCamp Coed, Girls3007-1718The Beach, Toronto, Ontario, Virtual Program, Computer (multi)The Cube STEM CampsA technology camp that offers kids the opportunity to touch on a full range of fun and engaging technology classes and activities that encourage kids to use their creativity to be the technology makers of the future. The Beach, Toronto, Ontario, Virtual Program, Virtual Program, Day camp Coed, Girls

Camp Wabikon   

Temagami

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Overnight camp

An experience kids love. A family parents trust. Wabikon is sleepover camp for boys and girls ages 6-17. Campers from around the world feel like part of the family and enjoy activities on a challenge-by-choice basis. Read more...

  • Ages 6 to 17
  • Coed
  • from $1,100/week
Overnight camp openCamp Coed11006-1719Temagami, OntarioTraditional (multi activity) Camp WabikonAn experience kids love. A family parents trust. Wabikon is sleepover camp for boys and girls ages 6-17. Campers from around the world feel like part of the family and enjoy activities on a challenge-by-choice basis. Temagami, Ontario Overnight camp Coed

Fraser Lake Camp   

Bancroft

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Day camp

We are a not-for-profit overnight camp on a private 275 acre waterfront property. We offer kayaking, rock climbing, arts and crafts, new lodging cabins, and most importantly a safe, supportive inclusive environment. Read more...

  • Ages 5 to 13
  • Coed
  • from $44/week
Day camp openCamp Coed445-1320Bancroft, OntarioTraditional (multi activity) Fraser Lake CampWe are a not-for-profit overnight camp on a private 275 acre waterfront property. We offer kayaking, rock climbing, arts and crafts, new lodging cabins, and most importantly a safe, supportive inclusive environment. Bancroft, Ontario Day camp Coed

Focus Learning Academic Centre   

York Mills, Toronto

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Day camp, Program

An enrichment academic learning centre committed to igniting the love of learning among children and teens. A variety of subjects are on offer with both our FocusKids and FocusLeaders summer camps. Read more...

  • Ages 8 to 15
  • Coed
  • from $240/month
Day camp, Program openCamp Coed2408-1521York Mills, Toronto, OntarioTraditional (multi activity) Focus Learning Academic CentreAn enrichment academic learning centre committed to igniting the love of learning among children and teens. A variety of subjects are on offer with both our FocusKids and FocusLeaders summer camps. York Mills, Toronto, Ontario Day camp, Program Coed

Sylvan Learning Oakville   

Oakville; Online

  • Education (multi)
  • Virtual Program, Day camp, Program

At Sylvan of Oakville, we have STEM Summer Camps, STEM Club, tutoring in JK-Gr. 12 math, reading, and writing, as well as SAT/ACT prep courses. Read more...

  • Ages 5 to 18
  • Coed
  • from $30/session
Virtual Program, Day camp, Program openCamp Coed305-1822Oakville, Ontario, Virtual Program, Education (multi)Sylvan Learning OakvilleAt Sylvan of Oakville, we have STEM Summer Camps, STEM Club, tutoring in JK-Gr. 12 math, reading, and writing, as well as SAT/ACT prep courses. Oakville, Ontario, Virtual Program, Virtual Program, Day camp, Program Coed
  • Education: Public Speaking/Debate
  • Day camp, Overnight camp

For all students interested in public speaking, debating and model parliament. A well-rounded virtual program open to all ability levels and interests, ages 10 - 17. Read more...

  • Ages 10 to 16
  • Coed
  • from $347/week
Day camp, Overnight camp Coed34710-1623Ottawa, Bridle Path, Toronto, North Toronto, Toronto, Montreal, Humber Valley Village, TorontoEducation: Public Speaking/DebateDebate CampFor all students interested in public speaking, debating and model parliament. A well-rounded virtual program open to all ability levels and interests, ages 10 - 17. Ottawa, Bridle Path, Toronto, North Toronto, Toronto, Montreal, Humber Valley Village, Toronto Day camp, Overnight camp Coed

Engineering For Kids York Region   

Aurora; Richmond Hill; Thornhill; Online

  • Education: STEM
  • Virtual Program, Day camp

A fun and educational STEM camp full of hands on engineering activities:Aerospace, Electrical engineering, Mechanical toy making, Marine Engineering, Civil Engineering, Robotics, Coding, Minecraft, 3D printing,... Read more...

  • Ages 4 to 14
  • Coed
  • from $180/week
Virtual Program, Day camp openCamp Coed1804-1424Aurora, Ontario, Richmond Hill, Ontario, Thornhill, Ontario, Virtual Program, Education: STEMEngineering For Kids York RegionA fun and educational STEM camp full of hands on engineering activities:Aerospace, Electrical engineering, Mechanical toy making, Marine Engineering, Civil Engineering, Robotics, Coding, Minecraft, 3D printing,... Aurora, Ontario, Richmond Hill, Ontario, Thornhill, Ontario, Virtual Program, Virtual Program, Day camp Coed

Wilvaken   

Magog

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Overnight camp

Bilingual (Fr/En) summer experience with water and land sports: sailing, water-skiing, windsurfing, archery, hiking/canoeing out trips and more. Spend the summer with campers from around the world! Read more...

  • Ages 6 to 15
  • Coed
  • from $2,330/2 weeks
Overnight camp openCamp Coed23306-1525Magog, QuebecTraditional (multi activity) WilvakenBilingual (Fr/En) summer experience with water and land sports: sailing, water-skiing, windsurfing, archery, hiking/canoeing out trips and more. Spend the summer with campers from around the world! Magog, Quebec Overnight camp Coed

The STEAM Project   

Richmond Hill; Online

  • Education: STEM
  • Virtual Program, Day camp

Camp for creative girls and boys who love science, technology, robotics, and design projects. Our kids learn while they experiment, invent, digitally fabricate, and build things with their hands. Read more...

  • Ages 5 to 14
  • Coed
  • from $460/week
Virtual Program, Day camp openCamp Coed4605-1426Richmond Hill, Ontario, Virtual Program, Education: STEMThe STEAM ProjectCamp for creative girls and boys who love science, technology, robotics, and design projects. Our kids learn while they experiment, invent, digitally fabricate, and build things with their hands. Richmond Hill, Ontario, Virtual Program, Virtual Program, Day camp Coed

Crania Schools   

Online; Waterloo

  • Education: Math
  • Virtual Program, Program

Online after-school and summer classes in Math and Coding for children ages 6 to 16. Programs include Math Fundamentals, Math Enrichment, Scratch, HTML/CSS, Javascript & Python Coding.. Read more...

  • Ages 6 to 16
  • Coed
  • from $149/month
Virtual Program, Program openCamp Coed1496-1627Virtual Program, , Waterloo, OntarioEducation: MathCrania SchoolsOnline after-school and summer classes in Math and Coding for children ages 6 to 16. Programs include Math Fundamentals, Math Enrichment, Scratch, HTML/CSS, Javascript & Python Coding.. Virtual Program, , Waterloo, Ontario Virtual Program, Program Coed

Learn & Experience   

Shawnigan Lake; International

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Overnight camp

L&E World Camps inspires & nurtures young people with their award winning multi-activity programs in Canada and Europe. The camps can be combined with L&E Teen Travel trips to create a summer experience of a lifetime. Read more...

  • Ages 8 to 16
  • Coed
  • from $750/week
Overnight camp openCamp Coed7508-1628Shawnigan Lake, British Columbia, International, Traditional (multi activity) Learn & ExperienceL&E World Camps inspires & nurtures young people with their award winning multi-activity programs in Canada and Europe. The camps can be combined with L&E Teen Travel trips to create a summer experience of a lifetime. Shawnigan Lake, British Columbia, International, Overnight camp Coed
  • Arts : Theatre Arts
  • Day camp, Overnight camp, Family camp

Now in its 20th year, the Stratford Festival Theatre Arts Camp runs in July and August. Taught by professional teaching artists, participants enjoy an intensive program of classes, rehearsal and theatre-going. Read more...

  • Ages 6 to 18
  • Coed
  • from $129/session
Day camp, Overnight camp, Family camp Coed1296-1829Stratford, OntarioArts : Theatre ArtsStratford FestivalNow in its 20th year, the Stratford Festival Theatre Arts Camp runs in July and August. Taught by professional teaching artists, participants enjoy an intensive program of classes, rehearsal and theatre-going. Stratford, Ontario Day camp, Overnight camp, Family camp Coed
  • Science: Architecture
  • Day camp

Three exceptional summer courses for high school students interested in architecture, design, and building a portfolio. Read more...

  • Ages 15 to 18
  • Coed
  • from $600/week
Day camp openCamp Coed60015-1830Ottawa, OntarioScience: ArchitectureImagine ArchitectureThree exceptional summer courses for high school students interested in architecture, design, and building a portfolio. Ottawa, Ontario Day camp Coed

Ryerson Summer Day Camps   

Bay Street Corridor, Toronto

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Day camp

Ryerson University offers safe and fun experiences for kids and teens. Programs include basketball, soccer, hockey, volleyball, science, engineering, journalism, robotics, architecture, film, french, design, and more! Read more...

  • Ages 6 to 17
  • Coed
  • from $320/week
Day camp openCamp Coed3206-1731Bay Street Corridor, Toronto, Ontario, Bay Street Corridor, Toronto, Traditional (multi activity) Ryerson Summer Day CampsRyerson University offers safe and fun experiences for kids and teens. Programs include basketball, soccer, hockey, volleyball, science, engineering, journalism, robotics, architecture, film, french, design, and more! Bay Street Corridor, Toronto, Ontario, Bay Street Corridor, Toronto, Day camp Coed
  • Education: STEM
  • Day camp

Science North offers innovative and stimulating summer day camps and virtual camps that introduce children to the worlds of science, technology, engineering and math. Camps are available for 4-11 year olds. Read more...

  • Ages 4 to 14
  • Coed
  • from $153/week
Day camp Coed1534-1432Dryden, Sudbury, Barrie, North Bay, KenoraEducation: STEMScience North CampsScience North offers innovative and stimulating summer day camps and virtual camps that introduce children to the worlds of science, technology, engineering and math. Camps are available for 4-11 year olds. Dryden, Sudbury, Barrie, North Bay, Kenora Day camp Coed

The Maker Bean Cafe   

Dovercourt Park, Toronto; Wallace Emerson, Toronto

  • Education: STEM
  • Day camp, Program

Creative technology camps to engage your kids & teen. Topics include Robotics, Inventions, Minecraft & Video Game Programming. Read more...

  • Ages 2 to 12
  • Coed
  • from $40/week
Day camp, Program openCamp Coed402-1233Dovercourt Park, Toronto, Ontario, Wallace Emerson, Toronto, OntarioEducation: STEMThe Maker Bean CafeCreative technology camps to engage your kids & teen. Topics include Robotics, Inventions, Minecraft & Video Game Programming. Dovercourt Park, Toronto, Ontario, Wallace Emerson, Toronto, Ontario Day camp, Program Coed
  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Day camp, Overnight camp, Program, Family camp

Nature based summer day and overnight camp led by Ontario Certified Teachers. Spend days outdoors exploring ponds, creeks, wetlands meadows and forests! Read more...

  • Ages 4 to 18
  • Coed
  • from $25/program
Day camp, Overnight camp, Program, Family camp Coed254-1834Pickering, OntarioTraditional (multi activity) Claremont Nature CentreNature based summer day and overnight camp led by Ontario Certified Teachers. Spend days outdoors exploring ponds, creeks, wetlands meadows and forests! Pickering, Ontario Day camp, Overnight camp, Program, Family camp Coed

Kidzwhiz   

Markham

  • Computer (multi)
  • Day camp, Program

Kidzwhiz introduces children aged 6-16 to the art and science of coding, robotics and game development. Our mandate is to future-proof kids' intellectual and creative thinking. Read more...

  • Ages 6 to 16
  • Coed
  • from $150/week
Day camp, Program openCamp Coed1506-1635Markham, OntarioComputer (multi)KidzwhizKidzwhiz introduces children aged 6-16 to the art and science of coding, robotics and game development. Our mandate is to future-proof kids' intellectual and creative thinking. Markham, Ontario Day camp, Program Coed

Zebra Robotics   

Mississauga; Milton; Online

  • Computer (multi)
  • Virtual Program, Day camp, Program

Robotics and coding after-school, weekend, competition, and summer camp classes that are virtual classes for students from Grade 2 to 12. Serious STEM learning with a unique curriculum and wholesome support system! Read more...

  • Ages 7 to 17
  • Coed
  • from $30/week
Virtual Program, Day camp, Program openCamp Coed307-1736Mississauga, Ontario, Milton, Ontario, Virtual Program, Computer (multi)Zebra RoboticsRobotics and coding after-school, weekend, competition, and summer camp classes that are virtual classes for students from Grade 2 to 12. Serious STEM learning with a unique curriculum and wholesome support system! Mississauga, Ontario, Milton, Ontario, Virtual Program, Virtual Program, Day camp, Program Coed

COOKSMART   

Mississauga; Bloor West Village, Toronto; Online

  • Arts : Cooking
  • Virtual Program, Day camp, Program, Family camp

Get the kids cooking and learning more life skills! Our program has gone virtual and the kids are loving cooking together to make tasty foods for their family. Easy meals, healthy snacks make this the best Zoom class. Read more...

  • Ages 4 to 73
  • Coed
  • Cost Varies
Virtual Program, Day camp, Program, Family camp openCamp Coed04-7337Mississauga, Ontario, Bloor West Village, Toronto, Ontario, Virtual Program, Arts : CookingCOOKSMARTGet the kids cooking and learning more life skills! Our program has gone virtual and the kids are loving cooking together to make tasty foods for their family. Easy meals, healthy snacks make this the best Zoom class. Mississauga, Ontario, Bloor West Village, Toronto, Ontario, Virtual Program, Virtual Program, Day camp, Program, Family camp Coed
  • Science (multi)
  • Day camp, Family camp

Explore unique science and tech programa at Ontario Tech, including LEGO , Makerspace, Coding, Minecraft. Family Camps. Camps will require minimal parent support once the camp site has been successfully accessed. Read more...

  • Ages 5 to 17
  • Coed
  • from $260/week
Day camp, Family camp Coed2605-1738Oshawa, OntarioScience (multi)Ontario Tech University Summer CampsExplore unique science and tech programa at Ontario Tech, including LEGO , Makerspace, Coding, Minecraft. Family Camps. Camps will require minimal parent support once the camp site has been successfully accessed. Oshawa, Ontario Day camp, Family camp Coed

Real Programming 4 Kids   

Ontario (5)

  • Computer : Computer programming (multi)
  • Day camp, Program

Your child can learn game programming without wearing a mask! Currently, all our classes are online. RP4K introduces kids and teens to the fundamentals of computer programming. FREE 45 min trial class. Read more...

  • Ages 7 to 17
  • Coed
  • from $548/week
Day camp, Program openCamp Coed5487-1739Kingsview Vilage, Toronto, Leaside, Toronto, Oakville, Richmond Hill, OshawaComputer : Computer programming (multi)Real Programming 4 KidsYour child can learn game programming without wearing a mask! Currently, all our classes are online. RP4K introduces kids and teens to the fundamentals of computer programming. FREE 45 min trial class. Kingsview Vilage, Toronto, Leaside, Toronto, Oakville, Richmond Hill, Oshawa Day camp, Program Coed
  • Computer (multi)
  • Virtual Program, Day camp, Program

Summer camp and after school programs focusing on computational literacy and STEM programming. Learn coding skills by building your own video games. Kids have fun, parents see results! Read more...

  • Ages 5 to 14
  • Coed
  • from $150/month
Virtual Program, Day camp, Program openCamp Coed1505-1440Mississauga, OntarioComputer (multi)Code Ninjas Mississauga (Port Credit)Summer camp and after school programs focusing on computational literacy and STEM programming. Learn coding skills by building your own video games. Kids have fun, parents see results! Mississauga, Ontario Virtual Program, Day camp, Program Coed

Knight Camp   

Vancouver

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Day camp, Program

Welcome to the only authentic knight school for youth (ages 8 – 14) in Canada, where knightly skills are taught in a safe and engaging environment by Academie Duello’s trained instructors. Read more...

  • Ages 8 to 14
  • Coed
  • from $425/week
Day camp, Program openCamp Coed4258-1441Vancouver, British ColumbiaTraditional (multi activity) Knight CampWelcome to the only authentic knight school for youth (ages 8 – 14) in Canada, where knightly skills are taught in a safe and engaging environment by Academie Duello’s trained instructors. Vancouver, British Columbia Day camp, Program Coed

Camp Wenonah   

Bracebridge

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Overnight camp

Trusted by families from around the world, Camp Wenonah is a popular kids overnight summer camp in Muskoka Ontario for boys and girls aged 5 - 17 years old. Veteran staff, including full time medical staff. Read more...

  • Ages 5 to 17
  • Coed
  • from $1,155/week
Overnight camp openCamp Coed11555-1742Bracebridge, OntarioTraditional (multi activity) Camp WenonahTrusted by families from around the world, Camp Wenonah is a popular kids overnight summer camp in Muskoka Ontario for boys and girls aged 5 - 17 years old. Veteran staff, including full time medical staff. Bracebridge, Ontario Overnight camp Coed

JOA Camps   

Ottawa

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Day camp

An exceptional camp, all in French, offering weekly themes and diverse activities. Weekly outings included in pricing. Read more...

  • Ages 4 to 12
  • Coed
  • from $55/day
Day camp openCamp Coed554-1243Ottawa, OntarioTraditional (multi activity) JOA CampsAn exceptional camp, all in French, offering weekly themes and diverse activities. Weekly outings included in pricing. Ottawa, Ontario Day camp Coed

Block 8 Academy   

Port Moody

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Day camp, Program

Active, Creative, Mix of Indoor and Outdoor all in one camp! Encourage your children to socialize in person, or have them enjoy learning a new skill online with top notch voice instructors, debate, creative writing... Read more...

  • Ages 5 to 12
  • Coed
  • from $45/day
Day camp, Program openCamp Coed455-1244Port Moody, British ColumbiaTraditional (multi activity) Block 8 AcademyActive, Creative, Mix of Indoor and Outdoor all in one camp! Encourage your children to socialize in person, or have them enjoy learning a new skill online with top notch voice instructors, debate, creative writing... Port Moody, British Columbia Day camp, Program Coed
  • Education: Language Instruction
  • Day camp, Overnight camp

English students learning French mix with French students learning English in this innovative program in the French Alps. Sports and other activities are an important part of the experience, along with language lessons. Read more...

  • Ages 6 to 17
  • Coed
  • from $2,540/week
Day camp, Overnight camp openCamp Coed25406-1745International, OtherEducation: Language InstructionFrench International Language CampsEnglish students learning French mix with French students learning English in this innovative program in the French Alps. Sports and other activities are an important part of the experience, along with language lessons. International, Other Day camp, Overnight camp Coed

Medics Camp   

Richmond Hill; Markham; Newmarket; Vaughan

  • Science (multi)
  • Day camp

This unique STEM camp immerses kids in the world of medicine, ignites their curiosity and gets them excited about science. Offering both summer camps and school year workshops-virtually and in person. Read more...

  • Ages 5 to 16
  • Coed
  • from $275/week
Day camp openCamp Coed2755-1646Richmond Hill, Ontario, Markham, Ontario, Newmarket, Ontario, Vaughan, Science (multi)Medics CampThis unique STEM camp immerses kids in the world of medicine, ignites their curiosity and gets them excited about science. Offering both summer camps and school year workshops-virtually and in person. Richmond Hill, Ontario, Markham, Ontario, Newmarket, Ontario, Vaughan, Day camp Coed

Mad Science of Toronto   

Ontario (6); Online (1)

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Virtual Program, Day camp, Program

Mad Science Camps offer hands-on activities where children design and build a variety of projects and participate in indoor & outdoor summer camp games and activities. Create memories that will last a lifetime! Read more...

  • Ages 4 to 12
  • Coed
  • from $220/week
Virtual Program, Day camp, Program openCamp Coed2204-1247Bloor West Village, Toronto, Humber Valley Village, Toronto, Mississauga, Brampton, Markham, Armour Heights, Toronto, OnlineTraditional (multi activity) Mad Science of TorontoMad Science Camps offer hands-on activities where children design and build a variety of projects and participate in indoor & outdoor summer camp games and activities. Create memories that will last a lifetime! Bloor West Village, Toronto, Humber Valley Village, Toronto, Mississauga, Brampton, Markham, Armour Heights, Toronto, Online Virtual Program, Day camp, Program Coed
  • Education: Academic/Tutoring
  • Virtual Program, Day camp, Program

Quills and Quotes is an after-school education program that teaches public speaking and writing skills in one class! It includes essay and creative writing, literary analysis and comprehension. Summer/online classes. Read more...

  • Ages 8 to 15
  • Coed
  • from $450/session
Virtual Program, Day camp, Program openCamp Coed4508-1548Virtual Program, , Mississauga, OntarioEducation: Academic/TutoringQuills and Quotes: Writing and Public Speaking ProgramQuills and Quotes is an after-school education program that teaches public speaking and writing skills in one class! It includes essay and creative writing, literary analysis and comprehension. Summer/online classes. Virtual Program, , Mississauga, Ontario Virtual Program, Day camp, Program Coed

Defining courage

“It’s my firm belief,” says Aaron Lamontagne, “that the best people in the world don’t have to be the smartest, the strongest or the fastest.” Instead his “favourite people have always been the ones that are the most interested ... the ones that want to hear your stories.” In his work for Academie Duello’s Knight Camp in Vancouver, he sees firsthand the value of curiosity. It’s so important for kids to be “interested in things [they] don’t know about, interested in something different or something new.” 

I think that’s the most fantastic thing about kids, their deep and abiding curiosity about what life is like and what people are like.

What are the benefits of curiosity? 

In his work with Knight Camp, Lamontagne is well-versed in the world of swordplay, history and knights, but the value of curiosity is apparent in every program he leads. It’s “absolutely an important trait to develop.” A curious child, asking a lot of questions, gains an edge in personal development. “It’s sort of a trope,” he says, “[a] child incessantly asking you ‘why,’ but I think that’s the most fantastic thing about kids, [their] deep and abiding curiosity about what life is like and what people are like.” 

Curiosity enables children to develop their imagination and creativity in new ways. Lamontagne uses an example of the purposes of a paperclip to demonstrate a child’s curiosity in comparison to an adult’s like his own. 

Most adults would be restricted to coming up with two or three original uses for a paperclip, but kids in his camp program “They’d make different shapes out of it, or letters out of it.” For him, “it was fascinating to see the unfettered nature of what [they would] do.” Camp encourages this form of intellectual freedom, and we “don’t try to [push] them in a specific direction.” 

That experimental aspect is important at many camps, and it’s essential to kids’ makeup. They don’t have some typical adult restrictions in mind when confronted with a task. As Lamontagne says, “they don’t know that there are questions they shouldn’t ask.” Child-like curiosity is nurtured in camp, and given the right experiences, they can retain this into adulthood.  

He also believes that empathy is an important byproduct of well-developed curiosity. “It expands [kids’] minds, [they] wonder why the world is the way it is,” he says. “It makes them recognize difference as being interesting instead of scary [and] ... it makes [them] more tolerant.”

Curious children are also more likely to:

  • remember information they’re taught 
  • remain engaged with tasks
  • expand their worldview and knowledge
  • learn about other perspectives and step out of their comfort zones

It’s important to support a child’s curiosity from a young age so discover on their own the value of exploring their interests. 

What does curiosity look like?

“One of the ways that I’ve seen curiosity [flourish is in the way] we give the kids lots and lots of ways to be creative,” Lamontagne begins to explain. One summer, Lamontagne asked campers to draw whatever they wanted, as long as they could prove that what they were drawing was used at some point in history. He advised them to read through the books they had, ask their teachers, talk to other campers, or look through the artifacts in the nearby museum. “One kid sifted through 4 different books trying to find the spear-head that he wanted,” he marvels. 

“[One other] idea that’s always really resonated with me is this idea of tangential learning.” This happens when you’re exposed to a topic you’re vaguely familiar with, but in a new context like camp, you decide to learn more about it. At Knight Camp, they teach children about knights, swordplay and instruction but they have also provided the campers with a platform to develop curiosity by asking questions, then discovering their own answers. 

How to develop curiosity

Children are naturally inquisitive and eager to learn about their surroundings. In the early years of elementary school, children are typically curious about physical activity and social interaction with others. The classroom provides opportunity for children to be curious about their interests. What happens to some kids is that curiosity gets dulled by sameness or over-exposure to media and video games, etc. Camp encourages kids to interact with new friends and “exposes children and young people to lots of new ideas,” Lamontagne believes. 

In the open-ended, instructional atmosphere of camp, enthusiasm for learning is liberated. They can invest in learning about a topic they’re passionate about. Once they explore their curiosity, studies have shown, their brain chemistry changes. They learn and remember more information when it’s learning about something they’re actively curious about. 

Lamontagne says, “we try to foster this curiosity in our kids by introducing them to [new things].” 

At Knight Camp, the instructors teach 10 Knightly Virtues to their campers. They ask campers to reflect on how they could practice the virtues in their daily lives and then come back and discuss their experiences. “As we teach about virtue, we try to teach them about ways to understand and grow their [internal] goodness,” he says.“They become curious about what it means to be good people.”

Want your child to enhance their curiosity?

To encourage the development of curiosity in your child, you can do the following:

  • Encourage them to ask questions about things they aren’t certain about.
  • Point out things around you (like animals, plants, buildings or colours) to spark curiosity.
  • Ask them what their interests are and let them develop that interest further.
  • Provide them with materials to encourage their curiosity (ex. art supplies or writing tools).
  • Answer questions but encourage them to try and give their own answers. 
  • Register your child in a camp that will nurture their innate curiosity.


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