Camps that foster independence

Learn and develop self-reliance, self-initiative, and self-motivation

Independence is:
• The ability and willingness to do things on one’s own
• Self-initiative, self-motivation, self-care
• Decisiveness

Camp encourages independence in kids, as they “learn how to cope with others on their own,” says Jocelyn Palm. "There's no asking mom or [anyone else] what to do." Below, the list, learn all about the value of independence from camp leaders like Palm and others, and read how camp offers a unique means to develop and grow this character trait. Read more

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

Transformative experiences learning in and through the outdoors—academic, athletic, for credit or enrichment. Spend every day outdoors on the water, in the forest, or at our farm—learn, have fun and stretch yourself. Read more...

  • Ages 13 to 17
  • Coed
  • from $450/session
Virtual Program, Day camp, Overnight camp openCamp Coed45013-170Virtual Program, , Lakefield, OntarioTraditional (multi activity) Lakefield College School Summer ProgramsTransformative experiences learning in and through the outdoors—academic, athletic, for credit or enrichment. Spend every day outdoors on the water, in the forest, or at our farm—learn, have fun and stretch yourself. Virtual Program, , Lakefield, Ontario Virtual Program, Day camp, Overnight camp Coed

KTBYTE Computer Science Academy   

Massachusetts; Online

  • Computer (multi)
  • Virtual Program, Program

KTBYTE provides computer science education that is fun, accessible, and challenging. Our instructor-led online classes, for students ages 8-18, are taught by dedicated and experienced instructors. Read more...

  • Ages 8 to 18
  • Coed
  • from $48/session
Virtual Program, Program openCamp Coed488-181Massachusetts, Massachusetts, Virtual Program, Computer (multi)KTBYTE Computer Science AcademyKTBYTE provides computer science education that is fun, accessible, and challenging. Our instructor-led online classes, for students ages 8-18, are taught by dedicated and experienced instructors. Massachusetts, Massachusetts, Virtual Program, Virtual Program, Program Coed

Muskoka Woods   

Rosseau

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Overnight camp

Muskoka Woods is a Christian youth development organization that offers a fun, safe and welcoming environment for all youth. Our staff share a common desire to help young people realize their full potential. Read more...

  • Ages 6 to 16
  • Coed
  • from $1,149/week
Overnight camp openCamp Coed11496-162Rosseau, OntarioTraditional (multi activity) Muskoka WoodsMuskoka Woods is a Christian youth development organization that offers a fun, safe and welcoming environment for all youth. Our staff share a common desire to help young people realize their full potential. Rosseau, Ontario Overnight camp 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 1 to 17
  • Coed
  • from $15/session
Day camp, Program, Family camp openCamp Coed151-173Leaside, 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! Leaside, Toronto, Ontario Day camp, Program, Family camp Coed

Camp Can-Aqua   

Haliburton Highlands; Oakville; Ottawa

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

A traditional camp with diverse programming & exceptional instruction, we believe in teaching kids compromise, patients & empathy. Fun is a given. Through thoughtful & individualized programming, our campers thrive here. Read more...

  • Ages 5 to 17
  • Coed
  • from $2,100/2 weeks
Overnight camp, Family camp openCamp Coed21005-174Haliburton Highlands, Ontario, Oakville, Ontario, Ottawa, OntarioTraditional (multi activity) Camp Can-AquaA traditional camp with diverse programming & exceptional instruction, we believe in teaching kids compromise, patients & empathy. Fun is a given. Through thoughtful & individualized programming, our campers thrive here. Haliburton Highlands, Ontario, Oakville, Ontario, Ottawa, Ontario Overnight camp, Family camp Coed
  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Virtual Program, Day camp, Program

Our online programs include Enrichment Classes for Language Arts, Math or STEAM for students in Gr. 1-8 and Online Credits for students in Gr. 9-12. Our day camp for campers in Gr. 1-8 provides a fun way to spend summer. Read more...

  • Ages 4 to 18
  • Coed
  • from $199/session
Virtual Program, Day camp, Program openCamp Coed1994-185Newmarket, OntarioTraditional (multi activity) Pickering College Credits, Enrichment Programs and CampsOur online programs include Enrichment Classes for Language Arts, Math or STEAM for students in Gr. 1-8 and Online Credits for students in Gr. 9-12. Our day camp for campers in Gr. 1-8 provides a fun way to spend summer. Newmarket, Ontario Virtual Program, Day camp, Program Coed
  • Computer (multi)
  • 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
Day camp, Program openCamp Coed1505-146Mississauga, 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 Day camp, Program Coed

Pedalheads Bike, Swim and Sport   

Alberta (31); British Columbia (46); Ontario (48); Quebec (8)

  • Sport: Cycling
  • Day camp, Program

Pedalheads offers bike, swim, and trail programs to families across Canada. Pedalheads helps kids develop life skills, confidence, and independence through fun, safe, and engaging instruction. Read more...

  • Ages 2 to 12
  • Coed
  • from $199/week
Day camp, Program openCamp Coed1992-127The Beach, Toronto, Humber Valley Village, Toronto, Leaside, Toronto, Bathurst Manor/Clanton Park, Toronto, Lawrence Manor, Toronto, Oakville, Mississauga, Markham, Don Mills, Toronto, Bayview Village, Toronto, Burlington, Forest Hill, Toronto, Ottawa, Vancouver, Victoria, Calgary, St Albert, Coquitlam, North Vancouver, Burnaby, Langley, Richmond, Delta, Edmonton, Sherwood Park, Little Italy, Toronto, East York, Toronto, Vaughan, Pointe-Claire, Cote Saint-Luc, Hampstead, Surrey, Kelowna, West Vancouver, Ajax, Hamilton, Milton, Newmarket, Rouge, Toronto, High Park, Toronto, Bloor West Village, Toronto, Lansing , Toronto, Spruce Grove, Richmond Hill, Montreal, Outremont, Saint Laurent, Barrie, Kitchener, London, Airdrie, Mont-Royal, Westmount, Port Moody, Parkview Hills, TorontoSport: CyclingPedalheads Bike, Swim and SportPedalheads offers bike, swim, and trail programs to families across Canada. Pedalheads helps kids develop life skills, confidence, and independence through fun, safe, and engaging instruction. The Beach, Toronto, Humber Valley Village, Toronto, Leaside, Toronto, Bathurst Manor/Clanton Park, Toronto, Lawrence Manor, Toronto, Oakville, Mississauga, Markham, Don Mills, Toronto, Bayview Village, Toronto, Burlington, Forest Hill, Toronto, Ottawa, Vancouver, Victoria, Calgary, St Albert, Coquitlam, North Vancouver, Burnaby, Langley, Richmond, Delta, Edmonton, Sherwood Park, Little Italy, Toronto, East York, Toronto, Vaughan, Pointe-Claire, Cote Saint-Luc, Hampstead, Surrey, Kelowna, West Vancouver, Ajax, Hamilton, Milton, Newmarket, Rouge, Toronto, High Park, Toronto, Bloor West Village, Toronto, Lansing , Toronto, Spruce Grove, Richmond Hill, Montreal, Outremont, Saint Laurent, Barrie, Kitchener, London, Airdrie, Mont-Royal, Westmount, Port Moody, Parkview Hills, Toronto Day camp, Program Coed

Royal Conservatory School   

South Annex, Toronto; Online

  • Music (multi)
  • Virtual Program, Day camp

The Royal Conservatory School has March Break and Summer day camps for ages 4 to 17 in instrument exploration, music camp en français, musicals and singing, and band! Read more...

  • Ages 4 to 12
  • Coed
  • from $60/week
Virtual Program, Day camp openCamp Coed604-128South Annex, Toronto, Ontario, Virtual Program, Music (multi)Royal Conservatory SchoolThe Royal Conservatory School has March Break and Summer day camps for ages 4 to 17 in instrument exploration, music camp en français, musicals and singing, and band! South Annex, Toronto, Ontario, Virtual Program, Virtual Program, Day camp Coed

Camp Wenonah   

Bracebridge

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Overnight camp

Trusted by families from around the world, Wenonah is a popular overnight summer camp in Muskoka Ontario for children aged 5 - 17 years old. Experienced and caring staff team, including full-time medical staff. Read more...

  • Ages 5 to 17
  • Coed
  • from $1,155/week
Overnight camp openCamp Coed11555-179Bracebridge, OntarioTraditional (multi activity) Camp WenonahTrusted by families from around the world, Wenonah is a popular overnight summer camp in Muskoka Ontario for children aged 5 - 17 years old. Experienced and caring staff team, including full-time medical staff. Bracebridge, Ontario Overnight camp Coed
  • Education: STEM
  • Virtual Program, Day camp, Program, Family camp

30+ STEAM activities, academic courses to develop each child's inner innovative thinking. Robotics, AI, Coding (Java, Arduino, HTML, Python) Math, Abacus, University prep courses, open to the world and Canada Fr/En. Read more...

  • Ages 4 to 18
  • Coed
  • from $190/week
Virtual Program, Day camp, Program, Family camp openCamp Coed1904-1810Mississauga, Ontario, Virtual Program, Education: STEMBudding Genius - Central Mississauga30+ STEAM activities, academic courses to develop each child's inner innovative thinking. Robotics, AI, Coding (Java, Arduino, HTML, Python) Math, Abacus, University prep courses, open to the world and Canada Fr/En. Mississauga, Ontario, Virtual Program, Virtual Program, Day camp, Program, Family camp 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 Girls13254-1611Huntsville, 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

Zebra Robotics   

Mississauga; Milton; Online

  • Education: STEM
  • 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 Coed307-1712Mississauga, Ontario, Milton, Ontario, Virtual Program, Education: STEMZebra 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
  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Day camp, Overnight 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 5 to 17
  • Coed
  • from $660/week
Day camp, Overnight camp openCamp Coed6605-1713Milton, 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 Coed
  • Education: STEM
  • Day camp, Overnight camp

Connections: Queen's Summer Engineering Academy (QSEA) is an engineering-focused summer program that exposes students from Grade 7 - 11 to engineering design and various engineering disciplines. Read more...

  • Ages 8 to 17
  • Coed
  • from $200/week
Day camp, Overnight camp openCamp Coed2008-1714Kingston, OntarioEducation: STEMConnections: Queen’s Summer Engineering Academy (QSEA)Connections: Queen's Summer Engineering Academy (QSEA) is an engineering-focused summer program that exposes students from Grade 7 - 11 to engineering design and various engineering disciplines. Kingston, Ontario Day camp, Overnight camp Coed
  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Overnight camp, Family camp

An award winning Christian summer camp in Muskoka for ages five to 17 featuring dozens of awesome activities, teen programs in leadership development and wilderness adventure & unforgettable experiences for every camper! Read more...

  • Ages 5 to 17
  • Coed, Girls, Boys
  • from $450/week
Overnight camp, Family camp openCamp Coed, Girls, Boys4505-1715Huntsville, OntarioTraditional (multi activity) InterVarsity Pioneer Camp OntarioAn award winning Christian summer camp in Muskoka for ages five to 17 featuring dozens of awesome activities, teen programs in leadership development and wilderness adventure & unforgettable experiences for every camper! Huntsville, Ontario Overnight camp, Family camp Coed, Girls, Boys

City Scouts: Urban Adventure Camp   

Grange Park, Toronto

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Day camp

City Scouts is a weekly urban adventure camp in the heart of Toronto. Our goal is to foster growing children's sense of independence through urban adventure Read more...

  • Ages 10 to 14
  • Coed
  • from $355/week
Day camp openCamp Coed35510-1416Grange Park, Toronto, OntarioTraditional (multi activity) City Scouts: Urban Adventure CampCity Scouts is a weekly urban adventure camp in the heart of Toronto. Our goal is to foster growing children's sense of independence through urban adventure Grange Park, Toronto, Ontario Day camp Coed

InterVarsity Circle Square Ranch Big Clear Lake   

Hamilton; Huntsville; Land O' Lakes Tourist Region

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

Circle Square Ranch is a life changing Christian summer camp for kids and teens ages 6-17. We offer a wide range of activities including horseback riding and water sports. Your summer adventure with friends starts here! Read more...

  • Ages 6 to 17
  • Coed, Girls, Boys
  • from $499/week
Overnight camp, Family camp openCamp Coed, Girls, Boys4996-1717Hamilton, , Huntsville, Ontario, Land O' Lakes Tourist Region, OntarioTraditional (multi activity) InterVarsity Circle Square Ranch Big Clear LakeCircle Square Ranch is a life changing Christian summer camp for kids and teens ages 6-17. We offer a wide range of activities including horseback riding and water sports. Your summer adventure with friends starts here! Hamilton, , Huntsville, Ontario, Land O' Lakes Tourist Region, Ontario Overnight camp, Family camp Coed, Girls, Boys
  • Education (multi)
  • Virtual Program, Day camp, Overnight camp

Enrichment Studies at Queen's University connects students in Grades 5-12 with exciting university experiences. We inspire our participants to reach their potential through mentorship, growth and problem solving. Read more...

  • Ages 10 to 17
  • Coed
  • from $199/week
Virtual Program, Day camp, Overnight camp openCamp Coed19910-1718Kingston, Ontario, Virtual Program, Education (multi)Enrichment Studies Unit (ESU) at Queen's UniversityEnrichment Studies at Queen's University connects students in Grades 5-12 with exciting university experiences. We inspire our participants to reach their potential through mentorship, growth and problem solving. Kingston, Ontario, Virtual Program, Virtual Program, Day camp, Overnight camp Coed

Artech Camps Canada   

Halifax; Online

  • 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 7 to 19
  • Coed
  • from $150/week
Virtual Program, Day camp, Program openCamp Coed1507-1919Halifax, Nova Scotia, 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! Halifax, Nova Scotia, Virtual Program, Virtual Program, Day camp, Program Coed

Oxford Learning High Park   

Bloor West Village, Toronto

  • Education (multi)
  • Day camp, Program, Family 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 $100/week
Day camp, Program, Family camp openCamp Coed1004-1220Bloor West Village, Toronto, OntarioEducation (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 Day camp, Program, Family camp 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 99
  • Coed
  • from $5/session
Virtual Program, Day camp, Program, Family camp openCamp Coed54-9921Mississauga, 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

Code Ninjas Meadowvale   

Mississauga

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

When school is out, fun and learning are in at Code Ninjas camps! If your kids are into MineCraft, Roblox, robotics, coding, or gaming, Code Ninjas is the place to be! Space is limited – reserve your spot today! Read more...

  • Ages 5 to 14
  • Coed
  • from $150/month
Virtual Program, Day camp, Program, Family camp openCamp Coed1505-1422Mississauga, OntarioComputer (multi)Code Ninjas MeadowvaleWhen school is out, fun and learning are in at Code Ninjas camps! If your kids are into MineCraft, Roblox, robotics, coding, or gaming, Code Ninjas is the place to be! Space is limited – reserve your spot today! Mississauga, Ontario Virtual Program, Day camp, Program, Family camp Coed
  • Arts : Cooking
  • Virtual Program, Day camp, Program

Engaging, educational and fun! We offer unique, intensive virtual cooking programs for kids, ages 7+. Kids learn to cook, but they also learn about nutrition, team-work, problem-solving and much more! Read more...

  • Ages 6 to 16
  • Coed
  • from $175/week
Virtual Program, Day camp, Program openCamp Coed1756-1623Arts : CookingRooks to CooksEngaging, educational and fun! We offer unique, intensive virtual cooking programs for kids, ages 7+. Kids learn to cook, but they also learn about nutrition, team-work, problem-solving and much more! Virtual Program, Day camp, Program Coed
  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Day camp

The SMCS Summer Experience provides youth with exciting academic, athletic, and artistic outlets, as well as opportunities to learn and grow within a fun and interactive environment. Please visit: www.smcscamps.com Read more...

  • Ages 8 to 14
  • Coed, Boys
  • from $250/week
Day camp openCamp Coed, Boys2508-1424Forest Hill, Toronto, OntarioTraditional (multi activity) St. Michael's College School Summer CampsThe SMCS Summer Experience provides youth with exciting academic, athletic, and artistic outlets, as well as opportunities to learn and grow within a fun and interactive environment. Please visit: www.smcscamps.com Forest Hill, Toronto, Ontario Day camp Coed, Boys
  • Education (multi)
  • 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
Day camp, Program Coed305-1825Oakville, OntarioEducation (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 Day camp, Program Coed

Toronto Kidz   

Baby Point, Toronto; High Park, Toronto; Online

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

Each week focuses on a theme such as Dinosaurs, Animals, etc. for our younger campers and Science, Fitness, Arts, etc. for our 8-12 year olds. Field trips to Toronto's main attractions are the highlight of the week. Read more...

  • Ages 5 to 12
  • Coed
  • from $206/week
Virtual Program, Day camp, Program openCamp Coed2065-1226Baby Point, Toronto, Ontario, High Park, Toronto, Ontario, Virtual Program, Traditional (multi activity) Toronto KidzEach week focuses on a theme such as Dinosaurs, Animals, etc. for our younger campers and Science, Fitness, Arts, etc. for our 8-12 year olds. Field trips to Toronto's main attractions are the highlight of the week. Baby Point, Toronto, Ontario, High Park, Toronto, Ontario, Virtual Program, Virtual Program, Day camp, Program Coed

Camp Ponacka   

Bancroft; Peterborough; The Beach, Toronto

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Overnight camp

Ponacka has been a "home away from home" for hundreds of boys since 1947. A traditional summer camp where boys gain confidence through independence, find lifelong friends and have so much fun - and it's tech free. Read more...

  • Ages 6 to 15
  • Boys
  • from $2,600/2 weeks
Overnight camp openCamp Boys26006-1527Bancroft, Ontario, Peterborough, Ontario, The Beach, Toronto, OntarioTraditional (multi activity) Camp PonackaPonacka has been a "home away from home" for hundreds of boys since 1947. A traditional summer camp where boys gain confidence through independence, find lifelong friends and have so much fun - and it's tech free. Bancroft, Ontario, Peterborough, Ontario, The Beach, Toronto, Ontario Overnight camp Boys
  • Sport: Sailing/Marine Skills
  • Day camp

Looking for a fun and affordable camp on Toronto's waterfront? Learn to sail, make new friends and enjoy Lake Ontario. Join the National Yacht Club Sailing & Racing School and get out on the water this summer! Read more...

  • Ages 7 to 18
  • Coed
  • from $303/week
Day camp openCamp Coed3037-1828Harbourfront, Toronto, OntarioSport: Sailing/Marine SkillsNational Yacht Club Sailing Camp and SchoolLooking for a fun and affordable camp on Toronto's waterfront? Learn to sail, make new friends and enjoy Lake Ontario. Join the National Yacht Club Sailing & Racing School and get out on the water this summer! Harbourfront, Toronto, Ontario 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 $2,450/2 weeks
Overnight camp openCamp Coed24506-1529Magog, 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
  • Sport: Basketball
  • Day camp, Program

Higher Training Basketball Academy, offering: group, private and semi private skills based basketball training. During the holiday's we offer large group basketball classes and travel for tournaments too! Read more...

  • Ages 4 to 18
  • Coed
  • from $36/month
Day camp, Program openCamp Coed364-1830Burlington, OntarioSport: BasketballHigher Training Basketball AcademyHigher Training Basketball Academy, offering: group, private and semi private skills based basketball training. During the holiday's we offer large group basketball classes and travel for tournaments too! Burlington, Ontario Day camp, Program Coed

Camp Wahanowin   

Orillia

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Overnight camp

Are you a parent looking for a meaningful, values based and FUN overnight camp experience for you child? Come experience the magic of Wahanowin on beautiful Lake Couchiching, just 90 minutes north of Toronto, Canada. Read more...

  • Ages 6 to 16
  • Coed
  • from $1,300/week
Overnight camp openCamp Coed13006-1631Orillia, OntarioTraditional (multi activity) Camp WahanowinAre you a parent looking for a meaningful, values based and FUN overnight camp experience for you child? Come experience the magic of Wahanowin on beautiful Lake Couchiching, just 90 minutes north of Toronto, Canada. Orillia, Ontario Overnight camp Coed

Inspirely STEAM Education   

Online; Brampton

  • Science: STEAM
  • Virtual Program, Day camp, Program, Family camp

Premier after-school online STEAM Education for children age 6 to 15 years. They also host family bonding & parent networking events. Their creative STEAM Kits/Gifts are perfect to spend quality Family Time @HOME. Read more...

  • Ages 6 to 14
  • Coed
  • from $95/month
Virtual Program, Day camp, Program, Family camp openCamp Coed956-1432Virtual Program, , Brampton, OntarioScience: STEAMInspirely STEAM EducationPremier after-school online STEAM Education for children age 6 to 15 years. They also host family bonding & parent networking events. Their creative STEAM Kits/Gifts are perfect to spend quality Family Time @HOME. Virtual Program, , Brampton, Ontario Virtual Program, Day camp, Program, Family camp Coed

Whitchurch Riding Academy   

Newmarket; Bridle Path, Toronto; Markham; East Gwillimbury

  • Sport: Horseback Riding/Equestrian
  • Day camp, Program

Teaching English riding (beginner to advanced) for 40 years, we promote a positive, hands-on horsemanship experience. Email us for information regarding daily busing, camper ages, and tours during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more...

  • Ages 9 to 15
  • Coed
  • from $539/week
Day camp, Program openCamp Coed5399-1533Newmarket, Ontario, Bridle Path, Toronto, Ontario, Markham, Ontario, East Gwillimbury, OntarioSport: Horseback Riding/EquestrianWhitchurch Riding AcademyTeaching English riding (beginner to advanced) for 40 years, we promote a positive, hands-on horsemanship experience. Email us for information regarding daily busing, camper ages, and tours during the COVID-19 pandemic. Newmarket, Ontario, Bridle Path, Toronto, Ontario, Markham, Ontario, East Gwillimbury, Ontario Day camp, Program Coed

Rouge Camps   

High Park, Toronto; Markham; Vaughan

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Day camp

Teacher directed day camps in York Region for children ages 4-15 offering sport instruction in multiple sports and leadership training in a fun environment. Teaching life through sport and rated 9/10+ since 2013! Read more...

  • Ages 4 to 15
  • Coed
  • from $285/week
Day camp openCamp Coed2854-1534High Park, Toronto, Ontario, Markham, Ontario, Vaughan, Ontario, Vaughan, Traditional (multi activity) Rouge CampsTeacher directed day camps in York Region for children ages 4-15 offering sport instruction in multiple sports and leadership training in a fun environment. Teaching life through sport and rated 9/10+ since 2013! High Park, Toronto, Ontario, Markham, Ontario, Vaughan, Ontario, Vaughan, Day camp Coed

Camp Oconto   

Sharbot Lake

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Overnight camp

Founded in 1924, Oconto is a traditional girls overnight camp located on the beautiful shores of Eagle Lake north of Kingston, Ontario. Over 20 activities are offered on 80 acres of land and 2km of shoreline. Read more...

  • Ages 4 to 16
  • Girls
  • from $1,280/week
Overnight camp openCamp Girls12804-1635Sharbot Lake, OntarioTraditional (multi activity) Camp OcontoFounded in 1924, Oconto is a traditional girls overnight camp located on the beautiful shores of Eagle Lake north of Kingston, Ontario. Over 20 activities are offered on 80 acres of land and 2km of shoreline. Sharbot Lake, Ontario Overnight camp Girls

Arrowsmith School Cognitive Intensive Program   

South Hill, Toronto; Online

  • Academic/Tutoring: Instructor lead (group)
  • Virtual Program, Day camp

The Cognitive Intensive Program strengthens the Symbol Relations cognitive function. Strengthening this area means a more powerful and positive capacity to understand, participate in and contribute to the world. Read more...

  • Ages 8 to 88
  • Coed
  • from $5,000/program
Virtual Program, Day camp openCamp Coed50008-8836South Hill, Toronto, Ontario, Virtual Program, Academic/Tutoring: Instructor lead (group)Arrowsmith School Cognitive Intensive ProgramThe Cognitive Intensive Program strengthens the Symbol Relations cognitive function. Strengthening this area means a more powerful and positive capacity to understand, participate in and contribute to the world. South Hill, Toronto, Ontario, Virtual Program, Virtual Program, Day camp Coed

LOGIMIX   

Mississauga; Online

  • Education: Academic/Tutoring
  • Virtual Program, Day camp, Program

LOGIMIX offers enhanced and regular math, science, physics and chemistry programs all year long. Prepare students for SSAT, SAT tests, Pre-U and University levels. Dedicated help with IB math and science. Read more...

  • Ages 10 to 20
  • Coed
  • from $40/week
Virtual Program, Day camp, Program openCamp Coed4010-2037Mississauga, Ontario, Virtual Program, Education: Academic/TutoringLOGIMIXLOGIMIX offers enhanced and regular math, science, physics and chemistry programs all year long. Prepare students for SSAT, SAT tests, Pre-U and University levels. Dedicated help with IB math and science. Mississauga, Ontario, Virtual Program, Virtual Program, Day camp, Program Coed

Learning Disabilities Society   

Vancouver; North Vancouver

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

Programs provide customized, one-to-one or small group learning support for children and youth with diagnosed or suspected learning differences. Read more...

  • Ages 8 to 12
  • Coed
  • from $495/week
Day camp, Program, Family camp openCamp Coed4958-1238Vancouver, British Columbia, North Vancouver, British ColumbiaEducation (multi)Learning Disabilities SocietyPrograms provide customized, one-to-one or small group learning support for children and youth with diagnosed or suspected learning differences. Vancouver, British Columbia, North Vancouver, British Columbia Day camp, Program, Family 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, graphic design, and more! Read more...

  • Ages 6 to 17
  • Coed
  • from $375/week
Day camp openCamp Coed3756-1739Bay 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, graphic design, and more! Bay Street Corridor, Toronto, Ontario, Bay Street Corridor, Toronto, Day camp Coed
  • Science (multi)
  • Day camp, Program, 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, Girls
  • from $300/week
Day camp, Program, Family camp Coed, Girls3005-1740Oshawa, 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, Program, Family camp Coed, Girls

Reidmount Discovery School   

Vancouver; Mississauga; Brampton; Burlington; Ajax

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

Virtual Saturday classes, for all students who needs to excel, enhance or accelerate their academics. Our teachers will work to improve your child's grades from JK-Grade 12 for Math, English, Science, Writing and Coding. Read more...

  • Ages 3 to 18
  • Coed
  • from $600/program
Virtual Program, Day camp, Program openCamp Coed6003-1841Vancouver, , Mississauga, Ontario, Brampton, Ontario, Burlington, Ontario, Ajax, Education (multi)Reidmount Discovery SchoolVirtual Saturday classes, for all students who needs to excel, enhance or accelerate their academics. Our teachers will work to improve your child's grades from JK-Grade 12 for Math, English, Science, Writing and Coding. Vancouver, , Mississauga, Ontario, Brampton, Ontario, Burlington, Ontario, Ajax, Virtual Program, Day camp, Program Coed

Mayfair Clubs   

Markham; Bathurst Manor/Clanton Park, Toronto; Leslieville, Toronto; Online

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

Mayfair Clubs offers a wide variety of Sports Day Camps at all of our locations for ages 2-17. We specialize in tennis & squash programming but also offer swimming, multi-sport and even camps for young toddlers. Read more...

  • Ages 2 to 16
  • Coed
  • from $70/day
Virtual Program, Day camp, Program openCamp Coed702-1642Markham, Ontario, Bathurst Manor/Clanton Park, Toronto, , Leslieville, Toronto, Ontario, Markham, , Virtual Program, Traditional (multi activity) Mayfair ClubsMayfair Clubs offers a wide variety of Sports Day Camps at all of our locations for ages 2-17. We specialize in tennis & squash programming but also offer swimming, multi-sport and even camps for young toddlers. Markham, Ontario, Bathurst Manor/Clanton Park, Toronto, , Leslieville, Toronto, Ontario, Markham, , Virtual Program, Virtual Program, Day camp, Program Coed

Camp Northway/ Wendigo   

Algonquin Park

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Overnight camp

Northway, Canada's oldest summer camp for girls (age 7-16) and Wendigo, a small tripping outpost for boys (age 12-16) are located in the wilderness of Algonquin Park. Read more...

  • Ages 7 to 16
  • Girls, Boys
  • from $1,070/week
Overnight camp openCamp Girls, Boys10707-1643Algonquin Park, OntarioTraditional (multi activity) Camp Northway/ WendigoNorthway, Canada's oldest summer camp for girls (age 7-16) and Wendigo, a small tripping outpost for boys (age 12-16) are located in the wilderness of Algonquin Park. Algonquin Park, Ontario Overnight camp Girls, Boys

Top Class Edge Learning   

Richmond Hill; Online; Bayview Village, Toronto; Markham

  • Education: Academic/Tutoring
  • Virtual Program, Day camp, Program

We strive for strategic tutoring and proven methods to help students master English, Math, and Sciences. Expert tutors combine challenging lessons and personalized feedback with excellent habits and learning skills. Read more...

  • Ages 11 to 18
  • Coed
  • from $55/session
Virtual Program, Day camp, Program openCamp Coed5511-1844Richmond Hill, Ontario, Virtual Program, , Bayview Village, Toronto, Ontario, Markham, OntarioEducation: Academic/Tutoring Top Class Edge LearningWe strive for strategic tutoring and proven methods to help students master English, Math, and Sciences. Expert tutors combine challenging lessons and personalized feedback with excellent habits and learning skills. Richmond Hill, Ontario, Virtual Program, , Bayview Village, Toronto, Ontario, Markham, Ontario Virtual Program, Day camp, Program Coed

Play Island Explorers   

Richmond Hill

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Day camp

Join us for PA days, March Break, Summer Camp, & Winer Break for an exciting camp experience for children ages 4-12 years. From indoor playground, outdoor sports, crafts, science, baking, music, splash park, & much more. Read more...

  • Ages 4 to 12
  • Coed
  • from $50/day
Day camp openCamp Coed504-1245Richmond Hill, OntarioTraditional (multi activity) Play Island ExplorersJoin us for PA days, March Break, Summer Camp, & Winer Break for an exciting camp experience for children ages 4-12 years. From indoor playground, outdoor sports, crafts, science, baking, music, splash park, & much more. Richmond Hill, Ontario Day camp Coed
  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Overnight camp, Family camp

A central Ontario summer camp for families and children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. The KOC is located in Minden, Ontario. Situated on 600 hectares of land nestled in the forest along the shores of Grey Lake. Read more...

  • Ages 1 to 21
  • Coed
  • from $1/week
Overnight camp, Family camp openCamp Coed11-2146Minden, OntarioTraditional (multi activity) Kinark Outdoor CentreA central Ontario summer camp for families and children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. The KOC is located in Minden, Ontario. Situated on 600 hectares of land nestled in the forest along the shores of Grey Lake. Minden, Ontario Overnight camp, Family camp Coed

Camp Kodiak   

Parry Sound

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Overnight camp

Fun! Friends! Success! An integrated overnight summer camp for children & teens with and without LD, ADHD, and high-functioning ASD. We provide a SOCIAL SKILLS program, ACADEMIC program and 50+ activities. Read more...

  • Ages 6 to 18
  • Coed
  • from $1,527/week
Overnight camp openCamp Coed15276-1847Parry Sound, OntarioTraditional (multi activity) Camp KodiakFun! Friends! Success! An integrated overnight summer camp for children & teens with and without LD, ADHD, and high-functioning ASD. We provide a SOCIAL SKILLS program, ACADEMIC program and 50+ activities. Parry Sound, Ontario Overnight camp Coed

Camp Hurontario   

Mactier

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Overnight camp

A traditional overnight camp with a variety of activities and sports including sailing, arts and crafts, leadership building and more. Read more...

  • Ages 6 to 16
  • Boys
  • from $900/week
Overnight camp openCamp Boys9006-1648Mactier, OntarioTraditional (multi activity) Camp HurontarioA traditional overnight camp with a variety of activities and sports including sailing, arts and crafts, leadership building and more. Mactier, Ontario Overnight camp Boys

Medics Camp   

Markham; Aurora; Newmarket; Online

  • Science: Medical science
  • Virtual Program, Day camp

This unique STEM camp immerses kids in the world of medicine. 7 different weekly themes that will ignite their curiosity and get them excited about science. March Break, Summer Camps & School Workshops virtual & onsite. Read more...

  • Ages 5 to 13
  • Coed
  • from $99/week
Virtual Program, Day camp openCamp Coed995-1349Markham, Ontario, Aurora, Ontario, Newmarket, Ontario, Virtual Program, Science: Medical scienceMedics CampThis unique STEM camp immerses kids in the world of medicine. 7 different weekly themes that will ignite their curiosity and get them excited about science. March Break, Summer Camps & School Workshops virtual & onsite. Markham, Ontario, Aurora, Ontario, Newmarket, Ontario, Virtual Program, Virtual Program, Day camp Coed

Mi-A-Kon-Da   

Parry Sound; Hamilton

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Overnight camp

A traditional, all-girls summer camp with various outdoor activities including sailing, wilderness trips, arts and crafts activities and more. Offering 1, 2 or 4 week sessions or an introductory weekend. Read more...

  • Ages 6 to 16
  • Girls
  • from $2,240/2 weeks
Overnight camp openCamp Girls22406-1650Parry Sound, Ontario, Hamilton, OntarioTraditional (multi activity) Mi-A-Kon-DaA traditional, all-girls summer camp with various outdoor activities including sailing, wilderness trips, arts and crafts activities and more. Offering 1, 2 or 4 week sessions or an introductory weekend. Parry Sound, Ontario, Hamilton, Ontario Overnight camp Girls
  • Sport: Cycling
  • Day camp, Program, Family camp

Courses for ages 4 and up from the never-ever to advanced bicycling and summer day camps for kids. Professional, fun instructors ensure your bicycling skills improve so that you can safely ride your bike for any purpose. Read more...

  • Ages 4 to 99
  • Coed
  • from $80/program
Day camp, Program, Family camp openCamp Coed804-9951Calgary, AlbertaSport: CyclingSafer Cycling CalgaryCourses for ages 4 and up from the never-ever to advanced bicycling and summer day camps for kids. Professional, fun instructors ensure your bicycling skills improve so that you can safely ride your bike for any purpose. Calgary, Alberta Day camp, Program, Family camp Coed

YMCA Camps Belwood, Ki-Wa-Y, Wabanaki and Day Camps   

Waterloo; Fergus; Huntsville; Stratford; Guelph

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

The YMCA of Three Rivers 3 overnight camps and 10 day camps offer a range of activities including, canoeing, kayaking, sailing, ropes and rock-climbing, BMX biking, drama, archery, and more. Read more...

  • Ages 4 to 15
  • Coed, Girls
  • from $250/week
Day camp, Overnight camp, Family camp openCamp Coed, Girls2504-1552Waterloo, Ontario, Fergus, Ontario, Huntsville, Ontario, Stratford, Ontario, Guelph, OntarioTraditional (multi activity) YMCA Camps Belwood, Ki-Wa-Y, Wabanaki and Day CampsThe YMCA of Three Rivers 3 overnight camps and 10 day camps offer a range of activities including, canoeing, kayaking, sailing, ropes and rock-climbing, BMX biking, drama, archery, and more. Waterloo, Ontario, Fergus, Ontario, Huntsville, Ontario, Stratford, Ontario, Guelph, Ontario Day camp, Overnight camp, Family camp Coed, Girls

Camp Kahuna   

Burlington; Milton

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

Halton region camp offering leadership training and an extraordinary camp program that will exceed your expectations. We fuse traditional camp activities with the extraordinary. Read more...

  • Ages 5 to 13
  • Coed
  • from $665/week
Day camp, Overnight camp openCamp Coed6655-1353Burlington, , Burlington, Ontario, Milton, OntarioTraditional (multi activity) Camp KahunaHalton region camp offering leadership training and an extraordinary camp program that will exceed your expectations. We fuse traditional camp activities with the extraordinary. Burlington, , Burlington, Ontario, Milton, Ontario Day camp, Overnight camp Coed

Camp Crossroads   

Torrance

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

A traditional camp experience in a fresh and dynamic way. Our core Christian teaching, creative staff, excellent food and exciting recreational programs inspire kids and families to keep them coming back year after year. Read more...

  • Ages 8 to 17
  • Coed
  • from $540/week
Day camp, Overnight camp, Family camp openCamp Coed5408-1754Torrance, OntarioTraditional (multi activity) Camp CrossroadsA traditional camp experience in a fresh and dynamic way. Our core Christian teaching, creative staff, excellent food and exciting recreational programs inspire kids and families to keep them coming back year after year. Torrance, Ontario Day camp, Overnight camp, Family camp Coed

How do you define independence?

Think of the first two letters of the word independence. “Independence means dependence from inside you,” says Jocelyn Palm. She’s the Executive Director and owner of Glen Bernard Camp, an all-girls camp in Sundridge, Ontario. “It means freedom from control by other people so you aren’t influenced by your peers.” Independence consists of asking yourself, “what are my principles? Those are the values that will take you into adulthood, so if you learn them as a young person, it’s a good advantage,” she says. 

Others, like Jennifer Jupp, offer variant definitions. She believes, “it's about being able to support yourself in a whole bunch of ways without the influence, control and authority of someone else.” She watches kids grow independent in weeklong sessions at the overnight camp where she’s Senior Director. It arises naturally out of their making a dozen daily decisions without parents present. 

Similarly, Emilia Antunes sees her son Erick growing in his ability to trust his own judgement. She’s noticed this improvement in him, especially after camp. “For me,” she says, “independence [consists of] Erick being able to make his own decisions and being able to accomplish tasks all by himself ... I see that in COOKSMART camp because he’s getting more independent with each class.”

How to develop independence 

You can accelerate your children’s development of independence in settings that mix freedom with responsibility like overnight camp. As Senior Director of Camp Wenonah in Bracebridge, Jupp knows deeply how camp nurtures personal growth. With its variety of daily interactions and activities, Wenonah gives children space “to solve their own problems and really care for themselves.” In other words, kids there become more independent daily. 

Jocelyn Palm shares a few examples from her experience at Glen Bernard Camp to illustrate how she’s seen independence demonstrated by campers. 

“[When] I’m at the high ropes course or a different event and I say they were fantastic today ... and they don’t say anything back, they just smile at you.” Encouraging children to continue doing an activity that they love and choose to do will encourage them to make more independent decisions in the future.

Glen Bernard's fixed day-to-day format ensures that younger campers are involved in all activities. “You can’t say that you’re not going sailing because you’re afraid. Everyone is going sailing, so you go, and then you become less afraid and you become independent.” However, “as campers grow older, they have more choices about what they’re going to do each day.  

"Older campers do a ‘solo’, which is an opportunity for them to spend time with themselves for 24 hours. There are sites that we have, right close to the camp, where they can be there alone. They’re not allowed to take any books or any of that. It’s interesting when they come back and we ask them what they did." Some campers talk about what they’ve seen and heard, whereas other campers will use whatever resources are there to be creative and resourceful. "One camper told us that she made a deck of cards [out of a pencil and piece of paper]."  

For each Glen Bernard camper, the solo experience is unique. "We try and make many occasions during their time at camp where they learn to make decisions," says Palm.

What is an example of independence?

At Camp Wenonah, campers are given the opportunity to choose specific activities to dedicate their time to, while at camp. "I particularly like it when kids choose an activity that’s different than what their parents really thought they would choose. It’s them in a big way, being themselves, making the choice for themselves," Jupp explains. 

She also sees independence in children through their ability to choose activities that differ from their friends. “[Imagine] a 16-year old choosing something different from what the majority of what their closest peers choose ... I think that’s huge in the area of independence and they take that with them after camp ... There aren’t social repercussions for them if they choose something different from what their peer group chooses.”

What are the benefits of independence?

Jocelyn Palm believes that independence is a very important trait for children to develop, especially in today’s society. “The world is coming at all of us and especially the young people at a fast and furious pace. There are messages from all different sources, more than just other people or more than the daily paper, radio or TV … In order to keep your sanity, you really have to know, who am I? What am I going to do? ... I have to make a decision now, for me, and do I have the ability to make it?” Independence helps you stand your ground, develop who you are as an individual and stick to your morals.

It also helps with a person’s ability to cope in situations and get along well with others. At Glen Bernard, Palm and her staff try to help campers to get along with everyone, of course, but this "doesn’t [necessarily] mean that they’re your best friend,” she explains. “Getting along means that you know how to deal with people who may not be your friends, but you still have to learn to cope." 

Similarly, Xavier, a camper at Academie Duello's Knight Camp, believes it's important to know how “to stand on your own and ... ask for help. You won’t always have people to turn to so it’s good to be able to turn to yourself and really just be able to explore the world around you. [You can do this by] using independence [while] not being afraid of what people will think of you.”

Overall, there are myriad reasons that highlight the importance of independence in children. Here are just some of the gifts kids gain from independence: 

  • Courage and confidence to take care of themselves 
  • Enhanced decision-making skills 
  • Self-motivation and willingness to take initiative 
  • A feeling of inclusion
  • Freedom to explore beyond a comfort zone 
  • Improved self-esteem 
  • Real-world experience that better prepares them for adulthood 

“The sooner [children] get independence," says Emilia Antunes, "the better they will be able to deal with different environments and situations without parents around.” This helps Erick in other areas beyond cooking lessons. “It fosters self-reliance because it empowers them to achieve their own goals,” she says. 

She notices that Erick is more comfortable taking risks than he was before he attended the camp. He feels more confident in his ability to trust his own instincts rather than ask for help. He makes his own recipes. However, “it’s not only about cooking,” she explains, “it’s about getting more confident, taking risks and doing things for [him]self.” 

How will independence help children as they get older? 

“Life’s road is bumpy and we’re going to fall down a lot as kids, youth and adults,” says Jupp. “I think that the earlier we can foster independence in ourselves, the better we’re going to be able to support ourselves through the bumpy road of life.”

Knowing how to navigate on their own gives kids' other qualities vital to a healthy adulthood. These include self-esteem, decision-making skills, self-reliance, cooperation, personal discipline, and more. Not only are these qualities strongly recommended for academic success, they’re extremely important tools to help kids navigate hardships in their future. 

“I think independence is a key part of self-reliance,” Jupp continues. “It gives us the confidence to know how to pick ourselves up ... For a kid to know that, especially if they feel that their world outside of themselves with their parents, family, school, sports team, [etc] feels like it’s falling apart, to have that deep feeling of independence and security within yourself and to have that at a young age…I really think it’s a superpower for kids to have.”

Want your child to improve their independence?

Any  environment where children have some distance from parents will enhance and develop their independence. At camp, kids act on their own, meet other people, learn self-reliance and other skills. “Children and youth will learn really quickly that they can do things and really make decisions for themselves without the influence of their parents or guardians,” says Jupp. For her, camp is a concentrated social environment where kids and staff learn from  each other. “Other kids affect them in a whole bunch of ways, positively and negatively. Having to navigate those social interactions in such a concentrated way [at camp] creates hundreds of opportunities to develop independence.” 

From a Camp Director perspective, Palm believes that a camp environment fosters independence because campers attend without their parents or guardians and must learn how to work with other people and adapt on their own.

“Some [people] may have different views and now, they’ve got to learn to cope with these other people. They’re not at home, there’s no asking mom or brother what to do. Here I am, on my own. I think that’s a great opportunity at camp,” she explains. 



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