Camps that grow interpersonal skills

Develop emotional intelligence and communication skills

Interpersonal skills are:
• Ability to understand the emotions and behaviours of others, and to respond accordingly
• Ability to compromise and listen
• Communication skills
• Leadership

An ever-increasing number of camps “realize how important emotional intelligence is,” says Alice Wiafe. “It’s right in the curriculum.” Below the listings, learn more from psychotherapist Wiafe, parents, and campers discussing the value of interpersonal skills and camp’s role in developing this character trait. Read more

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Outward Bound Canada   

Huntsville; Vancouver Island; North Toronto, Toronto; Kananaskis; Algonquin Park

  • Adventure (multi)
  • Day camp, Overnight camp

Outward Bound Canada provides challenging adventures in the outdoors across the country that develop self-respect, awareness of others, interpersonal skills, and a sense of accomplishment. Read more...

  • Ages 12 to 99
  • Coed, Girls, Boys
  • from $375/week
Day camp, Overnight camp openCamp Coed, Girls, Boys37512-990Huntsville, Ontario, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, North Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Kananaskis, , Algonquin Park, OntarioAdventure (multi)Outward Bound CanadaOutward Bound Canada provides challenging adventures in the outdoors across the country that develop self-respect, awareness of others, interpersonal skills, and a sense of accomplishment. Huntsville, Ontario, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, North Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Kananaskis, , Algonquin Park, Ontario Day camp, Overnight camp Coed, Girls, Boys

Great Big Theatre Company   

Ontario (11); Online (1)

  • Arts : Theatre Arts
  • Virtual Program, Day camp, Program

Camps in your neighbourhood ! One-week sessions, performances every week. Our experienced, caring staff will introduce your kids to stage performance & guide them toward self-expression. A great confidence-builder ! Read more...

  • Ages 4 to 14
  • Coed
  • from $98/week
Virtual Program, Day camp, Program openCamp Coed984-141Mississauga, York Mills, Toronto, Oakville, Guelph, Hamilton, Whitby, Burlington, Waterloo, Richmond Hill, London, OnlineArts : Theatre ArtsGreat Big Theatre CompanyCamps in your neighbourhood ! One-week sessions, performances every week. Our experienced, caring staff will introduce your kids to stage performance & guide them toward self-expression. A great confidence-builder ! Mississauga, York Mills, Toronto, Oakville, Guelph, Hamilton, Whitby, Burlington, Waterloo, Richmond Hill, London, Online Virtual Program, Day camp, Program Coed

FDT Academy    

Vancouver; Online

  • Education: Public Speaking/Debate
  • Virtual Program, Day camp, Program

FDT's 2020/2021 academic programs are offered online via Zoom. As leaders in Debate, Speech & Model UN training, FDT Academy is renowned for having over 20 of its students make it on the national Debate & Speech teams. Read more...

  • Ages 4 to 18
  • Coed
  • from $100/week
Virtual Program, Day camp, Program openCamp Coed1004-182Vancouver, British Columbia, Virtual Program, Education: Public Speaking/DebateFDT Academy FDT's 2020/2021 academic programs are offered online via Zoom. As leaders in Debate, Speech & Model UN training, FDT Academy is renowned for having over 20 of its students make it on the national Debate & Speech teams. Vancouver, British Columbia, Virtual Program, Virtual Program, Day camp, Program Coed

Sidney Ledson Institute   

Don Mills, Toronto

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Day camp, Program

Now offered online, give your child the advantage of academic advancement / reinforcement in curriculum subjects and SSAT/ISEE prep during Academic year and Summer holidays.  Read more...

  • Ages 2.5 to 14
  • Coed
  • from $275/week
Day camp, Program openCamp Coed2752.5-143Don Mills, Toronto, OntarioTraditional (multi activity) Sidney Ledson InstituteNow offered online, give your child the advantage of academic advancement / reinforcement in curriculum subjects and SSAT/ISEE prep during Academic year and Summer holidays.  Don Mills, Toronto, Ontario 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 Girls13254-164Huntsville, 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

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 Coed1004-175Brampton, 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

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 Coed6003-186Vancouver, , 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 Coed702-167Markham, 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

CASMA Camps   

Bridle Path, Toronto; Lawrence Heights, Toronto

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Day camp, Program

Attend camp in English or French at CASMA with physical distancing measures in place. Choose from sports, arts, music and more. Read more...

  • Ages 4 to 16
  • Coed
  • from $160/week
Day camp, Program openCamp Coed1604-168Bridle Path, Toronto, Ontario, Lawrence Heights, Toronto, Traditional (multi activity) CASMA CampsAttend camp in English or French at CASMA with physical distancing measures in place. Choose from sports, arts, music and more. Bridle Path, Toronto, Ontario, Lawrence Heights, Toronto, Day camp, Program 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 Coed3104-169Bloor 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
  • 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 Coed1508-1810Virtual 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

Prestige School Summer Programme   

Willowdale, Toronto; Richmond Hill

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Day camp

A day camp with weekly themes that incorporate adventurous outings, artistic creations, scientific experiments, and much more. Read more...

  • Ages 4 to 12
  • Coed
  • from $75/week
Day camp openCamp Coed754-1211Willowdale, Toronto, Ontario, Richmond Hill, OntarioTraditional (multi activity) Prestige School Summer ProgrammeA day camp with weekly themes that incorporate adventurous outings, artistic creations, scientific experiments, and much more. Willowdale, Toronto, Ontario, Richmond Hill, Ontario Day camp Coed

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 Coed11006-1712Temagami, 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

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 Boys26006-1513Bancroft, 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

Radiant Girls   

Burlington; Hamilton; Online

  • Education: Leadership
  • Virtual Program, Day camp, Overnight camp, Program, Family camp

Girls Wellness & Leadership programs, with prof. coaches, chef's and trainers. Featuring Yoga/Pilates, Outdoor Adventures, Confidence & EI Activities, Meaningful Art, Leadership Games, Relationship Building, and More! Read more...

  • Ages 7 to 16
  • Girls
  • from $100/week
Virtual Program, Day camp, Overnight camp, Program, Family camp openCamp Girls1007-1614Burlington, Ontario, Hamilton, Ontario, Virtual Program, Education: LeadershipRadiant GirlsGirls Wellness & Leadership programs, with prof. coaches, chef's and trainers. Featuring Yoga/Pilates, Outdoor Adventures, Confidence & EI Activities, Meaningful Art, Leadership Games, Relationship Building, and More! Burlington, Ontario, Hamilton, Ontario, Virtual Program, Virtual Program, Day camp, Overnight camp, Program, Family camp Girls

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 Coed04-7315Mississauga, 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

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 Coed554-1216Ottawa, 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

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 Coed2408-1517York 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
  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Overnight camp

An amazing summer camp experience for campers with special needs. All the fun of camp, with supportive and experienced staff to give your camper the summer of their life! The focus is on fun first! Read more...

  • Ages 6 to 25
  • Coed
  • from $1,500/week
Overnight camp Coed15006-2518Sharbot Lake, OntarioTraditional (multi activity) Camp KennebecAn amazing summer camp experience for campers with special needs. All the fun of camp, with supportive and experienced staff to give your camper the summer of their life! The focus is on fun first! Sharbot Lake, Ontario Overnight 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 Girls22406-1619Parry 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
  • 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 Coed4508-1520Virtual 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
  • 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 Coed2605-1721Oshawa, 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

Summer Youth Programming at the Daniels Faculty   

Downtown West, Toronto; Online

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

Summer STEAM camps for children from ages 9-14. The theme for this summer’s youth programs is Drones in the City. We will explore the potential of this disruptive technology and how the city design might respond. Read more...

  • Ages 9 to 99
  • Coed
  • from $400/week
Virtual Program, Day camp, Overnight camp openCamp Coed4009-9922Downtown West, Toronto, Ontario, Virtual Program, Traditional (multi activity) Summer Youth Programming at the Daniels FacultySummer STEAM camps for children from ages 9-14. The theme for this summer’s youth programs is Drones in the City. We will explore the potential of this disruptive technology and how the city design might respond. Downtown West, Toronto, Ontario, Virtual Program, Virtual Program, Day camp, Overnight camp Coed

Camp Solelim   

Sudbury

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Overnight camp

Camp Solelim is a sleepover camp designed for Jewish 13 to 15 year olds. Our programming includes traditional waterfront, sports, arts and outdoor activities, as well as leadership development and community building. Read more...

  • Ages 13 to 15
  • Coed
  • from $7,385/6 weeks
Overnight camp openCamp Coed738513-1523Sudbury, OntarioTraditional (multi activity) Camp SolelimCamp Solelim is a sleepover camp designed for Jewish 13 to 15 year olds. Our programming includes traditional waterfront, sports, arts and outdoor activities, as well as leadership development and community building. Sudbury, Ontario Overnight camp 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 Coed11555-1724Bracebridge, 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

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 Coed305-1825Oakville, 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

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 Coed7508-1626Shawnigan 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

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 Coed455-1227Port 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

Behaviour Matters   

Lawrence Heights, Toronto

  • Education: Leadership
  • Program, Family camp

Focused on developing social skills, emotional/self-regulation and self confidence. Programs are interactive, skills, and strength-based, consisting of games, team building; role-plays, art, discussions, take-home tasks. Read more...

  • Ages 4 to 18
  • Coed, Girls, Boys
  • from $600/group
Program, Family camp openCamp Coed, Girls, Boys6004-1828Lawrence Heights, Toronto, OntarioEducation: LeadershipBehaviour MattersFocused on developing social skills, emotional/self-regulation and self confidence. Programs are interactive, skills, and strength-based, consisting of games, team building; role-plays, art, discussions, take-home tasks. Lawrence Heights, Toronto, Ontario Program, Family camp Coed, Girls, Boys
  • 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 Coed1505-1429Mississauga, 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

Camp Kodiak   

Parry Sound

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Overnight camp

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

  • Ages 6 to 18
  • Coed
  • from $1,455/week
Overnight camp openCamp Coed14556-1830Parry Sound, OntarioTraditional (multi activity) Camp KodiakFun! Friends! Success! An integrated overnight summer camp for children & teens with and without ADHD, LD, and high-functioning ASD. We provide a SOCIAL SKILLS program, ACADEMIC program and 50+ activities. Parry Sound, Ontario Overnight camp Coed

Camp Three R's   

Oakville

  • Education: Academic/Tutoring
  • Day camp, Program

Boost your child's math, reading and writing skills. This program is a fun camp designed to engage children ages 5-10. Needed now more than ever. Read more...

  • Ages 5 to 10
  • Coed
  • from $350/week
Day camp, Program openCamp Coed3505-1031Oakville, OntarioEducation: Academic/TutoringCamp Three R'sBoost your child's math, reading and writing skills. This program is a fun camp designed to engage children ages 5-10. Needed now more than ever. Oakville, Ontario Day camp, Program Coed

Interpersonal skills defined

“The skills we use everyday to communicate with others [include] the ability to control and self-regulate our own emotions” says Leigh King, one of the day camp managers at the YMCA of Greater Toronto. “Being able to effectively communicate with … peers and effectively control emotions is a huge part of growing up and learning. The more [kids] can learn that at a young age, the more positive interactions they’ll have with their peers, teachers and friends.” Early  development of interpersonal skills can play a huge role in a child’s maturation.

What are the benefits of interpersonal skills?

The development of interpersonal skills goes deeper than the ability to communicate, if you ask Alice Wiafe. For her, it’s a kind of intelligence, “a science that allows you to know how you’re wired, how you’re seen, how you’re perceived by other people … It’s your ability to read those cues with other people”. Emotional intelligence, she says, demonstrates the importance of interpersonal skills in everyday life. As a psychotherapist at Positive Kids, she deals directly with children’s growth in the realm of social and emotional skills. 

“Emotional intelligence [understanding, demonstrating and regulating emotions] is now a higher predictor of success than IQ,” according to research, she says. “Interpersonal skills and the ability to hone, nurture and grow in that part of your life is probably the most important piece [of kids’ personal development], more so than getting A’s in math.” 

This ability to connect and relate to other people, to communicate effectively and read social cues is extremely important, “in the workplace, in relationships ... in your [ability] to be self-aware and how you’re being perceived by others,” she says. 

Emotional intelligence is now a higher predictor of success than IQ.

As children get older, their interpersonal skills will develop and help them in their adult lives. These skills are useful in both personal and professional settings. People with interpersonal skills are better equipped to understand the needs and wants of others. They’re able to make positive adjustments to their behaviour or actions and cultivate harmonious environments as a result. They’re more likely to solve problems without commotion, communicate effectively and have a deeper consideration of others. 

How to develop your child’s interpersonal skills

You can foster interpersonal skills by modeling certain behaviours for your child. This includes keeping your temper at bay when you’re frustrated, working through situations calmly, listening to others and communicating how you feel calmly and respectfully. You can also encourage your child to practice positive interpersonal skills around other people by using manners, being polite and respectful. Remember to support your child’s achievements and use any discrepancies as an opportunity to learn from mistakes. 

Children aren’t born with interpersonal skills. As Wiafe explains, “some kids are naturally more comfortable with people but many are not. A lot of times they have to be honed, developed and learned.” 

Social environments provide children with the ability to focus on building relationships, gain confidence and manage their own emotions, behaviours and speech. It’s increasingly important, she points out, “that [camps and schools] are now realizing how important emotional intelligence is and are actually putting supports in place to make sure that’s something that’s nurtured in the curriculum.” 

How does camp accelerate the development of interpersonal skills? 

In a camp setting, children are exposed to new and various people. At camp, they build new relationships, develop skills and gain confidence. Through daily trial and error, kids learn at their own pace. “How you act during that process all naturally contributes to building interpersonal skills,” she explains. “If you were to ask a parent about what their child learned at camp, or if you were to ask an adult about what they learned at camp as a child ... they often will tie it back to social skills as well as just learning skills in general and how that has improved their confidence and helped them in their lives as they got older.”

Wiafe supports King’s point by mentioning that a camp environment is “built around the whole idea of building emotional intelligence and interpersonal skills.” 

“They recognize that it’s very much needed and very significant in nurturing both intrapersonal skills (my relationship with myself) and interpersonal skills (my relationship with somebody else).” 

What is an example of interpersonal skills?

If a child is told to line up and they begin to push people or cut ahead, thatès one example of lacking interpersonal skills. Children don’t realize “there’s repercussions for that behaviour in terms of how they’re seen and ultimately treated,” Wiafe explains. “A child who has learned interpersonal skills would recognize that, if I act this way or say these things, then it’ll cost people to not want to be around me or not want to be my friend.” It’s all about developing fuller relationships with others around them. 

Leigh King illustrates an example of interpersonal skills at the YMCA of Greater Toronto, where she works. An initiative called “The YMCA Values Bead Program” awarded beads to campers demonstrating one or more of their six core values: respect, responsibility, inclusiveness, caring, honesty and health. One camper showed surprising personal growth by offering to give away one of his Values Beads in acknowledging both the emotions and actions of his peers.

Leigh tells the whole story below. 

Want your child to enhance their interpersonal skills?

Children learn interpersonal skills through exposure to others in a structured environment, like camp. They meet new friends, strengthen relationships, work in small and large groups and develop those interpersonal skills. “I just can’t stress enough what a huge role that I feel camp plays in the development of positive interpersonal skills for children and youth,” King mentions. “Camp is just a huge [opportunity] for children to learn and grow.”



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