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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  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Overnight Camp

Circle Square Ranch is a children's summer camp providing adventure filled camp experiences. One of nine InterVarsity Camps across Canada, our programs include horsemanship, climbing, archery, swimming and so much more! Read more...

  • Ages 6 to 17
  • Coed, Girls, Boys
  • from $496
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  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Day Camp, Virtual 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
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Great Big Theatre Company   

Throughout Ontario (12)

  • Arts: Theatre Arts
  • Day Camp, Program, Virtual 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
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  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Day Camp, Overnight Camp

Overnight and day camps, with activities including horsemanship, swimming, high ropes, climbing wall, archery, campfires, tomahawks, and much more. Leadership and horse specialty camps also offered. Read more...

  • Ages 5 to 16
  • Coed, Girls, Boys
  • from $240
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  • Education (multi)
  • Day 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
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InterVarsity Pioneer Camp Pacific   

Thetis Island; Vancouver

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Overnight Camp

One of nine Inter-Varsity Camps, Pioneer Pacific offers Christian summer camp and leadership programs for kids from 7-18, and includes a wide range of activities such as sailing, archery, kayaking and more. Read more...

  • Ages 7 to 18
  • Coed, Girls
  • from $285
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Onondaga Camp   

Minden

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Overnight Camp

For more than 100 years Onondaga Camp has provided an inclusive environment where young people can play, explore, achieve and grow. Offering over 30 different activities, there is something for everyone! Read more...

  • Ages 6 to 16
  • Coed
  • from $1,500
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Outward Bound Canada   

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

  • 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 $779
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  • 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
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  • Computer (multi)
  • Virtual 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 $225
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Sidney Ledson Institute   

Don Mills, Toronto

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Virtual Program

The SLI Summer Camp offers: Pre-K/K reading/numeracy program, Math/ English enrichment, Debate, Entrepreneurship, Comp Sci (HTML/CSS, Machine Learning/AI, App Development, R, Python), French, Spanish, and SSAT/ISEE prep. Read more...

  • Ages 2.5 to 14
  • Coed
  • from $420
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Camp Can-Aqua   

Haliburton Highlands; Oakville; Ottawa

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Overnight 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
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  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Overnight Camp

An award winning Christian summer camp in Muskoka for ages 5 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
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TAC Sports - Toronto Athletic Camps   

Don Mills, Toronto; Hogg's Hollow, Toronto; Thornhill; Vaughan

  • Sport (multi)
  • Day Camp

TAC Sports, TAC Aquatics and Lifetime Skills Academy (LSA) specialize in sports, swim and S.T.E.M programming. Ages 4-16, Co-ed. Year round Camps, Lessons, Academy and House Leagues across the GTA! Grow, Learn, Lead! Read more...

  • Ages 3.5 to 16
  • Coed
  • from $250
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InterVarsity Pioneer Camp Alberta   

Rocky Mountain House; Sundre

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

Pioneer Camp Alberta is a Christian summer camp with two beautiful locations in Sundre & Rocky Mountain House, AB. Get ready for exploration, adventure, creation, challenge, growth, skill development, and of course, fun! Read more...

  • Ages 5 to 19
  • Coed, Girls, Boys
  • from $79
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Radiant Girls   

Burlington; Tillsonburg

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

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

  • Ages 7 to 18
  • Girls
  • from $180
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InterVarsity Circle Square Ranch Big Clear Lake   

Hamilton; Huntsville; Land O' Lakes Tourist Region

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Overnight 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
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Glen Bernard Camp   

Huntsville

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Overnight 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
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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
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FDT Academy    

Vancouver

  • Education: Public Speaking/Debate
  • Virtual 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
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Focus Learning Academic Centre   

Don Mills, Toronto

  • Education (multi)
  • Virtual 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 7 to 15
  • Coed
  • from $150
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Inventor Stem School   

Dollard-Des-Ormeaux

  • Education: STEM
  • Day Camp

Summer STEM Camp with comprehensive educational program: classes with LEGO, robotics, Minecraft Education Edition, science experiments and outdoor activities. Read more...

  • Ages 5 to 12
  • Coed
  • from $330
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Upper Canada Child Care Summer Camps   

Markham; Richmond Hill; Thornhill; Vaughan

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Day Camp

Traditional day camp with a wide variety of activities. 30+ camps throughout the GTA and Simcoe County. Licensed programs with qualified staff. Open 7 am to 6 pm daily. Daily snacks provided. Read more...

  • Ages 3.8 to 12
  • Coed
  • from $208
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  • Computer (multi)
  • Virtual 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
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Phoenix Volleyball   

North Toronto, Toronto; Rosedale, Toronto; The Beach, Toronto

  • Sport: Volleyball
  • Day Camp

A coed day camp running summer beach volleyball camps,weekly indoor clinics, after school programs, private training, and March break camps. Read more...

  • Ages 8 to 17
  • Coed
  • from $250
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Camp Crossroads   

Torrance

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Overnight 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 1 to 85
  • Coed
  • from $630
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SportLife   

Montreal; Pierrefonds; Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue

  • Sport (multi)
  • Day Camp

A unique team sports camp, simulating the career of professional athletes! Sports include: ice hockey, flag/touch football, basketball, soccer, baseball, ball hockey and much more! Read more...

  • Ages 5 to 15
  • Coed
  • from $150
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  • Education (multi)
  • Virtual 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
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Brigs Youth Sail Training    

Collingwood; Goderich; Hamilton

  • Adventure (multi)
  • Overnight Camp

A safe and challenging environment aboard the Tall Ship TS Playfair on the Great Lakes (Ontario, Erie, Huron). Develop leadership skills, confidence and friendships as you work together as a team. Read more...

  • Ages 13 to 18
  • Coed
  • from $175
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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
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True North Sports Camps   

Forest Hill, Toronto; Islington Village, Toronto; Lawrence Park, Toronto; Moore Park, Toronto

  • Sport (multi)
  • Day Camp

True North Sports Camps offers baseball, flag football, basketball, soccer & multi-sport summer day camps and year-round clinics for boys and girls ages 4-14 in Toronto and Etobicoke. Read more...

  • Ages 4 to 14
  • Coed
  • from $237
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Fraser Lake Camp   

Bancroft; Whitchurch - Stouffville

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Overnight Camp

We have a rich history and a rooted community. We provide a variety of land and water sports in a supportive and inclusive environment. Our staff are positive role models and the culture they create is our biggest asset. Read more...

  • Ages 8 to 16
  • Coed
  • from $434
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CASMA Camps   

Bridle Path, Toronto; Lawrence Heights, Toronto

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Day Camp

High quality instruction in sport, art, music and more! Special guest speakers. All Ministry of Health health and safety measures in place. Our small group summer camp was sold out and we had zero Covid-19 cases. Read more...

  • Ages 4 to 16
  • Coed
  • from $200
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Block 8 Academy   

Port Moody

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Virtual 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
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COOKSMART   

Bloor West Village, Toronto; Mississauga

  • Arts: Cooking
  • Virtual Program

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
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  • Education: Language Instruction
  • Day Camp, Program

We offer a fully immersive French experience led by our expert native teachers. Camps, Interactive Classes, as well as various enriching cultural events throughout the year. Learn to Love and Speak French at LPE! Read more...

  • Ages 4 to 16
  • Coed
  • Cost Varies
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Toronto Kidz   

Baby Point, Toronto; High Park, Toronto; Roncesvalles Village, Toronto

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Day Camp

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 $213
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Camp Solelim   

Lawrence Manor, Toronto; 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
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Bytown Brigantine Tall Ships Adventure   

Harbourfront, Toronto; Brockville; Ottawa

  • Adventure: Travel
  • Day Camp, Overnight Camp

An outdoor adventure camp on a tall ship: building leadership, good citizenship & lifelong friendships. Ages 12-14 on Black Jack in small team-building groups & ages 14+ on Fair Jeanne, earning HS credit on select trips. Read more...

  • Ages 12 to 18
  • Coed
  • from $900
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STEM Minds   

Aurora

  • Education: STEAM
  • Program, Virtual Program

STEM Minds is a mission-driven social enterprise that teaches technology to new and skilled users with in-class and virtual education programs in coding, video game design, and more for children ages 4-14. Read more...

  • Ages 4 to 14
  • Coed
  • from $100
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  • 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
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Ryerson Day Camps   

Bay Street Corridor, Toronto

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Virtual Program

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

  • Ages 6 to 17
  • Coed
  • from $270
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Laurus Summer Camp   

Throughout Quebec (6)

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Day Camp

Montreal, Laval and Beaconsfield's #1 Lifestyle Summer day camp! We blend fun, education & specialty training in arts, academics and sports! Weekly program for kids ages 3 - 15! Registration is open in November for 2020! Read more...

  • Ages 3 to 15
  • Coed
  • from $150
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  • Education: STEAM
  • Virtual Program

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
  • Cost Varies
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  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Overnight Camp

A faith-based, western themed overnight summer camp which encourages young lives to grow spiritually, mentally, socially, and physically in an exciting, fun filled prairie adventure. Register on-line today!! Read more...

  • Ages 6 to 16
  • Coed, Girls, Boys
  • from $390
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Roseneath Theatre   

Downtown West, Toronto

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Virtual Program

A creative collection of programs that range from Dance, Drama, ASL Improv, our popular Dungeons & Dragons programs and more. Our expert councillors bring the arts to kids computers in fun and accessible ways. Read more...

  • Ages 6 to 16
  • Coed
  • from $40
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Reidmount Discovery School   

Harbourfront, Toronto; Brampton; Burlington; Mississauga; Vancouver

  • Education (multi)
  • Virtual 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
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  • Sport: Golf
  • Day Camp

This summer your child can learn the fundamentals of GOLF at Salazar Golf Academy, where having fun is our number one rule. We have many returning campers every year, and we look forward to greeting new campers. Read more...

  • Ages 7 to 16
  • Coed
  • from $379
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Camp Cherith - Ontario   

Southern Bruce County

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Overnight Camp

This Christian camp includes focuses on theatre arts, horseback riding, canoe tripping and more, situated in the heart of Grey-Bruce in south central Ontario. Read more...

  • Ages 6 to 16
  • Coed
  • from $519
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Young People's Theatre/YPT   

St Lawrence, Toronto

  • Arts: Theatre Arts
  • Virtual Program

Led by our experienced faculty of professional artist educators, we’re offering online classes for JK-Gr. 12 both on weekends and after-school! Read more...

  • Ages 4 to 18
  • Coed
  • from $109
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Camp Ponacka   

The Beach, Toronto; Bancroft; Peterborough

  • 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
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Debate Camp   

Throughout Ontario, Quebec (6)

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

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 $383
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  • Sport: Basketball
  • 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
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  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Virtual Program

Does your child have an interest in architecture or design? If so, consider enrolling them in a Daniels Faculty Outreach for youth programming from primary to high school! Read more...

  • Ages 8 to 99
  • Coed
  • from $400
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Rooks to Cooks   

Downsview, Toronto; Vaughan; Whitby

  • Arts: Cooking
  • Virtual 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
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Camp UofT Scarborough   

Highland Creek, Toronto

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Virtual Program

Camp UTSC provides a virtual program for ages 5-12. Children's April Break Camp: Baking, Cooking, STEAM Lego, Magic Show, Magic Workshop and Robotics! Read more...

  • Ages 5 to 12
  • Coed
  • from $26
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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 6
  • Coed
  • from $55
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  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Overnight Camp, Virtual Program

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
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Mi-A-Kon-Da   

Hamilton; Parry Sound

  • 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
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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
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Bear Creek Outdoor Centre   

Ottawa; Renfrew

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Overnight Camp

We are a small camp with a spectacular community of campers and staff. We focus on having a great time building interpersonal skills and connecting with each other in a fantastic natural setting. Read more...

  • Ages 6 to 17
  • Coed
  • from $675
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  • Education (multi)
  • 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 $250
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Silver Lake Wesleyan Camp   

Western Lanark County

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Overnight Camp

A Christian camp serving campers of all ages. Located on beautiful Silver Lake in Maberly, ON we offer Junior & Kids Camps (7-12yo), Day Camps (4-6yo), Youth Camp (12-18), Family Camp (All Ages) and Geezer Camp (60+). Read more...

  • Ages 1 to 99
  • Coed
  • from $479
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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.”

At camp, “members of a peer group get all thrown together, and co-operation then becomes really important,” says Joan Grusec, professor emerita of psychology at the University of Toronto. “And that’s a great experience: learning how to get along with other people; take your fair share, no more; be concerned for other people.” Kids learn by example, she says, seeing it as “a natural way of life, [where] nobody questions it: This is the way we do things. We care for other people.”



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