Camps that help kids grow in religious faith

Develop personal spirituality and deepen your appreciation for cultural values

Religious faith is:
• Confidence or trust in one's beliefs about ultimate reality
• Rootedness in one’s cultural traditions and values
• Depth of spirituality

Camp can help kids grow in personal faith, providing “a faith-based experience geared to [kids’] specific age levels,” according to Chantal Huinink. In other settings, “theological concepts can sometimes go over their heads.” Below the list, learn more from Huinink and other experts about the value of religious faith, and how camps uniquely encourage faith. Read more




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  • Land O' Lakes Tourist Region, ON
  • Age 10 to 14 (Coed)
  • From $449

Campers choose from a range of adventurous activities and enjoy cabin life, new friends and epic special events. Read more

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  • Brantford, ON
  • Age 5 to 9 (Coed)
  • From $240

A packed day camp experience with swimming, climbing, games, horses (optionally), Bible teaching and much more. Read more

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  • Huntsville, ON
  • Age 14 to 17 (Coed)
  • From $695

Exciting activities, great food and legendary themes in beautiful Muskoka. Think deeply about God, make friends and memories. Read more

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  • Brantford, ON
  • Age 7 to 13 (Girls)
  • From $595

Ride horses and select from all sorts of other exciting camp activities. Make friends, laugh at campfire and learn about God. Read more

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  • Sundre, AB
  • Age 9 to 11 (Boys)
  • From $549

Junior Boys introduces young men to the great adventure of Christian life. They get to try all kinds of exciting activities! Read more

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  • Sundre, AB
  • Age 6 to 9 (Coed)
  • From $439

With adventure and belonging at the forefront, Discovery campers will make friends, try new things and learn about God. Read more

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  • Brantford, ON
  • Age 9 to 13 (Coed)
  • From $330

Spend mornings taking riding lessons and at the barn and afternoons exploring the rest that camp has to offer. Read more

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  • Land O' Lakes Tourist Region, ON
  • Age 13 to 15 (Coed)
  • From $1,199

Participants will take riding lessons, learn about barn management and horse training at a leadership level. Grow in faith. Read more

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  • Huntsville, ON
  • Age 11 to 16 (Boys)
  • From $795

Boys’ Camp is the ultimate action-packed, overnight, summer camp adventure! Try out new skills, make friends, grow with God. Read more

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  • Brantford, ON
  • Age 8 to 13 (Coed)
  • From $995

Equestrian campers receive instruction in both English and Western riding each day as well as an hour of recreational riding. Read more

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  • Halkirk, AB
  • Age 16 to 17 (Coed)
  • From $1,142

This is a 4 week leadership training course that equips young people to become leaders and grow in faith. Read more

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  • Halkirk, AB
  • Age 14 to 15 (Coed)
  • From $862

This is a training program for growing in character and leadership through service, a campout and lots of work and fun. Read more

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  • Huntsville, ON
  • Age 5 to 18+ (Coed)
  • From $1,575

Fun, safe, transformative camp experiences for campers with special needs. Enjoy the best of camp with support. Read more

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  • Brantford, ON
  • Age 9 to 13 (Coed)
  • From $265

Enjoy the best of summer camp activities packed into 5 days. Ride horses (optional), learn about Jesus, swim, climb and more. Read more

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  • Brantford, ON
  • Age 14 to 15 (Boys)
  • From $525

Grow leadership skills and get an "inside look" at camp. Serve in various camp areas and enjoy camp activities too. Read more

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  • Halkirk, AB
  • Age 8 to 11 (Girls)
  • From $509

Combine great leaders with a great selection of age-appropriate classic camp activities from riding to climbing to swimming. Read more

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  • Land O' Lakes Tourist Region, ON
  • Age 13 to 15 (Coed)
  • From $1,199

Campers will go on an overnight canoe trip and hike trip. In between they will learn wilderness skills and grow in faith. Read more

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  • Halkirk, AB
  • Age 9 to 15 (Coed)
  • From $280

Experience our 5-star horsemanship program and a range of other exciting camp activities, new friends and exploring faith. Read more

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  • Rocky Mountain House, AB
  • Age 12 to 18 (Boys)
  • From $988

5 days of classic teen camp and 5 days on a choice of adventurous outtrip. Forge friendships, memories and faith. Read more

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  • Brantford, ON
  • Age 13 to 15 (Coed)
  • From $610

A high-energy week with the best of classic camp activities, campfire and night games, designed with teens in mind. Read more

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  • Brantford, ON
  • Age 7 to 14 (Coed)
  • From $610

Ride horses and select from all sorts of other exciting camp activities. Make friends, laugh at campfire and learn about God. Read more

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  • Brantford, ON
  • Age 8 to 15 (Girls)
  • From $695

Get an intensive of Western riding lessons in our multi-level program along with a range of great classic camp activities. Read more

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  • Huntsville, ON
  • Age 13 to 16 (Boys)
  • From $470

Discover for yourself what living and serving in Christian community is all about through service in various areas of camp. Read more

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  • Land O' Lakes Tourist Region, ON
  • Age 13 to 15 (Coed)
  • From $1,199

Aquatics campers take the Bronze Medallion and Bronze Cross courses, alongside Christian teaching and a bunch of fun. Read more

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  • Huntsville, ON
  • Age 13 to 16 (Girls)
  • From $470

Discover for yourself what living and serving in Christian community is all about through service in various areas of camp. Read more

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  • Thetis Island, BC
  • Age 1 to 18+ (Coed)
  • From $250

Come and enjoy a week of camp with your household! All meals, activities, and optional programming are included in your stay! Read more

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  • Land O' Lakes Tourist Region, ON
  • Age 13 to 16 (Girls)
  • From $699

For lake-lovers or girls looking for an alternative to classics, lake camp combines unique activities and chill lake time Read more

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  • Huntsville, ON
  • Age 5 to 18+ (Coed)
  • From $450

Share quality time with your family in a beautiful waterfront setting with lots of activity options for all ages. Read more

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  • Huntsville, ON
  • Age 11 to 16 (Girls)
  • From $795

Girls come together to make friends, learn new skills, explore their faith and enjoy memorable adventures. Read more

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  • Brantford, ON
  • Age 14 to 15 (Coed)
  • From $595

Learn to lead and serve while working alongside horse staff and developing leadership skills. Read more

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  • Brantford, ON
  • Age 10 to 13 (Coed)
  • From $330

Enjoy the best of summer camp activities packed into 5 days. Ride horses (optional), learn about Jesus, swim, climb and more. Read more

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  • Brantford, ON
  • Age 11 to 15 (Girls)
  • From $995

Equestrian campers receive instruction in both English and Western riding each day as well as an hour of recreational riding. Read more

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  • Brantford, ON
  • Age 8 to 15 (Coed)
  • From $695

Get an intensive of Western riding lessons in our multi-level program along with a range of great classic camp activities. Read more

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  • Brantford, ON
  • Age 6 to 10 (Coed)
  • From $295

A packed day camp experience with swimming, climbing, games, horses (optionally), Bible teaching and much more. Read more

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  • Land O' Lakes Tourist Region, ON
  • Age 6 to 9 (Coed)
  • From $449

Campers spend their days at the barn, the lake and exploring the forest with all kinds of epic surprises waiting for them. Read more

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  • Halkirk, AB
  • Age 6 to 12 (Coed)
  • From $281

Combine great leaders with a great selection of age-appropriate classic camp activities from riding to climbing to swimming. Read more

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  • Huntsville, ON
  • Age 5 to 10 (Coed)
  • From $795

With better than a 3:1 staff to camper ratio, Adventure camp is a safe place for kids to grow through friendship and fun. Read more

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  • Wolseley, SK
  • Age 12 to 15 (Coed)
  • From $415

Learn about God's love and enjoy a range of memorable, adventurous activities with friends. Read more

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  • Western Lanark County, ON
  • Age 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • From $419

Kids Camp is a week of fun outdoors at the lake. For ages 9-12 Read more

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  • Western Lanark County, ON
  • Age 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • From $419

All the fun of camp with all the fun of sports for ages 9-12 Read more

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  • Barrie
  • Age 6 to 12 (Coed)
  • From $175

1/2 day camps with a focus on putting faith and love into action in our communities. Worship, crafts, games and more. Read more

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  • Torrance, ON
  • Age 1 to 18+ (Coed)
  • From $1,000

Grow closer together through fun outdoor activities, delicious meals, and meaningful chapel sessions for all ages. Read more

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  • Wolseley, SK
  • Age 8 to 11 (Coed)
  • From $415

Fun with friends, discovering Jesus and a range of exciting classic camp activities are all part of this memorable session. Read more

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  • Wolseley, SK
  • Age 6 to 9 (Coed)
  • From $390

With a shorter stay and extra care for each camper, this is a great intro to safe and exciting summer camp. Read more

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  • Western Lanark County, ON
  • Age 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • From $419

If you didn't have enough fun in the first kids camp, come on out for round two! Read more

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  • Wolseley, SK
  • Age 10 to 13 (Girls)
  • From $445

Calling young ladies to experience the adventures of camp, make friends and dig into the Bible. Read more

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  • Torrance, ON
  • Age 8 to 12 (Coed)
  • From $135

Day Campers enjoy swimming, gaga ball, field games, crafts, canoeing, outdoor adventure, stories, tubing and more! Read more

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  • Wolseley, SK
  • Age 6 to 9 (Girls)
  • From $390

With a shorter stay and extra care for each camper, this is a great intro to safe and exciting summer camp. Read more

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  • Western Lanark County, ON
  • Age 19 to 18+ (Coed)
  • From $190

Offering everything all our other camps do, but a little bit slower. Read more

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Defining and understanding religious faith

“Every person on the planet has faith in something,” Chantal Huinink believes, “whether that’s religious faith or a faith based in societal values.” In her opinion, “religious faith has to do with particular beliefs and assumptions about the way the world works, who God is and how we are to function because [of what] we believe or know who God is.” Huinink is a registered social worker, focusing her work on spiritually integrated psychotherapy. She’s also the Coordinator of Organizational and Spiritual Life at Christian Horizons, a non-profit, faith-based organization, as well as a speaker and advocate for the rights of differently-abled people. 

“For me”, she begins, “not only as a Christian but as a woman who lives with disabilities, I found that faith is a source of strength and purpose … When we talk about faith experiences, it’s about learning to integrate who we are with exactly what we believe.”

Theological concepts can sometimes go over a child’s head. To have one or two weeks in a faith-based experience geared to specific age levels can be especially awesome.

What’s the value of religious faith?

At its best, religious faith goes beyond mere personal belief and extends outward in expressions of selfless love and a deeply spiritual response to the world around you. Religious faith teaches morals, ethics and respect. It can teach children to treat others as they would like to be treated, and it’s based in a sense of community, wherein people are accepted and respected equally. 

Huinink knows personally that life has many bumps in the road, but faith can help smooth those. Born with Cerebral Palsy (CP), faith has been crucially important to carving out a successful life, a “miraculous” journey, in her words. She’s completed a double Masters in Social Work and Divinity, spoken at international conferences, and she’s been featured as a “changemaker” in Christianity Today. “We all have struggles,” she says. “There will be problems that come [at any age]. I think the earlier you can be exposed or committed to a faith-system that kind of makes the world and the suffering within it make sense, the earlier you’re able to cope better.” 

How will my child learn about religious faith?

“Whether it’s religiously-oriented or not, I think that kids are always developing their faith from the moment they’re born,” Huinink says. “If they happen to be blessed with a faith community that supports them and nurtures them, then that will impact their world view, what they come to believe and ultimately, how they live their lives.” She correctly separates religion from faith, with the former being a set of doctrines, the latter a more personal expression closer to spirituality. 

Religious camps may encourage belief in specific doctrines, but the faith community in each camp setting may be as different from one to another as the spectrum of colours in a rainbow. 

She’s hesitant to generalize about all religious-based camps. However, with respect to those she knows personally, she says, camp can tailor “spiritual beliefs and values … to specific age brackets and specific activities that children enjoy.” Her own experience at camp was pivotal to her spiritual development. “At the age of 9, I attended Christian camp,” she says. “Religious concepts were brought down to a level that I could understand… At that moment, my faith became not just my parent’s faith, but something that I could ascribe to.” She began to truly understand how to apply faith concepts in her own life. 

“The fact that I have a disability plays into every sphere of my life - social, spiritual, mental and emotional,” she explains. The Christian camp she attended “wasn’t specifically for children with disabilities, however, they enfolded me into an activity-based program that was meant for able-bodied active children and they adapted it so I could not only be participating but be fully included and loved.” To her, this was a huge testament, “not only about the other children and staff’s love for me but God’s love for me as well.”

How can I support my child’s religious faith?

You can support your child’s development of religious faith by exposing them to a faith-based community, whether that’s through school, camp or some other means. “I think one of the main advantages of being in a faith-based community is that it’s a chance for the old and young to interact. However, theological concepts can sometimes go over a child’s head,” Huinink believes. For this reason, she emphasizes the importance of camps. “To have one or two weeks in a faith-based experience that’s geared to specific age levels can be especially awesome. We all have spiritual questions...so to take the questions of children and value and nurture that curiosity, specifically in a camp environment...is really important and special.” 

Furthermore, you can support your child’s religious faith by creating an environment where your child feels comfortable to ask you questions about their religion and other religions. Be patient with your child as they explore their curiosity and strengthen their faith.  

Want your child to enhance their religious faith?

There are many camps that focus on religious faith. These camps strive to educate campers on religious doctrines and values so they can implement these teachings in their own lives. In addition to learning more about one specific religion, religious-faith camps teach children the importance of inclusivity and a sense of community. “I think that the biggest testament to who God is - whether you see Him through Christian eyes, Jewish eyes, Muslim eyes or another religious system”, says Huinink, “is how the people that worship or believe in Him act and respond to the needs of their community.”



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