Camps that build resilience

Grow in perseverance and grit, and learn how to deal with adversity

Resilience is:
• The ability to handle setbacks and adversity—to maintain an optimistic, proactive orientation when under duress
• Willingness to take on challenges

The camp setting fosters resilience through unique experiences, to give them “coping mechanisms and stress-relieving tools,” as Tracey Grose says. Grose, along with parents and campers, explore this singularly important personality trait, with personal insights and examples. Read more

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Code-it Hacks   

High Park, Toronto; Bloor West Village, Toronto; Online

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

Blend of 5 flavors in our Kids Coding & Robotics Camp in Toronto! Learn to Code, Learn to build: Robotics & Circuits, Outdoor play:Logic Games & a field trip to a tech company! Never a dull moment in our camps & programs Read more...

  • Ages 6 to 17
  • Coed
  • from $250/session
Virtual Program, Day camp, Program, Family camp openCamp Coed2506-170High Park, Toronto, Ontario, Bloor West Village, Toronto, ON, Virtual Program, Computer (multi)Code-it HacksBlend of 5 flavors in our Kids Coding & Robotics Camp in Toronto! Learn to Code, Learn to build: Robotics & Circuits, Outdoor play:Logic Games & a field trip to a tech company! Never a dull moment in our camps & programs High Park, Toronto, Ontario, Bloor West Village, Toronto, ON, Virtual Program, Virtual Program, Day camp, Program, Family camp Coed

Sidney Ledson Institute   

Don Mills, Toronto

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Day camp, 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/week
Day camp, Program openCamp Coed4202.5-141Don Mills, Toronto, OntarioTraditional (multi activity) Sidney Ledson InstituteThe 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. Don Mills, Toronto, Ontario Day camp, Program Coed

Outward Bound Canada   

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

  • Adventure (multi)
  • Day camp, Overnight camp, Family 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/week
Day camp, Overnight camp, Family camp openCamp Coed, Girls, Boys77912-992Huntsville, 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, Family camp Coed, Girls, Boys

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, Boys4996-173Hamilton, , 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

Radiant Girls   

Burlington; Online; Tillsonburg

  • 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 18
  • Girls
  • from $100/week
Virtual Program, Day camp, Overnight camp, Program, Family camp openCamp Girls1007-184Burlington, Ontario, Virtual Program, , Tillsonburg, 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, Virtual Program, , Tillsonburg, Virtual Program, Day camp, Overnight camp, Program, Family camp Girls
  • 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, Boys4505-175Huntsville, 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

The Maker Bean Cafe   

Dufferin Grove, Toronto; Wallace Emerson, Toronto

  • Education: STEM
  • Day camp, Program

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

  • Ages 6 to 12
  • Coed
  • from $95/program
Day camp, Program openCamp Coed956-126Dufferin Grove, Toronto, Ontario, Wallace Emerson, Toronto, OntarioEducation: STEMThe Maker Bean CafeCreative technology camps to engage your kids & teen. Topics include Robotics, Inventions, Minecraft & Video Game Programming. Dufferin Grove, Toronto, Ontario, Wallace Emerson, Toronto, Ontario Day camp, Program Coed
  • 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/week
Overnight camp openCamp Coed, Girls, Boys4966-177Halkirk, AlbertaTraditional (multi activity) InterVarsity Circle Square Ranch HalkirkCircle 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! Halkirk, Alberta Overnight camp Coed, Girls, Boys

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 Girls13254-168Huntsville, 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
  • 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 Coed1994-189Newmarket, 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
  • 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/week
Day camp, Overnight camp openCamp Coed, Girls, Boys2405-1610Brantford, OntarioTraditional (multi activity) InterVarsity Circle Square Ranch Grand RiverOvernight 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. Brantford, Ontario Day camp, Overnight camp Coed, Girls, Boys

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/week
Overnight camp openCamp Coed15006-1611Minden, OntarioTraditional (multi activity) Onondaga CampFor 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! Minden, Ontario Overnight camp Coed
  • 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 Coed45013-1712Virtual 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

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 Coed21005-1713Haliburton 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)
  • Day camp, Overnight camp, Family 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/week
Day camp, Overnight camp, Family camp Coed, Girls, Boys795-1914Rocky Mountain House, AB, Calgary, AlbertaTraditional (multi activity) InterVarsity Pioneer Camp AlbertaPioneer 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! Rocky Mountain House, AB, Calgary, Alberta Day camp, Overnight camp, Family camp Coed, Girls, Boys

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 Coed1507-1915Halifax, 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

Power Soccer School of Excellence   

East York, Toronto; Danforth Village, Toronto; Leaside, Toronto; Online

  • Sport: Soccer
  • Virtual Program, Day camp, Program

The largest soccer summer camp program in Canada offers a well organized program that mixes instruction, training and fun. Read more...

  • Ages 4 to 15
  • Coed
  • from $175/week
Virtual Program, Day camp, Program openCamp Coed1754-1516East York, Toronto, Ontario, Danforth Village, Toronto, Ontario, Leaside, Toronto, Ontario, Virtual Program, Sport: SoccerPower Soccer School of ExcellenceThe largest soccer summer camp program in Canada offers a well organized program that mixes instruction, training and fun. East York, Toronto, Ontario, Danforth Village, Toronto, Ontario, Leaside, Toronto, Ontario, Virtual Program, Virtual Program, Day camp, Program Coed

STEM Minds   

Online; Aurora

  • Science: STEAM
  • Virtual Program, Day camp, 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/program
Virtual Program, Day camp, Program openCamp Coed1004-1417Virtual Program, , Aurora, OntarioScience: STEAMSTEM MindsSTEM 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. Virtual Program, , Aurora, Ontario Virtual Program, Day camp, Program 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, Girls3005-1718Oshawa, 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
  • 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/week
Overnight camp openCamp Coed, Girls, Boys3906-1619Wolseley, SaskatchewanTraditional (multi activity) InterVarsity Circle Square Ranch Wolf CreekA 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!! Wolseley, Saskatchewan Overnight camp Coed, Girls, Boys

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 Boys26006-1520Bancroft, 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

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 Coed4010-2021Mississauga, 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
  • 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 Coed364-1822Burlington, 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 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 Boys9006-1623Mactier, 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

The Cube STEM Camps   

Downtown East, Toronto

  • Computer (multi)
  • Day camp

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

  • Ages 7 to 17
  • Coed, Girls
  • from $195/week
Day camp openCamp Coed, Girls1957-1724Downtown East, Toronto, OntarioComputer (multi)The Cube STEM CampsA technology camp that offers kids the opportunity to touch on a full range of fun and engaging technology classes and activities that encourage kids to use their creativity to be the technology makers of the future. Downtown East, Toronto, Ontario Day camp Coed, Girls

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 Coed3756-1725Bay 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
  • 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 Coed3037-1826Harbourfront, 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

Brigs Youth Sail Training    

Collingwood; Hamilton; Goderich

  • 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/day
Overnight camp openCamp Coed17513-1827Collingwood, Ontario, Hamilton, Ontario, Goderich, OntarioAdventure (multi)Brigs Youth Sail Training 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. Collingwood, Ontario, Hamilton, Ontario, Goderich, Ontario Overnight camp Coed

Ultimate Coders   

Brampton; Vaughan; Bendale, Toronto; Online

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

Online & Onsite Computer Coding and Robotics Classes for Students - SK to Grade 12. Our After school & weekend programs give eager young minds early exposure to stimulating activities that will kick start their futures! Read more...

  • Ages 6 to 18
  • Coed
  • from $85/month
Virtual Program, Day camp, Program openCamp Coed856-1828Brampton, Ontario, Vaughan, Ontario, Bendale, Toronto, Ontario, Virtual Program, Computer (multi)Ultimate CodersOnline & Onsite Computer Coding and Robotics Classes for Students - SK to Grade 12. Our After school & weekend programs give eager young minds early exposure to stimulating activities that will kick start their futures! Brampton, Ontario, Vaughan, Ontario, Bendale, Toronto, Ontario, Virtual Program, Virtual Program, Day camp, Program Coed

CASMA Camps   

Bridle Path, Toronto; Lawrence Heights, Toronto

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Day camp, Program

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/week
Day camp, Program openCamp Coed2004-1629Bridle Path, Toronto, Ontario, Lawrence Heights, Toronto, Traditional (multi activity) CASMA CampsHigh 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. Bridle Path, Toronto, Ontario, Lawrence Heights, Toronto, Day camp, Program Coed

Roseneath Theatre   

Downtown West, Toronto

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Virtual Program, Day camp, 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/program
Virtual Program, Day camp, Program openCamp Coed406-1630Downtown West, Toronto, OntarioTraditional (multi activity) Roseneath TheatreA 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. Downtown West, Toronto, Ontario Virtual Program, Day camp, Program Coed
  • 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 Coed305-1831Oakville, 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

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 Coed6655-1332Burlington, , 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

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 Coed24506-1533Magog, 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

Bear Creek Outdoor Centre   

Renfrew; Ottawa

  • 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/week
Overnight camp openCamp Coed6756-1734Renfrew, Quebec, Ottawa, OntarioTraditional (multi activity) Bear Creek Outdoor CentreWe 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. Renfrew, Quebec, Ottawa, Ontario Overnight 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 Coed1505-1435Mississauga, 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

Four Point Basketball   

North Toronto, Toronto; Vaughan; London

  • Sport: Basketball
  • Day camp, Overnight camp, Program

Developing better shooters is what we do! Four Point Basketball in partnership with Nike Basketball and Jr NBA provide a structured curriculum and exceptional coaching in a caring and positive environment for campers. Read more...

  • Ages 6 to 17
  • Coed, Girls, Boys
  • from $295/week
Day camp, Overnight camp, Program openCamp Coed, Girls, Boys2956-1736North Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Vaughan, Ontario, London, OntarioSport: BasketballFour Point BasketballDeveloping better shooters is what we do! Four Point Basketball in partnership with Nike Basketball and Jr NBA provide a structured curriculum and exceptional coaching in a caring and positive environment for campers. North Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Vaughan, Ontario, London, Ontario Day camp, Overnight camp, Program Coed, Girls, Boys

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 Coed2065-1237Baby 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

Defining resilience

Resilience is the ability to “go forward in spite of difficulties,” says Tracey Grose. You see it in “someone internally motivated to move forward, face challenges and be strong in their convictions.” Grose, a licensed clinical social worker at CBM Psychological Services, a private practice in Pickering, Ontario, specializes in various mental health and support services for children and families. 

“Children with resilience or ‘grit’,” she says, “have the ability to persevere in face of challenges.” As a parent, she acknowledges there’s a temptation to step in to help your child feel successful and comfortable sometimes. It’s important to let them learn what they need to succeed on their own. “If we always rescue them and solve problems for them, they don’t develop that internal drive to overcome difficulties and persist.”

Resilience is that ability to persevere, adapt or ‘bounce back’ in spite of difficult situations and experiences. There are many personal and situational stress factors in a child’s life that could benefit from the implementation of resiliency. Examples include the transition from elementary to high school, conflicts with peers or demanding assignments at school. The ability to persevere in the face of adversity is a tool critical to a child’s development. It’s one they develop at camp. 

What are the benefits of resilience?

Resilience gives children coping mechanisms that will be useful in the event of challenging situations. This will likely result in regulated emotions, stronger mental health, dedication to tasks and the ability to communicate thoughts and feelings when faced with difficulties or tasks they find hard to manage. 

At camp, they develop independence and, over time, coping mechanisms and stress-relieving tools are learned. These tools will be useful in their day-to-day lives when they grow older.

Chantal Vaidyanath saw daughter Kavya develop resilience during her time at Rooks to Cooks camp. It was as simple as persevering through challenges of learning and cooking new recipes, but this skill helped Kavya work her way through the stress of the 2020 coronavirus quarantine.

“I think [resilience] is important in a child’s life because they’re going to experience many challenges. The world around them is constantly changing. If they have resilience, they’re going to be able to roll with the punches, [move] forward and continue to pursue their goals,” says Vaidyanath, adding that resilience benefits both mental and physical health, too. “Children who are more resilient [are] less likely to have mental and social difficulties like anxiety or succumbing to peer pressure,” she explains. “From a physical perspective as well, a child who is resilient would be more likely to keep in mind that, even though they’re getting really busy, they still need to be able to take care of their physical health, exercise and things like that.”

Tracey Grose believes that when children learn how to be resilient and persevere through responsibilities they have difficulty performing, they’ll develop a well-rounded experience in their lives. They’re “learning to care for [themselves], care for the environment, care for [their] daily living and pursue [their] interests.” This leads to the development of a well-rounded person, she says, “[because they’re] learning how to manage time and still be successful.” 

How to develop resilience

Camp offers kids a variety of opportunities to develop resilience. It’s important for a child to develop this skill at a young age so they have a foundation to build from. At camp, they develop independence and, over time, coping mechanisms and stress-relieving tools are learned. These tools will be useful in their day-to-day lives when they grow older and face hardships in adulthood. 

“Camps  ...  are a time for a child to enrich their experiences,” says Grose. The environment focuses on developing specific strengths and interests a child may have. Grose believes that children should be given every opportunity to discover and nurture strengths and interests. “Every child has gifts and talents,” she says. “They need to  ...  be given adequate opportunity to practice them to a certain level of proficiency so they can say, this is me. This is what I’m strong at.” When a child discovers and develops their individual strengths, they grow in confidence and through that, develop resilience. “If their strength is athletic [or] in the arts, music, performance, [etc] then when they do something with a certain level of confidence or success  ...  it’s fuel to their engine.” Camps that provide a focus on the development of unique and individual skills are particularly good at this. 

Chantal Vaidyanath also believes that, “the camp environment is really important for kids to develop resilience because they don’t have the usual support and guidance from their parents.” 

Children develop resilience through a camp atmosphere, too, she thinks, because they’re interacting with others, listening to their instructor and working with others in the camp. Camp is beneficial for the development of resilience because children learn “how to solve new problems and face new challenges that they might not really be faced with at home.” 

What's an example of resilience?

Grose sees her own eldest son, who has a learning disability, as an example of resilience. His reading comprehension is slower, so he requires time to decode and process language. Since the reading-and-writing structure of school was unrewarding to his particular learning style, she sees resilience in his ability to persevere through public education. Her family has also explored various options to assist his learning style and help him move forward in spite of any difficulties. 

“He’s brilliant in music,” she says. “We’ve always done a lot to make sure he gets to explore his strengths in music, which builds his confidence.” Rather than solely focusing on strengthening his reading or writing skills, they’ve exposed him to audio books and supported his participation in music lessons, with great results. 

“If we only focus on one source of reward or success for a child and they aren’t necessarily gifted in that area, there can be a whole loss of self-concept if they’re just not good at math or English ... My son’s very good at music, he knows that that’s his niche ... And his success can come from a combination of talents.”

How to support your child’s development of resilience

Chantal Vaidyanath attests to the way camp built up Kavya’s resilience to solve problems and face challenges on her own. She witnessed this increased inner strength in early 2020 when there were many “changes in [our] home due to the coronavirus quarantine. Kavya quickly adapted to doing school online and she was better prepared for her online classes. Chantal could see that “she’d learned a lot about etiquette.”   

The increased independence and personal responsibility that kids experience at camp is an important part of developing resilience. Grose also recommends that parents give kids independent responsibility as a way of fostering resilience. 

She begins to explain, “if they’re 2 or 3 years old, they can pick up toys and put them back in the toy box. At 4, they can make their bed.” A good rule-of-thumb is to increase responsibility when your child’s physical ability increases. Grose emphasizes that the value in this lesson is not for compensation or reward, but to teach resilience and responsibility. In this, it’s important that parents give positive reinforcement and support. “Some people have an idea that criticism or correcting is part of parenting,” she says, “[but] we definitely get more bees with honey. We get more success with positive reinforcement.” 

When you provide a support network for your child, they know they can communicate their thoughts and feelings to you and aren’t navigating adversity alone. When you praise them for persevering through their challenges, you encourage more of this behaviour, which turns into habit, and your child will continue to develop resilience. Grose also recommends conducting a cognitive and learning disability assessment if you notice your child having more difficulty with certain tasks. This can indicate a neurological underpinning that makes it harder for your child to focus or complete their duties. As a professional, she affirms the value of assessments, and if you follow the recommendations of psychologists and counselors, your child will develop deeper emotional well-being and resilience. “There’s no limit to how much they can achieve,” she says, “as long as they have the right tools in place.”

Want your child to enhance their resilience?

Both Grose and Vaidyanath affirm the value of camp, as well as summertime or after-school activities, which offer children a setting that fosters independent activity. This setting helps them gain confidence and resilience, as they explore their own strengths and interests.



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