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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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 Coed2752.5-140Don 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

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, Boys37512-991Huntsville, 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

Code-it Hacks   

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 4 to 18
  • Coed
  • from $250/session
Virtual Program, Day camp, Program, Family camp openCamp Coed2504-182Bloor West Village, 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 Bloor West Village, Toronto, Ontario, Bloor West Village, Toronto, ON, Virtual Program, Virtual Program, Day camp, Program, Family camp Coed

TechyKids   

Newmarket; Online

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Virtual Program, Program

A fun, interactive virtual after school / weekend program that teaches kids the basics of coding, web design, video editing + much more! Read more...

  • Ages 8 to 16
  • Coed
  • from $65/month
Virtual Program, Program openCamp Coed658-163Newmarket, Ontario, Virtual Program, Traditional (multi activity) TechyKidsA fun, interactive virtual after school / weekend program that teaches kids the basics of coding, web design, video editing + much more! Newmarket, Ontario, Virtual Program, Virtual Program, Program Coed

Brick Works Academy   

Ontario (13); Online (1)

  • Science: LEGO
  • Virtual Program, Day camp

The Best Technology summer camp in the region! Your children and friends are super excited about our Lego Robotics, Lego Castle Builders, Minecraft Computer Camp, Pokemon Designer and Lego Stop Motion Animation camps! Read more...

  • Ages 6 to 13
  • Coed
  • from $220/week
Virtual Program, Day camp openCamp Coed2206-134Forest Hill, Toronto, Hamilton, Waterloo, Kingsway Park, Toronto, Guelph, London, Alexandra Park, Toronto, Kitchener, Mississauga, Burlington, Cambridge, Lansing , Toronto, OnlineScience: LEGOBrick Works AcademyThe Best Technology summer camp in the region! Your children and friends are super excited about our Lego Robotics, Lego Castle Builders, Minecraft Computer Camp, Pokemon Designer and Lego Stop Motion Animation camps! Forest Hill, Toronto, Hamilton, Waterloo, Kingsway Park, Toronto, Guelph, London, Alexandra Park, Toronto, Kitchener, Mississauga, Burlington, Cambridge, Lansing , Toronto, Online Virtual Program, Day camp Coed

Cloverdale Robotics   

Online; Surrey

  • Education: STEM
  • Virtual Program, Program

We are running two summer camps for 2020. 1) Robot Races : Learn Robotics while having lots of fun racing LEGO EV3 robots! 2) Learn Scratch & Python in one week or two week camps. Read more...

  • Ages 6 to 14
  • Coed
  • from $100/month
Virtual Program, Program openCamp Coed1006-145Virtual Program, , Surrey, British ColumbiaEducation: STEMCloverdale RoboticsWe are running two summer camps for 2020. 1) Robot Races : Learn Robotics while having lots of fun racing LEGO EV3 robots! 2) Learn Scratch & Python in one week or two week camps. Virtual Program, , Surrey, British Columbia Virtual Program, Program Coed

Camp Courage - Girls Who Fight   

Scarborough Junction, Toronto; Markham; Davisville Village, Toronto

  • Sport: Martial Arts
  • Day camp

A self defense and confidence camp where girls learn empowering self defense techniques, as well as how to speak assertively, walk confidently, and improve situational awareness. Read more...

  • Ages 8 to 15
  • Girls
  • from $365/week
Day camp openCamp Girls3658-156Scarborough Junction, Toronto, Ontario, Markham, Ontario, Davisville Village, Toronto, OntarioSport: Martial ArtsCamp Courage - Girls Who FightA self defense and confidence camp where girls learn empowering self defense techniques, as well as how to speak assertively, walk confidently, and improve situational awareness. Scarborough Junction, Toronto, Ontario, Markham, Ontario, Davisville Village, Toronto, Ontario Day camp Girls

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 Girls13254-167Huntsville, 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
  • Education: Leadership
  • Overnight camp

Leadership training for students in Grades 6-12 in the arts, athletics, French language sports, SHSM, school leadership and more. Leadership courses are facilitated by qualified Ontario Teachers. #WeLead Read more...

  • Ages 10 to 18
  • Coed
  • from $240/program
Overnight camp Coed24010-188Washago, OntarioEducation: LeadershipOntario Educational Leadership CentreLeadership training for students in Grades 6-12 in the arts, athletics, French language sports, SHSM, school leadership and more. Leadership courses are facilitated by qualified Ontario Teachers. #WeLead Washago, Ontario Overnight camp 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 Coed1604-169Bridle 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
  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Day camp

Every week at Toronto Kidz Camp we focus on a theme such as Dinosaurs, Underwater World, etc. and includes a field trip to one of Toronto's top attractions: Ripley's Aquarium, the ROM, Pirate Life Cruise, Casa Loma, etc. Read more...

  • Ages 5 to 12
  • Coed
  • from $202/week
Day camp Coed2025-1210High Park, Toronto, OntarioTraditional (multi activity) Toronto KidzEvery week at Toronto Kidz Camp we focus on a theme such as Dinosaurs, Underwater World, etc. and includes a field trip to one of Toronto's top attractions: Ripley's Aquarium, the ROM, Pirate Life Cruise, Casa Loma, etc. High Park, Toronto, Ontario Day camp Coed

The Cube STEM Camps   

The Beach, Toronto; Online

  • Computer (multi)
  • Virtual Program, 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 $300/week
Virtual Program, Day camp openCamp Coed, Girls3007-1711The Beach, Toronto, Ontario, Virtual Program, Computer (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. The Beach, Toronto, Ontario, Virtual Program, Virtual Program, Day camp Coed, Girls

Power Soccer School of Excellence   

East York, Toronto; Danforth Village, Toronto; Annex, Toronto

  • Sport: Soccer
  • 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
Day camp, Program openCamp Coed1754-1512East York, Toronto, Ontario, Danforth Village, Toronto, Ontario, Annex, Toronto, OntarioSport: 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, Annex, Toronto, Ontario 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 Coed2605-1713Oshawa, 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

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 5 to 18
  • Coed
  • from $85/month
Virtual Program, Day camp, Program openCamp Coed855-1814Brampton, 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

ACE Tennis    

Burlington; High Park, Toronto; Milton

  • Sport: Tennis
  • Day camp, Family camp

ACE Tennis offers Summer Camps at 6 outdoor clubs in the GTA, and at Cedar Springs Club in Burlington and Toronto Tennis City. Our team is made up of Canada's Top tennis professional. Learn more at acetennis.ca Read more...

  • Ages 4 to 18
  • Coed
  • from $150/week
Day camp, Family camp openCamp Coed1504-1815Burlington, Ontario, High Park, Toronto, Ontario, Milton, OntarioSport: TennisACE Tennis ACE Tennis offers Summer Camps at 6 outdoor clubs in the GTA, and at Cedar Springs Club in Burlington and Toronto Tennis City. Our team is made up of Canada's Top tennis professional. Learn more at acetennis.ca Burlington, Ontario, High Park, Toronto, Ontario, Milton, Ontario Day camp, Family camp Coed

The Maker Bean Cafe   

Dovercourt Park, 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 2 to 12
  • Coed
  • from $40/week
Day camp, Program openCamp Coed402-1216Dovercourt Park, 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. Dovercourt Park, Toronto, Ontario, Wallace Emerson, Toronto, Ontario Day camp, Program Coed

Code Ninjas Meadowvale   

Mississauga

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • 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 7 to 14
  • Coed
  • from $75/session
Virtual Program, Day camp, Program, Family camp openCamp Coed757-1417Mississauga, OntarioTraditional (multi activity) 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

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 $2,330/2 weeks
Overnight camp openCamp Coed23306-1518Magog, 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

Elevate Ultimate - Fun Disc Sports for Kids   

Vancouver; North Vancouver; Burnaby

  • Sport: Ultimate Frisbee
  • Day camp, Program

Elevate Ultimate uses the FUN, self - refereed, and co-ed sports of Ultimate frisbee and Disc golf to teach kids important values such as sportspersonship, conflict resolution, and gender equity. Read more...

  • Ages 6 to 19
  • Coed
  • from $140/week
Day camp, Program openCamp Coed1406-1919Vancouver, British Columbia, North Vancouver, British Columbia, Burnaby, British ColumbiaSport: Ultimate FrisbeeElevate Ultimate - Fun Disc Sports for KidsElevate Ultimate uses the FUN, self - refereed, and co-ed sports of Ultimate frisbee and Disc golf to teach kids important values such as sportspersonship, conflict resolution, and gender equity. Vancouver, British Columbia, North Vancouver, British Columbia, Burnaby, British Columbia Day camp, Program Coed

MakerKids   

Leaside, Toronto; Bloor West Village, Toronto

  • Computer (multi)
  • Day camp, Program

Empowering the makers of tomorrow! MakerKids specializes in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) programs with highly trained instructors. We run camps, after-school programs, private classes and more. Read more...

  • Ages 6 to 13
  • Coed
  • from $1/week
Day camp, Program openCamp Coed16-1320Leaside, Toronto, Ontario, Bloor West Village, Toronto, OntarioComputer (multi)MakerKidsEmpowering the makers of tomorrow! MakerKids specializes in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) programs with highly trained instructors. We run camps, after-school programs, private classes and more. Leaside, Toronto, Ontario, Bloor West Village, Toronto, Ontario Day camp, Program Coed
  • Education: Public Speaking/Debate
  • Day camp, Overnight camp

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 $347/week
Day camp, Overnight camp Coed34710-1621Ottawa, Bridle Path, Toronto, North Toronto, Toronto, Montreal, Humber Valley Village, TorontoEducation: Public Speaking/DebateDebate CampFor 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. Ottawa, Bridle Path, Toronto, North Toronto, Toronto, Montreal, Humber Valley Village, Toronto Day camp, 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 Coed305-1822Oakville, 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

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 5 to 18
  • Coed, Girls, Boys
  • from $195/week
Day camp, Overnight camp, Program openCamp Coed, Girls, Boys1955-1823North 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

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, french, design, and more! Read more...

  • Ages 6 to 17
  • Coed
  • from $320/week
Day camp openCamp Coed3206-1724Bay 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, french, design, and more! Bay Street Corridor, Toronto, Ontario, Bay Street Corridor, Toronto, Day camp Coed

AlevelUp Basketball Training   

Vaughan; Ajax; Oakville; Online

  • Sport: Basketball
  • Virtual Program, Day camp, Program, Family camp

AlevelUp Basketball Training is packed with skill training specialist to inspire all year round. Whether you are beginner or advanced player , ages 4 - 18 yrs old, we will take your game A-level-Up!! Be there. Read more...

  • Ages 4 to 18
  • Coed
  • from $100/session
Virtual Program, Day camp, Program, Family camp openCamp Coed1004-1825Vaughan, Ontario, Ajax, Ontario, Oakville, Ontario, Virtual Program, Sport: BasketballAlevelUp Basketball TrainingAlevelUp Basketball Training is packed with skill training specialist to inspire all year round. Whether you are beginner or advanced player , ages 4 - 18 yrs old, we will take your game A-level-Up!! Be there. Vaughan, Ontario, Ajax, Ontario, Oakville, Ontario, Virtual Program, Virtual Program, Day camp, Program, Family camp Coed

Codezilla   

Danforth Village, Toronto; Wychwood Park, Toronto; West Toronto Junction, Toronto; Online

  • Education: STEM
  • Virtual Program, Day camp, Program

Educational Fun! 40+ schools, 5 camps in GTA. Small-size camps, girl-friendly curriculum. STEM and Coding camps include: Game Makers, Toy Makers, Slime Makers, Movie Makers, App Makers, Doll Makers and Space Makers. Read more...

  • Ages 6 to 14
  • Coed
  • from $340/week
Virtual Program, Day camp, Program openCamp Coed3406-1426Danforth Village, Toronto, Ontario, Wychwood Park, Toronto, Ontario, West Toronto Junction, Toronto, Ontario, Virtual Program, Education: STEMCodezillaEducational Fun! 40+ schools, 5 camps in GTA. Small-size camps, girl-friendly curriculum. STEM and Coding camps include: Game Makers, Toy Makers, Slime Makers, Movie Makers, App Makers, Doll Makers and Space Makers. Danforth Village, Toronto, Ontario, Wychwood Park, Toronto, Ontario, West Toronto Junction, Toronto, Ontario, Virtual Program, Virtual Program, 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, Boys6004-1827Lawrence 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

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 Girls1007-1628Burlington, 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

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 Boys26006-1529Bancroft, 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

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.”

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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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