Camps that improve self-regulation

Understand your emotions

Self-regulation is:
• Conscientiousness, discipline, and self-control
• The ability to regulate emotions and behaviour
• Organization and executive functioning skills

In a camp setting, kids learn to “manage conflict with peers, adapt to change [and] exhibit cognitive flexibility,” among other things, as Una Malcolm says. Under our list of camps, find more about what’s meant by self-regulation, why it’s advantageous to develop this trait, and how camp offers unique lessons in this skill critical to kids’ long-term well-being. Read more




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  • Online; Toronto (2)
  • Age 12 to 15 (Coed)
  • From $750
TorontoNorth-YorkNorth-YorkOnlineOntario

With a vigorous curriculum & interactive learning environment, students the skills needed to excel in Grade 9 English! Read more

,274,5,288,159,177,196,2,32,135,79,33,91,97,270,268,271,19,362,358,181,virtualprogram,coed,75012-152022-02-012022-03-012022-04-012022-05-012022-06-01
VIRTUAL
Education
Math Virtual Class
Sep 11, 2021 - Jun 11, 2022

  • Throughout British Columbia; Ontario (5)
  • Age 3 to 18 (Coed)
  • From $600
TorontoDowntownDowntownBramptonBurlingtonMississaugaVancouverBritish ColumbiaOntario

Math drills, application of concepts, problem solving, and building a solid math foundation and developing critical-thinking. Read more

,10,5,9,173,342,2,196,32,278,33,91,275,145,129,24,97,270,182,50,130,316,144,315,317,7,314,268,271,19,362,366,358,357,181,virtualprogram,coed,6003-182021-09-012021-10-012021-11-012021-12-012022-01-012022-02-012022-03-012022-04-012022-05-012022-06-01
  • Online
  • Age 12 to 16 (Coed)
  • From $450
Online

We engage students in creative, alternative forms of thinking and teach valuable lessons as they embark towards their careers Read more

,196,2,32,195,135,278,366,91,33,97,270,19,virtualprogram,coed,45012-162021-10-012021-11-012021-12-012022-01-01
  • Online
  • Age 13 to 17 (Coed)
  • From $1,750
Online

Strengthen your literacy skills to meet provincial standards, develop a writing portfolio, and earn a credit from home! Read more

,20,2,270,19,virtualprogram,coed,175013-172022-06-012022-07-01
  • Bruce Peninsula, ON
  • Age 13 to 17 (Coed)
  • From $1,175
Bruce PeninsulaOntario

Elite Camps will challenge athletes to improve their basketball & enjoy the beauty of nature in an overnight camp setting. Read more

,10,5,9,276,1,8,3,12,347,223,54,63,221,74,16,322,31,56,64,161,overnightcamp,coed,117513-172022-07-012022-08-01
  • Bruce Peninsula, ON
  • Age 9 to 13 (Girls)
  • From $1,175
Bruce PeninsulaOntario

Surround your daughter with female role models & like-minded athletes who are looking to gain basketball skills and have fun. Read more

,10,5,9,8,3,12,347,223,54,63,221,74,16,322,31,56,64,161,overnightcamp,allgirls,11759-132022-07-01
  • North-York, Toronto
  • Age 7 to 9 (Girls)
  • From $395
TorontoNorth-YorkNorth-YorkOntario

Designed for athletes that are ready to learn team play strategies through more game-time experience and coaching. Read more

,12,3,347,programclass,allgirls,3957-92022-01-012022-02-012022-03-01
  • North-York, Toronto
  • Age 4 to 6 (Coed)
  • From $295
TorontoNorth-YorkNorth-YorkOntario

Weekly lessons are designed to develop athletes' skills through progression-based skills and drills. Read more

,12,3,347,programclass,coed,2954-62022-01-012022-02-012022-03-01
  • North-York, Toronto
  • Age 10 to 13 (Coed)
  • From $395
TorontoNorth-YorkNorth-YorkOntario

Designed for athletes that are ready to learn team play strategies through more game-time experience and coaching. Read more

,12,3,347,programclass,coed,39510-132022-01-012022-02-012022-03-01
  • Haliburton Highlands, ON
  • Age 14 to 15 (Coed)
  • From $4,595
Haliburton HighlandsOntario

Forerunners enjoy the freedom of activity selection paired with team development and leadership sessions. Read more

,48,6,41,81,133,5,197,345,175,37,59,288,10,9,173,123,69,174,134,24,2,160,137,226,1,153,8,3,224,11,347,12,15,322,16,25,223,28,31,36,346,222,49,54,74,56,260,63,64,161,65,360,363,33,91,overnightcamp,coed,459514-152022-07-012022-08-01
  • Lakefield, ON
  • Age 13 to 17 (Coed)
  • From $5,500
LakefieldOntario

Students will learn how local environmental businesses operate in a beautiful outdoor setting. Read more

,20,2,135,278,129,181,overnightcamp,coed,550013-172022-06-012022-07-01
  • Lakefield, ON
  • Age 13 to 17 (Coed)
  • From $450
LakefieldOntario

Build research skills while focusing on the physical, psychological, and social dimensions of human health and wellbeing. Read more

,20,2,270,316,50,19,181,daycamp,coed,45013-172022-08-01
  • Bruce Peninsula, ON
  • Age 9 to 13 (Coed)
  • From $1,175
Bruce PeninsulaOntario

Elite Camps will challenge athletes to improve their basketball skills in a FUN learning environment. Read more

,10,5,9,8,3,12,347,223,54,63,221,74,16,322,31,56,64,161,overnightcamp,coed,11759-132022-07-012022-08-01
  • Online
  • Age 13 to 17 (Coed)
  • From $1,750
Online

Explore how to be an active citizen and develop career-planning skills, earning a credit from your home! Read more

,20,2,virtualprogram,coed,175013-172022-06-012022-07-01
  • Lakefield, ON
  • Age 13 to 17 (Coed)
  • From $1,195
LakefieldOntario

Build research skills while focusing on the physical, psychological, and social dimensions of human health and wellbeing. Read more

,20,2,270,316,50,19,181,overnightcamp,coed,119513-172022-08-01
  • Lakefield, ON
  • Age 13 to 17 (Coed)
  • From $2,500
LakefieldOntario

Students will learn how local environmental businesses operate in a beautiful outdoor setting. Read more

,20,2,135,278,129,181,daycamp,coed,250013-172022-06-012022-07-01
  • Online
  • Age 13 to 17 (Coed)
  • From $1,750
Online

Earn a Grade 12 math credit with the guidance of our experienced instructors. Read more

,20,2,129,virtualprogram,coed,175013-172022-06-012022-07-01
  • North-York, Toronto
  • Age 13 to 17 (Coed)
  • From $395
TorontoNorth-YorkNorth-YorkOntario

Rep teams don't have the time to work on individual skills. Give your athlete the edge with weekly lesson shooting training. Read more

,12,3,347,programclass,coed,39513-172022-01-012022-02-012022-03-01
  • North-York, Toronto
  • Age 4 to 9 (Coed)
  • From $395
TorontoNorth-YorkNorth-YorkOntario

Designed for athletes that are ready to learn team play strategies through more game-time experience and coaching. Read more

,12,3,347,programclass,coed,3954-92022-01-012022-02-012022-03-01
  • North-York, Toronto
  • Age 7 to 13 (Girls)
  • From $395
TorontoNorth-YorkNorth-YorkOntario

Designed for athletes that are ready to learn team play strategies through more game-time experience and coaching. Read more

,12,3,347,programclass,allgirls,3957-132022-01-012022-02-012022-03-01
  • Milton, ON
  • Age 8 to 15 (Coed)
  • From $890
MiltonOntario

This program is will run dependent on enrollment numbers. Read more

,24,2,319,1,276,56,3,322,8,11,347,12,327,323,223,28,29,30,54,63,overnightcamp,coed,8908-152022-08-01
  • Haliburton Highlands, ON
  • Age 13 to 15 (Coed)
  • From $2,254
Haliburton HighlandsOntario

A positive place for new friendships and growth in new experiences. Developing new personal responsibilities. Read more

,48,6,41,81,133,5,154,22,257,259,258,165,175,37,38,176,150,265,288,59,10,9,173,123,134,8,3,12,347,327,223,54,63,21,324,36,346,28,222,221,74,60,15,322,16,31,49,56,188,0,overnightcamp,coed,225413-152022-07-012022-08-01
VIRTUAL
Education
English Virtual Class
Sep 11, 2021 - Jun 11, 2022

  • Throughout British Columbia; Ontario (5)
  • Age 3 to 18 (Coed)
  • From $600
TorontoDowntownDowntownBramptonBurlingtonMississaugaVancouverBritish ColumbiaOntario

The courses cover the principles of standard English grammar, sentence structure, and English usage and diction. Read more

,342,2,196,32,135,278,79,275,91,129,24,97,270,182,50,130,316,144,315,317,7,314,271,19,362,366,358,357,181,virtualprogram,coed,6003-182021-09-012021-10-012021-11-012021-12-012022-01-012022-02-012022-03-012022-04-012022-05-012022-06-01
  • North-York, Toronto
  • Age 13 to 17 (Coed)
  • From $395
TorontoNorth-YorkNorth-YorkOntario

Designed for teen athletes that are ready to learn team play strategies through more game-time experience and coaching. Read more

,12,3,347,programclass,coed,39513-172022-01-012022-02-012022-03-01
  • Online
  • Age 13 to 17 (Coed)
  • From $1,750
Online

Earn a Grade 11 History credit with the guidance of our experienced instructors. Read more

,20,2,181,virtualprogram,coed,175013-172022-06-012022-07-01
DAY CAMP
Traditional
Day Camp
Jul 04 - Aug 26, 2022

  • Haliburton Highlands, ON
  • Age 6 to 12 (Coed)
  • From $250
Haliburton HighlandsOntario

The perfect slice of curiosity for beginning campers to test their skills and make new friends Read more

,48,6,81,258,5,22,165,38,37,150,59,288,10,9,173,123,134,8,3,12,347,223,54,63,164,28,222,221,74,60,260,16,322,31,49,56,188,0,daycamp,coed,2506-122022-07-012022-08-01
  • Online
  • Age 13 to 18 (Coed)
  • From $15
Online

Teen yoga sessions are geared to beginner and intermediate level practitioners. Read more

,320,1,153,276,161,3,318,virtualprogram,coed,1513-182021-10-012021-11-012021-12-012022-01-012022-02-012022-03-012022-04-012022-05-012022-06-012022-07-012022-08-012022-09-012022-10-012022-11-012022-12-01
  • Temagami, ON
  • Age 18 to 18 (Coed)
  • From $11,215
TemagamiOntario

As the only program of its kind in Canada, participants spend 50 days in the remote wilderness of the Canadian territories Read more

,298,6,41,81,133,5,10,9,281,2,24,357,50,11,3,347,12,223,54,28,16,322,31,49,56,188,0,overnightcamp,coed,1121518-182022-07-012022-08-01
  • Online
  • Age 19 to 18+ (Coed)
  • From $15
Online

We'll help you stay healthy, fit, relaxed, and mindful during your pregnancy! Read more

,320,1,153,276,161,3,318,virtualprogram,coed,1519-192021-10-012021-11-012021-12-012022-01-012022-02-012022-03-012022-04-012022-05-012022-06-012022-07-012022-08-012022-09-012022-10-012022-11-012022-12-01
  • Brampton, ON
  • Age 5 to 7 (Coed)
  • From $130
BramptonOntario

Train martial arts in-person or online, stay fit, reduce anxiety, Separate classes for children, teens. Join anytime. Read more

,320,1,153,276,254,3,35,programclass,coed,1305-72021-10-012021-11-012021-12-012022-01-012022-02-012022-03-012022-04-012022-05-012022-06-012022-07-012022-08-012022-09-012022-10-012022-11-012022-12-01
  • Online
  • Age 4 to 6 (Coed)
  • From $15
Online

Do you enjoy drawing? Get ready to make your own personal masterpiece! Read more

,173,5,9,virtualprogram,coed,154-62021-10-012021-11-012021-12-012022-01-012022-02-012022-03-012022-04-012022-05-012022-06-012022-07-012022-08-012022-09-012022-10-012022-11-012022-12-01
  • Brampton, ON
  • Age 8 to 12 (Coed)
  • From $130
BramptonOntario

Train martial arts in-person or online, stay fit, reduce anxiety, Separate classes for children, teens. Join anytime. Read more

,320,1,153,276,254,3,35,programclass,coed,1308-122021-10-012021-11-012021-12-012022-01-012022-02-012022-03-012022-04-012022-05-012022-06-012022-07-012022-08-012022-09-012022-10-012022-11-012022-12-01
  • Online
  • Age 6 to 12 (Coed)
  • From $15
Online

Children will learn mindfulness practice and relaxation, which supports self regulation and helps to relieve anxiety. Read more

,153,1,276,161,3,318,virtualprogram,coed,156-122021-10-012021-11-012021-12-012022-01-012022-02-012022-03-012022-04-012022-05-012022-06-012022-07-012022-08-012022-09-012022-10-012022-11-012022-12-01
  • Etobicoke, Toronto
  • Age 4 to 7 (Coed)
  • From $32
TorontoEtobicokeEtobicokeOntario

Your child will play in a rock band while learning music skills, exploring their creativity and developing life skills. Read more

,287,5,37,programclass,coed,324-72022-01-012022-02-012022-03-012022-04-012022-05-012022-06-01
  • Online
  • Age 2 to 5 (Coed)
  • From $15
Online

This program includes mindfulness practice and relaxation, which supports self regulation and helps to relieve anxiety. Read more

,320,1,153,276,161,3,318,virtualprogram,coed,152-52021-10-012021-11-012021-12-012022-01-012022-02-012022-03-012022-04-012022-05-012022-06-012022-07-012022-08-012022-09-012022-10-012022-11-012022-12-01
  • Etobicoke, Toronto
  • Age 4 to 18+ (Coed)
  • From $38
TorontoEtobicokeEtobicokeOntario

Your child with special needs will learn musical skills while exploring their creativity and developing life skills. Read more

,175,5,37,287,339,176,285,150,programclass,coed,384-192022-01-012022-02-012022-03-012022-04-012022-05-012022-06-01
  • West-End, Toronto
  • Age 3 to 8 (Coed)
  • From $21,000
TorontoWest-EndWest-EndOntario

Experience the homeschooling approach with the benefits of socialization in a small classroom environment. Read more

,337,5,150,37,59,288,159,177,342,2,275,91,129,24,97,270,144,50,7,314,19,319,1,161,3,362,366,358,357,181,programclass,coed,210003-82021-09-012021-10-012021-11-012021-12-012022-01-012022-02-012022-03-012022-04-012022-05-012022-06-01
  • Vaughan, ON
  • Age 8 to 12 (Coed)
  • From $180
VaughanOntario

student design their very own racing car, boat and Mars Rover to see who can travel the farthest and fastest around the world Read more

,67,177,159,130,2,50,268,programclass,coed,1808-122022-01-012022-02-01
  • Online
  • Age 6 to 14 (Coed)
  • From $0
Online

Developing advanced coding skills by integrating advanced features like text-to-speech, video sensing, and digital drawing. Read more

,337,5,159,177,68,196,2,32,195,33,91,129,24,182,50,130,316,144,315,267,317,7,137,314,268,304,180,virtualprogram,coed,06-142022-01-012022-02-012022-03-012022-04-012022-05-012022-06-01
PROGRAM
Fencing
Fencing Classes Ages 6-9
Nov 29, 2021 - Dec 31, 2022

  • Mississauga, ON
  • Age 6 to 9 (Coed)
  • From $100
MississaugaOntario

Your kids will have so much fun playing with swords that they won’t notice they're developing confidence and courage. Read more

,320,1,153,276,65,3,370,programclass,coed,1006-92021-11-012021-12-012022-01-012022-02-012022-03-012022-04-012022-05-012022-06-012022-07-012022-08-012022-09-012022-10-012022-11-012022-12-01
PROGRAM
Drawing
APW Online
Apr 06, 2021 - Feb 06, 2022

  • Online
  • Age 16 to 18+ (Coed)
  • From $4,950
Online

Animation Portfolio Workshop now offers the complete 228 hour comprehensive program online! Get into animation school! Read more

,173,5,9,programclass,coed,495016-192021-04-012021-05-012021-06-012021-07-012021-08-012021-09-012021-10-012021-11-012021-12-012022-01-012022-02-01
  • Parry Sound, ON
  • Age 19 to 18+ (Girls)
  • From $250
Parry SoundOntario

Come relax and engage on an adventurous retreat where you can re-energize, connect with friends, and explore nature! Read more

,48,6,81,154,5,22,258,165,175,37,176,150,59,288,10,9,173,123,69,16,3,322,25,28,31,221,49,56,63,347,161,360,188,0,overnightcamp,allgirls,25019-192022-09-01
  • Online
  • Age 12 to 18 (Coed)
  • From $850
Online

What does it take to be a good student? Students will develop key skills that will take them to the next level. Read more

,196,2,32,129,270,19,358,virtualprogram,coed,85012-182021-11-012021-12-012022-01-012022-02-01
PROGRAM
Fencing
Fencing Classes Ages 9-12
Nov 29, 2021 - Dec 31, 2022

  • Mississauga, ON
  • Age 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • From $100
MississaugaOntario

Combination of technical fencing skills, tactical knowledge and physical activity. Only a few spaces left. Read more

,320,1,153,276,65,3,370,programclass,coed,1009-122021-11-012021-12-012022-01-012022-02-012022-03-012022-04-012022-05-012022-06-012022-07-012022-08-012022-09-012022-10-012022-11-012022-12-01
  • Mississauga, ON
  • Age 5 to 14 (Coed)
  • From $150
MississaugaOntario

Kids have a blast building awesome video games and developing ninja coding skills on the path from white to black belt! Read more

,331,177,180,332,67,304,159,68,179,314,2,268,365,programclass,coed,1505-142021-03-012021-04-012021-05-012021-06-012021-07-012021-08-012021-09-012021-10-012021-11-012021-12-012022-01-01
  • Parry Sound, ON
  • Age 6 to 18 (Coed)
  • From $5,553
Parry SoundOntario

Campers with learning disabilities, ADHD and high-functioning ASD have the opportunity to experience success at Camp Kodiak! Read more

,48,6,81,256,5,133,165,22,341,345,175,37,150,70,288,265,59,10,9,363,297,173,123,69,174,360,134,196,2,32,195,344,358,88,91,129,24,270,268,19,226,1,153,276,8,3,11,347,12,223,151,54,58,63,324,65,28,30,35,222,221,260,16,322,25,31,49,56,326,64,161,188,0,overnightcamp,coed,55536-182022-07-012022-08-01
  • Online
  • Age 6 to 14 (Coed)
  • From $0
Online

Gain basic coding skills with well-crafted lesson plans. Exploring imagination through coding. Read more

,337,5,173,9,69,178,177,331,180,332,304,159,196,2,32,195,129,182,50,130,316,144,315,267,317,7,137,314,268,virtualprogram,coed,06-142022-01-012022-02-012022-03-012022-04-012022-05-012022-06-01
  • Burlington, ON
  • Age 12 to 18 (Girls)
  • From $499
BurlingtonOntario

A leadership certification just for teens - resilience, resourcefulness, confidence, and life skills for success! Read more

,10,5,9,173,295,123,333,69,88,2,91,33,275,145,24,97,19,320,1,153,319,329,276,28,3,161,daycamp,allgirls,49912-182022-07-01
  • East-End, Toronto
  • Age 4 to 11 (Coed)
  • From $300
TorontoEast-EndEast-EndOntario

Full day of activities each day including Karate, Yoga, Arts and Crafts, Lego, Games, Park Playtime, Self Defence Read more

,160,2,268,153,1,276,254,3,35,74,161,daycamp,coed,3004-112022-03-01
PROGRAM
Basketball
The Shot Factory
Dec 02, 2021 - Dec 31, 2022

  • Pickering, ON
  • Age 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • From $180
PickeringOntario

This “Shot Factory” is designed for reps, shot development, and personal shooting instruction. Read more

,12,3,347,74,programclass,coed,1807-122021-12-012022-01-012022-02-012022-03-012022-04-012022-05-012022-06-012022-07-012022-08-012022-09-012022-10-012022-11-012022-12-01
  • East-End, Toronto
  • Age 4 to 12 (Coed)
  • From $55
TorontoEast-EndEast-EndOntario

Prepare for your day by waking your body with active stretching, core and movement work. Read more

,160,2,153,1,276,87,254,3,35,74,161,programclass,coed,554-122021-09-012021-10-012021-11-012021-12-012022-01-012022-02-012022-03-012022-04-012022-05-012022-06-01
  • Online
  • Age 6 to 14 (Coed)
  • From $0
Online

With Live Coach, your child will learn typing through a well-structured plan. Try our free trial class today. Read more

,10,5,9,159,177,196,2,32,182,50,130,316,315,317,7,137,314,268,18,virtualprogram,coed,06-142022-01-012022-02-012022-03-012022-04-012022-05-012022-06-01
PROGRAM
Basketball
The Shot Factory
Dec 02, 2021 - Dec 31, 2022

  • Pickering, ON
  • Age 4 to 6 (Coed)
  • From $180
PickeringOntario

This “Shot Factory” is designed for reps, shot development, and personal shooting instruction. Read more

,12,3,347,74,programclass,coed,1804-62021-12-012022-01-012022-02-012022-03-012022-04-012022-05-012022-06-012022-07-012022-08-012022-09-012022-10-012022-11-012022-12-01
  • Online
  • Age 6 to 18 (Coed)
  • From $15
Online

Quality one-to-one instruction delivered virtually in your home via our dynamic and interactive learning platform. Read more

,196,2,32,195,129,270,19,virtualprogram,coed,156-182021-09-012021-10-012021-11-012021-12-012022-01-012022-02-012022-03-012022-04-012022-05-012022-06-01
  • Burlington, ON
  • Age 8 to 12 (Girls)
  • From $499
BurlingtonOntario

Radiant Girls bloom with adventure, studio art, gentle yoga, spa activities, empowering discussions, and tons of summer fun! Read more

,10,5,9,173,123,69,88,2,91,33,275,145,24,320,1,153,319,329,276,87,28,3,161,188,0,daycamp,allgirls,4998-122022-07-01
VIRTUAL
Academics (1:1)
RISE at Home
Sep 13, 2021 - Jun 25, 2022

  • Online
  • Age 6 to 18 (Coed)
  • From $15
Online

Quality one-to-one instruction delivered virtually in your home via our dynamic and interactive learning platform. Read more

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Defining and understanding self-regulation

Self-regulation is “a broad set of skills that allows kids to bounce back from strong emotions ... and manage difficulty in their day-to-day lives,” in Una Malcolm’s definition. Malcolm, a licensed teacher with the Ontario College of Teachers who runs Bright Light Learners, runs a private support firm in Toronto for students with learning exceptionalities.

“Oftentimes self-regulation and self-control are used interchangeably, but that might not be the most precise definition of self-regulation,” she says. “Think of self-regulation as a set of skills that allows a child to manage frustration, disappointment, adversity ... any sort of big, strong emotion. Self-regulation allows a child to return back to a normal set point.”

As Director of Bright Light Learners, she works with many students with complex needs, and understands first-hand the value and importance of developing self-regulation. 

“Think of a set point on a thermostat,” she says. “A thermostat is constantly monitoring the temperature … and once it reaches a certain point, then [it] either heats or cools the house.”  Kids with strong regulation skills “are monitoring how they’re feeling. If there’s a differential or a gap there, they’ll use strategies to come back to normal.” 

Self-regulation is a very important part of everyday life. As she says, “no matter what kids are doing, they need to have self-regulation skills.”

How to develop self-regulation

Children aren’t born with these skills but they are born with the ability to develop them. Malcolm uses the metaphor of “an upstairs/downstairs brain” to explain a child’s process of developing self-regulation. 

“The downstairs brain is related to a lot of core, base functions like heart rate, stress response and fight or flight,” she says. The downstairs brain (a suitable metaphor for the limbic system) kicks into gear in response to danger; it triggers strong emotions. Malcolm explains it's typical for children to often respond with strong emotion because the upstairs brain takes longer to develop. “The upstairs brain (analagous to the cerebral cortex) allows kids to plan, to empathize, to take on another perspective, to problem solve.” The upstairs brain regulates behaviour but it develops faster with help from external environments and other people. 

Social environments like camp can be critical for supporting the development of self-regulation in children. It “puts kids in [situations] where they need to navigate these issues”, she says. “They're having to manage conflict with peers, adapt to change [and] exhibit cognitive flexibility when they change their schedule.” In a structured environment like camp, “with gentle coaching with peers, teachers, counsellors … kids [learn] to respond in an appropriate way and [this paves] the way for future success.”

How does camp accelerate the development of self-regulation? 

Camp creates a responsive, welcoming atmosphere and teaches self-regulation guidelines to children. This might include learning to let someone speak first, recalling attention to a task when distractions are present, and learning to control one’s emotions in an overwhelming situation. Malcolm emphasizes that “the very nature of a social environment like camp [presents] opportunities for kids to develop and practice self-regulation skills.” 

In these environments, children learn on their own how to cope with upsetting changes to their routine (i.e., a conflict with a peer or getting a question wrong on a test). When exposed to these challenges, they begin to learn strategies for self-regulation that help them manage emotions and remain focused on their duties. 

The child internalizes these regulating strategies until they become habit. At that point, they might even begin to instruct their peers in self-regulation. However, it’s important to keep in mind that children can’t develop self-regulation habits overnight. It’s a slow and long process. but with exposure and support, these habits will develop over time. 

Kids who can cope with changes to their environment and can manage cognitive flexibility and self-regulate are overwhelmingly kids who are more able to do well in school, at home, with friends, parents or families.

What are the benefits of self-regulation?

Malcolm highlights many short-term and long-term benefits of self-regulation skills. 

Current research indicates that “kids who can cope with changes to their environment and can manage cognitive flexibility and self-regulate are overwhelmingly kids who are more able to do well in school, at home, with friends, parents or families,” Malcolm says. This research suggests that “self-regulation skills are hugely predictive of mental health, achievement and success.”

Self-regulation in action: meet Erick

Erick, a camper from COOKSMART camp, understands self-regulation as “not making a big deal out of everything, keeping my stress in and not letting my stress out by controlling myself.” 

He believes that self-regulation will benefit him the rest of his life because it will, “balance [his] emotions towards [his] future jobs, friends and family.”

He believes that COOKSMART camp has helped him develop self-regulation skills. 

“At the COOKSMART camp,” he says, “every time I made a [cooking mistake], I would ask the teacher to redo that step so I could actually understand.” 

Furthermore, he's learning self-regulation while being homeschooled by his mom, Emilia. “In homeschooling, every time I didn’t get an answer, [my mom] would say for me to find the answer, fix what I did and look over the mistake that I did, so I don’t get mad at myself.” He understands that self-regulation involves managing strong emotions and staying focused on the task at hand. 

How will self-regulation help my child in the future?

Self-regulation is commonly developed during the toddler years, though the habits of self-regulation continue to develop past adulthood. 

When kids are developing self-regulation skills, Malcolm says, “any instances where they have to negotiate or bounce back from big emotions...creates neural pathways that allows them to use those skills in the future. That sets them on a path to success as adults.” 

Research has proven that individuals with strong self-regulation handle their emotions and stress levels better, expand their intellectual capabilities and engage in less problematic behaviors, as opposed to those who don't develop self-regulation. This critical tool can help children with academic success, emotion control, decision-making skills, leadership habits, overall mental health, and relationships with others for years to come. 

Overall, children with self-regulated behavioral habits are more likely to:

  • Follow directions and exercise discipline
  • Keep focus on tasks at hand 
  • Control emotions in exciting or stressful settings
  • Develop organizational skills 
  • Make adjustments to be in line with a goal
  • Constructively self-criticize performance 
  • Reflect on the outcome of a task
  • Teach self-regulation habits to other children

“[Self-regulation skills] allow us to maintain healthy relationships and as human beings, healthy relationships are a huge part of living”, Malcolm explains. “Self-regulation is essential to being human. It’s not just that it supports in one key zone - it's broadly predictive of success and health.”

Want Your Child to Enhance Their Self-Regulation Skills?

Camps are advantageous to developing and enhancing self-regulation skills. The experience encourages children to work with others and follow rules mindfully, while it exposes them to new challenges and environments. At camp, children learn personal strategies for managing behaviour and emotions in a way that works for them, while they are guided and supported by their camp leaders. 



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