Youth empowerment and social justice camps

Find the top youth empowerment and social justice summer camps and programs

Looking for a youth empowerment camp? These camps, also called “social justice camps,” can be found across Canada and the United States. They can be a great option for teens and preteens looking for a challenge and who want to expand their horizons. Below, we list youth empowerment and social justice camps in Canada and the United States. Click on a camp’s profile to learn more about it, including its location, cost, programming, and session dates. You can also click through to a camp’s website and register your child for a summer session today. Read more

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Crescent Camps & Programs   

North Toronto, Toronto; Online

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

Our Camps and Programs reflect Crescent School's excellence in academics, robotics, athletics, business, the arts and leadership, with highly qualified, enthusiastic instructors and staff. Read more...

  • Ages 6 to 17
  • Coed
  • from $75/week
Virtual Program, Day camp, Program openCamp Coed756-170North Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Virtual Program, Traditional (multi activity) Crescent Camps & ProgramsOur Camps and Programs reflect Crescent School's excellence in academics, robotics, athletics, business, the arts and leadership, with highly qualified, enthusiastic instructors and staff. North Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Virtual Program, Virtual Program, Day camp, Program Coed
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Camps and programs offer activities related to leadership and social activism among a variety of other camp activities.

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, Art, Leadership Games, Relationship Building, Self Care, Coaching, and More! Read more...

  • Ages 7 to 18
  • Girls
  • from $180/week
Virtual Program, Day camp, Overnight camp, Program, Family camp openCamp Girls1807-180Burlington, Ontario, Virtual Program, , Tillsonburg, Education: LeadershipRadiant GirlsGirls Wellness & Leadership programs, with prof. coaches, chef's and trainers. Featuring Yoga/Pilates, Outdoor Adventures, Art, Leadership Games, Relationship Building, Self Care, Coaching, and More! Burlington, Ontario, Virtual Program, , Tillsonburg, Virtual Program, Day camp, Overnight camp, Program, Family camp Girls

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, Boys77912-991Huntsville, 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, Family camp Coed, Girls, Boys
  • Academic/Tutoring: Instructor lead (group)
  • Virtual Program, Program

With more than 30 years of success, Brain Power is an innovative leader in enrichment education for bright and gifted students. Brain Power is a transformative model for what gifted education should be about in the GTA. Read more...

  • Ages 6 to 18
  • Coed
  • from $325/program
Virtual Program, Program openCamp Coed3256-182Vaughan, Ontario, Virtual Program, Academic/Tutoring: Instructor lead (group)Brain Power Enrichment ProgramsWith more than 30 years of success, Brain Power is an innovative leader in enrichment education for bright and gifted students. Brain Power is a transformative model for what gifted education should be about in the GTA. Vaughan, Ontario, Virtual Program, Virtual Program, Program Coed

Sidney Ledson Institute   

Don Mills, Toronto; Online

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Virtual Program, 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
Virtual Program, Day camp, Program openCamp Coed4202.5-143Don Mills, Toronto, Ontario, Virtual Program, Traditional (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, Virtual Program, Virtual Program, Day camp, Program Coed

FDT Academy    

Vancouver; Online

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

FDT's 2020/2021 academic programs are offered online via Zoom. As leaders in Debate, Speech & Model UN training, FDT Academy is renowned for having over 20 of its students make it on the national Debate & Speech teams. Read more...

  • Ages 4 to 18
  • Coed
  • from $100/week
Virtual Program, Day camp, Program openCamp Coed1004-184Vancouver, British Columbia, Virtual Program, Education: Public Speaking/DebateFDT Academy FDT's 2020/2021 academic programs are offered online via Zoom. As leaders in Debate, Speech & Model UN training, FDT Academy is renowned for having over 20 of its students make it on the national Debate & Speech teams. Vancouver, British Columbia, Virtual Program, Virtual Program, Day camp, Program Coed

The Hoop Factory   

Ajax; Markham; Pickering

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

Camp/program teaching the fundamentals in basketball, balance, footwork to players at all levels. A fun, high energy camp for boys/girls of all ages. Christmas Holiday-March Break-Summer Break #BuildingBetterBallers Read more...

  • Ages 5 to 18
  • Coed
  • from $200/week
Day camp, Program, Family camp Coed2005-185Ajax, Ontario, Markham, Ontario, Pickering, OntarioSport: BasketballThe Hoop FactoryCamp/program teaching the fundamentals in basketball, balance, footwork to players at all levels. A fun, high energy camp for boys/girls of all ages. Christmas Holiday-March Break-Summer Break #BuildingBetterBallers Ajax, Ontario, Markham, Ontario, Pickering, Ontario Day camp, Program, Family camp Coed
  • Education (multi)
  • Virtual Program, Day camp, Overnight camp

Enrichment Studies at Queen's University connects students in Grades 5-12 with exciting university experiences. We inspire our participants to reach their potential through mentorship, growth and problem solving. Read more...

  • Ages 10 to 17
  • Coed
  • from $199/week
Virtual Program, Day camp, Overnight camp openCamp Coed19910-176Kingston, Ontario, Virtual Program, Education (multi)Enrichment Studies Unit (ESU) at Queen's UniversityEnrichment Studies at Queen's University connects students in Grades 5-12 with exciting university experiences. We inspire our participants to reach their potential through mentorship, growth and problem solving. Kingston, Ontario, Virtual Program, Virtual Program, Day camp, Overnight camp Coed

InterVarsity Pioneer Camp Pacific   

Thetis Island; Vancouver

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Overnight camp

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

  • Ages 7 to 18
  • Coed, Girls
  • from $285/week
Overnight camp openCamp Coed, Girls2857-187Thetis Island, British Columbia, Vancouver, BCTraditional (multi activity) InterVarsity Pioneer Camp PacificOne of nine Inter-Varsity Camps, Pioneer Pacific offers Christian summer camp and leadership programs for kids from 7-18, and includes a wide range of activities such as sailing, archery, kayaking and more. Thetis Island, British Columbia, Vancouver, BC Overnight camp Coed, Girls

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 Coed21005-178Haliburton 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
  • Education (multi)
  • 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 Coed45013-179Virtual Program, , Lakefield, OntarioEducation (multi)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

Oxford Learning High Park   

Bloor West Village, Toronto; Online

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

Oxford means a personalized learning experience for your child. Brain and Science Camps explore creative themes through engaging activities and field trips. Learning takes a fun turn. Our students are excited to learn! Read more...

  • Ages 4 to 12
  • Coed
  • from $100/week
Virtual Program, Day camp, Program, Family camp openCamp Coed1004-1210Bloor West Village, Toronto, Ontario, Virtual Program, Education (multi)Oxford Learning High ParkOxford means a personalized learning experience for your child. Brain and Science Camps explore creative themes through engaging activities and field trips. Learning takes a fun turn. Our students are excited to learn! Bloor West Village, Toronto, Ontario, Virtual Program, Virtual Program, Day camp, Program, Family camp Coed

Laurus Summer Camp   

Quebec (5)

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Day camp

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

  • Ages 3 to 15
  • Coed
  • from $150/week
Day camp openCamp Coed1503-1511Montreal, Laval, Beaconsfield, WestmountTraditional (multi activity) Laurus Summer CampMontreal, Laval and Beaconsfield's #1 Lifestyle Summer day camp! We blend fun, education & specialty training in arts, academics and sports! Weekly program for kids ages 3 - 15! Registration is open in November for 2020! Montreal, Laval, Beaconsfield, Westmount Day camp Coed

Science North Camps   

Ontario (6)

  • Education: STEM
  • Day camp

Science North offers innovative and stimulating summer day camps and virtual camps that introduce children to the worlds of science, technology, engineering and math. Camps are available for 4-11 year olds. Read more...

  • Ages 4 to 12
  • Coed
  • from $153/week
Day camp Coed1534-1212City of Thunder Bay, Sudbury, Sault Ste Marie, North Bay, KenoraEducation: STEMScience North CampsScience North offers innovative and stimulating summer day camps and virtual camps that introduce children to the worlds of science, technology, engineering and math. Camps are available for 4-11 year olds. City of Thunder Bay, Sudbury, Sault Ste Marie, North Bay, Kenora Day camp Coed

Block 8 Academy   

Port Moody

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Day camp, Program

Active, Creative, Mix of Indoor and Outdoor all in one camp! Encourage your children to socialize in person, or have them enjoy learning a new skill online with top notch voice instructors, debate, creative writing... Read more...

  • Ages 5 to 12
  • Coed
  • from $45/day
Day camp, Program openCamp Coed455-1213Port Moody, British ColumbiaTraditional (multi activity) Block 8 AcademyActive, Creative, Mix of Indoor and Outdoor all in one camp! Encourage your children to socialize in person, or have them enjoy learning a new skill online with top notch voice instructors, debate, creative writing... Port Moody, British Columbia Day camp, Program Coed
  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Day camp, Overnight camp

Located on beautiful Vancouver Island, Brentwood College School offers focused camps for Soccer, Academics, Rowing, Rock Band, Debate, and Musical Theatre for kids aged 7 to 17. Read more...

  • Ages 7 to 17
  • Coed
  • from $160/week
Day camp, Overnight camp openCamp Coed1607-1714Mill Bay, British ColumbiaTraditional (multi activity) Brentwood College School Summer CampsLocated on beautiful Vancouver Island, Brentwood College School offers focused camps for Soccer, Academics, Rowing, Rock Band, Debate, and Musical Theatre for kids aged 7 to 17. Mill Bay, British Columbia Day camp, Overnight camp Coed
  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Day camp, Overnight camp, Family camp

Find your next adventure here. Now offering Adventures Day Camps in 13 locations across Ontario plus Overnight camp and Family Cabin Rentals in Sauble Beach. Read more...

  • Ages 5 to 16
  • Coed
  • from $195/week
Day camp, Overnight camp, Family camp openCamp Coed1955-1615Sauble Beach, Northern Wellington County, Guelph, Hamilton, Hanover, Kitchener, Leamington, London, West Nipissing, Ottawa, St. Catharines, The Beach, Toronto, WaterlooTraditional (multi activity) Silver Lake Mennonite CampFind your next adventure here. Now offering Adventures Day Camps in 13 locations across Ontario plus Overnight camp and Family Cabin Rentals in Sauble Beach. Sauble Beach, Northern Wellington County, Guelph, Hamilton, Hanover, Kitchener, Leamington, London, West Nipissing, Ottawa, St. Catharines, The Beach, Toronto, Waterloo Day camp, Overnight camp, Family 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 Coed17513-1816Collingwood, 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

French International Language Camps   

International; Online

  • Education: Language Instruction
  • Virtual Program, Day camp, Overnight camp

English students learning French mix with French students learning English in this innovative program in the French Alps. Sports and other activities are an important part of the experience, along with language lessons. Read more...

  • Ages 6 to 17
  • Coed
  • from $2,540/week
Virtual Program, Day camp, Overnight camp openCamp Coed25406-1717International, Other, Virtual Program, Education: Language InstructionFrench International Language CampsEnglish students learning French mix with French students learning English in this innovative program in the French Alps. Sports and other activities are an important part of the experience, along with language lessons. International, Other, Virtual Program, Virtual Program, Day camp, Overnight camp Coed

Randolph Kids Performing Arts   

South Annex, Toronto; Online

  • Arts : Theatre Arts
  • Virtual Program, Day camp, Program

Content creation, filmmaking, dance, acting, music, teamwork and performance in the heart of Toronto. Beginner and experienced performers welcome. Come improve your skills, try something new, create, grow, and have fun! Read more...

  • Ages 6 to 17
  • Coed
  • from $20/session
Virtual Program, Day camp, Program openCamp Coed206-1718South Annex, Toronto, Ontario, Virtual Program, Arts : Theatre ArtsRandolph Kids Performing ArtsContent creation, filmmaking, dance, acting, music, teamwork and performance in the heart of Toronto. Beginner and experienced performers welcome. Come improve your skills, try something new, create, grow, and have fun! South Annex, Toronto, Ontario, Virtual Program, Virtual Program, Day camp, Program Coed

Inspirely STEAM Education   

Online; Brampton

  • Science: STEAM
  • Virtual Program, Day camp, Program, Family camp

Premier after-school online STEAM Education for children age 6 to 15 years. They also host family bonding & parent networking events. Their creative STEAM Kits/Gifts are perfect to spend quality Family Time @HOME. Read more...

  • Ages 6 to 14
  • Coed
  • Cost Varies
Virtual Program, Day camp, Program, Family camp openCamp Coed06-1419Virtual Program, , Brampton, OntarioScience: STEAMInspirely STEAM EducationPremier after-school online STEAM Education for children age 6 to 15 years. They also host family bonding & parent networking events. Their creative STEAM Kits/Gifts are perfect to spend quality Family Time @HOME. Virtual Program, , Brampton, Ontario Virtual Program, Day camp, Program, Family camp Coed

UTS: Experience Innovation   

Trinity Bellwoods, Toronto; South Annex, Toronto

  • Education (multi)
  • Day camp

A day camp for high-achieving and eager student aged 11 to 18. The UTS affiliation with UofT means that campers are taught by exceptional teachers, teacher candidates, field experts and university instructors. Read more...

  • Ages 11 to 18
  • Coed
  • from $350/session
Day camp openCamp Coed35011-1820Trinity Bellwoods, Toronto, Ontario, South Annex, Toronto, OntarioEducation (multi)UTS: Experience InnovationA day camp for high-achieving and eager student aged 11 to 18. The UTS affiliation with UofT means that campers are taught by exceptional teachers, teacher candidates, field experts and university instructors. Trinity Bellwoods, Toronto, Ontario, South Annex, Toronto, Ontario Day camp Coed
  • Arts (multi)
  • Day camp, Overnight camp, Program, Family camp

SummerArts combines the best of camp with the best of the arts, with great food, a full rec schedule, campfire, and of course a core of incredible arts programming, all on a beautiful campus overlooking the Bay of Fundy. Read more...

  • Ages 5 to 18
  • Coed
  • from $290/week
Day camp, Overnight camp, Program, Family camp openCamp Coed2905-1821Canning, Nova ScotiaArts (multi)Ross Creek Centre for the ArtsSummerArts combines the best of camp with the best of the arts, with great food, a full rec schedule, campfire, and of course a core of incredible arts programming, all on a beautiful campus overlooking the Bay of Fundy. Canning, Nova Scotia Day camp, Overnight camp, Program, Family camp Coed

Camp Solelim   

Lawrence Manor, Toronto; Sudbury

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Overnight camp

Camp Solelim is a sleepover camp designed for Jewish 13 to 15 year olds. Our programming includes traditional waterfront, sports, arts and outdoor activities, as well as leadership development and community building. Read more...

  • Ages 13 to 15
  • Coed
  • from $7,385/6 weeks
Overnight camp openCamp Coed738513-1522Lawrence Manor, Toronto, Ontario, Sudbury, OntarioTraditional (multi activity) Camp SolelimCamp Solelim is a sleepover camp designed for Jewish 13 to 15 year olds. Our programming includes traditional waterfront, sports, arts and outdoor activities, as well as leadership development and community building. Lawrence Manor, Toronto, Ontario, Sudbury, Ontario Overnight camp Coed

What is a youth empowerment camp?

Youth empowerment camps are intended primarily for teens and “tweens,” ranging in age from 8 to 18. They offer training, workshops, and exercises in social justice and leadership.

These camps offer programs on a wide range of local and global issues. These may include

  • Poverty
  • The environment
  • Racism
  • Bullying
  • Conflict resolution
  • Sexuality
  • Culture
  • Religion

Of course, youth empowerment camps aren’t just about social activism and education. They can also be great fun! Most also have many of the same exciting activities you’ll find at other traditional camps. This includes campfires, swimming, dancing, music, games, arts and crafts, sports, and more.

Many of these are residential (or overnight) camps, with programs of various lengths, including one week, two weeks, one month, and two months. Some day camps, though, also offer youth empowerment and social justice programs.

Why should my child go to a youth empowerment camp?

Youth empowerment and social justice camps are a nice fit for those who care about the world and want to make a difference. If your child is interested in social issues, wants to connect with a like-minded community, and is interested in new experiences, one of these camps may be a perfect fit.

These camps teach kids important skills and values. This can help your child to thrive in the teen years and grow into a confident, responsible, and passionate adult. Skills learned vary between camps, but may include



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