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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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Camps and programs directly below focus on helping kids and teens develop their passion for leadership and social action.

YMCA of Greater Vancouver  

Vancouver; Gibsons

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Day, Overnight, family

There’s something about camp that brings out the best in us. Whether it’s sailing, hiking or uncovering leadership potential, YMCA's spring and summer camps provide children ages 5-17 with a memorable experience.

  • Ages 5 to 17
  • Coed
  • from $139/session
Day, Overnight, family Coed1395-170Vancouver, British Columbia, Gibsons, British ColumbiaTraditional (multi activity) YMCA of Greater VancouverThere’s something about camp that brings out the best in us. Whether it’s sailing, hiking or uncovering leadership potential, YMCA's spring and summer camps provide children ages 5-17 with a memorable experience. Vancouver, British Columbia, Gibsons, British Columbia Day, Overnight, family Coed

Me to We Take Action Camp  

Corktown, Toronto

  • Education: Social Justice/Empowerment
  • Overnight

Take Action Camp are where kids who care, thrive. Young people will discover their potential through interactive team-building, specialized workshops, and volunteer experience, in a fun and inclusive environment!

  • Ages 9 to 18
  • Coed
  • from $1,100/week
Overnight Coed11009-181Corktown, Toronto, OntarioEducation: Social Justice/EmpowermentMe to We Take Action CampTake Action Camp are where kids who care, thrive. Young people will discover their potential through interactive team-building, specialized workshops, and volunteer experience, in a fun and inclusive environment! Corktown, Toronto, Ontario Overnight Coed
  • Science (multi)
  • Day, Program, family

Get a unique science and tech education in this program by the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, including LEGO Robotics, Makerspace, Coding, Minecraft. Girls only sessions, Family Camps, Educator sessions.

  • Ages 5 to 17
  • Coed, Girls
  • from $300/week
Day, Program, family Coed, Girls3005-172Oshawa, OntarioScience (multi)Ontario Tech University Summer CampsGet a unique science and tech education in this program by the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, including LEGO Robotics, Makerspace, Coding, Minecraft. Girls only sessions, Family Camps, Educator sessions. Oshawa, Ontario Day, Program, family Coed, Girls
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Camps and programs offer activities related to leadership and social activism among a variety of other camp activities.
  • Education: Leadership
  • Overnight

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

  • Ages 10 to 18
  • Coed
  • from $240/program
Overnight Coed24010-180Washago, 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 Coed

Rotherglen Summer Camp  

Oakville

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Day

Summer Camps will include Robotics, STEM, Drama, Art, Sports and Cooking Camps, all taking advantage of our beautiful new state of the art facility.

  • Ages 6 to 14
  • Coed
  • from $340/week
Day Coed3406-141Oakville, OntarioTraditional (multi activity) Rotherglen Summer CampSummer Camps will include Robotics, STEM, Drama, Art, Sports and Cooking Camps, all taking advantage of our beautiful new state of the art facility. Oakville, Ontario Day Coed
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Camp Can-Aqua  

Haliburton Highlands; Oakville; Ottawa

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Overnight, family

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.

  • Ages 5 to 17
  • Coed
  • from $1,950/2 weeks
Overnight, family Coed19505-172Haliburton 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, family Coed

Girls Who Fight  

Scarborough Junction, Toronto; Markham; Davisville Village, Toronto

  • Sport: Martial Arts
  • Day

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.

  • Ages 8 to 15
  • Girls
  • from $365/week
Day Girls3658-153Scarborough Junction, Toronto, Ontario, Markham, Ontario, Davisville Village, Toronto, OntarioSport: Martial ArtsGirls 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 Girls

Outward Bound Canada  

Kananaskis; Vancouver Island; Throughout Canada; Grand Manan; Algonquin Park

  • Adventure (multi)
  • Day, Overnight, family

Est 1969. Inspiring, challenging journeys of self-discovery in the outdoors. Join an authentic, transformational adventure to see Canada at its finest, reach beyond your own boundaries, and tap in to your true potential.

  • Ages 12 to 99
  • Coed, Girls, Boys
  • from $779/week
Day, Overnight, family Coed, Girls, Boys77912-994Kananaskis, Alberta, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Throughout Canada, Ontario, Grand Manan, New Brunswick, Algonquin Park, OntarioAdventure (multi)Outward Bound CanadaEst 1969. Inspiring, challenging journeys of self-discovery in the outdoors. Join an authentic, transformational adventure to see Canada at its finest, reach beyond your own boundaries, and tap in to your true potential. Kananaskis, Alberta, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Throughout Canada, Ontario, Grand Manan, New Brunswick, Algonquin Park, Ontario Day, Overnight, family Coed, Girls, Boys
  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Overnight

Lakefield Camp is a traditional Canadian overnight summer camp that offers various outdoor & indoor land/water sports & activities, from sailing to theater arts, a complete ropes course, language classes & so much more!

  • Ages 9 to 17
  • Coed
  • from $1,400/week
Overnight Coed14009-175Lakefield, OntarioTraditional (multi activity) Lakefield Camp InternationalLakefield Camp is a traditional Canadian overnight summer camp that offers various outdoor & indoor land/water sports & activities, from sailing to theater arts, a complete ropes course, language classes & so much more! Lakefield, Ontario Overnight Coed

Explorer Hop  

Leaside, Toronto

  • Education: Entrepreneurship
  • Day, Program, family

Featured in BBC. A camp where kids learn about Entrepreneurship, Money Management, Innovation, Debate Camp and even get to create their own board game!

  • Ages 6 to 14
  • Coed
  • from $350/week
Day, Program, family Coed3506-146Leaside, Toronto, OntarioEducation: EntrepreneurshipExplorer HopFeatured in BBC. A camp where kids learn about Entrepreneurship, Money Management, Innovation, Debate Camp and even get to create their own board game! Leaside, Toronto, Ontario Day, Program, family Coed

Oneida Baptist Camp  

Haldimand

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Overnight, family

Located on Lake Erie's shoreline near Port Dover, offering half/full-week overnight Christian camping for all kids ranging from 4-18 years, plus family camp (ages 0-99) and leadership training for 14-15 year olds.

  • Ages 4 to 18
  • Coed
  • from $300/week
Overnight, family Coed3004-187Haldimand, OntarioTraditional (multi activity) Oneida Baptist CampLocated on Lake Erie's shoreline near Port Dover, offering half/full-week overnight Christian camping for all kids ranging from 4-18 years, plus family camp (ages 0-99) and leadership training for 14-15 year olds. Haldimand, Ontario Overnight, family Coed
  • Academic/Tutoring: Instructor lead (group)
  • 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.

  • Ages 6 to 18
  • Coed
  • from $325/program
Program Coed3256-188Vaughan, OntarioAcademic/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 Program Coed

Bytown Brigantine Tall Ships Adventure  

Ontario (5); United States (1)

  • Travel
  • Overnight

An outdoor adventure camp on a tall ship: building leadership, good citizenship & lifelong friendships. Ages 12-14 on Black Jack in small team-building groups & ages 14+ on Fair Jeanne, earning HS credit on select trips.

  • Ages 12 to 18
  • Coed
  • from $900/session
Overnight Coed90012-189Brockville, Harbourfront, Toronto, Ottawa, Kincardine, Sarnia, New YorkTravelBytown Brigantine Tall Ships AdventureAn outdoor adventure camp on a tall ship: building leadership, good citizenship & lifelong friendships. Ages 12-14 on Black Jack in small team-building groups & ages 14+ on Fair Jeanne, earning HS credit on select trips. Brockville, Harbourfront, Toronto, Ottawa, Kincardine, Sarnia, New York Overnight Coed

Behaviour Matters  

Lawrence Heights, Toronto

  • Education: Leadership
  • Program, family

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.

  • Ages 4 to 18
  • Coed, Girls, Boys
  • from $600/group
Program, family Coed, Girls, Boys6004-1810Lawrence 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 Coed, Girls, Boys

Swallowdale Camp  

Rosseau

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Overnight

An overnight camp in Rosseau offering adventure and a variety of land and water activities. Our beautiful lakefront camp is the ideal place for children to spend their summer making new friend and learning new skills!

  • Ages 7 to 16
  • Coed
  • from $1,200/week
Overnight Coed12007-1611Rosseau, OntarioTraditional (multi activity) Swallowdale CampAn overnight camp in Rosseau offering adventure and a variety of land and water activities. Our beautiful lakefront camp is the ideal place for children to spend their summer making new friend and learning new skills! Rosseau, Ontario Overnight Coed

Radiant Girls  

Burlington; Hamilton

  • Education: Leadership
  • Day, Overnight, Program, family

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!

  • Ages 7 to 16
  • Girls
  • from $479/week
Day, Overnight, Program, family Girls4797-1612Burlington, Ontario, Hamilton, OntarioEducation: 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 Day, Overnight, Program, family Girls

The Hoop Factory  

Ajax; Markham; Danforth Village, Toronto

  • Sport: Basketball
  • Day

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

  • Ages 5 to 18
  • Coed
  • from $200/week
Day Coed2005-1813Ajax, Ontario, Markham, Ontario, Danforth Village, Toronto, 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, Danforth Village, Toronto, Ontario Day Coed
  • Education: Language Studies
  • Day, Overnight

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.

  • Ages 6 to 17
  • Coed
  • from $2,540/week
Day, Overnight Coed25406-1714International, OtherEducation: Language StudiesFrench 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 Day, Overnight Coed

Learn & Experience  

International

  • Education (multi)
  • Overnight

L&E UK inspires & nurtures young people with their award winning World Camps, Teen Travel & Youth Leadership programs. The courses can be combined to create a summer experience of a lifetime (up to 6 weeks).

  • Ages 8 to 16
  • Coed
  • from $3,000/2 weeks
Overnight Coed30008-1615International, OtherEducation (multi)Learn & ExperienceL&E UK inspires & nurtures young people with their award winning World Camps, Teen Travel & Youth Leadership programs. The courses can be combined to create a summer experience of a lifetime (up to 6 weeks). International, Other Overnight Coed
  • Art (multi)
  • Day, Overnight, Program, family

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.

  • Ages 5 to 18
  • Coed
  • from $290/week
Day, Overnight, Program, family Coed2905-1816Canning, Nova ScotiaArt (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, Overnight, Program, family Coed

UTS: Experience Innovation  

Trinity Bellwoods, Toronto; South Annex, Toronto

  • Education (multi)
  • Day

A day camp for high-achieving and eager student aged 9 to 18. The UTS affiliation with UofT means that campers are taught by exceptional teachers, teacher candidates, field experts and university instructors.

  • Ages 11 to 18
  • Coed
  • from $500/session
Day Coed50011-1817Trinity Bellwoods, Toronto, Ontario, South Annex, Toronto, OntarioEducation (multi)UTS: Experience InnovationA day camp for high-achieving and eager student aged 9 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 Coed

Appleby College Summer Programs  

Oakville; International

  • Education (multi)
  • Day, Overnight

A huge variety of programming options for campers and students ages 4-17. We offer 50+ Camp programs, academic day and boarding programs and travel credit courses!

  • Ages 4 to 17
  • Coed
  • from $328/week
Day, Overnight Coed3284-1718Oakville, Ontario, International, Education (multi)Appleby College Summer ProgramsA huge variety of programming options for campers and students ages 4-17. We offer 50+ Camp programs, academic day and boarding programs and travel credit courses! Oakville, Ontario, International, Day, Overnight Coed
  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Day, Overnight

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.

  • Ages 7 to 17
  • Coed
  • from $200/week
Day, Overnight Coed2007-1719Mill 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, Overnight 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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