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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YMCA of Greater Vancouver  

Vancouver; Gibsons

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Day camp, Overnight camp, Family camp

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. Read more...

  • Ages 5 to 17
  • Coed
  • from $139/session
Day camp, Overnight camp, Family camp 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 camp, Overnight camp, Family camp Coed
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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 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 Coed24010-180Washago, 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 camp Coed

Power of Words Academy  

Don Mills, Toronto; Markham

  • Education (multi)
  • Day camp, Program

Creative Writing & Drama Camps | Reading Comprehension, Writing & Public Speaking School Year Program. Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, we are offering online courses for kids ages 10 to 14. Read more...

  • Ages 7 to 14
  • Coed
  • from $200/week
Day camp, Program Coed2007-141Don Mills, Toronto, Ontario, Markham, OntarioEducation (multi)Power of Words AcademyCreative Writing & Drama Camps | Reading Comprehension, Writing & Public Speaking School Year Program. Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, we are offering online courses for kids ages 10 to 14. Don Mills, Toronto, Ontario, Markham, Ontario Day camp, 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 Girls3658-152Scarborough 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

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 $1,950/2 weeks
Overnight camp, Family camp Coed19505-173Haliburton Highlands, Ontario, Oakville, Ontario, Ottawa, OntarioTraditional (multi activity) Camp Can-AquaA traditional camp with diverse programming & exceptional instruction, we believe in teaching kids compromise, patients & empathy. Fun is a given. Through thoughtful & individualized programming, our campers thrive here. Haliburton Highlands, Ontario, Oakville, Ontario, Ottawa, Ontario Overnight camp, Family camp Coed
  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Day camp

Summer Camps will include Robotics, STEM, Drama, Art, Sports and Cooking Camps, all taking advantage of our beautiful new state of the art facility. Registration opens Wednesday, January 29, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. Read more...

  • Ages 6 to 14
  • Coed
  • from $340/week
Day camp Coed3406-144Oakville, 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. Registration opens Wednesday, January 29, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. Oakville, Ontario Day camp Coed

Outward Bound Canada  

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

  • Adventure (multi)
  • 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 $779/week
Overnight camp Coed, Girls, Boys77912-995Kananaskis, Alberta, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Throughout Canada, Ontario, Grand Manan, New Brunswick, 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. Kananaskis, Alberta, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Throughout Canada, Ontario, Grand Manan, New Brunswick, Algonquin Park, Ontario Overnight camp Coed, Girls, Boys
  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Overnight camp

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! Read more...

  • Ages 9 to 17
  • Coed
  • from $1,400/week
Overnight camp Coed14009-176Lakefield, 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 camp Coed

Radiant Girls  

Burlington; Hamilton

  • Education: Leadership
  • 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 $479/week
Day camp, Overnight camp, Program, Family camp Girls4797-167Burlington, 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 camp, Overnight camp, Program, Family camp Girls

The Hoop Factory  

Ajax; Markham; Downtown East, Toronto

  • Sport: Basketball
  • Day 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 Coed2005-188Ajax, Ontario, Markham, Ontario, Downtown East, 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, Downtown East, Toronto, Ontario Day camp Coed

Bytown Brigantine Tall Ships Adventure  

Ontario (2); United States (4)

  • Travel
  • Overnight camp

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. Read more...

  • Ages 12 to 18
  • Coed
  • from $900/session
Overnight camp Coed90012-189Brockville, Harbourfront, Toronto, Maine, Rhode Island, New HampshireTravelBytown 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, Maine, Rhode Island, New Hampshire Overnight camp 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. Read more...

  • Ages 6 to 18
  • Coed
  • from $325/program
Program Coed3256-1810Vaughan, 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

Explorer Hop  

Leaside, Toronto

  • Education: Entrepreneurship
  • Day camp, Program, Family camp

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

  • Ages 6 to 14
  • Coed
  • from $350/week
Day camp, Program, Family camp Coed3506-1411Leaside, 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 camp, Program, Family camp Coed
  • Education: Language Instruction
  • 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
Day camp, Overnight camp Coed25406-1712International, OtherEducation: 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 Day camp, Overnight camp Coed

Science North Camps  

Ontario (6)

  • Education: STEM
  • Day camp

Science North offers innovative and stimulating PA Day, holiday and summer 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 14
  • Coed
  • from $153/week
Day camp Coed1534-1413City of Thunder Bay, Sudbury, Barrie, North Bay, KenoraEducation: STEMScience North CampsScience North offers innovative and stimulating PA Day, holiday and summer 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, Barrie, North Bay, Kenora Day camp 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 $200/week
Day camp, Overnight camp Coed2007-1714Mill 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

Hollows Camp  

Bradford

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

A traditional overnight and day camp located 1 hour north of Toronto. Activities include: canoeing & kayaking, archery, paintball, tennis, trampoline/circus, horseback riding, bushcraft, drama, arts, and swimming. Read more...

  • Ages 7 to 15
  • Coed
  • from $400/week
Day camp, Overnight camp Coed4007-1515Bradford, OntarioTraditional (multi activity) Hollows CampA traditional overnight and day camp located 1 hour north of Toronto. Activities include: canoeing & kayaking, archery, paintball, tennis, trampoline/circus, horseback riding, bushcraft, drama, arts, and swimming. Bradford, Ontario Day camp, Overnight camp 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 Coed, Girls, Boys6004-1816Lawrence 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

Learn & Experience  

Shawnigan Lake; International

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Overnight camp

L&E World Camps inspires & nurtures young people with their award winning multi-activity programs in Canada and Europe. The camps can be combined with L&E Teen Travel trips to create a summer experience of a lifetime. Read more...

  • Ages 8 to 16
  • Coed
  • from $750/week
Overnight camp Coed7508-1617Shawnigan Lake, British Columbia, International, Traditional (multi activity) Learn & ExperienceL&E World Camps inspires & nurtures young people with their award winning multi-activity programs in Canada and Europe. The camps can be combined with L&E Teen Travel trips to create a summer experience of a lifetime. Shawnigan Lake, British Columbia, International, Overnight camp Coed
  • Art (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 Coed2905-1818Canning, 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 camp, Overnight 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 9 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 $585/session
Day camp Coed58511-1819Trinity 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 camp Coed

Block 8 Academy  

Port Moody

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Day camp, Program

Active, fun weekly camps with a variety of activities ranging including cooking, parkour, lake days, STEM class, improv, theatre and the arts. We keep your child active and encourage their creativity! Read more...

  • Ages 5 to 12
  • Coed
  • from $50/day
Day camp, Program Coed505-1220Port Moody, British ColumbiaTraditional (multi activity) Block 8 AcademyActive, fun weekly camps with a variety of activities ranging including cooking, parkour, lake days, STEM class, improv, theatre and the arts. We keep your child active and encourage their creativity! Port Moody, British Columbia Day camp, Program 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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