Remember the times spent in summer camps when you were a kid? Remember all the friendships you made and promised to keep forever? First summer love maybe? If you have children, maybe you’re thinking that now it’s time for them to have their own warm memories. Check out our guide to summer camps in Ontario for a bit of inspiration.
All kids aged 6 to 14 years are welcome to Kettleby Valley Camp, a traditional summer camp facility almost like the ones we all remember from our childhood (the campsite was established in 1957). Located in Newmarket, just west of Aurora, campers can choose from a wide variety of activities offered in the 60-acre camp site. The most popular workshops include canoeing and kayaking, bouldering, camp crafts, arts, and outdoor skills enhancement. Each camp session is limited to 65 participants, ensuring a customized personal approach to every kid. Camps begin on Sunday and end on Friday, and weekly costs vary from $640 to $690.
Camp Tournesol has earned its name as an excellent place to help your kids immerse themselves in French language and gain confidence before entering French programs at schools. Students aged 8 to 15 are welcome join overnight programs and even younger ones (5 to 6 years old) can always come for day camp. Weekly camp costs vary from $200 to $350 and take place at two different sites in Ontario, Midland and Lake St-George. Kids get a taste of adventure and independence while familiarizing themselves with French and learning the language quickly and naturally — without even realizing it.
Every year, Fridge Door Live! Theatre Company organizes a theatre summer camp in the London area for over 80 kids attending grades 3 to 10. For all young theatre fans, innumerable theatre games and activities are prepared, aimed at building self-confidence and developing acting skills while having fun in a team of kids. In addition to this, children will work toward an ultimate final production that will be presented at the end of the camp to family and friends. Let your kids explore the talent they have and experience an unforgettable camp full of theatrical art.
Camp Tamarack is a traditional overnight summer camp located on a magical 1,000-acre private site surrounded by a pristine lake in the Muskoka area. Campers aged 7 to 16 are provided with a blend of opportunities and programs and also guided to discover self-confidence and independence in themselves while remaining part of a team. Besides all the traditional camp activities, Tamarack offers some specials, such as hang gliding or wake boarding. Many former participants like the camp so much that they even become part of the staff and never stop returning to Tamarack. Camp fees vary greatly according to date and duration of the camp, so check the website for more detailed information.
Established in 2000, Camp Eden invites campers to experience a beautiful summertime full of fun activities in a totally natural environment. In the picturesque 30-acre setting in Thornhill children have plenty of space for games and exploration in the woodlands and grassy pastures of the area. Camp organizers take care to offer diverse programming so that kids of all ages and experience have something to enjoy there. Camp Eden accepts participants from 3 to 15 years old and guarantees a warm, family-like atmosphere during the camp sessions. Safety is ensured by low camper-counselor ratio (5 to 1) and the wishes for all the kids are to be heard and respected. Prices of camps vary greatly, so check the website for more details.
Organized by the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Applied Sciences and Engineering, Deep Summer Academy provides talented and highly motivated students aged 13 to 18 from all around the world with an opportunity to spend time in an inspirational academic environment and use a space for advanced study in a variety of engineering, technology, business, and science disciplines. Some of the best students, alumni, and Ph.D.s attend the camp as tutors. In this manner, bright high school students get a taste of concepts usually presented at university courses and explore their options and preferences for further academic careers. Costs per week vary from $325 to $1,350.
Young, passionate sailors will love Toronto Brigantine camp. Trainees in this internationally renowned youth leadership program get a chance to experience an unforgettable summer adventure on the Great Lakes onboard Canada’s majestic Tall Ships. Youngsters learn how to set sails, climb aloft, take the helm, stand watch, and many more skills all true sailors need to master. Furthermore, participants in the camp will explore the necessity of team work, as without cooperation, such large ships couldn’t be sailed. The capacity of each session is 18 to 36 participants and one night of the program costs $130.
Camp Arowhon does its best to teach kids new skills they choose to learn and increase their self-confidence for good by encouraging them to overstep their limits. Since 1934, three generations of happy campers have already experienced the camp in the heart of Canada’s wilderness in Algonquin Park area. As the organizers say, kids are free to choose any activity from a rich program — the only option that is not available is inactivity. Well trained and educated counsellors accompany campers all the time (the camper-to-staff ratio is set 2:1) and help them understand and master the art of teamwork in the wilderness. The camp is open to children from 7 to 16 years old and costs between $1,000 and $1,250 a week.
Centauri Summer Arts Camp
Centauri Summer Arts Camp focused on the arts is an overnight summer camp for all who want to try some sort of art or performance on their own. Has your child always shown some signs of creativity? Then enrolling them in this camp will teach them how to express themselves and use their talents to make beautiful art pieces. The residential camp accepts creative boys and girls aged 8-18 for a summer full of arts activities, inspiration, personal growth and summer fun. Conveniently located in the Niagara Region, it’s easily reached by short car drive. The campers have ten great arts programs (film, writing, theatre, music, dance, fine art etc.) to choose from and they spend a lot of time under the supervision of professional counsellors on them every day. The last day is dedicated to final show that presents what’s been done.