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Why go to summer camp?

Camp is more than just fun and games...camp is a life campus

Summer camp! The defining Canadian growing-up experience. So much fun, but more than that … so much learned.

At first glance, camp is a place for kids to learn to swim, sing or speak Spanish. But look closer.

The seven-year-old day campers catching tadpoles by the creek are engaged in a first-hand biology lesson. A troupe of tweens, some too shy to raise a hand in school, bow to applause, having found confidence and their voice in a summer drama production.

The group of 14-year-olds calculating cargo weight and distribution and charting the course for a three-day canoe trip are putting math and physics classes into action. At each day's end, they are reporters describing challenges met in stories and memories that fill personal journals. Teenagers gazing at constellations, shooting stars and dancing Northern Lights contemplate the wow and how of the universe and turn philosophical, considering their place in it.

Look closer still and you'll see children learning through choices made, chores divvied up, friendships forged … learning self-sufficiency, self-confidence and leadership.

You want the best for your kids. If a good education is top of the list, think of school- plus-camp as the winning combination.

Camp Builds Skills for Life

Concrete Skill Development Soft Skill Development

School, work and life skills
problem solving, self-discipline, perseverance, goal setting and time management and team building

Gaining confidence and self-esteem

Leadership and personal growth
learning to inspire and to work as part of a team, achievements at camp build self-esteem and confidence

Becoming more independent

Igniting future career interests
an actor, an astronaut, an athlete, an astronomer

Internalizing morals and values

Specialty training
mastering sailing, horseback riding, hockey, swimming, computer skills, or debate transfer back to classroom work

Gaining better self-awareness

Learning to try new things
Kids discover and explore new sports, crafts and challenges like high ropes or an adventure trek

Improving interpersonal and social skills

Learning through success and failure
There are no grades at camp. Kids are encouraged in a supportive environment to test and master new skills and try again and again if they fail

Becoming a good community member and good citizen

Physical activity and increased strength
Kids are up and active and using their bodies as well as their minds

Taking responsibility for self and others

"She learned to make new friends and became more social. She gained confidence. Knowing how to get along with people and being flexible are very important for future success." — Parent Reflection


In the spotlight

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    Whatever you might think a coding camp is like—say, kids at laptops, you know, coding—it’s safe to say that Hatch isn’t that. Here’s why their unique program is now being used by 250+ schools across Ontario.
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    One mother’s guide to keeping your kids allergy-free this summer. Whether it’s at home or while kids are away at summer camp, these two things are a must to have on-hand. [Read more]

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    Being bilingual has positive cognitive effects. But Mandarin leads the way due to its character-symbol relationship which requires the use of more areas of the brain than English, French or Spanish. [Read more]