Choosing the right camp or program for your child
No matter how old your child is or what interests they have, there is a camp or program available to suit their needs. Whether you’re looking for a traditional overnight camp, specialized program, or day camps that will teach a little bit of everything, choosing the right place for your child is a big decision; so invest some time in making the right choice!
- Start researching ahead of time because by the end of winter, camps and programs have already started filling up for the summer and March break
- A great way to decide where to send your child is to assess your needs, your child’s needs and what you’re looking for, then tailor your search appropriately
- Talk to other parents to see which camps and programs their child has attended
- Visit camp websites and obtain information packages (here's a link to more than 185 camps)
- Attend camp visitor days (here's a list of upcoming information sessions)
Start to finish: Involve your child
- Review camp packages with your child and ask them what they are looking for in a camp
- Take them to an information session and allow them to ask questions
- Allow your child to be a part of the final decision
Day Camp, Overnight Camp, or a Program?
This is a big decision for parents to make. Here are a few questions to ask yourself to find out if your child is ready for an overnight camp, or if they should consider a day camp or program instead.
- Is your child comfortable with sleeping over at a relative or friend's home?
- Can your child adjust to new routines such as a wake up time and set meal times?
- Does your child have a regular sleeping pattern? If not, overnight camp might not be ideal at this time
- Does your child have a friend going to camp at the same time?
Learn more about "Day vs. Overnight"
Our Kids is the #1 resource that parents turn to when looking for camps. Since 1998, we have helped thousands of families and now it's our turn to help you find the right camp for your child.
OurKids.net: Canada's #1 camp search website
Our Kids offers you the latest information on camps:
Our Kids camp locator mobile app
Find more than 400+ camps on your mobile phone. Includes GPS, address and advanced camp search with direct links to each camp's phone, email and turn-by-turn directions.
Free download for iPhone, BlackBerry and Android devices.
Our Kids Summer Camp guide
Profiles of more than 234 of the leading camps across Canada, Our Kids Summer Camp Guide is an essential part of your camp search.
Read the current edition of the Summer Camp Guide.
Ask a Question
Industry experts at the Camp Expo will be available to answer your questions.
Ask your questions in advance and arrived prepared at the event.