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Camp Bil-O-Wood

1102 Granary Lake Rd, Blind River, Ontario, P0R 1B0
A traditional coed summer camp for kids aged 7 to 17 with an exceptional camping and canoeing program. Over 30 sports and activities for children from Canada, US, and overseas; family owned and operated for 70 years

Overnight Camp – Traditional/Traditional

Camp Locations:
Blind River — Ontario
Camp Bil-O-Wood

Frontier Trails ESL Camp

10545 Hwy 60, Eganville, Ontario,
Programs are geared to encourage speaking as opposed to writing proficiency. By using picture images, with English labels, each child gains a certain level of familiarity with the terminology presented.

Day & Overnight Camp – Traditional

Camp Locations:
Eganville — Ontario
Frontier Trails ESL Camp

Onondaga Camp

1120 Rackety Trail R. R. #3, Minden, Ontario, K0M 2K0
For more than 96 years Onondaga Camp has provided an inclusive environment where young people can play, explore, achieve and grow. Onondaga offers the kinds of activities that kids today really want.

Overnight Camp – Traditional/Adventure

Camp Locations:
Minden — Ontario
Onondaga Camp

Arrowhead Camp

1111 Ronville Rd RR#1, Dwight, Ontario, P0A 1H0
A summer camp in the Muskokas with a ratio of 1:3 counselors to campers. A variety of camp programs include kayaking, arts and more.

Day & Overnight Camp – Traditional/Arts

Camp Locations:
Huntsville — Ontario
Arrowhead Camp

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Frontier Trails Camp & Outdoor Education Centre

#10545 Hwy 60, Eganville, Ontario, K0J 1T0
This eastern Ontario summer camp offers day and overnight programs and a variety of activities from horseback riding to ESL to paintball, more.

Day & Overnight Camp – Traditional/International/Travel

Camp Locations:
Eganville — Ontario
1 more locations
Frontier Trails Camp & Outdoor Education Centre

Camp Muskoka

1745 Fraserburg Road, Bracebridge, Ontario, P1L 1X3
Camp Muskoka offers traditional summer camp activities like sports and hiking as well as attention to leadership building and some special needs.

Overnight Camp – Traditional/Year-Round Program

Camp Locations:
Bracebridge — Ontario
Camp Muskoka

Camp Arowhon

1 Arowhon Road, Algonquin Park, Ontario, P0A 1B0
A fun summer camp in the Algonquin Park wilderness with activities that include theatre arts, swimming and many other sports.

Overnight Camp – Traditional

Camp Locations:
Algonquin Park — Ontario
1 more locations
Camp Arowhon

Muskoka Woods

4585 HWY 141, Rosseau, Ontario, P0C 1J0
An overnight Christian youth camp offering a variety of activities including golf, rock climbing, soccer, hockey, gymnastics and more.

Overnight Camp – Sports/Traditional

Camp Locations:
Rosseau — Ontario
Muskoka Woods

Camp Mini-Yo-We

1878 Muskoka Road 10 W, RR 2, Port Sydney, Ontario, P0B 1L0
A Christian summer camp offering a variety of sports and activities, ranging from hiking to swimming to leadership building to arts.

Day & Overnight Camp – Traditional/Adventure

Camp Locations:
Huntsville — Ontario
Camp Mini-Yo-We

The Taylor Statten Camps

P.O. Box 10007, Algonquin Park, Ontario,
An overnight traditional summer camp north of Toronto where camp activities include archery, wilderness trips, sports and much more.

Overnight Camp – Adventure/Traditional

Camp Locations:
Algonquin Park — Ontario
The Taylor Statten Camps

YMCA of Oakville

410 Rebecca Street, Oakville, Ontario, L6K 1K7
Oakville YMCA Camps are found at several locations across the city with activities including swimming, day trips and more. Learn more!

Day Camp – Traditional

Camp Locations:
Oakville — Ontario
YMCA of Oakville

Rocky Ridge Ranch

10486 5th Line Nass. RR #2, Rockwood, Ontario,
This Christian camp has horseback riding, archery, swimming, hockey and more, and boasts 3rd generation campers.

Day & Overnight Camp – Sports

Camp Locations:
Milton — Ontario
Rocky Ridge Ranch

Circle Square Ranch

Inter-Varsity Camps, 1 International Blvd., Toronto, Ontario, M9W 6H3
Circle Square Ranches are life changing Christian summer camps for kids and teens. We offer camp programs for kids ages 6-18, as well as specific programs in leadership development .

Day & Overnight Camp – Adventure/Traditional

Camp Locations:
Throughout Canada — Canada
3 more locations
Circle Square Ranch

Ontario Pioneer Camp

942 Clearwater Lake Rd., Port Sydney, Ontario, P0B 1L0
This Muskoka summer camp offers unique adventures and a variety of features including horseback riding, ADHD support and much more!

Overnight Camp – Traditional

Camp Locations:
Huntsville — Ontario
Ontario Pioneer Camp

Bishop's College School Summer Language Camp

80 Moulton Hill, PO Box 5001, Succursale Lennoxville, Sherbrooke, Quebec, J1M 1Z8
Offers many sports summer camp activities along with ESL and FSL integration. Activities include golf, horseback riding and much more.

Day & Overnight Camp – Education

Camp Locations:
Lennoxville — Quebec
Bishop's College School Summer Language Camp

Brown Ledge Camp

25 Wilson St, Colchester, Vermont,
This overnight, all-girls camp in Vermont has a long history of creating life-long memories. Activities range from horsemanship to theatre arts to water and field sports.

Overnight Camp – Traditional

Camp Locations:
Vermont — United States
Brown Ledge Camp

Glen Bernard Camp

2066 South Lake Bernard Road, Sundridge, Ontario, P0A 1Z0
A traditional overnight summer camp for girls offering wilderness adventure, horseback riding, sailing, arts and many other activities!

Overnight Camp – Traditional

Camp Locations:
Huntsville — Ontario
Glen Bernard Camp

Camp Crossroads

1224 East Bay Rd, Torrance, Ontario, P0C 1M0
Muskoka kids' camp focused on Christian teaching of kids, while engaged in typical summer camp actitivities.

Overnight Camp – Traditional

Camp Locations:
Gravenhurst — Ontario
Camp Crossroads

Stanstead College Language Adventure

450 Dufferin, Stanstead, Quebec, J0B 3E0
This four week summer program hosted by this prestigious boarding school outside of Sherbrooke, Quebec, offers enrichment in French or Spanish languages.

Day & Overnight Camp – Education

Camp Locations:
Stanstead — Quebec
Stanstead College Language Adventure

Camp Cherith - Ontario

Box 142, Walkerton, Ontario, N0G 2V0
This Christian camp includes focuses on theatre arts, horseback riding, canoe tripping and more, situated in the heart of Grey-Bruce in south central Ontario.

Day & Overnight Camp – Traditional

Camp Locations:
Hanover — Ontario
Camp Cherith - Ontario

Westcoast Connection / 360° Student Travel

1865 Leslie Street, Suite 218, Toronto, Ontario,
Westcoast Connection & 360° Student Travel offer the summer of a lifetime for teens 13 to 18 (in compatible age groupings).

Overnight Camp – International/Travel

Camp Locations:
International
2 more locations
Westcoast Connection / 360° Student Travel

Sans Souci Riding Centre INC.

1183 Grand Rang Sainte-Clotilde, Ste. Clotilde, Quebec, J0L 1W0
A bilingual Quebec summer camp with a focus on horseback riding and equestrian instruction. Other activities include sports like soccer and more.

Overnight Camp – Sports

Camp Locations:
Ste. Clotilde — Quebec
Sans Souci Riding Centre INC.

Camp Claret Du Lac Elgin

260, ch. Claret, Stratford, Quebec, G0Y 1P0
A residential outdoor camp with a variety of activities ranging from archery to swimming to sailing, canoeing and other sports, etc.

Overnight Camp – Traditional

Camp Locations:
Sherbrooke — Quebec
Camp Claret Du Lac Elgin

Camp Frenda

1231 Morinus Rd., Port Carling, Ontario, P0B 1J0
Summer camp in the heart of the Muskokas. Outdoor activities include horseback riding, rock climbing, water skiing and many others.

Overnight Camp – Traditional

Camp Locations:
Port Carling — Ontario
Camp Frenda

Mansfield Outdoor Centre

937365 Airport Road Unit 1, Mulmur, Ontario,
A day and overnight adventure camp nestled in the Niagara Escarpment. Offers biking, horseback riding and hiking to kids aged 4 to 16.

Day & Overnight Camp – Adventure

Camp Locations:
Mansfield — Ontario
Mansfield Outdoor Centre

Rutherford Private School Super Summer Camp

37 Jacob Keffer Prkwy, Concord, Ontario, L4K5N8
An exceptional summer camp in Vaughan offering 50+ unique activites on a huge campus with guyms, activity rooms, parks and lakes.

Day Camp – Traditional

Camp Locations:
Vaughan — Ontario
Rutherford Private School Super Summer Camp

Camp Oconto

Camp Oconto Road, Tichborne, Ontario, K0H 2V0
This traditonal camp for girls, in Eastern Ontario, offers numerous sports activities like tennis and swimming as well as theatre arts and more.

Overnight Camp – Traditional

Camp Locations:
Sharbot Lake — Ontario
Camp Oconto

Camp Kodiak

200 Kodiak Road, McKellar, Ontario, P0G 1C0
Integrated residential summer camp for children & teens with and without ADHD, LD, NLD and AS. Social skills program, academic program and 50+ activities.

Overnight Camp – Special Needs

Camp Locations:
Parry Sound — Ontario
Camp Kodiak

Earth Studies

197 Fierobin Road, Ladysmith, Quebec,
"We (re)connect people to the land," says this outdoor animal husbandry school. The overnight camp (offered year-round) gives youth aged 9 to 22 a fantastic opportunity to interact with animals.

Overnight Camp – Education

Camp Locations:
Ladysmith — Quebec
Earth Studies

The Ballibay Camps

1 Ballibay Road, Camptown, Pennsylvania,
A group of arts camps in Northern Pennsylvania with a long history of excellence. Programs offered in Fine Art, Rock Music, Dance, Theatre, Video/Radio and Horseback riding.

Overnight Camp – Arts

Camp Locations:
Pennsylvania — United States
The Ballibay Camps

Camp Robin Hood

10243 Reesor Road, Markham, Ontario, L6B 1A8
This summer camp in the Toronto suburb of Markham offers various arts and sports activities including archery, soccer and much more.

Day Camp – Traditional

Camp Locations:
Greater Toronto Area — Ontario
Camp Robin Hood

Camp Awakening

Head Office, #204-150 Eglinton Ave. E., Toronto, Ontario, K0M 2K0
Integrated summer camps, leadership & outdoor recreation programs for youth with physical disabilities. Programs across the province for campers 9-24 years.

Overnight Camp – Special Needs

Camp Locations:
Toronto — Ontario
2 more locations
Camp Awakening

The Hollows Camp

3155 13th Line, Bradford, Ontario, L3Z 2A5
A traditional overnight camp one hour north of Toronto. While essentially a horseback riding camp, there are many other sports activities.

Day & Overnight Camp – Traditional

Camp Locations:
North York — Ontario
1 more locations
The Hollows Camp

The Gow School Summer Program

2491 Emery Rd, South Wales, New York(USA), 14139
A New York summer camp where kids with special needs participate in horseback riding, swimming and more, including overnight camping.

Day & Overnight Camp – Special Needs

Camp Locations:
New York — United States
The Gow School Summer Program

French International Language Camps

LA TOUR MAGDELAIN 28 PLACE DE L'EGLISE, MEGEVE, Other,
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.

Day & Overnight Camp – International/Travel

Camp Locations:
International
French International Language Camps

Camp Mariste

8082 Chemin du Lac Morgan, Rawdon, Quebec, j0k 1s0
Quebec summer camp with specialized programs in cinema and horseback riding. Activities include numerous other sports.

Overnight Camp – Traditional

Camp Locations:
Rawdon — Quebec
Camp Mariste

Sunnybrook Stables Riding Camp

1132 Leslie St, Toronto, Ontario, M3C 3L7
This horseback riding camp offers summer camp and March Break programs where campers get twice daily riding lessons and testing.

Day Camp – Sports

Camp Locations:
Toronto — Ontario
Sunnybrook Stables Riding Camp

YMCA Summer Day Camps

2200 Yonge St., Unit 300, Toronto, Ontario,
YMCA Summer Day Camps are hosted across the GTA, including Durham, Peel-Halton and York regions. Sports, leadership and arts activities.

Day Camp – Traditional/Adventure

Camp Locations:
Greater Toronto Area — Ontario
YMCA Summer Day Camps

Venture Academy for Troubled Teens Summer Program

Horseshoe Valley Road, Minesing, Ontario,
A supportive & therapeutic environment for struggling teens with locations in Ontario and British Columbia.

Overnight Camp – Special Needs

Camp Locations:
Barrie — Ontario
1 more locations
Venture Academy for Troubled Teens Summer Program

Teen Ranch

20682 Hurontario Street, Caledon, Ontario, L7K 1X1
A Christian summer camp and year round retreat facility close to the GTA, specializing in horse, hockey, extreme adventure, bmx biking and soccer camps.

Day & Overnight Camp – Sports

Camp Locations:
Caledon — Ontario
Teen Ranch

Saddlewood Riding Camp

749 Bethany Hills Road, Bethany, Ontario,
A sports camp for girls, located in Eastern Ontario. The focus is on horse camp but other activities include swimming, tennis, arts and crafts, etc.

Overnight Camp – Sports

Camp Locations:
Peterborough Area — Ontario
Saddlewood Riding Camp

Cedar Ridge Camp

RR # 1, McArthurs Mills, Ontario, K0L 2M0
A traditional summer camp with day and residential programs, offering activities ranging from sports such as sailing to arts & crafts and more.

Overnight Camp – Traditional

Camp Locations:
Bancroft — Ontario
Cedar Ridge Camp

Ontario Girl Guides

4 different sites, to choose from, across the Prov., Ontario,
These overnight camps offer many activities including sports from sailing to cycling and arts activities including music and dance, much more.

Overnight Camp – Traditional

Camp Locations:
Throughout Ontario
Ontario Girl Guides

YMCA Cedar Glen

13300 11th Concession, Schomberg, Ontario, L0G 1T0
Half an hour north of Toronto, this summer camp offers activities ranging from swimming to mountain biking. Camp includes an overnight program.

Overnight Camp – Traditional

Camp Locations:
Caledon — Ontario
YMCA Cedar Glen

Zodiac Day Camp

501 Arlington Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M4N 1T7
Conveniently located for many GTA parents, this traditional kids day camp offers arts and sports activities, swimming and more.

Day Camp – Traditional

Camp Locations:
Toronto — Ontario
Zodiac Day Camp

Camp Kennebec

1422 Cox Road, Arden, Ontario, K0H 1B0
Offers special needs kids a summer camp in eastern Ontario. Individualized programs and more than 50 activities including sports, arts and more.

Overnight Camp – Special Needs

Camp Locations:
Sharbot Lake — Ontario
Camp Kennebec

Pickering Horse Centre

3800 Paddock Rd, Claremont, Ontario, L1Y 1A2
A horseback riding camp offering full day and half-day equestrian programs ideal for girls or boys from Ajax, Oshawa, Pickering and elsewhere throughout the GTA.

Day Camp – Sports

Camp Locations:
Greater Toronto Area — Ontario
Pickering Horse Centre

Camp Mère Clarac

959 Principale, St-Donat, Quebec,
Located on the banks of Rivière Ouareau, we have a magnificent site of 115 acres of land with unique and safe facilities, making it one of the most beautiful camp sites in Quebec.

Overnight Camp – Traditional

Camp Locations:
Mont-Tremblant — Quebec
Camp Mère Clarac

Havencrest Riding Academy

4272 Watson Road South, Puslinch, Ontario,
Havencrest Riding Academy offers summer and March break day camps to horse enthusiasts between 7 and 14 years of age.

Day Camp – Sports

Camp Locations:
Oakville — Ontario
Havencrest Riding Academy

Expérience Authentique

Toronto, Quebec & France, Toronto ( main office ), Ontario,
One-of-a-kind French experiences for children schooled in French immersion or Francophone schools + Family Trips and Youth Linguistic Stays in Southwest France for all language levels.

Day & Overnight Camp – Education

Camp Locations:
Toronto — Ontario
2 more locations
Expérience Authentique

Horse Camps

Saddle up for fun!

If you have a horse crazy kid who is eager to go to a horseback riding camp this summer, there are a few things you should know to ensure your child has a safe, enjoyable experience.

As any horseperson will attest, there are physical, mental and emotional benefits that come with riding. Did you know that riding for one hour burns a similar number of calories as a 30-minute jog at a pace of six mph or cycling at nine mph?

Not only is riding good exercise, it also makes you think. Controlling a large animal that relies on you to make decisions improves judgment, critical thinking skills and concentration. It also just feels good to get on a horse and ride!

The emotional benefits can be just as important as the physical and mental benefits. Riding can reduce anxiety or stress, boost self-confidence and generally increase the feeling of well-being. Plus, building a relationship and trust with a horse or pony is a reward in its own right and can translate into better relationships outside the barn.

If riding sounds right for your child, the next step is finding a suitable camp or program.

What to look for in equestrian programs and camps

When searching for the perfect riding camp, it’s always advisable to visit the camp. Does the facility and riding program look professional, and well managed?

Facilities at riding camps don’t need to be fancy, however, they do need to be safe and in good working order. The area where the horses are being handled before and after lessons should be clear of hoses, buckets and other trip hazards. The riding arena should be enclosed by a fence or wall, and gates should be closed during the lesson.

In addition to being kept clean and in good repair, the camp also needs to match your child’s goals and skill level. Talk to the manager or operator about the program they offer. Are the activities suitable for your child’s age and interests?

“Riding camps can be very different, so research what‘s available to find the best fit for your child,” says Pam Coburn, the administrator of the Ontario Equestrian Federation’s Horse Facilities Program. “Some specialize in working with first-time riders while others have programs to help more experienced riders build their skills.”

And don’t forget to ask questions about your child’s accommodations and the overall camp structure and policies!

“Accommodations and the overall camp structure and policies will vary widely from camp to camp,” says Coburn. “Ask questions to make sure you’re comfortable with the meals, supervision, camp activities, emergency protocols and sleeping arrangements if it’s an overnight camp.”

Partnering with the right pony

The Ontario Equestrian Federation - photo by Natalie Banaszak
Photo by Natalie Banaszak

Healthy horses are usually happy horses. Good lesson horses are well fed, clean, with no untreated wounds and should be happy at their job.

A good riding camp will have a range of horses and ponies of different breeds and sizes to suit the needs and skills of its various campers. While every horse is an individual and has different abilities, a good camp horse for beginners has good manners and an even, forgiving temperament.

“We know parents wonder how they can decide if the camp horses are suitable. A quiet temperament is what you want to see,” says Coburn. “The horse should be calm around children and not be bothered by a bit of noise and activity.”

She adds, “Another question that often comes up is whether ponies are more suitable for children than larger horses. My advice is that the temperament of the animal is always more important than its size.”

Who will be teaching your child?

The Ontario Equestrian Federation highly recommends working with certified coaches and instructors, although this may be more difficult to find in a camp setting.

“It’s essential that you carry out the usual due diligence that you would for anyone working with your child,” says Coburn. “Try to watch them teach and ask them about their experience. It’s also a good idea to get references.”

Riders should also be supervised by a qualified person while handling the horses before and after their lesson.

We recommend that group lessons not exceed eight riders, although it may be smaller if the riders are very young or inexperienced. In some cases, two instructors will assist larger groups.

If campers are trail riding, trails should be well marked, clear of obstructions and accessible in the event of an emergency. Campers should always be accompanied by an instructor or experienced horseperson.

Dress for safety!

If your child is trying riding for the first time, you may not want to invest a lot of money into purchasing a full riding wardrobe. However, there are a couple of must-have items to keep your young horse enthusiasts safe and comfortable:

  • The most important item is an ASTM certified riding helmet.
  • Riders also need footwear with a half-inch to one-inch heel to ensure their foot doesn’t slip through the stirrup.

Not only is wearing proper head protection and footwear a good idea, it’s also the law for riders under the age of 18, according to Bill 12, the Horse Riding Safety Act-2001.

A reputable tack shop will carry certified helmets and will help you ensure the helmet fits your child properly. Helmets designed for other sports (ex: bike or ski helmets) are not designed to protect against the type of potential injuries that can occur when riding, and should not be substituted.

“Some facilities will have helmets on hand for you to use or rent and those are fine as long as they fit your child,” says Coburn. “The instructor should ensure a proper fit if they are providing helmets. “

The camp may also have rules for riding apparel. If there are no rules and buying riding pants isn’t in the budget, a pair of fitted jeans, preferably with no inseam that can cause rubs or bruising. During the hot summer months it can be tempting to ride in shorts, but they won’t protect the rider’s legs. Running shoes or sandals should never be worn.

“What we hope for all kids who go to riding camp is that they have an amazing time, make lots of new friends, find their love of horses and come home safe and sound with great memories and excitement to go back the next year,” concludes Coburn.

This article was provided by the Ontario Equestrian Federation, the provincial sport organization for equestrian activities in Ontario. The OEF advocates safe riding practices for all riders and riding facilities. Visit www.horse.on.ca to learn more.

 

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