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What are ESL camps?

ESL summer camps

At an ESL camp, kids seven years old or older are encouraged to develop their English skills while having the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors. These types of camps offer additional academic courses as well as traditional activities like canoeing and swimming.

Why attend an ESL camp?

Whether your child is having some difficulty with English or wants to hone their understanding, they’ll be deeply involved in the language through daily learning, team building and cultural activities. Campers are expected to speak English throughout the day through formal or informal activities so your child will always have the opportunity to enhance their language skills.

At overnight camps especially, campers share rooms with students from other countries and benefit from the social interaction and cultural exchange with peers who are also learning English. Camps may integrate international students with children of immigrants so that children are learning alongside other children from a variety of backgrounds and experiences.

Find the right ESL camp

When searching for an ESL camp, you may want to consider factors such as location, specific programs, and other criteria that suit your child's needs and interests. Narrow down a short list of camps to contact with questions, request more information or plan a camp visit if possible to get a sense of the camp's environment. If your child is visiting Canada to attend an ESL camp, you may like to read these tips and guidelines for international campers.

When considering ESL camps, here are some questions you may want to ask:

  • What are the instructor to camper ratios?
  • What are the qualifications of the instructors?
  • How much time is spent on formal ESL activities?
  • How much time is spent on non-formal ESL activities?
  • How do the activities relate to ESL instruction and retention of information?
  • Can you provide testimonials from other campers and parents?

TIP: ESL teachers with public school teaching qualifications and experience are on hand at many camps and provide dedicated instruction that will help to extend their English learning throughout the summer months into the new school year. Some camps also combine ESL with a TOEFL.

Explore ESL camps options from across Canada listed below, with many from Ontario and Quebec.

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Eganville Frontier Trails ESL Camp

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.  [ view profile ]

Traditional
Camp Specialties: Horseback Riding/Equestrian, ESL
  • Ages 6 to 16
  • Overnight Camp
  • Coed
  • $589 to $899
,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16, 589-899
Huntsville Swallowdale Camp

An overnight camp in the heart of Bracebridge/ the Muskokas, offering adventure and activities from ESL to mountain biking to volleyball and more.  [ view profile ]

Traditional
Camp Specialties: ESL, CIT/LIT Program
  • Ages 7 to 15
  • Overnight Camp
  • Coed
  • $810 to $895
,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15, 810-895
Newmarket ESL Summer Camp at Pickering College

An ESL summer camp held by Pickering College, for students aged 12 to 18 who want to learn English. ESL instruction is directed to skills needed in school study.  [ view profile ]

ESL , Education
Camp Specialties: ESL, Leadership, Sports-Instructional and Training, Arts & Crafts
  • Ages 12 to 18
  • Overnight Camp
  • Coed
  • $5,300
,12,13,14,15,16,17,18, 5300-5300
Fort Erie Niagara Christian Collegiate

Give your child a fun-filled learning adventure at any of NCC's three Summer Camps!  [ view profile ]

ESL , Education
Camp Specialties: Credit Courses, ESL, Language Studies
  • Ages 11 to 18
  • Overnight Camp
  • Coed
  • $3,450 to $4,350
,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18, 2015-07-12 3450-4350
Brockville Fulford Academy

Fulford Academy is an International Boarding School for students ages 11 to 17.  [ view profile ]

Education
Camp Specialties: Academics/Tutoring, ESL
  • Ages 11 to 17
  • Overnight Camp
  • Coed
  • $10,150
,11,12,13,14,15,16,17, 2015-07-20 10150-10150
Thornhill
Thornhill, Ontario
Bee Smart Learning Centre

Balance of Learning and Fun! Learn hands-on science, enriched mathematics, English/ESL, photography & movie making, and more. Fun outdoor sports, games and field trips.  [ view profile ]

Education
Camp Specialties: ESL, Math
  • Ages 3 to 14
  • Day Camp
  • Coed
  • $180 to $300
,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14, 180-300
Montreal
, Ontario
MWS Montreal Language Camps

French and English language camps at McGill University where kids engage in language learning, daily excursions and camp activities. Programmes divided by age - 7 to 10, 11 to 13 and 14 to 17 years old.  [ view profile ]

Education
Camp Specialties: ESL, French Language
  • Ages 7 to 17
  • Day & Overnight Camp
  • Coed
  • Varies
,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17, 0-0
Stanstead Stanstead College Language Adventure

This four week summer program hosted by this prestigious boarding school outside of Sherbrooke, Quebec, offers enrichment in French or Spanish languages.  [ view profile ]

Education
Camp Specialties: ESL, FSL
  • Ages 11 to 16
  • Overnight Camp
  • Coed
  • $3,400 to $3,950
,11,12,13,14,15,16, 3400-3950
Kelowna Centre for Arts and Technology

A unique ESL program. Learn English plus a creative digital skill such as Animation, Photography, Filmmaking, Graphic Design, Event Planning, Audio Engineering, Fashion Design, or Interior Design.  [ view profile ]

ESL
Camp Specialties: ESL, Language Studies
  • Ages 13 to 25
  • Overnight Camp
  • Coed
  • $1,250 to $3,225
,13,14,15,16,17,18,19,20,21,22,23,24,25, 1250-3225
Lakefield Lakefield Camp International

Eastern Ontario overnight summer camp offers various outdoor sports and activities, from sailing to theatre arts to music and more.  [ view profile ]

Traditional
Camp Specialties: CIT/LIT Program, ESL, Environment
  • Ages 9 to 16
  • Overnight Camp
  • Coed
  • $950 to $1,100
,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16, 950-1100
Mississauga Lynn-Rose Heights Adventure Quest Camp

Lynn-Rose Heights Adventure Quest Camp is a unique and specifically designed "Reach Ahead Program" and "Adventure Camp". Campers work on Mathematics and Language curriculum.  [ view profile ]

Education
Camp Specialties: ESL, Computer
  • Ages 4 to 12
  • Day Camp
  • Coed
  • $90 to $210
,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12, 90-210
Montreal Camp Ecolart

A Montreal based summer and winter camp for kids and teens 4 to 17 featuring summer and winter sports, languages and visual arts programs.  [ view profile ]

Adventure
Camp offers: ESL
  • Ages 4 to 17
  • Day & Overnight Camp
  • Coed
  • $270 to $1,495
,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17, 270-1495
Toronto Focus Learning

Fun and educational camp with 11 specialty programs including Technology, Summer Scholars, Drama, Dyslexia/LD and many more! Indoor & outdoor daily activities, extended care 7:30-6pm, & weekly camps for ages 5-17.  [ view profile ]

Education
Camp offers: ESL
  • Ages 5 to 17
  • Day Camp
  • Coed
  • $315 to $415
,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17, 315-415
Eganville
Eganville, Ontario
Frontier Trails Camp & Outdoor Education Centre

Adventure Begins at Summer camp! Day and overnight programs and many activities including horseback riding,ESL, paintball, archery, whitewater rafting and more. Offering Awesome memories to campers from Ottawa to China.  [ view profile ]

Traditional
Camp offers: ESL
  • Ages 4 to 16
  • Overnight Camp
  • Coed
  • $599 to $879
,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16, 599-879
Mont-Tremblant Camp Nominingue

An English boys' camp in Quebec, Nominingue offers the ultimate outdoor experience: living in a tent, with the opportunity of going on wilderness canoe trips. It is the place where your summer adventure begins!  [ view profile ]

Traditional , Adventure
Camp offers: ESL
  • Ages 7 to 16
  • Overnight Camp
  • All Boys
  • $650 to $950
,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16, 650-950
Saint-Donat Camp Ouareau

This Quebec all-girls overnight summer camp offers a variety of activities and leadership opportunities, as well as a unique language program. A chance to grow in confidence & independence, and develop language skills!  [ view profile ]

Traditional
Camp offers: ESL
  • Ages 6 to 16
  • Overnight Camp
  • All Girls
  • $2,060
,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16, 2060-2060
Richmond Hill
Richmond Hill, Ontario
Discovery Day Camp

Science camp, sports camp and arts camp rolled into one (activities from robotics to soccer), this Toronto day camp also offers after care.  [ view profile ]

Traditional , Dance
Camp offers: ESL
  • Ages 3 to 15
  • Day Camp
  • Coed
  • Varies
,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15, 0-0
Toronto Little Feet Little Faces Pre School of the Arts

Toronto day camp featuring theatre, visual arts, music, dance, French language, ESL, math and science, led by ECE-trained counsellors.  [ view profile ]

Arts , Education
Camp offers: ESL
  • Ages 2.5 to 5
  • Day Camp
  • Coed
  • $35 to $412
,2.5,3.5,4.5, 35-412
Toronto
Scarborough, Ontario
Markham, Ontario
TAC Sports - Toronto Athletic Camps

Toronto Athletic Camps (TAC Sports) offers unique Multi-Sport programs - tennis, soccer, basketball and martial arts programs for maximum growth, challenge and fun. Co-ed. Year-round camps around the GTA.  [ view profile ]

Sports
Camp offers: ESL
  • Ages 4 to 16
  • Day Camp
  • Coed, All Girls, All Boys
  • Varies
,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16, 0-0
Haliburton Highlands Bark Lake Leadership Centre

Youth Leadership and Outdoor Education for youth from across Ontario and around the World!  [ view profile ]

Adventure
Camp offers: ESL
  • Ages 0 to 0
  • Overnight Camp
  • Coed, All Girls, All Boys
  • Varies
,0, 0-0
International French International Language Camps

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.  [ view profile ]

Travel
Camp offers: ESL
  • Ages 7 to 17
  • Day & Overnight Camp
  • Coed
  • $2,500 to $3,800
,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17, 2500-3800
Sharbot Lake Camp Oconto

This traditonal camp for girls, in Eastern Ontario, offers numerous sports activities like tennis and swimming as well as theatre arts and more.  [ view profile ]

Traditional
Camp offers: ESL
  • Ages 7 to 15
  • Overnight Camp
  • All Girls
  • $1,000
,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15, 1000-1000
Toronto No Strings Theatre

A multi-faceted theatre arts day camp ideal for kids from throughout the GTA. Programs include dance, music, theatre arts, acting, vocal training,pop band, creating music theatre and pop and pit orchestra training.  [ view profile ]

Theatre
Camp offers: ESL
  • Ages 10 to 21
  • Day Camp
  • Coed
  • $300
,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19,20,21, 300-300
Parry Sound Camp Kodiak

Integrated residential summer camp for children & teens with and without ADHD, LD, NLD and AS. Social skills program, academic program and 50+ activities.  [ view profile ]

Special Needs
Camp offers: ESL
  • Ages 6 to 18
  • Overnight Camp
  • Coed
  • $1,239 to $1,425
,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18, 1239-1425
Toronto
, Ontario
Central Montessori Schools

Summer camp with several locations throughout Toronto (the GTA), with programs including science, arts and sports activities, ESL and more.  [ view profile ]

Traditional
Camp offers: ESL
  • Ages 3 to 12
  • Day Camp
  • Coed
  • $350 to $750
,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12, 350-750
New York The Gow School Summer Program

A New York summer camp where kids with special needs participate in horseback riding, swimming and more, including overnight camping.  [ view profile ]

Special Needs
Camp offers: ESL
  • Ages 8 to 16
  • Day & Overnight Camp
  • Coed
  • $3,800 to $7,300 USD
,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16, 3800-7300
Toronto Central Montessori School – French Campus

Summer camp in English or French. Drama, science, music, arts and crafts, dance, yoga, cooking, chess, gymnastics, and indoor/outdoor sports.  [ view profile ]

Education
Camp offers: ESL
  • Ages 4 to 12
  • Day Camp
  • Coed
  • $500 to $840
,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12, 500-840
Magog Wilvaken

A bilingual traditional Quebec summer camp in the Eastern Townships. Program and activities include FSL, ESL, riding,sailing, windsurfing, water-skiing, swimming, hking/canoe trips, tennis and more! Mature trained staff.  [ view profile ]

Traditional
Camp offers: ESL
  • Ages 6 to 15
  • Overnight Camp
  • Coed
  • $2,025
,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15, 2025-2025
Hawaii
, United States
Maui Prep Summer Academies

Aloha! Come experience everything Maui, Hawaii has to offer. Our 3-week summer program has something for everyone: marine biology, SCUBA, surfing, golf and tennis at the famed Kapalua Resort, ELL, film making and more!  [ view profile ]

Education
Camp offers: ESL
  • Ages 13 to 18
  • Overnight Camp
  • Coed
  • Varies
,13,14,15,16,17,18, 0-0
Markham 2 in 1 J. Addison Day Camp

Educational day and overnight camp in Toronto with a variety of features, including ESL support, computer activities, arts and crafts, drama, dance, more.  [ view profile ]

Education
Camp offers: ESL
  • Ages 3 to 14
  • Day Camp
  • Coed
  • $120 to $250
,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14, 120-250
Mississauga Wise Adventures

EARLY BIRD - SAVE 50% - ENDS THIS WEEK Academics: Spelling, Math, Reading/Writing French: Introduction to French/French Immersion Art: Pottery, Canvas, Clay Hands on with Animals / Animal Training  [ view profile ]

Arts
Camp offers: ESL
  • Ages 4 to 12
  • Day Camp
  • Coed
  • $90 to $144
,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12, 90-144
Session Name Specialty Date Age/Type Cost Start Cost Age Description Activities
English Summer school for International Students Session 2
Rutherford Private School Super Summer Camp
ESL Jul 05-26 Ages 15 - 18
Coed
Overnight
$300 - $1200 2015-07-05 300-300 ,15,16,17,18,
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English Summer Camp
Niagara Christian Collegiate
ESL Jul 12-Aug 01 Ages 11 - 17
Coed
Overnight
$3450 2015-07-12 3450-3450 ,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,

With over 40 years of ESL experience, NCC offers an incredible Summer English Camp adventure for boys and girls from 11-17 years of age. Taught by qualified, experienced faculty, your child will benefit from the individual attention they receive in our small class size setting.The academic program includes four hours of classroom instruction Monday to Saturday. Every student will receive personal attention to develop English skills including oral expression, verbal comprehension, and written language. Time will be available for participants to access our computer labs, wireless internet across campus and onsite athletic facilities. All classes are held on NCC's beautiful campus located just minutes from Niagara Falls. Afternoons, evenings, and weekends are packed with a variety of fun activities and excursions designed to give them a complete Canadian cultural experience. NCC provides great value, excellent academic results and an outstanding Canadian experience for your child! 

Benefits of NCC’s English Camp

  • Noticeable improvement of English skills 
  • Qualified and experienced faculty and tutors
  • Fully supervised onsite residence
  • Small class size of 10-15 students per class
  • Beautiful rural setting near Niagara Falls
  • Complete “Canadian” experience
  • NCC has over 40 years of ESL experience
  • Build lasting friendships 

English Camp includes:

  • Airport pick-up and drop-off
  • Air-conditioned residential facilities
  • Nutritious and delicious meals
  • Beddings and linen
  • Access to laundry facilities
  • Health Insurance
  • Personalized classroom instruction
  • Individual tutors
  • 3 day excursion to Toronto
  • Textbooks and learning resources

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Summer School 2015
Fulford Academy
ESL Jul 20-Sep 04 Ages 11 - 17
Coed
Overnight
$10150 2015-07-20 10150-10150 ,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,

Fulford Academy’s Summer School Program is ideal for a wide range of students from all over the world, ages 11 to 17, wanting to improve their English skills and prepare for future studies in North America.

This program is primarily for students who have received a “Letter of Acceptance” to a boarding school in September, have applied to our 2015-2016 programs or are considering a boarding experience in the future.

Course options* include Ministry of Education in Ontario credits towards the Ontario Secondary School Diploma in math, science, English, ESL and/or Literacy (both for credit or audit/preparation purposes). A maximum of two credits are available per seven week Summer School Program.

Our small intimate classrooms give a superior level of support, enabling students to increase their reading, writing, listening and speaking skills as they study Math, Geography, Science, History and English.

Graduates of our program are equipped with the knowledge and skill sto successfully learn in an English language environment.

They also learn to embrace opportunities to show leadership, make new friends and build their confi dence in a Canadian environment.

Fulford Academy is located along the shores of the St.Lawrence River in Brockville, Ontario, Canada, home of the world famous Thousand Islands. Brockville is one of the safest cities in North America, with a population of 22,000.

Brockville is centrally located between Ottawa, Canada’s capital (1 hour), Montréal (2 hours), and Toronto (4 hours), providing Fulford students with many opportunities to explore Canadian culture.


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August Credit Programs - Preparation for Success in English
Niagara Christian Collegiate
ESL Aug 09-Sep 04 Ages 13 - 18
Coed
Overnight
$4350 2015-08-09 4350-4350 ,13,14,15,16,17,18,

Preparation for Success in English

Four course levels of English are offered:

  • ESLAO - Beginning English
  • ESLBO - Low to Intermediate English
  • ESLCO - Intermediate English
  • ESLDO - Advanced English

Each course offeres the appropriate level of study in grammar, writing, reading, speaking, and listening skills. Canadian culture and history are also components of each course.

A Literacy and IELTS Test Preparation Course for advanced level ELL students is also available during this summer session. This course of study develops intensive grammar, writing, reading, speaking, and listening skills. The objective of this course is to prepare students to write the mandatory Ontario Literacy Test and the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) Test. 

NCC is an international school offering academic excellence in a family-like atmosphere. Studying ESL in the August Credit Program will prepare you for success both academically and socially at NCC. 


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ESL Foundation
Fulford Academy
ESL Sep 08-Jun 24 Ages 11 - 17
Coed
Overnight
$48580 2015-09-08 48580-48580 ,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,

Our ESL Foundation Program, an intensive English immersion program, is taught using grade appropriate curriculum. This creates the ideal setting for students to improve their English skills using each subject’s specifi c classroom vocabulary and communication styles, to help them not only succeed, but to easily transition into a North American learning environment. Students may start this program at any time throughout the school year.


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