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Sunday, February 22, 2015
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Sunday, February 22, 2015
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ESL summer camps

Find camps in Canada that specialize in ESL

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How learning English as a second language benefits kids

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.


10545 Hwy 60, Eganville, Ontario,
Eganville
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.
Camp Specialties:Horseback Riding/Equestrian, ESL [view profile]
  • Ages 6 to 16
  • Overnight Camp
  • Traditional

16945 Bayview Avenue, Newmarket, Ontario, L3Y4X2
Newmarket
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.
Camp Specialties:ESL, Leadership, Sports-Instructional and Training, Arts & Crafts [view profile]
  • Ages 12 to 18
  • Overnight Camp
  • ESL
  • Education
450 Dufferin, Stanstead, Quebec, J0B 3E0
Stanstead
This four week summer program hosted by this prestigious boarding school outside of Sherbrooke, Quebec, offers enrichment in French or Spanish languages.
Camp Specialties:ESL, FSL [view profile]
  • Ages 11 to 16
  • Overnight Camp
  • Education

RR #4, 635 Swallowdale Road, Huntsville, Ontario, P1H 0A5
Huntsville
An overnight camp in the heart of Bracebridge/ the Muskokas, offering adventure and activities from ESL to mountain biking to volleyball and more.
Camp Specialties:ESL, CIT/LIT Program [view profile]
  • Ages 7 to 15
  • Overnight Camp
  • Traditional

2619 Niagara Parkway, Fort Erie, Ontario, L2A 5M4
Fort Erie
Give your child a fun-filled learning adventure at any of NCC's three Summer Camps!
Camp Specialties:Credit Courses, ESL, Language Studies [view profile]
  • Ages 11 to 18
  • Overnight Camp
  • Travel
  • Travel
80 Moulton Hill, PO Box 5001, Succursale Lennoxville, Sherbrooke, Quebec, J1M 1Z8
Lennoxville
Offers many sports summer camp activities along with ESL and FSL integration. Activities include golf, horseback riding and much more.
Camp Specialties:ESL, FSL [view profile]
  • Ages 11 to 16
  • Day & Overnight Camp
  • Education

280 King Street East, Brockville, Ontario,
Brockville
Fulford Academy is an International Boarding School for students ages 11 to 17.
Camp Specialties:Academics/Tutoring, ESL [view profile]
  • Ages 11 to 17
  • Overnight Camp
  • Education

Douglas Hall @ McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, H3A 2B3
Montreal  •  Toronto
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.
Camp Specialties:ESL, French Language [view profile]
  • Ages 7 to 17
  • Day & Overnight Camp
  • Education

7205 Millcreek Drive, Mississauga, Ontario,
Mississauga
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.
Camp Specialties:ESL, Computer [view profile]
  • Ages 4 to 12
  • Day Camp
  • Education

1 Brooke Street, Thornhill, Ontario, L3T 2C4
Thornhill
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.
Camp Specialties:ESL, Math [view profile]
  • Ages 3 to 14
  • Day Camp
  • Education

Lakefield College School, Lakefield, Ontario, K0L 2H0
Lakefield
Eastern Ontario overnight summer camp offers various outdoor sports and activities, from sailing to theatre arts to music and more.
Camp Specialties:CIT/LIT Program, ESL, Environment [view profile]
  • Ages 9 to 16
  • Overnight Camp
  • Traditional

#10545 Hwy 60, Eganville, Ontario, K0J 1T0
Eganville  •  Ottawa
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]
  • Ages 4 to 16
  • Overnight Camp
  • Traditional
  • Travel
21 275 Lakeshore Road, Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, Quebec, H9X 3L9
Montreal
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]
  • Ages 4 to 17
  • Day & Overnight Camp
  • Adventure

2464 Route 125, Notre-Dame-de-la-Merci, Quebec, J0T 2C0
Saint-Donat
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]
  • Ages 6 to 16
  • Overnight Camp
  • Traditional

1889, ch. des Mésanges, Nominingue, Quebec, J0W 1R0
Mont-Tremblant
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]
  • Ages 7 to 16
  • Overnight Camp
  • Traditional
  • Adventure
18 Coldwater Rd, Toronto, Ontario,
Toronto  •  Thornhill  •  North York
Summer camp with several locations throughout Toronto (the GTA), with programs including science, arts and sports activities, ESL and more. [view profile]
  • Ages 3 to 12
  • Day Camp
  • Traditional

175 St Clair Avenue West, Toronto, Ontario, M4V 1P7
Toronto
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]
  • Ages 12 to 21
  • Day Camp
  • Music

8569 Bayview Avenue, Richmond Hill, Ontario, L4B 3M7
Richmond Hill
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]
  • Ages 3 to 15
  • Day Camp
  • Traditional
  • Dance
183 Avenue Road, Toronto, Ontario, M5R 2J2
Toronto
Toronto day camp featuring theatre, visual arts, music, dance, French language, ESL, math and science, led by ECE-trained counsellors. [view profile]
  • Ages 2.5 to 5
  • Day Camp
  • Arts
  • Education
126 Route de Rochebrune, MEGEVE, Other,
International
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]
  • Ages 7 to 17
  • Day & Overnight Camp
  • Travel

1551 Bark Lake Drive, Irondale, Ontario, K0M 1X0
Haliburton Highlands
Youth Leadership and Outdoor Education for youth from across Ontario and around the World! [view profile]
  • Ages 0 to 0
  • Overnight Camp
  • Adventure

11-4040 Creditview Road, Suite 280, Mississauga, Ontario,
Mississauga
Private in-home tutoring in Mississauga designed to meet the needs of your child. Programs for JK to University level. [view profile]
  • Ages 3 to 25
  • Education

306 Campground Lane, Westport, Ontario, K0G 1X0
South Frontenac
This unique overnight camp in Eastern Ontario offers a focus on visual and performing arts but also includes sports like swimming, soccer, volleyball and so much more. [view profile]
  • Ages 9 to 16
  • Overnight Camp
  • Music
  • Arts
Camp Oconto Road, Tichborne, Ontario, K0H 2V0
Sharbot Lake
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]
  • Ages 7 to 15
  • Overnight Camp
  • Traditional

200 Kodiak Road, McKellar, Ontario, P0G 1C0
Parry Sound
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]
  • Ages 6 to 18
  • Overnight Camp
  • Special Needs

157 Willowdale Ave, North York, Ontario,
Toronto
Summer camp in English or French. Drama, science, music, arts and crafts, dance, yoga, cooking, chess, gymnastics, and indoor/outdoor sports. [view profile]
  • Ages 4 to 12
  • Day Camp
  • Education

4910 Honoapiilani Highway, Lahaina, ,
Hawaii
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]
  • Ages 13 to 18
  • Overnight Camp
  • Education

241 chm. Willis, Magog, Quebec, J1X 3W2
Magog
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]
  • Ages 6 to 15
  • Overnight Camp
  • Traditional

2 Valleywood Drive, Markham, Ontario, L3R8H3
Markham
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]
  • Ages 3 to 14
  • Day Camp
  • Education

2491 Emery Rd, South Wales, New York(USA), 14139
New York
A New York summer camp where kids with special needs participate in horseback riding, swimming and more, including overnight camping. [view profile]
  • Ages 8 to 16
  • Day & Overnight Camp
  • Special Needs

175 Willowdale Ave. Suite 301, Toronto, Ontario,
Toronto
An educational camp for kids aged 5 to 17. Includes robotics, Minecraft game design, the arts and more. Both summer and March Break programs offered. [view profile]
  • Ages 5 to 17
  • Day Camp
  • Education

3042 College St., Austinburg, Ohio, 44010
Ohio
Less than an hour's drive from Cleveland, this academy features a unique summer program that includes paintball, golf, tennis, volleyball, and more. [view profile]
  • Ages 14 to 19
  • Overnight Camp
  • Education

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