About boot camps

Find camps that specialize in helping troubled teens get back on track

"Boot camps" is a name broadly applied to a wide variety of programs that help troubled youth or teens. Typically, Canada has a low tolerance for these kinds of programs, especially the harsher elements of this industry. Schools and camps listed below answer what parents are looking for when they seek out boot camps. Consult each location listed here or anywhere on our site to find out the effectiveness of their programs and solutions. Read more

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These places help at-risk teens gain life skills and perspective through programming tailored to their needs. Camps here may have professionally-trained leaders and professionally-developed curriculum designed specifically to support them.

Radiant Girls   

Burlington; Online; Tillsonburg

  • Education: Leadership
  • Virtual Program, Day camp, Overnight camp, Program, Family camp

Girls Wellness & Leadership programs, with prof. coaches, chef's and trainers. Featuring Yoga/Pilates, Outdoor Adventures, Confidence & EI Activities, Meaningful Art, Leadership Games, Relationship Building, and More! Read more...

  • Ages 7 to 18
  • Girls
  • from $100/week
Virtual Program, Day camp, Overnight camp, Program, Family camp openCamp Girls1007-180Burlington, Ontario, Virtual Program, , Tillsonburg, Education: LeadershipRadiant GirlsGirls Wellness & Leadership programs, with prof. coaches, chef's and trainers. Featuring Yoga/Pilates, Outdoor Adventures, Confidence & EI Activities, Meaningful Art, Leadership Games, Relationship Building, and More! Burlington, Ontario, Virtual Program, , Tillsonburg, Virtual Program, Day camp, Overnight camp, Program, Family camp Girls

Harbourfront Centre Camps   

Harbourfront, Toronto

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Day camp, Overnight camp

Since 1979, Harbourfront Centre Camps have fostered an inclusive learning community that encourages long-lasting connections to contemporary arts, culture and ideas. . Read more...

  • Ages 4 to 15
  • Coed
  • from $250/week
Day camp, Overnight camp openCamp Coed2504-151Harbourfront, Toronto, OntarioTraditional (multi activity) Harbourfront Centre CampsSince 1979, Harbourfront Centre Camps have fostered an inclusive learning community that encourages long-lasting connections to contemporary arts, culture and ideas. . Harbourfront, Toronto, Ontario Day camp, Overnight camp Coed
  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Overnight camp, Family camp

A central Ontario summer camp for families and children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. The KOC is located in Minden, Ontario. Situated on 600 hectares of land nestled in the forest along the shores of Grey Lake. Read more...

  • Ages 1 to 21
  • Coed
  • from $1/week
Overnight camp, Family camp openCamp Coed11-212Minden, OntarioTraditional (multi activity) Kinark Outdoor CentreA central Ontario summer camp for families and children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. The KOC is located in Minden, Ontario. Situated on 600 hectares of land nestled in the forest along the shores of Grey Lake. Minden, Ontario Overnight camp, Family camp Coed

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Sports Camps Canada   

North Toronto, Toronto; Vancouver; Calgary

  • Sport (multi)
  • Day camp

Our coed summer sports camps are geared toward kids ages 4-18 of all abilities and skill levels. From beginner to elite, there is a camp option for everyone. Improve Your Skills & Have SERIOUS FUN at Sports Camps Canada! Read more...

  • Ages 4 to 14
  • Coed
  • from $235/week
Day camp Coed2354-143North Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Vancouver, British Columbia, Calgary, AlbertaSport (multi)Sports Camps CanadaOur coed summer sports camps are geared toward kids ages 4-18 of all abilities and skill levels. From beginner to elite, there is a camp option for everyone. Improve Your Skills & Have SERIOUS FUN at Sports Camps Canada! North Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Vancouver, British Columbia, Calgary, Alberta Day camp Coed

Learning Disabilities Society   

Vancouver; North Vancouver

  • Education (multi)
  • Day camp, Program, Family camp

Programs provide customized, one-to-one or small group learning support for children and youth with diagnosed or suspected learning differences. Read more...

  • Ages 8 to 12
  • Coed
  • from $495/week
Day camp, Program, Family camp openCamp Coed4958-124Vancouver, British Columbia, North Vancouver, British ColumbiaEducation (multi)Learning Disabilities SocietyPrograms provide customized, one-to-one or small group learning support for children and youth with diagnosed or suspected learning differences. Vancouver, British Columbia, North Vancouver, British Columbia Day camp, Program, Family camp Coed

Ruth Rumack's Learning Space   

Deer Park, Toronto; Davisville Village, Toronto; Annex, Toronto; Online

  • Education: Academic/Tutoring
  • Virtual Program, Program

Cutting-edge Direct Instruction and academic support centre in Toronto offering 1-to-1 individual support for students K-12, innovative group classes and standardized test preparation for SSAT, SAT, and ACT. Read more...

  • Ages 4 to 18
  • Coed
  • from $300/session
Virtual Program, Program openCamp Coed3004-185Deer Park, Toronto, Ontario, Davisville Village, Toronto, Ontario, Annex, Toronto, Ontario, Virtual Program, Education: Academic/TutoringRuth Rumack's Learning SpaceCutting-edge Direct Instruction and academic support centre in Toronto offering 1-to-1 individual support for students K-12, innovative group classes and standardized test preparation for SSAT, SAT, and ACT. Deer Park, Toronto, Ontario, Davisville Village, Toronto, Ontario, Annex, Toronto, Ontario, Virtual Program, Virtual Program, Program Coed
  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Overnight camp

Supportive & therapeutic environment for struggling students. Assessment, educational support, life skills and outdoor activities. Earn school credit, acquire skills & stay safe! Read more...

  • Ages 11 to 18
  • Girls, Boys
  • from $1/month
Overnight camp openCamp Girls, Boys111-186Kelowna, British Columbia, Barrie, Ontario, Red Deer, Traditional (multi activity) Venture Academy Summer Program for Troubled TeensSupportive & therapeutic environment for struggling students. Assessment, educational support, life skills and outdoor activities. Earn school credit, acquire skills & stay safe! Kelowna, British Columbia, Barrie, Ontario, Red Deer, Overnight camp Girls, Boys
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These camps and programs may have a general population of teens, while also offering an environment where kids with struggles can find some support.

Zebra Robotics   

Mississauga; Milton; Online

  • Education: STEM
  • Virtual Program, Day camp, Program

Robotics and coding after-school, weekend, competition, and summer camp classes that are virtual classes for students from Grade 2 to 12. Serious STEM learning with a unique curriculum and wholesome support system! Read more...

  • Ages 7 to 17
  • Coed
  • from $30/week
Virtual Program, Day camp, Program openCamp Coed307-170Mississauga, Ontario, Milton, Ontario, Virtual Program, Education: STEMZebra RoboticsRobotics and coding after-school, weekend, competition, and summer camp classes that are virtual classes for students from Grade 2 to 12. Serious STEM learning with a unique curriculum and wholesome support system! Mississauga, Ontario, Milton, Ontario, Virtual Program, Virtual Program, Day camp, Program Coed
  • Academic/Tutoring: Instructor lead (group)
  • Virtual Program, Program

With more than 30 years of success, Brain Power is an innovative leader in enrichment education for bright and gifted students. Brain Power is a transformative model for what gifted education should be about in the GTA. Read more...

  • Ages 6 to 18
  • Coed
  • from $325/program
Virtual Program, Program openCamp Coed3256-181Vaughan, Ontario, Virtual Program, Academic/Tutoring: Instructor lead (group)Brain Power Enrichment ProgramsWith more than 30 years of success, Brain Power is an innovative leader in enrichment education for bright and gifted students. Brain Power is a transformative model for what gifted education should be about in the GTA. Vaughan, Ontario, Virtual Program, Virtual Program, Program Coed

Kandalore   

Minden

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Overnight camp, Family camp

Kandalore is one of the finest overnight camps in Canada, providing the best of both canoe tripping and in-camp activities. For 74 years, Kandalore has given campers the chance to get to know and be themselves fully. Read more...

  • Ages 6 to 16
  • Coed
  • from $2,780/2 weeks
Overnight camp, Family camp openCamp Coed27806-162Minden, OntarioTraditional (multi activity) KandaloreKandalore is one of the finest overnight camps in Canada, providing the best of both canoe tripping and in-camp activities. For 74 years, Kandalore has given campers the chance to get to know and be themselves fully. Minden, Ontario Overnight camp, Family camp Coed

Outward Bound Canada   

Huntsville; Vancouver Island; North Toronto, Toronto; Kananaskis; Algonquin Park

  • Adventure (multi)
  • Day camp, Overnight camp, Family camp

Outward Bound Canada provides challenging adventures in the outdoors across the country that develop self-respect, awareness of others, interpersonal skills, and a sense of accomplishment. Read more...

  • Ages 12 to 99
  • Coed, Girls, Boys
  • from $779/week
Day camp, Overnight camp, Family camp openCamp Coed, Girls, Boys77912-993Huntsville, Ontario, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, North Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Kananaskis, , Algonquin Park, OntarioAdventure (multi)Outward Bound CanadaOutward Bound Canada provides challenging adventures in the outdoors across the country that develop self-respect, awareness of others, interpersonal skills, and a sense of accomplishment. Huntsville, Ontario, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, North Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Kananaskis, , Algonquin Park, Ontario Day camp, Overnight camp, Family camp Coed, Girls, Boys

Onondaga Camp   

Minden

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Overnight camp

For more than 100 years Onondaga Camp has provided an inclusive environment where young people can play, explore, achieve and grow. Offering over 30 different activities, there is something for everyone! Read more...

  • Ages 6 to 16
  • Coed
  • from $1,500/week
Overnight camp openCamp Coed15006-164Minden, OntarioTraditional (multi activity) Onondaga CampFor more than 100 years Onondaga Camp has provided an inclusive environment where young people can play, explore, achieve and grow. Offering over 30 different activities, there is something for everyone! Minden, Ontario Overnight camp Coed
  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Day camp, Overnight camp

Overnight and day camps, with activities including horsemanship, swimming, high ropes, climbing wall, archery, campfires, tomahawks, and much more. Leadership and horse specialty camps also offered. Read more...

  • Ages 5 to 16
  • Coed, Girls, Boys
  • from $240/week
Day camp, Overnight camp openCamp Coed, Girls, Boys2405-165Brantford, OntarioTraditional (multi activity) InterVarsity Circle Square Ranch Grand RiverOvernight and day camps, with activities including horsemanship, swimming, high ropes, climbing wall, archery, campfires, tomahawks, and much more. Leadership and horse specialty camps also offered. Brantford, Ontario Day camp, Overnight camp Coed, Girls, Boys
  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Overnight camp, Family camp

An award winning Christian summer camp in Muskoka for ages five to 17 featuring dozens of awesome activities, teen programs in leadership development and wilderness adventure & unforgettable experiences for every camper! Read more...

  • Ages 5 to 17
  • Coed, Girls, Boys
  • from $450/week
Overnight camp, Family camp openCamp Coed, Girls, Boys4505-176Huntsville, OntarioTraditional (multi activity) InterVarsity Pioneer Camp OntarioAn award winning Christian summer camp in Muskoka for ages five to 17 featuring dozens of awesome activities, teen programs in leadership development and wilderness adventure & unforgettable experiences for every camper! Huntsville, Ontario Overnight camp, Family camp Coed, Girls, Boys

The Maker Bean Cafe   

Dufferin Grove, Toronto; Wallace Emerson, Toronto

  • Education: STEM
  • Day camp, Program

Creative technology camps to engage your kids & teen. Topics include Robotics, Inventions, Minecraft & Video Game Programming. Read more...

  • Ages 6 to 12
  • Coed
  • from $95/program
Day camp, Program openCamp Coed956-127Dufferin Grove, Toronto, Ontario, Wallace Emerson, Toronto, OntarioEducation: STEMThe Maker Bean CafeCreative technology camps to engage your kids & teen. Topics include Robotics, Inventions, Minecraft & Video Game Programming. Dufferin Grove, Toronto, Ontario, Wallace Emerson, Toronto, Ontario Day camp, Program Coed

Code-it Hacks   

High Park, Toronto; Bloor West Village, Toronto; Online

  • Computer (multi)
  • Virtual Program, Day camp, Program, Family camp

Blend of 5 flavors in our Kids Coding & Robotics Camp in Toronto! Learn to Code, Learn to build: Robotics & Circuits, Outdoor play:Logic Games & a field trip to a tech company! Never a dull moment in our camps & programs Read more...

  • Ages 6 to 17
  • Coed
  • from $250/session
Virtual Program, Day camp, Program, Family camp openCamp Coed2506-178High Park, Toronto, Ontario, Bloor West Village, Toronto, ON, Virtual Program, Computer (multi)Code-it HacksBlend of 5 flavors in our Kids Coding & Robotics Camp in Toronto! Learn to Code, Learn to build: Robotics & Circuits, Outdoor play:Logic Games & a field trip to a tech company! Never a dull moment in our camps & programs High Park, Toronto, Ontario, Bloor West Village, Toronto, ON, Virtual Program, Virtual Program, Day camp, Program, Family camp Coed
  • Adventure: Wilderness Out-tripping
  • Overnight camp

Wilderness canoe adventures with heart & meaning in boys, girls and all-gender programs. Trips weave together challenge, community & confidence to connect youth to the land, each other, and their own unique spirit. Read more...

  • Ages 10 to 17
  • Coed, Girls, Boys
  • from $1,500/week
Overnight camp openCamp Coed, Girls, Boys150010-179Temagami, OntarioAdventure: Wilderness Out-trippingNorthwaters & Langskib Canoe Tripping ProgramsWilderness canoe adventures with heart & meaning in boys, girls and all-gender programs. Trips weave together challenge, community & confidence to connect youth to the land, each other, and their own unique spirit. Temagami, Ontario Overnight camp Coed, Girls, Boys
  • Arts : Visual arts (multi)
  • Virtual Program, Day camp, Program, Family camp

The McMichael provides an unmatched backdrop for children, youth and family programs. For details on Virtual Programs, Children's Camps, Art Classes, Accessible Studio Workshops and Family Days visit mcmichael.com today! Read more...

  • Ages 5 to 15
  • Coed
  • from $90/session
Virtual Program, Day camp, Program, Family camp openCamp Coed905-1510Vaughan, Ontario, Virtual Program, ONArts : Visual arts (multi)McMichael Children and Youth Art Camps and ProgramsThe McMichael provides an unmatched backdrop for children, youth and family programs. For details on Virtual Programs, Children's Camps, Art Classes, Accessible Studio Workshops and Family Days visit mcmichael.com today! Vaughan, Ontario, Virtual Program, ON Virtual Program, Day camp, Program, Family camp Coed

InterVarsity Circle Square Ranch Big Clear Lake   

Hamilton; Huntsville; Land O' Lakes Tourist Region

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Overnight camp, Family camp

Circle Square Ranch is a life changing Christian summer camp for kids and teens ages 6-17. We offer a wide range of activities including horseback riding and water sports. Your summer adventure with friends starts here! Read more...

  • Ages 6 to 17
  • Coed, Girls, Boys
  • from $499/week
Overnight camp, Family camp openCamp Coed, Girls, Boys4996-1711Hamilton, , Huntsville, Ontario, Land O' Lakes Tourist Region, OntarioTraditional (multi activity) InterVarsity Circle Square Ranch Big Clear LakeCircle Square Ranch is a life changing Christian summer camp for kids and teens ages 6-17. We offer a wide range of activities including horseback riding and water sports. Your summer adventure with friends starts here! Hamilton, , Huntsville, Ontario, Land O' Lakes Tourist Region, Ontario Overnight camp, Family camp Coed, Girls, Boys

Artech Camps Canada   

Halifax; Online

  • Computer (multi)
  • Virtual Program, Day camp, Program

Artech is the Ultimate Creative Technology Program Center specializing in Game Design, Animation & Coding. Our virtual programs are fully interactive for kids 7 through teens and can reach kids anywhere on this planet! Read more...

  • Ages 7 to 19
  • Coed
  • from $150/week
Virtual Program, Day camp, Program openCamp Coed1507-1912Halifax, Nova Scotia, Virtual Program, Computer (multi)Artech Camps CanadaArtech is the Ultimate Creative Technology Program Center specializing in Game Design, Animation & Coding. Our virtual programs are fully interactive for kids 7 through teens and can reach kids anywhere on this planet! Halifax, Nova Scotia, Virtual Program, Virtual Program, Day camp, Program Coed

Neilson Park Creative Centre   

Markland Wood, Toronto

  • Arts (multi)
  • Day camp

Arts-focused camps, classes and workshops supporting a creative learning environment where children, teens and families are encouraged to explore and enrich their lives through the arts. Read more...

  • Ages 5 to 13
  • Coed
  • from $100/week
Day camp openCamp Coed1005-1313Markland Wood, Toronto, OntarioArts (multi)Neilson Park Creative CentreArts-focused camps, classes and workshops supporting a creative learning environment where children, teens and families are encouraged to explore and enrich their lives through the arts. Markland Wood, Toronto, Ontario Day camp Coed
  • Science (multi)
  • Day camp, Program, Family camp

Explore unique science and tech programa at Ontario Tech, including LEGO , Makerspace, Coding, Minecraft. Family Camps. Camps will require minimal parent support once the camp site has been successfully accessed. Read more...

  • Ages 5 to 17
  • Coed, Girls
  • from $300/week
Day camp, Program, Family camp Coed, Girls3005-1714Oshawa, OntarioScience (multi)Ontario Tech University Summer CampsExplore unique science and tech programa at Ontario Tech, including LEGO , Makerspace, Coding, Minecraft. Family Camps. Camps will require minimal parent support once the camp site has been successfully accessed. Oshawa, Ontario Day camp, Program, Family camp Coed, Girls
  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Day camp, Overnight camp, Family camp

Find your next adventure here. Now offering Adventures Day Camps in 13 locations across Ontario plus Overnight camp and Family Cabin Rentals in Sauble Beach. Read more...

  • Ages 5 to 16
  • Coed
  • from $195/week
Day camp, Overnight camp, Family camp openCamp Coed1955-1615Sauble Beach, Northern Wellington County, Guelph, Hamilton, Hanover, Kitchener, Leamington, London, West Nipissing, Ottawa, St. Catharines, The Beach, Toronto, WaterlooTraditional (multi activity) Silver Lake Mennonite CampFind your next adventure here. Now offering Adventures Day Camps in 13 locations across Ontario plus Overnight camp and Family Cabin Rentals in Sauble Beach. Sauble Beach, Northern Wellington County, Guelph, Hamilton, Hanover, Kitchener, Leamington, London, West Nipissing, Ottawa, St. Catharines, The Beach, Toronto, Waterloo Day camp, Overnight camp, Family camp Coed

SportLife   

Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue; Montreal; Pierrefonds

  • Sport (multi)
  • Day camp, Overnight camp, Program, Family camp

A unique team sports camp, simulating the career of professional athletes! Sports include: ice hockey, flag/touch football, basketball, soccer, baseball, ball hockey and much more! Read more...

  • Ages 5 to 15
  • Coed
  • from $150/week
Day camp, Overnight camp, Program, Family camp openCamp Coed1505-1516Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, Quebec, Montreal, Québec, Pierrefonds, QuebecSport (multi)SportLifeA unique team sports camp, simulating the career of professional athletes! Sports include: ice hockey, flag/touch football, basketball, soccer, baseball, ball hockey and much more! Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, Quebec, Montreal, Québec, Pierrefonds, Quebec Day camp, Overnight camp, Program, Family camp Coed

COOKSMART   

Mississauga; Bloor West Village, Toronto; Online

  • Arts : Cooking
  • Virtual Program, Day camp, Program, Family camp

Get the kids cooking and learning more life skills! Our program has gone virtual and the kids are loving cooking together to make tasty foods for their family. Easy meals, healthy snacks make this the best Zoom class. Read more...

  • Ages 4 to 99
  • Coed
  • from $5/session
Virtual Program, Day camp, Program, Family camp openCamp Coed54-9917Mississauga, Ontario, Bloor West Village, Toronto, Ontario, Virtual Program, Arts : CookingCOOKSMARTGet the kids cooking and learning more life skills! Our program has gone virtual and the kids are loving cooking together to make tasty foods for their family. Easy meals, healthy snacks make this the best Zoom class. Mississauga, Ontario, Bloor West Village, Toronto, Ontario, Virtual Program, Virtual Program, Day camp, Program, Family camp Coed
  • Arts (multi)
  • Day camp, Overnight camp, Program, Family camp

SummerArts combines the best of camp with the best of the arts, with great food, a full rec schedule, campfire, and of course a core of incredible arts programming, all on a beautiful campus overlooking the Bay of Fundy. Read more...

  • Ages 5 to 18
  • Coed
  • from $290/week
Day camp, Overnight camp, Program, Family camp openCamp Coed2905-1818Canning, Nova ScotiaArts (multi)Ross Creek Centre for the ArtsSummerArts combines the best of camp with the best of the arts, with great food, a full rec schedule, campfire, and of course a core of incredible arts programming, all on a beautiful campus overlooking the Bay of Fundy. Canning, Nova Scotia Day camp, Overnight camp, Program, Family camp Coed

Silver Lake Wesleyan Camp   

Western Lanark County

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Day camp, Overnight camp, Family camp

A Christian camp serving campers of all ages. Located on beautiful Silver Lake in Maberly, ON we offer Junior & Kids Camps (7-12yo), Day Camps (4-6yo), Youth Camp (12-18), Family Camp (All Ages) and Geezer Camp (60+). Read more...

  • Ages 1 to 99
  • Coed
  • from $479/week
Day camp, Overnight camp, Family camp openCamp Coed4791-9919Western Lanark County, OntarioTraditional (multi activity) Silver Lake Wesleyan CampA Christian camp serving campers of all ages. Located on beautiful Silver Lake in Maberly, ON we offer Junior & Kids Camps (7-12yo), Day Camps (4-6yo), Youth Camp (12-18), Family Camp (All Ages) and Geezer Camp (60+). Western Lanark County, Ontario Day camp, Overnight camp, Family camp Coed

Bear Creek Outdoor Centre   

Renfrew; Ottawa

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Overnight camp

We are a small camp with a spectacular community of campers and staff. We focus on having a great time building interpersonal skills and connecting with each other in a fantastic natural setting. Read more...

  • Ages 6 to 17
  • Coed
  • from $675/week
Overnight camp openCamp Coed6756-1720Renfrew, Quebec, Ottawa, OntarioTraditional (multi activity) Bear Creek Outdoor CentreWe are a small camp with a spectacular community of campers and staff. We focus on having a great time building interpersonal skills and connecting with each other in a fantastic natural setting. Renfrew, Quebec, Ottawa, Ontario Overnight camp Coed

Cedar Ridge Camp   

Bancroft

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Overnight camp

Cedar Ridge Camp is a wonderful place where campers have the opportunity to get outside and develop friendships. Read more...

  • Ages 6 to 16
  • Coed
  • from $900/week
Overnight camp openCamp Coed9006-1621Bancroft, OntarioTraditional (multi activity) Cedar Ridge CampCedar Ridge Camp is a wonderful place where campers have the opportunity to get outside and develop friendships. Bancroft, Ontario Overnight camp Coed
  • Education (multi)
  • Day camp, Program

At Sylvan of Oakville, we have STEM Summer Camps, STEM Club, tutoring in JK-Gr. 12 math, reading, and writing, as well as SAT/ACT prep courses. Read more...

  • Ages 5 to 18
  • Coed
  • from $30/session
Day camp, Program Coed305-1822Oakville, OntarioEducation (multi)Sylvan Learning OakvilleAt Sylvan of Oakville, we have STEM Summer Camps, STEM Club, tutoring in JK-Gr. 12 math, reading, and writing, as well as SAT/ACT prep courses. Oakville, Ontario Day camp, Program Coed

Active Scholars   

Ajax; Guelph; North Toronto, Toronto

  • Education: STEM
  • Day camp, Program

A unique summer experience, Where Sports Meets Education and campers get to engage in both STEM Learning & Basketball or Soccer Development. Each week we offer a unique experience for continued growth and engagement. Read more...

  • Ages 7 to 13
  • Coed
  • from $235/week
Day camp, Program openCamp Coed2357-1323Ajax, Ontario, Guelph, Ontario, North Toronto, Toronto, OntarioEducation: STEMActive ScholarsA unique summer experience, Where Sports Meets Education and campers get to engage in both STEM Learning & Basketball or Soccer Development. Each week we offer a unique experience for continued growth and engagement. Ajax, Ontario, Guelph, Ontario, North Toronto, Toronto, Ontario Day camp, Program Coed

Roseneath Theatre   

Downtown West, Toronto

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Virtual Program, Day camp, Program

A creative collection of programs that range from Dance, Drama, ASL Improv, our popular Dungeons & Dragons programs and more. Our expert councillors bring the arts to kids computers in fun and accessible ways. Read more...

  • Ages 6 to 16
  • Coed
  • from $40/program
Virtual Program, Day camp, Program openCamp Coed406-1624Downtown West, Toronto, OntarioTraditional (multi activity) Roseneath TheatreA creative collection of programs that range from Dance, Drama, ASL Improv, our popular Dungeons & Dragons programs and more. Our expert councillors bring the arts to kids computers in fun and accessible ways. Downtown West, Toronto, Ontario Virtual Program, Day camp, Program Coed

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Canadian Opera Company   

Corktown, Toronto; Downtown West, Toronto

  • Music (multi)
  • Family camp

Explore opera through our innovative and engaging programs created for kids and families! Read more...

  • Ages 7 to 25
  • Coed
  • from $1/week
Family camp Coed17-2525Corktown, Toronto, Ontario, Downtown West, Toronto, OntarioMusic (multi)Canadian Opera CompanyExplore opera through our innovative and engaging programs created for kids and families! Corktown, Toronto, Ontario, Downtown West, Toronto, Ontario Family camp Coed

Families in the Spotlight   

Gabriola; Jasper; Montreal

  • Education: Musical Theatre
  • Overnight camp, Family camp

Kids in the Spotlight is an evidence-based performing arts organization helping children and youth develop self-confidence, social skills, and harmonious relationships with family and friends. Read more...

  • Ages 3 to 100
  • Coed
  • from $800/week
Overnight camp, Family camp openCamp Coed8003-10026Gabriola, British Columbia, Jasper, Alberta, Montreal, QuébecEducation: Musical TheatreFamilies in the SpotlightKids in the Spotlight is an evidence-based performing arts organization helping children and youth develop self-confidence, social skills, and harmonious relationships with family and friends. Gabriola, British Columbia, Jasper, Alberta, Montreal, Québec Overnight camp, Family camp Coed

Rockstar Music   

Oakville; Annex, Toronto; Vaughan

  • Music (multi)
  • Day camp, Program, Family camp

Learn from the comfort of home. Discover a new way to learn music while building confidence, creativity and leadership skills. Book a free trial with a Rockstar instructor today! Read more...

  • Ages 1 to 100
  • Coed
  • from $30/week
Day camp, Program, Family camp openCamp Coed301-10027Oakville, Ontario, Annex, Toronto, Ontario, Vaughan, OntarioMusic (multi)Rockstar MusicLearn from the comfort of home. Discover a new way to learn music while building confidence, creativity and leadership skills. Book a free trial with a Rockstar instructor today! Oakville, Ontario, Annex, Toronto, Ontario, Vaughan, Ontario Day camp, Program, Family camp Coed

Laurus Summer Camp   

Quebec (5)

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Day camp

Montreal, Laval and Beaconsfield's #1 Lifestyle Summer day camp! We blend fun, education & specialty training in arts, academics and sports! Weekly program for kids ages 3 - 15! Registration is open in November for 2020! Read more...

  • Ages 3 to 15
  • Coed
  • from $150/week
Day camp openCamp Coed1503-1528Montreal, Laval, Beaconsfield, WestmountTraditional (multi activity) Laurus Summer CampMontreal, Laval and Beaconsfield's #1 Lifestyle Summer day camp! We blend fun, education & specialty training in arts, academics and sports! Weekly program for kids ages 3 - 15! Registration is open in November for 2020! Montreal, Laval, Beaconsfield, Westmount Day camp Coed

Code Ninjas Meadowvale   

Mississauga

  • Computer (multi)
  • Virtual Program, Day camp, Program, Family camp

When school is out, fun and learning are in at Code Ninjas camps! If your kids are into MineCraft, Roblox, robotics, coding, or gaming, Code Ninjas is the place to be! Space is limited – reserve your spot today! Read more...

  • Ages 5 to 14
  • Coed
  • from $150/month
Virtual Program, Day camp, Program, Family camp openCamp Coed1505-1429Mississauga, OntarioComputer (multi)Code Ninjas MeadowvaleWhen school is out, fun and learning are in at Code Ninjas camps! If your kids are into MineCraft, Roblox, robotics, coding, or gaming, Code Ninjas is the place to be! Space is limited – reserve your spot today! Mississauga, Ontario Virtual Program, Day camp, Program, Family camp Coed
  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Day camp

A traditional Christian Camp, located in Prince Edward County just across the lake from Sandbanks Provincial Park. Read more...

  • Ages 5 to 14
  • Coed
  • from $225/week
Day camp openCamp Coed2255-1430Picton, OntarioTraditional (multi activity) Wesley Acres - Harbour RidgeA traditional Christian Camp, located in Prince Edward County just across the lake from Sandbanks Provincial Park. Picton, Ontario Day camp Coed

Camp Oconto   

Sharbot Lake

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Overnight camp

Founded in 1924, Oconto is a traditional girls overnight camp located on the beautiful shores of Eagle Lake north of Kingston, Ontario. Over 20 activities are offered on 80 acres of land and 2km of shoreline. Read more...

  • Ages 4 to 16
  • Girls
  • from $1,280/week
Overnight camp openCamp Girls12804-1631Sharbot Lake, OntarioTraditional (multi activity) Camp OcontoFounded in 1924, Oconto is a traditional girls overnight camp located on the beautiful shores of Eagle Lake north of Kingston, Ontario. Over 20 activities are offered on 80 acres of land and 2km of shoreline. Sharbot Lake, Ontario Overnight camp Girls
  • Sport: Basketball
  • Day camp, Program

Higher Training Basketball Academy, offering: group, private and semi private skills based basketball training. During the holiday's we offer large group basketball classes and travel for tournaments too! Read more...

  • Ages 4 to 18
  • Coed
  • from $36/month
Day camp, Program openCamp Coed364-1832Burlington, OntarioSport: BasketballHigher Training Basketball AcademyHigher Training Basketball Academy, offering: group, private and semi private skills based basketball training. During the holiday's we offer large group basketball classes and travel for tournaments too! Burlington, Ontario Day camp, Program Coed

Camp Solelim   

Lawrence Manor, Toronto; Sudbury

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Overnight camp

Camp Solelim is a sleepover camp designed for Jewish 13 to 15 year olds. Our programming includes traditional waterfront, sports, arts and outdoor activities, as well as leadership development and community building. Read more...

  • Ages 13 to 15
  • Coed
  • from $7,385/6 weeks
Overnight camp openCamp Coed738513-1533Lawrence Manor, Toronto, Ontario, Sudbury, OntarioTraditional (multi activity) Camp SolelimCamp Solelim is a sleepover camp designed for Jewish 13 to 15 year olds. Our programming includes traditional waterfront, sports, arts and outdoor activities, as well as leadership development and community building. Lawrence Manor, Toronto, Ontario, Sudbury, Ontario Overnight camp Coed

Young People's Theatre/YPT   

St Lawrence, Toronto; Online

  • Arts : Theatre Arts
  • Virtual Program, Day camp, Family camp

Led by our experienced faculty of professional artist educators, we’re offering online classes for JK-Gr. 12 both on weekends and after-school! Read more...

  • Ages 4 to 18
  • Coed
  • from $109/session
Virtual Program, Day camp, Family camp openCamp Coed1094-1834St Lawrence, Toronto, Ontario, Virtual Program, Arts : Theatre ArtsYoung People's Theatre/YPTLed by our experienced faculty of professional artist educators, we’re offering online classes for JK-Gr. 12 both on weekends and after-school! St Lawrence, Toronto, Ontario, Virtual Program, Virtual Program, Day camp, Family camp Coed

Kilcoo Camp   

Minden; Moore Park, Toronto

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Overnight camp

Kilcoo has an earned reputation as one of Canada's foremost traditional summer camps. Boys come to Kilcoo to enjoy the activities, to gain confidence in themselves, to learn to work with others and to "just have fun"! Read more...

  • Ages 7 to 16
  • Boys
  • from $2,975/2 weeks
Overnight camp openCamp Boys29757-1635Minden, Ontario, Moore Park, Toronto, OntarioTraditional (multi activity) Kilcoo CampKilcoo has an earned reputation as one of Canada's foremost traditional summer camps. Boys come to Kilcoo to enjoy the activities, to gain confidence in themselves, to learn to work with others and to "just have fun"! Minden, Ontario, Moore Park, Toronto, Ontario Overnight camp Boys
  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Day camp, Overnight camp

Medeba Summer Camp is an overnight camp that uses adventure and community to provide the best week of your child's summer! We provide a full range of traditional and extensive adventure activities to choose from. Read more...

  • Ages 7 to 16
  • Coed
  • from $729/week
Day camp, Overnight camp Coed7297-1636Haliburton, OntarioTraditional (multi activity) Medeba Summer CampMedeba Summer Camp is an overnight camp that uses adventure and community to provide the best week of your child's summer! We provide a full range of traditional and extensive adventure activities to choose from. Haliburton, Ontario Day camp, Overnight camp Coed

Arrowsmith School Cognitive Intensive Program   

South Hill, Toronto; Online

  • Academic/Tutoring: Instructor lead (group)
  • Virtual Program, Day camp

The Cognitive Intensive Program strengthens the Symbol Relations cognitive function. Strengthening this area means a more powerful and positive capacity to understand, participate in and contribute to the world. Read more...

  • Ages 8 to 88
  • Coed
  • from $5,000/program
Virtual Program, Day camp openCamp Coed50008-8837South Hill, Toronto, Ontario, Virtual Program, Academic/Tutoring: Instructor lead (group)Arrowsmith School Cognitive Intensive ProgramThe Cognitive Intensive Program strengthens the Symbol Relations cognitive function. Strengthening this area means a more powerful and positive capacity to understand, participate in and contribute to the world. South Hill, Toronto, Ontario, Virtual Program, Virtual Program, Day camp Coed

The Michelangelo Code   

Brampton; Vaughan; Mississauga; Online

  • Computer : Video Game/Web Design
  • Virtual Program, Day camp, Program, Family camp

With valuable contributions from Industry leaders, Mr. G, a STEM Instructor and former GANZ game developer passes on key techniques used by his production team! Read more...

  • Ages 5 to 18
  • Coed
  • from $150/month
Virtual Program, Day camp, Program, Family camp openCamp Coed1505-1838Brampton, Ontario, Vaughan, Ontario, Mississauga, Ontario, Virtual Program, Computer : Video Game/Web DesignThe Michelangelo CodeWith valuable contributions from Industry leaders, Mr. G, a STEM Instructor and former GANZ game developer passes on key techniques used by his production team! Brampton, Ontario, Vaughan, Ontario, Mississauga, Ontario, Virtual Program, Virtual Program, Day camp, Program, Family camp Coed

It should also be noted that we also list weight loss camps which can also called kids fitness boot camps.

More about boot camps

Boot camps are sought out by some parents as a quick fix to help children involved with drugs, promiscuity and any other self-destructive behaviour. But Gordon Hay of Venture Academy, a residential treatment facility and an expert on troubled teens, says boot camps are "on the way out." He notes that boot camps have traditionally focused on things like discipline and physical conditioning, much like army training camps on which they were modeled and named after.

While these camps can appear to help teens, the improvement often does not last long. The focuses of these camps are largely external, while what is truly required is treatment and rehabilitation focused on internal changes like self-esteem and coping mechanisms. The drills, ceremony and discipline of boot camps does not teach students real skills to move past delinquent behaviour, according to Hay and many other experts in the "troubled teen" industry.

About boot camps

Should you send your child to a boot camp?
A traditional boot camp can have benefits to teens in that it can get them away from their negative environment, from access to harmful substances and force them to take perspective on negative behaviours. Boot camps can be a catalyst for change but they typically do not go deep enough in teaching children better behaviours.

Some youth do benefit from these programs, away from the pressures of a public school environment or the presence of drugs, etc. The schools listed below have developed sensitive treatment programs that focus on kids owning their behaviour, developing appropriate life skills and learning to avoid negative behaviour and situations.

Disclaimer
For the purpose of the discussion above, we focus on boot camps, being a term that many parents seek out when distressed by troubled adolescents. The term "boot camp" for troubled teens is used often as loose terminology for "wilderness treatment" for troubled teens or "military school" for troubled teens. While many of the programs and schools listed below deal with troubled youth, they may not wish to qualify themselves as "boot camps" per se.



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