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"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.

Sports Camps Canada  

North Toronto, Toronto; Vancouver; Calgary

  • Sport (multi)
  • Day

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!

  • Ages 4 to 14
  • Coed
  • from $235/week
Day Coed2354-140North 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 Coed
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City of Toronto - Specialty Plus Camps  

Bathurst Manor/Clanton Park, Toronto; Brampton

  • Science: Nature/Environment
  • Day, Overnight

Looking to enjoy nature and being outdoors, these camps are for you! Camp Naorca & Camp Claireville both provide fun, hands-on opportunities to discover the hidden wonders and importance of Toronto’s parks and gardens.

  • Ages 4.5 to 15
  • Coed
  • from $200/2 weeks
Day, Overnight Coed2004.5-151Bathurst Manor/Clanton Park, Toronto, Ontario, Brampton, OntarioScience: Nature/EnvironmentCity of Toronto - Specialty Plus CampsLooking to enjoy nature and being outdoors, these camps are for you! Camp Naorca & Camp Claireville both provide fun, hands-on opportunities to discover the hidden wonders and importance of Toronto’s parks and gardens. Bathurst Manor/Clanton Park, Toronto, Ontario, Brampton, Ontario Day, Overnight Coed
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Harbourfront Centre Camps  

Harbourfront, Toronto

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Day, Overnight

Since 1979, Harbourfront Centre Camps has provided a a unique setting in which learning and fun intersect. Our campers gain life skills through meaningful participation and in all facets of arts and contemporary culture.

  • Ages 4 to 15
  • Coed
  • from $250/week
Day, Overnight Coed2504-152Harbourfront, Toronto, OntarioTraditional (multi activity) Harbourfront Centre CampsSince 1979, Harbourfront Centre Camps has provided a a unique setting in which learning and fun intersect. Our campers gain life skills through meaningful participation and in all facets of arts and contemporary culture. Harbourfront, Toronto, Ontario Day, Overnight Coed

Ruth Rumack's Learning Space  

Deer Park, Toronto; Davisville Village, Toronto

  • Education: Academic/Tutoring
  • 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.

  • Ages 4 to 18
  • Coed
  • from $30/session
Program Coed304-183Deer Park, Toronto, Ontario, Davisville Village, Toronto, OntarioEducation: 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 Program Coed
  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Overnight, family

A central Ontario summer camp for families and children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

  • Ages 1 to 21
  • Coed
  • from $1/week
Overnight, family Coed11-214Minden, OntarioTraditional (multi activity) Kinark Outdoor CentreA central Ontario summer camp for families and children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Minden, Ontario Overnight, family Coed

Radiant Girls  

Burlington; Hamilton

  • Education: Leadership
  • Day, Overnight, Program, family

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!

  • Ages 7 to 16
  • Girls
  • from $479/week
Day, Overnight, Program, family Girls4797-165Burlington, Ontario, Hamilton, OntarioEducation: 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, Hamilton, Ontario Day, Overnight, Program, family Girls
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Camp Kennebec  

Sharbot Lake

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Overnight

An amazing summer camp experience for campers with special needs. All the fun of camp, with supportive and experienced staff to give your camper the summer of their life! The focus is on fun first!

  • Ages 6 to 25
  • Coed
  • from $1,500/week
Overnight Coed15006-256Sharbot Lake, OntarioTraditional (multi activity) Camp KennebecAn amazing summer camp experience for campers with special needs. All the fun of camp, with supportive and experienced staff to give your camper the summer of their life! The focus is on fun first! Sharbot Lake, Ontario Overnight Coed
  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Overnight

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

  • Ages 11 to 18
  • Girls, Boys
  • from $1/month
Overnight Girls, Boys111-187Kelowna, 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 Girls, Boys

Behaviour Matters  

Lawrence Heights, Toronto

  • Education: Leadership
  • Program, family

Focused on developing social skills, emotional/self-regulation and self confidence. Programs are interactive, skills, and strength-based, consisting of games, team building; role-plays, art, discussions, take-home tasks.

  • Ages 4 to 18
  • Coed, Girls, Boys
  • from $600/group
Program, family Coed, Girls, Boys6004-188Lawrence Heights, Toronto, OntarioEducation: LeadershipBehaviour MattersFocused on developing social skills, emotional/self-regulation and self confidence. Programs are interactive, skills, and strength-based, consisting of games, team building; role-plays, art, discussions, take-home tasks. Lawrence Heights, Toronto, Ontario Program, family Coed, 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.

GTA Photography Classes : Camps  

Ottawa; Downtown East, Toronto; Illinois

  • Visual arts: Photo/Video
  • Day, Overnight, Program

Photography & Video Camps for kids (8-12) & teens (13-18). Campers learn from award-winning photographers & apply their new skills on daily field trips. Give your child the BEST SUMMER EVER!

  • Ages 8 to 17
  • Coed
  • from $299/week
Day, Overnight, Program Coed2998-170Ottawa, Ontario, Downtown East, Toronto, Ontario, Illinois, IllinoisVisual arts: Photo/VideoGTA Photography Classes : CampsPhotography & Video Camps for kids (8-12) & teens (13-18). Campers learn from award-winning photographers & apply their new skills on daily field trips. Give your child the BEST SUMMER EVER! Ottawa, Ontario, Downtown East, Toronto, Ontario, Illinois, Illinois Day, Overnight, Program Coed

Innovation Camp Thinnox  

Mississauga

  • Computer (multi)
  • Day, Overnight, Program

STEAM BOOTCamp GTA.Animation,Game,Coding,Architecture,Robotics,UI/UX Graphic,WEB Tech,Fashion Tech,DRONE Engg,AR/VR Tech.STEAM ahead with your Career-Goals, Join Technology,Engineering & Design InnovationCamp at Thinnox!

  • Ages 6 to 18
  • Coed
  • from $250/week
Day, Overnight, Program Coed2506-181Mississauga, OntarioComputer (multi)Innovation Camp ThinnoxSTEAM BOOTCamp GTA.Animation,Game,Coding,Architecture,Robotics,UI/UX Graphic,WEB Tech,Fashion Tech,DRONE Engg,AR/VR Tech.STEAM ahead with your Career-Goals, Join Technology,Engineering & Design InnovationCamp at Thinnox! Mississauga, Ontario Day, Overnight, Program Coed
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Code-it Hacks  

Bloor West Village, Toronto

  • Computer (multi)
  • Day, Program, family

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

  • Ages 4 to 18
  • Coed
  • from $250/session
Day, Program, family Coed2504-182Bloor West Village, Toronto, Ontario, Bloor West Village, Toronto, ONComputer (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 Bloor West Village, Toronto, Ontario, Bloor West Village, Toronto, ON Day, Program, family Coed
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  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Day, Overnight

Both a day camp and an overnight camp, offering exciting programs such as horsemanship, swimming, high ropes, climbing wall, archery, campfires, tomahawks, and many more. Excellent Leadership Camps available for teens.

  • Ages 5 to 16
  • Coed, Girls, Boys
  • from $235/week
Day, Overnight Coed, Girls, Boys2355-163Brantford, OntarioTraditional (multi activity) InterVarsity Circle Square Ranch Grand RiverBoth a day camp and an overnight camp, offering exciting programs such as horsemanship, swimming, high ropes, climbing wall, archery, campfires, tomahawks, and many more. Excellent Leadership Camps available for teens. Brantford, Ontario Day, Overnight Coed, Girls, Boys
  • Art : Visual arts (multi)
  • Day, Program, family

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

  • Ages 5 to 15
  • Coed
  • from $159/session
Day, Program, family Coed1595-154Vaughan, OntarioArt : 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 Children's Camps, Art Classes, Accessible Studio Workshops and Family Days, visit mcmichael.com today! Vaughan, Ontario Day, Program, family Coed
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  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Overnight, family

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!

  • Ages 5 to 17
  • Coed, Girls, Boys
  • from $460/week
Overnight, family Coed, Girls, Boys4605-175Huntsville, 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, family Coed, Girls, Boys
  • Education: Leadership
  • Overnight

Leadership training for students in Grades 6-12 in the arts, athletics, French language sports, SHSM, school leadership and more. Leadership courses are facilitated by qualified Ontario Teachers. #WeLead

  • Ages 10 to 18
  • Coed
  • from $240/program
Overnight Coed24010-186Washago, OntarioEducation: LeadershipOntario Educational Leadership CentreLeadership training for students in Grades 6-12 in the arts, athletics, French language sports, SHSM, school leadership and more. Leadership courses are facilitated by qualified Ontario Teachers. #WeLead Washago, Ontario Overnight Coed
  • Adventure: Wilderness Out-tripping
  • Overnight

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

  • Ages 10 to 17
  • Coed, Girls, Boys
  • from $1,200/week
Overnight Coed, Girls, Boys120010-177Temagami, OntarioAdventure: Wilderness Out-trippingNorthwaters & Langskib Canoe Tripping ProgramsWilderness canoe adventures with heart & meaning in separate boys, girls and coed programs. Trips weave together challenge, community and confidence to connect youth to the land, each other, and their own unique spirit. Temagami, Ontario Overnight Coed, Girls, Boys
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Kandalore  

Minden

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Overnight, family

Kandalore is the finest traditional summer camp in Canada, providing the best of both canoe tripping and in-camp activities. Specialized leadership programs for 16 and 17 year olds.

  • Ages 6 to 16
  • Coed
  • from $2,715/2 weeks
Overnight, family Coed27156-168Minden, OntarioTraditional (multi activity) KandaloreKandalore is the finest traditional summer camp in Canada, providing the best of both canoe tripping and in-camp activities. Specialized leadership programs for 16 and 17 year olds. Minden, Ontario Overnight, family Coed
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InterVarsity Circle Square Ranch Big Clear Lake  

Hamilton; Huntsville; Land O' Lakes Tourist Region

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Overnight, family

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, water sports and ropes. Your summer adventure starts here!

  • Ages 6 to 17
  • Coed, Girls, Boys
  • from $299/week
Overnight, family Coed, Girls, Boys2996-179Hamilton, , 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, water sports and ropes. Your summer adventure starts here! Hamilton, , Huntsville, Ontario, Land O' Lakes Tourist Region, Ontario Overnight, family Coed, Girls, Boys
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  • Education: Leadership
  • Overnight

A leadership program, where teens develop civic leadership skills, learn about Canadian institutions, meet famous and accomplished Canadians, and explore exciting career options

  • Ages 14 to 17
  • Coed
  • from $750/week
Overnight Coed75014-1710Ottawa, OntarioEducation: LeadershipEncounters with CanadaA leadership program, where teens develop civic leadership skills, learn about Canadian institutions, meet famous and accomplished Canadians, and explore exciting career options Ottawa, Ontario Overnight Coed
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Genius Camp  

Mississauga; Downtown West, Toronto; Markham

  • Education: STEM
  • Program

The fastest growing STEM camp in Toronto and the GTA, offering programs in Robotics and AI, Coding, Programming, Advanced Math, Practical Science, 3D Printing and Modeling.

  • Ages 6 to 17
  • Coed
  • from $99/week
Program Coed996-1711Mississauga, Ontario, Downtown West, Toronto, Ontario, Markham, OntarioEducation: STEMGenius CampThe fastest growing STEM camp in Toronto and the GTA, offering programs in Robotics and AI, Coding, Programming, Advanced Math, Practical Science, 3D Printing and Modeling. Mississauga, Ontario, Downtown West, Toronto, Ontario, Markham, Ontario Program Coed
  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Day

Supercamp is an ACQ-certified day camp providing over 20 arts, science, sports and learning-oriented programs. Most importantly, our camp is over 80 employees devoted to creating memories to last a lifetime!

  • Ages 5 to 15
  • Coed
  • from $187/week
Day Coed1875-1512Montreal, QuebecTraditional (multi activity) Supercamp @ Vanier CollegeSupercamp is an ACQ-certified day camp providing over 20 arts, science, sports and learning-oriented programs. Most importantly, our camp is over 80 employees devoted to creating memories to last a lifetime! Montreal, Quebec Day Coed

Outward Bound Canada  

Kananaskis; Vancouver Island; Throughout Canada; Grand Manan; Algonquin Park

  • Adventure (multi)
  • Day, Overnight, family

Est 1969. Inspiring, challenging journeys of self-discovery in the outdoors. Join an authentic, transformational adventure to see Canada at its finest, reach beyond your own boundaries, and tap in to your true potential.

  • Ages 12 to 99
  • Coed, Girls, Boys
  • from $779/week
Day, Overnight, family Coed, Girls, Boys77912-9913Kananaskis, Alberta, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Throughout Canada, Ontario, Grand Manan, New Brunswick, Algonquin Park, OntarioAdventure (multi)Outward Bound CanadaEst 1969. Inspiring, challenging journeys of self-discovery in the outdoors. Join an authentic, transformational adventure to see Canada at its finest, reach beyond your own boundaries, and tap in to your true potential. Kananaskis, Alberta, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Throughout Canada, Ontario, Grand Manan, New Brunswick, Algonquin Park, Ontario Day, Overnight, family Coed, Girls, Boys

Wanda's Creative Clay  

Lawrence Park, Toronto

  • Art : Visual arts (multi)
  • Day, Program, family

A fun and educational program that get kids away from electronics. Our supportive & encouraging environment is a safe place to lose yourself in your own creativity - clay, paper mache, painting and so much more.

  • Ages 3 to 100
  • Coed
  • from $18/session
Day, Program, family Coed183-10014Lawrence Park, Toronto, OntarioArt : Visual arts (multi)Wanda's Creative ClayA fun and educational program that get kids away from electronics. Our supportive & encouraging environment is a safe place to lose yourself in your own creativity - clay, paper mache, painting and so much more. Lawrence Park, Toronto, Ontario Day, Program, family Coed
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Camp Wabikon  

Temagami

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Overnight

An experience kids love. A family parents trust. Wabikon is sleepover camp for boys and girls ages 6-17. Campers from around the world feel like part of the family and enjoy activities on a challenge-by-choice basis.

  • Ages 6 to 17
  • Coed
  • from $1,100/week
Overnight Coed11006-1715Temagami, OntarioTraditional (multi activity) Camp WabikonAn experience kids love. A family parents trust. Wabikon is sleepover camp for boys and girls ages 6-17. Campers from around the world feel like part of the family and enjoy activities on a challenge-by-choice basis. Temagami, Ontario Overnight Coed
  • Science (multi)
  • Day, Program, family

Get a unique science and tech education in this program by the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, including LEGO Robotics, Makerspace, Coding, Minecraft. Girls only sessions, Family Camps, Educator sessions.

  • Ages 5 to 17
  • Coed, Girls
  • from $300/week
Day, Program, family Coed, Girls3005-1716Oshawa, OntarioScience (multi)Ontario Tech University Summer CampsGet a unique science and tech education in this program by the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, including LEGO Robotics, Makerspace, Coding, Minecraft. Girls only sessions, Family Camps, Educator sessions. Oshawa, Ontario Day, Program, family Coed, Girls

Township of King  

Ontario (7)

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Day, Program, family

With a mixture of sports, arts, and nature based programs, you are sure to find the perfect camp or program for your child! High Five and OCA Certified. Visit www.king.ca for more information.

  • Ages 2 to 18
  • Coed
  • from $4/week
Day, Program, family Coed42-1817King, NobletonTraditional (multi activity) Township of KingWith a mixture of sports, arts, and nature based programs, you are sure to find the perfect camp or program for your child! High Five and OCA Certified. Visit www.king.ca for more information. King, Nobleton Day, Program, family Coed
  • Education (multi)
  • Day, Program

Sylvan STEM Camps are high quality, low ratio camps with LEGO Robotics, Coding, Science Experiments, Engineering builds and more hands-on STEM activities. REMEMBER Effective summer tutoring is also available for JK-Gr.12

  • Ages 3 to 17
  • Coed
  • from $150/week
Day, Program Coed1503-1718Burlington, OntarioEducation (multi)Sylvan Learning BurlingtonSylvan STEM Camps are high quality, low ratio camps with LEGO Robotics, Coding, Science Experiments, Engineering builds and more hands-on STEM activities. REMEMBER Effective summer tutoring is also available for JK-Gr.12 Burlington, Ontario Day, Program Coed

The Pine Project  

Bloor West Village, Toronto; East York, Toronto; Minden

  • Science: Nature/Environment
  • Day, Overnight, Program, family

Get outside this summer and discover your full potential! As Ontario's leading nature connection organization, our outdoor day and overnight camps empower kids to explore nature, try new things and build resilience.

  • Ages 1 to 90
  • Coed
  • from $340/program
Day, Overnight, Program, family Coed3401-9019Bloor West Village, Toronto, Ontario, East York, Toronto, Ontario, Minden, OntarioScience: Nature/EnvironmentThe Pine ProjectGet outside this summer and discover your full potential! As Ontario's leading nature connection organization, our outdoor day and overnight camps empower kids to explore nature, try new things and build resilience. Bloor West Village, Toronto, Ontario, East York, Toronto, Ontario, Minden, Ontario Day, Overnight, Program, family Coed

Idea Lab Kids Oakville  

Oakville

  • Education: STEM
  • Day, Program, family

Innovative programming with a focus on STEM. Summer camp, after school, birthdays and more. Courses for all ages in coding, game design, circuitry, toy engineering, the arts, VR, robotics, 3D printing, cooking and more!

  • Ages 4 to 15
  • Coed
  • from $60/month
Day, Program, family Coed604-1520Oakville, OntarioEducation: STEMIdea Lab Kids OakvilleInnovative programming with a focus on STEM. Summer camp, after school, birthdays and more. Courses for all ages in coding, game design, circuitry, toy engineering, the arts, VR, robotics, 3D printing, cooking and more! Oakville, Ontario Day, Program, family Coed

Active Scholars  

Ajax; Guelph; North Toronto, Toronto

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Day, Program

A unique summer experience, Where Sports Meets Educations 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.

  • Ages 7 to 13
  • Coed
  • from $235/week
Day, Program Coed2357-1321Ajax, Ontario, Guelph, Ontario, North Toronto, Toronto, OntarioTraditional (multi activity) Active ScholarsA unique summer experience, Where Sports Meets Educations 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, Program Coed
  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Day, Overnight

Choose active and fun Neighbourhood day camps close to home, with themed weeks and out trips, OR a traditional outdoor day (or overnight) experience at Camp Otonabee with ropes, paddling, nature hikes, swimming and more

  • Ages 4 to 16
  • Coed
  • from $190/week
Day, Overnight Coed1904-1622Ottawa, OntarioTraditional (multi activity) YMCA-YWCA of the National Capital RegionChoose active and fun Neighbourhood day camps close to home, with themed weeks and out trips, OR a traditional outdoor day (or overnight) experience at Camp Otonabee with ropes, paddling, nature hikes, swimming and more Ottawa, Ontario Day, Overnight Coed

SportLife  

Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue; Montreal; Huberdeau

  • Sport (multi)
  • Day, Overnight, Program, family

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!

  • Ages 5 to 15
  • Coed
  • from $150/week
Day, Overnight, Program, family Coed1505-1523Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, Québec, Montreal, Québec, Huberdeau, QuébecSport (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, Québec, Montreal, Québec, Huberdeau, Québec Day, Overnight, Program, family Coed

YMCA Camp Pine Crest  

Torrance

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

We provide a fun program for campers who want to gain independence, interact with nature, make friends with new people, and develop leadership skills. Overnight canoe trips are a staple that make for the best adventures!

  • Ages 5 to 16
  • Coed
  • from $390/week
Day, Overnight, family Coed3905-1624Torrance, OntarioTraditional (multi activity) YMCA Camp Pine CrestWe provide a fun program for campers who want to gain independence, interact with nature, make friends with new people, and develop leadership skills. Overnight canoe trips are a staple that make for the best adventures! Torrance, Ontario Day, Overnight, family Coed

Bear Creek Outdoor Centre  

Renfrew; Ottawa

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Overnight

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.

  • Ages 6 to 17
  • Coed, Girls
  • from $675/week
Overnight Coed, Girls6756-1725Renfrew, 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 Coed, Girls

Toronto Zoo - Zoo Camp  

Rouge, Toronto

  • Science: Zoology/Animals
  • Day

Located at the Toronto Zoo, Zoo Camp offers unique adventures to stimulate kids' interest in the natural world. Go behind-the-scenes at Canada's largest zoo.

  • Ages 4 to 16
  • Coed
  • from $280/week
Day Coed2804-1626Rouge, Toronto, OntarioScience: Zoology/AnimalsToronto Zoo - Zoo CampLocated at the Toronto Zoo, Zoo Camp offers unique adventures to stimulate kids' interest in the natural world. Go behind-the-scenes at Canada's largest zoo. Rouge, Toronto, Ontario Day Coed

YMCA of Southwestern Ontario Overnight Camps  

London; Leamington; Port Severn

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Overnight, family

The YMCA of Southwestern Ontario offers two amazing overnight camps for campers aged 5-16 - YMCA Camp Queen Elizabeth (CQE) in Georgian Bay Islands National Park and YMCA Camp Henry in Point Pelee National Park.

  • Ages 5 to 16
  • Coed
  • from $540/session
Overnight, family Coed5405-1627London, Ontario, Leamington, Ontario, Port Severn, OntarioTraditional (multi activity) YMCA of Southwestern Ontario Overnight CampsThe YMCA of Southwestern Ontario offers two amazing overnight camps for campers aged 5-16 - YMCA Camp Queen Elizabeth (CQE) in Georgian Bay Islands National Park and YMCA Camp Henry in Point Pelee National Park. London, Ontario, Leamington, Ontario, Port Severn, Ontario Overnight, family Coed

The Maker Bean Cafe  

Dovercourt Park, Toronto; Wallace Emerson, Toronto

  • Education: STEM
  • Day, Program

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

  • Ages 2 to 12
  • Coed
  • from $40/week
Day, Program Coed402-1228Dovercourt Park, 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. Dovercourt Park, Toronto, Ontario, Wallace Emerson, Toronto, Ontario Day, Program Coed
  • Art (multi)
  • Day, Overnight, Program, family

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.

  • Ages 5 to 18
  • Coed
  • from $290/week
Day, Overnight, Program, family Coed2905-1829Canning, Nova ScotiaArt (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, Overnight, Program, family Coed
  • Academic/Tutoring: Instructor lead (group)
  • 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.

  • Ages 6 to 18
  • Coed
  • from $325/program
Program Coed3256-1830Vaughan, OntarioAcademic/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 Program Coed

Neilson Park Creative Centre  

Markland Wood, Toronto

  • Art (multi)
  • Day

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.

  • Ages 5 to 12
  • Coed
  • from $240/week
Day Coed2405-1231Markland Wood, Toronto, OntarioArt (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 Coed

Fire Fly Stables  

Hamilton

  • Sport: Horseback Riding/Equestrian
  • Day, Overnight, Program, family

Learn to ride English on well trained horses. Daily riding lessons, theory & practical in the barn, arts/crafts, team building and of course a few camp traditions. Year round lessons with all weather riding facilities.

  • Ages 6 to 18
  • Coed
  • from $350/week
Day, Overnight, Program, family Coed3506-1832Hamilton, OntarioSport: Horseback Riding/EquestrianFire Fly StablesLearn to ride English on well trained horses. Daily riding lessons, theory & practical in the barn, arts/crafts, team building and of course a few camp traditions. Year round lessons with all weather riding facilities. Hamilton, Ontario Day, Overnight, Program, family Coed

Kids in the Spotlight  

International; Jasper; Montreal

  • Education: Musical Theatre
  • Day, Overnight, family

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.

  • Ages 3 to 18
  • Coed
  • from $500/week
Day, Overnight, family Coed5003-1833International, British Columbia, Jasper, Alberta, Montreal, QuébecEducation: Musical TheatreKids 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. International, British Columbia, Jasper, Alberta, Montreal, Québec Day, Overnight, family Coed

Laurus Summer Camp  

Montreal; Laval; Beaconsfield; Westmount

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Day

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!

  • Ages 3 to 15
  • Coed
  • from $150/week
Day Coed1503-1534Montreal, Quebec, Laval, , Beaconsfield, , Laval, Québec, Westmount, QuébecTraditional (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, Quebec, Laval, , Beaconsfield, , Laval, Québec, Westmount, Québec Day Coed
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Camp Wanapitei  

Temagami

  • Adventure: Wilderness Out-tripping
  • Overnight, family

Wilderness canoe-tripping camp based in Northern Ontario, paddling Ontario, Quebec, and the Territories. A strong tripping program is complemented by caring staff, community focus and a diverse in-camp program.

  • Ages 7 to 18
  • Coed
  • from $750/week
Overnight, family Coed7507-1835Temagami, OntarioAdventure: Wilderness Out-trippingCamp WanapiteiWilderness canoe-tripping camp based in Northern Ontario, paddling Ontario, Quebec, and the Territories. A strong tripping program is complemented by caring staff, community focus and a diverse in-camp program. Temagami, Ontario Overnight, family Coed

Academic Camp Canada  

Mill Bay; International; Rothesay; Ottawa

  • Education (multi)
  • Day, Overnight

Exciting academic summer camps for 12-17 year olds in British Columbia, New Brunswick & Ottawa. BCCA accredited. Combination of inspiring academic learning, activities & trips. Computer Science & Medical Studies camps

  • Ages 12 to 17
  • Coed
  • from $525/program
Day, Overnight Coed52512-1736Mill Bay, British Columbia, International, , Rothesay, New Brunswick, Ottawa, Education (multi)Academic Camp CanadaExciting academic summer camps for 12-17 year olds in British Columbia, New Brunswick & Ottawa. BCCA accredited. Combination of inspiring academic learning, activities & trips. Computer Science & Medical Studies camps Mill Bay, British Columbia, International, , Rothesay, New Brunswick, Ottawa, Day, Overnight Coed

Camp Oconto  

Sharbot Lake

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Overnight

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.

  • Ages 4 to 15
  • Girls
  • from $1,280/week
Overnight Girls12804-1537Sharbot 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 Girls

Cedar Ridge Camp  

Bancroft

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Overnight

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

  • Ages 6 to 16
  • Coed
  • from $900/week
Overnight Coed9006-1638Bancroft, 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 Coed
  • Education (multi)
  • Day, 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.

  • Ages 5 to 18
  • Coed
  • from $30/session
Day, Program Coed305-1839Oakville, 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, Program Coed

YMCA of Simcoe Muskoka   

Orillia; Midland

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

The YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka offers a variety of values based camp programs through our day, family, leadership and overnight camps throughout the Simcoe, Muskoka and Parry Sound regions.

  • Ages 6 to 17
  • Coed
  • from $195/week
Day, Overnight, family Coed1956-1740Orillia, Ontario, Midland, ONTraditional (multi activity) YMCA of Simcoe Muskoka The YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka offers a variety of values based camp programs through our day, family, leadership and overnight camps throughout the Simcoe, Muskoka and Parry Sound regions. Orillia, Ontario, Midland, ON Day, Overnight, family Coed
  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Day, Program, family

We offer eco-friendly sports camp/year round programs for youth 8-14. Created & taught by Certified Ontario Teachers they include: gardening, re-cycling natural resources, basketball, beach volleyball, badminton & more!

  • Ages 8 to 14
  • Coed
  • from $180/week
Day, Program, family Coed1808-1441Brampton, OntarioTraditional (multi activity) The Laird House Adventure CampWe offer eco-friendly sports camp/year round programs for youth 8-14. Created & taught by Certified Ontario Teachers they include: gardening, re-cycling natural resources, basketball, beach volleyball, badminton & more! Brampton, Ontario Day, Program, family Coed

Crestwood Valley Day Camp  

Bridle Path, Toronto

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Day

A Toronto DAY camp offering 20-25 Daily Activities, Baseball and Basketball Camps, LIT/CIT,*"4' Heated Inground Salt Pools*w/daily lessons-WEEKLY CARNIVAL, Gymboree & ROSE REISMAN CATERING! LOW RATIOS! Call 416.444.9595

  • Ages 4 to 15
  • Coed
  • from $575/week
Day Coed5754-1542Bridle Path, Toronto, OntarioTraditional (multi activity) Crestwood Valley Day CampA Toronto DAY camp offering 20-25 Daily Activities, Baseball and Basketball Camps, LIT/CIT,*"4' Heated Inground Salt Pools*w/daily lessons-WEEKLY CARNIVAL, Gymboree & ROSE REISMAN CATERING! LOW RATIOS! Call 416.444.9595 Bridle Path, Toronto, Ontario Day Coed
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  • Art (multi)
  • Day, Overnight

Interlochen Arts Camp is the premier multidisciplinary summer arts program in the United States.

  • Ages 8 to 19
  • Coed
  • from $1,575/session
Day, Overnight Coed15758-1943Michigan, Michigan(USA)Art (multi)Interlochen Center for the ArtsInterlochen Arts Camp is the premier multidisciplinary summer arts program in the United States. Michigan, Michigan(USA) Day, Overnight Coed

Stagecoach Performing Arts  

Oakville; Mississauga

  • Education: Musical Theatre
  • Day, Program

We offer a selection of summer camps and teaching acting, dancing and singing - with a performance at the end of every week! High quality lessons, low teacher to child ratio, child protection policy and more.

  • Ages 4 to 18
  • Coed
  • from $175/week
Day, Program Coed1754-1844Oakville, Ontario, Mississauga, OntarioEducation: Musical TheatreStagecoach Performing ArtsWe offer a selection of summer camps and teaching acting, dancing and singing - with a performance at the end of every week! High quality lessons, low teacher to child ratio, child protection policy and more. Oakville, Ontario, Mississauga, Ontario Day, Program Coed
  • Academic/Tutoring: Instructor lead (group)
  • Day

The Cognitive Intensive Program is a 6-week intensive program targeting the Symbol Relations cognitive function. Upon completion, we see positive changes in the individual’s ability to understand the world around them.

  • Ages 8 to 88
  • Coed
  • from $5,000/program
Day Coed50008-8845South Hill, Toronto, OntarioAcademic/Tutoring: Instructor lead (group)Arrowsmith School Cognitive Intensive ProgramThe Cognitive Intensive Program is a 6-week intensive program targeting the Symbol Relations cognitive function. Upon completion, we see positive changes in the individual’s ability to understand the world around them. South Hill, Toronto, Ontario Day Coed
  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Day

The University of Ottawa Gee-Gees pride ourselves in offering a wide variety of bilingual sport camps to youth in the Ottawa and Gatineau area.

  • Ages 6 to 17
  • Coed
  • from $160/week
Day Coed1606-1746Ottawa, OntarioTraditional (multi activity) Gee-Gees Sports CampsThe University of Ottawa Gee-Gees pride ourselves in offering a wide variety of bilingual sport camps to youth in the Ottawa and Gatineau area. Ottawa, Ontario Day Coed

Medeba Summer Camp  

Haliburton

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Day, Overnight

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.

  • Ages 6 to 16
  • Coed
  • from $729/week
Day, Overnight Coed7296-1647Haliburton, 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, Overnight Coed
  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Day, Overnight

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

  • Ages 6 to 17
  • Coed
  • from $225/week
Day, Overnight Coed2256-1748Picton, 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, Overnight Coed

HUMBER ARBORETUM NATURE CAMPS  

Rexdale, Toronto

  • Science: Nature/Environment
  • Day

A nature-focused exploration and adventure camp set within a beautiful urban green space. This hands-on camp helps children foster an appreciation for the the many wonders of the natural world.

  • Ages 4 to 13
  • Coed
  • from $265/week
Day Coed2654-1349Rexdale, Toronto, OntarioScience: Nature/EnvironmentHUMBER ARBORETUM NATURE CAMPSA nature-focused exploration and adventure camp set within a beautiful urban green space. This hands-on camp helps children foster an appreciation for the the many wonders of the natural world. Rexdale, Toronto, Ontario Day Coed

Zebra Robotics  

Mississauga; Milton

  • Computer (multi)
  • Day, Program

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

  • Ages 7 to 17
  • Coed
  • from $30/week
Day, Program Coed307-1750Mississauga, Ontario, Milton, OntarioComputer (multi)Zebra RoboticsRobotics and coding after-school, weekend, competition, and summer camp classes for students from Grade 2 to 12. Serious STEM learning with a unique curriculum and wholesome support system! Mississauga, Ontario, Milton, Ontario Day, Program Coed
  • Sport (multi)
  • Day, Program

A multi-disciplinary paddling club offering recreational and competitive camps and after-school programs for kids of all ages and abilities all year round!

  • Ages 7 to 18
  • Coed
  • from $200/program
Day, Program Coed2007-1851Vancouver, British ColumbiaSport (multi)False Creek Racing Canoe ClubA multi-disciplinary paddling club offering recreational and competitive camps and after-school programs for kids of all ages and abilities all year round! Vancouver, British Columbia Day, Program Coed

Kilcoo Camp  

Minden; Moore Park, Toronto

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Overnight

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"!

  • Ages 8 to 15
  • Boys
  • from $2,975/2 weeks
Overnight Boys29758-1552Minden, 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 Boys

Junior Red Riders  

Markham

  • Sport: BMX / Motocross
  • Day

If your child can ride a two wheeled bicycle without assistance, we can teach them how to ride a DIRT BIKE! Fully comprehensive program focusing on FUN & SAFETY

  • Ages 6 to 12
  • Coed
  • from $100/session
Day Coed1006-1253Markham, OntarioSport: BMX / MotocrossJunior Red RidersIf your child can ride a two wheeled bicycle without assistance, we can teach them how to ride a DIRT BIKE! Fully comprehensive program focusing on FUN & SAFETY Markham, Ontario Day Coed
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The Second City Training Centre  

Leslieville, Toronto; Downtown West, Toronto; North Toronto, Toronto

  • Art : Theatre Arts
  • Day, Program

Come play improv games and write sketch comedy! Learn to think on your feet, meet new friends and have fun!This will be the best summer ever!

  • Ages 4 to 18
  • Coed
  • from $190/session
Day, Program Coed1904-1854Leslieville, Toronto, Ontario, Downtown West, Toronto, Ontario, North Toronto, Toronto, OntarioArt : Theatre ArtsThe Second City Training CentreCome play improv games and write sketch comedy! Learn to think on your feet, meet new friends and have fun!This will be the best summer ever! Leslieville, Toronto, Ontario, Downtown West, Toronto, Ontario, North Toronto, Toronto, Ontario Day, Program Coed
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Mobile Doc Shop  

Toronto Islands, Toronto

  • Visual arts: Photo/Video
  • Day, Program, family

Mobile Doc Shop Summer Camp - Day Camp - Toronto Islands. A documentary film making camp teaching the use of smartphones to produce films. The camp includes Recreation time - frisbee golf, walking tours, and team sports.

  • Ages 8 to 16
  • Coed
  • from $450/week
Day, Program, family Coed4508-1655Toronto Islands, Toronto, OntarioVisual arts: Photo/VideoMobile Doc ShopMobile Doc Shop Summer Camp - Day Camp - Toronto Islands. A documentary film making camp teaching the use of smartphones to produce films. The camp includes Recreation time - frisbee golf, walking tours, and team sports. Toronto Islands, Toronto, Ontario Day, Program, family 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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