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.

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, Alberta

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 16
  • Coed
  • from $250/week
Day, Overnight Coed2504-161Harbourfront, Toronto, Ontario

Radiant Girls  

Burlington; Hamilton; Milton

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

A unique Girls Wellness Camp in a retreat setting. Featuring Yoga and Pilates, Outdoor Excursions, Hands-On Cooking, Coaching for Confidence & Emotional Intelligence, Meaningful Expressive Art, Fun & lots of giggling.

  • Ages 7 to 15
  • Girls
  • from $300/week
Day, Overnight, Program, family Girls3007-152Burlington, Ontario, Hamilton, Ontario, Milton, Ontario

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 Coed15006-253Sharbot Lake, Ontario

Ruth Rumack's Learning Space  

South Annex, 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 17
  • Coed
  • from $30/session
Program Coed304-174South Annex, Toronto, Ontario, Davisville Village, Toronto, Ontario

York University Lions Camps  

Willowdale, Toronto

  • Sport (multi)
  • Day

Choose from a multi-sport summer camp, focus on a particular sport or try one of our adventure camps such as pirate, warrior training or superhero camp.

  • Ages 6 to 15
  • Coed
  • from $199/week
Day Coed1996-155Willowdale, Toronto, Ontario
  • 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
  • Cost Varies
Overnight Girls, Boys011-186Kelowna, British Columbia, Barrie, Ontario, Red Deer,
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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 18
  • Coed
  • from $299/week
Day, Overnight, Program Coed2998-180Ottawa, Ontario, Downtown East, Toronto, Ontario, Illinois, Illinois

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 $2,585/2 weeks
Overnight, family Coed25856-161Minden, Ontario
  • 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, Boys120010-172Temagami, Ontario

Innovation Camp Thinnox  

Mississauga

  • Computer (multi)
  • Day, 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, Program Coed2506-183Mississauga, Ontario
  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Day, Overnight

Our beautiful location, fun & safe environment, excellent programs, and experienced staff are just a few reasons to choose Circle Square Ranch. We are committed to providing an outstanding summer camp experience.

  • Ages 5 to 16
  • Coed, Girls, Boys
  • from $220/week
Day, Overnight Coed, Girls, Boys2205-164Brantford, Ontario
  • 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, Ontario
  • 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 Coed3256-186Vaughan, Ontario
  • Education (multi)
  • 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 Coed75014-177Ottawa, Ontario
  • Art : Visual arts (multi)
  • Day

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 4 to 15
  • Coed
  • from $159/session
Day Coed1594-158Vaughan, Ontario

Hatch Coding Camps  

North Toronto, Toronto; Richmond Hill; Oakville

  • Computer (multi)
  • Day, Program

Our coding camp is packed with exciting, innovative, coding projects. Kids learn JavaScript processing.js or Python. On Fridays, they visit industry leaders to see how their real-world skills can be used.

  • Ages 7 to 17
  • Coed
  • from $380/week
Day, Program Coed3807-179North Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Richmond Hill, , Oakville,

Camp Can-Aqua  

Haliburton Highlands; Oakville; Ottawa

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Overnight, family

A traditional camp with diverse programming & exceptional instruction, we believe in teaching kids compromise, patients & empathy. Fun is a given. Through thoughtful & individualized programming, our campers thrive here.

  • Ages 5 to 17
  • Coed
  • from $1,950/2 weeks
Overnight, family Coed19505-1710Haliburton Highlands, Ontario, Oakville, Ontario, Ottawa, Ontario

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 $399/week
Overnight, family Coed, Girls, Boys3996-1711Hamilton, , Huntsville, Ontario, Land O' Lakes Tourist Region, Ontario

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 Coed307-1712Mississauga, Ontario, Milton, Ontario

Outward Bound Canada  

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

  • Adventure: Wilderness Out-tripping
  • 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, Ontario
  • 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 Coed1875-1514Montreal, Quebec

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, Girls
  • from $350/week
Day, Overnight, Program, family Coed, Girls3506-1815Hamilton, Ontario

The Michelangelo Code  

Brampton; Vaughan; Mississauga

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

With valuable contributions from Industry leader David Pacheco, Creative Director of The Walt Disney Company, Mr. G, a STEM Instructor and former GANZ game developer passes on key techniques used by his production team!

  • Ages 5 to 18
  • Coed
  • from $150/month
Day, Program, family Coed1505-1816Brampton, Ontario, Vaughan, Ontario, Mississauga, Ontario

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 $1,075/week
Overnight Coed10756-1717Temagami, Ontario

Code-it Hacks  

Kingsview Vilage, Toronto; 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 7 to 18
  • Coed
  • from $150/session
Day, Program, family Coed1507-1818Kingsview Vilage, Toronto, Ontario, Bloor West Village, Toronto, ON
  • 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 Coed1904-1619Ottawa, Ontario

Neighbour Note Day Camps  

Bloor West Village, Toronto; Mimico, Toronto

  • Music (multi)
  • Day

Toronto's premier camps run by University Professors, TDSB Teachers, and extraordinary Musicians! (PhD, DMA). Our Rock Band camp instructor performed for over 10 000 people when his band opened for KISS in Mexico City!

  • Ages 5 to 18
  • Coed
  • from $275/week
Day Coed2755-1820Bloor West Village, Toronto, Ontario, Mimico, Toronto,
  • Art (multi)
  • Day, Program

Creative summer camps to ignite your child's imagination! From drawing, painting & sculpting to musical theatre and acting, there is something for every child at the Aurora Cultural Centre. Fun, friends & fantasy await!

  • Ages 4 to 15
  • Coed
  • from $35/program
Day, Program Coed354-1521Aurora, Ontario

Kilcoo Camp  

Minden; Moore Park, Toronto

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Overnight

Founded in 1932, Kilcoo has an earned reputation as one of Canada's foremost traditional summer camps and outdoor education centres. Boys come to Kilcoo from all over the world to engage in over 15 instructed activities.

  • Ages 8 to 15
  • Boys
  • from $1,700/2 weeks
Overnight Boys17008-1522Minden, Ontario, Moore Park, Toronto, Ontario

Idea Lab Kids Oakville  

Oakville

  • Education: STEM
  • Day, Program

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 14
  • Coed
  • from $154/week
Day, Program Coed1544-1423Oakville, Ontario

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 Coed42-1824King, Nobleton
  • 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, Girls3005-1725Oshawa, Ontario
  • 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 $150/program
Day, Program Coed1507-1826Vancouver, British Columbia

Cedar Ridge Camp  

Bancroft

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Overnight

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

  • Ages 6 to 16
  • Coed
  • from $900/week
Overnight Coed9006-1627Bancroft, Ontario

Camp Nokomis  

Fergus

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Overnight

Nokomis is unique in that we are a boy's camp in July and a girl's camp in August; all of our leaders have come up "through the ranks": camper to L.I.T. to Staff to Senior Staff.

  • Ages 7 to 16
  • Girls, Boys
  • from $1,199/session
Overnight Girls, Boys11997-1628Fergus, Ontario

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 $530/session
Overnight, family Coed5305-1629London, Ontario, Leamington, Ontario, Port Severn, Ontario

Lovell International Camps   

International

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Day, Overnight

Canadian run camp in the Swiss Alps. Offering a host of sports and activities including: Language, Skiing, Tennis, Golf, Horse Riding, Hiking, Mountain Biking, River Rafting, Cultural Excursions & Overnight Expeditions.

  • Ages 6 to 18
  • Coed
  • from $3,800/3 weeks
Day, Overnight Coed38006-1830International, ---------------, International,

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 $945/week
Overnight, family Coed9457-1831Temagami, Ontario

Junior Red Riders  

Markham

  • Sport: BMX / Motocross
  • Day

Can your child ride a two wheeled bicycle? Then 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 Coed1006-1232Markham, Ontario

Wanda's Creative Clay  

Lawrence Park, Toronto

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • 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 Coed183-10033Lawrence Park, Toronto, Ontario

Active Scholars  

Ajax; Guelph; North Toronto, Toronto

  • Education (multi)
  • Day

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 $185/week
Day Coed1857-1334Ajax, Ontario, Guelph, Ontario, North Toronto, Toronto, Ontario

Toronto Zoo - Zoo Camp  

Rouge, Toronto

  • Science: Zooology/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 Coed2804-1635Rouge, Toronto, Ontario

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 $245/week
Day Coed2454-1336Rexdale, Toronto, Ontario

Bricks 4 Kidz Woodbridge  

Vaughan; Woodbridge

  • Education (multi)
  • Day, Program

With several camp themes, your child will be sure to have an experience they will never forget. We do two structured builds a day, along with games and art and crafts related to our theme of the week.

  • Ages 4 to 10
  • Coed
  • from $175/week
Day, Program Coed1754-1037Vaughan, Ontario, Woodbridge, Ontario
  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Day, Overnight

A traditional camp experience providing opportunities to connect with nature, build life-long friendships and encounter God through a variety of fun activities, great facilities and friendly staff.

  • Ages 6 to 15
  • Coed
  • from $220/week
Day, Overnight Coed2206-1538Kitchener, Ontario
  • 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 $49/session
Day, Program Coed495-1839Oakville, Ontario

STEAMlabs  

Downtown West, Toronto; Don Mills, Toronto; Wallace Emerson, Toronto

  • Education: STEM
  • Day, Program

A hi-tech maker space for curious hands-on kids. We use the latest tools and technologies, like 3D printing and laser cutting, to help your child bring their ideas to life.

  • Ages 6 to 17
  • Coed
  • from $200/session
Day, Program Coed2006-1740Downtown West, Toronto, Ontario, Don Mills, Toronto, Ontario, Wallace Emerson, Toronto, Ontario

Me to We Take Action Camp  

Bethany; Corktown, Toronto

  • Education: Social Justice/Empowerment
  • Overnight

Take Action Camp are where kids who care, thrive. Young people will discover their potential through interactive team-building, specialized workshops, and volunteer experience, in a fun and inclusive environment!

  • Ages 9 to 18
  • Coed
  • from $1,100/week
Overnight Coed11009-1841Bethany, Ontario, Corktown, Toronto, Ontario

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 7 to 15
  • Girls
  • from $1,250/week
Overnight Girls12507-1542Sharbot Lake, Ontario

Arrowsmith School Cognitive Intensive Program  

Peterborough; South Hill, Toronto

  • 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 Coed50008-8843Peterborough, Ontario, South Hill, Toronto, Ontario

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 Coed3905-1644Torrance, Ontario

YMCA John Island Camp  

Sudbury; Blind River

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Overnight, family

JOHN ISLAND CAMP is exclusively located in the North Channel of Lake Huron and offers a variety of traditional, leadership, and kayak/canoe tripping programming.

  • Ages 6 to 16
  • Coed
  • from $529/week
Overnight, family Coed5296-1645Sudbury, Ontario, Blind River, Ontario

Kids in the Spotlight  

Gabriola; 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 Coed5003-1846Gabriola, British Columbia, Jasper, Alberta, Montreal, Québec

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 17
  • Coed
  • from $684/week
Day, Overnight Coed6846-1747Haliburton, Ontario

YMCA of Simcoe Muskoka   

Orillia; Midland

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

A variety of values based camp programs offered through our day, family, leadership and overnight camps throughout the Simcoe Muskoka region

  • Ages 6 to 17
  • Coed
  • from $175/week
Day, Overnight, family Coed1756-1748Orillia, Ontario, Midland,
  • 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 Coed2905-1849Canning, Nova Scotia

Laurus Summer Camp  

Westmount; Laval; Beaconsfield

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Day

Montreal & Laval's #1 lifestyle summer day camp that blends fun, education and specialty training in arts, academics and sports! Weekly program for kids ages 3 to 15! Registration is Open for 2019!

  • Ages 3 to 15
  • Coed
  • from $150/week
Day Coed1503-1550Westmount, Québec, Laval, , Beaconsfield,

YMCA Wanakita  

Haliburton Highlands

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Day, Overnight

A co-ed camp offering 1, 2 and 4-week Overnight and 1-week Day Camp sessions. We offer leadership development, a wide range of activities, tripping, a sense of belonging and fun. Come have the time of your life!

  • Ages 7 to 16
  • Coed
  • from $940/session
Day, Overnight Coed9407-1651Haliburton Highlands, Ontario

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,*"5' 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 $545/week
Day Coed5454-1552Bridle Path, Toronto, Ontario

Earthbound Kids  

Whitchurch - Stouffville; Newmarket

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Day, Overnight

An unforgettable outdoor day camp that includes: Athletics, Swimming, Horseback Riding, Animal Care, BMXing, Zip Lines, Gardening, Cooking, Drama, Crafts, Leadership for young teens and more!

  • Ages 4 to 14
  • Coed, Girls
  • from $355/week
Day, Overnight Coed, Girls3554-1453Whitchurch - Stouffville, Ontario, Newmarket, Ontario
  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Overnight, family

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

  • Ages 1 to 21
  • Coed
  • from $1/week
Overnight, family Coed11-2154Minden, Ontario

Aviation Immersion Camp  

Mississauga

  • Adventure: Aviation
  • Day, family

A multi-level year-round camp with 4 exciting workstations each designed to develop aviation knowledge and flying skills. Critical thinking, confidence and leadership are the driving forces behind these dynamic programs.

  • Ages 10 to 18
  • Coed, Girls, Boys
  • from $95/program
Day, family Coed, Girls, Boys9510-1855Mississauga, Ontario

Idea Lab Kids Calgary  

Calgary

  • Education: STEM
  • Day, Program

Idea Lab provides classes, camps ranging from Cooking, Robotics, 3D Art, Engineering and Science. At Idea Lab children learn through hands-on-activities utilizing Critical-thinking Skills and a great deal of IMAGINATION!

  • Ages 3 to 14
  • Coed
  • from $30/week
Day, Program Coed303-1456Calgary, Alberta

Academic Camp Canada  

Mill Bay; International; Saint John

  • Education (multi)
  • Day, Overnight

A challenging academic Summer camp with 30 hours of learning per week, including 14 different subjects of sciences, maths and even robotics, with exciting activities and trips on a spectacular Canadian campus'!

  • Ages 12 to 18
  • Coed
  • from $6,000/3 weeks
Day, Overnight Coed600012-1857Mill Bay, British Columbia, International, , Saint John, New Brunswick

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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