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.

FEATURED
  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Overnight Camp

An award winning Christian summer camp in Muskoka for ages 5 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
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  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Virtual Program

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
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COOKSMART   

Bloor West Village, Toronto; Mississauga

  • Arts: Cooking
  • Virtual Program

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
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Ruth Rumack's Learning Space   

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

  • Education: Academic/Tutoring
  • Virtual 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
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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.

FEATURED
  • Arts: Visual arts (multi)
  • Program

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
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Kandalore   

Minden

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Overnight 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
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Code-it Hacks   

Bloor West Village, Toronto; High Park, Toronto

  • Computer (multi)
  • Day 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
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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
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FEATURED
  • 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
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InterVarsity Circle Square Ranch Big Clear Lake   

Hamilton; Huntsville; Land O' Lakes Tourist Region

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Overnight 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
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Radiant Girls   

Burlington; Tillsonburg

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Overnight Camp, Day Camp, Virtual Program

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

  • Ages 7 to 18
  • Girls
  • from $180
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Outward Bound Canada   

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

  • Adventure (multi)
  • Day Camp, Overnight 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
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The Maker Bean Cafe   

Dufferin Grove, Toronto; Wallace Emerson, Toronto

  • Computer (multi)
  • 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
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FEATURED
  • 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
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  • Computer (multi)
  • Virtual 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
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Fraser Lake Camp   

Bancroft; Whitchurch - Stouffville

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Overnight Camp

We have a rich history and a rooted community. We provide a variety of land and water sports in a supportive and inclusive environment. Our staff are positive role models and the culture they create is our biggest asset. Read more...

  • Ages 8 to 16
  • Coed
  • from $434
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  • Computer: Computer programming (multi)
  • Day Camp, Program, Virtual Program

World class coding and robotics curriculum for kids. After-school programs, Camps, Birthday Parties and much more. Virtual Classes also available. Read more...

  • Ages 5 to 18
  • Coed
  • from $150
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  • Arts: Comedy
  • Virtual Program

The Second City's totally digital, totally FUN comedy camps will engage your children for four hours of fun and creativity -- with other kids! Read more...

  • Ages 7 to 18
  • Coed
  • from $250
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Sports Camps Canada   

High Park, Toronto; North Toronto, Toronto; Calgary; Vancouver

  • Sport (multi)
  • Day Camp, Program

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 17
  • Coed
  • from $235
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  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Virtual Program

Explore unique science and tech programs at Ontario Tech, including LEGO, Coding, Minecraft and more! Virtual camps will require minimal parent support once the camp site has been successfully accessed. Read more...

  • Ages 6 to 17
  • Coed
  • from $90
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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
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  • Sport: Basketball
  • 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
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  • Education: Instructor lead (group)
  • Day Camp, Virtual Program

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
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Silver Lake Wesleyan Camp   

Western Lanark County

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Overnight 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
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Neilson Park Creative Centre   

Markland Wood, Toronto

  • Arts (multi)
  • Program

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
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  • 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
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The GO Project   

Humber Valley Village, Toronto; Barrie; Oro Medonte

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Day Camp

A camp for change makers. Daily crafts, games and activities centred around a theme of giving back to the community and the world... putting faith and love into action. Read more...

  • Ages 6 to 18
  • Coed
  • from $50
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Medeba Summer Camp   

Haliburton

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • 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
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Laurus Summer Camp   

Throughout Quebec (6)

  • 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
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Active Scholars   

North Toronto, Toronto; Ajax; Guelph

  • Education: STEM
  • Day Camp, PA Day

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
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Silver Lake Mennonite Camp   

Throughout Ontario (17)

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Day 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
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  • Arts (multi)
  • Day Camp, Overnight 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
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SportLife   

Montreal; Pierrefonds; Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue

  • Sport (multi)
  • Day 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
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Roseneath Theatre   

Downtown West, Toronto

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Virtual 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
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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
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Families in the Spotlight   

Gabriola; Jasper; Montreal

  • Arts: Musical Theatre
  • Day Camp, Overnight 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
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Code Ninjas Meadowvale   

Mississauga

  • Computer (multi)
  • Program

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
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  • Education: STEM
  • Virtual Program

uOttawa Engineering Outreach offers a wide range of programs in engineering, science, technology, and coding for both kids and teens. From summer camps to clubs and afterschool programs, as well as credited courses. Read more...

  • Ages 5 to 17
  • Coed, Girls
  • from $20
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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
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  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Overnight 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
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The Michelangelo Code   

Brampton; Mississauga; Vaughan

  • Computer: Video Game/Web Design
  • Program, Virtual Program

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
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Young People's Theatre/YPT   

St Lawrence, Toronto

  • Arts: Theatre Arts
  • Virtual Program

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
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Kilcoo Camp   

Moore Park, Toronto; Minden

  • 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
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  • Education (multi)
  • Day Camp, Program, Virtual 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
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Bear Creek Outdoor Centre   

Ottawa; Renfrew

  • 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
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Rockstar Music   

Annex, Toronto; Vaughan

  • Arts: Music (multi)
  • Program

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
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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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