Types of summer camp in Burlington
Why restrict yourself to one camp or one interest? There are many possibilities as seen below. The breadth of camp options means you can explore a variety of subjects and interests, and learn about things you might not have considered before. Take a look!
Sports camps in Burlington
For kids and teens who love athletics, camps throughout the city specialize in sports instruction — or quite often in specific sports, including ziplining, rock climbing, horseback riding and many others. Click on links below to find lists of camps that specialize in the sport listed (at the top of listings) or offer that sport as part of a broader selection of activities (further down the list).
Educational camps in Burlington
Burlington kids and teens can extend learning into the summer at education camps throughout the city. If you have a specific passion or interest, chances are there are camps with curriculum focused on that interest. Check out some of the more popular educational subjects listed below and find a list of camps, with camps specializing in that interest at the top of the list, and camps that at least offer activities in it further down the page.
Tech camps in Burlington
A growing number of kids' camps focus on emerging technologies. These camps are often interactive learning fun, where you meet and work with other tech lovers from throughout Peel Halton. Instructors at these camps often have a profession in the subject, and kids come away from these fired up to learn more. Find your passion below and find camps specializing it at the top of the list, with camps that at least offer activities in that field further down.
Arts camps in Burlington
Indulge your inner artiste! Explore your passion for a full week or longer at day camps and other programs throughout the city. Click on the arts interests listed below and find Burlington camps that focus on it (top of the list) or at least offer that activity (further down the page).
Exceptional needs camps in Burlington
Families whose kids have developmental or physical challenges can find many camps that appeal to these kids in the Burlington-Oakville and area, as well as others nearby. Camps offer trained counselors, specially designed facilities and other aspects that suit the needs of kids and teens facing special challenges. You can use our advanced search to find camps specializing in (top of the lists) or at least supporting (further down) the following concerns.
More types of camps available in Burlington:
More camps nearby
Camps listed above include camps in Hamilton, Burlington, Ancaster, Dundas, Crown Point East and West, Gibson, Roseland, and Millcroft. You can also find pages on our site dedicated to cities and regions nearby, including the following:
Why go to camp?
For Burlington parents, here’s a brief glance at the benefits of sending kids to camp.
Camp increases social connections. For many kids, time at summer camp is the place where important, sometimes lifelong, friendships begin. A number of aspects unique to kids’ camp — the freedom, the fun, the openness of being outdoors — make it entirely different from school, socially. Kids are there more by choice than they are in school, and this increases the chance of finding like-minded friends.
Exposure to nature. It's a world where our closeness to nature dwindles constantly and some argue is more critical than ever. If you want to increase your children’s eco-awareness, there are few ways better than to send them to camp. This is especially true of camps in Muskoka or Algonquin Park. Time outdoors also has demonstrated positive effects on mental wellbeing.
Simplify life. Many camps implicitly teach simpler living and offer an important change of pace. This can include short term removal from the world of social media overexposure and binge-watching.
An environment that encourages healthy living. From physical activity to fresh outdoor air, camp brings home to kids that being active can be fun. There is no doubt that some camps give kids a full day, but they'll know that activity, interacting with others, just moving around has been good for them. It will just feel good!
Improved character and self-esteem. Camp exposes kids to many activities where they develop important soft skills like cooperation, teamwork and leadership development. Kids interact in a variety of groups, often by design, and in each scenario, kids can take on different roles and learn new things about themselves.
Hard skills. Many of the camps linked to above offer training and education in areas that will be increasingly important career opportunities in the future. Time at camp developing skills has great value and can even be included in a resume. In some cases, exposure to specific learning and lessons at camps can be life-changing.
Fun. Pure playtime - anything from soccer scrimmaging, to wet fun in a splash park, to playing gaga together - is good for kids in and of itself. Kids let go of stress and laugh together. It’s as beneficial and necessary as oxygen and fresh water. Really, do we need to explain this?!
You can also take a longer look at the benefits of kids' camps.
Learn all you can about Burlington kids' camps
Parents in Burlington can meet camps face-to-face at open houses or contact them through email (from profile links in the list above) to learn more about them. One of the most efficient ways of meeting many camps all at once is at the Toronto Camp Expo, held every February. The expo offers a chance to meet with more than 50 camps all under one roof. Many top camps from throughout the Greater Toronto Area are present as well as many others from elsewhere in the province. And every year, a number of camps in Burlington are represented. Read more about the expo or register now.