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Our Kids Camp & Program Reviews

Objective, detailed reviews of camps and programs.

On this page, you'll find: i. Capsule reviews ii. Parent & camper reviews

Our Take

i. Capsule reviews: Written by staff writers of Our Kids. Each review provides an objective, thumbnail sketch of a camp’s strengths, community, and position within the spectrum of camps and programs available across the country.

Our Take

ii. Parent & camper reviews: You’ll also find reviews of the camps from parents, campers and alumni.


No program is for every child, but for every child there is one in which she will feel comfortable, challenged, engaged; where he’ll enter a group of peers that share a core set of interests, passions, and abilities. Use the headers below to sort camps by name, location and whether they have reviews. You can also search for specific terms with the search bar.

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  • 1-UP Leadership Programs at Ernescliff College


    Toronto, Ontario
    3 reviews

    Our Take on 1-UP Leadership Programs at Ernescliff College

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    Leadership programs are a common element of a traditional camp experience, and the 1-UP programs reflect the best of them: positive mentorship; training in ethical and empathetic leadership; collaboration. Where it departs is in the setting—at Ernescliff College participants work together in the heart of the city as well as, with the Caribou sessions, at the edge of a lake. The benefits are many, including an ability for teens to attend throughout the year, through weekend and evening offerings, in addition to the intensive summer sessions. The focus is on service and community involvement, and projects are specific and object oriented. The sessions in Quebec City open the experience in some key ways, broadening the scope and reach of the Toronto programs. The values piece is also a draw.
     


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    Parent & camper reviews of 1-UP Leadership Programs at Ernescliff College

    Faith and Outdoors

    Anonymous (parent )

    My son enjoyed learning more about his faith as well as the outdoor activities!

    Great Time

    Barbara (parent )

    Our son looks forward to his time at Camp Caribou every year since it started and he has always had a great time with everyone.

    Generosity and Commitment

    Elizabeth (parent )

    I have had several of my sons go through the Big Picture Seminar for grade 9 students, as well as the Quebec Citizens Project and all my boys of age attend Caribou Boys Camp. They have had amazing experiences and are happy to go each year and it’s given them a great opportunity to show generosity and commitment! Thank you!


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Toronto 0 3
  • Academic Camp Canada


    Mill Bay, British Columbia
    4 reviews

    Our Take on Academic Camp Canada

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    Academic Camp Canada, as the name suggests, an academic camp: kids attend to build facility with various aspects of the school curricula. That said, the experience goes well beyond the purely tutorial. Campers arrive from across Canada and around the world to two of the most inspiring academic environments in the country: the west coast camp is hosted at Brentwood College, and the east coast camp is hosted at Rothesay Netherwood School. Brentwood, with views of the ocean and the mountains from anywhere on campus, is easily a contender for the most beautiful campus in Canada. It’s close to nature, with lots of outdoor spaces for students to gather and interact. Rothesay, for its part, is also something of a jaw dropper. It dates to 1874 when the brilliantly named Ezekiel Stone Wiggins founded Thompson's School, a coed day school. The school remains true to a tradition of academic excellence, and the campus is rich with reminders of its long history. It’s also the alma mater of John Peters Humphrey, primary author of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In all of that an much more, these are inspiring places. When campers arrive they join a community of academically oriented peers, in settings that celebrate the length and breadth of what education can offer. Administration is top-notch, with comprehensive support for campers arriving from next door, or the other side of the globe.


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    Parent & camper reviews of Academic Camp Canada

    an amazing place

    Yana (16y/o) student from Bulgaria (student/camper)

    You have to come to Academic Camp Canada because it is such an amazing place. You can see so many beautiful things, learn more as well as swim in the river with a view on a waterfall

    an amazing place

    Yana (16y/o) student from Bulgaria (student/camper)

    You have to come to Academic Camp Canada because it is such an amazing place. You can see so many beautiful things, learn more as well as swim in the river with a view on a waterfall

    cool programme with perfect teachers

    Carlo (15yo) student from Germany (student/camper)

    Favourite subject was computer science with perfect teachers and we learnt a lot of cool stuff including robot building and racing! I have experienced learning in classes whilst discovering canada and Vancouver and having a lot of fun and making lots of friends from different countries.. its super cool


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Mill Bay 0 4
  • Adventure Valley


    Thornhill, Ontario

    Our Take on Adventure Valley

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    Adventure Valley provides a true camp experience with the benefit of being close to home. Transportation is a plus, as are the other amenities, such as lunch. The holiday and PA day camps are also a draw, given that they allow a continuity through a child's year, returning to the same environment at intervals even outside of the summer months. The program is very established, with strong staff, and breadth of programming, including the basics and beyond. 


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  • Albion Hills Field Centre


    Caledon , Ontario

    Our Take on Albion Hills Field Centre

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    Located at the headwaters of the Oak Ridges Moraine, Albion Hills Conservation Area is a natural heritage site comprised of more than 1200 acres of mixed-use green space. Founded in 1955, it's the first conservation facility of its kind in Ontario (as well as home to perhaps the largest breeding colony of herons in Southern Ontario). As such, the property has been a focal point of environmental stewardship for upwards of half a century, and the summer camps were begun in order to extend the work of the field centre. The facilities are exceptional, with all the mod cons and then some. The resources are many and varied, and the camps make good use of all of them. The trails are extensive, and the natural heritage is as well, and the camps seek to allow time engage actively with the habitat and the wildlife populations that it supports. The human resources are notable as well, and campers enter a setting of expertise, interacting with nature with those who have invested their lives in promoting environmental awareness and conservation. The camps are relatively new, though the setting, facilities, resources, and culture are long established and exceptionally managed.
     


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  • Animation Portfolio Workshop Boot Camp


    Toronto, Ontario

    Our Take on Animation Portfolio Workshop Boot Camp

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    It’s often said that the way to improve at tennis is to play someone better, that a challenge lifts skills and confidence. That’s true of all things, perhaps, including animation. When participants enter sessions at APW, they’re entering an environment of excellence, one that is populated by instructors and peers who are at the top of their games. Founded in 1999 by Vince Peets and Gerard Sternik, both former instructors of Sheridan College, APW was created to allows kids to learn by doing based in an understanding that, per Peets, “experience is a big motivator.” Gaining experience with people who speak the same language, and who have navigated the geography of professional illustration and animation, is as well. While developing skills, participants gain insight into the various paths they might take to their careers, and very purposefully build their portfolios with those paths in mind. In all, it’s a strong, proven program, as inspiring as it is successful in developing the skills and talents of those who attend.
     


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Toronto 0 0
  • Animation, Architecture and Illustration Summer Art Camp by PortPrep


    Guelph, Ontario
    4 reviews

    Our Take on Animation, Architecture and Illustration Summer Art Camp by PortPrep

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    PortPrep doesn’t look like a traditional camp, to be sure, but for those who participate within it, it functions in exactly that way: allowing them to grow into an understanding of who they are, and what they can do, while engaging with people who themselves have made a life in that milieu. Students come from across North America from British Columbia, Alberta, from Maine to Texas and even from as far away as Saudi Arabia. Here they interact with peers and mentors who are at the top of their games. For example, have sessions with Mike L Murphy, the animator who created Gollum from Lord of the Rings, and directed the animated sequences in Diary of a Wimpy Kid, who teaches from his studio in California. Most people don’t know that name, perhaps, but for the kids who gravitate to PortPrep, it’s something akin to a guitar player getting to know Keith Richards.

    That experience itself can be transformative, though the goal, as the name implies, is to help young people take the next step toward their personal goals, that is, creating a portfolio that will help gain acceptance to post-secondary animation program. And they do. “You have NO idea how long I've wanted to type out this email,” wrote a past camper to his instructors after gaining a place at Sheridan College. “It feels as unreal as it sounds … You and Garth both gave me a proper start in this huge (and mildly painful) journey and I would've never been able to finally come to this point without your help.” In that, and much else, it's a one-of-a-kind program with a lot to recommend it. 


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    Parent & camper reviews of Animation, Architecture and Illustration Summer Art Camp by PortPrep

    Real Life Results After PortPrep Animation Camp

    Sam Weinberger (alumni)

    "I wanted to give you a little update: after graduating Boston U School of Visual Arts with a full ride, I have finally become the real artist that I’ve always wanted to be. :) This summer I landed a design internship in the big apple..right in downtown Manhattan!Thanks again for sticking with me back in the day when I couldn’t draw a straight line - it has really paid off! So excited and I can only thank you for all of your help!"

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    Robert Simpson (parent )

    "We came away from our first meeting with PortPrep with a warm fuzzy feeling that there was a genuine interest and some genuine care about how our daughter could proceed. It was an interest they had that they knew they had a person they knew they could mold and that she was capable. When she got accepted into Sheridan Animation we all shed a little tear of happiness! It was kinda like I was handing my trust off to make sure she would be steered to where we and she wanted her to go. There's a lot of faith involved in that but I think the finished product was worth the investment and.worth the time. We are very pleased with the experience and again I couldn't recommend it more" think the finished product was worth the investment and.worth the time. We are very pleased with the experience and again I couldn't recommend it more"

    Animation Camp Review

    Andrew Wing (alumni)

    "I would recommend it to other people because it's very open. Their not judging you on what level you are. It's just simply that you come here to draw, you come here to learn and that's what you get!"


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Guelph 0 4
  • Apostrophe Kids


    Oakville, Ontario
    4 reviews

    Our Take on Apostrophe Kids

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    At ApostropheKids, students are granted opportunities to gain more substantive experience with numeracy and language. The pillars of the math program include building experience with critical thinking math problems, developing problem-solving skills, and gaining proficiency with competition-based forms of questions. Similarly, development of literacy skills centre around effective communication, while exercising a natural affinity for critical thinking, public speaking, comprehension and spelling. It’s challenging, to be sure, though with the support and individual attention that delivers proficiency and confidence in both academics and life.


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    Parent & camper reviews of Apostrophe Kids

    Parent of student in AK1A

    R.F. (parent )

    Over the past two semesters, our son has gone from constructing single sentences to multi-sentence paragraphs. He has learned how to collect all his ideas and effectively write them down. Using grade 4 vocabulary, that has advanced him well above his peers. His grade 2 classroom teacher has stated several times that he is reading at a grade 4 level. His teacher has also commented on how he’s the most improved student currently in her class. Our son’s reading has taken off to a new level. He can quietly sit down and read an entire 30 page book given to him by Apostrophe Kids, this on its own is a huge improvement. He used to get very frustrated with 10 page books, now he prefers to read at night over playing with his iPad. When we went on vacation this past winter break, he asked us to buy him a new novel to read while away, and you know what, he finished it. Apostrophe Kids has definitely made him very confident and encouraged his daily reading. There is no doubt that his spelling has dramatically improved. He has managed to ace all his grade 2 weekly spelling tests over the past few months. His teacher has also stated multiple times that he is extremely confident when speaking in front of the entire class. Our son has gone from a B- to a B+ to most recently an A+ in Language Arts from September 2018 to April 2019 on his report card. This makes him extremely excited to the point where he wants to finish his Apostrophe Kids homework and any reading and writing involved with school.

    Parent of student in AK1A

    T.C. (parent )

    My daughter has showen great improvements since she began studying at Apostrophe Kids. As a non-native English speaker, she has progressed significantly with her English proficiency with the help from instructors at Apostrophe Kids. Most notably, she is writing in English with more confidence now. She is showing progress in word selection, paragraph structuring, and organizing ideas. We cherish the opportunity offered by Apostrophe Kids to foster her presentation skills. Presenting has always been a weakness for her and there is still a long way to go, but she is catching up with the rest of her peers. Teachers at Apostrophe Kids have been super patient and kind in guiding my daughter to become more confident in giving presentation in public. Reading is my daughter’s favourite after school activity. But only at Apostrophe Kids, teachers give detailed analysis and ask thought provoking questions of books, which brought her reading skills to a higher level. Thanks to the hard work of all staff at Apostrophe Kids, my daughter gained great progress in her English. We are expecting her to continue with her great learning experiences and particularly, become a good presenter.

    Parent of student in AK2A

    S.E. (parent )

    When we decided to have my son join Apostrophe Kids, our hope was that he would build greater confidence in his public speaking skills. Now that we are nearing the end of his first year at Apostrophe Kids, he is walking away with so much more! My son is an enhanced learner however, he does not always put in his best effort into his work. During his time at Apostrophe Kids I have seen a change in how he approaches his work. He actually enjoys reading the weekly reading comprehensions, working on the novel studies, creating the oral presentations and presenting in front of the class. This year I saw improvements in his spelling. When he does written work I have noticed that the vocabulary he taps into has grown immensely. When he first started, his sentences were very simple. Now he takes pride in writing complex sentences that are becoming more creative as the weeks progress. When asked to do presentations, he takes the time to practice his delivery, which is greatly encouraged by the teachers at Apostrophe Kids. The teachers also gave an opportunity for students to present their final book report in a variety creative mediums. My son chose to combine his presentation with a commercial he created. The quality of his presentation was incredible! More importantly he had a blast creating it. The teachers at Apostrophe Kids gave descriptive feedback on my son’s writing throughout the year so that we knew where there were improvements along with areas that still needed more focus and practice. The value of this feedback gave me, as a parent, a true insight of how he was performing. Most recently, my son worked on creating an essay. Writing has always been a challenge for him. The teachers knew just how to manage his learning style. By focusing on one paragraph at a time it took the pressure off of him to create one large piece of writing. When he was done, he had written a strong essay without feeling frustrated. I am so pleased at the learning I have seen with my son during his time at Apostrophe Kids. When my son looks forward to going to class each week, I know we made the right decision to join Apostrophe Kids!


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Oakville 0 4
  • Army and Navy Academy Summer Camp


    Carlsbad, California

    Our Take on Army and Navy Academy Summer Camp

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    Army and Navy Academy is a military academy cast in the mold of like schools throughout the US, including West Point. They have a long history, to be sure, and they represent a rich educational tradition, one that Army and Navy is rightly very proud to take part within. Founded in 1910, students are attracted to Army and Navy by those traditions, and throughout their time at the school they remain cognizant of their place within something much larger than themselves. The life of the school is structured and highly organized and that, too, is a primary draw. Character and ethical leadership are the key foci of the program, whether or not students are looking forward to a career in the military.

    While the summer programs aren’t school proper, they extend the work of the academic program, and similarly are based around challenge and personal growth. Values are a key aspect, with participants working together toward common goals. While the challenges may be significant, the rewards are as well, including a sense of accomplishment, inclusion, resilience, and growth.


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Carlsbad 0 0
  • Arrowsmith School Cognitive Intensive Program


    Toronto, Ontario
    1 reviews

    Our Take on Arrowsmith School Cognitive Intensive Program

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    The Arrowsmith School was founded in 1980 by Barbara Arrowsmith-Young to provide support for struggling learners. The school has been an object of interest ever since, due to the concept that Arrowsmith-Young built her program around. "If we look at a lot of special education programs, the majority assume the learner is fixed," she said. "What my program is saying is that we can change the learner so they can learn." While there are many things that set the school apart, that sense of what is possible is prime among them. The Cognitive Intensive Program extends the work of the school, based in a like model and similar goals. Each year it hosts both adults and school age students who arrived from literally from around the world--as close as the US, and as far as Australia. They come because of the success of the program as well as its uniqueness—there is literally nothing like it in terms of approach and outcomes. And the outcomes are these: taking struggling learners, specifically around cognitive function and symbol relations, and helping them develop as learners and growing into a more accurate understanding of their academic abilities and what they are capable of. It’s life-changing in every way. The program promises a lot, and it consistently delivers all of that and more. 


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    Parent & camper reviews of Arrowsmith School Cognitive Intensive Program

    Cognitive Intensive Program - Week 3 Improvements

    Adult student (student/camper)

    “I’m noticing that my reading comprehension is better. I’m studying at night while here in Toronto, so I don’t get too far behind. I’ve always struggled with Latin. I need to have it for my degree and it’s been a real challenge up till now. This past week I’ve noticed that I am getting about 60% of my translation correct on the first try, compared to about 5-10% before doing the CIP. That is very satisfying. I’m reading my text books faster and not as much as I did before. I have more energy. And, my roommate tells me that I’m talking more and making more sense when I talk. So, I think that is all good. I’m really pleased to see what has taken place in the first three weeks, and can’t wait to see what will happen in the next three.”


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  • Base de Plein Air Jean-Jeune


    Vendée, Quebec
    2 reviews

    Our Take on Base de Plein Air Jean-Jeune

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    Jean-Jeune has a long and vibrant history, and there has been a camp here since the early part of the last century. It was first created by Bishop Forget, Bishop of the Diocese of Saint-Jean, who lead fishing trips here, which then evolved into a more defined facility. There aren’t any buildings remaining from that time—the first were tents—but the desire remains the same as the one that inspired Forget: to get young people together, in nature, working cooperatively, and experiencing life in a different set of priorities than those that characterise the hustle and bustle of the city. The programming includes all the traditional activities, with a focus on cooperative games and challenge by choice. The camp has very intentionally focused its approach on the emotional needs of young people, as well as the values of ecology and environmental stewardship. All is conducted in French, which, for English speakers hoping to improve their second-language skills, makes it one of the most genuinely immersive environments you can hope to find. The camp is well run, well outfitted, within a beautiful setting. Family camp sessions allow for a unqiue experience, and for some is an opportunity to gently warm younger campers to the camp concept. 
     


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    Parent & camper reviews of Base de Plein Air Jean-Jeune

    Living stories

    Jade, mother of Bouleau and Cassioppée (parent )

    We have kids who like to move, so the camp is just right for their personalities. When they return, they have made hebertism and a variety of activities outdoors. They have a lot to tell.

    A family story

    Nuage, mother of framboise, aube, hippopotame and bouton d'or (parent )

    My children loved camp Jean-Jeune so much that they went year after year. From the age of 5 to 16 years old. they did all the troops, the expedition groups and the aspiring instructors program. Moreover, two of them became instructors.


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  • Bayview Glen Camp


    Toronto, Ontario

    Our Take on Bayview Glen Camp

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    Bayview Glen provides a range of programming to appeal to a range of ages and interests, from sports to arts, with electives to underscore the need for challenge by choice. There is attention to the whole child, ensuring that minds are as active as bodies. The facilities are first rate, with both indoor and outdoor spaces. For parents, the transportation and food service, included in the cost of enrollment, are a welcome bonus.


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Toronto 0 0
  • Bear Creek Outdoor Centre


    Campbell's Bay, Quebec
    6 reviews

    Our Take on Bear Creek Outdoor Centre

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    Jill Baxter founded Bear Creek Outdoor Centre in 1999 as a means of providing meaningful outdoor experiences, something that the Centre has continued to do ever since. Baxter brought a rich CV to her role, including studies in therapeutic recreation at Trent University, and graduate studies in environmental education at Utah State University. In addition to her work at the Center, she is an instructor with the Algonquin College Outdoor Adventure Leadership program. Baxter remains as director of Bear Creek, bringing a nice continuity to the development of the programs offered here and extending the initial goals. Active Challenge is one of the means of doing that. The sessions were created to offer meaningful, mindful experiences to young women in a single-gender setting. As the name suggests, these sessions are about challenge by choice, promoting physical activity and active lifestyles in the purpose of developing confidence and positive self-concept. There’s informed attention given to all aspects of life in camp, including diet. Pascale Messier, a registered dietician councils campers about eating well—she is a public health Dietitian with the City of Ottawa, co-author of the Fuel-to-Xcell healthy school foods project—and her expertise informs the menu as well. In all, from diet to activities to lifestyle, the Active Challenge camps provide a unique opportunity for young women to engage substantially with like-minded peers. The support that the group offers to all participants can, alone, be a transformative experience.
     


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    Parent & camper reviews of Bear Creek Outdoor Centre

    Growth

    Ainslie T. (parent )

    THE BEST!!!! Our son has had 7 amazing years at BCOC and it's the highlight of every summer. They've helped us raise a more confident, caring, adventurist young teen.

    Fun

    Holly F. (parent )

    My ten year old experienced a wonderful week at Bear Creek. He came home smelly and tired with a huge smile on his face. Exactly how it should be! He would like to live at camp but is settling for a return trip next year. Thank you Jill and all of the camp staff for providing such a fun and safe adventure!

    Best Place Ever!

    Sandy D. (parent )

    best place ever!. my son Gage had the time of his life. he's excited about next summer and all the adventures it will bring. Thank you Jill, Don and counselors. sincerely, sandy and Gage.


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  • Bishop’s College School Summer Camps


    Sherbrooke, Quebec

    Our Take on Bishop’s College School Summer Camps

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    Bishop's was founded in 1836, becoming co-ed in 1972 through an amalgamation with King's Hall Compton. That long history is apparent in the traditions that remain at the school, and is apparent throughout the campus. We live in noisy world, and the site offers a nice bit of conceptual and geographic distance from it, and the environment is part of the draw for the summer programs. Participants arrive from around the world, creating a kind of United Nations for four weeks of the summer. The immersion in language is complete, both during classes, on campus, and during field trips. If there’s a better environment in which to learn a language, we’ve not found it.


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  • Black Creek Pioneer Village Day Camp


    Woodbridge, Ontario

    Our Take on Black Creek Pioneer Village Day Camp

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    It’s right to expect that Black Creek offers summer programs based in history, and certainly they do. That said, the programing is more varied, and more creative, than you’d think at first blush. Sessions range from craft programs, to superheroes saving the village from villains. Kids love to dress up, to try on new identities in new contexts, and that’s something that the setting here offers in abundance. Even for adults, it’s a chance to step away from the city, though without having to drive hours to do so. That environment is a draw, though so is the expertise and the creativity with which the programs are run. They’ve been at it a long time, and have built a strong staff and best practices. There’s certainly a lot to love, not restricted to a chance for kids to step back in time.


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Woodbridge 0 0
  • Bond Academy Day Camp


    Toronto, Ontario

    Our Take on Bond Academy Day Camp

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    Begun in 1978, Bond Academy has grown to include a wealth of programs, including those beyond the prospectus of the academy. The campus is proximate to a full range of physical resources and a rich athletics program. The camps extend the work of the school proper, allowing for academic support and enrichment through the summer months. Families are also drawn by the augmentation of the program with character and values education, which is a hallmark of the school.


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Toronto 0 0
  • Bot Camp - Specialty Robotics Programs


    Toronto, Ontario
    5 reviews

    Our Take on Bot Camp - Specialty Robotics Programs

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    As in so many camps, the real value of the programming comes from the people that campers meet when they attend, and that’s especially true in this instance. At Bot Camp they’ll work with peers who share their passions and aptitude for STEM. They’ll also enter an environment of champions; all of the instructors are award-winning, competitive robotics athletes. And they think of it in that way—it’s a sport, and they approach it as you would any sport, with drive, passion, and a thirst for challenge. The program is designed, developed, and run by Shawn Lim, who is himself an elite athlete in the world of robotics and programming. As director of district implementation for FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Canada, he has a deep experience and history with competition, having competed in the very first event in 1998. He’s vibrant, and inspiring, and runs the programs in that vein. The camp is committed to providing girls opportunities, with ample gender peers and mentors.


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    Parent & camper reviews of Bot Camp - Specialty Robotics Programs

    "The Bot Camp Staff Pulled The Best Out Of All Of Them"

    Mandy (parent )

    Without a doubt the best summer camp my three boys ever attended. They were all different ages, different personalities and different characters and yet the Bot Camp staff pulled the best out of all of them, and showed them how to work together as a team. Thank you Bot Camp!

    "One Of The Best Experiences I've Ever Had"

    Cheryl (parent )

    In the words of my 10-year-old son: ‘It was so cool! I got to build robots that could play soccer and stack blocks, and it was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had in my lifetime! I made lots of new friends AND I also had fun playing Ultimate Frisbee. The leaders were lots of fun, too.’ As a parent, I was glad to be able to offer my son the Bot Camp experience. Thanks, Bot Camp leaders, for your passion, dedication, and care.

    "The Most Fun He Has Had In A Long Time"

    Cindy (parent )

    Just a quick note to say thank you so much to the Bot Camp team for providing such a great program for my 10 year old son. His week at Bot Camp was the most fun that he has had in a long time, and we have tried a lot of different summer camps around the city. From the minute I picked him up until we got home he couldn’t stop talking about everything he had done at camp that day and what he was looking forward to doing the next day. The week flew by because he was so engaged in the program, had made some friends, liked the staff and felt like a valuable team member. I know without a doubt that he will want to return next summer and I can’t wait until my daughter is old enough to join him as well. Keep up the great work!


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Toronto 0 5
  • BrainTech Robotics


    Toronto, Ontario

    Our Take on BrainTech Robotics

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    While the STEM concept may seem relatively new, the antecedents aren’t. A telling example is the work of Miss Sophie Wolfe, a teacher at Abraham Lincoln High School in Brooklyn, New York, in the early part of the last century. Beginning in the 1920s, she invited interested students to stay after school to work on high-interest projects, creating a loosely-formed science club that would, in time, influence three Nobel laureates: Paul Berg, Arthur Kornberg, and Jerome Karl. Wolfe sought to stimulate curiosity, enjoyment, collaboration, and the application of the tools of study to real-world problems. Berg said of the experience with Wolfe that “looking back, I realise that nurturing curiosity and the instinct to seek solutions are perhaps the most important contributions that education can make.”

    Indeed, that’s exactly what BrainTech is about. While we can easily get caught up in the stuff—the tech resources on hand—it is ultimately just the tools used to get at something greater: nurturing curiosity and the instinct to seek solutions. It’s about education, but it’s also about more than that, including the values of ethical and empathic leadership and cooperation. The programs are hands-on, promoting of an array of behaviours and skills—including effective, spirited communication and collaboration—that build facility with core literacies and their application. There’s real science, but there’s real fun, too, conducted within a setting of true peers, namely kids who share the same passions and speak, as it were, the same language. Summer sessions can be nicely augmented by those offered throughout the year, including afterschool and during key holidays. Extended hours are offered, which is a nice nod to what parents need, namely a bit of flexibility from time to time.
     


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Toronto 0 0
  • Branksome Hall Day Camps


    Toronto, Ontario

    Our Take on Branksome Hall Day Camps

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    To say that Branksome Hall has a lot to offer is a massive understatement. The environment is truly singular: 13 acres of stellar facilities, from heritage buildings to state of the art science, arts, and athletics environments, including two salt-water pools. And it’s all right here, in the heart of the city. The school is famed for empowering learners, and providing opportunities for them to find their strengths and their voices, and that’s an aspect of the camp sessions.


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Toronto 0 0
  • Brentwood College School Summer Camps


    Mill Bay, British Columbia

    Our Take on Brentwood College School Summer Camps

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    There’s a lot that’s remarkable about Brentwood College beyond the obvious, which is the beauty of the campus, the stellar resources, and peaceful setting. In the 1990s, it became one of the first schools in the country to make a substantial commitment to sustainable energy, building a performing arts centre that includes a geothermal loop for heating and cooling. There’s also a salmon run along the school boundary. Brentwood is noted for both its academics and athletics, and all of the schools strengths come to bear on its summer programs. In many ways, and throughout the year, the offering at Brentwood is arguably second to none.


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  • Brick Works Academy


    Waterloo, Ontario

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    Not all camps are the same, but they all intend to do the same thing: to allow campers to learn about themselves, gain a sense of their talents, grow into a set of shared values, and then broadcast all of that to the world. David Goodfellow established Brick Works with precisely that in mind. While people normally think about summer camp as soccer balls in a park, or making pottery, he was aware that there is a huge group of children that want to learn with tech or socialize with others who share their passion and interests. That remains the core of the Brick Works offering. Kids are drawn by their interests in in subjects like Pokemon, Minecraft, or Harry Potter, and enter a community that shares those interests, and interacts with them in the same way. But that’s just the starting point. The camps allow them to grow together, work together, and exercise their minds around some shared projects. The success of the program is evident in its popularity with families, and its growth, now with multiple locations throughout southern Ontario.


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  • Bricks 4 Kidz - Mississauga - Oakville - Milton - Burlington


    Mississauga, Ontario
    3 reviews

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    For kids, Bricks 4 Kids is a Lego program: they see is a chance to indulge their interest along with other kids who share it, and otherwise dive in to a lot of cool stuff. For parents and teachers, it’s a means of interesting kids in STEAM topics, and take part in summer, afterschool, weekend, and holiday programs that support and extend the school science, physics, and math curriculum. The programs are well conceived, expertly run, and informed by a thorough knowledge of the public school curricular expectations and outcomes. There’s  a lot to love. The wealth of programs both through the summer and during the school year provide a consistent outlet that children can return to, and feel comfortable in, throughout the year.


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    Parent & camper reviews of Bricks 4 Kidz - Mississauga - Oakville - Milton - Burlington

    March Break Camp 2018

    Joanne (parent )

    My son has loved his week at March break camp. Feedback from a 5 year old…”it was amazing” 🙂

    Summer Camp 2018

    Deborah (parent )

    Your camp is absolutely wonderful. I will tell everyone about it as much as I can.

    Summer Camp 2018

    Helen (parent )

    First off wanted to say we attend your Summer camp every year and it’s amazing. Teachers are amazing. Program is amazing!!! I tell everyone about your program!


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  • Bytown Brigantine Tall Ships Adventure


    Brockville, Ontario
    4 reviews

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    For many kids, camp is the only chance to really step outside of their comfort zones, whether that means getting caught in the rain, or speaking to a crowd, or simply engaging with others in a collaborative setting. At Bytown Brigantine, they’ll do all of that and sail tall ships with fully licensed youth crew on Lake Ontario, the St. Lawrence, and the Atlantic Ocean. It’s as rustic as it is unique. “It’s not a cruise,” says Christy Griffin, the executive director. “You’re stepping aboard as a crew member.” There are lots of things to do, and everyone does them. At the same time, kids learn about the weather patterns, do chart work, even prep food in the galley. Hands-on all round, and unlike activities at other camps, there’s a sense of responsibility that runs through it all: the work of the ship needs to be done, and it’s the job of everyone on board to do it. It also isn’t for the faint of heart. Griffin recalls that one year there was a girl who was terrified of heights, and resistant to getting up into the rigging. Even so, the boat is its own world, with everyone leading by example, and within a few days, she was up there, too, getting the job done and loving it. They all do, even without their phones, and devices are only available to the kids while they are in port. Different sessions take different routes, including stops along the eastern seaboard of Canada and the U.S. In some instances, the boat takes part in festivals and events, at times along other tall ships and their crews. In port, the kids are the experts, representing the ship, its crew, and interpreting the experience aboard. For the right person, it’s an unforgettable life experience.  


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    Parent & camper reviews of Bytown Brigantine Tall Ships Adventure

    Positive and life-changing activities

    M. Puskas (parent )

    I've been meaning to send a note to thank you again for everything you did for O. to attend the Black Jack Ship trip over the summer. He came home so excited and motivated. It was an amazing experience for him. He was full of stories about all of their adventures and everything he learned. I know he is looking forward to another journey. He is hooked! What a wonderful opportunity you have provided for a young man that would not have otherwise been able to have. This has helped shape him and focus his interests in healthy avenues. Thank you again.

    Not what I expected - it was better!

    T. Oung (student/camper)

    Thank you so much for an awesome summer! I loved it so much on the Black Jack. It was a thrilling experience learning how to sail. Black Jack was nothing like I had expected - it was a fun and engaging experience that challenged me in lots of ways, physically and mentally. I loved learning all the new things that came with sailing a ship. I learned the names of all the sails, the types of rigging on every sail. I cannot thank you enough for allowing me to sail on this beautiful ship. I thought I would see orcas on the water, but instead, I get beautiful sunsets. The captain taught me the physics behind the brigantine, as well as teaching me how the wind works with the ship. I am really glad you invited me to sail on the Black Jack, and I hope to come back next year.

    Loving summer sailing

    C. Gooch (student/camper)

    I recently completed the 24 Day Expedition on the Fair Jeanne and must say that it was one of my most memorable trips ever. I would like to say thank you for the bursary money that I received to make this voyage possible. I thoroughly enjoyed life aboard the ship and look forward to a future voyage. I was able to complete my Ordinary and Leading Seaman and am currently working on my Petty Officer. I plan on participating in the winter program offered through Bytown Brigantine with the goal of attaining my Petty Officer designation. The staff on board the Fair Jean are exceptional and made life aboard the ship fun and educational. I learned the importance of how to work as a team, how to become a leader and most importantly the” art of sailing” a tallship. It truly was a wonderful experience.


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  • Camp Ak-O-Mak


    Ahmic Harbour, Ontario

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    Camp Ak-O-Mak is a truly a great Canadian camp, and it shares a pedigree with another great Canadian camp, Camp Chikopi. Both were formed as sports-centred camps at a time when that really didn’t exist in any tangible way. They were created by Matt Mann, a professional swimming coach who, among many other things, served as the coach of the US Olympic team. Swimming, naturally, was an initial focus, and it remained a highlight of the camp program, though other sports were added, all of which Mann saw as sympathetic to the program’s ideals: endurance, strength, character, and participation within a cooperative environment. Rosemary Mann Dawson, daughter of the founder, took on the directorship of the camp in 1941 and served—brilliantly, astonishingly—for the next 50 years. Her career in swimming soon became as notable as that of her father, including starting a program at the University of Michigan. While running the camp, she coached there, as well as at the University of Western Ontario. In all of that and more she was a pioneer in women’s sport, demonstrating through example what young women could accomplish and the place that sport might take in their lives; in a time when female empowerment wasn’t as central to the culture as it is, thankfully, today, Mann Dawson lead the charge. That legacy remains at the heart of the camp today. It’s a place where girls grow into a sense of their abilities in all areas of their lives, are encouraged to find their voices, and are inspired to the benefits of living active, healthy lives.


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  • Camp Artaban


    North Vancouver, British Columbia

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    Operated since 1923, Camp Artaban may be the oldest consistently run camp in the province. Located on Gambier Island, in the early days campers arrived via steamship, dropped at a floating dock from which they rowed into shore. The island is more accessible today, though retains all of the things that have made it popular with artists and photographers through the years: ancient cedars and a quiet that can feel a world away from Vancouver and then some, despite being only a half-hour ferry ride away. The camp was developed under the leadership of an Anglican bishop to reflect that faith tradition and its values, something that remains today. (The name is that of the fourth member of the biblical magi, though he doesn’t arrive in time with the others, as stops to help needy people all along his way to Jerusalem.) The camp rightly makes use of all the natural resources that surround it, set on 50 acres that abuts extensive crown land. It offers age appropriate adventure, as well as specialty sessions, including a girls’ camp and leadership training. The activities are exactly, and delightfully, what you'd expect from a traditional camp in Canada—hiking, woodslore, tripping, crafts, swimming, and soaking up the spirit of the pristine setting. 
     


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  • Camp Big Canoe


    Bracebridge, Ontario

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    Camp Big Canoe began in 1931 as Camp Ahshunyoong, founded by the York County Boys’ Work Board. It was a product of its time, though grew and developed considerably through the years. It moved twice and in 1965 ownership was transferred to the United Church of Canada, which has run the program ever since, having moved to the current location on Hart Lake in 1968. One thing that has remained since the very beginning is the goal of providing a place of community and belonging, a place where young people can grow and learn together into a shared set of values. It reflects the tried and true traditions of camping, including camp craft and tripping. The site is extensive, and if you have an idea of what an overnight camp should be, this is it. The facilities have been updated over the years, and the site maintained in such a way as to keep a close interface with the surrounding natural environment as well as the camp’s long-standing traditions. A wealth of all-camp programs during the evening are a plus, bringing everyone together for active events as well as three campfires per session. Cheese House is the camp’s take on talent night, and it provides something of a touchstone for the programs; it's an opportunity for campers to get out of their comfort zones presenting songs and skits to the group as a whole, and likewise being supported and encouraged by the group. In so many ways, that and the other programs are precisely what camping is all about.
     


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  • Camp Bil-O-Wood


    Blind River, Ontario

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    Tradition is important. It provides a window onto a wider world, and a chance to tap into something larger than ourselves. That kind of tradition provides a basis for the offering at Bil-O-Wood. Founded in 1946 and run by four generations of the same family, it remains consistent with its roots, offering a chance to really engage with the foundation of camping in Canada. Kids perhaps don't really care, at least not in an intellectual way, and that's fine. What they do appreciate, whether or not they express it, is the opportunity to step outside the bustle of their lives, to spend a bit of time in nature, and to live for a time through a different set of priorities. For many families, that, very rightly, is what camp is all about. 


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  • Camp Can-Aqua


    Cardiff, Ontario
    7 reviews

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    We often tend to think first of activities at camp: what kids will do there. Camp Can-Aqua, like all great camp programs, is developed with the full range of activities, though leadership addresses itself less to the what than the why—the activities are there to provide opportunities to grow independence and character, to expose kids to new things, new ideas, and to have fun while they do all of that. That’s the spirit in which Louis Gyori founded the camp more than 30 years ago, and one that continues at the camp today. The core activities are those we associate with traditional camping, and all are applied to allowing kids gain a greater understanding of who they are and what they are capable of. There are specialty programs, including leadership training, which are a draw for many. The camp also offers family camp sessions, which is a great in and of itself, though can also provide a nice entrée to the camp experience and the culture of Can-Aqua.


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    Parent & camper reviews of Camp Can-Aqua

    A Place Where She Feels Confident

    Karen (parent )

    My daughter has always been nervous about overnight camp. Finally, she has found a place where she feels confident, safe and happy. This is her second year here. Last year, she cried when we picked her up to come home from camp after 2 weeks. This year, she’s all in for a month at camp! Camp Can Aqua is awesome!

    A place my daughter feels confident

    Karen Lawrie (parent )

    My daughter has always been nervous about overnight camp. Finally, she has found a place where she feels confident, safe and happy. This is her second year here. Last year, she cried when we picked her up to come home from camp after 2 weeks. This year, she’s all in for a month at camp! Camp Can Aqua is awesome!

    A family affair

    Yvonne Heath (parent )

    My husband and his sister were at camp more than 10 years. I was camp nurse for 5 years for 4th session. Our twins are there for their 8th year. What does that tell you?? It's our most favorite place in the world!!


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  • Camp Celtic


    Lions Head, Ontario

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    Family-run since 1984, the program at Camp Celtic has been delightfully traditional and consistent ever since. Skills are important, though relationships and care are too, something that the camp rightly prides itself on offering. The site is vast, set on 200 acres with access to Lake Huron, and supports delivery of all the traditional camp activities and then some. Leadership programs extend the theme as well as the season, with four-day leadership training session offered in the spring and fall.


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  • Camp Couchiching


    Longford Mills, Ontario

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    Couchiching isn’t the oldest camp in the country, but it shares a tradition with those that are. The camp has also long been at the leading edge of what camps can offer, and who they can offer it to. Cooch was perhaps one of the first to go entirely co-ed, which it did in the 1960s, though it had offered girls’ programs prior to that. Soon after, the administration sought to reach kids with special medical needs, and established the Ontario Cystic Fibrosis Camp. The idea, in that and other like programs that followed, was to allow kids to get beyond their exceptionalities: the camp provided the supports they needed, within a community that didn’t see them as exceptional. Today, that model is common throughout the world of camping, though at the time it was fairly groundbreaking. And while times have changed, the values haven’t, and Couchiching rightly prides itself on bringing kids together in order to grow, build friendships, and participate in a values-based community. The camp community extends well beyond the summer, or even youth—the relationships begun here continue into campers’ adult lives, as demonstrated in part through an involved community of camp alumni.


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  • Camp Courage - Girls Who Fight


    Toronto, Ontario
    8 reviews

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    The name risks sounding a bit aggressive, but Girls Who Fight (GWF) isn’t about aggression, but confidence, fitness, and situational awareness. In that, there’s a lot to love, and the increased sense of resiliency prime among the program’s benefits. Per the leadership, “We teach girls how to use their voices and body language to present themselves confidently.” That of course bleeds over into all areas of a girl’s life, including academics and social awareness. Classes are taught by experts who demonstrate and exemplify those values. As with so many camps, experiencing a different environment, one that contrasts with what girls typically experience in the day-to-day, can itself be transformational. The GWF gym is top-notch, well appointed, and supports the lessons learned within it. Girls learn strength, and power, and positive interaction. 


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    Parent & camper reviews of Camp Courage - Girls Who Fight

    'SO Impressed!'

    Mike P. (parent )

    I am SO impressed with Gemma and the Girls Who Fight school. She is teaching kids the most important skills - self defense, personal strength, self confidence - and she does it with absolute care and compassion and genuine interest in helping the girls improve. She's professional in the way she runs the school, and is very friendly and responsive with parents. My 9-year old daughter did a 1-week camp and absolutely loved it. I watched some of the classes and saw Gemma working the girls hard and imparting a massive amount of skill and knowledge, but also having tons of fun and laughs. I also saw a moment where my daughter's friend was having a rough moment, struggling with some of the techniques and not wanting to continue...but Gemma went and sat with her and gave what was clearly her full, undivided attention and encouragement, until the kid was back on the mat, laughing and learning. It was really amazing to see. I can't say enough great things about Gemma and what she's doing for kids; particularly girls, and would recommend Girls Who Fight to absolutely everyone.

    'Learned a Great Deal in a Short Period'

    Renee (parent )

    My daughter participated in GWF's two day winter camp and had an amazing time! I had enrolled her initially because I liked the idea of her learning some self defence skills but I confess that my daughter was not overly enthusiastic about attending. Her attitude changed basically as soon as she met Gemma. Gemma's passion, enthusiasm and dedication to her students is apparent upon meeting her and her positive attitude is contagious. My daughter had a wonderful time and learned a great deal in a short period. She will be back to attend Gemma's weekly class.

    'Exciting;

    Peter (parent )

    My daughter and her friend just completed a 2 day winter camp with Gemma. They came home excited about what they learned and they absolutely adored Gemma and her volunteers. Program kept the girls busy all day with relavent activity compared to other sports camps where they get to do only a couple hours of the sport listed. We will be signing her up for camps in the future.


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  • Camp Crossroads


    Torrance, Ontario

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    The location and facilities are, frankly, as good as it gets. Crossroads is in Muskoka, but it’s also very much of Muskoka, with the feel and aesthetic that makes the region so singular and charming. The range of activities includes all those you’d expect from a traditional camp—canoeing, crafts, horseback riding, leadership training—as well as a others that broaden the offering in sympathetic ways. The feel is vibrant and engaged, with the spiritual aspect adding meaning and depth to the experience. Family camp sessions are a plus, and can also provide an entrée for younger or reluctant campers before they make the move to an overnight program. There is also rich and varied programs on offer though the shoulder seasons and through the winter months. Staffing is experienced and professional, something that for the families that attend is rightly a draw.


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  • Camp Davern


    Maberly, Ontario
    2 reviews

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    Davern was established in 1946, and the values that it was founded with remain to this day. Of course, the world in 1946 was very different than today, but then, as now, there was a desire to get kids away from the stresses of life, to allow them to spread their wings a bit in a place beyond the concerns of school and home. It’s a place where kids have an opportunity to spend some time closer to nature and, by extension, through a different set of priorities and at a slower pace. The program is overseen by executive director Andrew Martin, who also directs Camp Can-Aqua, another great Canadian camp. He’s a champion of what traditional camping can bring to a young person’s life. The facilities are wonderful in that they continue to display the long history of the camp, while being up to date in all the essential ways. The site is gorgeous, which is a draw, though the values, spirit, and culture of the camp are the things that families and campers appreciate most.


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    Parent & camper reviews of Camp Davern

    A Great Experience

    Pat (student/camper)

    I wasn't sure about Davern initially, maybe it was just the thought of being away from my parents for the first time in my life. After my first night there my mind was changed. Amazing people, beautiful site, tasty food. Overall just a great experience.

    This Gorgeous Place

    Lisa Greaves (parent )

    Davern is a gorgeous place which will take kids away from the city and technology into a place where people get to know their best friends and their best selves. So thrilled to see Davern continuing to make magic and to see a camp that is more accessible financially than so many other places.


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  • Camp Ecolart


    Montreal, Quebec

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    All camps are unique, and Ecolart is a prime example of that. It offers sessions on the campus of John Abbott College, a public CEGEP on the western tip of the island of Montreal. As such, the facilities and the resources to hand—including athletic, residential, and academic—are exceptional. There are six week-long day camp sessions that run concurrently with three two-week residential sessions. There is an international flavour to the residential programs, given that many campers arrive from quite far afield. The programs are mixed, so even the day campers experience a uniquely international culture, getting to know young people from across the country and around the world. Days are active, and include some day excursions, visiting local attractions and, during some sessions, venturing as far as Ottawa and a tour of Parliament Hill. The camp provides transportation to and from the airport at the beginning and end of each residential session, which is certainly a nice plus. Ecolart is a company based in Canada that also runs programs in Squamish, BC, and San Diego, California. The administration is experienced and professional, very adept at providing a high level of service and seamless programing with the needs of both local and international campers in mind.


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  • Camp Ekon


    Rosseau, Ontario

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    Camp Ekon was established in 1971, though there’s a longer history here. The name “Ekon” is that given by the Ouendat community to 17th century Jesuit missionary Jean de Brébeuf. The property has been owned by Jesuits since the 1940s, and they used it as a place of retreat and spiritual engagement. The camp was begun as a means of extending that work. The core values and traditions are Catholic, though the day-to-day camper experience reflects the values of those traditions, rather than the liturgy per se. Services are available to those to wish to take part in them, though campers are welcome from across the breadth of faith traditions, and from outside of them as well. Again, it’s the values that the camp wishes to bring forward—service, inclusion, empathetic leadership, environmental stewardship, having a positive influence in the world—something it does movingly and well. The facilities are up to date, though reflect the history of the setting. The location is exceptional; in the heart of Muskoka, it’s, well, gorgeous in all the ways you'd expect. The activities are traditional, including out-tripping, the full range of camp craft plus sports, campfires, music and the arts. It’s a very strong offering, exceptionally administered by experienced staff and counsellors. As such, spaces fill quickly, so the earlier you book, the better.
     


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  • Camp Frenda


    Port Carling, Ontario

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    The location in the heart of Muskoka couldn’t be better, and the programs, too, are at the heart of the camping tradition. The activities are a draw, though there are larger goals at play as well—the activities, as is the case at all great camps, are a means of keeping kids active as well as working together around a shared of common goals and values. At Frenda, those values are grounded in a Christian perspective, which for many families that attend is a primary draw. Year round sessions, retreats, and family camps extend the offering.  


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  • Camp Hurontario


    Mactier, Ontario

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    Pauline Hodgetts, the current director, has recalled how her father, Birnie Hodgetts was caught in a storm during a fishing trip in 1946, and sought shelter in a bay, where he and his brother hunkered down for the night. In the morning, he said “This is where I will have my camp.” It took a bit of work (which Pauline recounts here) but, as improbable as it might seem, he did. Founded in 1947, Hurontario remains today what it was at the beginning: a camp where boys can live and work together, form meaningful relationships, grow leadership skills, and gain a sense of themselves. The most traditional camp activities—canoeing, tripping, sailing, the arts—have been augmented over the years, though done very intentionally to ensure that the focus on values, character, and leadership remain the core of the program.


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  • Camp Kahuna


    Burlington, Ontario

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    Camp Kahuna offers all the benefits and fun of camping and then some, from traditional activities to BMX bike racing to celebrity guests. The camps were founded in 1993 as an extension of Scott Graham’s work with young people around bullying and self-esteem. So, while the programs are notably varied, the intention is to help young people find their talents, their voices, and to build empathetic leadership skills in a range of collaborative contexts. Both day and overnight sessions are available, and both are close to home yet proximate to a wealth of green space. The day camps are on a 65-acre property abutting the escarpment, and includes indoor, outdoor, and nature environments. The overnight sessions are also nicely close by, hosted at the Blue Springs Scout Reserve, 200 acres of mixed woodland. Half-week overnight sessions are a nice addition, providing a chance for kids to get a sense of what the experience is like, warming them to the longer full-week sessions.  
     


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  • Camp Kawartha


    Douro-Dummer, Ontario

    Our Take on Camp Kawartha

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    Since 1921, Camp Kawartha has offered a traditional camp experience based in outdoor activity and camp craft. The Clear Lake site, which includes 186 acres forests, wetlands, and lakefront, is the locus of the overnight programs. The environment centre, next to Trent University, is the mustering point for programs relating to environmental stewardship as well as host to the day camps. It's also a teaching facility, associated with the Trent School of Education, used to introduce concepts and strategies for effective environmental education and alternative, sustainable living. There campers gain a first-hand experience with environmental initiatives, both passively and actively, including sustainable architecture, solar ovens and cookers, and other innovations. Sessions offer a range of duration, allowing campers to start early, easing into the camp concepts and values as they move from the primary programs up through leadership training. Staff is well-versed in the culture of Camp Kawartha, including camp alumni, which adds to the quality of the camper experience.


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  • Camp Kennebec


    Arden, Ontario

    Our Take on Camp Kennebec

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    There are lots of camps that are inspiring, and Kennebec is at the top of that list. It is designed to support a range of special needs, though to do it in a way that doesn’t foreground them. Kids need support, yes, but the point here is to provide the support and then get on with all the things that camp can be. Says Donna Segal, “We just work so hard to give them a typical summer that every kid deserves at summer camp.” Love that. The staff is exceptional, too, in that it’s composed of post-secondary students and professional teachers who are attracted precisely by all the positive impacts that an environment like this can have in the life of a child. Per the hiring guidelines, staff must demonstrate empathy, a sense of humor, patience, and a strong desire to give the campers the summer of their lives. Love that, too. The campers have exceptionalities, but at camp, they aren’t exceptional, at least not in the way they can be in other environments. Here they are understand, and their talents are seen ahead their exceptionalities; their personalities ahead of their challenges. Kennebec is the very definition of what camp can do in the life of a child.  


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  • Camp Kodiak


    McKellar, Ontario

    Our Take on Camp Kodiak

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    All camps, in varying degrees, personify what camp is all about, though some do that even better than most. Kodiak is one of those camps. It began from a place of pure, unadulterated care, when Dave Stoch explored how camp, particularly, could support kids with a range of special needs. He moved with his family to the US for 7 years, living and learning at a special needs camp there. His daughter, Shari Stoch, says that “in these special needs camping environments that he’d been involved in, he saw the kids really thrive, and they were able to find their place.” And that, right there, is absolutely what camp, any camp, is about. That’s what camp can do that other environments often can’t, or can’t do as well. The family returned to Canada in 1991 and founded Camp Kodiak, building it around all the best practices that they had grown to appreciate. It’s not about separating kids with needs from others, but realizing that, well, all kids have needs, though not necessarily all the same ones. Kodiak is a place where they can be integrated, where their struggles are understood, and programming is managed to provide fun, learning, growing, and inclusion for all. Dave Stoch’s daughters Ilana, Shari and Marni now direct the camp, having started that first year as counsellors and working into the leadership roles. Their expressed interest is to maintain all the goals, dreams, and culture that their father established those years ago. It’s a great story, and a great camp. This is truly what it’s all about.


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  • Camp Kwasind


    Utterson, Ontario

    Our Take on Camp Kwasind

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    For more than 75 years Kwasind has attracted campers from across denominations and faith backgrounds. They are drawn by the values that are expressed here, as well as the size and culture of the camp. Kwasind is a place where every camper is known and feels a part of the community while he or she is at camp. The lakefront is  focus, and rightly so. Cabins and infrastructure are up to date in all the important ways. The activities are those associated with a traditional camp experience, including leadership training. There are also opportunities for campers to explore their faith with peers and mentors, perhaps particularly within the 2-week LEAP sessions.


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  • Camp Mini-Yo-We


    Port Sydney, Ontario
    6 reviews

    Our Take on Camp Mini-Yo-We

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    Many families turn to Mini-Yo-We because of the values it expresses, and rightly so. It’s adept at providing those values. That said, the staff is adept at many other things, with vibrancy prime among them—the goal is to light a fire within the campers, getting them engaged quickly and then building from there, something they make look far easier than it is. There is also a great attention to detail, with the programs and facilities sparkling throughout. All is exceptionally well managed, maintained, and promoted, through the summer and all year long. The breadth of programming allows for campers to develop seamlessly from their first overnight experience, to moving into leadership and mentoring roles. Spaces regularly sell out, which is as good a recommendation of the program as you can get. And Rich. He’s the executive director, and is a good recommendation, too. If you haven’t already, friend him on Facebook. You’ll be glad you did.


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    Parent & camper reviews of Camp Mini-Yo-We

    Your Social Media content is awesome!

    Virginia Jensen (parent )

    “Way to go! My girls had THE BEST week! They both brought friends along that had never been to camp and they were SUPER happy! Your social media videos and pictures were awesome…"

    Camp made the most difference in my life!

    Kristi Karens (alumni)

    “Camp has been the one thing that has made the most difference in my life... spiritually, emotionally, mentally, creativity, and self-esteem. I am who I am because of Camp. Now I can say the same for my boys. One is a staff member and the other a camper. They not only love camp but it is a place of acceptance as well as personal and spiritual growth. Camp Mini-Yo-We is a place where God has used us and blessed us in so many ways”

    We were first timers... Camp EXCEEDED all of our expectations!

    Sharon Shum (parent )

    “This was our daughter's first overnight camp experience and we were hopeful it would be the start of a wonderful tradition for summers to come...Camp Mini-Yo-We EXCEEDED all of our expectations. From the easy registration, to pre-arrival communication, to the facility, the awesome staff and the array of activities and delicious food, to the post-camp follow up. Our family is SO impressed and will definitely be sending our daughter (and maybe little sister) next year.”


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  • Camp Muskoka


    Bracebridge, Ontario
    6 reviews

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    Fun is a priority at Camp Muskoka, though values are as well. Overnight, coed sessions in the heart of cottage country as well as the Canadian shield, the programming is active and varied.  A low camper to staff ratio is a draw, as is the breadth of programming. Campers choose daily from a wide array of activities, from the strikingly modern (flyboarding, paintball) to the very core of the camp tradition, including guitar, art, and camp craft. Camp-wide events are a chance to get loud, though the cabin groups and specialty activities allow campers a chance to exercise their quieter sides. The younger campers stay in a lodge, which is unique in the world of camping, designed to offer a sense of community. The older campers stay in cottages that sparkle with all the mod cons located within them. In all of that, the quality of the offering is what rightly catches parents’ and campers’ attention alike. From registration, to staffing, to food service, the camp is expertly and efficiently run.


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    Summer 2019 - Special

    Kate M. (parent )

    This was an outstanding experience for an Aussie kid! We don't have the summer camp culture and it was something really special to be a part of. The standards of the facilities at Camp Muskoka were extremely high! We loved the aerial park experience. And the counselors were the BEST! Our daughter loved their company over the week.Thank you for the Muskoka Experience!

    Summer 2019 - Friendship

    Michela S. (parent )

    Thanks for a great 2 weeks- you know Camp is great by all the smiles in the photos and the tears during pick up- best of friendships are established at camp:)

    Summer 2019 - Fantastic

    Tracy V. (parent )

    My daughter had a fantastic week! 2nd time back. Loved it. Apparently food is amazing too!!


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  • Camp Nominingue


    Nominingue, Quebec

    Our Take on Camp Nominingue

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    Nominigue has had a few ups and downs in its long life, though now is perhaps within its golden age, the one where the programs, the staff, and the culture are as strong as they are impressive. As when it was founded, Nominigue offers a boys’ program operating in English. As such, it draws boys from a wider catchment area, including Montreal, Toronto, and beyond. The draw is the strength of the program, one that seeks to allow boys to grow together, though fun and challenge, and allow them to better understand their strengths and talents, both individually and within a group. Grant McKenna is the current director—he’s a delight to speak with, and is as great a proponent of camp you can ever hope to find. He knows that camp can change lives, and that’s why he’s here. While he has a long history with the camp, he has also spent a good deal of his professional life within the world of business, a unique and valuable perspective that he brings to running the camp and its programs. Nominigue also builds canoes, so the ones that the boys use were built on site. Those canoes are found elsewhere, too, including other camps; Wanakita has a few that were bought decades ago but are still in use. The canoes—built here, by hand—underscore the unique yet very traditional experience that campers find here each summer.


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  • Camp North Star


    Poland Spring, Maine(USA)

    Our Take on Camp North Star

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    Not all camps conform to the idea that many people might have of camp, though North Star, in all the best ways, truly does. On a wooded property, on a lake, it offers all the traditional activities that you’d expect from a summer camp. That said, the experience isn’t really about activities; those things are just tools that the counsellors and staff use to do other, better things, such as encouraging campers to gain a sense of themselves, their talents and challenges, and a greater understanding of their place in the world. Steven and Brooke Bernstein are the definition of camp people, having spent the better portion of their lives at camp, thinking about camp, and developing the programs at North Star. As such, were you to ask them about what the camp offers, they’d talk about values, friendships, resilience, and community. That’s what camp is all about, and is also the reason that parents, rightly, turn to Camp North Star. 


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  • Camp Northway/ Wendigo


    Algonquin Park, Ontario

    Our Take on Camp Northway/ Wendigo

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    Northway is the oldest girls camp in Canada, having been founded in 1906, and so much of the camp’s charm comes from the long-standing traditions and the approach. It’s hard to imagine a more traditional camp than this: paper and envelopes are listed in what to bring, and campers really do write real letters home. iPods, jewelry, cell phones, and valuables aren’t allowed. When campers arrive, they are really here, immersed in all the priorities of the camp: spending time together, singing together, and experiencing something different. It’s not a time capsule, but rather a place that has stayed absolutely true to the ideals that it was formed around. And it’s as charming, and charmingly beautiful, as any summer camp you could ever hope to find. The programming is strong and varied, though the experience of place is the focus. The campers stay in canvas, cabin-style tents, and they spend their time doing the most traditional activities: canoeing, sailing, tripping, reading, making crafts. The current director, Brookes Prewitt, came as a child in 1951 because his mother was camp director, and he’s been at Northway literally every summer since. That’s a run of 66 years. His mother was director for 26 years prior to him. Wilson, Brookes’ son, first came to camp when he was three months old, and he’s been there every summer since, taking various leadership roles along the way. That’s pretty great too. Girls who have attended Northway know that they’ve participated in something quietly unique, which is an experience which unites them, even much later in life. 


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  • Camp Oconto


    Tichborne, Ontario

    Our Take on Camp Oconto

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    Oconto is one of the great girls’ camps in the county, with a long history of consistent leadership. Founded in 1924, Lisa and Bruce Wilson have directed the camp since 1982, taking over from Lisa’s parents, who purchased Oconto in 1949. Lisa arrived for her first camp season at three months of age, and she has been back every year since. She’s been a leader in the camping world for decades, having served as president of the Society of Camp Directors, and as member of the board of the Ontario Camping Association. In all, there’s an impressive pedigree here, one that is still evident throughout the camp, from the architecture—the main hall, for one, has been in continual use since 1924—to the values that are promoted through the programming. The sense of tradition is palpable and animates the Oconto experience; girls who have attended feel that they are part of a family, one that is shared with the campers who went before. The activities are varied, though it’s the experience of the culture of the camp that campers typically treasure the most.


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  • Camp Pathfinder


    Huntsville, Ontario
    14 reviews

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    Founded in 1914, Pathfinder has a long and distinguished history, one that rightly informs the camp experience today. The camp facility is, frankly, stunning, occupying an island of its own. The structures sit beneath mature pines, with technology limited to basically to the kitchen. As such, it’s as authentic a camp experience as you could hope to find, and a traditional camp in the best sense of the term. On one hand that term refers to the activities, including canoeing, tripping, camp craft, water sports. More importantly, it refers to the culture of the camp. When boys arrive, they participate within an environment and community that is much, much larger than themselves, one that includes the many generations of campers that have come before. They feel a world away, yet part of a community that is formed around a clear set of values, including conservation, positive mentorship, team work, challenge, and growth. At Pathfinder, boys have time to focus on a different set of priorities, something that has been a core element of the camp experience since it was founded, though arguably more needed today than ever. Campers leave feeling that they’ve accomplished something, while having also become a part of something, a sense which they carry with them throughout the year. Pathfinder is, plainly put, one of the best all-boys’ programs in the country.


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    Proud Parent

    Peter 2019 (parent )

    I wanted to take a minute to say thank you to you and the entire Pathfinder community for Mason’s fantastic summer. Mason came back from his time at Pathfinder with minor outward changes that came from significant inward growth and development. Someone who doesn’t know Mason well might not notice them, but his mother and I certainly did. For example, he became more confident without becoming cocky; he described how quickly his trip group could transfer from paddling on the river to being on the move for a portage and how groups from other camps just didn’t have the same crispness of execution. He told me about this as a matter of personal pride in being part of a team that knows what needs to be done and does it well. He wasn’t boastful, just quietly proud. He also appreciates now, more than pre-Pathfinder, that hard work as an individual on a team is its own reward; that he earns his peers’ respect and friendship are reciprocated by the rest of the team. I have watched him carefully over the months since he has been back and the lessons he learned at Pathfinder have endured and that makes me very pleased. So thank you for all that you and the Pathfinder community have done for Mason.

    I hope to see camp again

    Greg Lansky (alumni)

    To this day I still hold my memories made and skills learned here to be some of the most important and treasured. This is such a unique place, and one that I always hope to see again.

    Nowhere else

    Chris Thurber, Phillips Exeter Academy Child Psychologist (parent )

    Nowhere else are human bonds forged more deeply than at Camp Pathfinder. Other camps shape boys. Pathfinder defines them.


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  • Camp Ponacka


    Highland Grove, Ontario
    5 reviews

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    Founded in 1947, Ponacka has been family run for more than 70 years, providing a wonderful continuity to the programming and the culture of the camp. It was founded very much in the vein of what Taylor Statten was doing at Couchiching and the Algonquin camps that continue to bear his name today. Namely, these programs based in woods-lore and campcraft—all the most traditional camp activities—in order to promote confidence, social interaction, and a set of core values. Then, as now, that's why families turned to Ponacka. The all-boys atmosphere is attractive as well, giving boys a unique space to develop and grow into a sense of themselves and their talents.  


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    Belonging and Personal Care

    Christine & Tico - Ponacka Parents 2019 (parent )

    William loves camp Ponacka, this year was fantastic. It lived up to all his expectations (which says a lot about how wonderful camp Ponacka is). He anticipates and looks forward to camp all year, and each year is as good as the last. William feels safe and happy for the duration of camp. It is the only place that he feels 100% content and where he feels he belongs/fits in. He always goes through a couple of days of sadness/anger when he gets back home and needs to reacclimatize to home life. There is no worry that his personal care and safety is ever in danger at Ponacka. The camp has a quality about it that you can feel as you enter. The staff is top notch, very good role models and care takers. They show empathy and kindness, a broad spectrum of human emotion that men may sometimes hide in the general public. It is a wonderful place for the boys to build their “soft skills”. We are yet again very thankful that William has had the opportunity to spend a month of the summer in your care. He is happier, healthier and more content. Ponacka helps William get through the other 11 months. We are blessed to be able to send him, he will be back again next year. Aiden had a wonderful time at camp. It’s a place he loves to go to and a place he feels at home. We feel very fortunate that we have found a place where Aiden can be himself. Ponacka is one of the first things we budget for when our year finances are looked at. There is a perfect balance of safety and risk at Ponacka. I am happy that the boys are still able to cliff jump and rough house and that they do get bumps and bruises. They thrive at Ponacka. I have never seen such great leadership and quality of staff anywhere. You can feel the difference in mood when you enter camp from the outside world. It’s a magical place or bubble that the boys enter for one month a year. Where they can be themselves. Ponacka has continued to be everything the boys expected. When they look back to the 4 years they have been, each year is as great as the last. they are never disappointed. They thrive and rejuvenate at Ponacka. The program, the staff and their cabin mates all contribute to creating a place where they can get away from it all and be themselves. Thank you. It’s the best thing for these boys!

    Engaged Counsellors

    Tara & Warren - Ponacka Parents 2019 (parent )

    The counsellors appear very engaged. Appreciated that they did their homework and knew a bit about my son prior to the drop off on day 1. Really liked and appreciated the letter from the counsellor after week one. Both Korben and Zaiden had another great summer at camp. Boys like all the activities, get a lot out of their trips to Algonquin and have very good things to say about the counsellors.

    Happy Confident and Unplugged

    Andrea - Ponacka Parent 2019 (parent )

    Thank you for giving Pierce another fabulous experience at camp! It's amazing to see him come home feeling so happy and confident, and excited to share all of his awesome camp stories. He is involved with so many wonderful things at home, and yet – I can already see that Camp Ponacka is something so different and special for him. We are lucky to have such an amazing place for him to go to challenge himself, be unplugged in nature, and make new friends. For his experience, and for everything you do to make it all happen – we are truly thankful.


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  • Camp Presqu'ile


    Owen Sound, Ontario

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    Camp Presqu'ile was founded in 1929 to reflect the YMCA ideals, and it’s done that ever since. Spirit, mind and body remain the focus, as well as an overt attention to not only having fun, but also developing stewardship, community, and ethical leadership. The staff are drawn to the camp because of the values that they share, which in turn contributes to a strong, inspiring camp culture. The programming beautifully reflects the core traditions of camping in Canada, from active living to personal and interpersonal development. The facilities have been sympathetically updated, including a new dining hall in 1999, and an update to the mod cons in 2005. It nevertheless retains the feel of what camp is about: singing songs, getting out on the lake, and making lasting friendships.
     


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  • Camp Qwanoes


    Crofton, British Columbia

    Our Take on Camp Qwanoes

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    The setting is spectacular, and the range of activities extensive, added to each year. All the traditional camp activities are represented, augmented with many that most camps don’t have, though which campers are very happy to see. The skate park provides an example of how the camp approaches all of its offerings: nothing is done by half. All sparkles, and run by dedicated and enthusiastic staff. The values piece allows for a unique point of connection, and it informs the feeling of inclusion that campers have while on site. Vibrant, exciting, caring. There’s a good reason that campers have been drawn to this place for more than three decades.
     


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  • Camp Santosh


    St-Mathieu-de-Parc, Quebec

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    Camp should be fun, of course, though it should also be more than that, and Camp Santosh is a great example of that. The property is huge, including a wealth of woodland and shoreline, and just being within this environment can transformative. That said, the values through which the programming is delivered is a primary draw for many of the families that enroll here. There is a focus on active living, but also living well. Personal wellness is developed through mindfulness activities and nutrition. Campers are encouraged to look outward as well, developing stewardship toward each other, the natural environment, and beyond. The values of volunteerism, for example, are subtly reinforced at the beginning of each day. In all of that, Santosh offers a fresh take on the traditions of camping.
     


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  • Camp Tamarack


    Bracebridge, Ontario

    Our Take on Camp Tamarack

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    There’s a lot to look at when considering a camp, including facilities, staff, activities. Those are the things we perhaps first look at and, while they’re important, there are other things that perhaps say a bit more about what the camp is all about. For Camp Tamarack, one of them is the Tamarack Book of World Records. As the title suggests, it’s an ongoing record of fastests, and furthests, and mosts along with the names of the campers who accomplished them: the longest paper airplane throw (13 feet), the fastest climb up Hawthorn Boulder (5 seconds), most noodles held on a single fork (29). The camp directors would likely shirk at the thought that this is a signature element of the camp, but, really, it says so much. It’s a demonstration of what the camp is all about. Only the hardest heart won’t be charmed by all the records listed. It's also significant of the overall approach, one where fun is taken seriously, just as inclusion is, and living through a set of priorities unlike any other that kids will encounter through the year. The list is significant of all the memories made. No doubt none of the campers will forget the year they set the record for the most consecutive tennis rallies or sandbag jumps. And that’s what camp should be: fun, community, friends and memories. Tamarack has so much to offer, from extensive waterfront, to 1000 acres, to consistent leadership, though it’s those less tangible things that, for most families, is rightly the principle draw, year after year.


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  • Camp Tanamakoon


    Huntsville, Ontario

    Our Take on Camp Tanamakoon

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    In some respects, Tanamakoon is the very definition of the camping tradition in Canada. It was founded in Algonquin in 1925, and has changed little in the near century since. It remains a place for girls to get out into the woods and to engage in the traditional activities associated with camp: canoeing, camp craft, singing, the arts. Dora Mavor Moore attended the camp, and the stage that she designed there to house the nascent drama program is still there today, still the cornerstone of the program. Maybe most of the campers don’t remember who she was, or the impact she had on drama in Canada, but the stage remains a symbol, nevertheless, of how the camp has reached out from the property, playing a quiet yet indelibly positive role in the larger culture as well as the life of the campers who have attended. Since 1984 Tanamakoon has been run by Kim and Marilyn Smith, providing a nice continuity to the program. The same is true of the director, Patti Thom, who has been involved since arriving as a camper 1964. She is a prominent voice in the camping world, and, as ever, she brings a vibrant spirit to the entire enterprise. For her camping is about values, which is just as it should be.


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  • Camp Tapawingo, YWCA


    Parry Sound, Ontario
    2 reviews

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    The camp says that “if your girl is 6 to 15 years old, she needs to be at Camp Tapawingo this summer.” And, actually, there’s more than a bit of truth to that. The program on offer is storied and, for more than 90 years, has provided an example that other camps have consistently looked to when developing their own programming. The camp has all the hallmarks you’d expect from a Y camp, including a strong foundation in traditional activities and camp craft, as well one in the spirit of camping: conservation, leadership, mentorship, growth. The environment allows girls to grow together, and into a sense of their abilities, in ways that other environments simply don’t allow. Tapawingo has a legacy of developing young girls into confident, spirited, engaged women, something which continues today. Sessions, busing, staff, programming, balance—all are as good as it gets.


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    Parent & camper reviews of Camp Tapawingo, YWCA

    Highlight of the Summer

    Sarah (parent )

    Dear Liz and Jo, Thank you so much! Camp is the highlight of Sydney's year, and receiving these photos is the highlight of ours. Thanks for all your hard work and dedication creating the most amazing experiences for these girls. Enjoy the rest of the summer! Sarah

    A Magical Time

    Anu (parent )

    Our girls both had such high expectations of camp (role playing what it would be like when playing in the backyard!) and I'm happy to say that Tapawingo exceeded their expectations in every way. They had a wonderful, magical time. Thanks to you, Jo, Liz, Charlotte, Emilie, Ella, Emma, and all your wonderful staff! See you next year! Anu (Camp Parent)


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  • Camp Temagami


    Temagami, Ontario

    Our Take on Camp Temagami

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    Camp Temagami is, in so many ways, simply stunning. With more than a century of history, when campers arrive they step into an environment that has a long arc and a wealth of experience. The buildings show their age in all the right ways, and offer a view of the traditions that have supported the camp culture throughout its life. The staff and leadership all have a long association with the camp, as well as a deep appreciation for the ecology and geography of the region. The canoes are made by hand, with most of them built by Hugh Stewart who first arrived as a camper in 1959 and remains as part of the leadership team today. The canoes are canvas and cedar, just as they always where, and they and everything else about the camp feels like a natural expression of the environment and its heritage. The routes taken are, in many cases, those that were used by First Nations communities for perhaps hundreds of years. But, of course, the experience grows because of those things, but doesn’t exist because of them. Tripping is a chance for campers to challenge themselves, in small groups, to have an authentic experience of fellowship, teamwork, and their place in the world. There’s, frankly, a lot to love. For many campers, time spent with Camp Temagami is a transformative experience.  


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  • Camp Tournesol


    Mississauga, Ontario
    8 reviews

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    Camp Tournesol was founded in 2001 by Martine Brouillet as a means of supporting language learning through the summer months, while also providing francophone environment for francophone campers. In, it was one of the truly dual-immersion programs in the GTA. Because of the language support, as well as the breadth of activities on offer, the camp has grown exponentially over the years, now including 19 locations and nearly 3000 participants through the summer season. The days are active, including team sports, games, as well as arts and crafts, drama, field trips, music—the full gamut of active, engaged camp programming. The camps also provide a unique environment for language learning, one beyond the classroom or school setting. For kids in French immersion, it’s a valuable opportunity to use the language less formally, building fluency and activity specific vocabulary.  


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    Parent & camper reviews of Camp Tournesol

    About CIT Program

    Claudio (parent )

    "My son has been attending the Camp since Grade 1 and now he is a CIT. It has been a great experience for him and he always enjoys himself. The staff are very professional, put their all into the kids, and we have never had one issue. I am glad we can offer the same experience for our daughter especially since both my kids struggled with French in grade 1 and the camp helped them improve their French to the point they are very comfortable speaking it."

    About Overnight Camps

    Hanna (parent )

    “I think it has been 10 years with CampT summer camps for my kids. We started with day camps in Mississauga and as the kids got older continue with overnight camps. Last 2 years Barbara attended Bracebridge camp without her brother, as he is too old now. She loves going there, she loves the location, activities and the chef of the camp kitchen :) And be aware... Barbara is planning on joining your team as CIT The counselors are amazing, full of energy, making sure that all campers are participating in daily activities. The huge thank you to all counselors, especially Sarah ;) See you next year!"

    About Day Camps

    Jen (parent )

    “Camp Tournesol at Mississauga North was a wonderful experience for our 6 year old son who will be starting French immersion in September. The counsellors were kind and energetic, providing him with individual attention as well as providing a fantastic group atmosphere. Our son would come home everyday with a smile on his face, stories to share, and a growing vocabulary and love of French. We’ll definitely be sending him back next summer! :)”


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  • Camp U of T Mississauga


    Mississauga, Ontario

    Our Take on Camp U of T Mississauga

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    The programs at Camp U of T Mississauga are impeccably run and creatively varied, making the most of the wide range of resources at hand. The sports sessions are exceptional, and all campers, no matter the program, have access to the varsity pool. The themed programs—including academic topics cast in playful light—give kids an age-appropriate sense (i.e., it's fun) of what university academic life is like. Some offerings are unlike any you’ll find anywhere else, including forensics—there are only three programs like this in Canada, and this is the most engaged, best outfitted—as well as things like Biz Science, which combine seemingly diverse interests and diverse approaches, from lab work to role play. The leadership training programs bring closer to home something that is more common in overnight camp settings, providing an opportunity for young people to grow into new roles, new responsibilities, and a new appreciation of the skills and talents that they personally can contribute to a group environment. In all of that and more, there’s a lot to love, both for parents and kids. These are some the best, and best run, most consistently managed day programs in the region.


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  • Camp UofT Scarborough


    Toronto, Ontario

    Our Take on Camp UofT Scarborough

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    Camp U of T Scarborough hosts leadership training programs that bring closer to home something that is more common in overnight settings, providing an opportunity for young people to grow into new roles, new responsibilities, and a new appreciation of the skills and talents that they personally can contribute to a group environment. The afternoon programs—including academic topics cast in playful light—are run as mini-University sessions, giving kids a sense of what university academic life is like. In all of that and more, there’s a lot to love, both for parents and kids. These are some the best, and best run, day programs in the region.


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  • Camp Wabikon


    Temagami, Ontario
    8 reviews

    Our Take on Camp Wabikon

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    Wabikon has all the things we’d expect to see in a strong, established, traditional camp: a focus on the core activities, an attention to personal and interpersonal development, and a fun, engaging environment. The location and resources follow in that mold, including a stunning setting in Temagami. Where it differs from other camps of its quality and programming is in an attention to bringing an international community together in a way that augments the camp experience for all. Most camps of course have campers arriving from farther afield, though Wabikon has made that one of its foci, principally brining young people together for the purpose of an international experience. That’s a very nice piece, and Wabikon is a leader in that regard. Campers get a full camp experience, as well as exposure to the larger world, one that encourages an understanding of their place within it.


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    Parent & camper reviews of Camp Wabikon

    A welcoming and positive space.

    Jenny C. - Canada (alumni)

    I was a staff member at your wonderful camp for 2 years in 1989 and 1990. I wanted to write to you after seeing the photos that were recently posted on Facebook. Wow! I am remembering all the fantastic people that I worked with, the campers I cared for and the lessons I learned from your strong leadership and guidance. I am so pleased to see that things are still going strong at Wabikon and you continue to uphold the philosophy of having a welcoming and positive space for campers and staff to grow and learn from each other. I remember the many international campers that would come to Wabikon and the intercultural connections that were made. Many thanks for the experience you provided to me all those years ago - it stays with me always.

    Amazing CIT program!

    Niki B. - Canada (student/camper)

    The Wabi CIT program has changed me as a person. My leadership and initiative taking skills have developed so far; I'm now the presidential representative of my grade homeform, I am the founder and president of my school's UNICEF club, I am a member of the mental health committee, gay straight alliance, girls athletic association, math engineering and science association, and I'm a member of my swim team at school! I'm also doing a co-op program at a public school for children with high physical and health needs. And to top it off, I'm in the process of earning my NLS! All of these I thought I wasn't capable of accomplishing before my summer at Wabi.

    Wabikon is my home, my life and my family.

    Cale N. - Canada (student/camper)

    Wabikon means more to me than there are words to describe. It is my home, my life, and my family. I have been so extremely lucky to go to camp every summer of my childhood. It kept on getting better and better as the years went on, as I became more independent. Wabikon is the place that holds memories and people that changed and got better every year. I have been able to grow and learn at camp and I have loved and treasured every minute of it. Since my first year at Wabikon, I have learned camp skills, had the pleasure of feeling free and making new friends, and also learned very important life skills.


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  • Camp Wanapitei


    Temagami, Ontario

    Our Take on Camp Wanapitei

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    For some, the concept of canoe tripping can be a bit daunting, something that Wanapitei director Eoin Wood readily admits. Wrapped up within the concept, at least to the uninitiated, is the need for parents to let their kids get out there, to make their own experiences, and find their own place in the world. Tripping is conducted with those kinds of goals in mind. Member of Parliament Carolyn Bennett, a great proponent of canoe tripping, has said that “kids need to be able to forge friendships and again experience and take risks … Figuring out who you can trust and who you go to with problems, how you sort out who is a leader you can trust.” She notes that the people she has brought along with her, particularly around the development of Women’s College Hospital in Toronto, are the people she has been on canoe trips with. It’s precisely in that spirit that Wanapitei has developed its tripping programs since it was founded in 1931. It’s challenging, and that’s part of it, though the risks are personal, not physical—the leadership at Wanapitei is as good as it gets, and the strength of the program is a testament to that. The experience of being out in nature, far from the noise and bustle of the world, working closely together with a group of peers and leaders is one that can be utterly transformative in the life of a young person.


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  • Camp Wenonah


    Bracebridge, Ontario

    Our Take on Camp Wenonah

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    There’s a lot to love about Camp Wenonah, one of the foremost being Jeff Bradshaw, the director since he founded the camp in 1982. The goal, then as now, is to provide “a healthy respect and appreciation for one’s self, for others, and for the natural world.” To say that they do exactly that is an understatement. Wenonah has long been an example of what camp be in the lives of children, often in remarkable ways. For example, Wenonah was one of the first camps in Ontario to host Syrian refugees, something Bradshaw did without a blink. The program was an inspiration to others, and continues to be. Tellingly, the camp website doesn’t talk about future campers but rather “future families,” and that’s really how the experience is envisioned: as one that involves families, and does so over the longer term. The activities are those we associate with the core of the camping tradition, though have been thoughtfully augmented over the years. The site, too, continues to grow, something that furthers the breadth of what Wenonah is able to offer and the number of campers it’s able to offer it to.


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  • Canadian Adventure Camp


    Temagami, Ontario

    Our Take on Canadian Adventure Camp

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    The Canadian Adventure Camp has a focus on gymnastics, including some very skill-based and frankly difficult activities, such as silks, which was added fairly recently. “We’ve also added hoops, these are all kind of like cirque, or circus elements,” says Justin Gerson, admitting that “it’s quite a difficult sport.” Still, even though a majority of campers don’t attend for the gymnastics program, they all try it, as they do the full range of activities, many of which—such as the gyro—are provided precisely because they are atypical. Campers are encouraged to get out of their comfort zones, to some extent, in order to grow into a better understanding of their strengths, talents, and capabilities. There is an attention to skill development, though character development is a goal of the program as well. Set on a private island in Temagami, with the full range of camp traditions, there’s certainly a lot to love. Staffing is sport specific, with experienced coaches in all of the activity areas. Leadership of the camp has also been consistent, with Skip Connett at the helm since he founded the Canadian Adventure Camp in 1975.


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  • Cedar Ridge Camp


    McArthurs Mills, Ontario

    Our Take on Cedar Ridge Camp

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    Cedar Ridge is unique in that it’s a relatively young camp—its inagural summer was in 2007—yet designed to offer a wholly traditional, time-worn camp experience. The founders gained a love for what camp can do, as well as the traditions, while campers and staff at Camp Mazinaw and Kilcoo Camp. The creation of Cedar Ridge was, in truth, a labour of love, and that labour has been rewarded. The days are active, covering all of the basics from canoeing and swimming, to horseback riding. If it’s a bit of a time capsule, it’s nevertheless one in all the right ways—in emulating the traditional camp experience, founders Peter Ruys de Perez and Grayson Burke wanted to create a space where young people can work together in order to stretch themselves, discover their talents, and build resiliency. Rightly, it's about environment and culture as much as it is activities and learning, and that’s why families turn to Cedar Ridge. It's also why the camp has gained an impressive reputation in a relatively short space of time.


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  • Centauri Summer Arts Camp


    Wellandport, Ontario
    2 reviews

    Our Take on Centauri Summer Arts Camp

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    The programs at Centauri are firmly based in an interest in the arts, and campers typically enroll with the intention of developing their skills within a specific area of interest. They spend a portion of each day within that area, learning and developing alongside others of like interests and abilities. That said, it’s also a camp, and the intention is very much centered on personal and interpersonal development, having fun, and engaging creatively with others. In that, it’s a true camp experience, one that includes campfires, theme days, and dining hall chants. It’s a place for kids to have fun, to be themselves, and to learn while extending themselves within a safe, supportive, empathetic environment. In all, it’s a unique camp experience, and for the families that attend, that’s certainly the principal draw.


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    We love everything!

    Camp Parent (parent )

    Our son loved everything – the acting program, the sense of "belonging", the friendly atmosphere, the fun theme nights, the food…

    Happy Parent

    Camp Parent (parent )

    “Our daughter has tried 2 traditional camps in the past and has not been keen on going back to either. On our drive home together she said to me, "Now I understand why kids love camp so much".


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  • Central Montessori Schools


    Toronto, Ontario

    Our Take on Central Montessori Schools

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    Since it was founded in 1995, CMS has grown to include five locations in the GTA. The program is founded on the core ideals that Maria Montessori promoted in her work, those of respect, community, purposeful engagement, and self-directed learning. The camps extend that focus into the summer months, offering a breadth of sessions that reflect the approach of the school and the interests of its student population. Balance between learning, challenge and fun is keenly upheld. For students of the school during the fall and winter terms, the summer sessions add a nice continuity to their academic and social experience.


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  • Cherry Beach Soccer Club


    Toronto, Ontario
    1 reviews

    Our Take on Cherry Beach Soccer Club

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    Two of the best things that any camp can offer is A) meaningful engagement with peers who share an area of interest, and B) mentorship. Cherry Beach offers both of those in spades. The staff consists of qualified coaches and instructors, people who know soccer intimately and are also keen to work with young people. While there are a range of programs, all allow campers to interact with others who, in a sense, speak their language. Three locations throughout the GTA make the programs accessible, while also allowing an experience with other activities, including sailing. Soccer may be the core activity, but the camps will be of interest to all kids who thrive in environments that are challenging, supportive, and activity-based.


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    Parent & camper reviews of Cherry Beach Soccer Club

    Great Camp with fantastic, engaged Camp Counsellors

    Melinda Fraser (parent )

    Hi! My kids had two weeks at your multi-sport camp. They have been to several camps in our neighbourhood (St. Patrick’s) and they felt that your counsellors were the MOST fun…! Naif was very friendly and responsive. Always took initiative and very caring to all the kids. Anna and Emily were great, calm but fun too! Very involved and got the kids moving. Sahil was very interactive with the kids and new how to handle kids that were a little sticky. Thank you for having an awesome staff… my kids had a great time at the camp! Hope to see you next summer! Melinda


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  • City of Toronto - Specialty Plus Camps


    Toronto, Ontario

    Our Take on City of Toronto - Specialty Plus Camps

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    These camps, at least in some circles, can seem like one of the city’s best kept secrets. Which is too bad, because they are yet another thing that make the city so unique. Operating out of five signature locations, including the Toronto Island Park, these camps allow kids to experience traditional camping, including forests and trees, without ever leaving the city. Camp NAORCA, one of the sites, is comprised of 55 acres of conservation land, entirely accessible by public transit, given the regular busses that serve the site from points throughout the city. The others, to varying degrees, have similar profiles: nature close at hand. For families, these camps offer exceptional programming for kids from 5 to 15, allowing them to grow a sense of independence, confidence, and belonging within a group of like-minded peers. They also offer a unique opportunity for young people to further experience the breadth of environments and communities that help make Toronto the vibrant place that it is. 


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  • City Scouts: Urban Adventure Camp


    Toronto, Ontario

    Our Take on City Scouts: Urban Adventure Camp

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    We often think of camp as synonymous with the presence of a lake, some forest, canoes and campfires. Of course, camp isn’t that. You could even have all those things and still not have camp. A better definition would be this: counsellors who work to bring kids together to have fun, to grow, to experience new things, and to build friendships, skills and resilience. And, while City Scouts may not look like the camp stereotype, it nevertheless provides all of those things in abundance. Riley Millican founded City Scouts in a belief in the power of counsellors’ ability to build great relationships, and in the understanding that the urban jungle, in and of itself, is a fantastic place to explore. This isn’t about going to attractions—the ROM one day, the AGO the next, and Wonderland at the end of the week—but really digging in and experiencing the city in and of itself. Which, frankly, kids love, as well they should. The city is a vibrant place that they often only see while on their way somewhere; they lack authentic opportunities to interact with the spaces and the people they find there. City Camp is, for many kids, a unique opportunity to slow down, even within the urban rush, and to explore their world in a new way with a bunch of other kids just like them, and all wearing the same t-shirts. For parents, it’s a great, eminently cost-effective option, right there on your doorstep.


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  • Claremont Nature Centre


    Pickering, Ontario

    Our Take on Claremont Nature Centre

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    The Claremont Nature Centre was founded in 1970, and the main building is, delightfully, a lovingly maintained panabode structure, an example of the architecture of so many camps developed mid-century. Love that, and love the programs too. The camps are opportunities for kids to get outdoors, into nature, and they do it within 160 acres of variable green space. So much of the value of the experience is the experience itself—just getting out there within it, and having a first-hand, expert introduction to all the biology, fun, and adventure of the natural world. The centre is dedicated to stewardship, though they approach it first through joyful engagement. The location, of course, couldn’t be better. Kids experience the natural world through the eyes of expert staff and interpreters, all relatively close to home. Meals and extended care options make it easy for working parents to manage.


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  • Code-it Hacks


    Toronto, Ontario

    Our Take on Code-it Hacks

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    Everything about Code-it Hacks is at the very leading edge of coding and what it can mean in a child’s life. The goal, per founder and director Shirin Merchant, is to bring imagination, creative problem solving, and collaboration to the fore, and seeing coding as a basic literacy facilitating all of that. The gender breakdown of the camps is clear from the get go, in that there isn’t one—boys and girls are equally regarded and equally represented. The addition of Raspberry Pi coding programs hints at a desire to adopt new and emerging tech that underwrites the development of the programs and events. Campers meet and work with industry leaders, providing an introduction to the people behind innovation, and taking the learning out of the classroom and into the real world, granting an experience of the culture of  innovation as it exists in industry. It’s a vibrant approach to STEAM learning, wtih hands-on play as a core component. 


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  • Concordia Camps


    Montreal, Quebec
    2 reviews

    Our Take on Concordia Camps

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    Mentorship is a powerful thing, and the Concordia camps make great use of it. Sessions are run by student athletes, people whose passion and skill are apparent from the get-go. They are able to provide an introduction to the skills of sport, but also the culture that underwrites it, and the spirit that guides young people into a passion for sport and active living. The facilities only extend that experience. Campers, whether trying a sport for the first time, or intending to grow specific skills, are given a front-row seat to varsity sport and the school that provides the context for it. Leadership training adds a valuable and welcome dimension to the summer and spring break programs.  


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    Summer Camp

    Carla Chiarella (parent )

    Our boys Vince and Johnny attended Concordia Sports Camp for the first time this summer. We've been to many camps. This one is the best. The counsellors are all university students who are athletic and professional. Our kids came home happy and relaxed after a full day of sports. A big thank you to all the Concordia staff. Ash even taught Johnny how to tie his shoes �

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    Katja Frostell (parent )

    I highly recommend any of the sports programs/camp for children. Extremely organized and professional. The Stingers athletes are true mentors and role models for children, encouraging a healthy life style and a love for sports. My 2 boys beg to return to Concordia all year long!


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  • Connections: Queen’s Summer Engineering Academy (QSEA)


    Kingston, Ontario
    2 reviews

    Our Take on Connections: Queen’s Summer Engineering Academy (QSEA)

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    For young people with a passion for engineering, attending the Connections sessions has the same gravity as, say, a child who loves basketball attending a week of practices with the Raptors. The setting, the staffing, the resources, the approach—it’s all the real deal, within one of the country’s foremost academic institutions. No punches are pulled, with attention to chemical, civil, electrical and computing, geological, mechanical engineering, and others. It’s not for everyone, to be sure, but, again, for the right child, it’s as exceptional as it is unique. Day and overnight options allow for a wider range of engagement, but the immersive overnight programs are a particular draw. Participants interact with peers of a like mind and academic ability, as well as academics and professionals in the field, all which can be both transformational and inspiring.


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    Parent views about QSEA

    2018 Parent (parent )

    "I wanted to congratulate you on the depth and breadth of your QSEA program. My child had a blast and was very impressed by the diversity of activities, and is very excited to come back next year." - QSEA parent

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    2018 student (student/camper)

    "I developed a more accurate interpretation of each branch of engineering and have discovered a few that I did not previously know." - QSEA student


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  • COOKSMART


    Mississauga, Ontario
    4 reviews

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    The program began in Kathy Stewart’s kitchen, slicing and dicing with her three children. For kids, that’s rightly the fun of cooking—getting your hands onto the stuff, feeling the textures, experiencing the tastes and smells, and producing something they can be proud of. And, indeed, that’s precisely where the COOKSMART programs begin—with hands-on, collaborative, creative fun in the kitchen. Cooking, however, is a window onto other worlds, as it were, from the culture of food, to how and what we eat, including fellowship and healthy habits. Food has a central position in our lives, and while kids perhaps aren’t entirely aware of it at every moment during the sessions, Stewart’s experience as a nutritionist is reflected within them. It’s about having fun, gaining skills and independence, as well as providing an entrée into making more informed, healthier lifestyle choices. All sessions are expertly run in safe, professional cooking environments located across the GTA.
     


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    Free ONLINE - Muffins Review

    DR (parent )

    Hi Kathy, Thank you so much for the fun morning making muffins yesterday! It was my son Anthony's first time and he really enjoyed it. He was nervous at first but then he was so excited. He Face-timed his aunts, uncles and grandmother to show his finished banana chocolate with crushed Easter M & M's muffins. Not only did they look so good but they tasted amazing! I'm a proud mamma! :-) I've attached the Fun Food Face picture that he did with the vegetables. Please enter him in the contest. Be Well. Thanks and we will definitely join in again soon.

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    PM (parent )

    Thank you so much! Ciara loved the class today. She can't wait for the next one!! What a wonderful way to teach kids healthy eating!

    "The gym was alive with sounds of slicing, dicing, grating and creating" (In-School Workshop)

    Sylvia M., Vice Principal, Chisholm Middle School (student/camper)

    With all the different food choices available, it can be a little daunting to get started in the kitchen. Yet cooking is a lifelong skill that will serve students well in the future, not to mention it’s a delicious hobby! Chisholm Middle School students learned through hands-on experience how to properly prepare a nutritious and colourful meal through the Cook Smart program. Students began their morning workshop with a discussion about proper nutrition and foods which provide health nutrients. Then students learned how to properly wash, cut and prepare foods by following a recipe. The gym was alive with sounds of slicing, dicing, grating and creating a layered bean salad. The students’ patience and teamwork skills paid off as they were able to enjoy their creation at the end of the workshop. Staff and students all agreed that the food was delicious. Students also learned how to properly wash the utensils they used to make their food and how to clean up after themselves in the kitchen. Overall, the students and staff enjoyed the opportunity to discover their culinary creativity.


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  • Crescent Camps & Summer Programs


    Toronto, Ontario
    10 reviews

    Our Take on Crescent Camps & Summer Programs

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    Many independent schools are fortunate to have beautiful grounds, modern and professionally equipped facilities and highly experienced faculty, and that’s particularly true at Crescent. Where many day camps offer robotics, they can’t, for example, also offer theatre arts out of a fully equipped theatre facility, or printmaking out of a fully equipped studio. Crescent can—and does—do all of that and more. There’s also an ease that comes with having it all in one place; while campers have the option of doing ultimate frisbee one week and arts the next, the location allows them and their parents to fall in to some longer-term routines in terms of daily transportation and schedules. (And the fact that lunch is included is, from the parental perspective at least, kind of thrilling.) The camp is close to public transportation as well as a wealth of multi-use green space, including play fields and the ravine that abuts the property. Home to a low-ropes course, the ravine also offers abundant opportunity for exploration and nature study. There are programs here that you won’t find anywhere else, such as Architectural Concepts and Design and Money Matters, a session presenting financial literacy concepts. The Discovery Camp allows fun opportunities for younger campers to explore athletics, arts, makerspace and nature, combining these themes with different activities each week. Most of the programs are led by Crescent faculty who have expertise in their area of athletics, arts, robotics and business. Instructors who are not Crescent faculty have extensive expertise in the program areas, previous camp leadership experience, and are often alumni of the school. Ultimately, there’s a lot to love, particularly for campers who are looking for programming that falls outside the typical day-camp fare.


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    Crescent Camp was Excellent!

    Jodi (parent )

    "The entire staff at the crescent camp was excellent! The drama team was exceptionally enthusiastic, professional, committed, supportive, kind, creative and fun group! He loved the menu, the food and came home every day with stories and a huge smile! The final performance was "epic" for him and the whole experience was extremely positive."

    Wonderful experience by caring camp experts!

    A Parent (parent )

    A wonderful experience filled with learning, laughter and caring adults who are camp-experts!

    Inspiring staff offer fun Drama camp

    Jodi (parent )

    Caring, committed, enthusiastic, creative, talented and inspiring staff members. If your kids want to have fun and improve their drama skills, this is the camp for them


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  • Crestwood Valley Day Camp


    Toronto, Ontario

    Our Take on Crestwood Valley Day Camp

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    Founded in 1990, the Crestwood program has proven itself over nearly three decades. The facilities are exceptional, with a location that offers a rural camp experience in the heart of the city. On-site pools, wooded greenspace, and outdoor fire pits add to the traditional camp feel. That said, the indoor facilities are just as complete, drawing nicely on the extensive resources of Crestwood School. Staff is experienced and engaged, with a high staff to camper ratio. It’s the closest that kids can get to a sleepaway camp experience—in terms of culture and range of activity—without leaving the city. Robust bussing system, hot meals, snacks, round out the package. Expertly run, established, exceptionally administrated, there’s a lot for parents and campers to love. As far as day camps go, Crestwood truly has it all and then some.


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  • Debate Camp


    Toronto, Ontario
    6 reviews

    Our Take on Debate Camp

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    Nick Szymanis founded Debate Camp Canada after having achieved a long and impressive career in private schooling. He held teaching and leadership positions at Havergal, Crofton House, and was director of academics at Sterling Hall. Director Oona Craig has a CV that is similarly impressive. In all, this is an academic camp that is placed very firmly on a foundation of academic experience and expertise. It’s not a traditional camp, of course, perhaps particularly because it’s not about providing a wide breadth of experiences, but rather an intensive focus on one: debating. That said, there is more breadth here than you might assume. Debate is a tool, like any camp activity, to get at other things, including confidence, resilience, skill development, and effective collaboration. The kids that attend find themselves in a group of peers that share their interests as well as their academic disposition, and many come away—as with any camp—with friends and memories for life.


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    Parent & camper reviews of Debate Camp

    Summer 2018

    Toronto parent (parent )

    My daughter came to camp w/ an expressive communication disorder, and was encouraged to participate fully in all of the debates and activities-but was not pressured in a way that made her feel frustrated or discouraged. We are truly impressed w/ the entire program! Toronto parent - 2018

    Summer 2018

    Calgary parent (parent )

    My son had an amazing week! Staff ratio to campers was ideal. Staff made the camp educational yet fun at the same time. My son returned each and every day talking about all the debates, all the arguments for /against, and all that he learned. I love that the topics were diverse and reflective of current issues. My son looked forward to going each day and was so disappointed at week's end. Having lunch included was definitely an added bonus! Will definitely return next year and for more than one session this time! Thanks to all the staff! Calgary parent - 2018

    Summer 2018

    Boston parent (parent )

    My daughter found your camp on a web search herself. She asked me to enrol her in the camp. I wasn't thrilled about the particular week in the summer, as it impacted our ability to schedule other 2 week camps. However, she absolutely loved the camp, and will be joining again next summer! Her joy and learning was evident, and was such a great time for her exact moment in her developmental stage. At 11.5 years, my daughter is breaking into new independence, and new thoughts about life, communications, politics, how society decides upon its "rules, norms, and laws". This camp gave some structure to her ideas, and most importantly, gave her a structured way to practice public speaking which I have been trying to build into all of her experiences for years. Hard to do outside of drama classes. She LOVED this camp West Roxbury, MA - parent - 2018


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  • DEEP Summer Academy


    Toronto, Ontario

    Our Take on DEEP Summer Academy

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    Some camps are truly one-of-a-kind, and DEEP Summer Academy is one of them. Developed by the outreach office of the department of engineering at the University of Toronto, the intention was to offer an intensive STEM program for university bound kids. The resources on hand are as good as it gets, and there is a keen focus on involving girls within the program, inspiriting them to participate in areas where women remain underrepresented. The programming is advanced and challenging, and students from around the world apply to be accepted to the program. Sessions are taught by faculty of the university, and topics are cutting edge.


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  • Del Active Sports Camp


    Toronto, Ontario

    Our Take on Del Active Sports Camp

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    Always a favourite presenter at the annual camp expo, Del Active is a great example of the power of great counselling: put a child in front of them, and they’re away. That said, being hosted on the campus of Del La Salle College, there are extensive resources to work with as well. The school is home to the ice rink where many storied players played (not the least of which being Keanu Reeves). The indoor and outdoor spaces continue the theme—nothing is done by half. The camp’s location, being proximate to public transit, is a plus as well. There is a hockey-intensive session, one which brings campers into the culture of the sport at the school as well as the expertise. Multi-sport sessions keeps kids active, engaged, and largely outside throughout the summer months.


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  • Digital Media Academy


    Toronto, Ontario
    8 reviews

    Our Take on Digital Media Academy

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    The activities offered at any camp are important, with those at tech camps perhaps being more applicable to many kids' personal and academic lives than, say, tetherball. That said, all good camps see their activities as less an end in themselves, and more as something for young people to gather together around, to test their abilities and resolve, and to help them to grow into a sense of who they are. In all of those things, Digital Media Academy has the balance absolutely right. The sessions will attract young people who share a vocabulary and a curiosity, and the opportunity to spend protracted time in that milieu is a great benefit in and of itself. The content of the sessions is a-list in every way, though the values that inform them are as well. There is a focus on developing curiosities, collaborative skills, resiliency, empowerment, and passion. Again, the balance is right, with the programs promoting a lot more than skills. The sessions are professionally run, by professional educators. The network of locations, as well as national oversight, allow for a wealth of resources and talent to go around.


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    I am so glad I went to DMA again. I plan to return again.

    George N., Richmond Hill, Ontario (student/camper)

    I'm so glad I went again. DMA is fun for those looking for information based on technology. I can't speak for all the classes but Filmmaking is great. I met a lot of cool, sweet, and nice people both in and out of class along with all the locations we go to inside and out of campus to make our movie. The counselors were fun to hang around with and helpful when it came to filming. Overall, I enjoying my second year at DMA and I plan to comeback once more.

    Learning to not give up and gaining confidence as a coder

    Stephen C., West Vancouver, British Columbia (student/camper)

    Digital Media Academy helped improve the skills that I didn't believe I had. This course helped me to not give up as easily, especially if something doesn't work. It has helped me think about what exact area of STEM I'd like to pursue. I am now more confident in my knowledge of JavaScript and am able to find errors and quickly solve problems.

    Students treated like professionals

    Michelle L., Vancouver, British Columbia (parent )

    The program was not like a typical "camp". The teen students in the electronic music course were treated like music producers. The instructors were excellent in their instruction and sharing. My son thoroughly enjoyed his time in the summer program.


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  • Elite Basketball Camps


    Toronto, Ontario

    Our Take on Elite Basketball Camps

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    Since it was established in 1999, Elite Basketball Camps has been providing opportunities for young people to develop their basketball skills, build character, develop friendships and have fun. Sessions are offered for all ages and levels, from tyro to, as the name suggests, elite athletes. The range of locations, including those in Toronto, Richmond Hill, Thornhill and Newmarket, make it accessible to families across the GTA, including via public transportation. There are 11 weeks of summer sessions, with both day and overnight options.


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  • Encounters with Canada


    Ottawa, Ontario
    20 reviews

    Our Take on Encounters with Canada

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    Historica is an independent organization devoted to growing awareness of the history and culture of Canada. The Heritage Minutes—a long-time staple of Canadian classrooms and broadcasting—are the most visible aspect of their work and give a good sense of what the goals are, namely to educate young people through dynamic engagement. There are lots of other programs too of course, of which Encounters with Canada is, in some senses, the most ambitious. The sessions bring young people together from across the country, meeting in Ottawa to learn about our institutions, meet some of the people that drive them, and to share ideas and perspectives. Running since 1982, the alumni include activists, professionals, at least one Rhodes Scholar, and Leona Aglukkaq, who served as minister of  Arts & Culture (2008-2015); Minister of the Environment (2013-2015), Minister for the Arctic Circle (2012-2015), Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (2012-2015); Minister of Health (2008-2013). The sessions are kept intentionally small, with a maximum of 150 participants in each. The experience, for a vast majority, is transformational.


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    A watershed moment in my life.

    Alec Boudreau International Affairs 2011 (alumni)

    "Attending Encounters with Canada was a watershed moment in my life. It was my first experience in any forum, and it really opened my eyes to all the opportunities that are out there for the people who look for them. Before attending, I was a shy kid with big aspirations, but no way of attaining them. After, I became inspired to become a leader in my school and community and an advocate for the importance of bilingualism. I now plan to attend the University of Ottawa in International Development and Globalization. In the past year, I have lived some extraordinary experiences, but none of them would have been remotely possible without Encounters."

    ...I came out of a shell, became more confident

    Brian Knowler Science & Technology 1989 (alumni)

    EWC marked a turning point in my life where I came out of a shell, became more confident, and started down the path to being the person I am now. I went there knowing no other students, and left a week later with the addresses of dozens of new friends (no emails or texts back then!) as well as my first serious girlfriend. My week at EWC changed me as a person, made me want to become more involved in my school and community, and ultimately led me down a career path dedicated to helping others. I could never recommend a week at EWC for any student enough!

    I was truly learning what Canada was for the first time in my life.

    Dr. Alan MacDonald Law 1987 (alumni)

    When I attended Encounters with Canada in 1987, I was not sure what to expect. Coming from a small fishing village in Nova Scotia, the adventure began on the overnight train ride to Ottawa, where I got to meet some of my fellow attendees from the Maritimes. Already I could feel my horizons expanding as I learned about young people whose lives were similar in some ways to my own, and vastly different in others. That experience was magnified a hundredfold when I arrived at the Terry Fox Centre and met students from all over the country. They had different religions, different cultures, different languages, different backgrounds...we were all Canadian, yet I felt that I was truly learning what Canada was for the first time in my life. And my life was richer as a result of the experience. I am so pleased that several generations of students have had their own adventures with Encounters with Canada. It strengthens us to learn more about our identity as Canadians. It informs the path that we take in our lives, fostering tolerance, understanding, and possibility. And, for one week at least, it takes this huge and diverse country of ours and puts it under one roof, telling us that despite living thousands of kilometres from one another, we are part of the same home.


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  • Engineering For Kids York Region


    Aurora, Ontario

    Our Take on Engineering For Kids York Region

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    Learning is important, but so is fun, and the Engineering for Kids sessions create a nice balance between the two. Activities are high interest, couching STEM concepts within engaging contexts, such as travel to Mars, or survival, or just, well, fun stuff. The camp makes good use of local resources, and the multiple locations are a plus. Campers are given a chance to indulge their interests with others of a like mind, all centered around programming that includes lots of exciting pops and bangs. They learn something, and grow their facility with key curricular concepts, though it’s the fun of the sessions, and the friendships grown there, that they’ll think of first.


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  • Explorer Hop


    Toronto, Ontario
    5 reviews

    Our Take on Explorer Hop

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    There is a camp for every interest, and ExplorerHop is proof of the point. It's a family-created, family-run camp aimed at engaging kids around the topics of geography, international travel, and money management. It's perhaps not the most obvious pairing of themes, but it works, particularly given the energy and expertise of the staff. It's a great option for kids who are looking for something a bit different. Like any camp, it also attracts kids of a like interests and passions, allowing them to express them in a group of like-minded peers. Well-concieved, and expertlly run, there's a lot to love at ExplorerHop. 


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    Excellent Camp

    Raymond Chen (Father of Jeremy age 13) (parent )

    Simply Fantastic! My son was in Camp Millionaire and I cannot say enough good things about it.

    Around the World is awesome

    Seena (Mum to Kayla - age 8) (parent )

    My daughter is in the Around the World Program. It is really so educational. I can't believe how much she has learnt!

    Highly Recommended

    Scott (father of Damian age 11) (parent )

    My son was enrolled in Kids Learn about Money. What a difference it has made! Instead of spending all his time on Fortnite, he's actually having fun reading news and telling me how the stock market works. Very impressed.


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  • False Creek Racing Canoe Club


    Vancouver, British Columbia

    Our Take on False Creek Racing Canoe Club

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    There are many unique camps out there, but in so many ways FCRCC proves that point and then some. The summer programs are run as an aspect of the club, founded in 1985, which has as its mission “to offer paddling opportunities to anyone who wishes to achieve excellence through training and racing.” This isn’t casual boating, but rather an opportunity for young people, whether they are new to the sport or are seeking to build existing skills, to engage with a community that is passionate, dedicated, and well-versed in all the values that sport has to offer. That it’s in the heart of the city, and proximate to public transportation, is pretty great, too. The offering is varied, from marathon canoeing to dragon boat racing, and the intention is as well. Achievement is part of it—all kids get a certificate noting the skills they’ve gained—though an introduction to life-long fitness and active living is also a core goal. The experience of simply attending the club can be eye-opening in all kinds of great ways. It feels like taking part in something special, and that’s because it is. The club is run by volunteers on a not-for-profit basis. These are people that love what they do and want to share it with as many people as possible. So much the better.


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  • Field of Dreams Baseball Camp


    Thornhill, Ontario

    Our Take on Field of Dreams Baseball Camp

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    Field of Dreams provides opportunities for fans of baseball to get involved with the game, build skills, and work alongside like-minded peers and experienced coaches. As with all great camps, it’s about more than just the activities and the skill development. Jennifer Stitt founded the camp to provide an supportive, inclusive environment in which kids can grow into the values that sports can provide: teamwork, confidence, positive mentorship. The camp began in Thornhill and has grown to include locations in Aurora, Vaughan, and Toronto, making it accessible while also building the available infrastructure. Extended drop off and pickup times are a nice touch, as is a whiffle ball program. Various levels provide appropriate settings for this those just starting out, to those looking to build elite skills in an appropriately competitive environment.


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  • Fire Fly Stables


    Flamborough, Ontario
    5 reviews

    Our Take on Fire Fly Stables

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    When we think of camps, we often think of activities and stuff: the things that kids will do and the resources available to help them do them. Fire Fly has all of that, offering riding in a compelling setting. Still, what we don’t think of often enough is the people that kids will come into contact within camp settings. At Fire Fly, that’s Jenn Bruner, owner and head coach. As she notes, the program is a labour of love for the sport, but also for what it can bring to young people. Her life was changed through an opportunity to grow into riding, and that’s something she set out to offer with Fire Fly. The fees are absolutely reasonable, and the environment geared around mentorship, compassion, and personal development. Kids enter a setting populated with coaches and peers of a like mind, of similar passions, and who experience the same challenges and the same joys. That, very rightly, is what draws families here, year after year.


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    Parent & camper reviews of Fire Fly Stables

    Adult Student Returning To Riding

    Rose (student/camper)

    Thank you so much, for spending last Saturday lesson with me. You created an understanding with me of horses and to create a mutal partnership with student and horse. You reopened my heart and to allow the love that horses are so capable of giving back. My heart has been closed for some time. Each week it reopens to the person I am. Thank you for your expertise and sharing your live of horses. As a youthful mature adult responsible I would recommend Firefly Stables owners and all the trainers to anyone that is curious in learning or reentering equine you are all amazing. ❤❤❤

    Lesson Review

    K. (student/camper)

    Best stables ever. Definitely would recommend to and level of rider. Beginner, novice and advanced. Everyone is very friendly and makes you feel like you’re right at home!

    Lesson Program Review

    parent (parent )

    We have been with other barns and by far this is the best one. The instruction is amazing, the instructors have great patients and are really good at reading their students comfort level, but able to encourage the student to step out of their comfort zone.


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  • Focus Learning Academic Centre


    Thornhill, Ontario
    40 reviews

    Our Take on Focus Learning Academic Centre

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    Shelly Zheng founded Focus Learning in 2010 with a group of passionate educators who shared her perspective on teaching and mentorship. The key approach taken is based in the belief that by sparking curiosity around the core content, rather than just disseminating it, teachers can more meaningfully engage students as active, motivated learners. It’s style of learning that posits students as equals, in an environment of equals. Further, it’s not about marks so much as  growing each child's personal relationship with learning. In the years since it began, Focus Learning has grown to comprise a series of afterschool, weekend, and camp programs, offered out of three locations: North York, Don Mills, and Markham. There are courses based in STEM concepts, including robotics and programming, as well as the core curricula, but Zheng was keen also to build out the full range of curricular areas. Some programs, such as BizKids, are unlike any you’ll find elsewhere. All sessions are crafted to offer students opportunities to engage their core talents and interests in an environment that supports and prizes them. Adoption of leading edge programs, such as the Beast Academy math curriculum, is indicative of the desire to continually develop best practices and to use them to full advantage.


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    All in all it was an excellent experience.

    Lazaros Agapides (parent )

    During the summer of 2018 we visited family in Toronto and sent our kids to Focus Learning a week in the ESL program. They really didn't want to go at first, but after the first couple of days, they asked to stay a second week! So they did! We were very pleased with the staff, the programs as well as the facilities made available to them. All in all it was an excellent experience. We're planning on sending them again next time we visit! Thanks Focus Learning!

    One of the best education centres in Toronto.

    Elena B. (parent )

    One of the best education centres in Toronto. The management and staff are amazing. Tutuors are very knowlegeable and nice. Highly recommend it to all parents.

    I'm Aimee love there.The teacher is so good.

    Aimee Wei (student/camper)

    I'm Aimee love there.The teacher is so good.


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  • Fraser Lake Camp


    Bancroft, Ontario
    3 reviews

    Our Take on Fraser Lake Camp

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    Fraser Lake began in 1955 as a means of providing kids with an opportunity to get out of the city to experience a different set of priorities and values. Founded by the Danforth Mennonite Church in Toronto, it was an expression of the values of the church, including inclusivity, community, and faith. All of that remains today, and the need for it is greater than ever. The programming reflects all the traditional camp programs, including time spent together on the lake and in the forest. The property is 260 acres, so there is lots of room to roam, and the camp makes great use of that. But, as in that first year, the draw is principally to experience a different pace of life, away from the data smog of our devices, within a community that is focussed on each other, ecology, and physical activity.


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    Mothers Thoughts

    Kathy (parent )

    My daughter considers Fraser Lake her "second family" - she loves the time she spends with everyone there and has made camp friends that she will likely have for the rest of her life. We are registering her for two weeks again and as of now she plans to continue in the LIT/CIT program in years to come. Thank you for all that you and your staff do - as parents we feel confident that she is safe and well-cared for and being provided a very special opportunity.

    Fun-filled Adventures!

    Adam R. (student/camper)

    Hello, I used to attend this camp years ago, and to be honest they were some of the most fun filled "adventures" of my life. I'm just writing to say thank you for making my childhood entertaining for the two weeks in the summer that I was there. They are some of the most fun filled memories I have from my childhood.

    The Benefits of Camp

    K.R. (alumni)

    After going to camp for several years I have come to the realization that camp is a place where you will always be accepted and feels like home away from home. It is this that has allowed me to become a more open and confident individual.


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  • French International Language Camps


    MEGEVE, Other
    4 reviews

    Our Take on French International Language Camps

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    Yes it sounds like a dream—learning French, nestled in the Alps—and for the students that attend, there are no doubt lots of pinch-me moments. That said, there’s more afoot here than glorious vistas and great food (though there are indeed both of those). Students come together with peers from around the world for the purpose of language learning, thought that’s just the tip of the iceberg. They learn about themselves, and their place in the world; they have a first-hand experience of what it means to be a global citizen within a truly global learning environment. Given that French is the one language that all the participants share, there’s an immediacy that comes with using it,  and an imperative not simply to make sure that verbs and subjects agree, but to make yourself understood to others. It’s an adventure, though one that, for many reasons, will have a substantive and lasting effect. An expressed goal of the program is to shape and influence young people to create a better world. Truly, if there's one thing that could do that, it's programs like this one: bringing young people together from disparate cultures to share some time, ideas, and fun. All sessions are impeccably run, out of impeccable facilities in the shadow of Mont Blanc. 
     


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    TESTIMONIALS

    ELODIE UGHETTO (parent )

    You can see all our testimonials in video: https://www.internationallanguagecamps.com/testimonials/

    Awesome Camp!

    Nicholas (student/camper)

    Awesome camp! Super coaches! Varied activities! Fun guaranteed anytime during the summer! A unique opportunity to make new friends from other schools and see again the ones from LGB. Be prepared: you will want to go back…many times!!! Don’t forget – you have to sign up!

    Love the camp!

    Cory (parent )

    My daughter loves Megève and the camp. Small town, safe, wonderful staff etc. She was happy, learned a little, enjoyed her time and helped her grow.


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  • Frontier Lodge


    Nordegg, Alberta

    Our Take on Frontier Lodge

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    With roots tracing back to 1959, Frontier Lodge has a long history and experience delivering quality adventure programs for young people. The setting, frankly, couldn’t be better and the breadth of activity, from caving to climbing to whitewater rafting, is rightly a principle draw. The values, too, set Frontier Lodge apart, and since its inception, the camp has drawn participants, volunteers, and support from many Alberta churches. As such, Frontier Lodge is a focal point of a broad Christian community within some of Alberta’s famed wilderness.


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  • Gardiner Museum


    Toronto, Ontario

    Our Take on Gardiner Museum

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    The Gardiner Museum is one of Toronto’s most unique and engaging cultural gems, founded in 1984 by George and Helen Gardiner as a place to house and share their collection of ceramics. Recent shows mounted here by Yoko Ono and Ai Weiwei have proved that clay is a fascinating and dynamic art form. With extensive renovations and an expansion completed in 2006, the building was brought forward along with the intentions for it. The camps were part of that vision. They are expertly run by passionate instructors who not only know the craft, but can interpret it within its historical and cultural contexts. There is a nice range of session options, including half-day and full-day. Groups are intentionally kept small, with a maximum of 12 in each, and less in the wheel workshops. As such, everyone gets their own space, and maximum time with the materials. The art camp sessions extend the activity beyond clay, which is a nice addition. Younger campers are dropped off, though for the older ones, the TTC stop is literally right outside the door. The setting, frankly, is thrilling, something that adds to the experience. Spending days in a museum of this stature, working with people this engaged, can be transformative in all kinds of meaningful ways.
     


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  • Gee-Gees Sports Camps


    Ottawa, Ontario
    1 reviews

    Our Take on Gee-Gees Sports Camps

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    The U of Ottawa team is known as “GG” for garnet and grey, the school colours. The Gee-Gees Sports Camps, hosted here through the summer months, are a direct expression of those programs: expertly run and conducted in a professional, world-class setting. Lunch is in the caf, included in the session fees, and there is an option of daily swimming in the Olympic sized pool. The coaches are hired from the varsity programs, and getting to know them is part of the experience. All skill levels are welcome, including elite athletes intending to develop their skills, to kids who just want to try something new. In all, it’s as inspiring as it is athletically sound.


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    Parent & camper reviews of Gee-Gees Sports Camps

    Highlight of my summer!

    Daius Steiner (alumni)

    I first attended the UOttawa multi-sports summer camp with my sister when I was 9! I loved it so much that I came back the following year for the soccer camp and continued to alternate between the two until I outgrew the program. From meeting best friends, to getting to enjoy the Olympic-size swimming pool and eating in the cafeteria, the camps were amongst the highlights of my childhood summers!


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  • Glen Bernard Camp


    Sundridge, Ontario

    Our Take on Glen Bernard Camp

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    Glen Bernard was founded in 1922 with the intention of helping girls develop self-confidence and independence, and certainly it’s succeeded at that goal, and then some, ever since. One of the reasons is the leadership of Jocelyn Palm, who has owned and directed the camp since 1977. She’s a rock star in the world of camping, and rightly so. She’s impressive, and, frankly, inspiring. In 2014, she was asked by an interviewer why she had gone to the trouble of installing composting toilets and solar water heaters. She answered, “if I’m not prepared to be a role model and show kids the technologies that are going to make our environment sustainable, who’s going to do it?” She brings that spirit of leadership to the life of the camp, and passes it on to the campers who attend. Her advice to young people is to “set realistic goals and, once you’ve achieved them, set more.” In that regard, and indeed many others, Palm leads by example. The activities cluster around the camp traditions, though with an eye to the wider world, empathetic leadership, environmental stewardship, and interpersonal skills.


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  • Great Big Theatre Company


    Multiple Cities, Ontario

    Our Take on Great Big Theatre Company

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    The GBTC was founded by lily Small and her husband Charles Small in Dundas in 1994. Then as now it was a non-profit organization based in a passion for the arts and in the knowledge of how, through both passive and active engagement, can transform the lives of young people. The program grew, to say the least, based in the quality of the programs and supported by a growing community of participants. There are now locations throughout the GTA, with a participation rate in the thousands. Each session is close-knit, bringing kids together around a clear set of challenges—improv, theatre games, stagecraft, and performance—and the joys of meeting them. While each session is a week in length, the experience can be significant, sparking fast friendships in a deceptively short period of time.


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  • Haliburton Hockey Haven Sports Camp


    Minden, Ontario
    3 reviews

    Our Take on Haliburton Hockey Haven Sports Camp

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    In the mid-1960s two emerging personalities within professional hockey, Wren Blair and Jim Gregory, bought a parcel of property on Koshlong Lake and founded the Hockey Haven in time for the 1964/65 season. The name “Hockey Haven” was derived from the names of several cottages nearby on the lake—Pine Haven, West Haven, Red Haven—and the camp name continued the theme. Both Wren and were prominent in professional hockey, and became even more so over the years, with Blair serving as head coach of the Minnesota North Stars from 1967 to 1970 and the general manager of the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1975-76. Gregory was the general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs from 1969 to 1979, where he led the Leafs to eight playoff appearances. After 1979, he became the director of the NHL Central Scouting Bureau.

    That close association with professional hockey was a draw. While Haliburton can seem like a sleepy hamlet, for those who enrolled, this was an intensive program that was very close to the broader world and culture of elite sport. During a two week session, campers spent anywhere from 32 to 37 hours playing hockey. Through his connections, Blair was able to attract a variety of hockey talent (from the junior, minor, and NHL franchises) to provide instruction, and others just to stop in to provide tips and motivation. Wayne Gretzky, for example, visited in 1982, early in his career, perhaps, but nevertheless already an national hero.

    In all of that, the environment was galvanising, and the camp today, more than 50 years later, remains very true to its roots. Campers join others who share their passions and their talents, and, with world class coaching, build upon all of that. The camp has moved since that initial location, and has also built out its programming and breadth of activity. Nevertheless, it remains an internationally-recognized youth camp. Campers are challenged, but also energised. The alumni of the program, and of the community it sits within, is impressive. The sessions are forward looking, though fun is an important goal as well.  


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    Parent & camper reviews of Haliburton Hockey Haven Sports Camp

    Fist time hockey player

    Mike (parent )

    My son Derek attended the ice only camp last week. I was worried as he is only 7 and he knew how to skate but had never played ice hockey before. When I saw some of the older kids and how good some of them were and how my son was the only real beginner on the ice I was concerned. But all the coaches were amazing, they took the extra time to make sure my son was okay and felt comfortable and they would give him one on one instruction if there was something he couldn't do. My son loved the week and he wants to come back for another week (July 31st to Aug 4th if there is availability.) You have great coaches in the ice only part of the camp, they keep the practices moving so the kids never got bored and the drills were very productive for skill development. They made my son's 1st week of hockey enjoyable and he improved so much by the end of the week. He was on the fence about signing up for hockey in the fall but now he definitely wants to play in a league. Thanks for everything.

    Significant skills improvement

    Steve Oakes, Richmond Hill, Ontario. (parent )

    My three daughters (10, 7, and 5) attended hockey camp at HHH this past summer. Because we have a cottage in the area I watched from the stands quite a bit. I was very impressed with the instruction. The drills were well organized, fun, and fast paced - there was very little of the standing around I saw at a couple of the other camps they went to. The instructors were all very knowledgeable, able to tailor the program to the suit the kids, and made sure everyone was having fun. My girls had a great time, and they improved significantly. All three are now playing rep hockey two of them for the first time.

    Patient and attentive team

    Anne, happy mom (parent )

    Just wanted to drop a line and say how much my boys, Riley and Carter (aka Tarter), enjoyed camp this past week. You and your coaches did an excellent job. You have a great crew. In particular, Tommy did a great job with Carter and all the little guys. He was so patient and attentive and as a result Carter really improved. If you wouldn't mind passing my thanks along to him I would appreciate it. Have a great hockey season and we'll see you next summer. Best, Anne


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  • Harbourfront Centre Camps


    Toronto, Ontario
    9 reviews

    Our Take on Harbourfront Centre Camps

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    Some camps are up north, in the bush, away from the all the hustle and bustle of the city, and one of the great strengths of the Harbourfront Centre programs is that it isn’t: it’s nearby, close to all of the resources of the city. Because of that, it offers a greater range of activity that you’ll find anywhere, including everything from theatre arts, to sports, to digital storytelling, and on and on. The staffing benefits from the proximity to the city, with instructors bringing a rich range of experience and expertise. Campers enroll within areas of interest, and in so doing enter a setting of peers who share that interest, an experience that in itself can be transformative. Most of the programs are day programs, though not all are—there are overnight options as well, including during the March break. There are PA day sessions as well. Now entering their fourth decade, the Harbourfront Centre programs are as established as any you’ll find anywhere, inclusive of a unique culture and approach to learning, doing, and having fun.


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    Parent & camper reviews of Harbourfront Centre Camps

    1:1 fabulous

    Parent (parent )

    My son has autism and he is a saying this was his favorite camp by far, the 1:1 was fabulous.

    Highly recommend

    Parent (parent )

    My daughter really loved her camp. She was quite excited to share all her art work with us. She learned about different techniques of painting and craft work. I highly recommend the camp for kids who love to experiment with art!!

    Eager to try these recipes at home

    Parent (parent )

    My son came home from Culinary Camp and is eager to try these recipes at home, and my other son in Mad Science is ready to install the bird feeder in the backyard and know what seeds to select to attract his favorite birds.


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  • Hatch Coding Camps


    Toronto, Ontario
    5 reviews

    Our Take on Hatch Coding Camps

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    The Hatch camps were founded by Emmanuelle Deaton, who comes from a background teaching history and civics, and Peter Kuperman, who comes from a computer science background. Their experience can seem like opposite ends of the spectrum, though, even if they’ve taken different paths along the way, both are proponents of the creative aspect of coding, which, given the state of the tools available, is prodigious. “It’s entirely creative,” says Deaton, “and that’s the most beautiful thing there is in computer language: the promise of computer language is the promise of creativity. Children can imagine something that they want to create, and then they can do that. That’s really powerful for them.” It is, and the Hatch camps consistently demonstrate that. They are staffed by counsellors and instructors who bring that passion, as well as a clear desire and ability to work effectively with children. It’s a unique mix, to be sure, all of which adds to the strength and quality of the summer, weekend, and after-school programs.


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    Parent & camper reviews of Hatch Coding Camps

    Think and brainstorm.

    Arshi S. (parent )

    It makes my child think and brainstorm.

    Challenging and fun projects

    Meghan T. (parent )

    Calm atmosphere with challenging and fun projects. Kids can work at their own pace and when stuck an experienced computer techies answer their questions, which are broken down and clearly described. Kids can learn independently, which my son likes.

    Friends and learning

    Jeff C (parent )

    My daughter had a blast and made some good friends while learning the very basics of coding.


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  • HIDDEN BAY LEADERSHIP CAMP


    Nobel, Parry Sound, Ontario

    Our Take on HIDDEN BAY LEADERSHIP CAMP

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    The camp was founded in 1999, though the site has been used for outdoor education of various sorts since the 1940s. So, perhaps if directly, the camp—both in terms of its location and its approach—participates in a longer tradition. Recent expansion and development has added to and improved the buildings on site, including a dining hall completed in 2007. The programming is delightfully traditional. The first item on the daily schedule is raising the flag and pond time. Love that. This is a place that values skills, but rightly also knows that stopping to breathe and appreciate the environment is important, too. And while swim badges and leadership skills attract parents, for many kids the pond, rightly, is an absolute highlight. The camp does very many things right, from pacing, to inclusion, to challenges by choice. Which is what camp is all about.


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  • Hollows Camp


    Bradford, Ontario
    13 reviews

    Our Take on Hollows Camp

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    The Hollows is a traditional camp with all of the traditional activities on offer, from watersports to adventure, to mindfulness training. The property is a draw, comprising 87 acres of green space. The size of the camper population is as well, which is limited to 70 participants. It’s a unique combination, allowing for a very personal relationship with the camp and the other campers, and a clear sense of inclusion. Founders Stephen and Janet Fine continue to run the camp, as they have done for nearly four decades. They bring a dedication to promoting healthy, active living, and developing strong social bonds.


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    Parent & camper reviews of Hollows Camp

    The Best Staff

    Liza Paul (alumni)

    Best staff. Maximum fun... Had a blast

    The Hollows is...

    Grace Pauletto (parent )

    Incredible!!!!

    5 Star Day Camp

    Chris C (parent )

    5 star rating from the kids for a great local day-camp-camp.


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  • HUMBER ARBORETUM NATURE CAMPS


    Toronto, Ontario

    Our Take on HUMBER ARBORETUM NATURE CAMPS

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    Next to the Humber College North Campus, the Humber Arboretum is not only accessible to public transit, it’s also one of the most stunning, if perhaps lesser known, parks in the city. It includes 250 acres of ornamental gardens as well as extensive sections of native Carolinian forest. The Arboretum was established as a joint venture of the City of Toronto, Humber College, and Toronto and Region Conservation Authority. It’s also home to the Centre for Urban Ecology, which administers a range of children’s programming throughout the year and, in particular, the summer camp sessions. While the camps are fun—kids walk on logs, look at bugs, and engage with nature—they are also strikingly unique, run by people who are experts and champions of ecology. The arboretum environment buzzes with those kinds of concerns, as well as the people who hold them dear. As such, the learning is overt—kids will leave knowing what an ecosystem is, for example, and the difference between a dicot and a monocot—though they’ll also soak up the values that inform environmental stewardship. So, there’s a lot to love, not the least being an ability to be so engulfed in nature during the day, then being back at home at by dinner time.


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  • Idea Lab Kids Oakville


    Oakville, Ontario

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    One of the great things about camp is that it can grant children a broader sense of what they’re capable of, and get them in front of people who exemplify the full extent of those capabilities. Idea Lab Kids is a great example of that. It looks like a lot of fun, and it is, but the programs also get kids working together on shared activities and projects that grow a facility with science, design, and engineering. That the Idea Labs Kids programs were first developed by a woman in science, Ghazal Qureshi, adds a nice perspective to the venture. While it’s gradually changing, girls tend to be underrepresented in the science disciplines, and both for them and the boys too Qureshi serves as a particularly great role model and mentor, even if she isn’t front and centre in participants minds. Learning is important, thought these programs know that it can take many forms—social, personal, academic—and rightly works to develop all those areas. The Calgary locations were the first in Canada, with Oakville a close second, after first being established in the US. Idea Lab has now expanded to 87 throughout the world, including those in Ecuador and Lebanon. That adds a depth to the programs, with rich human and material resources beyond what you see at first glance. New offerings are developed continually, by a dedicated team tasked to grow the programs while keeping abreast of best practices and emerging technologies.


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  • International Junior Golf Academy


    Howey-in-the-Hills, Florida
    6 reviews

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    The IJGA is results oriented, with a staff and a record to prove it. Both day and overnight programs are available from core to elite levels, and the academy partners with a secondary institution, Heritage Academy, allowing students to live, learn, and develop both their academics and their games along with peers of a like mind from around the world. Facilities are extensive and detailed. A counselling office provides academic counselling for students intending to pursue training and academics at post-secondary institutions. There’s a shared love of the game, something that is also fostered here, as well as a proven ability to deliver players to Olympic and professional competition.
     


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    Parent & camper reviews of International Junior Golf Academy

    Program Overview

    M. Simaski - United States (alumni)

    As a player, this is where I want to train because the facility and coaching team provide me what I need mentally to be ready for competition. If I am working on my swing, I can work on my mechanics one minute and on feel for competition the next. The facilities and private training course give me all the conditions and the ideal environment to develop all areas of my game.

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    T. Molina - Mexico (student/camper)

    I was here for a Summer Camp last year, and that is why I came again as a full-timer. I love it here, and the coaches are awesome.

    Overall Student Experience

    M. Hisaski - Japan (alumni)

    We training together, play together and study together. We become one big family just becoming better people overall.


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  • InterVarsity Circle Square Ranch Big Clear Lake


    Arden, Ontario
    1 reviews

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    Begun 1929, the InterVarsity camps contribute to the goal of creating unique opportunities to bring young people together around the personal challenges that a camp setting can provide. At camp kids unplug and turn their attention to the community they find there. The activities facilitate a greater understanding of campers’ talents and abilities, as well as the Christian values that inform the programming. 


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    Camp is so fun!

    Discovery Girl (student/camper)

    My camp experience was good. I made lots of new friends. I did lots of swimming. I learned about the Bible. My counsellors were super nice. I loved the camp and hope to come back soon!


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  • InterVarsity Circle Square Ranch Grand River


    Brantford, Ontario
    17 reviews

    Our Take on InterVarsity Circle Square Ranch Grand River

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    InterVarstiy Circle Square Ranch Grand River was founded in the 1970s as a program of Crossroads Christian Communications TV program, Circle Square. The popularity of the show created an initial interest in the camp programs, though in time the quality of the camps themselves were the draw independent of it. In 2011 Circle Square was bought by InterVarsity, becoming one of nine camps that organization runs across the country. Begun 1929, the InterVarsity camps contribute to the goal of creating unique opportunities to bring young people together around the personal challenges that a camp setting can provide. At camp kids unplug and turn their attention to the community they find there. The activities facilitate a greater understanding of campers’ talents and abilities, as well as the Christian values that inform the programming. The equestrian programs at Circle Square date back to the camp’s founding four decades ago; as strong as ever, they are a particular draw for many of the families that enrol here.


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    Parent & camper reviews of InterVarsity Circle Square Ranch Grand River

    New Experience

    Camper Parent (parent )

    A new experience for my daughter that included a variety of activities, a comfortable atmosphere, safe/quality supervision, and close to home.

    Theme of camp.

    Camper Parent (parent )

    I think it's fun how its Ranch themed instead of regular wilderness themed camps and how it revolves around horses, Jesus, and god.

    Junior Camp

    Camper Parent (parent )

    [she] said her favourite thing about her first time ( won’t be the last ) at junior sleepover camp was “everything, especially the time she spent with the horses.”


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  • InterVarsity Circle Square Ranch Halkirk


    Halkirk, Alberta

    Our Take on InterVarsity Circle Square Ranch Halkirk

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    The Circle Square Ranch camps were founded in the 1970s as a program of Crossroads Christian Communications TV program, Circle Square. The popularity of the show created an initial interest in the camp programs, though in time the quality of the camps themselves were the draw independent of it. In 2011 Circle Square Ranch Halkirk was bought by InterVarsity, becoming one of nine camps that organization runs across the country. Begun 1929, the InterVarsity camps contribute to the goal of creating unique opportunities to bring young people together around the personal challenges that a camp setting can provide. At camp kids unplug and turn their attention to the community they find there. The activities facilitate a greater understanding of campers’ talents and abilities, as well as the Christian values that inform the programming. The equestrian programs at Circle Square date back to the camp’s founding four decades ago; as strong as ever, they are a particular draw, including the weekly rodeo event, for many of the families that enrol here.


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  • InterVarsity Pioneer Camp Alberta


    Sundre, Alberta
    50 reviews

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    Pioneer Camp Alberta is one of nine InterVarsity camps located across the country. The camping program was begun 1929, an expression of InterVarsity, an association of campus ministries intended to bring Christian values and awareness to young people, and support their spiritual and social growth. The camps were part of the initial vision, designed to create a unique opportunity to bring young people together around the unique challenges that a camp setting can provide. That remains perhaps more true today than ever. At camp they unplug, and turn their attention to the community they find there. The activities facilitate a greater understanding of campers’ talents and abilities, as well as the Christian values that inform the programming. The camp has grown over the years, adding new activities and facilities, all of it furthering the initial goals.


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    Year After Year

    Camper (student/camper)

    I had a fantastic time. I would like to come back next year.

    Year After Year

    Parent (parent )

    Most anticipated week of summer! Real life experience. Fun. Memories to last a life time!

    Year After Year

    Parent (parent )

    My son comes home so completely happy and satisfied year after year – he looks forward to camp all year long.


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  • InterVarsity Pioneer Camp Manitoba


    Winnipeg, Manitoba

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    Pioneer Camp Manitoba is one of nine InterVarsity camps located across the country. The camping program was begun 1929, an expression of InterVarsity, an association of campus ministries intended to bring Christian values and awareness to young people, and support their spiritual and social growth. The camps were part of the initial vision, designed to create a unique opportunity to bring young people together around the unique challenges that a camp setting can provide. That remains perhaps more true today than ever. At camp they unplug, and turn their attention to the community they find there. The activities facilitate a greater understanding of campers’ talents and abilities, as well as the Christian values that inform the programming. The camp has grown over the years, adding new activities, facilities, and sessions, all of it furthering the initial goals.


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  • InterVarsity Pioneer Camp Ontario


    Port Sydney, Ontario

    Our Take on InterVarsity Pioneer Camp Ontario

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    Ontario Pioneer Camp is one of nine InterVarsity camps located across the country. The camping program was begun 1929, an expression of InterVarsity, an association of campus ministries intended to bring Christian values and awareness to young people, and support their spiritual and social growth. The camps were part of the initial vision, designed to create a unique opportunity to bring young people together around the unique challenges that a camp setting can provide. That remains perhaps more true today than ever. At camp they unplug, and turn their attention to the community they find there. The activities facilitate a greater understanding of campers’ talents and abilities, as well as the Christian values that inform the programming. The camp has grown over the years, adding new activities, including family camp sessions, all of it furthering the initial goals.


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  • InterVarsity Pioneer Camp Pacific


    Vancouver, British Columbia

    Our Take on InterVarsity Pioneer Camp Pacific

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    Pioneer Camp Pacific is one of nine InterVarsity camps located across the country. The camping program was begun 1929, an expression of InterVarsity, an association of campus ministries intended to bring Christian values and awareness to young people, and support their spiritual and social growth. The camps were part of the initial vision, designed to create a unique opportunity to bring young people together around the unique challenges that a camp setting can provide. That remains perhaps more true today than ever. At camp they unplug, and turn their attention to the community they find there. The activities facilitate a greater understanding of campers’ talents and abilities, as well as the Christian values that inform the programming. The camp has grown over the years, adding new activities and facilities, all of it furthering the initial goals.


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  • Jack of Sports


    Toronto, Ontario

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    Jack of Sports has a very unique offering, not limited to sports, and even the sports aren’t necessarily the ones you’d think of first. There are activities that challenge campers to build their skills—swimming, biking, rock climbing—as well as sessions dedicated to chess, pop music, golf and art. All of that is an expression of founder Larry Tobin’s belief that variety is important, especially when inspiring children to active lifestyles. In all the focus is on skill development, creative engagement, and personal motivation. Locations across the GTA bring the programs to a wider catchment area, while keeping commute times low, which is a nice plus.  
     


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  • Jeanette's Cakes


    Oakville, Ontario
    2 reviews

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    Jeanette Bulger has said that “You are never too young or too old to begin your journey in this wonderful form of art.” There’s a lot in that, both in terms of age, involvement, and how she conceives of baking. She approaches it as an art and anyone who has seen her work can vouch for that—she’s exceptionally skilled, and her cakes are truly works of art. Her location is a professional, working bakery; the facilities are top notch, as is the approach and instruction. Kids who attend the sessions and camps experience that environment first hand and, while there’s a lot fun, there’s the right amount of seriousness as well. The work they see being done there, as well as the perspective that Jeanette brings to it, is inspiring, particularly for young people who share the passion. The skills they learn, too, are of a high level—this isn’t an opportunity for kids just to muck about, but rather to really learn something of the art as well as the science of baking.


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    So impressed

    Lindy Theron (parent )

    Kiara did a camp at "Jeanette cakes" -they made beautiful pastries, quiche, Éclair’s, etc.(really professional).I was so impressed with her camp that I thought I would share her website with you.http://www.jeanettescakes.com/I truly thought that her work and camp was amazing!Lindy Theron

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    Shauna Cobham (parent )

    My daughters, Bridget and Beatrice Cobham attended your unicorn cupcake summer camp session last year. They both really enjoyed it, and would love to return for a couple of camps this summer.


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  • Junior Coders


    Brampton, Ontario
    19 reviews

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    For anyone over 30, coding can risk seeming cold, technical, dull, distant. For young people today, it isn’t. Rather it's one of the langauges they'll speak increasingly as they grow. With the right introduction they see coding as a language of personal expression, which is exactly the approach taken at Junior Coders. The tools might be technical, but these sessions encourage students to see that what you do with them doesn’t need to be—they are challenged to approach coding creatively, and to use coding as means of exploring their passions and interests. There is a conscious effort to make girls welcome in the setting, something that Junior Coders has had great success with. The facilities are exceptional, as is the passion that leads the instruction.
     


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    Great program for the kids

    GEORGE K (parent )

    Great program for the kids...

    Great Program

    Jithin Shaju (parent )

    Great Program........

    Best place for kids to learn coding and robotics

    Dickie Brar (parent )

    Best place for kids to learn coding and robotics. Friendly teaching environment.


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  • Kandalore


    Algonquin Highlands, Ontario

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    Founded more than 70 years ago, the Kandalore program is firmly based in the traditions of camping in Canada, as well as the traditions unique to the camp. All-camp campfires bookend the camper experience, including the Chapter Fire, a signature event held at the end of each month. There’s a lot of whimsy, too, such as the regatta, a day-long program held each session. Those things, and many more, contribute to a camp culture that is vibrant, active, inclusive, and fun. There are some very nice cross-generational programs, including Fairy Night, when senior girls dress up and visit the youngest campers to surprise them with a girls-only campfire. It’s as charming as it is affective. Leadership seeks to provide appropriate challenges, including canoe trips, as a cornerstone of the program, through which campers can build confidence in themselves and in their ability to work with others toward a common goal. 


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  • Kettleby Valley Camp


    Kettleby, Ontario

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    It’s a truism, but worth repeating, that at camp there is more than meets the eye, and Kettleby is a great example of that. It’s a traditional camp, with all the traditional activities, from canoeing, to swimming, to hiking, to arts and crafts. There are some updates, too, including paintball. But, as director Peter Truman says, “all the activities really are a medium for us to help kids understand that trying new things isn’t a big deal.” And with that comes a lot of social, emotional, and physical growth and development, something that the Kettleby program actively brings to the fore. There has been a camp on this site since the late 1950s. The cities to the south have grown, and it’s not as far from the urban environment as it once was, though that brings a nice plus as well: it’s close to home, something that both parents and campers appreciate.


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  • Kids in the Spotlight


    Vancouver, British Columbia
    6 reviews

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    While it’s true that no camp appeals to all campers, KITS is a camp for perhaps more kids than you might initially assume. Dyed in the wool theater kids will of course find a home here, though those who don’t have their hearts set on a career on the stage will as well. Denise Goldbeck founded the camps nearly four decades ago based in her experience within the performing arts, though also based in her experience in the field of developmental psychology. She saw the camps as an opportunity to grow young peoples’ skills, but also as a means for developing resilience, confidence, and interpersonal relationships. The success of the camps over the intervening years has been well demonstrated, with literally thousands of kids attending the programs.


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    They always walk a little taller and hold their heads a little higher after each program

    Julie (parent )

    “My children have attended the Kids in the Spotlight program for several years and they always walk a little taller and hold their heads a little higher after each program.” Julie, Vancouver, B.C.

    My two grandchildren [...] are now both interns

    Michele (parent )

    “I first met Denise Goldbeck 10 years ago when my two grandchildren started their annual attendance and over the years we have developed a professional and a personal relationship. KITS is a unique program in which my grandchildren learned about themselves and how to cooperate and have meaningful relationships with others, while developing their creative talents. They are now both interns in KITS, engaged in leadership activities with the younger participants in the program. Denise has developed a very precise educational methodology and at the same time has been able to trust the interns to model and teach what she has taught them. While my relationship with Denise has mostly been around this program, I also had other professional contacts with her, in which I have been impressed by the breadth of her knowledge and her constant curiousity to learn more.” Michele, Chicago, Il.

    I cannot overstate the value and importance of Denise Goldbeck’s work with the children who attend her workshops

    Bud (parent )

    “As a paediatrician and psychiatrist, as well as a published researcher in the field of Moral Reasoning, I have been highly impressed with the work of Denise Goldbeck over the 15 years that my grandchildren (now young adults) have attended her annual workshops for children. While the vehicle for learning and activity is the preparation of musical shows for public presentation (to family and friends), it is the process and method she employs with the children (aged 3 to adolescence) that is clearly evident in their character-building, moral development and behaviour. Our grandchildren have been so enthusiastic about the experience (as have we) that they have insisted on coming every years for over a decade even though this has meant travelling, often alone, from overseas. I cannot overstate the value and importance of Denise Goldbeck’s work with the children who attend her workshops.” Bud, Chicago, Il.


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  • Kilcoo Camp


    Minden, Ontario
    6 reviews

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    Kilcoo was founded in 1932, and is very much one of the great, classic Canadian camps. It reflects the Taylor Statten ideal, as did so many camps that were founded at the time. There was a nod to first nations culture, with John Lattimer, who took over the camp in 1938, know invariably as “Chief.” (The name of the camp, again like others founded at that time, was a similar nod.) The programs were traditional, based in watersports, canoeing, woods lore, and a boisterous celebration of the camp culture. Leadership has been absolutely consistent, with David Lattimer taking over the directorship from his father in 1985. Campers past and present are absolutely loyal to the camp, in large part due to the consistency of the program leadership down through the decades. They all feel that attending Kilcoo is about more than a summer, it’s a chance to participate in something larger, with a longer arc, and centered around an amiable set of priorities and values. And, indeed, it’s all of that, which is a draw for generations of campers, both locally and from around the world.


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    Thanks

    Anonymous (parent )

    I wanted to write you a quick note to say thank you for yet another wonderful summer for our boys. A day hasn’t gone by without some camp story, song or game being told, sung or played in our house. Our boys had a fantastic summer. I’m not sure how you do it, but they come back closer as a band of brothers than when they leave and I love that. The boys have always been quite close, but it amplifies from their camp experience. I was concerned that our youngest wouldn’t fit into this troop, but he has come back a full member which is really wonderful for us as parents to see. It is clear that you love camp and make the experience a dream for boys – enough structure to make sure the day runs smoothly, but not the sort of structure they have at home (and I struggle to offer them as a parent who likes things to stay neat and clean). It is such a special place and your dedication to it is obvious. I love that, in an all-boys environment, the boys show so much affection for one another – they aren’t scared to hug and cry and really show each other how much they care. Pick up day was full of so much affection between the campers and staff it was truly fantastic to see. It is magical. Thank you so much. The boys will be back next summer (was there any doubt?) and I suspect the countdown has already commenced in their minds.

    Best Place on Earth

    Nic (student/camper)

    Every year I come back to camp not only for the fun that I have, but for the amazing friendships that I build and the long lasting memories that I create. Camp is one of the best places on earth and I am happier because of it.

    First Time

    Diego (student/camper)

    I arrived at camp tired and uncomfortable, away from my home, in a different country. It was hot and the sun beat down on my exhausted body. Although that wasn't the best first impression, during my time at Kilcoo I have come to appreciate these little things. I went to my cabin and began to unpack my belongings. As I did this, I pondered my firsts on this trip; first time in Canada, first time flying alone, first time without my parents, first time at Kilcoo. At that moment, I knew very little of what to expect. I knew not of the friendships I would make or of the inspiring leaders and role models I would meet. From archery to windsurfing, there were so many activities to take part in. Kilcoo has inspired me in so may ways. One of my favourite things about camp is chapel. Listening to staff members share stories about overcoming obstacles and appreciating things that life experience has given them. I appreciate my summer at Kilcoo and the opportunities it has given me., I am grateful to my parents for sending me to this incredible place. I am grateful for Lub, the staff and all of the LITs for helping make this experience possible. My stay was filled with firsts, gritty and fun, and that is what I am most grateful for.


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  • Kinark Outdoor Centre


    Minden, Ontario
    3 reviews

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    There are lots of great stories in the world of camping in Canada and KOC, frankly, is one of them. It was formed with some very specific goals, one of them being to offer respite to families of children who are on the autism spectrum. It’s been doing that beautifully since it was first opened. It also does what all camps do, which is to offer enriching, empowering, fun experiences to children within a caring, supportive, understanding environment. At Kinark children arrive to a setting that is formed around their needs, and run but staff that are well disposed to meet them. There are all the traditional activities, from gaga ball to canoeing, with barriers to participation removed. The work that the camp does is exceptional, and brings a rich, traditional camp experience to some kids who need it, and love it, yet would have trouble integrating in other camp settings. 


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    Grade 6 teacher review

    Teacher at Stonebridge PS. (student/camper)

    “The kids still talk about how great our time was at Kinark -- probably the best school trip I've been a part of in many years! “

    Family program review

    Mother (parent )

    We are spending a 5 day respite and training with the camp in minden. I have nothing but amazing things to say about the camp. From initial contact with Ryan and Leslie I was so impressed. We received prompt and accurate emails returned with lots of info pertaining to any questions we asked. They were always upfront about all info and always offering additional info. When we arrived at the camp Ryan and Leslie were still in contact and knew us by name. We instantly felt as if we were a family. Our camp counsellor Katie was amazing. There was an instant connection with her and the boys. My boys (even the oldest who was refusing to come) couldn't get enough of her. They would have chose to spend every second with her if allowed. She was kind, patient and fun! She met their needs constantly. She was so enjoyable for me to eat meals with. She will always have a place in our hearts. There were others that made an impact on our family. Ryan, Leslie,Katie, Joey and Scott all made camp feel like we were family. We had so much fun. We had the most wonderful time and have fingers crossed that we will be chosen again for this wonderful opportunity. I would highly recommend this opportunity to anyone with a special needs child. My kids have lifelong memories to go home with and my husband and I are headed home feeling relaxed and refreshed. The staff at this camp are highly recommended. There is only the best here. I felt relaxed when the kids were with the staff because I knew that they were always safe. Thank you again for this wonderful opportunity.

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    Parent (parent )

    My family and I went to the kinark respite camp on October 16-18th. It was the most wonderful experience we have had as a family since we started on our journey into the world of Autism 4 years ago. Of course, it was so beautiful, and Jonny loved the giant play room you have. I couldn't have designed a room that he would like better myself. He didn't want to leave that room! We felt safe, we felt included, we felt happy, and your staff was amazing. The two workers that were placed with Jonny, and with his brother Andrew for the sibling program were really nice. It was nice to have someone sit with us, and chat with us. We got really lucky because the cabin we were in had everything we needed for Jonny (because I brought his meals and milk bottles); we had a mini fridge and microwave. And the kitchen staff provided vegetarian options, and that was so amazing. I just wanted to say on behalf of our family, thank you, thank you, thank you. I cried all the way home, because I hated to leave that positive feeling we had while we were there.


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  • Kortright Summer Nature Day Camp


    Woodbridge, Ontario

    Our Take on Kortright Summer Nature Day Camp

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    The Kortright Centre is named after author and conservationist Francis H. Kortright, an early proponent of environmental awareness, stewardship, and sustainability. Those are some very big, important ideas, and since it opened in 1982, the centre has dedicated itself to addressing them. Administration has also dedicated itself to bringing those concepts to a wider audience, and doing it in creative, age-appropriate ways. The summer programs are perhaps the prime example of that—they are based in all the big ideas, but kids see them more as fun than learning, which is exactly as it should be. Mud Madness sessions, for example, don’t announce themselves unduly as educative, and the same is true of the spy camp session. Nevertheless, in those as in all the others, kids come away having had a lasting, memorable, and fun engagement with the natural world, having also built an appreciation of nature and our place within it. It’s impressive, to be sure, and there is nothing quite like the Kortright Centre. Of less importance to kids is the infrastructure and the architecture, which is delightful in a way all its own. Staff are truly experts, engaged in their own ongoing work at the centre, including offering exceptional instruction and mentorship.


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  • La Citadelle Summer Camp


    North York, Ontario

    Our Take on La Citadelle Summer Camp

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    La Citadelle was established in 2000 with just 5 students and operating out of a church basement. The program has grown considerably since then, with an annual enrolment of 200 students spanning prep-K to Grade 12. Further, in 2015 the school moved into a new space, doubling the size of the physical plan and providing an opportunity to grow the student population and its programs significantly. Despite that growth, the approach remains true to the original intentions. Since its inception La Citadelle has been progressive, and while achievement is one of the six core values, so are compassion and harmony. The camps extend the work of the school into the summer months, and make use of the first-rate facilities. They include a nice range of activity, as well as academic support to help support learners, or couteract the academic effects of the summer break. Some families also use the camps to get a better sense of the school, or to acclimate new students, as well they should.


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  • Laurus Summer Camp


    Montreal, Quebec
    3 reviews

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    The directors of Laurus are go getters, to be sure, which in itself is part of the program. It’s about mentorship, getting people together who are enthusiastic about living active, engaged lifestyles, and who can broadcast their enthusiasm effectively to young people. Founder Philip Cutler, at age 25, became the youngest councillor ever elected in Westmount, and he hasn’t slowed down since. He and cofounder Gabriel D'Amico-Mazza exemplify what it means to live a life engaged with the community that they live within, from physical fitness to philanthropy. Instructors are chosen with those attributes in mind, including experience in education. The activities are varied and broad, from yoga to guest speakers. Participants come away having had fun, though also jazzed about the entire experience, including the people they’ve met and the environments that they’ve experienced.
     


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    "The professionalism from the camp..."

    Sean Roseman (parent )

    Laurus summer day camp was a great time for our daughter. The professionalism from the camp organizers to staff was great. They made my wife and I feel very comfortable signing up our daughter. It was our daughters first time at a day camp and she had a blast all summer. We originally only signed her up for a few weeks and then we kept adding on weeks for her as she loved it and ended up there all summer. Thank you again Laurus camp and see you next summer!

    "Memories to Treasure!"

    Andrea Martin (parent )

    My children have been attending Laurus for the past 4 summers and have had wonderful experiences there. The staff are attentive, warm and know how to engage the kids and make sure they have a great time. The number one rule of Laurus Summer Camp is after all to have fun and the team at Laurus really knows how to make this happen! Thanks to the whole team for giving our kids such great experiences and memories to treasure!

    "Looking forward to seeing you all in 2019"

    Vicki Ajmo (parent )

    Our girls have been part of the Laurus family for the past five summers. Every June, they walk through those doors and feel at home. I can’t wait to pick them up and hear the hilarious stories of kids just being kids and the camp allowing them to truly be themselves. The administration and counselors are amazing... always accommodating, friendly, warm and fun! Looking forward to seeing you all in 2019!


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  • Lynn-Rose Heights Adventure Quest Camp


    Mississauga, Ontario

    Our Take on Lynn-Rose Heights Adventure Quest Camp

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    Tara Bullock and Marie Attard established Play and Learn Children’s Centres in Mississauga, offering a preschool with a stimulating academic program. Its child-centred approach to education, and its conviction that all children are capable and enthusiastic learners, solidified its success and grew its reputation. Based on that success, in 1997, Lynn-Rose was established as a primary school (JK to Grade 8) at what is now called its main campus, located on Millcreek Drive in Mississauga with some attractive landscaping and play areas. In the decades since, the program has grown—in now includes three campuses—though the focus has remained, as has the leadership behind it: to offer a child-centred approach to learning and social development. The summer programs extend it through the summer months. Days are active, making good use of the school’s resources as well as local assets. While it may not always be overt, there’s a dedication to an academic foundation, both to help students reach ahead as well as to offset the academic setbacks that can occur with two months away from the classroom.


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  • Mad Science of Toronto


    Toronto, Ontario

    Our Take on Mad Science of Toronto

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    Mad Science has been offering day and after-school programs for nearly three decades, and in that time has grown to include programming across southern Ontario and around the world. They’ve also become an industry leader in providing fun, substantial learning experiences to groups of young people. The core belief is that kids learn best when engaging with others in hands-on activities, something that is consistently borne out by the Mad Science programs. The activities are built with the ages, stages, and outcomes of the provincial science curriculum. So, while kids for the most part aren’t aware of it, they are extending an interest in the core outcomes. It’s telling that the Toronto District School Board has approved Mad Science as an official partner, another demonstration of the sound academic basis for the sessions. But, fun is important, too, as is sating curiosities, which is perhaps what Mad Science does best. Locations dot the GTA, making the programs easily accessible.


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  • Mayfair Clubs


    Markham, Ontario
    7 reviews

    Our Take on Mayfair Clubs

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    The Mayfair Clubs are a great example of fun you can take seriously. Camps and sessions are run by certified instructors with a keen interest in ensuring that kids get the right introduction to the sport as well as an active lifestyle. Instructors are also adept at ensuring that kids have a great time, and they do, as foregrounded by some of the session names, especially the younger kids; it's not group swimming lessons, but Splash and Laugh Camp. Those are nice touches that are also a hint at the overall approach. The three locations are a draw, broadening the reach of the camps while also contributing to the breadth of resources and expertise available at all. There’s lots of learning going on, to be sure, but what kids and parents also appreciate is the chance to get some beans out with some like-minded peers. There are sessions through the summer and throughout the year. All is professionally run and operating out of first-rate facilities.


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    Parent & camper reviews of Mayfair Clubs

    Tiny Tots Camp - Mayfair Lakeshore

    Carolyn and Paul Lapas (parent )

    To say that the Mayfair kids space is a drop off centre would be completely inauthentic and inaccurate for our family. The kids space at Mayfair is an extension of our family. Our 3 kids have grown and developed there through the support and guidance of Alice, Brenda, Kim, and other staff. Brenda has been like a Grandmother to Ruby, who has been going there from 3 months old. Alice runs the kidspace and the camps and movie nights, all activities that our kids are always eager to attend. My kids run and hug the kids space staff with excitement and anticipation for the activities and time they are spending together. Between crafts, gym sports, open play, and snack time, my kids formed a community of friends and family during their drop off times. And the staff are diligent in getting to know each child and their specific needs. Through toilet training and understanding differences in personalities. It continues to amaze me how they work in close communication with all the kids and parents to create a positive and supportive environment for the child’s needs at that specific time. An extension of that is that us as parents also connected with other parents and families at Mayfair. Interestingly, many through the fact that our kids connected. This opened up conversation and now we are good friends who consistently do the Mayfair movie nights together. Three years later and we even vacation together. I credit Mayfair, and more specifically the Mayfair kids space for creating these connections and community.

    Tennis Camp - Mayfair Parkway

    Danny Pathan (parent )

    I just wanted to take the opportunity to thank you for a most amazing week of tennis instruction and fun!! My son Daniel has enjoyed every minute of the skill development, strategy building and tactical play. The swimming was icing on the cake!!! But most importantly, you and your staff staff have created a program that is second to none! As I discussed with you early in the week, my son Daniel is looking to pursue high performance tennis under the direction of Peter Cameron in September and all your hard work, preparation and care has helped prepare him for that next step! Kudos to you and your staff on doing a magnificent job! Thanks again!!

    March Break Camp - Mayfair West

    Merrick, Adam and Lev (parent )

    I wanted to take a moment to thank you and your team for planning such a wonderful March Break Camp. Lev was exhausted and happy at the end of the day - a perfect balance! I know how much work goes into the planning and execution of such an endeavour. Thank you for all of your time, effort and energy. Please know how much it was appreciated!


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  • MC Day Camp


    Mississauga, Ontario

    Our Take on MC Day Camp

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    The facilities at Mentor College are modern and robust, something which contributes to the quality and breadth of offering found at the summer camps. Indeed, there’s truly something for everyone, from cooking classes to coding, hockey to film production. Administration is seasoned and professional, with experience gained over nearly three decades of running summer sessions. Staff are dedicated and vibrant. The addition of holiday sessions is a plus, as is proximity to public transportation.


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  • McMichael Children and Youth Art Camps and Programs


    Kleinburg, Ontario
    13 reviews

    Our Take on McMichael Children and Youth Art Camps and Programs

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    The McMichael facility is as much of a national treasure as the art that it houses. You really can’t praise it enough—it’s truly a jewel in the crown of Canadian arts. In addition to year round programs, the summer sessions, in particular, unabashedly get kids involved up to their elbows in art, from creation to appreciation. The sessions are active, though created to really promote the work and the collections to kids on their level, inspiring them to better appreciate their talents as well as the talents of those around them. The experience of being at the collection, too, creates a sense of ownership for the works collected there. The gallery intentionally blurs the line between art and environment, and the camps seek to extend that, getting kids out into the world, and to see how that world is reflected in the work of some of the country’s greatest artists. These camps are not just art classes or art appreciation workshops, they are vibrant, well-led programs allowing kids to have fun while interacting with others around the arts.


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    Parent & camper reviews of McMichael Children and Youth Art Camps and Programs

    ArtVenture Summer Camps

    Painting the Big Picture (7-8) (parent )

    My daughter had an amazing time and brought home beautiful art work paralleling Canadian great artists!

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    Digital Photography (11-12) (parent )

    My daughter enjoyed digital photography because she loves exploring nature and was glad to be able to capture it.

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    ArtVenture 2018 (parent )

    Thanks so much and thank you for another great summer – [my daughter] loved it as usual!! You guys are awesome and the whole experience is really unmatched by anything else for our little Artists 😊


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  • Medeba Summer Camp


    West Guilford, Ontario

    Our Take on Medeba Summer Camp

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    Medeba was founded in 1952 in order to provide a traditional camp experience, one where campers can enter a community of peers who share an engagement within the Christian faith, fostering spiritual growth. The programs are based in the traditions of camping, though have been updated over the years, including the development of rock climbing and mountain biking programs. Additional sessions to the summer camp extend the programming into the shoulder seasons; attention has also been given to the various age groups, with clear, sound programs developed for the various ages and stages. The focus of the camp is on inclusion and personal development, and all the activities have been carefully added and maintained in order to further those core goals


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  • Medics Camp


    Richmond Hill, Ontario
    5 reviews

    Our Take on Medics Camp

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    There is truly a camp to meet every interest, and Medics Camp is a great example of that. It was founded by Amanda Farris, who brings a wealth of experience, including some gained at the venerable Johns Hopkins University and medical school in Baltimore, Maryland. Play and roleplay are important aspects of the sessions, with kids diving in to their new identities as practicing physicians. There’s a strong curricular element as well, providing kids with a foundation in the medical arts, sciences, first aid, healthy living, and personal safety. Staff are vibrant and attuned to creating an interactive inspiring atmosphere. Before and after care is offered at all three locations, something which families understandably appreciate.


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    Parent & camper reviews of Medics Camp

    Different, Rewarding and FUN!

    J.M. (parent )

    My kids (9 & 7) attended medic camp a few weeks ago. They had the BEST time. The kids did something new every day and they came away from camp with so many valuable learnings. The camp was very well organized. Amanda was great! The instructors were very nice and fun. We will be back next year! I’d recommend this camp to any parent looking for a camp that’s different and rewarding.

    Kid Approved

    Kristine (parent )

    My 8 year old daughter absolutely adored this camp. She wasn't sure at first whether she'd like it, but she had a blast every day and on the last day raved about all the fun activities. Definitely recommend it!!

    Excited about Learning

    J.K. (parent )

    My 9 year old son came home excited everyday to tell me what he learned. It inspired many discussions about health and disease, genetics and professions that are related to medicine. This camp was ideal because it combined involved and enthusiastic staff, fun activities and a multitude of learning opportunities. We are already looking forward to next year!


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  • Mi-A-Kon-Da


    Dunchurch, Ontario
    4 reviews

    Our Take on Mi-A-Kon-Da

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    One of the greatest advertisements for Mi-A-Kon-Da is undoubtedly Pam Lamont, who as directed the camp for nearly three decades. She’s personable, spirited, and given to saying things like this: “I believe sincerely in the educational, social and recreational values of camping. Camp provides an ideal environment for a young woman to grow and mature feeling valued, confident, and capable.” All of the activities at Mi-A-Kon-Da point to that overriding goal. The site, itself, is as remarkable and it is unique: it’s situated on its own island and surrounded by crown land. Arriving on site is like stepping into a painting by Tom Thompson, a world away from the bustle of city life. The programming clusters around traditional camp activities, and new programs are added only when they are sympathetic to the culture and goals of the camp. When rowing was introduced, for example, Lamont was careful to ensure that the focus was on the experience of working together as a team, and having a new experience, rather than competition. “I said I don’t want this activity to be about levels. I just want it to be an experience. If they want to pursue it in a competitive way, they may … a lot of the girls who do our dance program, they do it just for fun. And that’s great.” It is. Every camp is unique, though Mi-A-Kon-Da, in particular, proves that point.


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    Parent & camper reviews of Mi-A-Kon-Da

    The Magic of Mi-A-Kon-Da

    Former Staff (alumni)

    What makes Mi-A-Kon-Da truly special is the intangible grasp it seems to have over every person that steps foot on (her) island. There's something in the air, written across the counselor's/camper's faces that displays loyalty, love, and life lessons. To this day it remains a place in space and time that I learned a great deal about others and about myself as well.

    Camp is Awesome!

    Camper (student/camper)

    I really enjoyed Mi-A-Kon-Da. My favourite activity was archery but I also enjoyed the canoe trip, sailing, drama and swim around the island. I liked exploring the island and eating the meals outside. I think that the camp is awesome and hope to come back next summer for more fun!

    Looking Forward to Next Year!

    Camper Parent (parent )

    Mi-A-Kon-Da has become a bright jewel for both our girls. I do think they are happier and more confident and independent for going. You are doing a wonderful job and it is greatly appreciated. They started looking forward to next year before they had even gotten home from this year. And everyone introducing themselves as we walked through the camp. All open and welcoming. I am thankful my girls are experiencing it all!


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  • Models International Management


    Ottawa, Ontario
    3 reviews

    Our Take on Models International Management

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    MIM offers a unique opportunity for kids to really get involved in a passion for fashion, modeling, and all that’s included within that, from photography to fitness. There’s a nice range of activities, as well as that associated with personal health and wellness. The goal of the camp, as with any camp, is to bring young people together around their core interests and allowing them space to grow into their sense of their talents, abilities, and passions. Self-esteem and confidence are goals as well, something that rightly is a major draw to these programs.


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    Parent & camper reviews of Models International Management

    Fantastic Time at MIM Summer Camp

    Jackie (parent )

    Thank you Models International Management for a terrific summer camp. My daughter had a fantastic time learning how to walk the runway and pose for the camera! The summer camp was also great for teaching the kids about nutrition and exercise and how important it is for their health and well-being. The modelling camp met my expectations. Thanks again

    Models International Summer Camp!

    Emily (student/camper)

    I really liked going to the MIM summer camp. I liked learning about skin care because there were lots of things I didn’t know. Also, learning to walk properly in heels. The extra stuff we did for fun that didn’t necessarily relate directly to modelling (our field trip lunch to North and Navy) was also interesting. You get a chance to meet new people and make lots of friends. You learn to come out of your comfort zone to try something new - like doing things in front of others. Then you learn how to do it and practice and then you feel a lot more confident. All the people at MIM are super nice and always helpful and encouraging. The photoshoot was really cool, at little awkward at first, but then I remembered all the things I learned through the week and was able to put my training to work!

    Summer Camp Fun

    Shannon (parent )

    The MIM summer camp came highly recommended to us, so when my daughter expressed interest, it was an easy choice. I loved the focus on nutrition, fitness and general well-being. My daughter really enjoyed how to properly apply makeup, walk on the runway and pose in front of the camera. She had fun with the other girls with whom she shared this interest. The fact that they were all learning these things for the first time and learning together gave her the confidence to try something new or something different even though at times, she was a little out of her comfort zone. It really gave a boost to her self-esteem with the encouraging staff at MIM there to help her along. My daughter just really enjoyed so many parts of the week - even the DIY portion or the hands-on instruction of a nutritious breakfast or lunch. And the camp ended off on a high note with both the photo shoot and the runway show. Loads of fun and excitement!


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  • Mooredale Day Camp


    Toronto, Ontario

    Our Take on Mooredale Day Camp

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    Location is important, to be sure, and Mooredale is a great example of that. Hosted in a charming community centre in the heart of leafy Rosedale, there is a sense of calm and community here that you may not necessarily expect of a location so close to the heart of Canada’s largest metropolis. It’s charming, with lovely outdoor play spaces, heated pool, as well as indoor facilities that give a sense of the lived history and heritage of the neighbourhood. There is a real sense of camp here, too, augmented by the tennis club and the nearby ravines and green spaces, which the counsellors make good use of, as they do of the resources further afield, through day trips to downtown locations, Kelso Conservation Area, and elsewhere. Great location, experienced staff, and a lovely feel—for those interested in a quiet, kid-oriented, kid-paced camp close by, Mooredale has a lot to offer.


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  • Muskoka Woods


    Rosseau, Ontario

    Our Take on Muskoka Woods

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    Located in the heart of cottage country, the vast offering of activities, and sparkling facilities, are what attract families and delight campers. There are all the traditional camp activities, though there a host of others in addition, from axe throwing to radio production. It’s a lot, to be sure, and some campers might feel a bit overwhelmed deciding what they want to do on any given day. That said, the camp has a reputation for delivering a stellar experience, something it is uniquely able to do. Buildings are modern, and staff are engaged and supportive. Day programs are of interest to families with cottages nearby, and specialty weeks, including girls’ only sessions, are varied and appealing.  


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  • MWS Montreal Language Camps


    Montreal, Quebec

    Our Take on MWS Montreal Language Camps

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    Storied, old, beautiful—environment is important, and McGill, unquestionably, sets the right tone in the heart of Montreal. The MWS Montreal Language Camps are intensive language immersion programs, picking up where other immersion programs fall short, adding cultural immersion as well. Yeats said that education shouldn’t be about filling a bucket, but lighting a fire. In terms of language learning, as well as independence and personal development, that’s what MWS does.


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  • National Yacht Club Sailing Camp and School


    Toronto, Ontario
    4 reviews

    Our Take on National Yacht Club Sailing Camp and School

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    The NYC was founded in 1894, and was first know, charmingly, the National Yacht and Skiff Club. It’s grown and changed over the years, but throughout has remained a cornerstone of sailing in the city. The location, to be sure, is one of the benefits—accessible by public transportation, it’s also a place of escape, a chance to get away from the bustle of the city and mess about in boats. The club remains an expression of the community it serves, and is also host to a number of annual regattas. When campers arrive, they enter that world—the culture of sailing, the community it represents—and are granted an opportunity to escape within it while also learning essential skills from some of the best. Certified instructors make it fun, active, and exciting, all within the shadow of the Toronto skyline.


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    Parent & camper reviews of National Yacht Club Sailing Camp and School

    Had a Blast

    Parent of CANSail 1&2 Sailor (parent )

    My son had a blast at sailing camp and he plans to return next summer! The instructors and staff were fantastic and the program was well organized and offers a unique opportunity to learn to sail. Overall - a wonderful experience - thank you!

    The Thrill of Sailing

    Parent of CANSail 5&6 - 420 Race Team Sailor (parent )

    Introduce your child to the thrill and skill of sailing at National's great program with friendly staff. A fabulous way to spend summer in the city!

    Great Ratio

    Parent of CANSail 1&2 Sailor (parent )

    Very friendly environment and great student coach ratio.


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  • Neilson Park Creative Centre


    Toronto, Ontario

    Our Take on Neilson Park Creative Centre

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    Neilson Park Creative Centre was founded as a centre for the arts, one that could supply spaces for a range of users, from professional artists to those seeking to try something new. It provides a hub for people to come together around the arts, and the summer camps are an important part of that environment. When kids arrive to the camps, they enter a place that includes them, though which they understand is for lots of other people too. They engage in active programs with peers and mentors, though they also see so many others doing the same thing, and the cross-pollination of it all is one of the things that makes the offering so unique and valuable. Kids will learn new things, and have fun, while being afforded a wider view of what it means to be involved in the arts.


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  • Niagara Christian Collegiate


    Fort Erie, Ontario
    4 reviews

    Our Take on Niagara Christian Collegiate

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    The Niagara Parkway—the route through which Niagara Christian Collegiate is accessed—is a sleepy, scenic drive along the eastern edge of the Niagara Peninsula. The campus, for anyone driving by, can seem sympathetically sleepy, a world away from the hustle of urban life. Which, to some extent, it is. What you don’t see—and perhaps what even locals don’t accurately grasp—is the diversity of the programs and the breath of facilities here, especially demonstrated during the summer season. There are ESL sessions, offering intensive instruction and immersion, while the location offers a unique perspective on North American life. The campus looks onto the Niagara River and the United States on the other side. There’s a lot of history here, including the centuries-old forts that dot either side of the border, as well as the natural heritage, including Niagara Falls and the Niagara Escarpment just a short drive away. All of those assets, as well as proximity to international transportation hubs in Toronto and Buffalo, NY, make the camp accessible to campers from around the world. As such, for campers arriving locally, the experience is can be remarkably international. In addition to the ESL sessions, NCC also offers academic, adventure, and equestrian programs.  


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    Parent & camper reviews of Niagara Christian Collegiate

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    B. Nava (parent )

    Thank you Anthony and NCC for everything, my children are so happy.

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    Jurado (parent )

    Mr. Haughton, thank you very much for your excellent job with our children.

    Mr. and Mrs.

    Fuentes (parent )

    We gladly like to thank you all for the fabulous time Lily spent with you. She came back home very happy and with many experiences. Thank you again and regards to all.


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  • North Toronto Soccer Club


    Toronto, Ontario

    Our Take on North Toronto Soccer Club

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    Founded in 1980, the North Toronto Soccer Club has a long history of offering high level training, coaching, and instruction. There is attention to all levels of player, from entry to elite, and there’s an appropriate context of professionalism to it all. Players are coached to build skills, in turn developing as players as well as people. The intention is for participants to grow into a love of the sport, an appreciation of maintaining an active lifestyle, and to build confidence, self-respect, and to contribute effectively within a team environment. The club itself is a hub of the greater sporting community, giving participants a first-hand experience with the people and events that comprise it. That experience, in and of itself, can be transformational, allowing kids to access their potentials within a community that recognizes and appreciates them.


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  • Northwaters & Langskib Canoe Tripping Programs


    Temagami, Ontario

    Our Take on Northwaters & Langskib Canoe Tripping Programs

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    They’ve been running trips successfully, impressively, since 1971 when Langskib, the boys’ program, was founded. Northwaters, the girls’ program, has been run since 1985. Of course, the mission and approach is the same for both, namely to get kids out of their comfort zones, while remaining very much in their safety zones. The challenge is personal, and comes from interacting meaningfully with others around some core challenges. The trips are an opportunity to get beyond screens, fully immersed in the natural world. Participants are granted an entrée, as well, into the culture and natural history of the region from people who have lived it, and represent it. For a majority, the trips are transformative, often in unexpected ways.


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  • Olympia Sports Camp


    Huntsville, Ontario
    1 reviews

    Our Take on Olympia Sports Camp

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    All sports camps seek to develop skills, and competition can, understandably, seem like a natural aspect of that process. Olympia, too, is certainly about skill development, though leadership navigates the competitive aspect particularly well—not shying from it, but placing it within a context of personal goals and goal setting. “It’s not about getting to the top of the climbing tower,” says Nicole Nicole Christamtsis, “it’s about getting higher than you did the day before. That’s an important lesson.” It is, and one that Olympia is very adept at delivering. Many campers are true keeners, arriving at camp with some very sport specific goals, and intending to build upon their prior expertise. That said, not all do, and there is a place for them here, too. For many campers, Olympia is an opportunity to try new things as much as it is building on existing skills. The programs are vast, with facilities to match, and the instructors bring professional coaching to all of them. The focus throughout is on building confidence, independence, interpersonal skills, encouraging campers to meet new people and try new things. The experience is challenging and active, in equal measure to recognition and reward.


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    Parent & camper reviews of Olympia Sports Camp

    FEATURE HERO SAM!

    Camper Sam (student/camper)

    Sam who is currently in grade 8, has been playing Rep. basketball since grade 3. A few seasons ago he was moved down from the A team to the B team, which was appropriate for his skill level and gave him the chance to grow as a player. After 2 years on the B Team and trying out again this season, Sam found out he had earned a spot back on the A team! Sam feels that Olympia had a lot to do with this skill development and credits his week 8 coaches Kara Mayer and Matt Ruhnke for their help. Way to go Sam! We are so proud of you. Have an amazing season!


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  • Onondaga Camp


    Minden, Ontario

    Our Take on Onondaga Camp

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    Onondaga is one of the oldest camps in the country, having recently celebrated its centenary. It was established by Keith Crowther, a staff member of Upper Canada College, and was moved to its current site in 1931, and it’s been co-ed since 1975. There’s a lot of history, and the current owners, all past campers, bought the camp in 1992 and have since developed the property, including a new dining hall completed in 2004. While the site may not show its age in the way that other camps might, the program continues to reflect the ideals that were established with the founding of the camp all those years ago. Traditional activities have been augmented over the years, including high ropes, wakeboarding, and a driving range for golf instruction. The breadth of programming is a draw, both for campers looking to further develop their skills, as well as those interested in trying new things. The board of directors includes three past directors, which, in addition to Duncan Robertson’s 25 years at Onondaga, offers a nice continuity to the maintenance and development of the camp experience.


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  • Ontario Science Centre Camp


    North York, Ontario

    Our Take on Ontario Science Centre Camp

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    The experience of arriving each morning at the Ontario Science Centre itself can be inspiring, and doubly so for young people with an interest in space, science, or technology. The environment has a bustle to it, and certainly, there’s a lot going on. It’s also one of the foremost science interpretive institutions in the country, with a range of resources that are unmatched, and all of it created with a young person’s gaze foremost in mind. The goal of the institution is to inspire a curiosity and an engagement with science, and they achieve that in spades. The camps extend the expertise of the staff, and the half-day sessions are a particular example of that. They allow young people to wade in, testing the waters as it were. They and the full-day sessions are creatively programmed—it would probably be enough to just let the kids experience the exhibits and the collections, or park them in the IMAX theatre, but the staff has larger intentions, as demonstrated by the themes that they build the various sessions and programs around. Kids come away having had an unique experience of the centre, available only through these sessions, and having gained an expanded sense of their talents, skills, and abilities. Sharing time with peers of like minds, like interests, and like academic goals is also one of the reasons families enroll here, and why they come back each summer. The PA day and holiday sessions allow kids a chance to dip back into that environment at intervals outside of the summer season, reconnecting with familiar faces within a familiar setting. 


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  • Outward Bound Canada


    Toronto, Ontario

    Our Take on Outward Bound Canada

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    Outward Bound was an early adopter/promoter of some of the things that are very much in the air today, namely providing young people with an opportunity to grow leadership skills, resilience, and grit. Getting people out of their comfort zones has been the operating principle since it was founded in 1969, though the basis in the values of ecological stewardship has also been a key component. The programs offered, included these summer sessions for young people, are well within the category of lifetime experiences: each is unforgettable, both for the sense that participants gain of the geography of Canada, and the sense that they gain of the geography of their skills, abilities, and capabilities. It’s not an understatement to say that these programs can be life changing, as they often are in a whole range of positive ways. For kids bumping up against the boundaries of their school and social environments, and Outward Bound trip can provide a welcome opportunity to spread their wings in significant, meaningful ways, all within a safe and supportive setting, guided by experienced, expert instructors. 


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  • Pedalheads Bike, Swim and Sport


    Vancouver, British Columbia
    10 reviews

    Our Take on Pedalheads Bike, Swim and Sport

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    Pedalheads began more than three decades ago as principally a biking program. Kids came, learned to ride bikes, and then rode them, together, all over the place. That has continued to this day, though the organization has grown during the intervening years in every way possible: size, numbers, locations, levels, and programs. There are now 75 locations in 4 provinces and 4 US states.  There’s good reason for that kind of growth: these are quality programs run expertly, with great care. It’s also due to the focus of the programs—it’s not about training for the Olympics, rather the focus is first on having fun, together with peers and mentors, and growing into active, healthy lifestyles. Kids feel less of a pressure to excel, perhaps as they would in a typical dance studio or gymnastics gym. Without the pressure of those kinds of goals, at least occupying such a central place in the culture of the camps, kids are free to develop skills, yes, but with fun, active engagement, and personal development as the true measures of success. In that, for many families inundated with so many competitive options, Pedalheads is a very welcome breath of fresh air. That isn’t to say there isn’t ample opportunity for skill development—there is—but it’s all within a charming context of, first, just getting out there and doing it. It’s about lighting a fire, before anything else, inspiring kids toward living actively.


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    Parent & camper reviews of Pedalheads Bike, Swim and Sport

    "She learned to ride on her first day!"

    Sandy M. (parent )

    My 4 year old daughter had no interest on her bike until Pedalheads! She learned to ride on her first day! They gave her the confidence but also challenged her to keep her engaged. We were so impressed that we enrolled our 7 year old son into their swim program which is equally as good. It’s the energy of the staff who enjoy their job that makes the difference for us.

    "The most amazing instructors": Pedalheads Swim

    Ine Van Aken (parent )

    "My 6-year-old has been in swimming lessons since he was 4 months old. Despite being in swimming for this long at other locations outside of Pedalheads swim he has always been very hesitant in the water. He just wasn't making any progress and he was getting very frustrated. Often times classes were so short that by the time he got comfortable in the water, the kids had to get out again. It was hit or miss when teamed up with instructors. Some instructors were more engaging than others. We started lessons at Pedalheads Swim the minute we found out a location opened up near us. The hour-long classes and knowledgeable instructors made all the difference. He finally gained the confidence needed to start progressing and he absolutely loves his classes. It's his favourite afterschool activity! Soon after, my youngest (now three) started classes as well. He was just a baby, and even though I was hesitant about his age, that fear was unfounded. The most amazing instructors took care of my little guy and contributed to his love for swimming from a very young age. The pools are warmer than most rec centre pools, the instructors are incredibly well trained, the supervisors are phenomenal and super helpful at all times. When faced with a challenge, they work together and overcome the challenge. My family is very happy to have made the switch to Pedalheads Swim. It's been life changing!"

    "Really pleased to see how much fun my son is having on his bike"

    Cara Q. (parent )

    Really impressed with Isabella, Lauren and team at the Renfrew Elementary Pedalheads sessions. Before I had children, I loved watching the Pedalheads classes because the kids are so focused and absorbed in learning. When my son was finally old enough, we enrolled him and his buddy and were not disappointed. It occurs to me that the instructors have learned how to foster great trust with each kid. Throughout the week, I never once saw someone scared/crying/dis-engaged - emotional states that are totally normal for kids who are learning a new and often complex skill. I believe Pedalheads' success lies in ensuring that instructors create a good bond which enables fun learning. Really pleased to see how much fun my son is having on his bike - and how proud he is with himself. Thanks Isabella and crew for this positive learning experience!


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  • Power of Words Academy


    North York, Ontario

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    As workplaces become more collaborative, the ability to clearly express ideas is, perhaps more than ever before, a core skill across all areas of interest. No matter how good an idea is, if it can’t be expressed effectively, it risks being lost in the shuffle of a very busy world. Likewise, the old saw is as true now as it ever was: great stories happen to those who can tell them. That’s the point where Power of Words begins, namely that student success is tied to effective written and verbal communication. It’s also about finding a bit of joy in there as well—debate is a growing area of interest in the public and private school sectors, not only because it’s important, but also because it’s fun. Power of Words offers afterschool and weekend sessions throughout the year to give students a chance to grow their skills in a supportive, dedicated environment. In addition, the summer sessions offer opportunities to drill down on debate and language skills, offering some variety to the season’s activities while also helping with the summer lull in academic work. While some programs aim at the high school level, the Power of Words session allow younger students to get their feet wet, which is a draw for many of the families that enroll.


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  • Power4Teens


    Toronto, Ontario

    Our Take on Power4Teens

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    In a sense, Power4Teens distills the most important aspects of any camp experience, which is to instill confidence, build self-esteem, and self-awareness. The program was founded in 2011 in the belief that all success begins with finding a place of peace, a grounding in a shared community of support, and then building out from there. In the years since, the program has understandably garnered a lot of fans. When so many kids' activities seem to be focused on competition, it’s a breath fresh air. The activities are nicely varied, with the main thrust being active engaged living. Sessions are augmented with discussions around assertiveness, effective leadership, and working empathetically with others. It’s a unique mix, to be sure, and a very effective one, expertly delivered. Sessions, including those for area PA days, allow girls to check in throughout the school year, with summer programs anchoring the year.


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  • Prestige School Summer Programme


    Toronto, Ontario
    5 reviews

    Our Take on Prestige School Summer Programme

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    The Prestige School sets a high bar for its students, academically as well as socially and ethically. The academic program is designed and delivered to meet the needs of students functioning at the top of their peer groups. The bar they set for the summer program is high, too, if in different ways. It’s meant to offer experiences that are fun, first, though also intellectually enriching, social, and active. The camp uses the resources of the school campus as a starting point, though also makes good use of various resources nearby. That breakfast and lunch is included is a very nice plus as well.


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    Parent & camper reviews of Prestige School Summer Programme

    Summer Camp is Great!

    Sasha (gr. 4) (student/camper)

    Prestige School Summer Camp is great! I went to summer camp last year and it was the best summer camp I have ever been to. We go on fun field trips and play a lot of games. We also learn and have a lot of fun! I love Prestige School Summer Camp!

    Positive Experience

    Egor (gr. 6) (student/camper)

    In summer camp I had a positive experience. The best thing is that every week there is a new topic and a new field trip.

    Pool Days

    Nikitis (gr. 6) (student/camper)

    Something that I like about summer camp is that each week there is a new topic and field trip (on Fridays). Tuesdays and Thursday are pool days.


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  • PSB & Interplay Dance


    Toronto, Ontario

    Our Take on PSB & Interplay Dance

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    Karen Davies Thomas founded the school in 1989, and she continues to lead the programs today. She brings extensive professional experience, having worked closely with industry professionals, as well as a teaching experience that runs the gamut of the best schools in the GTA and beyond, both at the secondary and post-secondary levels. That she has that kind of background is a draw, to be sure, for students and families looking for a program that has a relationship with the national culture of dance and the arts. For students, Thomas’ experience is a window onto a big world, and can provide an important introduction to it. Classical ballet is a focus, though classes are offered in the full spectrum of styles, from tap to acro. Both competitive and recreational classes are offered, and in both there is a grounding in the core values of learning, discipline, and well-being.


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Toronto 0 0
  • Rainbow Camp


    Echo Bay, Ontario
    6 reviews

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    The camp was founded by Harry Stewart because he wished he’d had a camp like this when he was growing up. One that accepted him for who he was, where he could be himself, and do so with others who understood what the experience of not having those things was like. If there’s a better reason to found a camp, let us know, because we have yet to find it. Young people arrive feeling unempowered, and they leave feeling validated and understood. Says one camper of the experience, “I’m actually fine in my own skin for once in my life.” It’s about social justice, perhaps, and there are some big ideas and concepts that lead campers here. That said, the experience of a camp session is personal, it’s about having fun and doing just what young people love doing: singing, talking, playing, swimming, canoeing, sitting around a campfire. It’s exceptional, though were you to visit, you may not see that. At any moment, it just looks like camp. Which is exactly as it should be. 


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    Able to be myself

    Camper (student/camper)

    My first dance that I was able to be myself.

    Saved life!

    Parent (parent )

    “I was afraid my son would commit suicide. Then he went to Rainbow Camp and came back happier than I had ever seen him.  I believe Rainbow Camp® saved his life. Thank you!” 

    Changing lives!

    Parent (parent )

    Rainbow Camp’s philosophy is that LGBTQ2+ young adults can live the change they want to see in the world.


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  • Ranch Massawippi


    Roxton Pond, Quebec

    Our Take on Ranch Massawippi

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    The facilities at Ranch Massawippi are in themselves a draw―there is a consistent, well-tended, feel to all the program areas, from the stables, that are spotless, to the wilderness program areas. This is a place where both kids and horses can be happy, which is important, to be sure. The programs are expertly run, and well-staffed. A draw for many families is the immersion in the French language, and campers have no choice but to build their language skills, and they do, often to remarkable levels given their relatively short time at camp. The month-long sessions are of particular interest to teens who wish to improve their French in order to improve academic standing or to study abroad. Academic interests aside, it’s a very strong, well developed camp that offers a unique suite of activities in a traditional camp setting.


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  • Ridley College Summer Programmes


    St. Catharines, Ontario

    Our Take on Ridley College Summer Programmes

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    The Ridley summer programs are robust and well attended. More than 1800 enrol each summer, so in a sense the camps have a population that doubles and then some the student population on campus during the school year. The reason they are so popular is because they are so well run. The symphony sessions—there’s one for young musicians who compete for spots, another for tyros—are staffed by members of the Niagara Symphony Orchestra. They’re the only true symphony camps of their kind in the country. Other offerings range across a fairly wide swath of interest, including those that appeal to international students, to those programmed with local kids in mind. It’s a great mix, and even though kids are in different sessions, many of them are run consecutively, allowing a nice interaction between young people of like interest as with as those with divergent interest. The campus is frankly gorgeous, with a wealth of green space. The facilities, too, are top-notch, including outdoor ed equipment, two professional-level performing arts spaces, and a wealth of resources. The camps make extensive use of all of it. The ESL camps are some of the best in the region and beyond. The attraction is multi-faceted, and the proximity to Niagara Falls and Toronto are included within that. The ESL sessions provide international students with a strong camp experience, a residence with peers from around the world, and an intensive language immersion and instruction. In those, and across the summer programs, there’s a lot to love.


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  • Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada Day Camps


    Toronto, Ontario

    Our Take on Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada Day Camps

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    Everything about Ripley’s Aquarium is world class, and the camps and programs are no exception. They are expertly run, with ample administration and support. The educational programs are sound, and the presentation vibrant and varied. Campers participate in the life of the aquarium, getting behind the scenes to get a sense of how it’s run, and what the animals within it require to stay happy and healthy. Days include a range of activity and, rightly, some time outside at least once every day. School break camps augment the summer programming, allowing opportunities for kids to check in from time to time. It’s a riveting environment, and the programs make great use of all of it.


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  • Rooks to Cooks


    Toronto, Ontario

    Our Take on Rooks to Cooks

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    Lead by a professional chef in a professional kitchen, for kids with an interest in cooking Rooks to Cooks is a opportunity to be immersed in the techniques as well as the culture of cuisine. Camps stress the essentials, including navigating any kitchen safely and effectively, as well having fun, eating well, being creative, and working well with others. Sessions are nicely varied to drill down on specific skills and skill levels, from baking to international flavours, from tyro to master. Sessions are developed to appeal to growing palettes, nutritionally and culturally. As founder Chef Shai Mandel rightly notes, cooking is about much more than making good food. It requires a sense of materials, chemistry, organization, and managing complex steps and procedures. That perspective, and Shai’s ability to bring it to the fore is a strength of the Rooks to Cooks programs.


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  • Ross Creek Centre for the Arts


    Canning, Nova Scotia
    7 reviews

    Our Take on Ross Creek Centre for the Arts

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    One of the great things that many camps offer is a chance to live within, in a sense, a new reality. When campers arrive at Ross Creek they enter a professional environment, and work alongside theatre professionals. For young people interested in the arts, particularly the performing arts, that experience alone can be transformative. That the setting is so beautiful, to say nothing of state of the art, only furthers the theme. The sessions here are a one-of-a-kind experience in a one-of-a kind setting, run by people who are passionate about their art. In all of that, there's a lot to love. And that's just the beginning. 


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    Parent & camper reviews of Ross Creek Centre for the Arts

    Jordans Journey

    Parent (parent )

    This is Jordan's (age 16) second DSD camp. She previously attended in 2013. Jordan has been trained in classical ballet/jazz/modern and hip-hop since age 5. She has also attended Quinte Ballet School of Canada Summer Intensive (offered spot in full-time program) and Canada's Ballet Jorgen SI IV . Jordan really loves going to DSD!! There is not any aspect of camp life that she would change. The instructors such as Robert McCollum are top notch. Jordan chose to attend DSD primarily to work with "Ballet Bob" again. Every year she comes back from camp armed with new knowledge and has worked very hard on perfecting technique and mastering new choreography. Jordan especially enjoyed the African drumming she learned this past summer. Camp life is so much fun !! The camp staff do an amazing job. They are well trained and always available day or night The campers enjoy dancing all day and at night they enjoy campfires,and fun activities like spa nights/gala dinners to keep them entertained. The weekend beach/Frency's trip is also something the dancers look forward to every year. One thing Jordan has enjoyed both times she attended DSD, is the food !! As much of the produce as possible is grown at or near Ross Creek Centre for the Arts. The chef really tries to incorporate a very healthy , well balanced menu which caters to the dancers and gives them the energy required to complete the day's activities. This year Jordan hopes to attend Dance Summer Dance again after returning from her 5 week program in Toronto with Ballet Jorgen. Thank you so much for putting on such a fantastic program. I can't wait to send Jordan to Ross Creek again next summer!!!

    From Ottawa with Love

    Parent (parent )

    From our initial enquiry and onwards, the staff of the Ross Creek Summer Arts Camp, were welcoming and warm, and showed a genuine interest in making Kasha's Dance Summer Dance camp experience an exciting and memorable one. Throughout her two weeks of camp, Kasha's dance experience was enriched and honed through the exploration of rhythms and choreographies under the coaching of talented seasoned teachers like Ballet Bob. This rich experience has strengthened and aligned beautifully with Kasha's professional dance training program back here at home, and has amplified the depth of her grace and dance knowledge The camp's ethos was supportive, fun and inclusive, and celebrated each and everyone's unique gifts. Kasha felt that her voice and vision were valued as a student camper. Finally, the counsellors were available at all time, and were delightful catalysts for friendships for campers like Kasha . Through their fun activities and community spirit Kasha was able to make friends that she will hold near and dear to her heart. We are grateful for having had access to this program, and for the positive impact it has had on Kasha's life. Thank you Ross Creek!

    From Cape Breton to Janet Jackson

    Thomas (alumni)

    I attended Ross Creek in the summer of 2010 and it was a life changing experience for me. I decided only weeks before attending camp that dance was something I wanted to try to pursue, and the encouragement I received at camp from the staff, teachers and campers instilled me with hope and confidence in my fresh decision. I sometimes wonder if I would have stuck to my plan without that immediate affirming experience. Since graduating and leaving Nova Scotia I've begun and enjoyed a great career so far in the arts. I've been lucky enough to work with artists like Janet Jackson and Shawn Mendes. So THANK YOU for creating this place and all that it is. It has left an unforgettable impact on my life. It is always the first camp I recommend to any young artist. ​- Thomas Colford, DSD Alumnus.​


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  • Rotherglen Summer Camp


    Oakville, Ontario

    Our Take on Rotherglen Summer Camp

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    Rotherglen School was founded in 1979 by Marie Laningan at the Erin Mills campus. The school has grown in the intervening years to include four locations, all of which share the same approach, including the Oakville location which hosts the camps. While aesthetics don’t mean everything, they nevertheless do mean something, and the school is physically beautiful, with dedicated, consistent, absolutely up-to-date learning and activity spaces. The camp programs make use of the school’s extensive resources and range considerably from performing arts, to cooking, to the more traditional day-camp offerings. Sessions are purposefully kept small, which is rightly a draw.


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  • Royal Conservatory School


    Toronto, Ontario

    Our Take on Royal Conservatory School

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    For many there's a sense of awe when they enter the Royal Conservatory, and, well, rightly so. It's the premier music school in Canada, and can feel like ground zero in music education which, in many senses, it actually is. So many great artists have learned and taught here, something that can make it all seem more than a bit intimidating. The camps, though, turn that all on its head. There are sessions for experienced musicians to work together with others of equal talent, but the program is about more than that. It's about having a significant, fun experience with music. Sessions are available for all levels of musician, including those who are just starting out. There are opportunities to hear instruments, and touch them, and learn about what they can do. The fact that there are professionals coming in and out of the building, and working in the practice halls, augments the experience of the environment. For many, it's magical. For all, it's a unique experience, one that will generate lots of great memories and, more often than not, some new friends, too. 


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  • Royal Ontario Museum Summer Club


    Toronto, Ontario
    2 reviews

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    At the risk of stating the obvious, the resources available at the ROM are varied, vast, and unequalled, and the summer programs make the most of all of it. Like the museum collections, the summer sessions are based in social and natural history, with each session crafted around a specific theme. Simply attending the museum for a week is, for many kids, a thrill in and of itself. Developing a relationship with docents only furthers that; campers feel that they have a unique access to the staff and the collections, and, frankly, they do. The summer programs have been running for more than 75 years, and while it’s less obvious in the day-to-day, there’s a tradition here as well, one of growing an interest in the world around us, and building an engagement with others based in a specific set of curiosities. The camps are very professionally presented, with programs run by expert, experienced staff. Any way you care to cut it, there’s a lot to love.


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    ROMKids Jr. Testimonials

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    "Such a wonderful program – my daughter and I have a great time together!" "The lessons are always at the right level so my son retains the information and is eager to share it with others." "Great for the kids – and I enjoyed it myself... so much I became a ROM member!"

    Saturday Club Testimonials

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    "Seeing instructors that have returned from prior years. It is great to see the familiar faces but also shows they enjoy being there." "My daughter has been attending since 2008 and we've never been disappointed." "I am very nervous to leave my child when I don't know the staff. I felt instantly comfortable due to the quality of the staff, the number of staff on site and the excellent level of organization." "My daughter loved the staff at the camp. All the counsellors were always courteous, helpful and pleasant."


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  • Ryde Lake Camp


    Gravenhurst, Ontario

    Our Take on Ryde Lake Camp

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    Ryde Lake was formed in 1952 to provide all the benefits of a traditional camp setting, and it’s been happily doing that ever since. The sunsets are as important as the leadership training—the environment has been developed as one in which girls can step away from the stresses and demands of their daily lives and, for a period of time, live within a different set of priorities. That's something perhaps even more beneficial to girls today than it was all those years ago when the camp program was first created. It’s a place where they can be present to nature, and present to one another, and relax into a slower, more deliberate pace of life. The staff-to-camper ratio is low, and the staff return rate is very high, both things that suggest the quality of the experience and the environment.
     


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  • Ryerson Performance Youth Camps


    Toronto, Ontario
    3 reviews

    Our Take on Ryerson Performance Youth Camps

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    The location couldn’t be better, and that’s true for the facilities as well. Drama, to some extent, is about dreaming, and having the use of professional theatre spaces only enhances that. Further, the staff is expert, as is the administration, allowing for high-quality instruction and productions. The levelling allows kids to get used to the idea of being on stage, and then grow into an appreciation what they can bring to it. The location and program support, too, contribute to a very professional package that, is, understandably, very highly regarded.


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    Age 4-6 Summer Theatre Arts Programming

    -Summer Programs Parent (parent )

    “It is an incredible experience for our kids that builds self confidence and teamwork in a supportive and trusting environment.”

    Staff

    -Summer Programs Parent (parent )

    “The camp director and counsellors are all top of the line quality! Activities are very useful learning moments for kids in a fun way, which is even better. Best customer care in town! Thank you.”

    Musical Theatre: Teens

    Summer Programs Student (alumni)

    “It’s a safe space where you can explore new things and put yourself out there without the fear of being judged. I've never been to a camp with such a positive/supportive environment, and it's been really great.”


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  • Ryerson Summer Day Camps


    Toronto, Ontario

    Our Take on Ryerson Summer Day Camps

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    There are some distinct benefits to camps run, as this one is, by a world-class educational institution. The resources are rich and ample in ways that, understandably, other kinds of camps could never replicate. Science sessions are held in world-class, fully equipped lab settings; sports are conducted in professional-grade facilities. That's true of all offerings, which are varied and unique. There are News Academy camps, where kids learn about journalism while participating within a professional news gathering and broadcasting setting. There’s a bit of imagination to it all—kids who dream of being on camera news readers, for example, will be living the dream—but not much, given that, well, it’s all real and it’s all happening, with real equipment. For the right kids, it's literally a dream come true. Less obvious at first glance, but equally true, is that camps are run by staff who are at the same level, and who are themselves looking to careers in the areas that they teach within, if not having already achieved that. The location is a draw, to be sure, in the heart of the city and easily accessible by public transit. The camps have been run since 1984, and are administered with expertise and experience.


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  • Sans Souci Riding Centre INC.


    Ste. Clotilde, Quebec

    Our Take on Sans Souci Riding Centre INC.

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    Founded in 1970, Sans Souci, as the name suggests, has provided worry-free programming for more than five decades. Owners Carolyn and Don Sedgwick have a long involvement in the equestrian world, and bring a high level of professionalism to the programs. It’s about learning skills, yes, but—as with any quality camp—it’s also about joining a community and being granted a window onto another culture. For campers who attend in part to grow their language skills, there’s the linguistic culture. Even better, perhaps, is the equestrian culture expressed here, one of care, patience, stewardship, and the values of participation. Safety is rightly part of it, though in this setting, it comes as a corollary of respect—respecting the animals, peers, and oneself. Also as with any camp, the activities are in service of something greater. At Sans Souci those are growth and confidence. The staff and directors come directly from the Sans Souci program, which is a great sign of its health. That the children of the owners have now taken staff roles is a nice sign, too. It’s truly a family affair, whether born into the Sans Souci community, or joining for the first time.


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  • Science North Camps


    Sudbury, Ontario

    Our Take on Science North Camps

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    We think of camp as a place, though it isn’t really, it’s an experience, one of getting together around some shared values, shared curiosities, and a bunch of fun. And, the Science North camps are all of that. The camps are expertly run in part because, given their reach and scope, they have to be. Each year the camps, with both French and English sessions, attract in excess of 3000 young people in locations from Kenora to Pembroke in the east and Sioux Lookout to Barrie in the south. It’s a huge catchment, with all programs doing the same thing: getting kids together and engaged around some key concepts in science. Instruction is informed and adept; it’s real science, and a lot of fun, too.


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  • Seneca College King Day Camp


    King City, Ontario

    Our Take on Seneca College King Day Camp

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    King Day Camp is located at Seneca College, King Campus in King City, Ontario, within the Oak Ridges Moraine. The location, frankly, couldn’t be better. The camp rightly describes it as a “taste of the north in your own backyard,” and they’re not kidding—in so many ways it really is. The site includes wetland, a lake, extensive forest and an equally extensive trail network. The resources available there are vast, including indoor spaces, a swimming pool, mountain bikes, and world-class high- and low-ropes facilities. It literally has all the amenities that you might find in the best equipped overnight camps, though offering it all to day campers. The staff is large and experienced. There’s a lot to love, to be sure, in what is a very unique offering.


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  • Shadow Lake Centre


    Stouffville, Ontario
    3 reviews

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    The Shadow Lake Centre was established by Community Living Toronto in 1970 and has grown considerably since then. Through the 1980s and 1990s the completion of two major capital campaigns resulted in year-round facilities and programs. The motto of Community Living is “A society where everyone belongs. A society where everyone is valued.” In so many ways, the centre is the physical embodiment of precisely that. Campers arrive to a setting in which their challenges are addressed with empathy, understanding, and experience. They also enter a community of true peers. For anyone, that can be life altering—we all want to go where everyone knows our name, to be sure, and even better if they share our perspectives, challenges, and joys. The setting is well appointed, situated on a 300-acre property within the Oak Ridges Moraine. The staffing is well trained, and there’s a very high camper-to-staff ratio. There’s at least one staff member awake in each cabin through the night, which rightly adds to the sense of care and comfort all round. Health care workers are also on site.


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    Shadow Lake Camp is such a big part of my son’s life

    Shadow Lake Subsidy Recipient (parent )

    He looks forward to it with great anticipation every year. It is when he gets to connect with his friends in a fun, safe, interactive environment. He had all his bags packed 2 weeks before we went and couldn't wait to go. This summer he learned some dance moves, how to play a song on a keyboard, took power walks, did arts and crafts, told jokes on talent night, connected with his buddies that he only sees at camp. My son will be sharing his camp stories with family and friends all summer and beyond. I hope that everyone involved realizes the difference that you make in our kids’ lives. I certainly do! Thank you!

    76 years later, she still has great memories of her time at camp

    Lori McBrien (alumni)

    My mother-in-law had the time of her life coming up to see the camp! She spoke about it for days. Even better — she managed to find her long lost photograph album and had a blast walking me through it. She had many photos and a camp program with her name in it numerous times for all the activities she was involved in.

    My favorite things about Shadow Lake

    Jocelyn Lowry (student/camper)

    I like how they do my diet and at the end of the week, we go to George’s convenience store. I like the talent show, the dance, and pontoon boat rides. I always like spending time with staff friends and when staff reads my book to me. Each year I enjoy catching big fish, and helping Marissa with the property and chasing geese. I like feeding the fish under Gary and Marissa’s dock. I enjoy when we do scary haunted houses, and taking part in kangaroo court. One thing I enjoy are the fireworks on Canada Day. 


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  • Sidney Ledson Institute


    Toronto, Ontario

    Our Take on Sidney Ledson Institute

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    The Sidney Ledson Institute was founded in 1982 in order to create a program that reflected the work of Sidney Ledson, an author and expert on topics relating to teaching technology and motivation. His methods gained traction internationally, at the core of which is the idea that we needn’t wait to introduce children to new skill areas, particularly around language and numeracy, and the sooner we start, the better. The approach in the school program is to challenge students to reach further, to expand and improve their abilities in order to reach their fullest academic potentials. The summer and March break programs extend that approach, including academic support and physical activity. All is expertly run, and the resources varied and ample.


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  • Spirit of Math


    Richmond Hill, Ontario

    Our Take on Spirit of Math

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    Founded in 1980, the Spirit of Math program has a long and impressive history of success. From the spark of an idea, it’s grown to 43 locations and more than 6000 students. The sessions are vibrant and active, and motivate kids through competition and fun. The sequential curriculum is a draw, to be sure, in that it focusses on fluency and mastery in ways that spiral curricula, unfortunately, don’t. The leadership of the program has been the definition of consistent, with a third generation of the founding family now moving into leadership roles. In the world of academic programming, Spirit of Math is a touchstone, one that other programs rightly look to as a model.


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  • Sports Camps Canada


    Toronto, Ontario

    Our Take on Sports Camps Canada

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    The association with Nike is, rightly, a draw for both participants and coaches to the SCC programs. The focus is on skill development in hockey, soccer, basketball, golf, tennis, and training. The programs are run out of dozens of sports facilities, making the most of the best local resources, including expertise and experience. Campers enter an environment of shared interest, learning from mentors who have reached, literally, the top of their games. As such, the camps offer a chance to enter the culture of the various sports as they exist in Canada. The Nike swoosh adds a nice touch as well—kids feel that they are close to the core of the sports, and indeed they are. After all, the dream of success is part of the thrill of participation.


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  • Stanstead College Summer Camps


    Stanstead, Quebec
    5 reviews

    Our Take on Stanstead College Summer Camps

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    Stanstead College will celebrate its 150th anniversary in 2022, as such it’s one of the oldest, most established and celebrated private schools in the country. The summer programs aren’t as long lived, but, now more than three decades out, they are as established in the world of camping as the school is in the world of education. The language camps draw students from around the world to attend immersive French, Spanish, and English programs. The hockey camps, run here since the 1970s are as good as it gets, with a wonderful focus on female athletes. The Capstone Project Internship offers one of the most unique academic summer programs anywhere, bringing students together around academic, project-based learning. In all, Stanstead has crafted world-class summer sessions that reflect the school’s strengths while extending through the summer months. All are held on campus making the most of the stellar resources there, including accommodation, teaching and coaching spaces, faculty and administration.
     


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    2 kids for 2 years

    Aleksandrov Family (parent )

    It was a great experience for our children. We are really grateful for your amazing adventure trips, delicious meals and very warm atmosphere. It goes without saying that the teacher and staff are professional, friendly and always ready to help

    Viviane Valentini Drinko

    Viviane Valentini Drinko (parent )

    Summer camp 2016 excelente !!!! 30 dias de atividades, aulas, passeios, novas amizades. Professores e monitores super atenciosos. Dias que minha filha jamais esquecerá.

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    Theresa McVea (parent )

    As a NB parent who randomly searched out 'immersion summer camps' on the internet, I was amazed and overjoyed at the quality of teaching and care provided. Phenomenal :D She cant wait to go back next year


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  • STEM Camp


    Embro, Ontario

    Our Take on STEM Camp

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    The simplest definition of STEM is that it’s an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. But, as with so many things, the simplest definition doesn’t really do the object justice. The acronym really does refer to those disciplines, but STEM instruction is about much more, namely using those disciplines as a foundation for building a range of literacies while engaging collaboratively and thinking creatively. While we tend to think first of the stuff—the 3D printers and the makerspaces—STEM is more accurately thought of as a way of learning about the world, and of learning to work effectively with others. That’s what inspires passion in instructors, just as it did for STEM Camp founder, Kevin Cougler, who started the camps in 2013. To say that it’s been successful is an understatement. The camps are now run in nearing 50 locations, with 20 more likely soon to follow. In 2017, there were 8500 campers enrolled, and certainly that number has continued to grow in the summers since. What makes this program particularly unique is that it’s run as a not-for-profit solely to promote the benefits of STEM instruction in the lives of young people. There are francophone projects, as well as those mounted in First Nations communities. For all involved, the participants get to work hands-on, with their peers, on projects that are fun while also developing core learning and collaboration skills.


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  • Stratford Festival


    Stratford, Ontario

    Our Take on Stratford Festival

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    Canadians are famously modest, and that’s not always a good thing. We think of things as “good for here” but the Stratford Festival is truly great for anywhere: a world-renowned theatre, operating at the very top of its class. Christopher Plummer literally has a room with his name on it at a local hotel, and he’s made a lot of use of that room over the years. The big names come because of the quality of the theatre, its direction, and its reputation. And, for all the same reasons, kids come from throughout North America to attend the summer sessions at Stratford. There they bump elbows with the greats, and they learn from professionals, in a professional setting, with other kids of like minds, talents, and goals. There are a wealth of resources at the festival, and the camp sessions make use of all of it: spaces, costuming, props, expertise. It’s not just like being part of Stratford, for the duration of their time there, campers truly are part of Stratford. For kids interested in following their acting and production muse, sessions here can be as inspiring as they are life-changing.


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  • Studio PAVAS


    Mississauga, Ontario
    2 reviews

    Our Take on Studio PAVAS

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    Now into its third decade, Studio Pavas has an impressive history of offering high-quality arts programs. The environment is very much that of a arts institution, where kids enter an environment that is well-equipped and staffed, but also reflects the culture of the arts. The programs are as strong as they are varied, staffed by instructors who are all very impressively qualified. They are able to communicate their passion, as well as provide a window on the wider world of professional arts, dance, and performance.


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    Christina (alumni)

    I just wanted to thank you so much for your generosity and for all the opportunities you have given me at Pavas. You will always have a special place in my heart. Thank you for everything

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    Sherry (parent )

    We've been so lucky to have you and your team all teaching and supporting our daughter all these years.


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  • Summer Youth Programming at the Daniels Faculty


    Toronto, Ontario

    Our Take on Summer Youth Programming at the Daniels Faculty

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    The building, newly built at the Spadina Crescent, is itself worth the cost of entry—it’s the latest home for the University of Toronto’s school of architecture, landscape, and design, one of the leading schools of urban design in Canada. It’s a hub of art, design, and community-building, hosting a range of programs and learners, from professional think tanks, to graduate studies, to undergraduate programs that use architectural studies as a means of augmenting a liberal arts-based education. The mandate is to provide research, teaching, and service. The camps are part of the overall project as well, bringing young people into this setting to explore the people, the environments, and the work done here. At the camp sessions, students engage in collaboration with peers to explore, well, just amazing stuff, such as the theme for the 2019 camps: how drones can disrupt aspects of city life. Programs for high school students offer opportunities to explore careers in design, while being exposed to a wealth of new ideas and cross-disciplinary thinking. The potential for these experiences to be transformative is very high. Barring that, they are simply a great way to spend some time with others. All is seamlessly administered and managed, staffed by instructors and mentors who are passionately involved in their fields of interest, and keen to express their enthusiasm for the work.
     


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  • Sylvan Learning Burlington


    Burlington, Ontario
    6 reviews

    Our Take on Sylvan Learning Burlington

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    Sylvan Learning Centres were founded in 1979, and the company has grown to include locations throughout North America. Sylvan’s reputation has grown as well, principally through the visibility of the locations and their association with effective academic tutoring. Still, there is more to Sylvan than perhaps most people may know, and the seasonal camps and programs are included in that. Yes, the focus can look somewhat academic at first glance—engineering, STEM, robotics, coding—though the feel of the camps is less formal, less academic, and more geared to gather children around topics and activities that they are passionate about, in addition to having fun. They will learn a lot, no doubt, though often the empowerment that the camps can bring is, for many families and kids, their principal value, and the thing that keeps them coming back year after year.


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    Summer Camp & Sylvan Tutoring For Three Children

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    Sylvan Burlington has been a great resource for all three of my kids. Apart from the great tutoring each child received - which was always incredibly helpful and appropriate to their needs - we always felt that management was exceptionally helpful and accommodating. I don't know if the programs really are custom, but they really seemed to build programs specifically for each child, and the programs were very, very effective. We saw measurable differences in our children's grades, as well as their attitudes towards challenging courses, thanks to the great team at Sylvan! And one last hat-tip - our middle son attended their STEM camps last summer, and (no joke) said it was the best camp he'd ever gone to. (If you knew how many camps this kid had been to, and how particular he is, you'd know that this is a *huge* compliment!)

    I love Sylvan Burlington and so do other parents

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    My daughter already started her writing class in Sylvan. She really loves the teachers and starts enjoy every class. I think the most important thing is keeping kids' interest of learning and Sylvan is doing a great job. Also those parents I met in Sylvan talked a lot good thing about it. Love it...

    A Proud Dad

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    I am pleased with the progress my son has accomplished since attending Sylvan Learning. His reading skills have improved significantly and the staff are all friendly and create a great learning atmosphere for my son . Thank you - A Proud Dad


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  • Sylvan Learning Centre Brantford


    Brantford, Ontario

    Our Take on Sylvan Learning Centre Brantford

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    Sylvan Learning Centres were founded in 1979, and the company has grown to include locations throughout North America. Sylvan’s reputation has grown as well, principally through the visibility of the locations and their association with effective academic tutoring. Still, there is more to Sylvan than perhaps most people may know, and the seasonal camps and programs are included in that. Yes, the focus can look somewhat academic at first glance—engineering, STEM, robotics, coding—though the feel of the camps is less formal, less academic, and more geared to gather children around topics and activities that they are passionate about, in addition to having fun. They will learn a lot, no doubt, though often the empowerment that the camps can bring is, for many families and kids, their principal value, and the thing that keeps them coming back year after year.


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  • Sylvan Learning Guelph


    Guelph, Ontario

    Our Take on Sylvan Learning Guelph

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    Sylvan Learning Centres were founded in 1979, and the company has grown to include locations throughout North America. Sylvan’s reputation has grown as well, principally through the visibility of the locations and their association with effective academic tutoring. Still, there is more to Sylvan than perhaps most people may know, and the seasonal camps and programs are included in that. Yes, the focus can look somewhat academic at first glance—engineering, STEM, robotics, coding—though the feel of the camps is less formal, less academic, and more geared to gather children around topics and activities that they are passionate about, in addition to having fun. They will learn a lot, no doubt, though often the empowerment that the camps can bring is, for many families and kids, their principal value, and the thing that keeps them coming back year after year.


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  • Sylvan Learning London


    London, Ontario

    Our Take on Sylvan Learning London

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    Sylvan Learning Centres were founded in 1979, and the company has grown to include locations throughout North America. Sylvan’s reputation has grown as well, principally through the visibility of the locations and their association with effective academic tutoring. Still, there is more to Sylvan than perhaps most people may know, and the seasonal camps and programs are included in that. Yes, the focus can look somewhat academic at first glance—engineering, STEM, robotics, coding—though the feel of the camps is less formal, less academic, and more geared to gather children around topics and activities that they are passionate about, in addition to having fun. They will learn a lot, no doubt, though often the empowerment that the camps can bring is, for many families and kids, their principal value, and the thing that keeps them coming back year after year.


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  • Sylvan Learning Oakville


    Oakville, Ontario

    Our Take on Sylvan Learning Oakville

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    Sylvan Learning Centres were founded in 1979, and the company has grown to include locations throughout North America. Sylvan’s reputation has grown as well, principally through the visibility of the locations and their association with effective academic tutoring. Still, there is more to Sylvan than perhaps most people may know, and the seasonal camps and programs are included in that. Yes, the focus can look somewhat academic at first glance—engineering, STEM, robotics, coding—though the feel of the camps is less formal, less academic, and more geared to gather children around topics and activities that they are passionate about, in addition to having fun. They will learn a lot, no doubt, though often the empowerment that the camps can bring is, for many families and kids, their principal value, and the thing that keeps them coming back year after year.


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  • Sylvan Learning of Mississauga Centre


    MIssissauga, Ontario
    1 reviews

    Our Take on Sylvan Learning of Mississauga Centre

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    Sylvan Learning Centres were founded in 1979, and the company has grown to include locations throughout North America. Sylvan’s reputation has grown as well, principally through the visibility of the locations and their association with effective academic tutoring. Still, there is more to Sylvan than perhaps most people may know, and the seasonal camps and programs are included in that. Yes, the focus can look somewhat academic at first glance—engineering, STEM, robotics, coding—though the feel of the camps is less formal, less academic, and more geared to gather children around topics and activities that they are passionate about, in addition to having fun. They will learn a lot, no doubt, though often the empowerment that the camps can bring is, for many families and kids, their principal value, and the thing that keeps them coming back year after year.


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    Google Reviews

    Nina (parent )

    We have 30+ great reviews from the parents/guardians who have enrolled in our academic tutoring and camp programs. The links are as follows, https://www.google.com/search?biw=1280&bih=913&ei=30w2XN72HuXPjwTEyregCw&q=sylvan%20south%20mississauga&oq=sylvan+southmiss+google+review&gs_l=psy-ab.1.0.0i71l7.0.0..6148...0.0..0.0.0.......0......gws-wiz.UozuekKclnI&npsic=0&rflfq=1&rlha=0&rllag=43551120,-79631112,2605&tbm=lcl&rldimm=12561087636146541387&lqi=ChhzeWx2YW4gc291dGggbWlzc2lzc2F1Z2EiA4gBAQ&ved=2ahUKEwiFipz3uOHfAhVvpoMKHaA2CrsQvS4wAHoECAAQFw&rldoc=1&tbs=lrf:!2m1!1e3!3sIAE,lf:1,lf_ui:4#lrd=0x882b467653560c43:0xae51f2a75110d34b,1,,,&rlfi=hd:;si:12561087636146541387,l,ChhzeWx2YW4gc291dGggbWlzc2lzc2F1Z2EiA4gBAQ;mv:!1m2!1d43.574131699999995!2d-79.58335890000001!2m2!1d43.5281088!2d-79.6502912;tbs:lrf:!2m1!1e3!3sIAE,lf:1,lf_ui:4


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  • Sylvan Learning Thornhill


    Thornhill, Ontario

    Our Take on Sylvan Learning Thornhill

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    Sylvan Learning Centres were founded in 1979, and the company has grown to include locations throughout North America. Sylvan’s reputation has grown as well, principally through the visibility of the locations and their association with effective academic tutoring. Still, there is more to Sylvan than perhaps most people may know, and the seasonal camps and programs are included in that. Yes, the focus can look somewhat academic at first glance—engineering, STEM, robotics, coding—though the feel of the camps is less formal, less academic, and more geared to gather children around topics and activities that they are passionate about, in addition to having fun. They will learn a lot, no doubt, though often the empowerment that the camps can bring is, for many families and kids, their principal value, and the thing that keeps them coming back year after year.


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  • Tamarack West Summer Camp


    Toronto, Ontario

    Our Take on Tamarack West Summer Camp

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    The Tamarack West Outdoor School was founded to provide outdoor experiential learning based in the values of appreciation, mentorship, exploration, and stewardship. The camps extend that dedication through the summer months. On the face of it, it’s a traditional approach to camping—getting kids out into the world, exploring nature with bug nets, magnifying glasses, notebooks and art supplies. And, frankly, that’s precisely the draw for the families that turn to Tamarack West. It’s based in the understanding that getting into nature, and to share that experience, is the best kind of adventure. The values expressed within the programming, including those of compassion and positive mentorship, are rightly also a draw.


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  • Teen Makeup Camps at George Brown College


    Toronto, Ontario

    Our Take on Teen Makeup Camps at George Brown College

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    From glam to character creation, the George Brown makeup camps offer a unique program in an exceptional setting. The glam sessions are an opportunity to make people look great, and the special effects—with instruction in creating lifelike abrasions, cuts, bruises, and black eyes—well, the opposite. From soup to nuts, the environment is professional, and home to professionals who are as passionate about the art as they are experienced within it. Location is a plus, with access to public transit. The camps allow participants a chance to spread their wings while to experiencing something new, or digging deep into an area of personal passion.


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  • The Cube STEM Camps


    Toronto, Ontario

    Our Take on The Cube STEM Camps

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    Many camps don’t conform to some of the common ideas of what camp is, and The Cube is an example of that. The focus is technology, not canoeing or camp craft,  yet the goals of the camp are strikingly similar to those of more traditional programs: they are tools used to bring campers together around common interests and creating opportunities to work and grow together. For the campers, it’s a unique opportunity to work with others of like talents and passions, and to really indulge their curiosities in an engaging setting. It’s perhaps not for every child, but then again, no camp is. Campers finish the sessions with greater confidence, having learned something about themselves. Which, of course, is what all great camps share.  


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  • The Gow School Summer Program


    South Wales, New York(USA)

    Our Take on The Gow School Summer Program

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    Peter Gow founded the Gow School in the 1920s to serve students who, for a range of reasons, weren’t finding success elsewhere. Gow believed that small class sizes and an open mind, when it comes to instruction, can make all the difference, especially for those who are at risk of falling through the cracks of a traditional approach to academics. The students at the top of his mind were those with some form of linguistic disruption—students with dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyspraxia or issues with central auditory processing. The program has changed over the years, though the spirit of investigation, of finding better ways to support learners, remains. The summer programs extend all of that work, allowing campers to experience a supportive learning and play environment surrounded by true peers and a staff that truly understands them. That in itself can be transformational. The summer is for fun, so while there is some learning, it’s meant to help with the summer academic dip, helping to deliver students back to class in September ready to learn. But, yes, fun and activity is a primary goal, and the summer sessions bring that, too.


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  • The Pine Project


    Toronto, Ontario
    6 reviews

    Our Take on The Pine Project

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    While all camps are unique, the Pine Project is something of a rarity in that it offers both day programs in the city and overnight programs at a rural property. It’s a nice plus, allowing campers to attend different programs, and grow into overnight camp while staying within the same organization, culture, and to some extent personnel. In all, the Pine Project presents a tried and true array of camp activity, from woods lore, to skill development, to wilderness tripping and adventure. All activities are a means of getting at confidence, belonging, and fun, which is after all what camp is all about. Programs are based on academic research and insight, particularly undertaken at the University of Waterloo, so is sound both in curriculum, intent, and outcomes. Though, as with any great camp, kids learn and build skills entirely unaware that all the fun their having is good for them, too. 


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    Your instructors are a cut above

    Parent of a Pine camper (parent )

    We love Pine camp - in particular, your instructors are a cut above all other day camps.

    An experience that should not be missed

    Parent of a Pine camper (parent )

    “Pine is an experience that should not be missed for all Toronto youth. The kindness of counselors along with their attention to getting to know each child individually is only equalled by the outdoor experience delivered.”

    The best education beyond the classroom

    Parent of a Pine participant (parent )

    “This is the BEST education beyond the standard classroom. It offers children hands on learning by instructors who care about each child as an individual, providing them with a wealth of knowledge of the natural world in a classroom that is ever changing.”


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  • The Second City Training Centre


    Toronto, Ontario

    Our Take on The Second City Training Centre

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    Part of the thrill of attending The Second City Training Centre is simply taking part in a piece of history. Founded in Chicago in 1959, the theatre quickly became one of the most influential comedy centres in the world, famed as much for its alumni as for the quality of the workshops. The Toronto chapter, among many other things, gave a jumpstart to SCTV and all the characters, actors, and comedy history associated with it. Participants join that history which, for many, is itself worth the price of admission. Aside from all of that, it’s a great way for kids to step a bit out of their comfort zones, experiencing something new or building upon existing skills, along with like-minded peers, learning from professionals who are operating at the top of their craft.  


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  • The STEAM Project


    Richmond Hill, Ontario

    Our Take on The STEAM Project

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    It’s easy to think about STEAM instruction through the stuff—the 3D printers, the robotics, the makerspaces—though it’s as much, if not more, about people. The first three people in this particular environment were three teachers who wanted to spend their summers having fun while helping kids have fun learning about their world and their talents. Jay Wengle, one of them, brings an infectious energy to the work at hand, which is working with others to explore new concepts and apply them to new ideas. Communication and teamwork is part of it, as is learning to express yourself to others as much as you listen to what they have to say. The stuff, at the end of the day, is great—the kids solve problems, together, in unique ways—but it’s the relationships, and a way of being in the world, that is the biggest takeaway. These sessions are expertly, professionally run, and are supported through a wide array of resources. The camp, thanks to the personality and passion of the founders, is an expression of the wider community, with lots of diverse partners choosing to take part, including local schools, merchants, and the curling club. Session themes keep things fresh for returning campers. Enrollment is intentionally kept small to maintain the quality of the interactions. In every way, there's a lot to love. 
     


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  • The Taylor Statten Camps


    Algonquin Park, Ontario

    Our Take on The Taylor Statten Camps

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    The traditions we associate with residential summer camp—the values, the activities, the aesthetics—are in many respects due to the work of one man: Taylor Statten. Returning home from the Boer War, Statten joined the YMCA in 1902 and soon became the national Boy’s Work Secretary, a position that included the directorship of Camp Couchiching in Orillia, ON. He also established the Canadian Standards Efficiency Training program, a series of graded activity levels intended to give children the opportunity and incentive to develop intellectual, social, and physical skills.

    What made Statten’s programs unique was the focus that he brought to them. In place of the regimented, sum-is-better-than-its-parts approach of scouting and cadets, Statten built programs around the individual, seeking to develop each child’s potential and to celebrate their individual strengths. Camping in Statten’s hands was about expression, independence, and an appreciation of the diversity inherent in any group. Adventure and resourcefulness were important, but so was imagination, identity, and a close appreciation the natural environment.

    In 1916, Statten put his ideas into practice by founding Camp Ahmek, a camp for boys set within the boundaries of Algonquin park. The centerpiece of the camp, then as now, was the stone fireplace in the main hall, one that Tom Thomson helped build, hauling sand for the mortar that would bind the stones. Pierre Trudeau would sit before that fireplace as a camper, as did all three of his sons. Justin Trudeau, in speaking of camp, described his experience, giving what is, effectively, a précis of Statten’s initial vision: “[camp] had an immeasurable impact on my family and me. For my father, my brothers and I, being campers and counsellors at Ahmek taught us much about nature, about responsibility, and, most importantly, about ourselves.”

    Wapomeo, a sister camp to Ahmek, followed in 1924 and, taken together, the two camps provided a model for many, many camps to come that, in turn, reflected the organization and the values that Ahmek and Wapomeo had demonstrated.

    It’s quite a story, in every way, and one that continues today. These two camps provide a definition of the culture of camping in Canada, and that’s because they provided a model for so many of them, as well as the great work they continue to do.


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  • The Whale Camp


    Grand Manan, New Brunswick

    Our Take on The Whale Camp

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    Some camps just capture the imagination, and this is one of them. Go to New Brunswick to live with like-minded people, learning from experts, and having daily, face-to-face experiences with some of the most majestic, inspiring animals on the planet. Who wouldn’t love that? Amy Lorenz and Cailin Burmaster lead Whale Camp’s educational program, and both bring armloads of academic expertise and insight, as well as a wealth of experience leading field research and educational programs. Lorenz’s master’s research focused on creating opportunities to engage students in science. Burmaster has done extensive fieldwork in marine biology and oceanography. It’s the real deal, from top to bottom. Kids who attend the camp get to experience the world, and whales, and they do that aboard a working research vessel, participating in data collection and analysis. That said, working alongside people who are so engaged in curiosity, science, and dedication can be as inspiring as it is life changing. Yes, there are whales, but camp is about relationships, something that Whale Camp offers in abundance.


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  • The-Cutting Room


    Vancouver, British Columbia
    1 reviews

    Our Take on The-Cutting Room

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    Nothing exists in a vacuum, and the approach of The-Cutting Room summer programs begin from that perspective. Kids gain experience with designing and creating garments, though they also interact meaningfully with the others who use this space, including industry professionals. Visits by designers, as well as occasional trips to studios within the city, offer a view onto the culture of the industry, and real-world settings and challenges. For the aspiring fashion designer, it’s a unique, valuable, and often uniquely inspiring opportunity.


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    Launch Your Line Graduate, Spring 2017

    Keira Danniels (alumni)

    “Launch Your Line at The Cutting Room was an excellent class, and Liza showed her expertise, know how, and generosity in every lesson. Her patience in answering questions and willingness to help students excel meant every level of expertise and experience gained valuable information."


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  • Timberline Ranch


    Maple Ridge, British Columbia

    Our Take on Timberline Ranch

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    In the foothills of Golden Ears Mountain, Timberline Ranch was founded in the 1960s as a retreat from city life. Horseback riding is a primary focus, though the activities have been developed over the years, as has the facility, creating a unique sense of place based in a promotion of gospel values. Leadership has been consistent over the years, as has an ongoing dedication to using the programs as a means of promoting physical, emotional and spiritual health. Year-round programs, including seasonal and family camps can provide an entrée to the programs, which, through the summer months, include both overnight and day options. The Country Christmas program is a highlight, one that makes great use of the environment and themed facilities.


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  • Toronto Brigantine


    Toronto, Ontario
    2 reviews

    Our Take on Toronto Brigantine

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    Resiliency, teamwork, confidence, stewardship, empathetic leadership—time spent aboard a tall ship as part of crew is a means growing a range of skills and attributes. Certainly, the program was launched in 1962 with precisely those goals in mind, and they’ve been achieving them ever since. Participants become part of a crew of up to 28 members, and they travel to destinations within the Great Lakes. There’s a lot to see, and while Brigantine perhaps doesn’t lead with it, geography and history are always close to hand. It’s exciting and unique, to be sure. It’s also expertly managed, the product of more than five decades of experience running youth programs in the region.  


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    Bonnie's Journey

    Bonnie Aukema (student/camper)

    I was a trainee on Brigantine two summers ago. Last summer, I was a Petty Officer and Cook. I like Brigs mostly because of companionship and the friends I made. You go through tough situations with many different personalities. You talk, you do watch together, you have tough times together, and you get through it. You are confined to close quarters and you have to work closely together, kind of like a family. Being part of a crew meant I had duties, responsibilities and a new kind of family. I learned about teaching people, taking care of people, and helping others become competent. It is easier to work with people if you like them. I’m a bit introverted, but as a Petty Officer, I needed to get to know new trainees, because I would live with them and work with them. As the more experienced one, I had to take the first step, even though it was not in my nature. I tried to develop a bond by finding something--a common interest or factor between us—to talk about with every new person. Even the shy ones or quietest ones can form a bond and I made friends with all types of different personalities. Now I’m more capable of taking that first step, I hardly hesitate. Being the cook was hard. You have to keep people happy and fed because if they are hungry, they get grumpy and don’t have enough energy to pull the sails. At first, people were hesitant to eat, but they get hungrier. I knew how to cook before I was the cook on Brigs, but now I know how to cook in a tilted kitchen using industrial sized pots on a propane stove. Some days, I had to get up at 4:30 to make breakfast for 7:30. I had to feed 20 people three meals a day and most meals were made from scratch. Once I made brownies, the boat was tilted, and the brownies came out tilted. One end was thin and hard, and stuck to the pan, the other end was thick and soft—but everyone loved them anyhow. I love Brigs because it’s like stepping into the past. It’s the same type of boat sailed hundreds of years ago. The problems we faced were the same problems sailors faced a 100 or 300 or 500 years ago--weather and wind. We can’t control these. Going aloft while sailing and seeing how high I was, was amazing. You can look down and see people laughing and talking and sailing. You look up and see clear blue sky forever. You look forward and see a billowing sail. If you look beside and behind, you see the distance you have come. Sometimes you see land, sometimes only water. We also saw many windmills!

    From Trainee to Crew Member

    Hannah MacLeod-Kerr (student/camper)

    I’m not sure why I became interested in sailing, much less sailing tall ships, but after a year and a half I can honestly say that I don’t regret it one bit. In November 2018, I joined Toronto Brigantine Inc. as a winter program trainee. It was hard in the beginning because everyone knew each other from the previous summer and I felt like an outsider. However, because of the amazing community at TBI everyone, including the captain, made me feel included as a member of the team. After a winter of getting Playfair ready for the upcoming summer, learning parts of the ship, the basics of sailing, knot tying, and some navigation, I became a Petty Officer. The summer is when I learnt the most about not only sailing, but also leadership and life skills. I helped trainees become accustomed to life aboard a ship and learn how to be a member of a crew. By stepping out of my comfort zone and joining Toronto Brigantine Inc., I find that I have become more confident and independent outside of the program. Now that your sails are filled with interest, I leave you with this; Knot sure what to do this summer? Try something new, don’t get tide down and sea where it takes you.


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  • Toronto Kidz


    Toronto, Ontario
    3 reviews

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    Brigitte Gallegos, founder and director of Toronto Kidz Summer Camp created the camp to make the most of what the city has to offer. She wanted to allow kids to explore areas of their city, and to let experience the full range of what it has to offer. The programs—a series of weekly day camp sessions offered throughout the summer months—have been designed to access those possibilities. Each session is built around a specific theme, and the entire city is a programming resource: Pirates Week includes a cruise around Centre Island; Animals and Nature Week includes a trip to High Park Nature Centre; Pokémon Week includes a visit to Fort York. It is run out of a space within the St. Martin-in-the-Fields church, just north of High Park and in the heart of one of the city’s most varied urban communities. The location, in any way you care to look at it, has a lot to offer. There are private green spaces and a wealth of indoor activity space, all of it providing a welcome break from the bustle of the city. Each day at camp includes crafts and drawing, and stimulation with music and dance. The course of each day includes all of that, from running games in the park, to sitting quietly to record the day’s events in a journal.


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    Absolutely LOVED this summer camp last year

    Melissa - a parent (parent )

    “Absolutely LOVED this summer camp last year and so did my son! I'm keeping my fingers crossed that my daughter is going to be able to experience it as well this summer. Brigitte and her team are simply spectacular. They go above and beyond in the programming and quality of the arts & crafts and the kids have a blast…”

    my son told me he LOVES Toronto Kidz

    Nicky - a parent (parent )

    “I just wanted to share that my son told me he LOVES Toronto Kidz camp, after his first day today. He says it’s the best camp he’s been to so far…Sending a quick note to say thank you for all that you and your team do.”

    My girls had an amazing time

    Michelle - a parent (parent )

    "... I wanted to thank you and your staff. My girls had an amazing time. They were very nervous about starting the week and knowing no one. By the end of the first day they were asking if they could come back next Summer and going on and on about camp. By the end of the week they were asking if we could move to Toronto part time. Thank you again for offering a wonderful camp and embracing my kids."


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  • Toronto Kyokushinkai Karate


    Toronto, Ontario

    Our Take on Toronto Kyokushinkai Karate

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    The program is based in values as much as defence, if not more so, including self-awareness, personal development, discipline and perseverance. There’s a sense of belonging, too, that comes with participation in the programs, something that Toronto Kyokushinkai Karate rightly makes a point of capitalizing on. There’s a good flexibility to the program, with sessions offered all year long, including PA days and holidays. In that, as well as in the pick-ups from area schools, TKK operates with the parent perspective firmly in mind. Pricing is efficient and attractive, based in time spent within the facility and camp session rates rather than monthly fees. The camp sessions make good use of local resources, getting kids outside around a range of activities.
     


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  • Toronto Waldorf Summer Camp


    Thornhill, Ontario

    Our Take on Toronto Waldorf Summer Camp

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    The Toronto Waldorf School, since it was founded, has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to the core Waldorf methods and values: active learning, process over product, and cross-curricular, collaborative learning. Families that enroll typically are also attracted by an overt attention to ethics, environmental stewardship, interpersonal values, and the encouragement of individual expression. The summer programs extend all of that, within an extensive facility that includes a wealth of green space, whcih is made great of use of through regular interaction in nature. Sessions focus on relationship building, creativity, and play, allowing kids a nice opportunity to get away from the screens, among much else. For many it's a welcome to relax, to take part within a different context, and with a different set of priorities, than they typically expeirence within the course of their daily lives. 


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  • Toronto Zoo - Zoo Camp


    Toronto, Ontario

    Our Take on Toronto Zoo - Zoo Camp

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    The Toronto Zoo is of course a world class destination, one that is all kinds of fun in and of itself. The joy of the camp sessions, for many kids, is a chance to engage further, and to step a bit behind the curtain. The overnight sessions only extend that sense further. Kids interact with the animals, staff, and peers in a stellar environment, engaging with animals but also with a range of concepts, from empathy to natural diversity, to conservation. For some kids it's a chance to test-drive a range of academic interests. For all kids, it's just a lot of fun that they won't forget anytime soon. 


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  • Toronto Zoo Serengeti Bush Camp


    Toronto, Ontario

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    This is one of those programs that just packs a lot of wow, both in terms of what it is and how it is offered. Kids attend a night in the African Serengeti area of the Toronto Zoo with a parent, making it a wholly unique shared experience. Participants stay in tents actually sourced in Kenya—they are truly the very same model of tent that naturalists use when trekking out on the savannah. A detail, perhaps, but there’s a bit of zip to it, as with so many aspects of the offering. The behind the scenes feel, for example, and the interaction with zoo professionals, including those that care for the animals. It’s close by, which is a great plus, though the experience can feel a world away. A quick trip, though one that will create some nice shared memories as well as a sense of direct participation within the zoo environment.


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  • Town of Oakville camps


    Oakville, Ontario

    Our Take on Town of Oakville camps

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    The Oakville camps, in their breadth, depth, and wealth of resources, are unmatched in the region. They make the most of an extensive infrastructure, from performing arts centres, to arenas, to outdoor education centres. When kids arrive, they enter some of the key environments in the life of the city. From a parenting perspective, it’s a bit of a one-stop shop, with an extensive menu of options for building upon existing skills one week, to experiencing new things the next. Families are right to make the most of the camps, which are incomparably managed, expertly run, and staffed by passionate, experienced staff. From breadth, to environments, to engagement with mentors and peers, there’s truly nothing not to love.


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  • Township of King


    Nobleton, Ontario

    Our Take on Township of King

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    Run by the municipality, the King camps have a lot of great resources at their disposal, and they make the most of all of them. Creativity, too, is an especially good resource to have when working with kids, and they have that as well. There are the core programs, including team sports and recreation, though there’s some lovely unique programs as well, including those centred on marine biology, Time Travellers, glamour camp, and Winter in July—kids gather to have snowball fights and hot chocolate in the middle of the summer heat. The administration works very consciously with the needs of families in mind, and locations, times, bussing, and after care are offered to make the experience seamless for all involved. The breadth of offering is impressive, making it a great resource year round, offering campers a chance to revisit familiar environments and staff throughout the summer and beyond. All sessions are exceptionally run and well-staffed.
     


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  • True North Sports Camps


    Toronto, Ontario
    6 reviews

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    If you’ve ever attended one of the Our Kids camp expos, you’ll have seen a clot of kids gathered constantly around the True North booth. There’s a great reason for that: True North was founded by young people for young people to have a lot of fun with young people. Kids, rightly, love it, and the reason is the vibrancy and expertise of the counsellors that run the various programs. There is method to any madness, and skill building, including team skills and sports specific practice are top priorities. But, it’s a credit to the camp that it’s the joy of involvement with others that has become the hallmark of True North. There’s nothing quite like it, as any of those kids crowding the expo booth will tell you, if you’re able to get their attention.


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    Flag Football Camp

    J Winkler (parent )

    My boys' loved their 1 week at touch football camp (Toronto - Memorial). They both say it was their favourite of the 3-4 camps we tried this year. Program seems very well run and was very accommodating. My 2 were the youngest in the group (almost 7 & 9) but kids and staff were all very warm and inclusive. We'll be back next year for longer.

    First Year in Markham

    Nicole Levy (parent )

    This was True North's first year in Markham. It was a great experience for my son at baseball camp. He was given the opportunity to work on many of his skills that he will use in his upcoming games! He wants to go back next year for another week or two! I would definitely recommend this camp. Very professional and child centered.

    5 Star Service!!!

    Christine Tseng (parent )

    I booked their coach to come over to host a kids birthday party for about 20 kids. They arrived 40 min. early to set it up, sat down with the birthday boy and see how they could make his party better, took care of the kids who were a little shy and didn't know how to get into the game. I was impressed by how great the crew was with kids, especially Shantel. Totally recommend!!! 5 Star service!!!


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  • UCC Summer Camps


    Toronto, Ontario

    Our Take on UCC Summer Camps

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    The UCC Summer Camps have been offered for more than four decades, and the strength of the programming is a product of that pedigree. We readily think of tradition when considering overnight camps, though perhaps are less inclined to when thinking of day camps. UCC, however, is a great example of development over time, including generations of staffing, hiring alumni of the program. One of the strengths of the UCC camps is undoubtedly the exceptional infrastructure of the school. To say that it’s unequalled, in terms of physical resource, is an understatement. Drama programs have the use of a professional grade stage; field sports have professional grade facilities; and on it goes. The growth in the programming—as with debate, coding, robotics—is in response to the needs of the families that attend, and they are intended to build skills as well as to allow children to work within groups of shared interest, passion, and ability.


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  • UCC Summer Life


    Toronto , Ontario
    7 reviews

    Our Take on UCC Summer Life

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    The UCC Summer Camps have been offered for more than four decades, and the strength of the programming is a product of that pedigree. One of the strengths of the UCC camps is undoubtedly the exceptional infrastructure of the school. To say that it’s unequalled, in terms of physical resource, is an understatement. A new addition is the Summer Life program, one intended for international students as an opportunity to build their English language skills. Students stay in residence with others from around the world. Programing takes advantage of the offerings and leadership of the day camps, the city, and the vast range of facilities on campus. While the Summer Life program is new, is nevertheless is built on the expertise at the school as well as the expertise and staffing of the day camp programs. We readily think of tradition when considering overnight camps, though perhaps are less inclined to when thinking of day camps. UCC, however, is a great example of development over time, including generations of staffing, often hiring alumni of the program. The Summer Life sessions are built upon that foundation. 


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    Parent Testimonial

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    “Travel to and from the program was very easy and safe.”

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    “The Leadership Program is very creative and very interesting. My son made lots of friends and loved it.”

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    “I received immediate responses to my inquiries; constant emails, informing parents of everything planned, keeping in contact by posting on UCC website and the weekly newsletter.”


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  • UTS: Experience Innovation


    Toronto, Ontario

    Our Take on UTS: Experience Innovation

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    UTS is remarkable for all kinds of reasons, including an alumni that boasts two Nobel Laureates, twenty Rhodes Scholars, eleven Olympians, and three ambassadors. In the century since it was founded, UTS weathered some interesting times, including student protests in the 1960s. (At one point a student presented the headmaster with a blank sheet of paper saying "this is a list of our demands.") For many years, the school was at the centre of the debates that would, in time, bring some important advances to public schooling in Canada, including the abolition of matriculation exams and a 4-year secondary school program. In that and in so much else, UTS has marched to the beat of its own drummer, charting an innovative path through everything it has done. That’s true of the summer programs as well. They are of a kind that only UTS could supply. The sessions are unique, and uniquely inspiring, and lead by experienced school faculty. Kids who take part will find themselves in a group of peers who share their perspectives, their curiosities, and in many cases, their academic inclinations. That’s a lot. And it’s fun, too, all taking place in the heart of the country’s most diverse metropolis, and within one of the country's foremost academic institutions. 


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  • Vango Toronto Fencing Center


    Markham, Ontario

    Our Take on Vango Toronto Fencing Center

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    When it comes to youth sport, fencing isn’t the first activity to come to mind. Which is too bad, because it has a lot to offer, as the Vango programs prove. Kids join a community that includes a long history as well as a vibrant, exciting culture. There’s something captivating about swordplay--they're called epees--to be sure, and that only grows the more you experience it. And rightly so. Fencing develops concentration, fitness, coordination. Participants often arrive with little or no experience with the sport, which actually is an attractive aspect of the program—kids truly grow together with their peers, feeding off both the excitement of discovery and the satisfaction of building mastery with core skills. It’s social, frankly very cool, and Vango makes it absolutely accessible. Sessions are expertly run by extremely capable and experienced coaches.


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  • Venture Academy Summer Program for Troubled Teens


    Minesing, Ontario

    Our Take on Venture Academy Summer Program for Troubled Teens

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    Venture Academy was founded in 2000 by Gordon Hay in order to provide support for students who, for a range of reasons, weren’t thriving within traditional academic settings. Hay had worked with teens in outpatient and resident treatment settings, as well as within corrections programs. He is the first to say that so many of the stories he has heard over the years are heartbreaking, and the impact of so many of those stories has been profound. That said, while he perhaps doesn’t use the term, he created Venture as an atmosphere of hope—a place of understanding, including the understanding that positive change can be made. It’s about working with the individual, but it’s also about working closely with families, not just teens in isolation from them. It’s an impressive model, evident in the success that Venture has had over the years. There are now locations in Kelowna, BC, Red Deer, Alberta, and Barrie, Ontario, though Venture extends well beyond the bricks and mortar, and operates today as an umbrella organization, bringing together expertise, parents, and teens. The goal isn’t to silo teens, but rather to provide the kind of care, support, and understanding needed to help overcome the challenges they face. The summer programs extend all of that through the summer months, providing a positive environment for those already enrolled in the Venture program, as well as those who may be entirely new to it. It’s true that camp can be a life-altering experience for many young people, and the Venture programs further prove that point.


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  • Ways of the Woods Day Camp


    Milton, Ontario

    Our Take on Ways of the Woods Day Camp

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    It’s a traditional camp in all the best ways, with the one exception that campers are home for dinner each night. Hosted by Conservation Halton, the camps make the most of a network of properties in and around the Niagara Escarpment. The resources include those of the various conservation areas, from extensive green space—wetlands, streams, forests, significant geological formations—to those associated with the natural history and regional heritage, such as the raptor centre at Mountsberg and the Iroquoian village exhibit at Crawford Lake. (Notably, Crawford is a meromictic lake and in the running to be the golden spike for the Anthropocene, which is more exciting than it sounds.) Theme weeks keep things kid-centred and vibrant. Environmental stewardship is a core goal of Conservation Halton, and awareness of nature, and our place within it, is an aspect of the camp offerings. But, yes, fun is also a goal, and engaged staff and theme weeks keep things kid-centred and vibrant.


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  • Whitchurch Riding Academy


    Mount Albert, Ontario
    7 reviews

    Our Take on Whitchurch Riding Academy

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    Dianne O'Brien founded Whitchurch Riding Academy in 1979, and has since introduced thousands of students to the joys of riding, both for recreation and for competition. Her own passion began early in life, when as a ten-year old when she joined the Canadian Pony Club and went on to complete the Equine Studies Program at Humber College. In addition to competition and coaching, O'Brien has worked as an exercise rider at Woodbine Thoroughbred Racetrack, and has trained a variety of horses to a Grand Prix Level with Olympic Dressage Medalist Ashley Holzer. Her experience is vast, to be sure, and the other trainers and coaches have similar CVs. Riding is a sport, but it’s founded in a passion for working closely with animals, and stewardship and care are important aspects of the WRA programs. Sessions are available for all ages and levels of experience, from tyro to advanced rider, accredited by Equestrian Canada, Ontario Equestrian, and the Ontario Camps Association. Summer camps offered in addition to year-round instruction. Situated on 10 acres east of Newmarket, the site includes indoor riding arena with heated viewing lounge, regulation dressage and jumping rings. Busing is available.


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    Parent & camper reviews of Whitchurch Riding Academy

    Love and care given to horses.

    Dagmara (parent )

    My daughter has been riding at Whitchurch Academy for 4 years, and there aren't enough good things to say about the staff, owners and horses there. The love and care given to the horses is one of the primary reasons we ride at Whitchurch. The owners of the barn are not only wonderful and professional to deal with, but they rescue many of their horses from terrible conditions and give them a beautiful second chance at life at the barn. The staff are knowledgeable, pleasant and friendly, and quickly become like a 2nd family if, like me, you have a child who lives for the barn and spends most of her free time there. The horses are well-mannered, gentle and beautiful, and Tessa and her feline friends are the warmest welcoming committee you could ask for. There are numerous barns in the area one could chose from, but Whitchurch will always be our choice. When people love what they do, it shows. Whitchurch demonstrates their passion for animals and riders in every aspect of their riding school.

    Strongly recommend.

    Katherine (student/camper)

    I went to Whitchurch for both lessons and camp and I would strongly recommend it! The atmosphere is positive and friendly, the horses and barn are well cared for, and the staff are always knowledgable and helpful. When I was first learning to ride at camp the instructors were so patient teaching me all the skills that you need to ride and care for horses. Now as a more advanced rider I really benefit from their expertise and love how friendly everyone is. Having ridden at some other barns while away for school I can say that Whitchurch has become my gold-standard: they've always clean, organized and attentive.

    No place I'd rather be!

    Elizabeth (student/camper)

    I have been riding here for 8 years and have done both the summer camp and riding lessons. The instructors and amazing horses have allowed me to excel in an environment that is welcoming and fun. The horses are very well taken care of and the facilities are clean and well organized. Would recommend for anyone wanting to learn the basics or wanting to advance. The barn is in a beautiful location and easy to find from the 404 or surrounding areas. The owners care deeply about the horses they have and the safety of all riders. The website is very easy to follow and clearly details what lessons entail as far as number of students, levels of ability and length. At Whitchurch you are given the opportunity to learn all aspects of riding including grooming, tacking up, and stable management. There is no other place I would rather be!


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  • Willowgrove Day Camp


    Stouffville, Ontario
    3 reviews

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    Set on one hundred acres, Willowgrove Day Camp has been delivering outdoor education since 1968. The setting includes nature, agriculture, and recreational mixed-use spaces, with dedicated staff and robust programming. Daily swimming lessons are a draw, and the heated pool extends the season. The goal of the camp is just as it should be: challenge by choice, delivering new skills, building confidence in a fun and supportive environment. After care is available until 6 each day. Discounts are available for multiple sessions.


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    Parent & camper reviews of Willowgrove Day Camp

    Next Year

    Laila (parent )

    Ever since my son finished camp last summer, he’s been asking “When can I go back to my camp?” I’ve already registered him for March Break Camp and again for this summer too! He LOVES “his camp” and can’t wait to go back!

    Second Home

    Mikaela (alumni)

    I grew up going to camp and Willowgrove feels like a second home to me. Everything about it makes me smile from the people I've gotten to know over the years to the kids that are always doing something funny. Camp always brightens my mood.

    A Must-Do!

    Camp Parent (parent )

    We live abroad, and Willowgrove is a 'must-do' as far as our girls are concerned when we go back to Canada to visit family. We really appreciate how much effort the staff at Willowgrove puts into making sure the kids have a stupendous summer visit every year!


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  • Wilvaken


    Magog, Quebec
    4 reviews

    Our Take on Wilvaken

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    Located in the Eastern Townships, Wilvaken offers a close-knit, traditional camp experience. Now directed by Lara Willis, the third generation of her family to head up the camp, it has had a long and very consistent leadership that remains true to the initial goals for the facility. When you arrive you feel that you’ve entered an ordered, welcoming, and safe environment, and indeed you have. Families are drawn to that, as well as the values that form the basis of the program. The camp maintains a bilingual environment, which is a draw as well, allowing campers to continue their language learning while experiencing different cultures. Days are active, and evenings quiet, calm, and centered around friendship, fellowship, and the core traditions of the camp, including a candle-lit walk on the second to final night of each session. It's fun, with all the skill-building and exercise that you should expect, though there's a bit of magic here, too.


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    Parent & camper reviews of Wilvaken

    Thank you!

    Annie I. (parent )

    We just want to thank you for another great camp experience at Wilvaken. Jake said it was his best time ever, and he even made a couple of new friends. Ryan came over yesterday to hang out! He's looking forward to next year. In any case, you continue to provide a warm and welcoming and fun experience for Jake and we are very grateful to you. All the best, hope the rest of your summer is great. Thank you so much,

    Can I stay longer?

    Elin (parent )

    Thanks so much! Sarah had a fabulous time and will be signing up for next year. I also wanted to thank you for running such an amazing camp! Sarah had never been to a camp longer than 4 nights before and so it was a big step to stay for 2 weeks. She came back with such amazing memories and what every parent wants to see - confidence and camaraderie with new and old friends. She really bonded with her roommates and counsellor and she loved the no cellphone policy! I wish she would stay for a month!

    First time parent

    Sarah (parent )

    Thank you for running such an amazing camp! My son, Matt (session J2), had the most amazing experience. He’s tried new activities, made some wonderful friends and improved his french. He seems a lot more independent too. A pity we only discovered the camp this year - Matt is 15 so he can’t attend again - he would have loved it in earlier years. You have a wonderful camp and Matt will treasure the memories.


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  • YMCA Camp Pine Crest


    Torrance, Ontario
    4 reviews

    Our Take on YMCA Camp Pine Crest

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    It’s been operating continually for more than a century, making Pine Crest one of the oldest continuous youth programs in North America. The YMCA has many camps, of course, and has also played a considerable role in developing what camp is and what it can do. Many of the kinds of programs that we associate with summer camp were developed in Y settings, so Pine Crest has a pedigree that goes well beyond its age. The program remains very traditional, and tripping is an important part of what the camp offers. The activities are based around growing skills as much as they are confidence, esteem, and cooperation. The staff is dedicated, and largely made up of people who themselves have grown up within the Y camping programs, either at Pine Crest or elsewhere. The setting is pretty much as good as it gets, nestled in Muskoka, an area rightly celebrated for its natural beauty. It’s gorgeous. Leadership programs for youth 13 to 16 are a particular draw.


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    Parent & camper reviews of YMCA Camp Pine Crest

    Amazing All Around

    Emma Warillow (parent )

    Both my daughter's have had exceptional experiences at Camp Pine Crest. Their well-trained staff, well organized programming and true camp environment make me unreservedly give them 5 stars!!!

    Timeless

    Rebecca Handler (alumni)

    I was a camper 20 years ago.. Absolutely loved the camp & now my son goes every year like I did & he feels just as excited as I used to get going.. So much fun excitement & adventure with good friends!

    Excellent Role Models

    Alexander Liszka (parent )

    What a wonderful place. The young people that work here are a credit to humanity.


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  • YMCA Camps Belwood, Ki-Wa-Y and Wabanaki


    St. Clements, Ontario

    Our Take on YMCA Camps Belwood, Ki-Wa-Y and Wabanaki

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    You really can’t go wrong with a YMCA camp, and there are a few very good reasons for that. The Y has been fully invested in camp programs since Taylor Statten first developed them for the Y in 1902. In the years since, the programs have grown and diversified, literally providing the models that the vast majority of camps looked to when they created their programs. The culture of camps has grown as well, and the organization now has an embarrassment of riches, from top-level administration to program staffing. Everybody involved is here because they want to be here, and have demonstrated a passion and ability to work with kids through the core tenets: mind, body, spirit. Because of the extent and breadth of the operations, the standards are set extremely high. It can be frustrating, at times, to fill out all the online registration forms, but, nevertheless, they are testament to how everything is run: professionally, with care, experience, and expertise. Between the three camps run out of the Kitchener-Waterloo YMCA, there is a diversity of options, allowing campers to grow from their first overnight experiences close to home, to intensive tripping in Killarney or sea kayaking on Georgian Bay. As such, the KW YMCA is a one-stop shop of the full range of quality camp offerings, and quality, established programs and locations.


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  • YMCA of Greater Vancouver


    Vancouver, British Columbia
    5 reviews

    Our Take on YMCA of Greater Vancouver

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    You really can’t go wrong with a YMCA camp, and there are a few very good reasons for that. The Y has been fully invested in camp programs since Taylor Statten first developed them for the Y in 1902. In the years since, the programs have grown and diversified, literally providing the models that the vast majority of camps looked to when they created their programs. The culture of camps has grown as well, and the organization now has an embarrassment of riches, from top-level administration to program staffing. Everybody involved is here because they want to be here, and have demonstrated a passion and ability to work with kids through the core tenets: mind, body, spirit. Because of the extent and breadth of the operations, the standards are set extremely high. Between the three camps run out of the Vancouver YMCA, there is a diversity of options, allowing campers to grow from their first day-camp experiences, to family camping, to intensive tripping and hiking, to developing leadership skills. The range of environments, including the Lower Mainland, Fraser Valley, and Sunshine Coast allows for a range of experience unique to these programs. In all, there’s a lot to love.


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    Parent & camper reviews of YMCA of Greater Vancouver

    So impressed!

    Overnight camp parent (parent )

    “We were impressed that so many activities were values-based. My kids came home with valuable lessons on inclusion and one of my kids won a value award at the end of the week. This stuff fills me up. They had great leaders and are begging to go back.”

    What I love about the camp staff

    YMCA Camper (student/camper)

    "What I love about the camp counsellors is how friendly and open they are, and the amount of freedom they give us."

    Where kids can be themselves

    YMCA Camper (student/camper)

    "You never feel out of place here. It's a great place where you can come and be yourself."


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Vancouver 0 5
  • YMCA of Oakville


    Oakville, Ontario

    Our Take on YMCA of Oakville

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    The YMCA is perhaps the most integrated institution that you could ever hope to find, and in that is one the greatest strengths of the programs they offer. Kids spend each day engaged actively with others, something that begins with the bus ride there. It’s fun, of course, but it’s fun you can take seriously, and the values that underwrite the programming are rightly a primary draw. The expert admin and program development that the Y is known for is in ample evidence throughout the Oakville offering, and great use is made of the wealth and diversity of facilities available.


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Oakville 0 0
  • YMCA of Simcoe Muskoka


    Ramara, Ontario

    Our Take on YMCA of Simcoe Muskoka

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    If it’s a kind of camp, the YMCA of Simcoe Muskoka has it, from day programs, to family camp, to overnight camp at Kitchikewana, located on an island within Georgian Bay Islands National Park. Campers can literally begin the programs at age 6 with a day camp and then progress through to a full month program in the teen years. All are expertly run through the lens of the values that the Y is rightly famous for. The day camp offerings are as extensive as they are diverse, offered at a wealth of facilities that, in any way you look at it, comprises an embarrassment of riches. Campers learn and grow in empathetic environments that prise talent, diversity, and engagement.


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Ramara 0 0
  • YMCA of Southwestern Ontario Overnight Camps


    London, Ontario

    Our Take on YMCA of Southwestern Ontario Overnight Camps

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    The YMCA camps have long set a standard, ever since Taylor Statten joined the Y in 1906 and really inaugurated a new era in camping programs. While Camp Queen Elizabeth and Camp Henry may not share the vintage, they nevertheless express the ideal, namely providing opportunities for young people to work and grow together through the lens of some core values: mutual respect, responsibility, honesty, and empathy. Camps Henry and Queen Elizabeth add location to the mix—Henry is within Point Pelee National Park on Lake Erie, and Queen Elizabeth is on Beausoleil Island in Georgian Bay Islands National Park. As such, both offer unique opportunities to experience aspects of Canada’s natural heritage. The sites are pristine, in keeping with the context. Some shorter sessions offer younger campers to get their sleepaway feet wet, adding a nice dimension to the programming.


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London 0 0
  • YMCA-YWCA of the National Capital Region


    Ottawa, Ontario

    Our Take on YMCA-YWCA of the National Capital Region

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    There’s more than a few reasons why the Y programs, particularly around camping, are so highly regarded, and the camps offered by YMCA-YWCA of the National Capital Region are exemplary of all of them. They are age appropriate, providing opportunities to grow up within them, from day camps through to long-duration tripping and leadership training. All the camps are fun, to be sure, but they are also about growing into roles of responsibility. The values of the Y programs, too, are a draw, based in the tripartite focus on mind-body-spirit. Expert leadership, inclusive programming, a wealth of programming, and a nice constellation of facilities. There’s simply a lot to love.  


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Ottawa 0 0
  • York University; Science Engagement


    Toronto, Ontario
    2 reviews

    Our Take on York University; Science Engagement

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    Science Engagement sessions engage with the outcomes of the provincial curriculum, extending them in a range of meaningful ways, through hands-on, cooperative learning. Students also work within a professional setting, and learn from student leaders that themselves are working in those fields throughout the year. The facilities, as you’d expect, are exceptional—a majority of the sessions take place within Faculty of Science at the Keele Campus of York University—as is the organization of the programs and sessions.


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    Parent & camper reviews of York University; Science Engagement

    Helix Student Review

    Anonymous Student in Pathobiology and Microorganisms (student/camper)

    Through the course that I took at Helix, I learned a great deal. It provided me with the opportunities to learn more complicated and challenging concepts that I desire and it was really nice meeting and working with like-minded peers. It also gave me more insight into what it would be like to student science in university, and has helped me with making decisions concerning my future.

    Helix Student Review

    Anonymous student in Marine Biology (student/camper)

    I had a great experience at Helix Summer Science Institute. The course was very interesting and I not only go tot learn the material, but had the chance to have hands-on experience. This course was a lot more than I was expecting. The instructor was very helpful and interesting and did a great job of teaching the course in a way in which we could learn easily. Many of the questions I came here with have been answered.


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Toronto 0 2
  • Young People's Theatre/YPT


    Toronto, Ontario

    Our Take on Young People's Theatre/YPT

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    YPT,  by anyone’s reckoning, is a great Canadian arts institution. Founded in 1966, it hit the ground running, producing professional quality plays, and rightly gaining widespread attention because of it. Susan Rubes, the founder, was something of a force in the arts, and an indefatigable proponent both of what kids could do and what her programs should do for them. She believed that “Only the best is good enough for children,” and built YPT in that vein. It soon grew to a stature equal to the professional companies in Toronto, becoming an important part of the city’s cultural scene. Directorship was filled by a who’s who of the theatre world, including Richard Ouzounian, and Peter Moss, who arrived from a role at the Stratford Festival. The perspective wasn't that children’s theatre was a lesser, smaller version of adult theatre, but rather that it was a unique and vital expression on par with it. That sense remains to this day, and kids who participate are truly participating in something very much at the heart of Canadian theatre and its traditions. Directorship is as good as it gets, as is the faculty who run the programs. For kids interested in the arts, the experience of participating in the YPT is as inspiring as it is singular. It’s arguably the foremost program of its kind in the country, a position it’s maintained for over half a century.


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Toronto 0 0
  • Zebra Robotics


    Mississauga, Ontario
    2 reviews

    Our Take on Zebra Robotics

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    STEM is important, though Zebra understands that community is as well. The programs occur within an inclusive environment, allowing participants to engage and grow with like-minded peers. There is a sense of accomplishment granted most obviously by the competitions, at which Zebra excels, though the sense of belonging is a valuable aspect of the offering as well. Expertly run by skilled, engaging coaches, in settings that are well appointed.


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    Parent & camper reviews of Zebra Robotics

    App development with Zebra Robotics

    Anika Kottaram (student/camper)

    My name is Anika Kottaram daughter of sudha hariharan. I’m going to the eighth grade in greenwood high international school. I’ve been doing the app development course and have learnt quite a bit within the span of 10 days. I’ve learnt how to develop apps that I use day to day with ease such as an app for doodling or calculating my age. Coach Vasantha always kept me on my toes giving me challenges to complete by myself at home. Zebra has helped me to pass my time during this lockdown by helping me learn new things and would love to continue with this for some more time.

    A Letter from a Student

    Aditya Shah (student/camper)

    Zebra Robotics has been a great learning environment. They have set opportunities for me that I can never have imagined. In a few years’ time, I have challenged myself to think critically and effectively at competitions like First Lego League (FLL) and Zone 1, while learning to respect my peers and my opponents. When I started to attend Zebra Robotics in September of 2016, I went to the Robotics 400 classes, having no past training or use of the technology. I still remember my first class, one of the head coaches, Coach Satish. He understood that everyone in that class had little to no past experience with using Lego Robotics. The robot was explained carefully, starting with hardware, and moving onto the parts. Coach Satish simply and wonderfully explained the components and how effective they can be when combined with simple code. I was challenged to think outside of the box while knowing I would not be judged even if I failed, because of Zebra Robotics’ welcoming atmosphere. I was then chosen to move onto competing in one of the FLL teams. My time at FLL was captivating. I was able to program, innovate and learn extraordinary things in 6 months with my team, the Wave Riders. I traveled to Seneca College, the University of Waterloo, and Rick Hanson Secondary School for my FLL competitions, I have also been to Montreal for Zone 1. We worked diligently and eliminated all conflicts with consensus. The process for FLL is the best part, making each day unique. We were able to make a strong bond with each other because of the process. Though the idea of our product becoming reality was terrifying, we used that for our inspiration. Competition days were hectic, but the rush of adrenaline is always exciting. Presentations on these days helped improve my concentration, performance, and confidence for the future. Overall, FLL engages everyone’s mind. Zebra Robotics’ has many benefits for the students. Before I came to Zebra Robotics, I wouldn’t be able to express my thoughts clearly and I couldn’t adapt to certain situations. I learned to become flexible with my new, developed skills. Flexibility is important for competitions because they require you to complete a variety of tasks efficiently. This skill allowed me to adapt and problem solve. Robotics helps students realize their passions and what they are able to do. Kids who learn robotics early on will be more likely to understand their future pathways. I have also learned to be a team player and a leader as I learned to communicate clearly. Furthermore, robotics has thought me to respect my peers. I was able to learn the essential skills needed for future work at Zebra Robotics and I learned how to use them for competitions and problem-solving.


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Mississauga 0 2
  • Zodiac Day Camp


    Toronto, Ontario
    4 reviews

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    Although operating as a day camp, Zodiac Camp looks to provide an overnight camp flavour, by providing tons of spirit, theme programs and creativity. Staff are warm, kind, sensitive and enthusiastic, the belief rightly being that no matter how great the program and activities are, it is the counsellors and other staff who truly make the camp environment vibrant, welcoming and exciting. Small ratios ensure campers receive personal attention from staff. 


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    Parent & camper reviews of Zodiac Day Camp

    Grateful

    Rebecca (parent )

    I just want to express my sincere gratitude for all your efforts with my child this summer. I really felt that you had her best interests in mind and tried very hard to create a positive experience for her. She has told me many times that she loves Zodiac so thank you again leaving her with such a positive feeling about camp.

    So Impressed

    Gillian (parent )

    My son and I are both devastated that camp is over. He had the most amazing time I cannot even tell you how impressed we are with everything. The bus staff, the amazing programming, it’s just amazing. Thank you for everything!

    Amazing Experience

    Susan (parent )

    My daughter has had an amazing experience at camp. She has loved the variety of activities from yoga to rock climbing and has progressed so much in the swim program. We have been so pleased!


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Toronto 0 4

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