Chess camps

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Chess camps bring together young chess players to learn and play together and challenge each other to improve. Below, find kids’ camps that specialize in chess as well as those offering chess activities. Below the lists of camps, find more information about chess camps near you, benefits kids gain from chess, and more. Read more




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Programs specializing in Chess (2 results)

Camps and programs listed below are focused mainly on chess play.

VIRTUAL
Chess
Chess Camp
Aug 15 - Aug 19, 2022

  • Online
  • Age 10 to 17 (Coed)
  • From $100
Online

Learn strategy, focus on logical thinking, and have fun! Visit website

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  • Scarborough, Toronto
  • Age 12 to 18 (Coed)
  • From $325
TorontoScarboroughScarboroughOntario

For campers lessons are a great way to learn the skills necessary to play a game of chess such as how to move the pieces,. Visit website

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Programs offering Chess as an activity (22 results)

Camps and programs listed below will offer some chess as part of a broader schedule of activities.

  • Caledon, ON
  • Age 4 to 12 (Coed)
  • From $250
CaledonOntario

We are a community oriented and traditional style day camp. We provide a variety of both indoor and outdoor activities. Visit website

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  • Ajax, ON
  • Age 12 to 14 (Coed)
  • From $139
AjaxOntario

We provide enrichment opportunities to generate valuable learning & skill development in an exciting & inclusive environment. Visit website

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  • Stratford, ON
  • Age 4 to 12 (Coed)
  • From $144
StratfordOntario

As Canada’s largest camp provider, the YMCA of Three Rivers (YTR) offers a safe and engaging camp experience for all. Visit website

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  • Ajax, ON
  • Age 4 to 5 (Coed)
  • From $139
AjaxOntario

We provide enrichment opportunities to generate valuable learning & skill development in an exciting & inclusive environment. Visit website

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  • Land O' Lakes Tourist Region, ON
  • Age 6 to 18+ (Coed)
  • From $950
Land O' Lakes Tourist RegionOntario

Camp Dreamwood is unlike many camps, offering a unique, inclusive program for all campers. Visit website

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  • Online
  • Age 4 to 18+ (Coed)
  • From $95
Online

Group classes and tutoring for STEM programming (Science, Tech, Engineering and Math). In-person and virtual program options. Visit website

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  • Clarington, ON
  • Age 12 to 14 (Coed)
  • From $139
ClaringtonOntario

Kids of all skill levels learn basketball, soccer, volleyball and other sports from our high quality instructors Visit website

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  • Ajax, ON
  • Age 9 to 11 (Coed)
  • From $139
AjaxOntario

We provide enrichment opportunities to generate valuable learning & skill development in an exciting & inclusive environment. Visit website

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  • Online
  • Age 15 to 18 (Coed)
  • From $1,000
Online

Our team of strategists, tutors, and mentors are former admissions officers and graduates from top universities! Visit website

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  • Online
  • Age 4 to 18+ (Coed)
  • From $95
Online

Tutoring for kids and youth. Feel more comfortable speaking, reading and writing in French. Virtual or In-peron available. Visit website

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  • Ajax, ON
  • Age 13 to 17 (Coed)
  • From $278
AjaxOntario

Our Music and STEM based camps will keep students engaged while uncovering skills and talents in the Arts and Sciences Visit website

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  • Clarington, ON
  • Age 4 to 5 (Coed)
  • From $139
ClaringtonOntario

Kids of all skill levels learn basketball, soccer, volleyball and other sports from our high quality instructors Visit website

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  • Clarington, ON
  • Age 6 to 8 (Coed)
  • From $139
ClaringtonOntario

Kids of all skill levels learn basketball, soccer, volleyball and other sports from our high quality instructors. Visit website

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  • Ajax, ON
  • Age 6 to 8 (Coed)
  • From $139
AjaxOntario

We provide enrichment opportunities to generate valuable learning & skill development in an exciting & inclusive environment. Visit website

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  • Clarington, ON
  • Age 9 to 11 (Coed)
  • From $139
ClaringtonOntario

Kids of all skill levels learn basketball, soccer, volleyball and other sports from our high quality instructors Visit website

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  • Ajax, ON
  • Age 4 to 13 (Coed)
  • From $278
AjaxOntario

Summer program mixes Academics, Hands-On Learning, Once a week field trip and a variety of fun activities. Visit website

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  • Magog, QC
  • Age 8 to 16 (Coed)
  • From $4,575
MagogQuebec

Discover nature in a bilingual setting, where you choose your own activities! Create a schedule, try something new, explore! Visit website

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OVERNIGHT
Traditional
Summer Camp
Jul 03 - Aug 20, 2022

  • Huntsville, ON
  • Age 7 to 15 (Coed)
  • From $460
HuntsvilleOntario

Kwasind is a Christian camp that is large enough to provide lots of program options and small enough that every kids is known Visit website

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  • Markham, ON
  • Age 7 to 13 (Coed)
  • From $200
MarkhamOntario

UMS Adventure camp offers a wide variety of exciting experiences for day campers ages 7-13. Visit website

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  • Online
  • Age 4 to 18+ (Coed)
  • From $95
Online

Improve english and language scores, prepare for a test, build confidence in the English language. In-person also available. Visit website

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  • Parry Sound, ON
  • Age 6 to 18 (Coed)
  • From $5,553
Parry SoundOntario

Campers with learning disabilities, ADHD and high-functioning ASD have the opportunity to experience success at Camp Kodiak! Visit website

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  • Online
  • Age 4 to 18+ (Coed)
  • From $95
Online

Private or group math sessions and tutoring. Online or in-person. Visit website

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Benefits of chess camp

Participation in a chess camp offers a number of benefits for kids. These include the following:

It develops strategic thinking. Chess is all about planning and foresight, of course. Kids who develop their interest in chess early gain a leg up in this area. To win a chess match, you need to think several moves ahead. The more you play, the more strategic your thinking becomes. Kids learn to plan, to mental map, and to think through possibilities quicker, the more they apply themselves to chess play. 

It increases concentration and memory. Studies show that kids who play chess regularly have significantly better visual memory and concentration.  Chess play rewards focus. 

Kids learn to take calculated risks. A study published in 2021 showed that kids who play chess regularly learned how to calculate risk and were less likely to be risk averse. In a typical game of chess there are sacrifices made, and kids learn to consider the net gain of moves. Kids with chess playing experience were able to evaluate risks more effectively. “The line between necessary calculated risk-taking and reckless behaviour is sometimes difficult to determine. Learning chess can help bridge that gap," said the study’s authors. 

Kids develop logic, critical thinking, and creativity. Chess exercises both the right and left sides of the brain. In chess play, you consider the logic of every move and try to foresee an opponent’s counter-moves several steps in advance. Players must also use their imagination. Robert Ferguson of Pennsylvania’s American Chess School conducted a study comparing kids who play chess versus those who play video games. Chess players scored 13 percentage points higher in critical thinking and 35 percentage points higher in creative thinking.

It gets kids away from screens.  Developing and nurturing kids’ interest in chess helps them stay away from phones, social media, and binge-watching. Screen time diminishes their ability to concentrate and has been shown to have detrimental effects on mental health. It’s also shown to contribute to obesity, low self esteem and can lead to poorer academic performance, among a host of other ills.

Kids improve social connections. Chess is an interactive game, and chess camps multiply this interactivity. Children develop their connection to others across the chess board, even as they compete. In a camp environment, they meet and play against other enthusiasts from their area, grow friendships, and deepen their enthusiasm for the game together. It’s a healthy way of competing and learning from each other.

Looking to do more research?

Camp might seem like an easy decision, but it’s not. There are many types of camps—in fact, there are many types of computer programming camps! It’s best to get a sense of the landscape before you make your decision. A great place to start is the Our Kids camp expo, held each winter in Toronto. You’ll find many camps there, including computer programming camps, and you can speak with directors, staff, and campers. We also offer valuable information sessions at the expo.

Related camps

For young chess aficionados whose first taste of camp is a chess camp like those above, other camps might develop chess skills and encourage related interests. Here are some suggestions:

Math camp can improve kids’ abstract thinking and introduce and improve some advanced mathematics skills.

Coding camp is an opportunity to develop programming skills and improve logic. While this learning might apply to improved chess play, on another hand, it’s also a means of applying some skills kids learn on the chess board and applying those to something eminently practical and potentially career-oriented (and lucrative!) 

Other game-oriented camps include LEGO camp and Minecraft camp

Sources and further reading

"Playing chess improves children's capacity to take calculated risks, study finds." ABC.net. Emma Siossian and Cameron Marshall

"7 benefits of chess for kids." Mybrainblox.com


Frequently Asked Questions

How many Chess camps are there?
There are 2 programs specializing in Chess. In addition, there are 22 programs offering chess as an activity. Use the filters to narrow by age and program type, then click on matched programs to see daily activities, dates, rates and registration information.

What are the fees to attend Chess camps?
Fees for Chess camps range from $100 to $325 per program (program types and lengths vary). Use the filters here to narrow programs by age and type.

What age do Chess camps start at?
There are programs available for children aged 10 through 18.

Where can parents meet with Chess camps?
Meet with program directors and staff at the Our Kids Camp & Program Expo. The Expo is held annually in February, and is a fun and informative day for parents, kids, and teens. Find event details and free tickets here.


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