Camps that promote courage

Develop inner strength and confidence, and learn the value of facing fear

Courage is:
• Willingness and ability to face fears and try new things
• Tolerance for uncertainty
• Social confidence

“Camps foster courage,” says Sarde Matti, in part because “[they don't have] the added pressure of performance that might accompany a more traditional, academic setting.” Below the listings, learn more from registered social worker Matti, parents and campers discussing the importance of camp to the development of courage. Read more




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Camps that help kids grow in courage (84 results)

The following camps help kids and teens grow in courage.

  • Mont-Tremblant, QC
  • Age 7 to 15 (Boys)
  • From $3,850
Mont-TremblantQuebec

Learn new skills, live an outdoor experience sleeping in a tent & choose to embark on a wilderness canoe trip! Visit website

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  • Mont-Tremblant, QC
  • Age 7 to 15 (Boys)
  • From $4,750
Mont-TremblantQuebec

Learn new skills, live an outdoor experience sleeping in a tent & choose to embark on a wilderness canoe trip! Visit website

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  • Temagami, ON
  • Age 11 to 17 (Boys)
  • From $5,650
TemagamiOntario

Dedicated to the need to explore, embark on an adventure, challenge themselves, develop independence & experience the unknown Visit website

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  • Uptown, Toronto
  • Age 12 to 13 (Coed)
  • From $420
TorontoUptownUptownOntario

Campers will develop techniques and strategies for being a confident and competent leader in a camp environment. Visit website

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  • Mont-Tremblant, QC
  • Age 7 to 15 (Boys)
  • From $3,850
Mont-TremblantQuebec

Learn new skills, live an outdoor experience sleeping in a tent & choose to embark on a wilderness canoe trip! Visit website

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  • Lakefield, ON
  • Age 13 to 18 (Coed)
  • From $465
LakefieldOntario

Build dance and choreography skills while collaborating on dance performances. Visit website

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  • Online
  • Age 5 to 18 (Coed)
  • From $150
Online

Camp is uniquely valuable because it provides students with a high quantity of teaching and practice hours within a few days. Visit website

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  • Lakefield, ON
  • Age 13 to 18 (Coed)
  • From $1,235
LakefieldOntario

Build dance and choreography skills while collaborating on dance performances. Visit website

,154,5,22,259,258,165,265,288,overnightcamp,coed,123513-182023-07-012023-08-01
  • Vancouver, BC
  • Age 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • From $525
VancouverBritish Columbia

For beginners, no experience needed! Students will explore their instruments through musical games and activities. Visit website

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  • 100 Mile House, BC
  • Age 9 to 11 (Coed)
  • From $740
100 Mile HouseBritish Columbia

This exciting 5-day course is packed full of adventure and exploration! Visit website

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DAY CAMP
Debate
Model UN Camp
Jun 26 - Jul 21, 2023

  • Uptown, Toronto
  • Age 12 to 13 (Coed)
  • From $525
TorontoUptownUptownOntario

Learn the purpose and function of the United Nations and finish with an age-appropriate Model UN simulation. Visit website

,362,2,97,daycamp,coed,52512-132023-06-012023-07-01
  • Uptown, Toronto
  • Age 12 to 13 (Coed)
  • From $420
TorontoUptownUptownOntario

Learn how to create and sell a product or service; from finding market & gearing ads towards target demographic. Visit website

,135,2,278,daycamp,coed,42012-132023-08-01
  • Online
  • Age 12 to 14 (Coed)
  • From $140
Online

This workshop exposes students to ground-breaking insights about how great world geniuses conceived their ideas. Visit website

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  • Haliburton Highlands, ON
  • Age 15 to 15 (Coed)
  • From $4,101
Haliburton HighlandsOntario

Powerful leadership skills and a challenging wilderness environment for them to learn and grow Visit website

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  • Lakefield, ON
  • Age 13 to 18 (Coed)
  • From $6,925
LakefieldOntario

Strengthen your English fluency while learning to camp, hike and paddle on wilderness adventures. Visit website

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  • Vancouver, BC
  • Age 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • From $525
VancouverBritish Columbia

Students learn & practice music of 60's & 70's rock icons, culminating in a live performance on the last day! Visit website

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  • Online
  • Age 4 to 18+ (Coed)
  • From $500
Online

We can guarantee you your entrance to Canada best universities and colleges! Call us today! Visit website

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  • Hamilton, ON
  • Age 6 to 17 (Coed)
  • From $140
HamiltonOntario

Our award-winning instructors will help you develop your voice, grow your confidence and bring screen characters to life. Visit website

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  • Hamilton, ON
  • Age 6 to 17 (Coed)
  • From $108
HamiltonOntario

Our award-winning voice instructors will help you develop your voice, grow your confidence and get qualified. Visit website

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  • Vancouver, BC
  • Age 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • From $525
VancouverBritish Columbia

Camp students learn & practice songs from the Beatles, culminating in a live performance on the last day! Visit website

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DAY CAMP
Sports
Explorer Camp
Jun 26 - Aug 18, 2023

  • Uptown, Toronto
  • Age 6 to 7 (Coed)
  • From $420
TorontoUptownUptownOntario

For campers who are looking for a fun, exciting, and enriching way to spend their summer days. Visit website

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  • Hamilton; Vaughan, ON
  • Age 11 to 15 (Coed)
  • From $440
HamiltonVaughanOntario

Students will engage in classical rhetoric, debate, study logical reasoning, fallacies and be inspired by historical speeches Visit website

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  • Mont-Tremblant, QC
  • Age 7 to 15 (Boys)
  • From $5,850
Mont-TremblantQuebec

Learn new skills, live an outdoor experience sleeping in a tent & choose to embark on a wilderness canoe trip! Visit website

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  • Parry Sound, ON
  • Age 7 to 16 (Girls)
  • From $2,485
Parry SoundOntario

Encourage girls to be brave, discover strength while connecting with each other Visit website

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  • Uptown, Toronto
  • Age 10 to 11 (Coed)
  • From $525
TorontoUptownUptownOntario

Campers will have fun while learning how money works and developing good financial habits, an essential life skill. Visit website

,278,2,daycamp,coed,52510-112023-07-01
  • Vaughan, Toronto
  • Age 14 to 18 (Coed)
  • From $440
TorontoNorth-YorkNorth-YorkVaughanOntario

Students will engage in classical rhetoric, debate, study logical reasoning, fallacies and be inspired by historical speeches Visit website

,196,2,32,97,181,programclass,coed,44014-182023-01-01
  • Mont-Tremblant, QC
  • Age 7 to 15 (Boys)
  • From $2,450
Mont-TremblantQuebec

Learn new skills, live an outdoor experience sleeping in a tent & choose to embark on a wilderness canoe trip! Visit website

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  • Mont-Tremblant, QC
  • Age 7 to 15 (Boys)
  • From $7,350
Mont-TremblantQuebec

Learn new skills, live an outdoor experience sleeping in a tent & choose to embark on a wilderness canoe trip! Visit website

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  • Thornhill, ON
  • Age 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • From $62
ThornhillOntario

Train with professional basketball coaches in ball mastery, specific step-by-step skill training, dynamic games, and drills Visit website

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  • Port Carling, ON
  • Age 8 to 12 (Coed)
  • From $725
Port CarlingOntario

Junior Camp is loved by children 8-12 old years across Ontario. Come enjoy some amazing time on Lake Rosseau! Visit website

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  • Mont-Tremblant, QC
  • Age 7 to 15 (Boys)
  • From $4,750
Mont-TremblantQuebec

Learn new skills, live an outdoor experience sleeping in a tent & choose to embark on a wilderness canoe trip! Visit website

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  • Online
  • Age 4 to 18+ (Coed)
  • From $150
Online

We guarantee better grades in all matters. We use the matching learning style to maximize each child's learning ability. Visit website

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  • Vancouver, BC
  • Age 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • From $525
VancouverBritish Columbia

For beginners, no experience needed! Students will explore their instruments through musical games and activities. Visit website

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  • Mont-Tremblant, QC
  • Age 7 to 15 (Boys)
  • From $3,050
Mont-TremblantQuebec

Learn new skills, live an outdoor experience sleeping in a tent & choose to embark on a wilderness canoe trip! Visit website

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  • Uptown, Toronto
  • Age 10 to 11 (Coed)
  • From $525
TorontoUptownUptownOntario

Challenge campers will enjoy fun activities that challenge them to work collaboratively using a holistic approach. Visit website

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  • Rosseau, ON
  • Age 6 to 16 (Coed)
  • From $1,299
RosseauOntario

Muskoka Woods is a place like no other featuring an unmatched activity schedule and led by trustworthy staff. Visit website

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OVERNIGHT
Traditional
CLASSIC
Aug 27 - Sep 01, 2023

  • Rosseau, ON
  • Age 13 to 16 (Coed)
  • From $1,579
RosseauOntario

Exclusive TEEN ONLY camp from August 27 – September 1. The perfect way to end your summer. Visit website

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  • Mont-Tremblant, QC
  • Age 7 to 15 (Boys)
  • From $2,450
Mont-TremblantQuebec

Learn new skills, live an outdoor experience sleeping in a tent & choose to embark on a wilderness canoe trip! Visit website

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  • Uptown, Toronto
  • Age 12 to 13 (Coed)
  • From $525
TorontoUptownUptownOntario

Campers will have a blast learning about investing with a hands-on, age-appropriate curriculum, filled with games and lessons Visit website

,278,2,daycamp,coed,52512-132023-07-012023-08-01

  • Uptown, Toronto
  • Age 8 to 9 (Coed)
  • From $420
TorontoUptownUptownOntario

Adventure camp is the perfect place for campers who are looking for a fun, exciting, and enriching way to spend their summer Visit website

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  • Throughout Ontario (3)
  • Age 9 to 11 (Coed)
  • From $440
TorontoNorth-YorkNorth-YorkHamiltonVaughanOntario

Students will engage in classical rhetoric, debate, study logical reasoning, fallacies and be inspired by historical speeches Visit website

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PROGRAM
Dance
Performing Arts
Kids Dance
Sep 06, 2022 - Jun 25, 2023

  • Hamilton, ON
  • Age 6 to 9 (Coed)
  • From $70
HamiltonOntario

Our award-winning dance instructors will help you develop technique, grow your confidence and get qualified. Visit website

,154,5,22,257,259,258,165,265,288,59,programclass,coed,706-92022-09-012022-10-012022-11-012022-12-012023-01-012023-02-012023-03-012023-04-012023-05-012023-06-01
  • Hamilton, ON
  • Age 6 to 17 (Coed)
  • From $140
HamiltonOntario

Our award-winning acting instructors will help you develop your presence, grow your confidence and get qualified. Visit website

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  • Hamilton, ON
  • Age 6 to 17 (Coed)
  • From $108
HamiltonOntario

Our award-winning instrumental teachers will help you develop your musicianship, grow your confidence and get qualified. Visit website

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  • Richmond Hill, ON
  • Age 12 to 15 (Coed)
  • From $1,100
Richmond HillOntario

Skill building in the areas of teamwork, communication, leadership and goal setting in a fun summer camp environment! Visit website

,298,6,41,10,5,9,173,123,134,67,177,159,88,2,91,33,24,314,268,12,3,347,327,223,54,56,322,daycamp,coed,110012-152023-07-012023-08-01
  • Mont-Tremblant, QC
  • Age 7 to 15 (Boys)
  • From $6,300
Mont-TremblantQuebec

Learn new skills, live an outdoor experience sleeping in a tent & choose to embark on a wilderness canoe trip! Visit website

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  • Online
  • Age 4 to 18+ (Coed)
  • From $150
Online

Better grades guaranteed or your money back for any child! Visit website

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PROGRAM
Dance
Performing Arts
Tot Dance
Sep 06, 2022 - Jun 25, 2023

  • Hamilton, ON
  • Age 3 to 5 (Coed)
  • From $65
HamiltonOntario

Our award-winning dance instructors will help you develop technique, grow your confidence and get qualified. Visit website

,154,5,22,257,259,258,165,265,288,59,programclass,coed,653-52022-09-012022-10-012022-11-012022-12-012023-01-012023-02-012023-03-012023-04-012023-05-012023-06-01
  • Hamilton, ON
  • Age 6 to 17 (Coed)
  • From $280
HamiltonOntario

Our award-winning dance instructors will help you develop technique, grow your confidence and get qualified. Visit website

,154,5,22,257,259,258,165,265,288,59,programclass,coed,2806-172022-09-012022-10-012022-11-012022-12-012023-01-012023-02-012023-03-012023-04-012023-05-012023-06-01
  • Haliburton Highlands, ON
  • Age 6 to 12 (Coed)
  • From $1,495
Haliburton HighlandsOntario

Enjoy a single week with others who are new to the Can-Aqua Experience. Visit website

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  • Mont-Tremblant, QC
  • Age 7 to 15 (Boys)
  • From $3,050
Mont-TremblantQuebec

Learn new skills, live an outdoor experience sleeping in a tent & choose to embark on a wilderness canoe trip! Visit website

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  • Brampton, ON
  • Age 8 to 12 (Coed)
  • From $525
BramptonOntario

Martial Arts classes work on keeping the body and the mind active. Have fun while practicing a little self-control. Visit website

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  • Brampton, ON
  • Age 13 to 16 (Coed)
  • From $525
BramptonOntario

Online Martial Arts classes working on keeping the body and the mind active. Have fun while practicing a little self-control. Visit website

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  • Toronto (2)
  • Age 6 to 8 (Coed)
  • From $565
TorontoEtobicoke, UptownEtobicokeUptownOntario

Start learning Mandarin with our Voyagers program for beginner & intermediate students! Visit website

,337,5,10,9,173,123,79,2,97,270,19,programclass,coed,5656-82022-10-012022-11-012022-12-01
  • Online
  • Age 6 to 8 (Coed)
  • From $425
Online

Start learning Mandarin online with our Voyagers program for beginner & intermediate students! Visit website

,337,5,10,9,173,123,79,2,97,270,19,virtualprogram,coed,4256-82022-10-012022-11-012022-12-01
  • Brampton, ON
  • Age 13 to 16 (Coed)
  • From $130
BramptonOntario

Train martial arts from the comfort of your home, stay fit, reduce anxiety. Separate online classes for children, teens. Visit website

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  • Online
  • Age 8 to 18+ (Coed)
  • From $80
Online

MathRx strengthens the brain skills needed to easily understand math concepts, solve problems, and perform calculations. Visit website

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  • Brampton, ON
  • Age 5 to 11 (Coed)
  • From $240
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Karate camp for kids is much more than karate. Social Games, Bully Prevention, Fitness, Goal Setting, and more Visit website

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  • Brampton, ON
  • Age 5 to 7 (Coed)
  • From $525
BramptonOntario

Martial Arts classes work on keeping the body and the mind active. Have fun while practicing a little self-control. Visit website

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  • Online
  • Age 4 to 5 (Coed)
  • From $325
Online

Mandarin Explorers online for 4-5 years is a fun & engaging way for children to meet new friends and learn Mandarin together! Visit website

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  • Toronto (2)
  • Age 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • From $565
TorontoEtobicoke, UptownEtobicokeUptownOntario

Start learning Mandarin with our Voyagers program for beginner & intermediate students! Visit website

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  • Toronto (2)
  • Age 1 to 4 (Coed)
  • From $425
TorontoEtobicoke, UptownEtobicokeUptownOntario

Mandarin Explorers for Under 4 years is a fun and engaging way for children to explore learning Mandarin! Visit website

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  • Toronto (2)
  • Age 4 to 5 (Coed)
  • From $425
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Mandarin Explorers for 4-5 years old is a fun and engaging way for children to meet new friends and learn Mandarin together! Visit website

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  • Online
  • Age 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • From $425
Online

Start learning Mandarin online with our Voyagers program for beginner & intermediate students! Visit website

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  • Richmond Hill, ON
  • Age 8 to 18+ (Coed)
  • From $80
Richmond HillOntario

MathRx strengthens the brain skills needed to easily understand math concepts, solve problems, and perform calculations. Visit website

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  • Huntsville, ON
  • Age 7 to 16 (Coed)
  • From $1,175
HuntsvilleOntario

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  • Ajax, ON
  • Age 6 to 11 (Coed)
  • From $145
AjaxOntario

Focus on developing core soccer skills, agility, balance, coordination and speed. Interactive games, drills and skills. Visit website

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  • Burlington, ON
  • Age 13 to 15 (Coed)
  • From $499
BurlingtonOntario

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  • Ajax, ON
  • Age 6 to 8 (Coed)
  • From $145
AjaxOntario

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  • Ottawa, ON
  • Age 8 to 10 (Coed)
  • From $230
OttawaOntario

Cubs embark on outdoor adventures like hikes, camping & paddling, and explore fun activities in STEM & cultural experiences. Visit website

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  • Huntsville, ON
  • Age 10 to 16 (Coed)
  • From $1,490
HuntsvilleOntario

Campers enjoy 3 hours of water skiing daily, plus 1 camp activity and fitness and wellness training. Visit website

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  • Ajax, ON
  • Age 6 to 8 (Coed)
  • From $145
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Focus on developing core soccer skills, agility, balance, coordination and speed. Interactive games, drills and skills. Visit website

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  • Ajax, ON
  • Age 4 to 5 (Coed)
  • From $145
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Focus on developing core basketball skills, agility, balance, coordination and speed. Interactive games, drills and skills. Visit website

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  • Bracebridge, ON
  • Age 14 to 15 (Coed)
  • From $2,040
BracebridgeOntario

This life-changing experience will set you up for success through skill development and an 8-day canoe trip. Visit website

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  • Ajax, ON
  • Age 6 to 14 (Coed)
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  • Parry Sound, ON
  • Age 6 to 8 (Girls)
  • From $300
Parry SoundOntario

For girls who are looking to take the first step in their overnight camping experience check out our Stepping Stones program. Visit website

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  • Bracebridge, ON
  • Age 6 to 9 (Coed)
  • From $425
BracebridgeOntario

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  • Ajax, ON
  • Age 6 to 11 (Coed)
  • From $145
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  • Online
  • Age 6 to 18+ (Coed)
  • From $0
Online

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  • Bruce Peninsula, ON
  • Age 7 to 16 (Coed)
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  • Age 19 to 18+ (Girls)
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  • Ajax, ON
  • Age 6 to 14 (Coed)
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AjaxOntario

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  • Huntsville, ON
  • Age 7 to 16 (Coed)
  • From $1,385
HuntsvilleOntario

Featuring 10 intensive hours of on-ice skill development, 2 chosen camp activities daily plus fitness or wellness training. Visit website

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  • Ajax, ON
  • Age 4 to 5 (Coed)
  • From $145
AjaxOntario

Focus on developing core soccer skills, agility, balance, coordination and speed. Interactive games, drills and skills. Visit website

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Definitions of courage

“Courage is the ability to stand in the face of and move through experiences of adversity, uncertainty and uncomfortable feelings like anxiety, fear and pain,” says Sarde Matti,  a registered clinical social worker who works with youth and young adults experiencing mental health complications. Courage is a precursor to confidence and resilience in her view. “It’s so easy to fall into a critical narrative of ourselves. Courageous behaviour [rewards us] with confidence,” she explains. “If we take steps to move through uncomfortable feelings we can show ourselves at any point in life that we have the capacity to bounce back, instead of allowing those feelings to burden us or hold us back from achieving our goals.”

Ask Hailey, a former camper at Radiant Girls, and she’ll tell you that courage consists of “putting others before yourself and just doing the right thing before it’s even asked.” She believes courage she's developed in camp helps her in difficult situations, and encourages her to take ownership of mistakes. 

What does courage look like?

Sometimes, even in adulthood, Matti explains, “we’re prevented from doing things that make us uncomfortable or vulnerable, whereas children are naturally inquisitive, explorative and curious. Childhood is the optimal time to develop [courage] so it can be refined as time goes on.” The skill of courage, she believes, can grow throughout our lives as we diversify our experiences.

 

Very young children interpret courage as the ability to demonstrate bravery in fearful situations, such as going on a rollercoaster or learning to ride a bike. As they get older, they begin to associate courage with psychological fears, the risks involved and whether or not they can overcome it. Examples of this include standing up to bullying, owning up to a mistake or asking for help when you need support. Courage provides an individual with the ability to step out of their comfort zone and move past negative feelings or thoughts. “Being able to say I need help or support, being able to be vulnerable and share your thoughts and experiences is so courageous,” according to Matti. “I think if you look for it, you can see courage in everyday moments.”

Courage provides an individual with the ability to step out of their comfort zone and move past negative feelings or thoughts.

Hailey illustrates from her Radiant Girls’ experience how she learned courage in the past. “When I was rock climbing, I got blisters from the rope,” she says, “I was a bit moody about it and I was being rude to the other girls.” Gina Faubert, director of Radiant Girls camp, pulled her aside for a chat. “I was afraid that if I said sorry, their opinion wouldn’t change and it wouldn’t mean a thing.” Gina told Hailey that it would be courageous of her to do the right thing. It was a lesson that stuck with her. 

As we get older, we begin to associate courage with psychological challenges. Maddy Wells took on just such a challenge when she took part in an Outward Bound West Coast Discovery course in Clayoquot Sound. The point of Outward Bound programs is precisely to get young people out of their comfort zones. For her, the physical difficulties of the Outward Bound course were prodigious, but the bigger challenge was overcoming her own feelings of limitation. Outward Bound helps older kids challenge those limits, just as they’re learning about who they are and where they fit in the world. Like Wells, teens in these programs often discover they can exceed those challenges. At the end of it, she says, “I felt so much peace. I had done something I never thought I could achieve. I had told myself my whole life that someone such as myself could never deserve an experience like this, but I was wrong. I learned a lot about myself ... I had the ability to empower others and myself, and I had the strength to push myself mentally and physically further than I believed possible.”

How to develop courage

Kids develop courage when they persevere through uncertainty or uncomfortable feelings. Although new environments can create negative emotions and challenges, it’s important to expose them to settings that will foster and develop courage. Matti believes that social environments “naturally diversify a child’s experiences [because] children are exposed to new people, settings and activities.” 

Camps and recreational programs are particularly unique, in her opinion, because “[they foster] courage building by allowing children to explore through play and fun without the added, perceived pressure of performance that might accompany a more traditional, academic setting.”

Similarly, Hailey believes she learned one-of-a-kind lessons in courage through camp. “It really changed me as a person,” she says. One activity in particular resonated strongly with her.

She explains, “[Gina] told us to write a letter to our so-called enemy and just write all the nasty things we could think of them, and then afterwards, we’d crumple it up and burn it.” The exercise was symbolic of forgiving yourself and the other person you might have negative feelings towards. “That’s something that really stuck with me,” she says.  

Matti believes an effective way to teach courage to children is to model it yourself. “Children are so impressionable”, she says. “If they see people in their environment doing courageous acts by working through adversities and feelings like anxiety or fear, it’s definitely influential and encouraging the child’s own behaviour.” 

She suggests that parents can have a discussion with children wherein they explain courage and demonstrate what it looks like. From there, they can encourage kids to exercise courage in their day-to-day life. Daily examples of courage can include participating in a class discussion, asking a friend for help on a homework question, or trying out for their school’s soccer team.

However, Matti also recommends reframing some situations for children, to show them when they are displaying courage to help them make the connection. For example, consider the child playing their first soccer game who may be typically critical of their rookie performance. “Show the child that they were actually demonstrating courage by taking initiative to engage in something new and move through feelings of anxiety or fear”, she says. “This is important to help them realize their own capacity for skill-building and to help them recognize that within themselves.” 

Finally, she stresses the importance of giving yourself permission to be imperfect. 

“Today in the digital age … children are influenced in regards to how to act, how to behave, what to purchase, etc. Creating safety for a child to be able to question and bring up those experiences is really important.” When your child demonstrates courage, boost this behaviour as much as possible. If your child falls off course, take the opportunity to give positive feedback and teach them there’s value in learning from the experience. Remember to support your child and let them know that you are there for them, every step of the way.

What are the benefits of courage?

Courage builds confidence and resilience, while also encouraging children to persevere in the face of adversity. Matti has worked with many youth who have mental health difficulties. For many of these kids, courage sets the stage for learning. “As we age and at any point in our lives, it’s so natural for us to fear the unknown and to avoid things that make us uncomfortable. If we can continue to question things and diversify our experiences then we’re always setting the stage for learning.” 

Courage is a key aspect of leadership, she adds. “The individuals who are taking risks”, she says, “who are making practice changes, who are making suggestions for quality improvement and innovation...these are all acts of courage!” Courage is an integral leadership skill when someone moves through feelings of doubt or fear, towards an attitude that makes them feel like they can accomplish what they put their mind to. 

Patience is key

Courage is a skill nurtured and developed as kids mature. Matti highlights the importance of acknowledging that sometimes, “the impacts of our acts of courage aren’t always seen right away.” It has ripple effects over time. “Don’t be discouraged and don’t allow children to be discouraged if they don’t have immediate gratification from that courageous act. Continue practicing that because it could have more of an impact than you know.”

She encourages individuals to try and identify courage within themselves. 

“Don’t misinterpret the anxiety, the fear, the pain or uncertainty as not having the capacity for courage. It’s the act of moving through these feelings that truly gives definition to courage,” she says. 

Want your child to grow in courage?

Camp is a great environment for fostering and developing courage because it exposes children to new experiences that may initially cause hesitancy, nervousness or doubt. At camp, your child will be required to work with others and participate in new activities, itself a demonstration of courage. This environment will help your child move through their negative feelings and gain confidence, resilience and leadership skills. 


Frequently Asked Questions

How many Camps that promote courage are there?
There are 84 camps that help kids grow in courage. 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 Camps that promote courage?
Fees for camps that help kids grow in courage range from FREE to $7,500 per program (program types and lengths vary). Use the filters here to narrow programs by age and type.

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