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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  • Burlington, ON
  • Age 5 to 13 (Coed)
  • From $129
BurlingtonOntario

Campers build their confidence and creativity because we foster an inclusive, engaging, and active summer camp experience! Read more

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OVERNIGHT
Traditional
Week 2
Jul 10 - Jul 16, 2022

  • Rosseau, ON
  • Age 6 to 16 (Coed)
  • From $1,249
RosseauOntario

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

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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. Read more

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Traditional
CLASSIC
Aug 28 - Sep 02, 2022

  • Rosseau, ON
  • Age 13 to 15 (Coed)
  • From $1,399
RosseauOntario

Exclusive TEEN ONLY camp from August 28 – September 2. The perfect way to end your summer. Read more

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  • Vancouver, BC
  • Age 8 to 12 (Coed)
  • From $1,000
VancouverBritish Columbia

Explore new and fun activities and learn how to face challenges from the outdoor adventure! Read more

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  • Temagami, ON
  • Age 11 to 17 (Boys)
  • From $5,400
TemagamiOntario

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

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Traditional
Week 3
Jul 17 - Jul 23, 2022

  • Rosseau, ON
  • Age 6 to 16 (Coed)
  • From $1,249
RosseauOntario

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

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  • Red Deer, AB
  • Age 5 to 13 (Coed)
  • From $129
Red DeerAlberta

Campers build their confidence and creativity because we foster an inclusive, engaging, and active summer camp experience! Read more

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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! Read more

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  • Haliburton Highlands, ON
  • Age 6 to 12 (Coed)
  • From $1,395
Haliburton HighlandsOntario

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

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  • Online
  • Age 6 to 12 (Coed)
  • From $250
Online

Mind boosting workshops and activities. Cooking & baking lessons, crafts, Storytime, dance, singing, art and so much more. Read more

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  • 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. Read more

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  • Lakefield, ON
  • Age 13 to 17 (Coed)
  • From $1,195
LakefieldOntario

Build dance and choreography skills while collaborating on dance performances drawn from nature. Read more

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  • Squamish, BC
  • Age 13 to 18 (Coed)
  • From $2,950
SquamishBritish Columbia

A unique, fun, and exciting experiential educational program that invites youth to learn and grow through challenges Read more

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  • Regina, SK
  • Age 5 to 13 (Coed)
  • From $129
ReginaSaskatchewan

Campers build their confidence and creativity because we foster an inclusive, engaging, and active summer camp experience! Read more

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  • Uptown, Toronto
  • Age 12 to 13 (Coed)
  • From $396
TorontoUptownUptownOntario

Campers will develop & challenge their wilderness abilities, learn about sustainable practice & develop leadership skills! Read more

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  • 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. Read more

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  • Vancouver, BC
  • Age 5 to 13 (Coed)
  • From $129
VancouverBritish Columbia

Campers build their confidence and creativity because we foster an inclusive, engaging, and active summer camp experience! Read more

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Traditional
Week 5
Jul 31 - Aug 06, 2022

  • Rosseau, ON
  • Age 6 to 16 (Coed)
  • From $1,199
RosseauOntario

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

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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. Read more

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  • Lakefield, ON
  • Age 13 to 17 (Coed)
  • From $450
LakefieldOntario

Build dance and choreography skills while collaborating on dance performances drawn from nature. Read more

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  • Winnipeg, MB
  • Age 5 to 13 (Coed)
  • From $129
WinnipegManitoba

Campers build their confidence and creativity because we foster an inclusive, engaging, and active summer camp experience! Read more

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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. Read more

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  • 100 Mile House, BC
  • Age 14 to 17 (Coed)
  • From $512
100 Mile HouseBritish Columbia

Dialogue and reflection regarding the relationship between our actions and environmental issues & the global climate crisis. Read more

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  • Uptown, Toronto
  • Age 10 to 11 (Coed)
  • From $396
TorontoUptownUptownOntario

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

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OVERNIGHT
Traditional
Week 7
Aug 14 - Aug 20, 2022

  • Rosseau, ON
  • Age 6 to 16 (Coed)
  • From $1,199
RosseauOntario

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

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OVERNIGHT
Traditional
Week 8
Aug 21 - Aug 27, 2022

  • Rosseau, ON
  • Age 6 to 16 (Coed)
  • From $1,199
RosseauOntario

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

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  • Uptown, Toronto
  • Age 6 to 9 (Coed)
  • From $396
TorontoUptownUptownOntario

Obstacle courses, hikes through our nature trail, problem-solving activities, and a variety of sports! Read more

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  • King, ON
  • Age 4 to 12 (Coed)
  • From $100
KingOntario

Learn about animals from Africa to the Arctic with games, art projects, a scavenger hunt and Friday's dress up day! Read more

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OVERNIGHT
Traditional
Week 4
Jul 24 - Jul 30, 2022

  • Rosseau, ON
  • Age 6 to 16 (Coed)
  • From $1,249
RosseauOntario

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

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  • 100 Mile House, BC
  • Age 14 to 17 (Coed)
  • From $512
100 Mile HouseBritish Columbia

Guided by our DEI trained facilitators and outdoor guides, we’ll create a safe space to learn and challenge each other! Read more

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  • Vancouver, BC
  • Age 5 to 17 (Coed)
  • From $800
VancouverBritish Columbia

🗓 June 25th to August 18th, 2022 📍 Vancouver (In-Person) & Zoom (Virtual) 📓 Open to all students in K-12 Read more

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  • Online
  • Age 7 to 9 (Coed)
  • From $700
Online

This course focuses on building the student’s presentation strategies, effectively using vocal skills and non-verbal cues. Read more

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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. Read more

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  • Uptown, Toronto
  • Age 12 to 13 (Coed)
  • From $495
TorontoUptownUptownOntario

Girls and boys in Challenge Camp Sr. will enjoy fun activities that challenge them to think critically and collaboratively! Read more

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OVERNIGHT
Traditional
Week 1
Jul 03 - Jul 09, 2022

  • Rosseau, ON
  • Age 6 to 16 (Coed)
  • From $1,199
RosseauOntario

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

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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. Read more

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  • East-End, Toronto
  • Age 13 to 15 (Coed)
  • From $300
TorontoEast-EndEast-EndOntario

We focus on resilience, joy, confidence, teamwork, perseverance and LAUGHTER! Read more

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  • Edmonton, AB
  • Age 5 to 13 (Coed)
  • From $129
EdmontonAlberta

Campers build their confidence and creativity because we foster an inclusive, engaging, and active summer camp experience! Read more

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  • Uptown, Toronto
  • Age 12 to 13 (Coed)
  • From $495
TorontoUptownUptownOntario

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

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OVERNIGHT
Traditional
Week 6
Aug 07 - Aug 13, 2022

  • Rosseau, ON
  • Age 6 to 16 (Coed)
  • From $1,199
RosseauOntario

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

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  • Washago, ON
  • Age 12 to 14 (Coed)
  • From $794
WashagoOntario

Practice your art while simultaneously developing leadership skills. Seek inspiration from like minded artist. Read more

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  • Haliburton Highlands, ON
  • Age 15 to 15 (Coed)
  • From $4,062
Haliburton HighlandsOntario

Powerful leadership skills and a challenging wilderness environment for them to learn and grow Read more

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VIRTUAL
Debate
Summer Debate Camp
Jun 25 - Aug 18, 2022

  • Online
  • Age 5 to 17 (Coed)
  • From $800
Online

🗓 June 25th to August 18th, 2022 📍 Vancouver (In-Person) & Zoom (Virtual) 📓 Open to all students in K-12 Read more

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  • Uptown, Toronto
  • Age 10 to 11 (Coed)
  • From $495
TorontoUptownUptownOntario

Girls and boys in Challenge Camp Jr. will enjoy fun activities that challenge them to think critically and collaboratively! Read more

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  • King, ON
  • Age 4 to 12 (Coed)
  • From $100
KingOntario

This week will have you saying- WHERE IS MY SUPER SUIT? Craft comical cartoons and compete in superhero challenges Read more

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  • Uptown, Toronto
  • Age 12 to 13 (Coed)
  • From $495
TorontoUptownUptownOntario

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

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  • Calgary, AB
  • Age 5 to 13 (Coed)
  • From $129
CalgaryAlberta

Campers build their confidence and creativity because we foster an inclusive, engaging, and active summer camp experience! Read more

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  • Lakefield, ON
  • Age 13 to 17 (Coed)
  • From $6,700
LakefieldOntario

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

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  • Port Carling, ON
  • Age 8 to 12 (Coed)
  • From $675
Port CarlingOntario

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

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  • Etobicoke, Toronto
  • Age 10 to 16 (Coed)
  • From $230
TorontoEtobicokeEtobicokeOntario

Your child will learn how to write words and music, discover sources of inspiration and sing their own songs. Read more

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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. Read more

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  • Online
  • Age 12 to 18+ (Coed)
  • From $120
Online

Your child will learn how to write words and music, discover sources of inspiration and sing their own songs. Read more

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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. Read more

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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 Read more

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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. Read more

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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. Read more

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  • Burlington, ON
  • Age 10 to 16 (Girls)
  • From $979
BurlingtonOntario

Overnight retreats include all classic camp experiences plus fireside chats, zip lining, and all-girls cabin experience. Read more

,48,6,41,81,133,5,10,9,173,123,69,360,342,2,88,91,366,33,275,145,24,19,320,1,153,319,329,276,87,28,3,328,161,225,252,overnightcamp,allgirls,97910-162022-08-01

  • 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. Read more

,48,6,256,5,133,287,37,59,288,361,337,10,9,296,173,355,123,333,349,177,67,159,344,2,160,281,129,357,50,130,314,268,320,1,153,319,12,3,347,323,54,27,28,221,139,161,188,0,daycamp,coed,2007-132022-07-012022-08-01
  • Eganville, ON
  • Age 8 to 16 (Coed)
  • From $499
EganvilleOntario

In the horsemanship beginner program you will learn new riding skills for 1 hr. a day with many other camp skills added! Read more

,10,5,9,69,16,3,322,25,31,56,8,224,21,26,347,30,36,346,222,221,60,63,360,88,2,91,daycamp,coed,4998-162022-07-012022-08-01
  • Downtown, Toronto
  • Age 11 to 14 (Coed)
  • From $450
TorontoDowntownDowntownOntario

Come join us for an inspiring week dancing with professionals from all industries. Read more

,154,5,22,257,259,258,165,265,288,360,9,daycamp,coed,45011-142022-08-01
  • Downtown, Toronto
  • Age 6 to 8 (Coed)
  • From $375
TorontoDowntownDowntownOntario

This fun-filled multi-activity camp features hip hop, acro, parkour, yoga, acting, crafts, games and challenges. Read more

,258,5,22,165,197,345,59,288,10,9,328,3,161,daycamp,coed,3756-82022-08-01
  • Huntsville, ON
  • Age 7 to 16 (Coed)
  • From $1,125
HuntsvilleOntario

Spend an action-packed day of "fun in the sun" participating in a variety of land and/or water activities. Read more

,48,6,81,10,5,9,320,1,153,276,8,3,63,347,324,36,346,16,322,25,31,49,56,64,161,188,0,overnightcamp,coed,11257-162022-07-012022-08-01
PROGRAM
Traditional
Adventure
Cub Scouts
Dec 23, 2021 - Dec 31, 2037

  • 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. Read more

,48,6,298,81,256,5,133,10,9,134,366,2,91,33,24,268,8,3,224,11,347,12,327,54,21,36,346,52,367,28,51,221,16,322,25,31,49,56,44,225,188,0,252,programclass,coed,2308-102021-12-012022-01-012022-02-012022-03-012022-04-012022-05-012022-06-012022-07-012022-08-012022-09-012022-10-012022-11-012022-12-012023-01-012023-02-012023-03-012023-04-012023-05-012023-06-012023-07-012023-08-012023-09-012023-10-012023-11-012023-12-012024-01-012024-02-012024-03-012024-04-012024-05-012024-06-012024-07-012024-08-012024-09-012024-10-012024-11-012024-12-012025-01-012025-02-012025-03-012025-04-012025-05-012025-06-012025-07-012025-08-012025-09-012025-10-012025-11-012025-12-012026-01-012026-02-012026-03-012026-04-012026-05-012026-06-012026-07-012026-08-012026-09-012026-10-012026-11-012026-12-012027-01-012027-02-012027-03-012027-04-012027-05-012027-06-012027-07-012027-08-012027-09-012027-10-012027-11-012027-12-012028-01-012028-02-012028-03-012028-04-012028-05-012028-06-012028-07-012028-08-012028-09-012028-10-012028-11-012028-12-012029-01-012029-02-012029-03-012029-04-012029-05-012029-06-012029-07-012029-08-012029-09-012029-10-012029-11-012029-12-012030-01-012030-02-012030-03-012030-04-012030-05-012030-06-012030-07-012030-08-012030-09-012030-10-012030-11-012030-12-012031-01-012031-02-012031-03-012031-04-012031-05-012031-06-012031-07-012031-08-012031-09-012031-10-012031-11-012031-12-012032-01-012032-02-012032-03-012032-04-012032-05-012032-06-012032-07-012032-08-012032-09-012032-10-012032-11-012032-12-012033-01-012033-02-012033-03-012033-04-012033-05-012033-06-012033-07-012033-08-012033-09-012033-10-012033-11-012033-12-012034-01-012034-02-012034-03-012034-04-012034-05-012034-06-012034-07-012034-08-012034-09-012034-10-012034-11-012034-12-012035-01-012035-02-012035-03-012035-04-012035-05-012035-06-012035-07-012035-08-012035-09-012035-10-012035-11-012035-12-012036-01-012036-02-012036-03-012036-04-012036-05-012036-06-012036-07-012036-08-012036-09-012036-10-012036-11-012036-12-012037-01-012037-02-012037-03-012037-04-012037-05-012037-06-012037-07-012037-08-012037-09-012037-10-012037-11-012037-12-01
  • Downtown, Toronto
  • Age 7 to 10 (Coed)
  • From $375
TorontoDowntownDowntownOntario

Build confidence, performance and vocal skills in a small pop and rock ensemble. Read more

,258,5,22,165,150,37,360,9,328,3,161,288,daycamp,coed,3757-102022-08-01
  • Bracebridge, ON
  • Age 14 to 15 (Coed)
  • From $1,995
BracebridgeOntario

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

,48,6,298,41,81,337,5,10,9,123,333,20,2,88,91,366,33,24,8,3,11,347,12,223,54,260,16,322,31,56,188,0,overnightcamp,coed,199514-152022-07-012022-08-01
  • Bancroft, ON
  • Age 8 to 16 (Coed)
  • From $476
BancroftOntario

Join the FLC community this summer and experience a close-knit summer camp; while rock climbing, swimming, and more! Read more

,41,6,10,5,9,321,1,8,3,12,347,327,223,54,63,28,221,16,322,31,188,0,overnightcamp,coed,4768-162022-07-012022-08-01
  • Saint-Donat, QC
  • Age 5 to 12 (Boys)
  • From $598
Saint-DonatQuebec

« Joie de vivre » at camp Mère Clarac is discovering, exploring and having fun! Read more

,48,6,170,59,5,288,10,9,173,123,24,2,8,3,11,347,12,26,54,58,63,28,29,221,139,16,322,56,188,0,79,overnightcamp,allboys,5985-122022-07-012022-08-01
  • 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 Read more

,10,5,9,173,196,2,32,344,342,366,91,33,129,24,97,270,268,276,1,12,3,347,327,323,54,63,251,29,188,0,66,daycamp,coed,1399-112022-07-012022-08-01
  • Saint-Donat, QC
  • Age 5 to 16 (Girls)
  • From $598
Saint-DonatQuebec

« Joie de vivre » at camp Mère Clarac is discovering, exploring and having fun! Read more

,48,6,170,59,5,288,10,9,173,123,24,2,8,3,11,347,12,26,54,58,63,28,29,221,139,16,322,56,188,0,79,overnightcamp,allgirls,5985-162022-07-012022-08-01
  • Online
  • Age 6 to 18+ (Coed)
  • From $125
Online

[email protected] is a unique camp experience that allows campers to have personal, genuine camp camp connections online. Read more

,256,5,133,159,177,270,2,357,50,188,0,virtualprogram,coed,1256-192022-07-012022-08-01
  • 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. Read more

,10,5,9,173,196,2,32,344,342,366,91,33,129,24,97,270,268,276,1,12,3,347,327,323,54,63,251,29,188,0,66,daycamp,coed,1396-82022-07-012022-08-01
  • North-York, Toronto
  • Age 7 to 13 (Coed)
  • From $600
TorontoNorth-YorkNorth-YorkOntario

Lake Days Camp provides campers with the opportunity to tackle challenging inflatables, kayak, play volleyball and more! Read more

,276,1,63,3,347,16,322,201,31,49,56,daycamp,coed,6007-132022-07-012022-08-01
  • Downtown, Toronto
  • Age 9 to 11 (Coed)
  • From $450
TorontoDowntownDowntownOntario

In this high energy, all-levels dance camp, we’ll take inspiration from pieces you loved from the show to create our own. Read more

,259,5,22,258,165,265,288,360,9,daycamp,coed,4509-112022-08-01
  • Parry Sound, ON
  • Age 19 to 18+ (Girls)
  • From $250
Parry SoundOntario

Come relax and engage on an adventurous retreat where you can re-energize, connect with friends, and explore nature! Read more

,48,6,81,154,5,22,258,165,175,37,176,150,59,288,10,9,173,123,69,16,3,322,25,28,31,221,49,56,63,347,161,360,188,0,overnightcamp,allgirls,25019-192022-09-01
  • Online
  • Age 10 to 17 (Coed)
  • From $100
Online

Learn to speak with strength and confidence in every situation. Read more

,342,2,97,19,virtualprogram,coed,10010-172022-08-01
  • North-York, Toronto
  • Age 3 to 18+ (Coed)
  • From $28
TorontoNorth-YorkNorth-YorkOntario

Up your game with 1:1 tennis lessons with the best in the area. Available to both children and adults. Read more

,58,3,347,74,programclass,coed,283-192022-04-012022-05-012022-06-012022-07-012022-08-012022-09-012022-10-01
  • Throughout British Columbia (3)
  • Age 6 to 18 (Coed)
  • From $800
KelownaShawnigan LakeSquamishBritish Columbia

For children and adults with physical and cognitive disabilities. Fully accessible facilities and specially trained staff. Read more

,48,6,256,5,133,147,37,337,10,9,173,355,123,88,2,91,366,24,12,3,347,26,54,60,16,322,31,49,56,188,0,overnightcamp,coed,8006-182022-07-012022-08-01
  • Algonquin Park, ON
  • Age 7 to 16 (Coed)
  • From $11,995
Algonquin ParkOntario

A combination of diverse in camp programming and Canoe Tripping Read more

,48,6,41,81,154,5,22,257,259,258,165,175,37,59,288,10,9,123,174,226,1,8,3,11,347,12,16,322,25,28,30,31,151,222,221,49,54,74,56,58,161,363,188,0,overnightcamp,coed,119957-162022-07-012022-08-01
  • Oakville, ON
  • Age 7 to 14 (Coed)
  • From $455
OakvilleOntario

Campers get to try at a wide variety of sports, games, and team challenges all while developing their skills! Read more

,16,3,322,56,12,347,324,327,323,26,221,194,54,74,58,63,188,0,66,daycamp,coed,4557-142022-06-012022-07-012022-08-012022-09-01
  • Port Moody, BC
  • Age 7 to 17 (Coed)
  • From $300
Port MoodyBritish Columbia

Learn character development, set lingo, acting skills, working as a team, and what to do when the director yells "Action"! Read more

,274,5,288,289,59,291,337,295,9,360,daycamp,coed,3007-172022-07-012022-08-01
  • Downtown, Toronto
  • Age 9 to 11 (Coed)
  • From $450
TorontoDowntownDowntownOntario

Create videos, play fun improv games and make new friends in our studio, including a green screen! Read more

,360,5,9,338,daycamp,coed,4509-112022-08-01
  • Downtown, Toronto
  • Age 10 to 12 (Coed)
  • From $450
TorontoDowntownDowntownOntario

Come sing, dance and act with us in this musical study and performance camp. Read more

,165,5,22,150,37,265,288,59,daycamp,coed,45010-122022-08-01
  • Uptown, Toronto
  • Age 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • From $400
TorontoUptownUptownOntario

Campers will go on daily adventures that will inspire them, as they discover new places and meet new people. Read more

,170,6,337,5,10,9,173,123,135,2,24,357,50,182,130,314,268,19,21,3,252,daycamp,coed,4009-122022-07-012022-08-012022-09-01
  • 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. Read more

,10,5,9,173,196,2,32,344,342,366,91,33,129,24,97,270,268,276,1,12,3,347,327,323,54,63,251,29,188,0,66,daycamp,coed,1396-82022-07-012022-08-01
  • Huntsville, ON
  • Age 7 to 16 (Coed)
  • From $1,270
HuntsvilleOntario

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

,48,6,81,320,1,153,276,8,3,63,347,324,36,346,29,16,322,25,31,49,56,64,161,overnightcamp,coed,12707-162022-07-012022-08-01
  • 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. Read more

,10,5,9,173,196,2,32,344,342,366,91,33,129,24,97,270,268,276,1,12,3,347,327,323,54,63,251,29,188,0,66,daycamp,coed,13912-142022-07-012022-08-01
  • Burlington, ON
  • Age 8 to 12 (Girls)
  • From $499
BurlingtonOntario

Fun wellness activities layered with empowering coaching to build positive self-image, emotional intelligence and confidence. Read more

,48,6,81,133,5,10,9,173,355,123,69,342,2,88,91,366,33,275,145,24,19,320,1,153,319,329,276,87,28,3,161,daycamp,allgirls,4998-122022-08-01
  • 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. Read more

,48,6,298,41,256,5,133,258,22,175,37,339,176,285,150,274,288,265,289,59,10,9,363,173,295,123,69,174,360,344,2,88,91,366,33,275,160,24,270,357,50,320,1,153,319,276,8,3,11,347,12,327,323,223,151,194,54,58,63,164,36,346,27,28,29,222,221,74,260,16,322,201,25,31,56,161,188,0,overnightcamp,coed,9506-192022-07-012022-08-01
  • Oakville, ON
  • Age 4 to 12 (Coed)
  • From $200
OakvilleOntario

These camps will introduce rugby, explore the game and other outdoor activities in a fun and interactive way for ages 4-12 Read more

,194,3,347,188,0,daycamp,coed,2004-122022-07-012022-08-01
  • Online
  • Age 8 to 14 (Coed)
  • From $160
Online

During the camp, children learn simple engineering concepts of, hydraulics, and potential energy through DIY projects. Read more

,10,5,9,67,177,159,196,2,32,281,129,182,50,130,314,268,188,0,virtualprogram,coed,1608-142022-07-01

  • Bracebridge, ON
  • Age 6 to 9 (Coed)
  • From $415
BracebridgeOntario

Pee Wee camp is for our first-timers away from home. Lots of extra staff to encourage campers to have fun trying new things. Read more

,48,6,298,41,81,361,5,337,10,9,173,123,333,24,2,8,3,327,347,223,151,54,63,28,16,322,31,56,188,0,overnightcamp,coed,4156-92022-07-012022-08-01
  • North-York, Toronto
  • Age 4 to 14 (Coed)
  • From $200
TorontoNorth-YorkNorth-YorkOntario

Learn and develop your skills in sport, art, music and more in a safe and fun environment with high quality instruction. Read more

,154,5,22,259,258,165,287,37,286,265,288,59,10,9,296,297,173,123,333,67,177,196,2,32,195,79,88,91,33,160,97,268,224,3,12,347,21,323,36,346,54,74,58,260,63,161,362,188,0,daycamp,coed,2004-142022-06-012022-07-012022-08-01
  • Online
  • Age 10 to 17 (Coed)
  • From $100
Online

Create vivid worlds, action-packed adventures, and characters that come to life on the page. Read more

,159,177,342,2,196,32,281,97,270,19,virtualprogram,coed,10010-172022-08-01
  • Southern Bruce County, ON
  • Age 6 to 17 (Coed)
  • From $519
Southern Bruce CountyOntario

We offer many different activities to help your child learn a new skill, build friendships and try something different Read more

,48,6,81,150,5,37,10,9,173,134,88,2,91,33,24,16,3,322,25,31,56,8,12,347,223,28,30,36,346,54,60,63,188,0,overnightcamp,coed,5196-172022-07-012022-08-01
  • 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 Read more

,10,5,9,173,196,2,32,344,342,366,91,33,129,24,97,270,268,276,1,12,3,347,327,323,54,63,251,29,188,0,66,daycamp,coed,1394-52022-07-012022-08-01
  • Pickering; Whitby, ON
  • Age 6 to 16 (Girls)
  • From $140
PickeringWhitbyOntario

Fun activities, focusing on stress management, STEM education, media messaging, financial literacy and more... Read more

,10,5,9,173,355,196,2,32,195,278,88,91,366,33,275,145,24,97,270,130,50,316,315,268,153,1,319,276,188,0,daycamp,allgirls,1406-162022-07-012022-08-012022-09-01

  • Rocky Mountain House, AB
  • Age 12 to 18 (Boys)
  • From $1,399
Rocky Mountain HouseAlberta

8 days of classic teen camp and 5 days on a choice of adventurous out-trips. Forge friendships, memories and faith. Read more

,41,6,81,8,3,12,347,16,322,28,30,221,56,overnightcamp,allboys,139912-182022-07-012022-08-01
  • Algonquin Park, ON
  • Age 6 to 8 (Coed)
  • From $995
Algonquin ParkOntario

Camp Ahmek and Camp Wapomeo offer a balance of canoe tripping and programming. Activities include swimming, canoeing, arts & Read more

,48,6,41,81,154,5,22,257,259,258,165,175,37,59,288,10,9,123,174,226,1,8,3,11,347,12,16,322,25,28,30,31,151,222,221,49,54,74,56,58,161,363,188,0,overnightcamp,coed,9956-82022-07-012022-08-01
  • Burlington, ON
  • Age 4 to 13 (Coed)
  • From $325
BurlingtonOntario

We have dedicated 30 years to inspiring leadership in children. We incorporate fun with leadership lessons. Read more

,33,2,91,12,3,347,25,322,28,54,56,225,10,5,9,17,70,288,173,197,345,188,0,daycamp,coed,3254-132022-07-012022-08-012022-09-01
  • Etobicoke, Toronto
  • Age 5 to 13 (Coed)
  • From $170
TorontoEtobicokeEtobicokeOntario

Skill development, fair play and fun competition. Camps will challenge players of all skill levels. Read more

,319,1,276,54,3,347,74,daycamp,coed,1705-132022-07-012022-08-01
  • Throughout British Columbia (3)
  • Age 19 to 18+ (Coed)
  • From $1,000
KelownaShawnigan LakeSquamishBritish Columbia

For children and adults with physical and cognitive disabilities. Fully accessible facilities and specially trained staff. Read more

,48,6,256,5,133,147,37,337,10,9,173,355,123,88,2,91,366,24,12,3,347,26,54,60,16,322,31,49,56,188,0,overnightcamp,coed,100019-192022-06-012022-07-012022-08-01
  • 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. Read more

,10,5,9,173,196,2,32,344,342,366,91,33,129,24,97,270,268,276,1,12,3,347,327,323,54,63,251,29,188,0,66,daycamp,coed,1394-52022-07-012022-08-01
  • 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 Read more

,10,5,9,173,196,2,32,344,342,366,91,33,129,24,97,270,268,276,1,12,3,347,327,323,54,63,251,29,188,0,66,daycamp,coed,13912-142022-07-012022-08-01
  • Ottawa, ON
  • Age 8 to 16 (Coed)
  • From $470
OttawaOntario

Camp Cherith Lanark offers a variety of outdoor skills to keep your child active this summer! Read more

,133,5,175,37,59,288,10,9,69,134,97,2,8,3,54,347,63,36,346,28,74,16,322,25,31,56,188,0,overnightcamp,coed,4708-162022-07-012022-08-01

  • Rocky Mountain House, AB
  • Age 12 to 18 (Girls)
  • From $1,399
Rocky Mountain HouseAlberta

8 days of classic teen camp and 5 days on a choice of adventurous out-trip. Forge friendships, memories and faith. Read more

,41,6,81,8,3,12,347,16,322,28,30,221,56,overnightcamp,allgirls,139912-182022-07-01
  • North-York, Toronto
  • Age 7 to 13 (Coed)
  • From $600
TorontoNorth-YorkNorth-YorkOntario

Sailing Camp provides campers with an opportunity to get on the lake for a week of fun in sailboats at Cherry Beach! Read more

,276,1,49,3,322,daycamp,coed,6007-132022-07-012022-08-01
  • Huntsville, ON
  • Age 10 to 16 (Coed)
  • From $1,375
HuntsvilleOntario

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

,48,6,81,320,1,153,276,8,3,63,347,324,36,346,16,322,25,31,49,56,64,161,overnightcamp,coed,137510-162022-07-012022-08-01



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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. 



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