Camps that foster independence

Learn and develop self-reliance, self-initiative, and self-motivation

Independence is:
• The ability and willingness to do things on one’s own
• Self-initiative, self-motivation, self-care
• Decisiveness

Camp encourages independence in kids, as they “learn how to cope with others on their own,” says Jocelyn Palm. "There's no asking mom or [anyone else] what to do." Below, the list, learn all about the value of independence from camp leaders like Palm and others, and read how camp offers a unique means to develop and grow this character trait. Read more




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  • Dance (multi)
  • Performing Arts

  • Huntsville, ON
  • Age 4 to 6 (Girls)
  • From $330

These sessions are an introduction to the camp experience for little GBCers (JK, SK, Gr. 1). Read more

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  • Rosseau, ON
  • Age 6 to 16 (Coed)
  • From $1,149

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

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  • Online
  • Age 12 to 14 (Coed)
  • From $100

QSEA intermediate is a summer program for students currently in Grade 7 - 8 to learn more about the engineering profession Read more

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  • Online
  • Age 4 to 12 (Coed)
  • From $190

This Summer Camp will be exciting full of fun and learning for kids despite the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more

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  • Rosseau, ON
  • Age 6 to 16 (Coed)
  • From $1,149

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

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

Enroll your students to our math and coding camps to keep their mind sharpen Read more

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  • Kingston, ON
  • Age 13 to 18 (Coed)
  • From $990

Students live the University experience while learning from and like-minded peers and members of the Queen's Community. Read more

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  • Milton, ON
  • Age 8 to 17 (Coed)
  • From $660

Ride your horse every day, have a refreshing swim in our saltwater pool and you could make a lifelong friend! Read more

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  • Throughout Ontario (26)
  • Age 2 to 12 (Coed)
  • From $189

Summer bike camps for kids ages 2-12. We combine a fun group setting with specialized equipment & tailored cycling lessons. Read more

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  • Online
  • Age 8 to 18 (Coed)
  • From $1

FUN3a, while still part of the Fundamentals classes at KTBYTE, is a significant leap in difficulty from the previous courses. Read more

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OVERNIGHT
FOCUS: Traditional
JA43
Jul 03 - Aug 14, 2021

  • Mont-Tremblant, QC
  • Age 7 to 15 (Boys)
  • From $5,450

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

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  • Haliburton Highlands, ON
  • Age 6 to 16 (Coed)
  • From $1,285

Our dynamic scheduling board allows campers to be in control of their day, as they choose their own adventure each night. Read more

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  • Midtown, Toronto
  • Age 10 to 14 (Coed)
  • From $355

Join your team in competing to be the greatest Urban Adventures in the city through games, lessons, and foods! Read more

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  • Thornhill, ON
  • Age 6 to 12 (Coed)
  • From $360

Start the day with Sylvan language program, continue with fun filled outdoor games/ sports and get soaked in splash pad! Read more

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  • Online
  • Age 9 to 14 (Coed)
  • From $189

The Web is how we all get our information now and you can be the designer of your own corner of the internet. Read more

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  • Online
  • Age 13 to 18 (Coed)
  • From $1

In CS01a, the focus of the class shifts from theoretical concepts to prioritizing algorithmic problem-solving. Read more

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  • Bracebridge, ON
  • Age 17 to 18 (Coed)
  • From $3,965

Providing opportunities for exceptional leaders to foster their skills and make an impact on others. Read more

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  • Rosseau, ON
  • Age 6 to 16 (Coed)
  • From $1,149

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

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  • Bracebridge, ON
  • Age 14 to 15 (Coed)
  • From $2,195

Extended focused program instruction, as determined by the group participants. Includes canoeing, kayaking, and so much more! Read more

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OVERNIGHT
FOCUS: Traditional
Family Camp
Sep 04, 2020 - Sep 06, 2021

  • Haliburton Highlands, ON
  • Age 1 to 18+ (Coed)
  • From $675

Enjoy the splendour of Camp Can-Aqua with your entire family. Enjoy all programs, food and activities as a family for one fee Read more

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  • Online
  • Age 13 to 18 (Coed)
  • From $1

Students will learn tools to model and understand complex data sets, tools and algorithms for tackling "Big Data" problems. Read more

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  • Haliburton Highlands, ON
  • Age 6 to 12 (Coed)
  • From $950

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

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  • Huntsville, ON
  • Age 11 to 13 (Girls)
  • From $1,325

Enjoy camp activities and some all camp programs in this session available to new campers only. Read more

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  • Burlington, ON
  • Age 5 to 18+ (Coed)
  • From $30

Beginner, Intermediate, or Advanced private lessons in piano - become the musician you've always dreamed of being! Read more

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  • Online
  • Age 8 to 18 (Coed)
  • From $1

Total beginner? This is the class for you! FUN1a is an introductory course to computer science and coding, using Javablocks. Read more

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  • Online
  • Age 13 to 18 (Coed)
  • From $1

This class is a project-oriented introduction to CS using the Java language. It is the first class in the KTBYTEs core track. Read more

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  • Bracebridge, ON
  • Age 9 to 15 (Coed)
  • From $1,155

Week-long Periods provide campers with an unforgettable opportunity to experience the very best of Camp Wenonah. Read more

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  • Bracebridge, ON
  • Age 8 to 15 (Coed)
  • From $3,965

In a spectacular natural setting, Wenonah campers can enjoy 30+ different activities. Read more

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  • Newmarket, ON
  • Age 14 to 18 (Coed)
  • From $450

We offer a range of OSSD and AP Preparation courses for students in Grades 9-12. Read more

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  • Huntsville, ON
  • Age 8 to 16 (Girls)
  • From $2,650

Structured to combine fun with the satisfaction of accomplishment through a variety of activities! Read more

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  • Richmond Hill, ON
  • Age 14 to 15 (Coed)
  • From $1,980

The CIT Leadership Program is a summer of fun with our staff, friends, and with all of our technology. Read more

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  • Huntsville, ON
  • Age 8 to 16 (Girls)
  • From $3,980

Structured to combine fun with the satisfaction of accomplishment through a variety of activities! Read more

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  • Rosseau, ON
  • Age 13 to 16 (Coed)
  • From $1,199

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

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  • Land O' Lakes Tourist Region, ON
  • Age 13 to 16 (Coed)
  • From $1,199

Learn hands-on skills from the kitchen to the workshop with inspiring leaders. Enjoy a handful of camp activities and free. Read more

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  • Burlington, ON
  • Age 5 to 18+ (Coed)
  • From $30

Whether it's just for fun, or your lifelong dream - learn proper vocal technique and style with private lessons in voice. Read more

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  • Rosseau, ON
  • Age 6 to 16 (Coed)
  • From $1,149

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

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  • Bracebridge, ON
  • Age 9 to 15 (Coed)
  • From $2,195

In a spectacular natural setting, Wenonah campers can enjoy 30+ different activities. Read more

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  • Bracebridge, ON
  • Age 8 to 12 (Coed)
  • From $1,155

Our 3 - 7 day programs for first-time campers provide the perfect opportunity to experience overnight camp at Wenonah. Read more

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  • Bracebridge, ON
  • Age 16 to 16 (Coed)
  • From $3,965

An unforgettable program experience that challenges teens to achieve what they never thought possible. Read more

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OVERNIGHT
FOCUS: Traditional
JA54
Jul 03 - Aug 25, 2021

  • Mont-Tremblant, QC
  • Age 7 to 15 (Boys)
  • From $6,350

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

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  • Online
  • Age 8 to 18 (Coed)
  • From $1

In FUN2a, students become exposed to Java through JavaBlocks, a drag-and-drop programming language created by KTBYTE. Read more

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  • Throughout British Columbia (11)
  • Age 2 to 12 (Coed)
  • From $189

Summer bike camps for kids ages 2-12. Active and effective camps that lay the foundation for a lifetime of biking. Read more

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  • Bracebridge, ON
  • Age 5 to 7 (Coed)
  • From $345

A magical three days of overnight camp for 5-7 year olds. Have fun trying new activities with our kind and caring Camp staff. Read more

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  • Online
  • Age 13 to 18 (Coed)
  • From $1,750

Students will engage in interactive and collaborative activities including Mock Trials, Philosophers, Round Tables, and more! Read more

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  • Online
  • Age 13 to 17 (Coed)
  • From $1,750

Earn a Grade 11 History credit with the guidance of our experienced instructors. Read more

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OVERNIGHT
FOCUS: Traditional
A15
Jul 31 - Aug 14, 2021

  • Mont-Tremblant, QC
  • Age 7 to 15 (Boys)
  • From $2,560

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

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  • Online; Toronto (2)
  • Age 12 to 15 (Coed)
  • From $750

With a vigorous curriculum & interactive learning environment, students the skills needed to excel in Grade 9 English! Read more

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  • Huntsville, ON
  • Age 5 to 18+ (Coed)
  • From $1,575

Fun, safe, transformative camp experiences for campers with special needs. Enjoy the best of camp with support. Read more

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OVERNIGHT
FOCUS: Traditional
A26
Jul 31 - Aug 25, 2021

  • Mont-Tremblant, QC
  • Age 7 to 15 (Boys)
  • From $4,110

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

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PROGRAM
FOCUS: Glee
Show Choir
Sep 16, 2021 - Jun 16, 2022

  • Burlington, ON
  • Age 9 to 17 (Coed)
  • From $30

Music makes us move, and what better way to celebrate rhythm in our bodies than singing and dancing simultaneously?! Read more

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  • Online
  • Age 6 to 18+ (Coed)
  • From $155

Coding is the language of the future. It is part of the curriculum. Register your children to our courses this summer! Read more

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  • Throughout Alberta (7)
  • Age 2 to 12 (Coed)
  • From $189

We combine a fun group setting with specialized equipment, tailored cycling lessons, and incredible instructors. Read more

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  • Online
  • Age 14 to 18+ (Coed)
  • From $950

Our certified instructors will be conducting Ontario Secondary School Credit Courses in all mathematical areas. Read more

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  • Online
  • Age 16 to 18+ (Coed)
  • From $950

Our certified instructors will be conducting Mathematics of Data Management (MDM4U) credit course. Read more

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  • Online
  • Age 10 to 14 (Coed)
  • From $175

If you love Lego and playing video games, create your own digital Lego game with the Unity 3D game engine! Read more

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  • Online
  • Age 11 to 18 (Coed)
  • From $200

Campers are guided from planning through to a build, using Unity 3D. Small group learning allows for customized instruction. Read more

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  • Online
  • Age 6 to 18 (Coed)
  • From $65

Our experienced and dedicated instructors will strengthen your child's math skills and mastery of key concepts. Read more

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  • Online
  • Age 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • From $165

With a powerful set of virtual sculpting and crafting tools, let your imagination create and model - great for beginners-int. Read more

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  • Online
  • Age 10 to 14 (Coed)
  • From $150

Students will construct their games in Roblox Studios. They will set the scene, the goals and code in Lua! Small groups. Read more

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  • Online
  • Age 16 to 18+ (Coed)
  • From $950

Our certified instructors will be conducting the Advanced Function (MHF4U) credit course. Read more

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  • Online
  • Age 15 to 18+ (Coed)
  • From $950

Our certified instructors will provide Ontario Secondary School Credit Courses in physics. Read more

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  • Online
  • Age 16 to 18+ (Coed)
  • From $950

Our certified instructors will be conducting the Calculus and Vectors (MCV4U) credit course. Read more

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  • Online
  • Age 4 to 13 (Coed)
  • From $140

Our instructors will guide students through various virtual academic and artistic programs on a full or half day basis. Read more

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  • Online
  • Age 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • From $150

Scratch's intuitive interface helps young people learn to think creatively, apply logical thinking, and work independently... Read more

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  • Online
  • Age 11 to 17 (Coed)
  • From $320

Ever wonder how a game like Minecraft was made? Or Terraria? Let's mine down and discover some cool coding to create . . . Read more

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  • West-End, Toronto
  • Age 3 to 8 (Coed)
  • From $21,000

Experience the homeschooling approach with the benefits of socialization in a small classroom environment. Read more

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  • Toronto (2)
  • Age 8 to 12 (Coed)
  • From $266

Spend the days outdoors exploring different outdoor spaces in Toronto! Let's do a treasure hunt on Toronto Island! Read more

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  • Mississauga, ON
  • Age 7 to 14 (Coed)
  • From $150

Ninjas will receive new projects to flex their creative muscles and sharpen their ninja coding skills at home. Read more

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  • Bancroft, ON
  • Age 7 to 15 (Boys)
  • From $4,600

At Ponacka boys build lifelong friendships, earn awards, have fun and discover the best version of themselves. Read more

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  • Downtown, Toronto
  • Age 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • From $535

Learn sailing fundamentals in a fun and safe environment with CANSail certified instructors. Read more

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  • Markham, ON
  • Age 4 to 15 (Coed)
  • From $225

Our teacher directed sports camp and leadership program is rated 9+/10 by both campers and their parents. Find out why! Read more

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  • Online
  • Age 7 to 16 (Coed)
  • From $45

Hungry for virtual cooking fun? Kids will eat up these amazing cooking & baking camps. Learn from real chefs! Live via Zoom. Read more

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  • Downtown, Toronto
  • Age 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • From $535

Continue developing sailing fundamentals in a fun and safe environment with CANSail certified instructors. Read more

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  • Canning, NS
  • Age 4 to 7 (Coed)
  • From $70

Combines the best of camp with the best of the arts, a full recreation schedule, and a core of incredible arts programming! Read more

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  • Vaughan, ON
  • Age 4 to 15 (Coed)
  • From $225

Rouge Camps offers teacher directed sports camps and leadership programs for kids 4 - 15. We're rated 9+/10 each year! Read more

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  • Sharbot Lake, ON
  • Age 6 to 15 (Girls)
  • From $2,035

Oconto helps each camper grow socially, emotionally, intellectually, and physically in a safe and happy environment. Read more

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  • Magog, QC
  • Age 8 to 15 (Coed)
  • From $4,150

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

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  • Mississauga, ON
  • Age 7 to 14 (Coed)
  • From $150

Kids have a blast building awesome video games and developing ninja coding skills on the path from white to black belt! Read more

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  • Orillia, ON
  • Age 5 to 7 (Coed)
  • From $95

Are you looking for a meaningful, values based and FUN camp experience for you child? Come experience the magic of Wahanowin Read more

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  • Throughout British Columbia; Ontario (5)
  • Age 3 to 18 (Coed)
  • From $650

Computer program via game development. Python, GML, C#, and C++ on the GMlegacy, Unity, Unreal, and Visual Studio engines. Read more

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  • Online
  • Age 5 to 10 (Coed)
  • From $80

Beginning Reading for Grades SK to Grade 3: AND Reading Advancement for Grades 4 to 7: advanced skills tutoring. Read more

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  • Mactier, ON
  • Age 7 to 16 (Boys)
  • From $3,590

Participate in a wide variety of activities, where campers can develop outdoor skills; build self-confidence and independence Read more

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  • Online
  • Age 5 to 18 (Coed)
  • From $45

Keep your child's mind open and skills sharp with Sylvan Oakville's LIVE, Online Math, Reading, Writing & Homework Support. Read more

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  • Mississauga, ON
  • Age 6 to 13 (Coed)
  • From $250

Best Computer Coding Camp in Mississauga Read more

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  • Online
  • Age 13 to 15 (Coed)
  • From $322

Youth develop and hone critical thinking skills and leadership potential learning and discussing global topics! Read more

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  • Toronto (3)
  • Age 8 to 14 (Coed)
  • From $450

Hungry for fun? Kids will eat up these amazing cooking & baking camps. Small classes taught by real chefs! Read more

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  • Online
  • Age 9 to 14 (Coed)
  • From $230

With Film Camp In A Box, you receive everything you need to bring your imagination to life delivered right to your home. Read more

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  • Online
  • Age 13 to 18+ (Coed)
  • From $80

English writing and essay writing program for senior intermediate and high school students features 1-on-1 instruction. Read more

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  • Online
  • Age 7 to 16 (Coed)
  • From $45

Hungry for virtual cooking fun? Kids will eat up these amazing cooking & baking camps. Learn from real chefs! Live via Zoom. Read more

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  • Downtown, Toronto
  • Age 11 to 15 (Coed)
  • From $400

Consolidate sailing fundamentals and learn basics of racing in a fun and engaging environment taught by a CANSail coach. Read more

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  • Algonquin Park, ON
  • Age 7 to 16 (Girls)
  • From $2,629

A 13-day session gives girls time to explore Algonquin Park and learn new skills with new friends. Read more

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  • Throughout British Columbia; Ontario (5)
  • Age 3 to 18 (Coed)
  • From $600

Computer program via game development. Python, GML, C#, and C++ on the GMlegacy, Unity, Unreal, and Visual Studio engines. Read more

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  • Toronto (3)
  • Age 8 to 14 (Coed)
  • From $450

Hungry for fun? Kids will eat up these amazing cooking & baking camps. Small classes taught by real chefs! Read more

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  • Online
  • Age 10 to 18+ (Coed)
  • From $38

In Physics we focus on the "big picture", clarifying most difficult topics, covering the Curriculum, and even going beyond. Read more

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  • Fergus, ON
  • Age 5 to 14 (Coed)
  • From $800

Experience the joy of learning new skills and go home with a greater sense of responsibility, independence, and compassion. Read more

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  • Online
  • Age 11 to 18 (Coed)
  • From $325

Learn planning, prioritizing, time management, sustained attention, goal-directed persistence, and task initiation skills. Read more

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  • Online
  • Age 8 to 14 (Coed)
  • From $230

With Film Camp In A Box, you receive everything you need to bring your imagination to life - delivered right to your home! Read more

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  • Online
  • Age 1 to 18+ (Coed)
  • From $50

Families will receive a package containing a wide variety of different KOC activities that they can do together at home! Read more

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Reading Tutoring
Feb 03, 2020 - Dec 31, 2021

  • Oakville, ON
  • Age 5 to 18 (Coed)
  • From $200

Sylvan Reading is personalized and starts with an assessment. This allows us to build a program specifically tailored for you Read more

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  • Online
  • Age 14 to 17 (Coed)
  • From $500

Explore a variety programming languages such as HTML, CSS and Javascript and get a high school credit with this online course Read more

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  • Online
  • Age 7 to 16 (Coed)
  • From $45

Hungry for virtual cooking fun? Kids will eat up these amazing cooking & baking camps. Learn from real chefs! Live via Zoom. Read more

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  • Online
  • Age 9 to 18 (Coed)
  • From $249

Grade 4-12 students can develop math fluency and independence during interactive classes taught by certified teachers. Read more

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  • Online
  • Age 8 to 12 (Coed)
  • From $120

Summer time learnings | Learn 3D animation with coding | Story- telling, games, and a lot more | Option of AR & VR Read more

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  • Online
  • Age 5 to 12 (Coed)
  • From $99

Our STEM camp will ignite their curiosity and get them excited about medical science as they become doctors for a week! Read more

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  • Orillia, ON
  • Age 7 to 15 (Coed)
  • From $3,575

Are you looking for a meaningful, values based and FUN camp experience for you child? Come experience the magic of Wahanowin Read more

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  • Vaughan, ON
  • Age 6 to 18 (Coed)
  • From $45

This program utilizes 'your' home court. Our coaches will come to you and work with you at your home base. Driveway Jumpers Read more

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  • Orillia, ON
  • Age 5 to 8 (Coed)
  • From $875

Are you looking for a meaningful, values based and FUN camp experience for you child? Come experience the magic of Wahanowin Read more

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  • Online
  • Age 6 to 13 (Coed)
  • From $150

Best Computer Coding Camp in Mississauga-Code Academy is committed to providing highest quality of education to our students. Read more

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  • Magog, QC
  • Age 6 to 8 (Coed)
  • From $1,010

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

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  • Mactier, ON
  • Age 7 to 12 (Boys)
  • From $2,255

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  • Burlington, ON
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  • Age 12 to 17 (Girls)
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  • Magog, QC
  • Age 8 to 15 (Coed)
  • From $2,330

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  • Orillia, ON
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How do you define independence?

Think of the first two letters of the word independence. “Independence means dependence from inside you,” says Jocelyn Palm. She’s the Executive Director and owner of Glen Bernard Camp, an all-girls camp in Sundridge, Ontario. “It means freedom from control by other people so you aren’t influenced by your peers.” Independence consists of asking yourself, “what are my principles? Those are the values that will take you into adulthood, so if you learn them as a young person, it’s a good advantage,” she says. 

Others, like Jennifer Jupp, offer variant definitions. She believes, “it's about being able to support yourself in a whole bunch of ways without the influence, control and authority of someone else.” She watches kids grow independent in weeklong sessions at the overnight camp where she’s Senior Director. It arises naturally out of their making a dozen daily decisions without parents present. 

Similarly, Emilia Antunes sees her son Erick growing in his ability to trust his own judgement. She’s noticed this improvement in him, especially after camp. “For me,” she says, “independence [consists of] Erick being able to make his own decisions and being able to accomplish tasks all by himself ... I see that in COOKSMART camp because he’s getting more independent with each class.”

How to develop independence 

You can accelerate your children’s development of independence in settings that mix freedom with responsibility like overnight camp. As Senior Director of Camp Wenonah in Bracebridge, Jupp knows deeply how camp nurtures personal growth. With its variety of daily interactions and activities, Wenonah gives children space “to solve their own problems and really care for themselves.” In other words, kids there become more independent daily. 

Jocelyn Palm shares a few examples from her experience at Glen Bernard Camp to illustrate how she’s seen independence demonstrated by campers. 

“[When] I’m at the high ropes course or a different event and I say they were fantastic today ... and they don’t say anything back, they just smile at you.” Encouraging children to continue doing an activity that they love and choose to do will encourage them to make more independent decisions in the future.

Glen Bernard's fixed day-to-day format ensures that younger campers are involved in all activities. “You can’t say that you’re not going sailing because you’re afraid. Everyone is going sailing, so you go, and then you become less afraid and you become independent.” However, “as campers grow older, they have more choices about what they’re going to do each day.  

"Older campers do a ‘solo’, which is an opportunity for them to spend time with themselves for 24 hours. There are sites that we have, right close to the camp, where they can be there alone. They’re not allowed to take any books or any of that. It’s interesting when they come back and we ask them what they did." Some campers talk about what they’ve seen and heard, whereas other campers will use whatever resources are there to be creative and resourceful. "One camper told us that she made a deck of cards [out of a pencil and piece of paper]."  

For each Glen Bernard camper, the solo experience is unique. "We try and make many occasions during their time at camp where they learn to make decisions," says Palm.

What is an example of independence?

At Camp Wenonah, campers are given the opportunity to choose specific activities to dedicate their time to, while at camp. "I particularly like it when kids choose an activity that’s different than what their parents really thought they would choose. It’s them in a big way, being themselves, making the choice for themselves," Jupp explains. 

She also sees independence in children through their ability to choose activities that differ from their friends. “[Imagine] a 16-year old choosing something different from what the majority of what their closest peers choose ... I think that’s huge in the area of independence and they take that with them after camp ... There aren’t social repercussions for them if they choose something different from what their peer group chooses.”

What are the benefits of independence?

Jocelyn Palm believes that independence is a very important trait for children to develop, especially in today’s society. “The world is coming at all of us and especially the young people at a fast and furious pace. There are messages from all different sources, more than just other people or more than the daily paper, radio or TV … In order to keep your sanity, you really have to know, who am I? What am I going to do? ... I have to make a decision now, for me, and do I have the ability to make it?” Independence helps you stand your ground, develop who you are as an individual and stick to your morals.

It also helps with a person’s ability to cope in situations and get along well with others. At Glen Bernard, Palm and her staff try to help campers to get along with everyone, of course, but this "doesn’t [necessarily] mean that they’re your best friend,” she explains. “Getting along means that you know how to deal with people who may not be your friends, but you still have to learn to cope." 

Similarly, Xavier, a camper at Academie Duello's Knight Camp, believes it's important to know how “to stand on your own and ... ask for help. You won’t always have people to turn to so it’s good to be able to turn to yourself and really just be able to explore the world around you. [You can do this by] using independence [while] not being afraid of what people will think of you.”

Overall, there are myriad reasons that highlight the importance of independence in children. Here are just some of the gifts kids gain from independence: 

  • Courage and confidence to take care of themselves 
  • Enhanced decision-making skills 
  • Self-motivation and willingness to take initiative 
  • A feeling of inclusion
  • Freedom to explore beyond a comfort zone 
  • Improved self-esteem 
  • Real-world experience that better prepares them for adulthood 

“The sooner [children] get independence," says Emilia Antunes, "the better they will be able to deal with different environments and situations without parents around.” This helps Erick in other areas beyond cooking lessons. “It fosters self-reliance because it empowers them to achieve their own goals,” she says. 

She notices that Erick is more comfortable taking risks than he was before he attended the camp. He feels more confident in his ability to trust his own instincts rather than ask for help. He makes his own recipes. However, “it’s not only about cooking,” she explains, “it’s about getting more confident, taking risks and doing things for [him]self.” 

How will independence help children as they get older? 

“Life’s road is bumpy and we’re going to fall down a lot as kids, youth and adults,” says Jupp. “I think that the earlier we can foster independence in ourselves, the better we’re going to be able to support ourselves through the bumpy road of life.”

Knowing how to navigate on their own gives kids' other qualities vital to a healthy adulthood. These include self-esteem, decision-making skills, self-reliance, cooperation, personal discipline, and more. Not only are these qualities strongly recommended for academic success, they’re extremely important tools to help kids navigate hardships in their future. 

“I think independence is a key part of self-reliance,” Jupp continues. “It gives us the confidence to know how to pick ourselves up ... For a kid to know that, especially if they feel that their world outside of themselves with their parents, family, school, sports team, [etc] feels like it’s falling apart, to have that deep feeling of independence and security within yourself and to have that at a young age…I really think it’s a superpower for kids to have.”

Want your child to improve their independence?

Any  environment where children have some distance from parents will enhance and develop their independence. At camp, kids act on their own, meet other people, learn self-reliance and other skills. “Children and youth will learn really quickly that they can do things and really make decisions for themselves without the influence of their parents or guardians,” says Jupp. For her, camp is a concentrated social environment where kids and staff learn from  each other. “Other kids affect them in a whole bunch of ways, positively and negatively. Having to navigate those social interactions in such a concentrated way [at camp] creates hundreds of opportunities to develop independence.” 

From a Camp Director perspective, Palm believes that a camp environment fosters independence because campers attend without their parents or guardians and must learn how to work with other people and adapt on their own.

“Some [people] may have different views and now, they’ve got to learn to cope with these other people. They’re not at home, there’s no asking mom or brother what to do. Here I am, on my own. I think that’s a great opportunity at camp,” she explains. 



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