Camps that improve physical literacy

Develop the enjoyment of an active lifestyle and healthy living

Physical literacy is:
• Interest and pleasure in movement and healthy living
• Athleticism

Camp offers a wealth of experiences, with kids “encountering many different sports and skills that focus on the experience,” as Natalie Toman of ParticipACTION tells it. Below the list, read more about the value of physical literacy from Toman, and learn how camp fosters and deepens this appreciation. Read more




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(65 results)

  • Huntsville, ON
  • Age 14 to 16 (Girls)
  • From $1,550
HuntsvilleOntario

This session prepares individuals to lifeguard and to teach and evaluate swimming strokes and lifesaving skills. Visit website

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  • Huntsville, ON
  • Age 14 to 16 (Girls)
  • From $3,000
HuntsvilleOntario

A unique route each year. A session for campers entering gr. 9-11 who love to canoe trip in the backcountry! Visit website

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  • Haliburton Highlands, ON
  • Age 9 to 16 (Coed)
  • From $4,995
Haliburton HighlandsOntario

Campers who attend for 4 weeks develop deep and nurturing relationships with the camps inspiring young staff members. Visit website

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  • Haliburton Highlands, ON
  • Age 1 to 18+ (Coed)
  • From $175
Haliburton HighlandsOntario

Connect with your family through canoeing, kayaking, hiking, archery and more! Visit website

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  • Temagami, ON
  • Age 12 to 17 (Girls)
  • From $5,650
TemagamiOntario

Equip girls with the tools they need to be strong woman who embrace femininity, adventure, integrity, challenge and community Visit website

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  • Haliburton Highlands, ON
  • Age 1 to 18+ (Coed)
  • From $175
Haliburton HighlandsOntario

Connect with your mom/daughter through canoeing, hiking, kayaking, archery crafts, high ropes and more! Visit website

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  • Haliburton Highlands, ON
  • Age 5 to 11 (Coed)
  • From $1,495
Haliburton HighlandsOntario

Try camp for a week to see what you think. While most campers attend for our 2 week sessions, many start with one week. Visit website

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  • Haliburton Highlands, ON
  • Age 1 to 18+ (Coed)
  • From $350
Haliburton HighlandsOntario

Connect with your family through skiing, snowshoeing, broomball, and cozy indoor activities. Visit website

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  • Haliburton Highlands, ON
  • Age 1 to 18+ (Coed)
  • From $270
Haliburton HighlandsOntario

Designed as a healthy retreat where you can reconnect with friends, enjoy the outdoors, and try some fun camp activities! 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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  • Haliburton Highlands, ON
  • Age 13 to 15 (Coed)
  • From $2,254
Haliburton HighlandsOntario

Taking their wilderness curiosity to the max and learning new skills through challenging environments Visit website

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  • Haliburton Highlands, ON
  • Age 1 to 18+ (Coed)
  • From $275
Haliburton HighlandsOntario

Designed as a healthy retreat where you can reconnect with friends, enjoy the outdoors, and try some fun camp activities! Visit website

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  • Haliburton Highlands, ON
  • Age 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • From $932
Haliburton HighlandsOntario

A place for kids to experience new skills and meet new people. They will learn and grow in new environments. 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

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  • Haliburton Highlands, ON
  • Age 1 to 18+ (Coed)
  • From $260
Haliburton HighlandsOntario

Connect with your family through skiing, snowshoeing, broomball, and cozy indoor activities. Visit website

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  • Temagami, ON
  • Age 11 to 14 (Girls)
  • From $3,100
TemagamiOntario

Adventurous opportunities for young women to connect to their authentic selves, each other and the land. 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

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OVERNIGHT
Traditional
Family Camp
May 19 - Sep 04, 2023

  • Haliburton Highlands, ON
  • Age 1 to 18+ (Coed)
  • From $725
Haliburton HighlandsOntario

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

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  • Haliburton Highlands, ON
  • Age 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • From $2,141
Haliburton HighlandsOntario

An enriching experience for kids to learn new skills, make new friends, and develop themselves for the better. Visit website

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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. Visit website

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  • Haliburton Highlands, ON
  • Age 1 to 18+ (Coed)
  • From $644
Haliburton HighlandsOntario

A traditional camp with a twist, it's fun for the whole family! We offer traditional camp programs, with everyone in mind. Visit website

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  • Haliburton Highlands, ON
  • Age 13 to 15 (Coed)
  • From $2,254
Haliburton HighlandsOntario

Learning new skills at camp and being paired in new wilderness environments fostering positive areas for growth Visit website

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  • Online
  • Age 2 to 5 (Coed)
  • From $15
Online

This program includes mindfulness practice and relaxation, which supports self regulation and helps to relieve anxiety. Visit website

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  • Brampton, ON
  • Age 8 to 12 (Coed)
  • From $130
BramptonOntario

Train martial arts in-person or online, stay fit, reduce anxiety, Separate classes for children, teens. Join anytime. Visit website

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  • Online
  • Age 6 to 12 (Coed)
  • From $15
Online

Children will learn mindfulness practice and relaxation, which supports self regulation and helps to relieve anxiety. Visit website

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  • Online
  • Age 19 to 18+ (Coed)
  • From $15
Online

We'll help you stay healthy, fit, relaxed, and mindful during your pregnancy! 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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  • Online
  • Age 13 to 18 (Coed)
  • From $15
Online

Teen yoga sessions are geared to beginner and intermediate level practitioners. 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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  • Brampton, ON
  • Age 5 to 7 (Coed)
  • From $130
BramptonOntario

Train martial arts in-person or online, stay fit, reduce anxiety, and Separate classes for children, and teens. Join anytime. Visit website

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

This program includes mindfulness practice and relaxation, which supports self regulation and helps to relieve anxiety. 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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  • East-End, Toronto
  • Age 4 to 11 (Coed)
  • From $55
TorontoEast-EndEast-EndOntario

Prepare for your day by waking your body with active stretching, core and movement work. Visit website

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  • Vaughan, ON
  • Age 6 to 12 (Coed)
  • From $85
VaughanOntario

Through rock climbing and ninja, campers will work on body awareness, movement and balance to navigate their way to the top. Visit website

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  • Clarington, ON
  • Age 4 to 5 (Coed)
  • From $145
ClaringtonOntario

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

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PROGRAM
Swimming
Teen Novice Program
Sep 11, 2022 - May 14, 2023

  • Downtown, Toronto
  • Age 12 to 18 (Coed)
  • From $2,100
TorontoDowntownDowntownOntario

Develop strength, flexibility, and artistic swimming skills while bonding as a team and competing in regional meets. Visit website

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  • East-York, Toronto
  • Age 7 to 13 (Coed)
  • From $225
TorontoEast-YorkEast-YorkOntario

Perfect for growing kids' interest in swimming, dance, gymnastics, and artistic expression! Visit website

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  • Vaughan, ON
  • Age 11 to 14 (Coed)
  • From $415
VaughanOntario

Climbers are introduced to fundamental climbing skills to set the foundation for future rock stars. Visit website

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  • Clarington, ON
  • Age 6 to 8 (Coed)
  • From $145
ClaringtonOntario

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

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  • Burlington, ON
  • Age 5 to 12 (Coed)
  • From $64
BurlingtonOntario

Join us for fun-filled, high-energy days of tumbling, stunting, jumps, dance, games, crafts and so much more! Visit website

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  • Clarington, ON
  • Age 6 to 14 (Coed)
  • From $145
ClaringtonOntario

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

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  • Toronto (3)
  • Age 8 to 12 (Coed)
  • From $935
TorontoDowntown, East-YorkDowntownEast-YorkOntario

Ideal for kids who are new to artistic swimming or have little experience. Visit website

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  • Clarington, ON
  • Age 6 to 14 (Coed)
  • From $145
ClaringtonOntario

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

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  • East-York, Toronto
  • Age 6 to 10 (Coed)
  • From $560
TorontoEast-YorkEast-YorkOntario

Rooted in a forest school inspired approach, our Nature School is an immersive outdoor play-based program for ages 6-10. Visit website

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  • East-York, Toronto
  • Age 13 to 17 (Coed)
  • From $935
TorontoEast-YorkEast-YorkOntario

Teens develop skills in synchronized swimming, strength, flexibility and artistic expression. Visit website

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  • Vaughan, ON
  • Age 6 to 9 (Coed)
  • From $370
VaughanOntario

Explore agile movement by carrying momentum and finding flow through connecting obstacles. Visit website

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  • East-End, Toronto
  • Age 4 to 11 (Coed)
  • From $300
TorontoEast-EndEast-EndOntario

Full day of activities each day including Karate, Yoga, Arts and Crafts, Lego, Games, Park Playtime, Self Defence Visit website

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  • Downtown, Toronto
  • Age 7 to 11 (Coed)
  • From $2,300
TorontoDowntownDowntownOntario

Ideal for the young swimmer who is curious about competing, who likes a challenge, and who will thrive as part of a team. Visit website

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  • Clarington, ON
  • Age 4 to 5 (Coed)
  • From $145
ClaringtonOntario

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

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  • Vaughan, ON
  • Age 4 to 5 (Coed)
  • From $350
VaughanOntario

League of Nemos focuses minds and bodies on improving awareness, agility and functional body movements to reach their goals. Visit website

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  • Vaughan, ON
  • Age 8 to 10 (Coed)
  • From $355
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Climbers will be introduced to climbing fundamentals and will gain an improved body awareness with every climb. Visit website

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  • Clarington, ON
  • Age 6 to 11 (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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  • Clarington, 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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  • Burlington, ON
  • Age 5 to 13 (Coed)
  • From $199
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Enjoy this year's birthday party no mess, no stress, and all Fun! Supreme is here to make your birthday the best yet! Visit website

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  • East-End, Toronto
  • Age 4 to 11 (Coed)
  • From $240
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Active day camp including Karate, Yoga, Dance party, Lego stations, games, fort building, park outings, arts and crafts. Visit website

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  • East-End, Toronto
  • Age 6 to 12 (Coed)
  • From $270
TorontoEast-EndEast-EndOntario

Nature Camp at Tommy Thompson Park offers the chance to discover our city’s animal and plant life among wetlands and meadows. Visit website

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  • Vaughan, ON
  • Age 6 to 7 (Coed)
  • From $315
VaughanOntario

Climbers are introduced to fundamental climbing skills to set the foundation for future rock stars. Visit website

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  • Clarington, ON
  • Age 6 to 11 (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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  • Toronto (3)
  • Age 8 to 12 (Coed)
  • From $935
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Perfect for swimmers who have done 1+ year previously (in a TASC Rec program or equivalent). Visit website

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  • East-York, Toronto
  • Age 5 to 7 (Coed)
  • From $410
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Perfect for growing kids' interest in swimming, dance, gymnastics, and artistic expression! Visit website

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  • East-End, Toronto
  • Age 4 to 11 (Coed)
  • From $240
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Summer Karate Day Camp includes Karate, Yoga, Outdoor Park and Splash Pad play time, Beach, Crafts, Games and Activities. Visit website

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  • Vaughan, ON
  • Age 10 to 13 (Coed)
  • From $425
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Explore agile movement by carrying momentum and finding flow through connecting obstacles. Visit website

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  • East-End, Toronto
  • Age 4 to 11 (Coed)
  • From $68
TorontoEast-EndEast-EndOntario

After School Karate - pick up from local schools, daily Karate class - free playtime at our activities and Lego stations Visit website

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PROGRAM
Swimming
Competitive Program
Sep 11, 2022 - Jun 01, 2023

  • Downtown, Toronto
  • Age 6 to 18 (Coed)
  • From $2,600
TorontoDowntownDowntownOntario

Build an athletic foundation that will carry swimmers through a lifetime of enjoyment in physical activity and team sports. Visit website

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Physical literacy defined

“Physical literacy,” says Natalie Toman, is “the confidence to engage in physical activity … If kids are getting out there and are enjoying [an activity],” skill comparisons to others don’t matter as much as the fact that “they’re enjoying the sport itself.” In her role as Health Promotion Lead at ParticipACTION, Toman emphasizes that kids’ joy in sport “really lends itself to [current and future] physical literacy. If [later in life], they can remember having fun when they were kids and being physically active, they’re more likely to repeat that experience.”

To her, physical literacy consists of “feeling really confident, wanting to engage and hopefully [adopt activity] for the rest of your life.” This involves knowledge of the benefits of exercise, a sense of motivation and a willingness to engage in activities they enjoy. 

Why is physicality beneficial?

“There’s a connection between physical literacy in childhood and adulthood,” she says. “Adults who are physically literate tend to be more active.” It’s important to develop physical literacy as early as possible, to create a foundation that children can carry forward into adulthood. “As we get older, it’s really important that physical activity be a part of our lives.” It helps with both injury prevention and disease prevention, she says. 

Physical activity also: 

  • reduces the risk of medical conditions like obesity, diabetes and heart disease.
  • results in a healthier heart and lungs 
  • improves sleep schedules 
  • increases flexibility
  • helps control weight 

In addition, there’s also a mental health boost from physical activity. It can boost your mood, enhance self-esteem, and reduce stress, depression and anxiety. In addition, children who participate in a team sport like soccer learn how to be physically active with other people, enhance social skills, and learn the value of teamwork. 

How to assess physical literacy

“For a person watching,” Toman explains, “physical literacy can be seen by the enjoyment of a child, through their confidence and ability.” She believes that a good way to measure physical literacy is to see how a child responds to a physical activity. “When you see a group of children together, a physically literate child would be the one who would jump right into a sport or physical endeavour.” ‘

In contrast, a child does not reflect this behaviour may not be as physically literate. This, too, though, can be seen as an opportunity to enhance their ability. “When you see a child who doesn’t jump right to it, perhaps we should look a little bit at the environment, the opportunity, and see how we can help that child develop the confidence and interest [level] to want to be involved with physical activity.” 

An important part of physical literacy is kids’ interaction with friends and appreciation for outdoors.

How is physical literacy developed?

“Opportunity is a big part of physical literacy,” says Toman. “It would be really hard for one to develop physical literacy if there wasn’t an opportunity to do so.” Camp, she says “is a strong influencer in physical literacy in children.” There are other environments, too, that develop and nurture the growth of physical literacy, but camp is as good as any, in motivating children to be physically active through things like outdoor play-time and group activities, as well as gym time.  

Encourage your child to take part in camps and activities they enjoy. This will motivate them to remain physically active outside of camp and school . For example, if they go to basketball camp, they’ll practice basketball at home as well. A camp with physical activity will encourage kids to reduce screen-time and direct more energy to physical activity. An important part of physical literacy is kids’ increased activity, interaction with friends and appreciation for outdoors. 

Prior to ParticipACTION, Toman worked in several day camps, leading outdoor activities there. Here, she learned the importance of role modeling for children.“If [adults] are going to express good physical literacy, [they need to prioritize] role modelling.” If your child sees you participate in healthy eating and physical activity, they’re more likely to do the same. Leaders at camps with high physical activity are also critical, either as reinforcement, or in the absence of other models.

Other physically active things you can do together include walks, bike rides, swimming or skating. You can also encourage your child to help around the house, with preparing a healthy recipe, gardening or raking leaves. 

Through all this, though, she stresses the importance of enjoyment in physicality, over any focus on competition or skill perfection. “We want to [ensure] children are encountering many different sports and skills,” she emphasizes, “and that [they focus on the] experience.” Fun, enjoyment, and learning are key to developing physical literacy, whereas any focus on competition and winning can sometimes thwart or frustrate the development of this important character trait. 

Want your child to enhance their physical literacy?

ParticipACTION provides opportunities to both children and adults so they can develop physical literacy by focusing on skill accruement. The organization focuses on developing children’s confidence while performing physical actvities. 

Of course, camps like those below offer an emphasis on physical activity and the development of a physical literacy that’s personal for each child. These provide a foundation for a lifetime of enjoyment in exercise and fitness, because they make it fun, social, and engaging.


Frequently Asked Questions

How many Camps that improve physical literacy are there?
There are 65 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 improve physical literacy?
Fees for range from $15 to $5,650 per program (program types and lengths vary). Use the filters here to narrow programs by age and type.

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


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