Python camps near you
We list Python camps and kids programs in cities across Canada. Find your city in the list below and find camps that offer training in Python coding (at the top of the list), and beneath that, other camps offering some Python code activities as part of a broader schedule. Use OurKids.net's advanced search to discover Python coding camps in your city or region, including the following:
More than just summer camp
If you want to truly develop your Python programming skills, you can use OurKids.net to find a variety of ways to immerse yourself in this learning. Find a variety of options linked to below.
What will your child learn in Python camp?
How to write programs using Python. Python is one of the most used coding languages in the world. Camps start with the basics through PyGame, progressing to more advanced coding concepts. Topics such as animations, images, sounds, functions, and collision detection will be covered. Kids learn the essential building blocks of code and put them to use, solving a variety of challenges. They build and customize their own video games, mini games, or interactive virtual obstacle courses. Kids advance their coding skills by participating in independent programming challenges using Python.
New programming libraries & tools. A programming library is a collection of previously written code that programmers incorporate in their own projects. This helps optimize the task and their time. In Python camp, kids have the chance to explore libraries that give them access to new tools, such as speech recognition, synthetic voice, graphic images, and interaction with the web. Kids learn how to navigate these libraries and use these tools to take their projects to the next level.
Programming concepts. Python camp teaches kids fundamental programming concepts and topics based on their current knowledge and skill level. While camps specialize in Python, skills learned are transferrable to other programming languages. Camps with a curriculum that requires no prior experience will cover basic concepts like logical flow control, variables, conditional statements, loop basics and functions. Upper level Python camps introduce kids to more advanced concepts like searching, recursion, sorting, iterators and advanced data types, as well as data structures like Python dictionaries and tuples. Projects that kids will be able to produce by the end of camp range from basic animations and games, to web applications at a university level.
Problem solving skills. One of the most foundational skills to the world of programming is the ability to solve problems using logic. Programmers sometimes refer to problem-solving as the meta-skill of coding. Throughout camp, kids learn how to apply logic to solve coding problems, through trial and error. Not only do kids develop this vital skill, they also pick up resilience, and a new-found understanding of the phrase "practice makes perfect."
What are the benefits of Python camps?
Develop a strong work ethic. Instructors at Python camps have a wealth of knowledge and a goal to teach kids the valuable skill of coding with Python. As such, kids will have lots of new, exciting information to absorb. The guidance provided in camp depends on your child’s skill level. Some of the more advanced camps encourages kids to take learning into their own hands. As their excitement and passion for coding grows in camp, they develop self-motivation and a work ethic. This is sure to help them succeed in both the classroom and future workplaces.
Build on existing knowledge. Some camps listed above offer Python courses for kids with no previous coding or computer science experience. Others are more advanced-level programs for kids with previous knowledge or experience with code. These camps give kids the opportunity to expand on skills and apply them to new domains, such as the world of artificial intelligence. Your child will be thrilled to learn about the sheer number of ways they can build on the skill of coding, and you may end up with the next whiz-kid on your hands
Learn with others similar in skill level. Python camps are offered to kids at all skill levels, from absolute beginners to kids already on track to be the next Steve-Jobs in-the-making. Beginner camps advance your child to the next skill level. Higher-level camps will have your child creating first-year university level projects by the end of the program. Many of these advanced camps require kids to take and pass an entry test, ensuring all kids are at a suitable skill level for the camp. No matter your child’s current skill level, they'll be matched with kids with a similar knowledge base. They'll learn from each other, at the right pace, and have the best experience possible.
Apply knowledge to the real world. Through Python camp, kids are exposed to the ways programming impacts the real world. They see how coding is at the root of technologies we use daily. Through creating a video game, for example, kids start to understand how professional video game developers work. Some camps offer this ‘real-world’ education as part of their curriculum. Kids learn about the software engineering industry, and the role played by technology like artificial intelligence and APIs in our daily lives. They also see fundamental coding knowledge used in the industry. For example, they see standard methods professional programmers use for storing and maintaining data.
Learn by playing! It can feel impossible to peel your child away from their iPad when they are role playing in their new favourite video game. So why not have them learn while doing so! Many Python camps teach by letting them design and code a video game from the ground up. They'll also learn how to make modifications. Kids can allow their imagination to soar by creating a game that's unique to them. Then, they'll be able to showcase their game, and play games their peers have made! If your child is enthralled with video games, Python camp allows them to explore their natural curiosities and learn a valuable skill while they’re at it.
Questions parents should ask Python camps
When choosing a Python camp, parents will be concerned about more than just the camp curriculum and location. Here’s a brief glance at some other questions you might ask camps:
- What programming or coding languages (HTML, PHP, any other) are recommended prerequisites for the session you’re enrolling in?
- What are some of the accomplishments and work background of the camp instructors or providers?
- What projects will young programmers develop in the camp or session?
- What safety precautions does the camp provide in relation to the robotics or other mechanical technologies used in the camp?
The following are some more general questions that parents should ask about any camp:
- What is the ratio of leaders and teachers to campers? You may also want to find out how campers are grouped and who your child(ren)’s group leader will be.
- Does the camp have any policies about food, related to allergies, etc?
- When is the daily pickup and dropoff, and how rigidly are parents expected to follow these times?
Other camps and programs you might be interested in
Video game design camps are a logical lateral move from a strict focus on Python. On that page you’ll find a variety of programs, languages, and platforms taught at a variety of levels.
Java camps focus on this programming language that is very similar to Python in terms of its sophistication level.
Scratch camps focus on this coding platform that’s notably simpler than Python but can also be fun for a break.
Coding camp and kids’ coding classes present a wide array of learning opportunities and challenges, with pages listing many different kinds of coding focuses.
Robotics camp is one of many other kinds of technology camps that branch out into other areas.
STEM camps and STEAM camps offer curriculum in this highly revered curriculum that combines science, technology, engineering, and mathematics—as well as arts, in the case of STEAM.
Those are just a few questions you should be mindful of.
Consult more information in the rest of our guide:
Frequently Asked Questions
How many Python camps are there?
There are 9 programs specializing in Python. In addition, there are 32 programs offering python as an activity. Use the filters to narrow by age and program type, then click on matched programs to see daily activities, dates, rates and registration information.
What are the fees to attend Python camps?
Fees for Python camps range from $34 to $260 per program (program types and lengths vary). Use the filters here to narrow programs by age and type.
What age do Python camps start at?
There are programs available for children aged 7 through 18.
Where can parents meet with Python camps?
Meet with program directors and staff at the Our Kids Camp & Program Expo. The Expo is held annually in February, and is a fun and informative day for parents, kids, and teens. Find event details and free tickets here.