Camps that help kids grow in religious faith

Develop personal spirituality and deepen your appreciation for cultural values

Religious faith is:
• Confidence or trust in one's beliefs about ultimate reality
• Rootedness in one’s cultural traditions and values
• Depth of spirituality

Camp can help kids grow in personal faith, providing “a faith-based experience geared to [kids’] specific age levels,” according to Chantal Huinink. In other settings, “theological concepts can sometimes go over their heads.” Below the list, learn more from Huinink and other experts about the value of religious faith, and how camps uniquely encourage faith. Read more




List of camps and programs that help kids develop their religious faith

Loading filters, please wait.
 FILTERS
LOADING: Filters will activate shortly, please wait.
  FILTERS
  FILTERS


Any type

Any cost
Any age
Any date









  • Land O' Lakes Tourist Region, ON
  • Age 13 to 15 (Coed)
  • From $1,299
Land O' Lakes Tourist RegionOntario

Aquatics campers take the Bronze Medallion and Bronze Cross courses, alongside Christian teaching and a bunch of fun. Read more

,48,6,79,2,33,91,321,1,226,276,16,3,322,25,31,56,overnightcamp,coed,129913-152022-08-01
  • Huntsville, ON
  • Age 5 to 10 (Coed)
  • From $825
HuntsvilleOntario

With better than a 3:1 staff to camper ratio, Adventure camp is a safe place for kids to grow through friendship and fun. Read more

,48,6,81,150,5,37,59,288,10,9,173,123,69,360,24,2,8,3,11,347,12,327,223,54,63,164,21,324,184,346,36,141,251,28,29,221,74,60,260,15,322,16,201,25,31,56,188,0,overnightcamp,coed,8255-102022-07-012022-08-01
OVERNIGHT
Adventure
Girls Extreme
Jul 24 - Jul 29, 2022

  • Land O' Lakes Tourist Region, ON
  • Age 13 to 16 (Girls)
  • From $699
Land O' Lakes Tourist RegionOntario

For the girls who want to experience camp at the next level! Read more

,48,6,81,133,5,197,345,10,9,123,174,226,1,276,16,3,322,25,31,49,56,64,8,224,323,347,223,28,30,36,346,74,260,63,326,161,252,overnightcamp,allgirls,69913-162022-07-01
  • Land O' Lakes Tourist Region, ON
  • Age 6 to 8 (Coed)
  • From $599
Land O' Lakes Tourist RegionOntario

Campers spend their days at the barn, the lake and exploring the forest with all kinds of epic surprises waiting for them. Read more

,48,6,81,256,5,339,37,10,9,16,3,322,25,56,8,12,347,223,28,30,221,54,74,260,63,188,0,overnightcamp,coed,5996-82022-07-012022-08-01
  • Land O' Lakes Tourist Region, ON
  • Age 9 to 14 (Coed)
  • From $599
Land O' Lakes Tourist RegionOntario

Campers choose from a range of adventurous activities and enjoy cabin life, new friends and epic special events. Read more

,48,6,298,81,197,5,345,274,288,59,10,9,173,123,174,33,2,91,226,1,16,3,322,25,31,56,64,8,12,347,327,323,223,28,29,30,36,346,221,141,54,74,63,161,363,188,0,overnightcamp,coed,5999-142022-07-012022-08-01
  • Land O' Lakes Tourist Region, ON
  • Age 14 to 17 (Coed)
  • From $1,199
Land O' Lakes Tourist RegionOntario

A 4-day canoe trip, leadership training, chances to go deeper in Christian faith, mentorship and getting on track to be staff Read more

,298,6,41,81,88,2,91,33,24,226,1,16,3,322,31,56,8,12,347,30,221,54,74,260,63,overnightcamp,coed,119914-172022-06-012022-07-01
OVERNIGHT
Traditional
Youth Camps
Jul 24 - Aug 19, 2022

  • Ferintosh, AB
  • Age 9 to 15 (Coed)
  • From $385
FerintoshAlberta

Join us for a summer they will never forget! Outdoor activities, chapel programs and life long friendships! Register today! Read more

,48,6,298,81,10,5,9,173,355,123,134,88,2,91,366,33,12,3,347,327,323,223,54,63,324,28,222,221,60,260,16,322,31,56,64,225,188,0,overnightcamp,coed,3859-152022-07-012022-08-01
  • Torrance, ON
  • Age 6 to 18+ (Coed)
  • From $325
TorranceOntario

6-8 year olds experience all the fun of an overnight camp experience with the comfort of having their parents close by. Read more

,8,3,11,347,12,223,54,63,36,346,28,222,16,322,25,31,188,0,overnightcamp,coed,3256-192022-05-01
  • Huntsville, ON
  • Age 16 to 17 (Coed)
  • From $1,800
HuntsvilleOntario

This 4 week hands-on top level leadership training will provide teens with skills set to help them thrive in life & camp! Read more

,298,6,41,81,88,2,91,33,275,97,226,1,11,3,347,12,327,323,223,54,324,28,60,260,16,322,25,31,49,64,overnightcamp,coed,180016-172022-07-01
OVERNIGHT
Traditional
Breakaway
Jul 10 - Jul 15, 2022

  • Rocky Mountain House, AB
  • Age 12 to 14 (Coed)
  • From $589
Rocky Mountain HouseAlberta

Early teens get a chance to explore their faith, be challenged by a range of camp activities, make friends & find adventure. Read more

,8,3,16,322,28,30,56,221,188,0,overnightcamp,coed,58912-142022-07-01
OVERNIGHT
Traditional
Squirt Camp
Aug 01 - Aug 03, 2022

  • Ferintosh, AB
  • Age 6 to 8 (Coed)
  • From $150
FerintoshAlberta

Squirt Camp is the perfect half-week intro to camp for both campers and their parents. Squirt Camp cabins have 4-5 campers. Read more

,48,6,298,81,10,5,9,173,355,123,134,88,2,91,366,33,12,3,347,327,323,223,54,63,324,28,222,221,60,260,16,322,31,56,64,225,188,0,overnightcamp,coed,1506-82022-08-01
  • Sundre, AB
  • Age 10 to 11 (Coed)
  • From $589
SundreAlberta

Horse-obsessed kids of all riding abilities will get tons of horse experience along with a range of other classic camp fun. Read more

,81,6,8,3,12,347,16,322,223,30,221,56,63,overnightcamp,coed,58910-112022-07-01

  • 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
  • Ferintosh, AB
  • Age 9 to 11 (Coed)
  • From $385
FerintoshAlberta

Join us for a summer they will never forget! Outdoor activities, chapel programs and life long friendships! Register today! Read more

,48,6,298,81,10,5,9,173,355,123,134,88,2,91,366,33,12,3,347,327,323,223,54,63,324,28,222,221,60,260,16,322,31,56,64,225,188,0,overnightcamp,coed,3859-112022-07-012022-08-01
  • Rocky Mountain House, AB
  • Age 17 to 18+ (Coed)
  • From $499
Rocky Mountain HouseAlberta

Be challenged and equipped to lead, pursue God's call for your life and get certified to lead in the great outdoors. Read more

,41,6,81,88,2,91,366,33,8,3,12,347,28,30,221,16,322,56,overnightcamp,coed,49917-192022-06-012022-07-01
OVERNIGHT
Traditional
Kid Camp
Aug 21 - Aug 26, 2022

  • Ferintosh, AB
  • Age 8 to 10 (Coed)
  • From $360
FerintoshAlberta

Join us for a summer they will never forget! Outdoor activities, chapel programs and life long friendships! Register today! Read more

,48,6,298,81,10,5,9,173,355,123,134,88,2,91,366,33,12,3,347,327,323,223,54,63,324,28,222,221,60,260,16,322,31,56,64,225,188,0,overnightcamp,coed,3608-102022-08-01
  • Rocky Mountain House, AB
  • Age 12 to 15 (Coed)
  • From $589
Rocky Mountain HouseAlberta

3 tracks of skill-development designed to be memorable experiences with valuable take-aways. Explore faith and make friends! Read more

,41,6,81,173,5,9,123,69,8,3,16,322,28,30,221,56,360,188,0,overnightcamp,coed,58912-152022-08-01
OVERNIGHT
Traditional
Family Camp
Jul 29 - Aug 01, 2022

  • Ferintosh, AB
  • Age 2 to 18+ (Coed)
  • From $170
FerintoshAlberta

Come join us over the August long-weekend as we enjoy a weekend of family fun! Read more

,48,6,298,81,10,5,9,173,355,123,134,88,2,91,366,33,12,3,347,327,323,223,54,63,324,28,222,221,60,260,16,322,31,56,64,225,188,0,overnightcamp,coed,1702-192022-07-01
DAY CAMP
Traditional
Day Camp
Jul 04 - Sep 02, 2022

  • Ottawa, ON
  • Age 4 to 13 (Coed)
  • From $125
OttawaOntario

An opportunity for kids in our area to experience camp without staying overnight. 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,daycamp,coed,1254-132022-07-012022-08-012022-09-01

  • Sundre, AB
  • Age 9 to 11 (Girls)
  • From $589
SundreAlberta

A great introduction to Christian life, growing in confidence and a ton of camp activities including horseback riding. Read more

,41,6,81,8,3,12,347,16,322,25,223,28,30,221,56,188,0,overnightcamp,allgirls,5899-112022-07-012022-08-01
  • Rocky Mountain House, AB
  • Age 14 to 18 (Coed)
  • From $549
Rocky Mountain HouseAlberta

Best of teen camp (faith, games, campout and more) with a 3-track Skill Development program as a sequel to Jr. Skills Zao. Read more

,41,6,81,173,5,9,123,69,8,3,16,322,28,30,221,56,360,188,0,overnightcamp,coed,54914-182022-08-01
OVERNIGHT
Traditional
Quest
Jul 10 - Jul 15, 2022

  • Sundre, AB
  • Age 9 to 11 (Coed)
  • From $589
SundreAlberta

Perfect for campers who love wild costumes, drama and intricate stories. Lots of classic camp activities too. Read more

,41,6,81,8,3,12,347,16,322,25,223,28,30,221,56,188,0,overnightcamp,coed,5899-112022-07-01

  • 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
  • Southern Bruce County, ON
  • Age 6 to 16 (Girls)
  • From $519
Southern Bruce CountyOntario

Want a week where your girls are just girls? This is the week for you Read more

,81,6,150,5,37,10,9,173,134,88,2,91,33,8,3,11,347,12,16,322,25,223,28,30,31,36,346,222,54,56,60,63,188,0,overnightcamp,allgirls,5196-162022-07-01
DAY CAMP
Traditional
Day Camp
Jul 05 - Jul 08, 2022

  • Sundre, AB
  • Age 5 to 9 (Coed)
  • From $255
SundreAlberta

Swim, learn about the Bible and get a taste of all kinds of camp activities throughout this exciting half week. Read more

,81,6,10,5,9,8,3,12,347,223,28,30,221,16,322,25,56,188,0,daycamp,coed,2555-92022-07-01
DAY CAMP
Traditional
Day Camp
Jul 11 - Aug 19, 2022

  • Torrance, ON
  • Age 8 to 12 (Coed)
  • From $140
TorranceOntario

Day Campers enjoy swimming, gaga ball, field games, crafts, canoeing, outdoor adventure, stories, tubing and more! Read more

,10,5,9,12,3,347,223,28,30,222,16,322,56,188,0,daycamp,coed,1408-122022-07-012022-08-01
  • Ottawa, ON
  • Age 14 to 16 (Coed)
  • From $940
OttawaOntario

Campers will grow in a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, learn the values of Camp Cherith, and learn staff skills. Read more

,133,5,175,37,59,288,10,9,69,134,88,2,91,366,33,97,8,3,54,347,63,36,346,28,74,16,322,25,31,56,overnightcamp,coed,94014-162022-07-012022-08-01
  • Ferintosh, AB
  • Age 16 to 18 (Coed)
  • From $180
FerintoshAlberta

CLT 3 focuses on the ‘Go’ of the Great Commission. Read more

,48,6,298,81,10,5,9,173,355,123,134,88,2,91,366,33,12,3,347,327,323,223,54,63,324,28,222,221,60,260,16,322,31,56,64,225,188,0,overnightcamp,coed,18016-182022-07-01
  • Ottawa, ON
  • Age 11 to 18+ (Coed)
  • From $470
OttawaOntario

Level advancement for swimmers of all ages and stages. Read more

,321,1,226,276,56,3,322,overnightcamp,coed,47011-192022-07-01
  • Sundre, AB
  • Age 10 to 11 (Coed)
  • From $589
SundreAlberta

Horse-obsessed kids of all riding abilities will get tons of horse experience along with a range of other classic camp fun. Read more

,81,6,8,3,12,347,223,30,221,56,322,63,overnightcamp,coed,58910-112022-08-01
OVERNIGHT
Traditional
Summer Camp
Jul 03 - Aug 20, 2022

  • Huntsville, ON
  • Age 7 to 15 (Coed)
  • From $460
HuntsvilleOntario

Kwasind is a Christian camp that is large enough to provide lots of program options and small enough that every kids is known Read more

,48,6,81,133,5,258,22,165,175,37,59,288,10,9,123,69,360,344,2,8,3,224,11,347,12,327,323,223,54,63,324,251,28,221,60,260,16,322,25,31,49,56,64,188,0,overnightcamp,coed,4607-152022-07-012022-08-01
  • Ottawa, ON
  • Age 14 to 16 (Coed)
  • From $940
OttawaOntario

Campers will grow in a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, learn the values of Camp Cherith, and practice staff skills. Read more

,133,5,175,37,59,288,10,9,69,134,88,2,91,366,33,97,8,3,54,347,63,36,346,28,74,16,322,25,31,56,overnightcamp,coed,94014-162022-07-01
OVERNIGHT
Traditional
Junior Boys
Aug 14 - Aug 19, 2022

  • Sundre, AB
  • Age 9 to 11 (Boys)
  • From $589
SundreAlberta

Junior Boys introduces young men to the great adventure of Christian life. They get to try all kinds of exciting activities! Read more

,41,6,81,8,3,12,347,16,322,25,223,28,30,221,56,188,0,overnightcamp,allboys,5899-112022-08-01
  • 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
DAY CAMP
Traditional
Day Camp
Aug 22 - Aug 26, 2022

  • Southern Bruce County, ON
  • Age 5 to 11 (Coed)
  • From $195
Southern Bruce CountyOntario

Day camp is a great way for your child to come and enjoy camp life, without having to spend the night. Read more

,298,6,10,5,9,173,123,24,2,357,50,8,3,11,347,12,327,223,54,63,36,346,28,222,16,322,25,31,369,56,188,0,daycamp,coed,1955-112022-08-01
OVERNIGHT
Traditional
Junior
Jul 10 - Jul 15, 2022

  • Ferintosh, AB
  • Age 7 to 9 (Coed)
  • From $315
FerintoshAlberta

Junior Camp is your child’s first opportunity to experience a full week of summer camp. Read more

,48,6,298,81,10,5,9,173,355,123,134,88,2,91,366,33,12,3,347,327,323,223,54,63,324,28,222,221,60,260,16,322,31,56,64,225,188,0,overnightcamp,coed,3157-92022-07-01
  • Sundre, AB
  • Age 15 to 16 (Coed)
  • From $499
SundreAlberta

This introduction to leadership is a week of learning together, practicing skills and having fun at our Sundre location. Read more

,41,6,81,88,2,91,366,33,8,3,12,347,28,30,221,16,322,56,overnightcamp,coed,49915-162022-06-012022-07-01
  • Ferintosh, AB
  • Age 7 to 16 (Coed)
  • From $400
FerintoshAlberta

CLT 1 focuses on basics. It is primarily a bridge, allowing the transition from camper to staff! Read more

,48,6,298,81,10,5,9,173,355,123,134,88,2,91,366,33,12,3,347,327,323,223,54,63,324,28,222,221,60,260,16,322,31,56,64,225,188,0,overnightcamp,coed,4007-162022-07-01
  • Torrance, ON
  • Age 1 to 18+ (Coed)
  • From $1,000
TorranceOntario

Grow closer together through fun outdoor activities, delicious meals, and meaningful chapel sessions for all ages. Read more

,10,5,9,16,3,322,25,31,56,64,8,11,347,12,223,28,30,36,346,222,54,63,188,0,overnightcamp,coed,10001-192022-08-012022-09-01
OVERNIGHT
CIT/LIT
Coed - CILT 1
Jul 31 - Aug 20, 2022

  • Southern Bruce County, ON
  • Age 15 to 16 (Coed)
  • From $1,387
Southern Bruce CountyOntario

CILT 1 will teach you leadership skills and you will make some great forever friends. Read more

,88,2,91,97,8,3,12,347,16,322,25,28,30,31,36,346,54,56,60,63,222,260,10,5,9,134,150,37,173,48,6,81,362,overnightcamp,coed,138715-162022-07-012022-08-01



Organizations with programs TBD


Defining and understanding religious faith

“Every person on the planet has faith in something,” Chantal Huinink believes, “whether that’s religious faith or a faith based in societal values.” In her opinion, “religious faith has to do with particular beliefs and assumptions about the way the world works, who God is and how we are to function because [of what] we believe or know who God is.” Huinink is a registered social worker, focusing her work on spiritually integrated psychotherapy. She’s also the Coordinator of Organizational and Spiritual Life at Christian Horizons, a non-profit, faith-based organization, as well as a speaker and advocate for the rights of differently-abled people. 

“For me”, she begins, “not only as a Christian but as a woman who lives with disabilities, I found that faith is a source of strength and purpose … When we talk about faith experiences, it’s about learning to integrate who we are with exactly what we believe.”

Theological concepts can sometimes go over a child’s head. To have one or two weeks in a faith-based experience geared to specific age levels can be especially awesome.

What’s the value of religious faith?

At its best, religious faith goes beyond mere personal belief and extends outward in expressions of selfless love and a deeply spiritual response to the world around you. Religious faith teaches morals, ethics and respect. It can teach children to treat others as they would like to be treated, and it’s based in a sense of community, wherein people are accepted and respected equally. 

Huinink knows personally that life has many bumps in the road, but faith can help smooth those. Born with Cerebral Palsy (CP), faith has been crucially important to carving out a successful life, a “miraculous” journey, in her words. She’s completed a double Masters in Social Work and Divinity, spoken at international conferences, and she’s been featured as a “changemaker” in Christianity Today. “We all have struggles,” she says. “There will be problems that come [at any age]. I think the earlier you can be exposed or committed to a faith-system that kind of makes the world and the suffering within it make sense, the earlier you’re able to cope better.” 

How will my child learn about religious faith?

“Whether it’s religiously-oriented or not, I think that kids are always developing their faith from the moment they’re born,” Huinink says. “If they happen to be blessed with a faith community that supports them and nurtures them, then that will impact their world view, what they come to believe and ultimately, how they live their lives.” She correctly separates religion from faith, with the former being a set of doctrines, the latter a more personal expression closer to spirituality. 

Religious camps may encourage belief in specific doctrines, but the faith community in each camp setting may be as different from one to another as the spectrum of colours in a rainbow. 

She’s hesitant to generalize about all religious-based camps. However, with respect to those she knows personally, she says, camp can tailor “spiritual beliefs and values … to specific age brackets and specific activities that children enjoy.” Her own experience at camp was pivotal to her spiritual development. “At the age of 9, I attended Christian camp,” she says. “Religious concepts were brought down to a level that I could understand… At that moment, my faith became not just my parent’s faith, but something that I could ascribe to.” She began to truly understand how to apply faith concepts in her own life. 

“The fact that I have a disability plays into every sphere of my life - social, spiritual, mental and emotional,” she explains. The Christian camp she attended “wasn’t specifically for children with disabilities, however, they enfolded me into an activity-based program that was meant for able-bodied active children and they adapted it so I could not only be participating but be fully included and loved.” To her, this was a huge testament, “not only about the other children and staff’s love for me but God’s love for me as well.”

How can I support my child’s religious faith?

You can support your child’s development of religious faith by exposing them to a faith-based community, whether that’s through school, camp or some other means. “I think one of the main advantages of being in a faith-based community is that it’s a chance for the old and young to interact. However, theological concepts can sometimes go over a child’s head,” Huinink believes. For this reason, she emphasizes the importance of camps. “To have one or two weeks in a faith-based experience that’s geared to specific age levels can be especially awesome. We all have spiritual questions...so to take the questions of children and value and nurture that curiosity, specifically in a camp environment...is really important and special.” 

Furthermore, you can support your child’s religious faith by creating an environment where your child feels comfortable to ask you questions about their religion and other religions. Be patient with your child as they explore their curiosity and strengthen their faith.  

Want your child to enhance their religious faith?

There are many camps that focus on religious faith. These camps strive to educate campers on religious doctrines and values so they can implement these teachings in their own lives. In addition to learning more about one specific religion, religious-faith camps teach children the importance of inclusivity and a sense of community. “I think that the biggest testament to who God is - whether you see Him through Christian eyes, Jewish eyes, Muslim eyes or another religious system”, says Huinink, “is how the people that worship or believe in Him act and respond to the needs of their community.”



Advertisement

In the spotlight:


Session Registration:
Child's age:
Date:
Location:

Contact me by:
 Email
 Mail
 Phone


This contact form is brought to you by Our Kids: The trusted source for families since 1998.

By logging in or creating an account, you agree to Our Kids' Terms and Conditions. Information presented on this page may be paid advertising provided by the advertisers [schools/camps/programs] and is not warranted or guaranteed by OurKids.net or its associated websites. By using this website, creating or logging into an Our Kids account, you agree to Our Kids' Terms and Conditions. Please also see our Privacy Policy. Our Kids ™ © 2022 All right reserved.