Camps that build resilience

Grow in perseverance and grit, and learn how to deal with adversity

Resilience is:
• The ability to handle setbacks and adversity—to maintain an optimistic, proactive orientation when under duress
• Willingness to take on challenges

The camp setting fosters resilience through unique experiences, to give them “coping mechanisms and stress-relieving tools,” as Tracey Grose says. Grose, along with parents and campers, explore this singularly important personality trait, with personal insights and examples. Read more




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  • Online
  • Age 8 to 12 (Girls)
  • From $319

Girls develop a mindset for self-confidence and self-respect while embracing a vision for real beauty and self care. Read more

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  • Burlington, ON
  • Age 10 to 13 (Girls)
  • From $299

A guide to starting this year with success! Mindfulness, friendships, resilience, and healthy habits for an outstanding year! Read more

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  • Rocky Mountain House, AB
  • Age 16 to 18+ (Coed)
  • From $599

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

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  • Huntsville, ON
  • Age 14 to 16 (Coed)
  • From $1,999

For youth aged 14-16, this 7-day expedition features canoeing and camping through beautiful Northern Ontario Read more

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  • Online
  • Age 7 to 14 (Coed)
  • From $350

12 Week After-School Virtual Coding Ages 7+ with live instructors and small class size, learn the fundamental of coding Read more

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  • Vancouver Island, BC
  • Age 16 to 18 (Coed)
  • From $0

For Indigenous Youth aged 16-18, this 14-day adventure features ocean canoeing in the world-renowned Clayoquot Sound in B.C. Read more

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  • Online
  • Age 10 to 17 (Coed)
  • From $226

Get creative this summer and learn a new coding language! Join for a full day or half day camp and learn the power of Python! Read more

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  • Vancouver Island, BC
  • Age 14 to 16 (Coed)
  • From $1,999

For youth aged 14-16, this 7-day expedition features hiking and camping through beautiful Manning Park. Read more

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  • Online
  • Age 10 to 13 (Girls)
  • From $299

A guide to starting the school year off great! Mindfulness, friendships, resilience, emotional regulation, & healthy habits! Read more

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  • Huntsville, ON
  • Age 16 to 18 (Coed)
  • From $6,149

For youth aged 16-18, this 32-day expedition features camping and canoeing through beautiful Northern Ontario. Read more

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  • Kananaskis, AB
  • Age 15 to 16 (Coed)
  • From $3,849

For youth 15-16, this 14-Day expedition features hiking and camping in the breathtaking Rocky Mountains. Read more

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  • Uptown, Toronto
  • Age 12 to 15 (Coed)
  • From $1,399

For youth aged 12-15, this day camp features hiking, climbing and canoeing in the Rouge Valley. Read more

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

Code Ninjas Create is a flexible program that teaches kids how to code. Read more

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  • Kananaskis, AB
  • Age 16 to 18 (Coed)
  • From $5,229

For youth aged 16-18, this 21-day expedition features backpacking through the breathtaking Rocky Mountains. Read more

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  • Minden, ON
  • Age 6 to 16 (Coed)
  • From $3,125

For over 100 years, Onondaga Camp inspires the best in outdoor fun, learning and adventure for children. Read more

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  • Minden, ON
  • Age 6 to 16 (Coed)
  • From $1,715

For over 100 years, Onondaga Camp inspires the best in outdoor fun, learning and adventure for children. Read more

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

Design and code your own Robolox games to share with friends. Game development is a multi-billion dollar industry. Read more

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  • Online
  • Age 8 to 14 (Coed)
  • From $189

In our Virtual online camp, we will be teaching animation techniques that can be used in a variety of free animation apps. Read more

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  • Land O' Lakes Tourist Region, ON
  • Age 13 to 15 (Coed)
  • From $1,199

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

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

Earn a Grade 12 math credit in a beautiful outdoor setting. Read more

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  • Mississauga, ON
  • Age 5 to 14 (Coed)
  • From $175

Check out our summer camp schedule filled with different themes and activities. Read more

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  • Burlington, ON
  • Age 8 to 12 (Girls)
  • From $399

Girls develop a mindset for self-confidence, and self-respect while embracing a vision for real beauty, and self care. Read more

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  • Huntsville, ON
  • Age 14 to 16 (Coed)
  • From $0

For Indigenous Youth aged 14-16, this 7-day adventure features canoeing and camping in breathtaking Northern Ontario. Read more

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  • Vancouver Island, BC
  • Age 16 to 18 (Coed)
  • From $1,999

For youth aged 16-18, this 7-day expedition features hiking and camping through breathtaking Stein Valley. Read more

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  • Brantford, ON
  • Age 15 to 16 (Coed)
  • From $1,050

Learn to be extraordinary servant leaders who will be influencers at camp and in their home, school or church communities. Read more

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  • Throughout Ontario (8)
  • Age 8 to 14 (Coed)
  • From $244

Develop your skills, and work together with other students building an amazing world. Read more

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  • Vancouver Island, BC
  • Age 14 to 16 (Coed)
  • From $1,999

For youth ages 14-16, this 7-day expedition features kayaking and camping along the scenic West Coast. Read more

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  • Uptown, Toronto
  • Age 15 to 18 (Coed)
  • From $3,325

For youth aged 15-18, earn a high school credit while canoeing, hiking and climbing through the greenspaces of Toronto. Read more

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  • Huntsville, ON
  • Age 14 to 16 (Girls)
  • From $2,650

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

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  • Huntsville, ON
  • Age 14 to 15 (Girls)
  • From $3,849

For girls aged 14-15, this 14-day expedition features canoeing and camping through the iconic Georgian Bay region. Read more

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  • Huntsville, ON
  • Age 16 to 18 (Coed)
  • From $0

For Indigenous Youth aged 16-18, this 7-day adventure features canoeing and camping in breathtaking Northern Ontario. Read more

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  • Huntsville, ON
  • Age 16 to 18 (Coed)
  • From $1,999

For 2SLGBTQ+ identifying youth aged 16-18, this 7-day expedition features canoeing through the iconic Georgian Bay region. 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 13 to 14 (Girls)
  • From $1,375

Campers who have a keen interest in tripping will enjoy this 5-day canoe trip! Read more

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  • Halkirk, AB
  • Age 14 to 15 (Coed)
  • From $862

This is a training program for growing in character and leadership through service, a campout and lots of work and fun. Read more

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  • Minden, ON
  • Age 6 to 16 (Coed)
  • From $5,500

For over 100 years, Onondaga Camp inspires the best in outdoor fun, learning and adventure for children. Read more

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  • Online
  • Age 10 to 17 (Coed)
  • From $226

Get creative this summer and learn a new coding language! Join for a full day or half day camp and learn the power of Python! Read more

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  • Burlington, ON
  • Age 5 to 17 (Coed)
  • From $228

Performing Arts Camp is a place where campers will learn musical theatre skills, while discovering their stage charisma. Read more

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  • Vancouver Island, BC
  • Age 14 to 16 (Coed)
  • From $0

For Indigenous Youth aged 14-16, this 7-day adventure features sea kayaking in the world-renowned Clayoquot Sound in B.C. Read more

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  • Halkirk, AB
  • Age 16 to 17 (Coed)
  • From $1,142

This is a 4 week leadership training course that equips young people to become leaders and grow in faith. Read more

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  • Huntsville, ON
  • Age 14 to 16 (Girls)
  • From $1,375

Campers who have a keen interest in tripping will enjoy these 5-day canoe trip options. Read more

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  • Throughout Ontario (3)
  • Age 8 to 14 (Coed)
  • From $244

Using a variety of free animation tools, we will explore the process of making animations on the computer. Read more

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  • Vancouver Island, BC
  • Age 16 to 18 (Coed)
  • From $5,729

For youth aged 16-18, this 21-day expedition is the ultimate West Coast experience featuring surfing and sea kayaking. Read more

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  • Throughout Ontario (9)
  • Age 6 to 9 (Coed)
  • From $244

Calling all young lego robot designers! This is the best way to get started. Together, we’ll learn how to build cool robots Read more

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  • Waterloo, ON
  • Age 9 to 14 (Coed)
  • From $252

The Video Game industry is a multi-billion dollar industry employing programers, game designers & artists. You could be one. Read more

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  • Land O' Lakes Tourist Region, ON
  • Age 13 to 15 (Coed)
  • From $1,199

Campers will go on an overnight canoe trip and hike trip. In between they will learn wilderness skills and grow in faith. Read more

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  • Online
  • Age 8 to 14 (Coed)
  • From $189

You can learn to code inside your favorite Minecraft game. Take your STEM learning to the next level. Read more

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  • Uptown, Toronto
  • Age 12 to 15 (Coed)
  • From $1,399

For youth aged 12-15, this day camp features hiking, climbing and canoeing in Toronto. Read more

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  • Huntsville, ON
  • Age 16 to 18 (Coed)
  • From $5,229

For youth aged 16-18 this 21-day expedition features canoeing and campaign through beautiful Northern Ontario. Read more

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  • Haliburton Highlands, ON
  • Age 15 to 16 (Coed)
  • From $4,285

In LIT, candidates work hard, challenge themselves & over 4 weeks, have one of their most memorable experience of their lives Read more

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  • Huntsville, ON
  • Age 16 to 17 (Coed)
  • From $1,895

Instruction, mentorship and challenging experiences create a life-changing Christian leadership development experience. Read more

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  • Land O' Lakes Tourist Region, ON
  • Age 12 to 14 (Boys)
  • From $629

Boys live at our epic treehouses and go on two overnight trips - one in a canoe, the other backpacking. Read more

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

Stretch your imagination and power-up your Lua coding skills. Design more with Roblox! Read more

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  • Online
  • Age 11 to 18 (Coed)
  • From $175

Create custom blocks, tools, weapons and mobs. If you can imagine it, you can create it! Block by block! 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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  • Online
  • Age 14 to 17 (Coed)
  • From $90

Introduce students to the basic concepts of the Python programming language by completing fun coding challenges. Read more

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  • Online
  • Age 6 to 8 (Coed)
  • From $130

Our 8th series of Live virtual experiments will explore all science and STEM bases. We design, build, design, and laugh. Read more

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  • Online
  • Age 14 to 17 (Coed)
  • From $90

Students will take an in-depth look at what makes each field of engineering unique. Read more

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  • Bancroft, ON
  • Age 8 to 16 (Coed)
  • From $762

Everyone belongs, everyone grows and everyone is valued for who they are! Let's get together this summer! Read more

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  • Downtown, Toronto
  • Age 10 to 16 (Coed)
  • From $1,105

Practice sailing skills in a fun and safe environment, consolidating fundamentals and beginning intermediate level theory. Read more

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PROGRAM
FOCUS: Languages
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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  • Downtown, Toronto
  • Age 14 to 18 (Coed)
  • From $450

Work with our certified race coach to master sailing techniques to sail fast and put those skills to the test at regattas. Read more

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

Join us to learn about healthy habits, nutrition, and how to stay active in a fun way! Daily Yoga, games, nutrition sessions. Read more

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PROGRAM
FOCUS: Scratch
Scratch Programming
Jan 01, 2020 - Dec 31, 2021

  • Brampton, ON
  • Age 5 to 14 (Coed)
  • From $135

Children can program and share interactive media such as stories, games, and animation with people from all over the world. Read more

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  • Renfrew, ON
  • Age 15 to 17 (Coed)
  • From $1,850

Adventure Leadership Training for teens 15-17 Read more

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  • Online
  • Age 13 to 18 (Coed)
  • From $300

Students learn strategies to improve reading speed, comprehension and recall, necessary for success in high school & beyond! 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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PROGRAM
FOCUS: Math
Math Tutoring
Feb 03, 2020 - Dec 31, 2021

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

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

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  • Wolseley, SK
  • Age 15 to 16 (Coed)
  • From $595

Challenge yourself to grow in character, faith and leadership in an exciting Christian community. Read more

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  • Online
  • Age 5 to 12 (Coed)
  • From $65

An award-winning, national organization, Let’s Talk Science facilitates engaging, evidence-based STEM programs for youth! Read more

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  • Collingwood, ON
  • Age 13 to 18 (Coed)
  • From $320

A perfect opportunity to experience life on a tall ship in a compact 3 day format from well-connected Collingwood. Read more

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  • Online
  • Age 7 to 14 (Coed)
  • From $85

Kids learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively - essential skills in the 21st century! 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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  • 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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  • East-End, Toronto
  • Age 4 to 11 (Coed)
  • From $125

Camps designed for players to receive specific coaching to develop their skills through games and skill building activies Read more

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  • Aurora, ON
  • Age 4 to 7 (Coed)
  • From $330

Children will learn a variety of skills including problem-solving and computational thinking through the world of robotics! 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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  • Brampton, ON
  • Age 5 to 14 (Coed)
  • From $199

Transform your child's love for technology into an exciting learning adventure. Read more

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  • Online
  • Age 11 to 14 (Coed)
  • From $72

Be a filmmaker! Campers bring their imagination to life: character creation, digital storytelling & animation. 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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  • Hamilton, ON
  • Age 13 to 18 (Coed)
  • From $800

Join the crew of the TS Playfair for an exiting 5-10 days of leadership, teambuilding, and an adventure of a lifetime. Read more

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  • Rocky Mountain House, AB
  • Age 11 to 17 (Girls)
  • From $750

Wildhorsecamp is every girls dream getaway. 45 Awesome horses, 450 acres of magical land. Lessons, Learning, Friends and Fun! Read more

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  • Online
  • Age 6 to 8 (Coed)
  • From $90

Students will take an in-depth look at what makes each field of engineering unique. Read more

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  • Aurora, ON
  • Age 8 to 14 (Coed)
  • From $300

Join us in Coding Club to learn the fundamentals of coding in the most popular programming languages! Read more

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  • Burlington, ON
  • Age 6 to 14 (Coed)
  • From $665

Camp Kahuna inspires children to pursue leadership. Leadership instruction is led by award winning speaker, Scott Graham. Read more

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  • Online
  • Age 11 to 13 (Coed)
  • From $90

Campers will learn about more advanced and complex concepts and techniques for computer coding. 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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  • Online
  • Age 9 to 11 (Coed)
  • From $130

Calling all budding scientists and engineers! Explore aerodynamics, chemistry, electricity, magnetism, energy and more. Read more

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  • Brampton, ON
  • Age 7 to 14 (Coed)
  • From $149

Code Ninjas Create is a flexible program that teaches kids how to code. Read more

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  • Throughout Ontario (3)
  • Age 14 to 18 (Coed)
  • From $180

Students will solidify the fundamentals of coding and apply them to advanced concepts, from algorithms to the data structure. Read more

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  • Online
  • Age 16 to 18+ (Coed)
  • From $360

High level explanation of chemistry school curriculum, as well as answers to specific questions, and problems. Read more

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PROGRAM
FOCUS: Python
Python Programming
Jan 01, 2020 - Dec 31, 2021

  • Throughout Ontario (3)
  • Age 7 to 18 (Coed)
  • From $135

Python is a powerful, expressive programming language that’s easy to learn and fun to use! Read more

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  • Brampton, ON
  • Age 7 to 14 (Coed)
  • From $149

Code Ninjas Create is a flexible program that teaches kids how to code. Read more

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  • East-End, Toronto
  • Age 4 to 12 (Coed)
  • From $68

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

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  • Bancroft, ON
  • Age 7 to 10 (Boys)
  • From $2,600

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

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  • Online
  • Age 6 to 9 (Coed)
  • From $90

Learn basic coding skills while designing, building and creating your own video game using programs such as Scratch Read more

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  • West-End, Toronto
  • Age 4 to 15 (Coed)
  • From $125

Program designed for players to receive specific coaching to develop and refine their skills Read more

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  • Online
  • Age 10 to 18+ (Coed)
  • From $45

Learn the basics of programming, a highly valuable skill to have, in a collaborative and interactive environment. Read more

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  • East-End, Toronto
  • Age 4 to 11 (Coed)
  • From $200

Summer Karate Day Camp includes Karate, Yoga, Outdoor Park and Splash Pad play time, Beach, Crafts, Games and Activities. 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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  • Burlington, ON
  • Age 13 to 15 (Coed)
  • From $175

We build resiliency in teens. Leadership is taught by Canada's leadership expert, Scott Graham. Read more

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PROGRAM
FOCUS: Computers
JUNIOR THINKER
Jan 01, 2020 - Dec 31, 2021

  • Throughout Ontario (3)
  • Age 5 to 7 (Coed)
  • From $180

Enables young children to create their own interactive stories and games, despite not being able to read. Read more

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PROGRAM
FOCUS: Writing
Writing Tutoring
Feb 03, 2020 - Dec 31, 2021

  • Oakville, ON
  • Age 8 to 18 (Coed)
  • From $200

Sylvan Writing 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 10 to 14 (Coed)
  • From $90

Introduce students to the basic concepts of the Python programming language by completing fun coding challenges. Read more

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  • Online
  • Age 9 to 11 (Coed)
  • From $72

Students will take an in-depth look at what makes each field of engineering unique. Read more

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  • Online
  • Age 10 to 12 (Coed)
  • From $72

Campers will learn about computer programming concepts/techniques; learning to code interactive computer programs & games. Read more

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  • North-York, Toronto
  • Age 4 to 15 (Coed)
  • From $125

Program designed for players to receive specific coaching to develop and refine their skills Read more

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  • Magog, QC
  • Age 8 to 15 (Coed)
  • From $2,330

For two weeks, campers design their own schedule, live in a bilingual community and develop waterfront and woodland skills! Read more

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  • Online
  • Age 12 to 14 (Coed)
  • From $90

Students will take an in-depth look at what makes each field of engineering unique. 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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  • East-York, Toronto
  • Age 4 to 13 (Coed)
  • From $125

Program designed for players to receive specific coaching to develop and refine their skills Read more

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PROGRAM
FOCUS: Basketball
Private coaching
Feb 07, 2021 - Oct 31, 2029

  • Burlington, ON
  • Age 4 to 18+ (Coed)
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Defining resilience

“Learning to rock climb is not a life skill,” says Shari Stoch, director at Camp Kodiak, “but learning to take risks is.” By that she doesn’t mean putting ourselves in danger, but rather understanding that some experiences aren’t comfortable. “Learning to persevere through that discomfort and take those risks is going to be really important for their success long term.” Discomfort can be taking part in a canoe trip, but it can also simply be getting used to working with others or participating in games. “If a child is uncomfortable socially,” says Stock, “and we rescue them from every situation, we’re really setting them up for a lot of loneliness.”

Developing resilience is important, though she feels that how we develop it is important too. Stoch believes it should never be sink or swim but instead scaffolding from one success to the next. She continues using the example of rock climbing, noting that if a child approaches the climbing wall, too often it can seem that there are only two options: You get to the top, or you don’t. “What the camper needs to understand,” says Stoch, “is that there’s lots of things between those two.” The first step may be simply putting on a harness, maybe climbing a few feet off the ground, or even just touching the wall. “Each of those steps is a success. Each of those steps is taking a risk, going a little bit past where they’re comfortable, toward a goal that feels unachievable.” She sees that as, ultimately, the most important thing. “Learning that you can do hard things is a really important goal.”

Tracey Grose defines resilience as the ability to “go forward in spite of difficulties” and, while they might seem small—dealing with a day of rain, being able to lose or win gracefully, taking a try at the rock-climbing wall—those experiences condition us for how to deal with the larger challenges when they arrive. As a parent, Grose acknowledges there’s a temptation sometimes to step in to help your child feel successful and comfortable. As a clinical social worker, she knows it’s important to let them learn what they need to succeed on their own.

“Children with resilience or ‘grit’,” she says, “have the ability to persevere in face of challenges.” As a parent, she acknowledges there’s a temptation to step in to help your child feel successful and comfortable sometimes. It’s important to let them learn what they need to succeed on their own. “If we always rescue them and solve problems for them, they don’t develop that internal drive to overcome difficulties and persist.”

This ability to persevere, adapt or ‘bounce back’ in spite of difficult situations and experiences can benefit kids and teens in many different situations. Examples include the transition from elementary to high school, conflicts with peers, or demanding assignments at school. The ability to persevere in the face of adversity is a tool critical to a child’s development, one they develop at camp. 

What are the benefits of resilience?

Resilience gives children coping mechanisms that will be useful in the event of challenging situations. This will likely result in regulated emotions, stronger mental health, dedication to tasks and the ability to communicate thoughts and feelings when faced with difficulties or tasks they find hard to manage. 

At camp, they develop independence and, over time, coping mechanisms and stress-relieving tools are learned. These tools will be useful in their day-to-day lives when they grow older.

Chantal Vaidyanath saw daughter Kavya develop resilience during her time at Rooks to Cooks camp. It was as simple as persevering through challenges of learning and cooking new recipes, but this skill helped Kavya work her way through the stress of the 2020 coronavirus quarantine.

“I think [resilience] is important in a child’s life because they’re going to experience many challenges. The world around them is constantly changing. If they have resilience, they’re going to be able to roll with the punches, [move] forward and continue to pursue their goals,” says Vaidyanath, adding that resilience benefits both mental and physical health, too. “Children who are more resilient [are] less likely to have mental and social difficulties like anxiety or succumbing to peer pressure,” she explains. “From a physical perspective as well, a child who is resilient would be more likely to keep in mind that, even though they’re getting really busy, they still need to be able to take care of their physical health, exercise and things like that.”

Tracey Grose believes that when children learn how to be resilient and persevere through responsibilities they have difficulty performing, they’ll develop a well-rounded experience in their lives. They’re “learning to care for [themselves], care for the environment, care for [their] daily living and pursue [their] interests.” This leads to the development of a well-rounded person, she says, “[because they’re] learning how to manage time and still be successful.” 

How to develop resilience

Camp offers kids a variety of opportunities to develop resilience. It’s important for a child to develop this skill at a young age so they have a foundation to build from. At camp, they develop independence and, over time, coping mechanisms and stress-relieving tools are learned. These tools will be useful in their day-to-day lives when they grow older and face hardships in adulthood. 

“Camps  ...  are a time for a child to enrich their experiences,” says Grose. The environment focuses on developing specific strengths and interests a child may have. Grose believes that children should be given every opportunity to discover and nurture strengths and interests. “Every child has gifts and talents,” she says. “They need to  ...  be given adequate opportunity to practice them to a certain level of proficiency so they can say, this is me. This is what I’m strong at.

Stoch agrees. “We need to find the things our kids are great at, and we need to let them do those things over and over again.” Because all the strength they get from those experiences—the sense of mastery, confidence, participation—will be what they draw on when they approach challenges and difficulties. “Imagine what kind of payout you can get,” she says, “for accomplishing something you previously thought was impossible.” When kids try new things and challenge themselves, they learn, says Stoch, “that what feels like a limit is actually only just a starting point."

When a child discovers and develops their individual strengths, they grow in confidence and through that, develop resilience. “If their strength is athletic [or] in the arts, music, performance, [etc] then when they do something with a certain level of confidence or success  ...  it’s fuel to their engine.” Camps that provide a focus on the development of unique and individual skills are particularly good at this. 

Chantal Vaidyanath also believes that, “the camp environment is really important for kids to develop resilience because they don’t have the usual support and guidance from their parents.” 

Children develop resilience through a camp atmosphere, too, she thinks, because they’re interacting with others, listening to their instructor and working with others in the camp. Camp is beneficial for the development of resilience because children learn “how to solve new problems and face new challenges that they might not really be faced with at home.” 

What's an example of resilience?

Grose sees her own eldest son, who has a learning disability, as an example of resilience. His reading comprehension is slower, so he requires time to decode and process language. Since the reading-and-writing structure of school was unrewarding to his particular learning style, she sees resilience in his ability to persevere through public education. Her family has also explored various options to assist his learning style and help him move forward in spite of any difficulties. 

“He’s brilliant in music,” she says. “We’ve always done a lot to make sure he gets to explore his strengths in music, which builds his confidence.” Rather than solely focusing on strengthening his reading or writing skills, they’ve exposed him to audio books and supported his participation in music lessons, with great results. 

“If we only focus on one source of reward or success for a child and they aren’t necessarily gifted in that area, there can be a whole loss of self-concept if they’re just not good at math or English ... My son’s very good at music, he knows that that’s his niche ... And his success can come from a combination of talents.”

How to support your child’s development of resilience

Chantal Vaidyanath attests to the way camp built up Kavya’s resilience to solve problems and face challenges on her own. She witnessed this increased inner strength in early 2020 when there were many “changes in [our] home due to the coronavirus quarantine. Kavya quickly adapted to doing school online and she was better prepared for her online classes. Chantal could see that “she’d learned a lot about etiquette.”   

The increased independence and personal responsibility that kids experience at camp is an important part of developing resilience. Grose also recommends that parents give kids independent responsibility as a way of fostering resilience. 

She begins to explain, “if they’re 2 or 3 years old, they can pick up toys and put them back in the toy box. At 4, they can make their bed.” A good rule-of-thumb is to increase responsibility when your child’s physical ability increases. Grose emphasizes that the value in this lesson is not for compensation or reward, but to teach resilience and responsibility. In this, it’s important that parents give positive reinforcement and support. “Some people have an idea that criticism or correcting is part of parenting,” she says, “[but] we definitely get more bees with honey. We get more success with positive reinforcement.” 

When you provide a support network for your child, they know they can communicate their thoughts and feelings to you and aren’t navigating adversity alone. When you praise them for persevering through their challenges, you encourage more of this behaviour, which turns into habit, and your child will continue to develop resilience. Grose also recommends conducting a cognitive and learning disability assessment if you notice your child having more difficulty with certain tasks. This can indicate a neurological underpinning that makes it harder for your child to focus or complete their duties. As a professional, she affirms the value of assessments, and if you follow the recommendations of psychologists and counselors, your child will develop deeper emotional well-being and resilience. “There’s no limit to how much they can achieve,” she says, “as long as they have the right tools in place.”

Want your child to enhance their resilience?

Both Grose and Vaidyanath affirm the value of camp, as well as summertime or after-school activities, which offer children a setting that fosters independent activity. This setting helps them gain confidence and resilience, as they explore their own strengths and interests.



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