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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  • Dance (multi)
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  • Milton; Mississauga
  • Age 6 to 8 (Coed)
  • From $150

Students are introduced to basic programming concepts like sprites, loops, events, and more by creating animated stories. Read more

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  • Online
  • Age 8 to 14 (Coed)
  • From $149

Minecraft is a gaming environment with endless possibilities. What if the game doesn’t have a feature you want? Code it! Read more

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  • Online
  • Age 12 to 15 (Coed)
  • From $720

This advanced course in Python programming places a heavy focus on preparing students for the Canadian Computing Competition. Read more

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  • Kananaskis, AB
  • Age 14 to 16 (Coed)
  • From $3,906

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

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  • Burlington; Mississauga
  • Age 12 to 17 (Coed)
  • From $180

Dive deeper into the world of autonomous rovers, setting the stage for enhanced learning in robotics engineering! Read more

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  • Online
  • Age 6 to 10 (Coed)
  • From $150

Students are introduced to basic coding concepts through the creation of animated stories and starter games. Read more

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  • East-End, Toronto
  • Age 8 to 12 (Coed)
  • From $150

Are you ready for an adventure? Plan, design and build fun games using the popular Minecraft game environment. Read more

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  • Online
  • Age 10 to 11 (Coed)
  • From $720

Enhance reading comprehension and communication skills while reading The Magic Tree House Collection (La cabane magique)! Read more

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  • East-End, Toronto
  • Age 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • From $180

Discover the excitement of robot navigation! Learn the basics of robot design plus hands on building and coding challenges. Read more

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  • Huntsville, ON
  • Age 14 to 16 (Coed)
  • From $2,099

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 8 to 9 (Coed)
  • From $720

Through this fun and interactive course, students new to French will love learning Canada's second national language! Read more

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  • Burlington, ON
  • Age 10 to 13 (Girls)
  • From $399

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

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  • Online
  • Age 8 to 13 (Coed)
  • From $720

Learn many styles of creative story writing such as Mystery, Sci-Fi, and Adventure. Create a portfolio of amazing stories! Read more

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  • Online
  • Age 10 to 12 (Coed)
  • From $720

Learn Python basics such as what Python and programming is and its relevance to the real world Read more

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  • Online
  • Age 9 to 14 (Coed)
  • From $149

Develop your game design skills with Roblox Studio, an immersive game engine. Read more

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  • Online
  • Age 9 to 11 (Coed)
  • From $150

Students explore more advanced programming concepts using graphical coding to animate and create games using Scratch. Read more

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  • Online
  • Age 10 to 11 (Coed)
  • From $720

Compose a 5 paragraph essay with appropriate hook, thesis, topic sentences, supporting information and conclusions. Read more

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  • Huntsville, ON
  • Age 16 to 18 (Coed)
  • From $5,649

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

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  • Huntsville, ON
  • Age 13 to 14 (Girls)
  • From $1,500

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

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  • Throughout Ontario (3)
  • Age 7 to 9 (Coed)
  • From $150

Students design, build, & program stationary & interactive robotic models using motors, sensors and block-based programming. Read more

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  • Throughout Ontario (3)
  • Age 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • From $180

Discover the excitement of EV3 & Spike! Learn the basics of robot design plus hands on building and coding challenges. Read more

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  • Vancouver Island, BC
  • Age 14 to 16 (Coed)
  • From $2,093

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

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  • Huntsville, ON
  • Age 14 to 15 (Girls)
  • From $3,899

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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  • Online
  • Age 6 to 8 (Coed)
  • From $149

Social Minecraft building from home with new friends in our moderated servers teaches you to work as a team Read more

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  • Online
  • Age 10 to 11 (Coed)
  • From $720

Move beyond the basics of writing and into creative writing, formal writing. Improve quality and content of academic writing Read more

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VIRTUAL
FOCUS: Game Design
Game Design
Oct 23, 2021 - Dec 23, 2022

  • Online
  • Age 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • From $150

Delve deeper into game design by developing classic games like Brick Breaker, Angry Birds and more using graphical coding. Read more

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  • Online
  • Age 11 to 18 (Coed)
  • From $170

Unlock your creativity and learn how to design and build your own website using HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript. Read more

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

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

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  • Huntsville, ON
  • Age 14 to 16 (Girls)
  • From $2,800

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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  • Mississauga, ON
  • Age 7 to 14 (Coed)
  • From $89

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

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  • East-End, Toronto
  • Age 7 to 8 (Coed)
  • From $160

Students build, design, and investigate simple and complex machines such as levers, pulleys, and axles. Read more

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  • Huntsville, ON
  • Age 16 to 18 (Coed)
  • From $5,699

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

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  • East-End, Toronto
  • Age 6 to 10 (Coed)
  • From $150

Students are introduced to basic coding concepts through the creation of animated stories and starter games. Read more

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  • Haliburton Highlands, ON
  • Age 15 to 16 (Coed)
  • From $4,575

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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  • East-End, Toronto
  • Age 12 to 17 (Coed)
  • From $180

Dive deeper into the world of autonomous rovers, setting the stage for enhanced learning in robotics engineering! Read more

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  • Online
  • Age 9 to 11 (Coed)
  • From $720

Ignite imagination and curiosity throughout this exploration of classic literature geared towards young learners Read more

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  • Algonquin Park, ON
  • Age 6 to 14 (Coed)
  • From $3,795

A combination of diverse in camp programming and Canoe Tripping Read more

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  • Milton; Mississauga
  • Age 6 to 9 (Coed)
  • From $150

Students explore more advanced programming concepts using graphical coding to animate and create games using Scratch. Read more

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  • East-End, Toronto
  • Age 9 to 11 (Coed)
  • From $150

Students explore more advanced programming concepts using graphical coding to animate and create games using Scratch. Read more

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  • Algonquin Park, ON
  • Age 6 to 16 (Coed)
  • From $6,995

Camp Ahmek and Camp Wapomeo offer a balance of canoe tripping and programming. Read more

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  • Algonquin Park, ON
  • Age 6 to 14 (Coed)
  • From $3,495

Camp Ahmek and Camp Wapomeo offer a balance of canoe tripping and programming. Read more

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  • East-End, Toronto
  • Age 8 to 11 (Coed)
  • From $160

Students design, build and program stationary and moving robotic models that use motors, sensors and block-based programming. Read more

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  • Huntsville, ON
  • Age 14 to 16 (Girls)
  • From $1,500

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

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  • Online
  • Age 11 to 12 (Coed)
  • From $720

Enhance reading comprehension and communication skills while reading The Magic Tree House Collection (La cabane magique)! Read more

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  • Online
  • Age 8 to 14 (Coed)
  • From $149

Students see modded servers on their favorite youtube channels but rarely get to try out a modded server. Join us for Mod fun Read more

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  • Burlington, ON
  • Age 8 to 12 (Girls)
  • From $499

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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PROGRAM
FOCUS: Comedy
Improv Class
Sep 13, 2021 - Jun 13, 2022

  • Burlington, ON
  • Age 13 to 17 (Coed)
  • From $30

Stand-Up, Sketch, Saying YES! All the fundamentals of creating comedy for the stage! Read more

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  • Online
  • Age 12 to 13 (Coed)
  • From $720

Learn techniques and skills necessary to participate in writing contests with the chance of being published or winning prizes Read more

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  • Vancouver Island, BC
  • Age 16 to 18 (Coed)
  • From $2,099

For 2SLGBTQ+ Youth aged 16-19, this 7-day adventure features sea kayaking in the world-renowned Clayoquot Sound in B.C. Read more

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  • Online
  • Age 8 to 9 (Coed)
  • From $720

Move beyond the basics of writing and into creative writing, formal writing. Improve quality and content of academic writing Read more

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  • Online
  • Age 10 to 15 (Coed)
  • From $720

Explore new libraries that give you access to tools such as speech recognition, synthetic voice, graphic images, and the web. Read more

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  • Throughout Ontario (3)
  • Age 7 to 9 (Coed)
  • From $150

Students build, design, and investigate simple and complex machines such as levers, pulleys, and axles. 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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  • Fenwick, ON
  • Age 10 to 18 (Coed)
  • From $2,500

Waterfalls, treetop trekking, hiking, canoeing, climbing, and so much more, all within the beautiful Niagara region! Read more

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  • Fenwick, ON
  • Age 10 to 18 (Coed)
  • From $1,700

Waterfalls, treetop trekking, hiking, canoeing, climbing, and so much more, all within the beautiful Niagara region! Read more

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  • Fenwick, ON
  • Age 10 to 18 (Coed)
  • From $150

Waterfalls, treetop trekking, hiking, canoeing, climbing, and so much more, all within the beautiful Niagara region! Read more

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  • East-End, Toronto
  • Age 7 to 15 (Coed)
  • From $149

Learn real world programming languages and critical thinking skills while building your own custom modes and games. 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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  • North-York, Toronto
  • Age 7 to 13 (Coed)
  • From $600

Our Basketball Camp provides campers ages 7-13 an opportunity to build their skills on a full-sized indoor basketball court! Read more

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PROGRAM
FOCUS: Robotics
Robotics 101
Sep 18, 2021 - Mar 29, 2022

  • Aurora, ON
  • Age 4 to 7 (Coed)
  • From $385

Children will learn a variety of skills including problem-solving and computational thinking through the world of robotics! 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 4 to 7 (Coed)
  • From $90

From understanding the parts of a computer to the basics of code, you're going to become a computer whiz kid! Read more

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  • Online
  • Age 13 to 18 (Coed)
  • From $40

Success in Math – Making Math Make Sense 1on1 Personalized instruction for Grades 9 to 12. Get great grades in school! Read more

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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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  • Aurora, ON
  • Age 8 to 14 (Coed)
  • From $420

Join us to learn one of the most popular programming languages; Python! Read more

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  • North-York, Toronto
  • Age 7 to 13 (Coed)
  • From $600

Our Soccer Camp provides campers ages 7-13 an opportunity to build their soccer skills on a full-sized turf Soccer Field! 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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  • East-End, Toronto
  • Age 4 to 11 (Coed)
  • From $295

Weekly training session with a focus on particular skill/s; the session includes conditioned(tactical) games and match play. Read more

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

  • Burlington, ON
  • Age 4 to 18+ (Coed)
  • From $110

Getting involved with a personal coach will deliver higher results and drive up success! Read more

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  • Mississauga, ON
  • Age 8 to 14 (Coed)
  • From $330

Join our STEAM + Climb Discovery Club to build physical and mental skills in an exciting and fun environment! Read more

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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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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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  • Collingwood, ON
  • Age 12 to 18 (Coed)
  • From $330

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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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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  • West-End, Toronto
  • Age 1 to 15 (Coed)
  • From $460

At Outdoor School, nature is our classroom. Children join us each week during the school year to explore, learn and grow. Read more

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  • East-York, Toronto
  • Age 1 to 15 (Coed)
  • From $460

At Outdoor School, nature is our classroom. Children join us each week during the school year to explore, learn and grow. 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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  • 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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  • West-End, Toronto
  • Age 15 to 16 (Coed)
  • From $2,395

Teens put their wilderness and naturalist skills to the test over three weeks of backcountry camping & canoeing! Read more

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  • Online
  • Age 9 to 18+ (Coed)
  • From $5,000

Research on the Cognitive Intensive Program shows significant improvements in learning and living. 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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  • Rocky Mountain House, AB
  • Age 12 to 17 (Girls)
  • From $1,000

Experience cowgirl life on a working horse ranch. Learn to ride, train and win in & out of the arena. Natural Horsemanship. 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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  • Hamilton, ON
  • Age 13 to 18 (Coed)
  • From $990

Join the crew of the a tall ship for an exciting 3-12 days of leadership, teambuilding, and an adventure of a lifetime. Read more

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OVERNIGHT
FOCUS: Out-tripping
LIT
Jul 05 - Aug 20, 2022

  • Bancroft, ON
  • Age 15 to 16 (Coed)
  • From $1,764

The LIT program allows campers to experience the great outdoors all while building their leadership skills and forming bonds. Read more

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  • Online
  • Age 8 to 14 (Coed)
  • From $180

In this program, we will learn to design and code our own websites and apps. Read more

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  • Toronto (2)
  • Age 4 to 12 (Coed)
  • From $405

Explore city parks, play nature games, learn new wilderness and naturalist skills, and connect with your peers! Read more

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  • Toronto (3)
  • Age 4 to 12 (Coed)
  • From $355

Pine’s summer day camps are all about getting kids outside, connecting with nature and having fun. Read more

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  • West-End, Toronto
  • Age 7 to 14 (Coed)
  • From $925

Living wild and free for an entire week, campers build strong friendships, gain resilience & realize all they’re capable of! 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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  • East-End, Toronto
  • Age 7 to 11 (Coed)
  • From $265

We are back in-person! Join us for a three-day winter-themed STEM camp, packed full of learning and fun! Read more

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  • Online
  • Age 8 to 14 (Coed)
  • From $150

We will design our own narrative worlds in Minecraft as we learn about effective storytelling and game creation. Read more

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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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