Top Camps that develop responsibility for 2023/2024

Take ownership of thoughts and actions, and develop an awareness of consequences

Responsibility is:
• Awareness of the relationship between behaviour and consequences
• Willingness to take ownership of consequences, good and bad

Camp encourages responsibility in kids, “[getting them] to the point where they start seeing things that need to get done [without the] need to ask it,” in the words of Audrey Monke. "Ultimately, kids feel better knowing that they can be responsible for themselves." Below the list, read definitions of independence from camp leaders like Monke, as well as parents and campers, and learn how experiences at camp foster this trait. Read more

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    Camps that help kids grow in responsibility (29 results)


    OVERNIGHT
    Traditional
    Out-tripping

    14-day Young Leaders @ Camp Session
    Jul 27 - Aug 10, 2024
    • Bancroft, ON
    • Age 17 to 17 (Coed)
    • From $1,100
    BancroftOntario

    Our planet needs strong future leaders, that's why we intently nurture the growth of those in our Young Leaders program. Visit website

    Borealis Adventure Camp110017-172024-07-012024-08-01,298,6,41,81,175,5,37,285,286,265,288,289,59,337,10,9,173,355,123,342,2,88,91,366,33,24,97,270,357,50,320,1,153,319,276,8,3,223,347,36,346,28,16,322,56,161,188,0,overnightcamp,coed,
    • St Andrews, NB
    • Age 15 to 18 (Coed)
    • From $495
    St AndrewsNew Brunswick

    Hands-on field course introducing students to scientific sampling methods used to study marine and freshwater ecosystems. Visit website

    Huntsman Marine Science Centre49515-182023-10-01,129,2,24,97,270,357,50,144,314,268,overnightcamp,coed,
    Feb 20 - Dec 31, 2023
    • Sudbury, ON
    • Age 13 to 14 (Coed)
    • From $200
    SudburyOntario

    Our focus is Critical Thinking, Heuristics, Logic, and complex Situational Word Problems. Our goal is your child's success. Visit website

    S.A.M - Singapore Math Learning Center20013-142023-02-012023-03-012023-04-012023-05-012023-06-012023-07-012023-08-012023-09-012023-10-012023-11-012023-12-01,196,2,32,195,129,314,268,271,programclass,coed,
    OVERNIGHT
    Traditional
    Out-tripping

    14-day Session
    Jul 27 - Aug 10, 2024
    • Bancroft, ON
    • Age 10 to 16 (Coed)
    • From $2,300
    BancroftOntario

    14 days of magical life experiences gives campers skills, memories and friendships that stand the test of time. Visit website

    Borealis Adventure Camp230010-162024-07-012024-08-01,298,6,41,81,175,5,37,285,286,265,288,289,59,337,10,9,173,355,123,342,2,366,91,24,97,270,357,50,320,1,153,319,276,8,3,223,347,36,346,28,16,322,56,161,188,0,overnightcamp,coed,
    Sep 19, 2023 - Jun 25, 2024
    • Online
    • Age 10 to 11 (Coed)
    • From $1,900
    Online

    Power of Words Academy is committed to providing the highest quality of written and oral communication training to children. Visit website

    Power of Words Academy190010-112023-09-012023-10-012023-11-012023-12-012024-01-012024-02-012024-03-012024-04-012024-05-012024-06-01,159,177,342,2,196,32,135,79,33,91,97,270,268,271,19,362,358,virtualprogram,coed,
    Feb 22 - Dec 31, 2023
    • Mississauga, ON
    • Age 13 to 14 (Coed)
    • From $240
    MississaugaOntario

    Our focus is Critical Thinking, Heuristics, Logic, and complex Situational Word Problems. Our goal is your child's success. Visit website

    S.A.M - Singapore Math Learning Center24013-142023-02-012023-03-012023-04-012023-05-012023-06-012023-07-012023-08-012023-09-012023-10-012023-11-012023-12-01,196,2,32,195,129,314,268,271,programclass,coed,
    Sep 13, 2023 - Jun 25, 2024
    • Online
    • Age 12 to 14 (Coed)
    • From $1,900
    Online

    By the end of the program, your child will have the talent to write fantastic essays and deliver strong speeches! Visit website

    Power of Words Academy190012-142023-09-012023-10-012023-11-012023-12-012024-01-012024-02-012024-03-012024-04-012024-05-012024-06-01,159,177,342,2,196,32,135,79,33,91,97,270,268,271,19,362,358,virtualprogram,coed,
    OVERNIGHT
    Traditional
    Out-tripping

    7-day Sessions
    Jul 13 - Aug 24, 2024
    • Bancroft, ON
    • Age 8 to 16 (Coed)
    • From $1,225
    BancroftOntario

    Seven days of magical life experiences gives campers skills, memories and friendships that stand the test of time. Visit website

    Borealis Adventure Camp12258-162024-07-012024-08-01,298,6,41,81,175,5,37,285,286,265,288,289,59,337,10,9,173,355,123,342,2,366,91,24,97,270,357,50,320,1,153,319,276,8,3,223,347,36,346,28,16,322,56,161,188,0,overnightcamp,coed,
    OVERNIGHT
    Traditional
    Out-tripping

    7-day Young Leaders @ Camp Sessions
    Jul 13 - Aug 24, 2024
    • Bancroft, ON
    • Age 17 to 17 (Coed)
    • From $615
    BancroftOntario

    Our planet needs strong future leaders, that's why we intently nurture the growth of those in our Young Leaders program. Visit website

    Borealis Adventure Camp61517-172024-07-012024-08-01,298,6,41,81,175,5,37,285,286,265,288,289,59,337,10,9,173,355,123,342,2,88,91,366,33,24,97,270,357,50,320,1,153,319,276,8,3,223,347,36,346,28,16,322,56,161,188,0,overnightcamp,coed,
    PROGRAM
    Dance
    Strength Training

    ADAPT Pre Intermediate 1 Jazz Technique
    Sep 13, 2023 - Jun 12, 2024
    • North-York, Toronto
    • Age 10 to 13 (Coed)
    • From $775
    TorontoNorth-YorkNorth-YorkOntario

    Jazz dance: Energetic, expressive, and full of style. Embrace the rhythm, unleash your passion, and shine on the dance floor. Visit website

    Positive Dance Experience77510-132023-09-012023-10-012023-11-012023-12-012024-01-012024-02-012024-03-012024-04-012024-05-012024-06-01,165,5,22,59,288,276,1,programclass,coed,
    PROGRAM
    Academics (group)
    Dance

    Intermediate Contemporary Technique
    Sep 11, 2023 - Jun 10, 2024
    • North-York, Toronto
    • Age 12 to 13 (Coed)
    • From $685
    TorontoNorth-YorkNorth-YorkOntario

    Contemporary dance: Expressive, innovative, and boundary-pushing. Embrace freedom of movement, emotional depth, and artistic Visit website

    Positive Dance Experience68512-132023-09-012023-10-012023-11-012023-12-012024-01-012024-02-012024-03-012024-04-012024-05-012024-06-01,196,2,32,195,22,5,programclass,coed,
    Jan 01 - Dec 31, 2023
    • Online
    • Age 13 to 14 (Coed)
    • From $200
    Online

    Our focus is Critical Thinking, Heuristics, Logic, and complex Situational Word Problems. Our goal is your child's success. Visit website

    S.A.M - Singapore Math Learning Center20013-142023-01-012023-02-012023-03-012023-04-012023-05-012023-06-012023-07-012023-08-012023-09-012023-10-012023-11-012023-12-01,196,2,32,195,129,314,268,271,virtualprogram,coed,
    PROGRAM
    Robotics
    STEM

    Moving Models
    Oct 18, 2022 - Dec 31, 2023
    • Brampton, ON
    • Age 7 to 10 (Coed)
    • From $150
    BramptonOntario

    hey learn STEM concepts, including speed, structural stability and metamorphosis to create and program interactive models. Visit website

    Zebra Robotics - Brampton 1507-102022-10-012022-11-012022-12-012023-01-012023-02-012023-03-012023-04-012023-05-012023-06-012023-07-012023-08-012023-09-012023-10-012023-11-012023-12-01,266,177,334,180,354,353,331,352,332,304,305,343,67,159,68,351,179,365,160,2,130,50,314,268,programclass,coed,
    Feb 02 - Dec 23, 2023
    • West-End, Toronto
    • Age 3 to 18+ (Coed)
    • From $35
    TorontoWest-EndWest-EndOntario

    Fun, affordable saxophone lessons with professional teachers (PhD, DMA, MMus.). Have fun while learning. Free 1st lesson! Visit website

    Neighbour Note Music Camps & Lessons353-192023-02-012023-03-012023-04-012023-05-012023-06-012023-07-012023-08-012023-09-012023-10-012023-11-012023-12-01,147,5,37,38,287,339,285,150,10,9,173,programclass,coed,
    Sep 05 - Oct 14, 2023
    • Waterloo, ON
    • Age 11 to 13 (Coed)
    • From $96
    WaterlooOntario

    Students will learn to break down clues within the script that influence the way their character walks, talks, and feels! Visit website

    Drayton Entertainment Youth Theatre Programs9611-132023-09-012023-10-01,274,5,288,265,59,programclass,coed,
    Sep 05 - Oct 14, 2023
    • Waterloo, ON
    • Age 14 to 18 (Coed)
    • From $96
    WaterlooOntario

    Students will learn to break down clues within the script that influence the way their character walks, talks, and feels! Visit website

    Drayton Entertainment Youth Theatre Programs9614-182023-09-012023-10-01,274,5,288,265,59,programclass,coed,
    Feb 02 - Dec 23, 2023
    • West-End, Toronto
    • Age 3 to 18+ (Coed)
    • From $35
    TorontoWest-EndWest-EndOntario

    Have fun learning to play bass guitar with highly educated teachers: PhD, DMA, MMus. Free 1st lesson! Get inspired! Visit website

    Neighbour Note Music Camps & Lessons353-192023-02-012023-03-012023-04-012023-05-012023-06-012023-07-012023-08-012023-09-012023-10-012023-11-012023-12-01,147,5,37,38,287,339,285,286,150,175,programclass,coed,
    DAY CAMP
    Sailing/Marine

    CANSail 5 & 6 - 420 Race Team
    May 31 - Oct 01, 2023
    • Downtown, Toronto
    • Age 15 to 18 (Coed)
    • From $500
    TorontoDowntownDowntownOntario

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

    National Yacht Club Sailing & Racing School50015-182023-05-012023-06-012023-07-012023-08-012023-09-01,170,6,24,2,130,50,49,3,322,56,daycamp,coed,
    Sep 05 - Oct 14, 2023
    • Waterloo, ON
    • Age 11 to 13 (Coed)
    • From $96
    WaterlooOntario

    Students will work as an ensemble to learn music and choreography to a wide range of musical production numbers. Visit website

    Drayton Entertainment Youth Theatre Programs9611-132023-09-012023-10-01,274,5,288,265,59,programclass,coed,
    Sep 05 - Oct 10, 2023
    • Waterloo, ON
    • Age 19 to 18+ (Coed)
    • From $96
    WaterlooOntario

    Students will learn to break down clues within the script that influence the way their character walks, talks, and feels! Visit website

    Drayton Entertainment Youth Theatre Programs9619-192023-09-012023-10-01,274,5,288,265,59,programclass,coed,
    PROGRAM
    Music Lessons
    Music

    Trombone Lessons (In-Home, Online, or Studio)
    Feb 02 - Dec 23, 2023
    • West-End, Toronto
    • Age 3 to 18+ (Coed)
    • From $35
    TorontoWest-EndWest-EndOntario

    Professional trombone lessons with highly educated teachers: PhD, DMA, MMus. Free 1st lesson! Visit website

    Neighbour Note Music Camps & Lessons353-192023-02-012023-03-012023-04-012023-05-012023-06-012023-07-012023-08-012023-09-012023-10-012023-11-012023-12-01,147,5,37,38,287,339,285,150,10,9,173,programclass,coed,
    PROGRAM
    Music Lessons
    Music

    Banjo Lessons (In-Home, Online, or Studio)
    Feb 02 - Dec 23, 2023
    • West-End, Toronto
    • Age 5 to 18+ (Coed)
    • From $35
    TorontoWest-EndWest-EndOntario

    Learn to play the banjo with expert teachers: PhD, DMA, MMus. Online, in-home, or studio. Free 1st lesson! Visit website

    Neighbour Note Music Camps & Lessons355-192023-02-012023-03-012023-04-012023-05-012023-06-012023-07-012023-08-012023-09-012023-10-012023-11-012023-12-01,147,5,37,38,287,339,285,286,150,10,9,173,programclass,coed,
    Sep 06 - Oct 11, 2023
    • Waterloo, ON
    • Age 16 to 18+ (Coed)
    • From $96
    WaterlooOntario

    This overview training will instill practical knowledge from a different department each week! Visit website

    Drayton Entertainment Youth Theatre Programs9616-192023-09-012023-10-01,274,5,288,265,289,59,programclass,coed,
    Oct 14 - Dec 16, 2023
    • Ottawa, ON
    • Age 7 to 17 (Coed)
    • From $1
    OttawaOntario

    Build positive communication skills and a healthy relationship within your family. Visit website

    Serenity Renewal17-172023-10-012023-11-012023-12-01,196,2,32,366,91,181,programclass,coed,
    PROGRAM
    Horseback Riding

    Horseback Riding Group Lessons
    Mar 27, 2023 - Nov 30, 2024
    • Pickering, ON
    • Age 6 to 18+ (Coed)
    • From $265
    PickeringOntario

    Weekly Horseback Riding Lessons Ages 7 and up Visit website

    Belle Wood Equestrian2656-192023-03-012023-04-012023-05-012023-06-012023-07-012023-08-012023-09-012023-10-012023-11-012023-12-012024-01-012024-02-012024-03-012024-04-012024-05-012024-06-012024-07-012024-08-012024-09-012024-10-012024-11-01,30,3,programclass,coed,
    • Etobicoke, Toronto
    • Age 3 to 18 (Coed)
    • From $18
    TorontoEtobicokeEtobicokeOntario

    We teach many different levels, starting from beginner to professional tournament prep. Visit website

    MC Academy of Tennis183-182023-09-012023-10-01,58,3,347,programclass,coed,
    Feb 02 - Dec 23, 2023
    • West-End, Toronto
    • Age 6 to 18+ (Coed)
    • From $35
    TorontoWest-EndWest-EndOntario

    Professional Euphonium and Baritone lessons with expert teachers: PhD, DMA, MMus. Free 1st lesson! Visit website

    Neighbour Note Music Camps & Lessons356-192023-02-012023-03-012023-04-012023-05-012023-06-012023-07-012023-08-012023-09-012023-10-012023-11-012023-12-01,147,5,37,38,287,339,285,150,10,9,173,programclass,coed,
    PROGRAM
    Horseback Riding

    Weekly Lesson Program - Beginner Program
    Mar 24, 2023 - Nov 30, 2024
    • Pickering, ON
    • Age 6 to 18+ (Coed)
    • From $375
    PickeringOntario

    Private introductory to riding lessons. One to One with Belle Woods elite coaches. Visit website

    Belle Wood Equestrian3756-192023-03-012023-04-012023-05-012023-06-012023-07-012023-08-012023-09-012023-10-012023-11-012023-12-012024-01-012024-02-012024-03-012024-04-012024-05-012024-06-012024-07-012024-08-012024-09-012024-10-012024-11-01,30,3,programclass,coed,
    Sep 05 - Oct 14, 2023
    • Waterloo, ON
    • Age 8 to 10 (Coed)
    • From $96
    WaterlooOntario

    Students will work as an ensemble to learn music and choreography to a wide range of musical production numbers. Visit website

    Drayton Entertainment Youth Theatre Programs968-102023-09-012023-10-01,274,5,288,265,59,programclass,coed,

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    Defining responsibility

    “Responsibility in kids,” begins Audrey Monke, consists of “learning to do tasks for themselves without requiring constant supervision, needing to be reminded, needing to be watched or needing someone else to keep track of things for them.” It could be simple tasks they complete on their own, like brushing their teeth, knowing their routine, or keeping track of their belongings. “It’s really just learning to do it for yourself. It’s contributing and helping out with your family and community, without having to be ... externally reminded.”

    The author of Happy Campers draws on impressive personal experience in her understanding of, and helping children develop responsibility. She’s owner and director of Gold Arrow Camp, a youth summer camp in California. She also operates SunshineParenting.com and runs a podcast wherein she interviews parenting experts, authors and youth development professionals. Happy Campers is an acclaimed parenting guide that offers parents nine secrets from summer camp they can implement at home. Her professional insight comes from over 30 years of first-hand experience with thousands of children, young adult staff, and parents, work that began with a Masters in Psychology focused on youth wellbeing and social skills. 

    She sees her job now as “working with parents, teachers and camp counsellors and giving them simple tools to create the connection and happiness that we create at camp.” 

    How to develop responsibility

    Responsibility is a skill children develop over time. Typically, they’re taught responsibility by watching their parents, counsellors and teachers model this trair. However, children learn even more fully, when given duties of their own. 

    Monke illustrates from Gold Arrow Camp how responsibility can be developed within a child. One summer, she saw that whenever camp counsellors told campers to grab their bathing suits to go swimming, many campers didn’t know where their bathing suits were or couldn’t find them in their bags. “It was there,” she explains, “but it had been very carefully packed by their parents who weren’t there.” From then on, she’s requested that parents let children pack their own bags. Parents can coach, support and check their children’s bags to ensure they have everything they need, but this simple task will begin to develop responsibility within a child.

    “It’s a very unsettling feeling,” she says, “to not know where your things are or to feel like you can’t find something. Ultimately, kids feel better knowing that they can be responsible for themselves.” 

    At camp, she always encourages children to ask, “what else can I do?” She’s seen campers finish up an activity then leave their supplies behind without cleaning up. Rather than assuming you’re done with an activity and can leave, it’s important to ask the person in charge what else you can do to help. “What eventually happens [after asking this],” she says, “is that [kids] get to the point where [they] start seeing all the things that need to get done and [they] may not need to ask it anymore.” At camp, she sees children adopt and develop these responsible behaviours for themselves. 

    Camp gives children models they can follow. They’re given tasks and they see consequences of not following through with responsibilities. A welcoming environment is necessary to ensure that the child feels supported as they navigate through their decision-making processes. 

    What is an example of responsibility?

    Sherri Cully, parent of a camper at Radiant Girls camp, agrees with Monke that responsibility is “key in life.”  

    She believes it’s necessary to be accountable for your own actions to function in society. Her daughter, Hailey, has become more responsible since attending Radiant Girls. There, she was made aware of the repercussions of her actions, and developed a sense of accountability. 

    “Because [Hailey was] given specific things [she] had to do,” she learned responsibility, “not only for specific chores … but also to own her actions.” Camp focused on the notion that every action had a reaction and Sherri believes this mentality helped her daughter foster and nurture her own sense of responsibility. 

    Why is responsibility important to children’s development? 

    “Probably the most important thing is that you’ll have a better life,” Monke begins. The benefits of responsibility are endless. “Kids will have better relationships, they’ll do better in their career, they’ll be able to manage their home, their finances, everything.” When parents teach children  responsibility from an early age, they have a solid foundation to grow on, as they get older. 

    Responsibility is a key trait people look for when they’re considering someone to work with or someone to be friends with. Monke attests to the fact that people are drawn to “someone [who] is dependable and responsible and will follow through on something that is their job or duty, whatever that may be.” This can, in turn, be foundational to developing other valuable traits. 

    When a child learns responsibility, they learn about perseverance, patience, hard work, time management, accountability, and more. They learn the importance of following through with their tasks, developing this as a habit, without being told. In turn, they develop independence and feel needed as others recognize their reliability. 

    What we teach camp counsellors ... is to allow the kids the time they need to figure it out. It’s really hard to do this as a parent.

    When they develop responsibility at an early age, children gain experience in thinking through options in challenging situations. They learn personal accountability, grow problem-solving skills and improve decision-making. These all help children later, in real-world scenarios, as they face academic challenges, navigate the workforce and grow into adulthood. 

    Monke sees that when children exercise responsibility in camp, it gives them empowerment and confidence. She believes that, “increased responsibility and becoming more capable [helps kids] gain confidence by actually doing things.” Give children independent tasks like vacuuming or putting their toys away, and they “feel so grown up ... they take the task so seriously.” 

    How do social environments accelerate the growth of responsibility? 

    The singular aspect about camps that encourages responsibility “is that your parents aren’t there,” says Monke. Knowing they can’t run back to their parents for help, they learn to figure things out on their own. “And also, the adults in charge have more children that they’re watching so by default, kids need to do more for themselves. It’s actually really good for kids to be in environments where they’re asked to be responsible for more than themselves.”

    Something as simple as hanging a sweatshirt is an act of responsibility. At home, a parent might be more likely to do a task like this for them. “A default behaviour for parents is to just do [things] for [their] kids, especially when it’s expedient,” Monke explains. Of course, “default behaviour for kids is to wait ... and see if someone else is going to step in,” she adds. “What we teach camp counsellors ... is to allow the kids the time they need to figure it out.” She emphasizes that these tasks might then take longer to complete, but that’s necessary, to give children personal lessons in responsibility. ”It’s really hard to do this as a parent,” that’s why it benefits them to let children go to camp, she says. The thing to remember, though, is that these "experiences are really helpful for kids," as unique opportunities "to take responsibility.”

    Want your child to enhance their responsibility?

    If you find it difficult to step back and allow your child to learn responsibility, camp is a great teacher. At camp, children learn on their own, listen to instructions, work as a team, develop leadership skills, work as a team, and follow through with duties. The independence of camp fosters responsibility as they respond to situations without parents present. 


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