Camps that develop responsibility

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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  • Lakefield, ON
  • Age 13 to 17 (Coed)
  • From $2,730
LakefieldOntario

Learn regenerative farming and great life skills in this hands-on course. Plant, build, harvest, and learn in the outdoors. Visit website

Meet them at Camp Expo on Feb 25
Lakefield College School Summer Programs273013-172023-06-012023-07-01,48,6,298,81,256,5,133,10,9,123,174,159,177,20,2,366,91,275,24,270,357,50,268,319,1,276,224,3,11,347,12,327,223,54,58,63,324,28,222,221,74,139,260,15,322,16,49,56,161,daycamp,coed,
  • Hamilton, ON
  • Age 6 to 17 (Coed)
  • From $140
HamiltonOntario

Our award-winning acting instructors will help you develop your presence, grow your confidence and get qualified. Visit website

CBY Music & Performing Arts1406-172022-09-012022-10-012022-11-012022-12-012023-01-012023-02-012023-03-012023-04-012023-05-012023-06-01,282,5,274,288,59,337,programclass,coed,
  • Online
  • Age 13 to 14 (Coed)
  • From $200
Online

We teach your child the required skills in logic and critical thinking that are needed to solve complex problems. Visit website

Meet them at Camp Expo on Feb 25
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,
  • Temagami, ON
  • Age 10 to 12 (Boys)
  • From $3,100
TemagamiOntario

Langskib 2-week canoe trips are designed to be a boys first adventure away from home. Visit website

Northwaters & Langskib Canoe Tripping Programs310010-122023-07-012023-08-01,170,6,41,81,133,5,153,1,16,3,322,25,28,overnightcamp,allboys,
  • Bracebridge, ON
  • Age 6 to 16 (Coed)
  • From $1,495
BracebridgeOntario

Campers choose from a variety of daily activities. Our camp is where friendships begin and FUN never ends. Visit website

Meet them at Camp Expo on Feb 25
Camp Muskoka14956-162023-07-012023-08-01,48,6,41,81,175,5,37,147,38,287,176,286,150,59,288,10,9,173,123,69,360,88,2,91,33,24,97,270,357,50,320,1,8,3,224,327,347,323,223,151,54,63,21,324,36,346,28,30,125,222,221,60,16,322,25,31,56,225,188,0,overnightcamp,coed,
  • Uptown, Toronto
  • Age 12 to 13 (Coed)
  • From $420
TorontoUptownUptownOntario

Campers will develop techniques and strategies for being a confident and competent leader in a camp environment. Visit website

Meet them at Camp Expo on Feb 25
Crescent Camps42012-132023-07-012023-08-01,81,6,33,2,91,daycamp,coed,
  • Minden, ON
  • Age 16 to 18 (Coed)
  • From $4,385
MindenOntario

A challenging program that includes leadership training, mentorship of campers, and activity instruction. Visit website

Meet them at Camp Expo on Feb 25
Kandalore438516-182023-06-012023-07-012023-08-01,48,6,41,81,17,5,133,263,345,368,293,197,175,37,59,288,10,9,173,123,69,174,134,196,2,32,195,20,79,88,91,33,24,97,137,321,1,226,153,8,3,11,347,12,327,323,223,194,54,63,164,21,36,346,251,27,28,222,221,74,139,60,260,16,322,201,25,31,49,56,64,44,161,overnightcamp,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,
  • Clarington, ON
  • Age 6 to 8 (Coed)
  • From $1,200
ClaringtonOntario

Participants work alongside professional Animal Care staff to look after a variety of rescued & endangered wildlife. Visit website

Safari Zoo Camp12006-82023-07-01,48,6,81,10,5,9,69,24,2,357,50,267,7,28,3,60,overnightcamp,coed,

  • East-York, Toronto
  • Age 13 to 17 (Coed)
  • From $40
TorontoEast-YorkEast-YorkOntario

Students will create three-dimensional objects using various materials while learning sculpture history & symbolism Visit website

Canadian Contemporary School of Art4013-172022-09-012022-10-012022-11-012022-12-012023-01-012023-02-012023-03-012023-04-012023-05-012023-06-01,173,5,9,123,333,174,172,10,programclass,coed,
  • St Andrews, NB
  • Age 5 to 11 (Coed)
  • From $40
St AndrewsNew Brunswick

Whales, seals or sea stars...no matter what your Young Explorer is passionate about, there’s a marine experience waiting. Visit website

Huntsman Marine Science Centre405-112023-07-012023-08-01,10,5,9,173,357,2,50,144,314,268,daycamp,coed,
  • Clarington, ON
  • Age 6 to 8 (Coed)
  • From $1,200
ClaringtonOntario

Participants work alongside professional Animal Care staff to look after a variety of rescued & endangered wildlife. Visit website

Safari Zoo Camp12006-82023-07-01,48,6,81,10,5,9,69,24,2,357,50,267,7,28,3,60,overnightcamp,coed,
  • Land O' Lakes Tourist Region, ON
  • Age 15 to 16 (Coed)
  • From $1,320
Land O' Lakes Tourist RegionOntario

A 3-day canoe trip, leadership training, chances to go deeper in Christian faith, mentorship and getting on track to be staff Visit website

Meet them at Camp Expo on Feb 25
InterVarsity Circle Square Ranch Big Clear Lake132015-162023-07-01,298,6,41,81,88,2,91,33,24,226,1,16,3,322,31,56,8,12,347,30,221,54,74,260,63,overnightcamp,coed,
  • Hamilton, ON
  • Age 6 to 17 (Coed)
  • From $108
HamiltonOntario

Our award-winning voice instructors will help you develop your voice, grow your confidence and get qualified. Visit website

CBY Music & Performing Arts1086-172022-09-012022-10-012022-11-012022-12-012023-01-012023-02-012023-03-012023-04-012023-05-012023-06-01,138,5,37,287,285,150,265,288,59,programclass,coed,
  • Fenwick, ON
  • Age 8 to 16 (Coed)
  • From $450
FenwickOntario

NAC is offering a hybrid learning and adventure option this year for students who want the best of both worlds! Visit website

Meet them at Camp Expo on Feb 25
Niagara Adventure Camp4508-162023-07-012023-08-01,196,2,32,342,79,129,19,daycamp,coed,

  • Mont-Tremblant, QC
  • Age 16 to 16 (Boys)
  • From $5,650
Mont-TremblantQuebec

Through skill development, leadership opportunities and practical experience, LITs develop the skills to be camp counsellors. Visit website

Camp Nominingue565016-162023-07-01,41,6,81,133,5,88,2,91,33,24,226,1,16,3,322,56,overnightcamp,allboys,
  • Huntsville, ON
  • Age 14 to 16 (Girls)
  • From $1,550
HuntsvilleOntario

This session prepares individuals to lifeguard and to teach and evaluate swimming strokes and lifesaving skills. Visit website

Glen Bernard Camp155014-162023-07-012023-08-01,175,5,37,150,10,9,173,123,69,174,134,321,1,226,15,3,322,16,31,49,56,8,26,347,28,36,346,221,54,58,60,63,225,360,363,overnightcamp,allgirls,
  • Pickering, ON
  • Age 7 to 18+ (Coed)
  • From $200
PickeringOntario

Have you every wanted to try to ride a horse? Check out Belle Equestrians monthly programs for all levels! Visit website

Meet them at Camp Expo on Feb 25
Belle Wood Equestrian2007-192023-01-012023-02-012023-03-012023-04-012023-05-012023-06-012023-07-012023-08-012023-09-012023-10-01,30,3,programclass,coed,
  • North-York, Toronto
  • Age 12 to 18 (Coed)
  • From $449
TorontoNorth-YorkNorth-YorkOntario

Students will work on an Ivy League calibre case study, featuring a potential client with a set of specific financial goals. Visit website

Meet them at Camp Expo on Feb 25
Brain Power Enrichment Programs44912-182023-04-012023-05-01,129,2,278,181,programclass,coed,
  • Scarborough, Toronto
  • Age 12 to 16 (Coed)
  • From $0
TorontoScarboroughScarboroughOntario

Campers will be able to gain a better understanding of themselves and build self-confidence through leadership activities. Visit website

Meet them at Camp Expo on Feb 25
Royal Crown Summer Camp012-162023-07-012023-08-01,366,2,91,daycamp,coed,
  • Mont-Tremblant, QC
  • Age 16 to 16 (Boys)
  • From $5,650
Mont-TremblantQuebec

Through skill development, leadership opportunities and practical experience, LITs develop the skills to be camp counsellors. Visit website

Camp Nominingue565016-162023-07-01,41,6,81,133,5,88,2,91,33,24,226,1,16,3,322,56,overnightcamp,allboys,
  • Hamilton, ON
  • Age 6 to 17 (Coed)
  • From $108
HamiltonOntario

Our award-winning instrumental teachers will help you develop your musicianship, grow your confidence and get qualified. Visit website

CBY Music & Performing Arts1086-172022-09-012022-10-012022-11-012022-12-012023-01-012023-02-012023-03-012023-04-012023-05-012023-06-01,138,5,37,175,287,339,176,285,150,265,288,59,programclass,coed,
  • St Andrews, NB
  • Age 5 to 18 (Coed)
  • From $25
St AndrewsNew Brunswick

Huntsman welcomes homeschool students to participate in field explorations and hands-on labs focused on our local ocean habit Visit website

Huntsman Marine Science Centre255-182022-10-012022-11-012022-12-012023-01-012023-02-012023-03-012023-04-012023-05-01,24,2,357,50,144,314,268,daycamp,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,
  • Pickering, ON
  • Age 7 to 16 (Coed)
  • From $650
PickeringOntario

Learn how to ride a horse, make crafts, and form friendships both two-legged and four! Visit website

Meet them at Camp Expo on Feb 25
Belle Wood Equestrian6507-162023-03-01,133,5,10,9,173,355,123,333,134,24,2,276,1,323,3,347,54,63,30,daycamp,coed,
  • Vaughan, ON
  • Age 13 to 17 (Coed)
  • From $962
VaughanOntario

Each dynamic and exciting class of this popular workshop consists of both a grammar component and a writing component! Visit website

Meet them at Camp Expo on Feb 25
Brain Power Enrichment Programs96213-172023-07-012023-08-01,196,2,32,79,19,programclass,coed,
  • Orillia, ON
  • Age 6 to 14 (Coed)
  • From $875
OrilliaOntario

Camp Couchiching provides excellent programming and supervision to make a great summer experience! Many return every year! Visit website

Camp Couchiching8756-142023-07-012023-08-01,48,6,41,81,175,5,37,59,288,10,9,123,69,174,360,8,3,12,347,54,58,63,222,74,15,322,16,31,49,56,188,0,overnightcamp,coed,
  • Hamilton, ON
  • Age 6 to 17 (Coed)
  • From $140
HamiltonOntario

Our award-winning instructors will help you develop your voice, grow your confidence and bring screen characters to life. Visit website

CBY Music & Performing Arts1406-172022-09-012022-10-012022-11-012022-12-012023-01-012023-02-012023-03-012023-04-012023-05-012023-06-01,282,5,274,288,59,337,programclass,coed,
  • Online
  • Age 12 to 14 (Coed)
  • From $1,800
Online

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

Meet them at Camp Expo on Feb 25
Power of Words Academy180012-142022-09-012022-10-012022-11-012022-12-012023-01-012023-02-012023-03-012023-04-012023-05-012023-06-01,159,177,342,2,196,32,135,79,33,91,97,270,268,271,19,362,358,virtualprogram,coed,
  • 100 Mile House, BC
  • Age 9 to 11 (Coed)
  • From $699
100 Mile HouseBritish Columbia

An exciting 5 days of canoeing, ropes courses, climbing wall adventures. Visit website

JUMP!6999-112023-07-012023-08-01,48,6,337,5,366,2,91,33,24,357,50,267,153,1,221,3,16,322,56,225,252,41,overnightcamp,coed,
  • Online
  • Age 10 to 11 (Coed)
  • From $1,800
Online

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

Meet them at Camp Expo on Feb 25
Power of Words Academy180010-112022-09-012022-10-012022-11-012022-12-012023-01-012023-02-012023-03-012023-04-012023-05-012023-06-01,159,177,342,2,196,32,135,79,33,91,97,270,268,271,19,362,358,virtualprogram,coed,
  • Lakefield, ON
  • Age 13 to 17 (Coed)
  • From $5,825
LakefieldOntario

Learn regenerative farming and great life skills in this hands-on course. Plant, build, harvest, and learn in the outdoors. Visit website

Meet them at Camp Expo on Feb 25
Lakefield College School Summer Programs582513-172023-06-012023-07-01,48,6,298,81,256,5,133,10,9,123,174,159,177,20,2,366,91,275,24,270,357,50,268,319,1,276,224,3,11,347,12,327,223,54,58,63,324,28,222,221,74,139,260,15,322,16,49,56,161,overnightcamp,coed,
  • Vaughan, ON
  • Age 6 to 8 (Coed)
  • From $406
VaughanOntario

Learn how to communicate clearly and concisely in both speech and writing! Visit website

Meet them at Camp Expo on Feb 25
Brain Power Enrichment Programs4066-82023-07-012023-08-01,196,2,32,79,270,19,programclass,coed,
  • St Andrews, NB
  • Age 5 to 11 (Coed)
  • From $18
St AndrewsNew Brunswick

Whales, seals or sea stars...no matter what your Young Explorer is passionate about, there’s a marine experience waiting. Visit website

Huntsman Marine Science Centre185-112023-03-01,24,2,357,50,144,314,268,188,0,daycamp,coed,
  • Clarington, ON
  • Age 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • From $1,200
ClaringtonOntario

Participants work alongside professional Animal Care staff to look after a variety of rescued & endangered wildlife. Visit website

Safari Zoo Camp12009-122023-07-01,48,6,81,10,5,9,69,24,2,357,50,267,7,28,3,60,overnightcamp,coed,

  • Downtown, Toronto
  • Age 14 to 16 (Coed)
  • From $382
TorontoDowntownDowntownOntario

Build the leadership skills you'll need to thrive in the classroom, on a team, or as a future camp counsellor! Visit website

Meet them at Camp Expo on Feb 25
Toronto Met Day Camps38214-162023-07-012023-08-01,295,5,9,88,2,91,33,97,182,50,130,12,3,347,323,223,54,63,222,74,260,56,322,161,daycamp,coed,

  • Downtown, Toronto
  • Age 8 to 13 (Coed)
  • From $295
TorontoDowntownDowntownOntario

Eureka guides campers through hands-on, interactive activities that let them fall in love with science & engineering. Visit website

Meet them at Camp Expo on Feb 25
Toronto Met Day Camps2958-132023-07-012023-08-01,178,177,159,357,2,50,130,316,315,317,7,268,12,3,347,323,223,54,63,222,260,56,322,161,daycamp,coed,
  • Online
  • Age 4 to 18+ (Coed)
  • From $150
Online

We guarantee better grades in all matters. We use the matching learning style to maximize each child's learning ability. Visit website

Budding Genius 1504-192022-09-012022-10-012022-11-012022-12-012023-01-012023-02-012023-03-012023-04-012023-05-012023-06-01,10,5,9,296,173,123,302,177,178,334,180,331,332,67,304,159,179,196,2,32,195,20,130,50,314,268,271,virtualprogram,coed,
  • North-York, Toronto
  • Age 12 to 18+ (Coed)
  • From $1,500
TorontoNorth-YorkNorth-YorkOntario

Low teacher-student ratio, high academics, we work to ensure our University-bound students acquire the skills for success. Visit website

Meet them at Camp Expo on Feb 25
La Citadelle Summer Camp150012-192023-07-012023-08-01,196,2,32,195,342,20,79,275,91,129,97,270,315,50,271,19,12,3,347,327,63,188,0,programclass,coed,
  • Downtown, Toronto
  • Age 15 to 17 (Coed)
  • From $436
TorontoDowntownDowntownOntario

Learn the skills, qualities, and habits to be an incredible camp counsellor. PLUS: earn volunteer hours while you do it! Visit website

Meet them at Camp Expo on Feb 25
Toronto Met Day Camps43615-172023-07-012023-08-01,295,5,9,88,2,91,33,97,182,50,130,12,3,347,323,223,54,63,222,74,260,56,322,161,daycamp,coed,
  • Burlington, ON
  • Age 5 to 18 (Coed)
  • From $35
BurlingtonOntario

This is a program to get an activity in during the. This program is a la carte. Visit website

Higher Training Basketball Academy355-182021-02-012021-03-012021-04-012021-05-012021-06-012021-07-012021-08-012021-09-012021-10-012021-11-012021-12-012022-01-012022-02-012022-03-012022-04-012022-05-012022-06-012022-07-012022-08-012022-09-012022-10-012022-11-012022-12-012023-01-012023-02-012023-03-012023-04-012023-05-012023-06-012023-07-012023-08-012023-09-012023-10-012023-11-012023-12-012024-01-012024-02-012024-03-012024-04-012024-05-012024-06-012024-07-012024-08-012024-09-012024-10-012024-11-012024-12-012025-01-012025-02-012025-03-012025-04-012025-05-012025-06-012025-07-012025-08-012025-09-012025-10-012025-11-012025-12-012026-01-012026-02-012026-03-012026-04-012026-05-012026-06-012026-07-012026-08-012026-09-012026-10-012026-11-012026-12-012027-01-012027-02-012027-03-012027-04-012027-05-012027-06-012027-07-012027-08-012027-09-012027-10-012027-11-012027-12-012028-01-012028-02-012028-03-012028-04-012028-05-012028-06-012028-07-012028-08-012028-09-012028-10-012028-11-012028-12-012029-01-012029-02-012029-03-012029-04-012029-05-012029-06-012029-07-012029-08-012029-09-01,12,3,347,58,programclass,coed,
  • Online
  • Age 4 to 18+ (Coed)
  • From $150
Online

Register your students to our Kumon Math and Coding sessions! Visit website

Budding Genius 1504-192022-11-012022-12-012023-01-012023-02-012023-03-012023-04-012023-05-012023-06-01,10,5,9,296,173,123,302,177,178,334,180,331,332,67,304,159,179,196,2,32,195,20,130,50,314,268,271,virtualprogram,coed,
  • Pickering, ON
  • Age 5 to 12 (Coed)
  • From $260
PickeringOntario

Our fun filled days will include skill building as we learn how to make fires, build shelters, and make tea in the woods! Visit website

Claremont Nature Centre2605-122023-03-01,12,3,347,28,63,10,5,9,69,123,173,48,6,81,188,0,daycamp,coed,
  • Oakville, ON
  • Age 9 to 13 (Coed)
  • From $260
OakvilleOntario

The Sports of All Sorts camp is a fun, week-long multi-sport camp intended to introduce kids to a number of sports. Visit website

Crusaders Rugby Club2609-132023-07-012023-08-01,11,3,347,261,327,194,54,63,260,66,daycamp,coed,
  • Etobicoke, Toronto
  • Age 3 to 18 (Coed)
  • From $230
TorontoEtobicokeEtobicokeOntario

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

MC Academy of Tennis2303-182023-06-012023-07-012023-08-01,58,3,347,daycamp,coed,
  • Burlington, ON
  • Age 6 to 13 (Coed)
  • From $850
BurlingtonOntario

We combine traditional camp activities like hiking, cooperative spots and campfires with extraordinary leadership. Visit website

Camp Kahuna8506-132023-08-01,298,6,81,10,5,9,88,2,91,366,33,275,145,24,327,3,347,54,63,28,188,0,overnightcamp,coed,
DAY CAMP
Programming
Level Up!
Aug 14 - Aug 18, 2023

  • Oshawa, ON
  • Age 13 to 15 (Coed)
  • From $325
OshawaOntario

Take your coding skills to the next level at FBIT's Gaming and Virtual Reality Laboratory! Visit website

Ontario Tech University Camps32513-152023-08-01,302,177,159,68,351,301,180,daycamp,coed,
  • Online
  • Age 14 to 17 (Coed)
  • From $80
Online

Participants will be tasked with constructing a system of their own that they will program and train. Visit website

Ontario Tech University Camps8014-172023-07-01,302,177,268,2,virtualprogram,coed,
  • Oshawa, ON
  • Age 14 to 17 (Coed)
  • From $325
OshawaOntario

Learn about designing, developing, producing, and testing games in Gaming and Virtual Reality Laboratory! Visit website

Ontario Tech University Camps32514-172023-08-01,349,177,159,68,351,301,179,365,daycamp,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 Tennis183-182023-04-012023-05-012023-06-01,58,3,347,programclass,coed,
  • Oshawa, ON
  • Age 14 to 17 (Coed)
  • From $260
OshawaOntario

Receive training in various camp activities. Visit website

Ontario Tech University Camps26014-172023-07-01,33,2,91,daycamp,coed,
  • Montreal, QC
  • Age 7 to 17 (Coed)
  • From $2,100
MontrealQuebec

Learn English at McGill University while exploring Montreal on daily excursions and camp activities. Age focused programming! Visit website

Meet them at Camp Expo on Feb 25
MWS Montreal Language Camps21007-172023-06-012023-07-012023-08-01,170,6,79,2,54,3,347,56,322,63,44,overnightcamp,coed,
  • Haliburton Highlands, ON
  • Age 15 to 15 (Coed)
  • From $4,101
Haliburton HighlandsOntario

Powerful leadership skills and a challenging wilderness environment for them to learn and grow Visit website

YMCA Wanakita410115-152023-07-012023-08-01,48,6,41,81,133,5,154,22,257,259,258,165,175,37,38,176,150,265,288,59,10,9,173,123,134,88,2,91,33,226,1,8,3,12,347,327,223,54,63,21,324,36,346,28,221,74,60,260,15,322,16,31,49,56,overnightcamp,coed,
  • Brampton, ON
  • Age 4 to 11 (Coed)
  • From $284
BramptonOntario

Campers will become real life superheros to save the planet by planting trees and helping our local wildlife. Visit website

Claireville Conservation Area2844-112023-07-01,298,6,81,337,5,10,9,173,123,24,2,357,50,54,3,347,28,348,252,daycamp,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,
DAY CAMP
Nature
March Break Camp
Mar 13 - Mar 17, 2023

  • Brampton, ON
  • Age 4 to 10 (Coed)
  • From $63
BramptonOntario

Campers will be immersed in nature, looking for signs of animal life, making nature crafts, and exploring the land! Visit website

Claireville Conservation Area634-102023-03-01,298,6,170,41,81,337,5,10,9,173,123,24,2,357,50,7,28,3,daycamp,coed,
DAY CAMP
STEAM
Turtle Island
Aug 14 - Aug 18, 2023

  • Oshawa, ON
  • Age 9 to 13 (Coed)
  • From $325
OshawaOntario

Uncover and explore the relationship between Indigenous people and the land through STEAM. Visit website

Ontario Tech University Camps3259-132023-08-01,24,2,314,daycamp,coed,
  • Owen Sound, ON
  • Age 6 to 14 (Coed)
  • From $860
Owen SoundOntario

Growing independence in a small camping community on Georgian Bay Visit website

Camp Presqu'ile8606-142023-07-012023-08-01,259,5,22,258,165,175,37,147,150,10,9,173,8,3,11,347,12,327,323,223,54,16,322,31,56,188,0,overnightcamp,coed,
  • West-End, Toronto
  • Age 7 to 10 (Coed)
  • From $420
TorontoWest-EndWest-EndOntario

Learn to play your favorite songs in a band setting. Learn teamwork and accountability as you work together in a band. Visit website

Neighbour Note Music Camps & Lessons4207-102023-01-012023-02-012023-03-012023-04-012023-05-012023-06-01,175,5,37,147,38,287,339,176,285,150,10,9,173,programclass,coed,
  • Markham; Richmond Hill, ON
  • Age 14 to 16 (Coed)
  • From $335
MarkhamRichmond HillOntario

For teens interested in learning or becoming certified in first aid and CPR. Learn life skills and leadership skills. Visit website

Medics Camp33514-162023-07-012023-08-01,298,6,88,2,91,366,33,316,50,315,268,226,1,daycamp,coed,
  • Mactier, ON
  • Age 7 to 13 (Boys)
  • From $3,050
MactierOntario

Introduce your son to our full adventure-filled program where they will gain independence and build lasting friendships. Visit website

Camp Hurontario30507-132023-06-012023-07-012023-08-01,48,6,41,81,133,5,175,37,147,176,10,9,173,123,88,2,91,33,226,1,8,3,324,221,15,322,16,25,31,49,56,326,225,188,0,overnightcamp,allboys,
  • West-End, Toronto
  • Age 7 to 17 (Coed)
  • From $39
TorontoWest-EndWest-EndOntario

Play guitar in a group ensemble. Learn your favorite songs, music, and video game sound tracks. Have fun! Visit website

Neighbour Note Music Camps & Lessons397-172023-01-012023-02-012023-03-012023-04-012023-05-012023-06-01,175,5,37,147,38,287,339,176,285,150,10,9,173,programclass,coed,
  • Algonquin Park, ON
  • Age 14 to 15 (Boys)
  • From $4,485
Algonquin ParkOntario

For boys aged 14-15, this 14-day passage features canoeing and camping in breathtaking Ontario wilderness. Visit website

Meet them at Camp Expo on Feb 25
Outward Bound Canada448514-152023-07-01,170,6,41,81,133,5,69,9,366,2,91,33,275,24,19,226,1,153,16,3,322,56,252,overnightcamp,allboys,
  • Brampton, ON
  • Age 4 to 11 (Coed)
  • From $284
BramptonOntario

Hold a frog, catch a butterfly, roll over a log, and explore the world of the small creatures that call Claireville home. Visit website

Claireville Conservation Area2844-112023-08-01,298,6,81,337,5,10,9,173,123,24,2,357,50,54,3,347,28,daycamp,coed,
  • Huntsville, ON
  • Age 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • From $550
HuntsvilleOntario

This is an introduction level experience for those wanting to learn more about outtripping, canoeing and wilderness survival. Visit website

Camp Kwasind5509-122023-08-01,298,6,41,81,8,3,327,347,223,54,324,28,60,260,16,322,31,56,252,overnightcamp,coed,
  • Huntsville, ON
  • Age 14 to 15 (Coed)
  • From $2,210
HuntsvilleOntario

LIT is an intensive 2-week program, encompassing 1 week of overnight camp & 1 week of fun leadership development. Visit website

Hockey Opportunity Camp221014-152023-07-012023-08-01,48,6,81,10,5,9,88,2,91,33,226,1,320,153,276,8,3,63,347,324,36,346,29,16,322,25,31,49,56,64,161,overnightcamp,coed,
  • Burlington, ON
  • Age 13 to 16 (Girls)
  • From $599
BurlingtonOntario

A leadership certification just for teens - resilience, resourcefulness, confidence, and life skills for success! Visit website

Radiant Girls59913-162023-07-01,48,6,41,81,256,5,133,10,9,173,295,355,123,333,69,360,338,88,2,91,366,33,145,24,97,314,268,19,320,1,153,319,329,276,87,8,3,28,370,328,255,56,322,161,225,daycamp,allgirls,
OVERNIGHT
CIT/LIT
Coed - CILT 1
Jul 30 - Aug 19, 2023

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

CILT 1 will teach you leadership skills and you will make some great forever friends. Visit website

Camp Cherith - Ontario138715-162023-07-012023-08-01,88,2,91,97,8,3,12,347,16,322,25,28,30,31,36,346,54,56,60,63,222,260,10,5,9,134,150,37,173,48,6,81,362,overnightcamp,coed,
  • Bracebridge, ON
  • Age 15 to 16 (Coed)
  • From $2,040
BracebridgeOntario

Leadership is action. Targeted training sessions and hand on practice, will elevate your skills as a leader of people. Visit website

Camp Big Canoe204015-162023-07-012023-08-01,48,6,298,41,81,337,5,10,9,123,333,20,2,88,91,366,33,24,8,3,11,347,12,223,54,260,16,322,31,56,188,0,overnightcamp,coed,
  • Burlington, ON
  • Age 8 to 12 (Girls)
  • From $499
BurlingtonOntario

Along with a hearty day of cooking nutritious and delicious food, girls will work together to design their own restaurant. Visit website

Radiant Girls4998-122023-08-01,41,6,81,256,5,133,337,10,9,173,355,123,69,360,342,2,135,88,91,366,33,145,24,97,19,320,1,153,319,329,276,87,269,3,28,161,daycamp,allgirls,
  • West-End, Toronto
  • Age 11 to 18 (Coed)
  • From $425
TorontoWest-EndWest-EndOntario

All participants will be formed into bands of 3 to 5 members. Each band will work together to write songs and create a band. Visit website

Neighbour Note Music Camps & Lessons42511-182023-03-01,175,5,37,147,38,339,176,285,150,10,9,173,188,0,daycamp,coed,
  • Downtown, Toronto
  • Age 13 to 16 (Coed)
  • From $1,220
TorontoDowntownDowntownOntario

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

Meet them at Camp Expo on Feb 25
National Yacht Club Sailing & Racing School122013-162023-07-012023-08-01,170,6,10,5,9,24,2,130,50,226,1,49,3,322,56,daycamp,coed,
  • Parry Sound, ON
  • Age 6 to 9 (Boys)
  • From $1,950
Parry SoundOntario

Kodiak Junior provides 6 to 9 year-old campers with an introduction to overnight camping and the Camp Kodiak experience. Visit website

Meet them at Camp Expo on Feb 25
Camp Kodiak19506-92023-07-01,48,6,81,59,5,288,10,9,173,196,2,32,24,268,19,153,1,8,3,11,347,12,223,54,58,63,324,28,221,260,16,322,25,31,49,56,64,188,0,overnightcamp,allboys,
  • Owen Sound, ON
  • Age 6 to 14 (Coed)
  • From $1,680
Owen SoundOntario

Build confidence and independence as part of our two week overnight camp program! Visit website

Camp Presqu'ile16806-142023-07-012023-08-01,259,5,22,258,165,175,37,147,150,10,9,173,8,3,11,347,12,327,323,223,54,16,322,31,56,188,0,overnightcamp,coed,
  • Midtown, Toronto
  • Age 4 to 6 (Coed)
  • From $239
TorontoMidtownMidtownOntario

Children learn the basics of Muay Thai through a series of fun and interactive activities, games, and obstacle challenges. Visit website

VRTU Muay Thai2394-62023-01-012023-02-012023-03-012023-04-012023-05-012023-06-012023-07-012023-08-012023-09-012023-10-012023-11-012023-12-01,97,2,153,1,35,3,programclass,coed,
  • West-End, Toronto
  • Age 7 to 10 (Coed)
  • From $425
TorontoWest-EndWest-EndOntario

At Neighbour Note we believe there is a Rock Star in everyone just waiting to get out!... Visit website

Neighbour Note Music Camps & Lessons4257-102023-03-01,175,5,37,147,38,339,176,285,150,10,9,173,288,daycamp,coed,
  • Haliburton Highlands, ON
  • Age 16 to 16 (Coed)
  • From $4,062
Haliburton HighlandsOntario

A hybrid program that focuses on in depth leadership training and wilderness skills. Visit website

YMCA Wanakita406216-162023-07-012023-08-01,48,6,41,81,133,5,154,22,257,259,258,165,175,37,38,176,150,265,288,59,10,9,173,123,134,88,2,91,33,8,3,12,347,327,223,54,63,21,324,36,346,28,222,221,74,60,15,322,16,31,49,56,overnightcamp,coed,
  • Huntsville, ON
  • Age 14 to 17 (Coed)
  • From $565
HuntsvilleOntario

This is all about getting Teens together to celebrate the Summer with friends, faith and crazy adventures - NOT TO BE MISSED Visit website

Camp Kwasind56514-172023-08-01,48,6,298,81,282,5,368,345,293,197,175,37,337,10,9,173,123,69,360,344,2,135,366,91,33,24,8,3,224,11,347,12,223,54,63,324,28,370,221,60,260,15,322,16,25,31,49,56,64,188,0,66,overnightcamp,coed,

  • Bracebridge, ON
  • Age 7 to 16 (Coed)
  • From $95
BracebridgeOntario

Tamarack is the magical setting for the building of skills, confidence, friendships and memories that will last a lifetime. Visit website

Camp Tamarack957-162023-06-012023-07-012023-08-01,48,6,41,81,256,5,133,259,22,258,165,197,345,71,138,37,175,38,274,288,265,59,10,9,173,123,69,88,2,91,33,226,1,153,269,3,8,224,11,347,12,223,26,54,58,63,21,184,346,251,27,28,29,254,35,221,255,60,260,16,322,25,31,49,56,64,44,161,188,0,overnightcamp,coed,
  • Midtown, Toronto
  • Age 3 to 18 (Coed)
  • From $230
TorontoMidtownMidtownOntario

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

MC Academy of Tennis2303-182023-07-012023-08-01,58,3,347,daycamp,coed,
  • 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

Meet them at Camp Expo on Feb 25
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,
  • Oakville, ON
  • Age 12 to 15 (Coed)
  • From $335
OakvilleOntario

Build fundamental skills to enhance success in rugby and develop leadership skills both on and off the field Visit website

Crusaders Rugby Club33512-152023-08-01,33,2,91,194,3,347,daycamp,coed,
  • Online
  • Age 8 to 16 (Coed)
  • From $48
Online

BKLearning private tutoring aims to help students achieve academic success through customized one-on-one learning programs. Visit website

BKLearning488-162022-09-012022-10-012022-11-012022-12-012023-01-012023-02-012023-03-012023-04-012023-05-012023-06-01,196,2,32,195,129,357,50,356,182,130,316,144,315,267,317,7,314,268,271,virtualprogram,coed,
  • Montreal, QC
  • Age 7 to 17 (Coed)
  • From $2,100
MontrealQuebec

Learn French at McGill University while exploring Montreal on daily excursions and camp activities. Age focused programming! Visit website

Meet them at Camp Expo on Feb 25
MWS Montreal Language Camps21007-172023-06-012023-07-012023-08-01,170,6,79,2,54,3,347,56,322,63,44,overnightcamp,coed,
  • West-End, Toronto
  • Age 11 to 18 (Coed)
  • From $425
TorontoWest-EndWest-EndOntario

A fun, rewarding camp that teaches teamwork and accountability by jamming and performing in a real Rock Band. Visit website

Neighbour Note Music Camps & Lessons42511-182023-03-012023-04-012023-05-012023-06-012023-07-012023-08-01,175,5,37,147,38,287,339,176,285,286,150,10,9,173,daycamp,coed,
  • Huntsville, ON
  • Age 16 to 17 (Coed)
  • From $1,800
HuntsvilleOntario

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

Camp Kwasind180016-172023-07-01,298,6,41,81,175,5,37,59,288,337,10,9,135,2,88,91,366,33,275,24,97,226,1,8,3,11,347,12,327,323,223,54,324,28,221,60,260,16,322,25,31,49,56,64,overnightcamp,coed,
  • Parry Sound, ON
  • Age 6 to 8 (Girls)
  • From $1,950
Parry SoundOntario

Kodiak Junior provides 6 to 9 year-old campers with introduction to overnight camp and a sample of the Kodiak magic. Visit website

Meet them at Camp Expo on Feb 25
Camp Kodiak19506-82023-07-01,48,6,81,59,5,288,10,9,173,196,2,32,268,19,153,1,8,3,11,347,12,223,54,58,63,324,28,221,260,16,322,25,31,49,56,64,188,0,overnightcamp,allgirls,
  • Online
  • Age 8 to 16 (Coed)
  • From $48
Online

BKLearning private tutoring aims to help students achieve academic success through customized one-on-one learning programs. Visit website

BKLearning488-162022-09-012022-10-012022-11-012022-12-012023-01-012023-02-012023-03-012023-04-012023-05-012023-06-01,196,2,32,195,342,362,358,79,97,270,271,19,virtualprogram,coed,
  • Online
  • Age 8 to 16 (Coed)
  • From $48
Online

BKLearning private tutoring aims to help students achieve academic success through customized one-on-one learning programs. Visit website

BKLearning488-162022-09-012022-10-012022-11-012022-12-012023-01-012023-02-012023-03-012023-04-012023-05-012023-06-01,196,2,32,195,129,314,268,271,virtualprogram,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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