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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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

,41,6,81,133,5,88,2,91,33,24,226,1,16,3,322,56,overnightcamp,allboys,565016-162023-07-01
  • North-York, Toronto
  • Age 7 to 8 (Coed)
  • From $446
TorontoNorth-YorkNorth-YorkOntario

In this workshop, students will be mentored by a chess expert to learn the basics of play, tactics and composure. Visit website

,129,2,344,181,programclass,coed,4467-82023-01-012023-02-012023-03-01
  • Thornhill, ON
  • Age 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • From $62
ThornhillOntario

Train with professional basketball coaches in ball mastery, specific step-by-step skill training, dynamic games, and drills Visit website

,12,3,347,daycamp,coed,627-122022-12-012023-01-01
PROGRAM
Arts
Arts
Interior Design(Teens)
Sep 12, 2022 - Jun 17, 2023

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

Our students will have the opportunity to learn key design concepts and techniques, preparing them for future Visit website

,71,5,173,9,123,333,182,2,50,172,programclass,coed,4013-172022-09-012022-10-012022-11-012022-12-012023-01-012023-02-012023-03-012023-04-012023-05-012023-06-01
  • Bracebridge, ON
  • Age 6 to 16 (Coed)
  • From $1,295
BracebridgeOntario

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

,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,12956-162023-07-012023-08-01
  • 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

,282,5,274,288,59,337,programclass,coed,1406-172022-09-012022-10-012022-11-012022-12-012023-01-012023-02-012023-03-012023-04-012023-05-012023-06-01
  • 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

,159,177,342,2,196,32,135,79,33,91,97,270,268,271,19,362,358,virtualprogram,coed,180010-112022-09-012022-10-012022-11-012022-12-012023-01-012023-02-012023-03-012023-04-012023-05-012023-06-01
  • 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

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  • 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

,81,6,33,2,91,daycamp,coed,42012-132023-07-012023-08-01
  • 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

,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,273013-172023-06-012023-07-01
  • 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

,282,5,274,288,59,337,programclass,coed,1406-172022-09-012022-10-012022-11-012022-12-012023-01-012023-02-012023-03-012023-04-012023-05-012023-06-01
  • 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

,41,6,81,133,5,88,2,91,33,24,226,1,16,3,322,56,overnightcamp,allboys,565016-162023-07-01
  • Online
  • Age 13 to 18 (Coed)
  • From $599
Online

Take your understanding of app development to new heights! Visit website

,159,177,180,virtualprogram,coed,59913-182022-10-012022-11-012022-12-01
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

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  • 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

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  • 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

,129,2,278,181,programclass,coed,44912-182023-04-012023-05-01
  • Online
  • Age 4 to 18+ (Coed)
  • From $150
Online

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

,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,1504-192022-11-012022-12-012023-01-012023-02-012023-03-012023-04-012023-05-012023-06-01

  • 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

,173,5,9,123,333,174,172,10,programclass,coed,4013-172022-09-012022-10-012022-11-012022-12-012023-01-012023-02-012023-03-012023-04-012023-05-012023-06-01
  • 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

,170,6,41,81,133,5,153,1,16,3,322,25,28,overnightcamp,allboys,310010-122023-07-012023-08-01
  • 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

,138,5,37,287,285,150,265,288,59,programclass,coed,1086-172022-09-012022-10-012022-11-012022-12-012023-01-012023-02-012023-03-012023-04-012023-05-012023-06-01
  • 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

,159,177,342,2,196,32,135,79,33,91,97,270,268,271,19,362,358,virtualprogram,coed,180012-142022-09-012022-10-012022-11-012022-12-012023-01-012023-02-012023-03-012023-04-012023-05-012023-06-01
  • 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

,24,2,357,50,144,314,268,daycamp,coed,255-182022-10-012022-11-012022-12-012023-01-012023-02-012023-03-012023-04-012023-05-01
  • Algonquin Park, ON
  • Age 14 to 15 (Boys)
  • From $3,899
Algonquin ParkOntario

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

,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,389914-152023-07-012023-08-01
  • 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

,138,5,37,175,287,339,176,285,150,265,288,59,programclass,coed,1086-172022-09-012022-10-012022-11-012022-12-012023-01-012023-02-012023-03-012023-04-012023-05-012023-06-01
  • 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

,196,2,32,342,79,129,19,daycamp,coed,4508-162023-07-012023-08-01
  • 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

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  • Online
  • Age 2 to 6 (Coed)
  • From $125
Online

We engage children in learning by using the 5 senses which continue to be a critical factor in how young children best learn. Visit website

,150,5,37,336,337,10,9,129,2,24,270,357,50,267,181,virtualprogram,coed,1252-62021-10-012021-11-012021-12-012022-01-012022-02-012022-03-012022-04-012022-05-012022-06-012022-07-012022-08-012022-09-012022-10-012022-11-012022-12-01
  • 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

,196,2,32,195,342,362,358,79,97,270,271,19,virtualprogram,coed,488-162022-09-012022-10-012022-11-012022-12-012023-01-012023-02-012023-03-012023-04-012023-05-012023-06-01
  • 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

,298,6,81,337,5,10,9,173,123,24,2,357,50,54,3,347,28,daycamp,coed,2844-112023-08-01
  • Online
  • Age 12 to 18 (Coed)
  • From $346
Online

Politics Camp will provide campers with an array of engaging activities to cover a wide range of global political topics. Visit website

,337,5,196,2,32,362,275,91,97,19,181,virtualprogram,coed,34612-182022-09-012022-10-012022-11-012022-12-012023-01-012023-02-012023-03-012023-04-012023-05-012023-06-012023-07-012023-08-012023-09-012023-10-01
  • 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

,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,56514-172023-08-01
  • 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

,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,30507-132023-06-012023-07-012023-08-01
  • 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

,298,6,81,337,5,10,9,173,123,24,2,357,50,54,3,347,28,348,252,daycamp,coed,2844-112023-07-01
  • 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

,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,19506-92023-07-01
  • 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

,196,2,32,195,129,357,50,356,182,130,316,144,315,267,317,7,314,268,271,virtualprogram,coed,488-162022-09-012022-10-012022-11-012022-12-012023-01-012023-02-012023-03-012023-04-012023-05-012023-06-01
  • 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

,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,19506-82023-07-01
  • 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

,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,204015-162023-07-012023-08-01
  • 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

,196,2,32,195,129,314,268,271,virtualprogram,coed,488-162022-09-012022-10-012022-11-012022-12-012023-01-012023-02-012023-03-012023-04-012023-05-012023-06-01
  • 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

,298,6,41,81,8,3,327,347,223,54,324,28,60,260,16,322,31,56,252,overnightcamp,coed,5509-122023-08-01
  • 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

,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,150012-192023-07-012023-08-01
  • 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

,298,6,81,10,5,9,88,2,91,366,33,275,145,24,327,3,347,54,63,28,188,0,overnightcamp,coed,8506-132023-08-01
  • Huntsville, ON
  • Age 16 to 17 (Coed)
  • From $1,800
HuntsvilleOntario

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

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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

,298,6,170,41,81,337,5,10,9,173,123,24,2,357,50,7,28,3,daycamp,coed,634-102023-03-01



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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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