Camps that improve self-regulation

Understand your emotions

Self-regulation is:
• Conscientiousness, discipline, and self-control
• The ability to regulate emotions and behaviour
• Organization and executive functioning skills

In a camp setting, kids learn to “manage conflict with peers, adapt to change [and] exhibit cognitive flexibility,” among other things, as Una Malcolm says. Under our list of camps, find more about what’s meant by self-regulation, why it’s advantageous to develop this trait, and how camp offers unique lessons in this skill critical to kids’ long-term well-being. Read more




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  • Haliburton Highlands, ON
  • Age 13 to 15 (Coed)
  • From $2,254
Haliburton HighlandsOntario

A positive place for new friendships and growth in new experiences. Developing new personal responsibilities. Visit website

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  • North-York, Toronto
  • Age 8 to 15 (Boys)
  • From $405
TorontoNorth-YorkNorth-YorkOntario

Designed for athletes that are ready to learn team play strategies through more game-time experience and coaching. Visit website

,12,3,347,programclass,allboys,4058-152023-01-012023-02-012023-03-01
  • North-York, Toronto
  • Age 10 to 13 (Girls)
  • From $405
TorontoNorth-YorkNorth-YorkOntario

Designed for athletes that are ready to learn team play strategies through more game-time experience and coaching. Visit website

,12,3,347,programclass,allgirls,40510-132023-01-012023-02-012023-03-01
  • Brampton, ON
  • Age 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • From $150
BramptonOntario

Students learn design and programming concepts using LEGO’s advanced EV3 Mindstorm robots. Visit website

,178,177,349,332,180,304,67,159,179,365,268,2,programclass,coed,1509-122022-05-012022-06-012022-07-012022-08-012022-09-012022-10-012022-11-012022-12-012023-01-012023-02-012023-03-012023-04-012023-05-01
  • Mississauga, ON
  • Age 9 to 18 (Coed)
  • From $40
MississaugaOntario

The study skills program at our centre is designed to help kids in grades 4-12 build great habits that can last a lifetime. Visit website

,196,2,32,195,271,181,programclass,coed,409-182022-01-012022-02-012022-03-012022-04-012022-05-012022-06-012022-07-012022-08-012022-09-012022-10-012022-11-012022-12-012023-01-012023-02-012023-03-012023-04-012023-05-012023-06-012023-07-012023-08-012023-09-012023-10-012023-11-012023-12-012024-01-012024-02-012024-03-012024-04-012024-05-012024-06-012024-07-012024-08-012024-09-012024-10-012024-11-012024-12-012025-01-01
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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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  • North-York, Toronto
  • Age 4 to 6 (Coed)
  • From $272
TorontoNorth-YorkNorth-YorkOntario

All of our lessons are age-appropriate and taught by experienced Elite Camps Staff. Visit website

,12,3,347,programclass,coed,2724-62023-01-012023-02-012023-03-01

  • 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
  • Online
  • Age 15 to 17 (Coed)
  • From $1,750
Online

Earn a Grade 12 math credit with the guidance of our experienced instructors. Visit website

,20,2,129,virtualprogram,coed,175015-172023-06-012023-07-01
  • North-York, Toronto
  • Age 13 to 17 (Coed)
  • From $382
TorontoNorth-YorkNorth-YorkOntario

Rep teams don't have the time to work on individual skills. Give your athlete the edge with semi-private training. Visit website

,12,3,347,programclass,coed,38213-172023-01-012023-02-012023-03-01
  • North-York, Toronto
  • Age 10 to 13 (Girls)
  • From $383
TorontoNorth-YorkNorth-YorkOntario

Rep teams don't have the time to work on individual skills. Give your athlete the edge with semi-private training. Visit website

,12,3,347,programclass,allgirls,38310-132023-01-012023-02-012023-03-01
  • North-York, Toronto
  • Age 7 to 13 (Coed)
  • From $420
TorontoNorth-YorkNorth-YorkOntario

Rep teams don't have the time to work on individual skills. Give your athlete the edge with semi-private training. Visit website

,12,3,347,programclass,coed,4207-132022-12-01
  • Thornhill, ON
  • Age 4 to 6 (Coed)
  • From $306
ThornhillOntario

Rep teams don't have the time to work on individual skills. Give your athlete the edge with semi-private training. Visit website

,12,3,347,programclass,coed,3064-62023-01-012023-02-012023-03-01
  • North-York, Toronto
  • Age 7 to 9 (Coed)
  • From $340
TorontoNorth-YorkNorth-YorkOntario

Rep teams don't have the time to work on individual skills. Give your athlete the edge with semi-private training. Visit website

,12,3,347,programclass,coed,3407-92023-01-012023-02-012023-03-01
  • Thornhill, ON
  • Age 10 to 13 (Coed)
  • From $383
ThornhillOntario

Rep teams don't have the time to work on individual skills. Give your athlete the edge with semi-private training. Visit website

,12,3,347,programclass,coed,38310-132023-01-012023-02-012023-03-01
  • North-York, Toronto
  • Age 7 to 9 (Girls)
  • From $383
TorontoNorth-YorkNorth-YorkOntario

Designed for athletes that are ready to learn team play strategies through more game-time experience and coaching. Visit website

,12,3,347,programclass,allgirls,3837-92023-01-012023-02-012023-03-01
  • Online
  • Age 13 to 17 (Coed)
  • From $1,750
Online

Explore how to be an active citizen and develop career-planning skills, earning a credit from your home! Visit website

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  • Haliburton Highlands, ON
  • Age 14 to 15 (Coed)
  • From $4,995
Haliburton HighlandsOntario

Forerunners enjoy the freedom of activity selection paired with team development and leadership sessions. Visit website

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  • North-York, Toronto
  • Age 7 to 13 (Coed)
  • From $420
TorontoNorth-YorkNorth-YorkOntario

Rep teams don't have the time to work on individual skills. Give your athlete the edge with semi-private training. Visit website

,12,3,347,programclass,coed,4207-132023-01-01
  • North-York, Toronto
  • Age 10 to 13 (Coed)
  • From $382
TorontoNorth-YorkNorth-YorkOntario

Rep teams don't have the time to work on individual skills. Give your athlete the edge with semi-private training. Visit website

,12,3,347,programclass,coed,38210-132023-01-012023-02-012023-03-01
  • North-York, Toronto
  • Age 13 to 17 (Coed)
  • From $383
TorontoNorth-YorkNorth-YorkOntario

Rep teams don't have the time to work on individual skills. Give your athlete the edge with semi-private training. Visit website

,12,3,347,programclass,coed,38313-172023-01-012023-02-012023-03-01
  • Brampton, ON
  • Age 6 to 8 (Coed)
  • From $150
BramptonOntario

Students build, design, and investigate simple and compound machines such as levers, pulleys, and axles. Visit website

,67,177,159,179,365,268,2,programclass,coed,1506-82022-05-012022-06-012022-07-012022-08-012022-09-012022-10-012022-11-012022-12-012023-01-012023-02-012023-03-012023-04-012023-05-01
  • Thornhill, ON
  • Age 7 to 9 (Coed)
  • From $383
ThornhillOntario

Rep teams don't have the time to work on individual skills. Give your athlete the edge with semi-private training. Visit website

,12,3,347,programclass,coed,3837-92023-01-012023-02-012023-03-01
  • Brampton, ON
  • Age 6 to 8 (Coed)
  • From $150
BramptonOntario

Students will apply their programming skills to create customized versions of different games. Build and develop video games Visit website

,349,177,303,266,334,180,354,353,331,352,332,304,67,159,68,351,301,179,365,268,2,programclass,coed,1506-82022-10-012022-11-012022-12-012023-01-012023-02-012023-03-012023-04-012023-05-012023-06-012023-07-012023-08-012023-09-012023-10-012023-11-012023-12-01
  • Etobicoke, Toronto
  • Age 4 to 18+ (Coed)
  • From $39
TorontoEtobicokeEtobicokeOntario

Your child with special needs will learn musical skills while exploring their creativity and developing life skills. Visit website

,175,5,37,287,339,176,285,150,programclass,coed,394-192022-01-012022-02-012022-03-012022-04-012022-05-012022-06-012022-07-012022-08-012022-09-012022-10-012022-11-012022-12-01
  • Online
  • Age 8 to 18+ (Coed)
  • From $80
Online

MathRx strengthens the brain skills needed to easily understand math concepts, solve problems, and perform calculations. Visit website

,195,2,32,129,181,virtualprogram,coed,808-192021-11-012021-12-012022-01-012022-02-012022-03-012022-04-012022-05-012022-06-012022-07-012022-08-012022-09-012022-10-012022-11-012022-12-01
  • West-End, Toronto
  • Age 3 to 8 (Coed)
  • From $21,000
TorontoWest-EndWest-EndOntario

Experience the individualized Oxford approach with the benefits of socialization in a small bilingual classroom environment. Visit website

,337,5,150,37,59,288,159,177,342,2,275,91,129,24,97,270,144,50,7,314,19,319,1,161,3,362,366,358,357,181,programclass,coed,210003-82022-09-012022-10-012022-11-012022-12-012023-01-012023-02-012023-03-012023-04-012023-05-012023-06-01
  • Online
  • Age 13 to 18 (Coed)
  • From $15
Online

Teen yoga sessions are geared to beginner and intermediate level practitioners. Visit website

,320,1,153,276,161,3,318,virtualprogram,coed,1513-182021-10-012021-11-012021-12-012022-01-012022-02-012022-03-012022-04-012022-05-012022-06-012022-07-012022-08-012022-09-012022-10-012022-11-012022-12-01
  • Online
  • Age 19 to 18+ (Coed)
  • From $15
Online

We'll help you stay healthy, fit, relaxed, and mindful during your pregnancy! Visit website

,320,1,153,276,161,3,318,virtualprogram,coed,1519-192021-10-012021-11-012021-12-012022-01-012022-02-012022-03-012022-04-012022-05-012022-06-012022-07-012022-08-012022-09-012022-10-012022-11-012022-12-01
  • Etobicoke, Toronto
  • Age 4 to 7 (Coed)
  • From $33
TorontoEtobicokeEtobicokeOntario

Your child will play in a rock band while learning music skills, exploring their creativity and developing life skills. Visit website

,287,5,37,programclass,coed,334-72022-01-012022-02-012022-03-012022-04-012022-05-012022-06-012022-07-012022-08-012022-09-012022-10-012022-11-012022-12-01
  • Online
  • Age 2 to 5 (Coed)
  • From $15
Online

This program includes mindfulness practice and relaxation, which supports self regulation and helps to relieve anxiety. Visit website

,320,1,153,276,161,3,318,virtualprogram,coed,152-52021-10-012021-11-012021-12-012022-01-012022-02-012022-03-012022-04-012022-05-012022-06-012022-07-012022-08-012022-09-012022-10-012022-11-012022-12-01
  • Brampton, ON
  • Age 5 to 7 (Coed)
  • From $130
BramptonOntario

Train martial arts in-person or online, stay fit, reduce anxiety, and Separate classes for children, and teens. Join anytime. Visit website

,320,1,153,276,254,3,35,programclass,coed,1305-72022-09-012022-10-012022-11-012022-12-012023-01-012023-02-012023-03-012023-04-012023-05-012023-06-012023-07-012023-08-012023-09-012023-10-012023-11-012023-12-01
  • Online
  • Age 5 to 18+ (Coed)
  • From $80
Online

ThinkRx® is our core program that works on all the core cognitive skills. Visit website

,195,2,32,129,270,19,181,virtualprogram,coed,805-192021-11-012021-12-012022-01-012022-02-012022-03-012022-04-012022-05-012022-06-012022-07-012022-08-012022-09-012022-10-012022-11-012022-12-01
  • Brampton, ON
  • Age 8 to 12 (Coed)
  • From $130
BramptonOntario

Train martial arts in-person or online, stay fit, reduce anxiety, Separate classes for children, teens. Join anytime. Visit website

,320,1,153,276,254,3,35,programclass,coed,1308-122022-09-012022-10-012022-11-012022-12-012023-01-012023-02-012023-03-012023-04-012023-05-012023-06-012023-07-012023-08-012023-09-012023-10-012023-11-012023-12-01
  • Online
  • Age 4 to 6 (Coed)
  • From $15
Online

Do you enjoy drawing? Get ready to make your own personal masterpiece! Visit website

,173,5,9,virtualprogram,coed,154-62021-10-012021-11-012021-12-012022-01-012022-02-012022-03-012022-04-012022-05-012022-06-012022-07-012022-08-012022-09-012022-10-012022-11-012022-12-01
  • 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
  • Richmond Hill, ON
  • Age 8 to 18+ (Coed)
  • From $80
Richmond HillOntario

MathRx strengthens the brain skills needed to easily understand math concepts, solve problems, and perform calculations. Visit website

,195,2,32,129,181,programclass,coed,808-192021-11-012021-12-012022-01-012022-02-012022-03-012022-04-012022-05-012022-06-012022-07-012022-08-012022-09-012022-10-012022-11-012022-12-01
  • Online
  • Age 6 to 12 (Coed)
  • From $15
Online

Children will learn mindfulness practice and relaxation, which supports self regulation and helps to relieve anxiety. Visit website

,153,1,276,161,3,318,virtualprogram,coed,156-122021-10-012021-11-012021-12-012022-01-012022-02-012022-03-012022-04-012022-05-012022-06-012022-07-012022-08-012022-09-012022-10-012022-11-012022-12-01
  • Richmond Hill, ON
  • Age 5 to 18+ (Coed)
  • From $80
Richmond HillOntario

ThinkRx® is our core program that works on all the core cognitive skills. Visit website

,195,2,32,129,270,19,181,programclass,coed,805-192021-11-012021-12-012022-01-012022-02-012022-03-012022-04-012022-05-012022-06-012022-07-012022-08-012022-09-012022-10-012022-11-012022-12-01
  • East-End, Toronto
  • Age 4 to 11 (Coed)
  • From $300
TorontoEast-EndEast-EndOntario

Full day of activities each day including Karate, Yoga, Arts and Crafts, Lego, Games, Park Playtime, Self Defence Visit website

,160,2,268,153,1,276,254,3,35,74,161,daycamp,coed,3004-112023-03-01
  • Midtown, Toronto
  • Age 16 to 18+ (Coed)
  • From $5,000
TorontoMidtownMidtownOntario

38 weeks of live, comprehensive, and interactive classes to teach you how to build your best animation portfolio yet! Visit website

,173,5,9,172,programclass,coed,500016-192023-04-012023-05-012023-06-012023-07-012023-08-01
PROGRAM
Fencing
Fencing Classes Ages 9-12
Nov 29, 2021 - Dec 31, 2022

  • Mississauga, ON
  • Age 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • From $100
MississaugaOntario

Combination of technical fencing skills, tactical knowledge and physical activity. Only a few spaces left. Visit website

,320,1,153,276,65,3,370,programclass,coed,1009-122021-11-012021-12-012022-01-012022-02-012022-03-012022-04-012022-05-012022-06-012022-07-012022-08-012022-09-012022-10-012022-11-012022-12-01
  • Online
  • Age 16 to 18+ (Coed)
  • From $4,700
Online

38 weeks of live, comprehensive, and interactive classes to teach you how to build your best animation portfolio yet! Visit website

,173,5,9,172,virtualprogram,coed,470016-192023-04-012023-05-012023-06-012023-07-012023-08-012023-09-012023-10-012023-11-012023-12-012024-01-012024-02-01
  • East-End, Toronto
  • Age 4 to 11 (Coed)
  • From $240
TorontoEast-EndEast-EndOntario

Active day camp including Karate, Yoga, Dance party, Lego stations, games, fort building, park outings, arts and crafts. Visit website

,10,5,9,160,2,268,153,1,276,87,54,3,347,254,35,74,161,daycamp,coed,2404-112022-12-012023-01-01
  • Midtown, Toronto
  • Age 16 to 18+ (Coed)
  • From $4,700
TorontoMidtownMidtownOntario

19 weeks of live, comprehensive, and interactive classes to teach you how to build your best animation portfolio yet! Visit website

,173,5,9,172,programclass,coed,470016-192023-09-012023-10-012023-11-012023-12-012024-01-01
  • Online
  • Age 16 to 18+ (Coed)
  • From $10,000
Online

Our unique animation portfolio intensive to teach you how to build your best animation portfolio yet! Visit website

,173,5,9,172,virtualprogram,coed,1000016-192023-07-012023-08-012023-09-012023-10-012023-11-01
PROGRAM
Fencing
Fencing Classes Ages 6-9
Nov 29, 2021 - Dec 31, 2022

  • Mississauga, ON
  • Age 6 to 9 (Coed)
  • From $100
MississaugaOntario

Your kids will have so much fun playing with swords that they won’t notice they're developing confidence and courage. Visit website

,320,1,153,276,65,3,370,programclass,coed,1006-92021-11-012021-12-012022-01-012022-02-012022-03-012022-04-012022-05-012022-06-012022-07-012022-08-012022-09-012022-10-012022-11-012022-12-01
  • Midtown, Toronto
  • Age 14 to 18+ (Coed)
  • From $3,000
TorontoMidtownMidtownOntario

In Drawing Basics for Animation you'll learn the basics of observational drawing and put them into practice over 21 weeks. Visit website

,173,5,9,172,programclass,coed,300014-192023-02-012023-03-012023-04-012023-05-012023-06-01
  • Parry Sound, ON
  • Age 6 to 18 (Coed)
  • From $5,830
Parry SoundOntario

Your camper deserves a summer of fun, friends and success! Learn how a summer at Camp Kodiak can change their life. Visit website

,48,6,81,256,5,133,165,22,341,345,175,37,150,70,288,265,59,10,9,297,173,123,69,174,360,134,196,2,32,195,344,342,88,91,33,129,24,270,268,19,226,1,153,276,8,3,224,11,347,12,223,151,54,58,63,65,28,30,35,222,221,260,16,322,25,31,49,56,64,161,188,0,overnightcamp,coed,58306-182023-07-012023-08-01
  • Midtown, Toronto
  • Age 7 to 11 (Coed)
  • From $2,300
TorontoMidtownMidtownOntario

Ideal for the young swimmer who is curious about competing, who likes a challenge, and who will thrive as part of a team. Visit website

,276,1,201,3,322,56,programclass,coed,23007-112022-09-012022-10-012022-11-012022-12-012023-01-012023-02-012023-03-012023-04-012023-05-01
  • Parry Sound, ON
  • Age 19 to 18+ (Girls)
  • From $300
Parry SoundOntario

Come relax and engage on an adventurous retreat where you can re-energize, connect with friends, and explore nature! Visit website

,48,6,81,154,5,22,258,165,175,37,176,150,59,288,10,9,173,123,69,16,3,322,25,28,31,221,49,56,63,347,161,360,188,0,overnightcamp,allgirls,30019-192023-09-01
PROGRAM
Writing
Writing Tutoring
Apr 11 - Dec 31, 2022

  • Oakville, ON
  • Age 8 to 18 (Coed)
  • From $49
OakvilleOntario

Sylvan Writing is personalized and starts with an assessment. This allows us to build a program specifically tailored for you Visit website

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  • East-End, Toronto
  • Age 4 to 11 (Coed)
  • From $55
TorontoEast-EndEast-EndOntario

Prepare for your day by waking your body with active stretching, core and movement work. Visit website

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Defining and understanding self-regulation

Self-regulation is “a broad set of skills that allows kids to bounce back from strong emotions ... and manage difficulty in their day-to-day lives,” in Una Malcolm’s definition. Malcolm, a licensed teacher with the Ontario College of Teachers who runs Bright Light Learners, runs a private support firm in Toronto for students with learning exceptionalities.

“Oftentimes self-regulation and self-control are used interchangeably, but that might not be the most precise definition of self-regulation,” she says. “Think of self-regulation as a set of skills that allows a child to manage frustration, disappointment, adversity ... any sort of big, strong emotion. Self-regulation allows a child to return back to a normal set point.”

As Director of Bright Light Learners, she works with many students with complex needs, and understands first-hand the value and importance of developing self-regulation. 

“Think of a set point on a thermostat,” she says. “A thermostat is constantly monitoring the temperature … and once it reaches a certain point, then [it] either heats or cools the house.”  Kids with strong regulation skills “are monitoring how they’re feeling. If there’s a differential or a gap there, they’ll use strategies to come back to normal.” 

Self-regulation is a very important part of everyday life. As she says, “no matter what kids are doing, they need to have self-regulation skills.”

How to develop self-regulation

Children aren’t born with these skills but they are born with the ability to develop them. Malcolm uses the metaphor of “an upstairs/downstairs brain” to explain a child’s process of developing self-regulation. 

“The downstairs brain is related to a lot of core, base functions like heart rate, stress response and fight or flight,” she says. The downstairs brain (a suitable metaphor for the limbic system) kicks into gear in response to danger; it triggers strong emotions. Malcolm explains it's typical for children to often respond with strong emotion because the upstairs brain takes longer to develop. “The upstairs brain (analagous to the cerebral cortex) allows kids to plan, to empathize, to take on another perspective, to problem solve.” The upstairs brain regulates behaviour but it develops faster with help from external environments and other people. 

Social environments like camp can be critical for supporting the development of self-regulation in children. It “puts kids in [situations] where they need to navigate these issues”, she says. “They're having to manage conflict with peers, adapt to change [and] exhibit cognitive flexibility when they change their schedule.” In a structured environment like camp, “with gentle coaching with peers, teachers, counsellors … kids [learn] to respond in an appropriate way and [this paves] the way for future success.”

How does camp accelerate the development of self-regulation? 

Camp creates a responsive, welcoming atmosphere and teaches self-regulation guidelines to children. This might include learning to let someone speak first, recalling attention to a task when distractions are present, and learning to control one’s emotions in an overwhelming situation. Malcolm emphasizes that “the very nature of a social environment like camp [presents] opportunities for kids to develop and practice self-regulation skills.” 

In these environments, children learn on their own how to cope with upsetting changes to their routine (i.e., a conflict with a peer or getting a question wrong on a test). When exposed to these challenges, they begin to learn strategies for self-regulation that help them manage emotions and remain focused on their duties. 

The child internalizes these regulating strategies until they become habit. At that point, they might even begin to instruct their peers in self-regulation. However, it’s important to keep in mind that children can’t develop self-regulation habits overnight. It’s a slow and long process. but with exposure and support, these habits will develop over time. 

Kids who can cope with changes to their environment and can manage cognitive flexibility and self-regulate are overwhelmingly kids who are more able to do well in school, at home, with friends, parents or families.

What are the benefits of self-regulation?

Malcolm highlights many short-term and long-term benefits of self-regulation skills. 

Current research indicates that “kids who can cope with changes to their environment and can manage cognitive flexibility and self-regulate are overwhelmingly kids who are more able to do well in school, at home, with friends, parents or families,” Malcolm says. This research suggests that “self-regulation skills are hugely predictive of mental health, achievement and success.”

Self-regulation in action: meet Erick

Erick, a camper from COOKSMART camp, understands self-regulation as “not making a big deal out of everything, keeping my stress in and not letting my stress out by controlling myself.” 

He believes that self-regulation will benefit him the rest of his life because it will, “balance [his] emotions towards [his] future jobs, friends and family.”

He believes that COOKSMART camp has helped him develop self-regulation skills. 

“At the COOKSMART camp,” he says, “every time I made a [cooking mistake], I would ask the teacher to redo that step so I could actually understand.” 

Furthermore, he's learning self-regulation while being homeschooled by his mom, Emilia. “In homeschooling, every time I didn’t get an answer, [my mom] would say for me to find the answer, fix what I did and look over the mistake that I did, so I don’t get mad at myself.” He understands that self-regulation involves managing strong emotions and staying focused on the task at hand. 

How will self-regulation help my child in the future?

Self-regulation is commonly developed during the toddler years, though the habits of self-regulation continue to develop past adulthood. 

When kids are developing self-regulation skills, Malcolm says, “any instances where they have to negotiate or bounce back from big emotions...creates neural pathways that allows them to use those skills in the future. That sets them on a path to success as adults.” 

Research has proven that individuals with strong self-regulation handle their emotions and stress levels better, expand their intellectual capabilities and engage in less problematic behaviors, as opposed to those who don't develop self-regulation. This critical tool can help children with academic success, emotion control, decision-making skills, leadership habits, overall mental health, and relationships with others for years to come. 

Overall, children with self-regulated behavioral habits are more likely to:

  • Follow directions and exercise discipline
  • Keep focus on tasks at hand 
  • Control emotions in exciting or stressful settings
  • Develop organizational skills 
  • Make adjustments to be in line with a goal
  • Constructively self-criticize performance 
  • Reflect on the outcome of a task
  • Teach self-regulation habits to other children

“[Self-regulation skills] allow us to maintain healthy relationships and as human beings, healthy relationships are a huge part of living”, Malcolm explains. “Self-regulation is essential to being human. It’s not just that it supports in one key zone - it's broadly predictive of success and health.”

Want Your Child to Enhance Their Self-Regulation Skills?

Camps are advantageous to developing and enhancing self-regulation skills. The experience encourages children to work with others and follow rules mindfully, while it exposes them to new challenges and environments. At camp, children learn personal strategies for managing behaviour and emotions in a way that works for them, while they are guided and supported by their camp leaders. 


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