Top Camps that grow and develop tolerance for 2024/2025

Learn the value of accepting and appreciating differences, and grow in patience

Tolerance is:
• Willingness and ability to work with people who are different
• Broad-mindedness
• Patience

It’s not just a passive acceptance of others but “a basic understanding that difference is the norm,” as Monica, parent of a camper says. Tolerant people “lean into difference,[developing a deeper knowledge] of the way that people operate in this world.” Under the list of camps, read more on the deeper value of cultural tolerance, with discussions and examples from parents like Monica and others. Read more

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    Camps that help kids grow in tolerance (28 results)

    Jun 28 - Aug 15, 2024
    • Overnight
    • Bracebridge, ON
    • Age 6 to 16 (Coed)
    BracebridgeOntario

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

    Camp Tamarack1106-162024-06-012024-07-012024-08-01,48,6,298,41,81,256,5,133,258,22,287,37,265,288,59,10,9,363,173,123,69,174,360,321,1,226,8,3,11,347,12,327,323,223,26,54,58,63,36,346,251,35,221,60,15,322,16,25,31,49,56,64,161,188,0,overnightcamp,coed,
    Jul 15 - Jul 19, 2024
    • Day camp
    • Uptown, Toronto
    • Age 8 to 9 (Coed)
    TorontoUptownUptownOntario

    Teaches campers of all levels about different styles of play in chess, while also enjoying some of the best strategy games. Visit website

    Crescent Camps5458-92024-07-01,48,6,344,2,daycamp,coed,
    Sep 05, 2023 - Jun 02, 2024
    • Program
    • Vancouver, BC
    • Age 5 to 18 (Coed)
    VancouverBritish Columbia

    Our weekly group classes and customizable private lessons allow debaters to succeed in Debate tournaments and beyond! Visit website

    FDT Debate Academy1005-182023-09-012023-10-012023-11-012023-12-012024-01-012024-02-012024-03-012024-04-012024-05-012024-06-01,196,2,32,195,275,91,97,270,19,362,programclass,coed,
    Sep 05, 2023 - Jun 02, 2024
    • Virtual
    • Online
    • Age 5 to 18 (Coed)
    Online

    Our weekly group classes and customizable private lessons allow debaters to succeed in Debate tournaments and beyond! Visit website

    FDT Debate Academy1005-182023-09-012023-10-012023-11-012023-12-012024-01-012024-02-012024-03-012024-04-012024-05-012024-06-01,196,2,32,195,275,91,97,270,19,362,virtualprogram,coed,
    Oct 10, 2023 - Aug 10, 2024
    • Overnight
    • International
    • Age 14 to 16 (Coed)
    InternationalInternational

    This french summer camp program is geared toward young adventurers who are intrigued by life in the mountains. Visit website

    French International Language Camps405014-162023-10-012023-11-012023-12-012024-01-012024-02-012024-03-012024-04-012024-05-012024-06-012024-07-012024-08-01,258,5,22,165,59,288,10,9,123,79,2,88,91,33,8,3,11,347,26,58,36,346,28,30,51,125,328,221,60,16,322,56,64,161,1,225,170,6,overnightcamp,coed,
    Jun 24 - Aug 16, 2024
    • Day camp
    • Midtown, Toronto
    • Age 8 to 10 (Coed)
    TorontoMidtownMidtownOntario

    Active children and sports enthusiasts will cherish the opportunity to play their favourite sports, games and activities. Visit website

    Branksome Hall Day Camps4208-102024-06-012024-07-012024-08-01,56,3,322,224,11,347,12,324,327,323,223,26,29,221,54,74,58,139,260,63,326,66,daycamp,coed,
    • Program
    • West-End, Toronto
    • Age 3 to 18+ (Coed)
    TorontoWest-EndWest-EndOntario

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

    Neighbour Note Music Camps & Lessons353-192024-01-012024-02-012024-03-012024-04-012024-05-012024-06-012024-07-012024-08-012024-09-012024-10-012024-11-012024-12-01,147,5,37,38,287,339,285,286,150,175,programclass,coed,
    Jun 30 - Aug 23, 2024
    • Overnight
    • Haliburton Highlands, ON
    • Age 6 to 16 (Coed)
    Haliburton HighlandsOntario

    Our dynamic scheduling board allows campers to be in control of their day, as they choose their own adventure each night. Visit website

    Camp Can-Aqua31506-162024-06-012024-07-012024-08-01,48,6,41,81,274,5,288,256,133,165,22,197,345,175,37,176,59,10,9,173,123,69,174,134,88,2,91,33,275,24,160,137,268,226,1,153,276,8,3,224,11,347,12,15,322,16,25,251,223,28,30,31,36,346,222,49,54,74,56,260,63,64,161,65,360,363,366,188,0,overnightcamp,coed,
    • Program
    • West-End, Toronto
    • Age 6 to 18+ (Coed)
    TorontoWest-EndWest-EndOntario

    Exciting and challenging French Horn lessons with highly educated teachers: PhD, DMA, MMus. Free 1st lesson! Visit website

    Neighbour Note Music Camps & Lessons356-192024-01-012024-02-012024-03-012024-04-012024-05-012024-06-012024-07-012024-08-012024-09-012024-10-012024-11-012024-12-01,147,5,37,38,287,339,150,10,9,173,programclass,coed,
    Jul 02 - Aug 30, 2024
    • Day camp
    • Oakville, ON
    • Age 9 to 13 (Coed)
    OakvilleOntario

    Sports of All Sorts camps are week-long multi-sport camps intended to introduce athletes to various sports and activities. Visit website

    Crusaders Rugby Club2409-132024-07-012024-08-01,153,1,276,11,3,347,261,327,323,194,54,63,251,74,260,daycamp,coed,
    Jul 03 - Aug 26, 2024
    • Overnight
    • Brockville; Kingston, ON
    • Age 14 to 18 (Coed)
    BrockvilleKingstonOntario

    Embark on an adventure. This voyage is a perfect chance to build leadership skills and make new friends. Visit website

    Tall Ships Adventure173514-182024-07-012024-08-01,170,6,20,2,135,366,91,33,275,130,50,137,153,1,319,49,3,322,overnightcamp,coed,
    Jun 30 - Aug 22, 2024
    • Overnight
    • Haliburton Highlands, ON
    • Age 13 to 15 (Coed)
    Haliburton HighlandsOntario

    Taking their wilderness curiosity to the max and learning new skills through challenging environments Visit website

    YMCA Wanakita234513-152024-06-012024-07-012024-08-01,48,6,41,81,133,5,154,22,257,259,258,165,175,37,38,176,150,59,288,10,9,173,123,134,8,3,12,347,327,223,54,63,21,36,346,28,222,221,74,60,15,322,16,31,49,56,188,0,overnightcamp,coed,
    Oct 10, 2023 - Aug 10, 2024
    • Overnight
    • International
    • Age 10 to 13 (Coed)
    InternationalInternational

    Fun language French courses in the morning, a range of exciting activities and adventure are proposed every afternoon. Visit website

    French International Language Camps390010-132023-10-012023-11-012023-12-012024-01-012024-02-012024-03-012024-04-012024-05-012024-06-012024-07-012024-08-01,258,5,22,10,9,173,123,79,2,8,3,11,347,26,58,36,346,28,30,51,125,328,221,60,16,322,25,56,64,161,1,170,6,overnightcamp,coed,
    • Program
    • West-End, Toronto
    • Age 6 to 18+ (Coed)
    TorontoWest-EndWest-EndOntario

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

    Neighbour Note Music Camps & Lessons356-192024-01-012024-02-012024-03-012024-04-012024-05-012024-06-012024-07-012024-08-012024-09-012024-10-012024-11-012024-12-01,147,5,37,38,287,339,285,150,10,9,173,programclass,coed,
    • Program
    • West-End, Toronto
    • Age 3 to 18+ (Coed)
    TorontoWest-EndWest-EndOntario

    Specialized electric guitar lessons that are fun, rewarding and challenging. Free first lesson! Visit website

    Neighbour Note Music Camps & Lessons353-192024-01-012024-02-012024-03-012024-04-012024-05-012024-06-012024-07-012024-08-012024-09-012024-10-012024-11-012024-12-01,147,5,37,38,287,339,285,150,10,9,173,175,programclass,coed,
    Mar 11 - Aug 30, 2024
    • Day camp
    • West-End, Toronto
    • Age 7 to 18 (Coed)
    TorontoWest-EndWest-EndOntario

    A short intensive guitar camp focusing on creativity, jamming, improvising, & playing together in a group. Visit website

    Neighbour Note Music Camps & Lessons4257-182024-03-012024-04-012024-05-012024-06-012024-07-012024-08-01,175,5,37,147,38,339,176,285,150,10,9,173,188,0,daycamp,coed,
    • Program
    • West-End, Toronto
    • Age 5 to 18+ (Coed)
    TorontoWest-EndWest-EndOntario

    Engaging mandolin lessons with highly educated & experienced teachers: PhD, DMA, MMus. Free 1st lesson! Visit website

    Neighbour Note Music Camps & Lessons355-192024-01-012024-02-012024-03-012024-04-012024-05-012024-06-012024-07-012024-08-012024-09-012024-10-012024-11-012024-12-01,147,5,37,38,287,339,285,286,150,10,9,173,programclass,coed,
    Aug 12 - Aug 16, 2024
    • Day camp
    • Oakville, ON
    • Age 12 to 15 (Coed)
    OakvilleOntario

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

    Crusaders Rugby Club33512-152024-08-01,33,2,91,194,3,347,318,1,276,daycamp,coed,
    Oct 10, 2023 - Aug 10, 2024
    • Day camp
    • International
    • Age 6 to 16 (Coed)
    InternationalInternational

    International Language Camps offers summer and winter programs for 6 to 16 years old - a fun language camp in the French Alps Visit website

    French International Language Camps38806-162023-10-012023-11-012023-12-012024-01-012024-02-012024-03-012024-04-012024-05-012024-06-012024-07-012024-08-01,133,5,259,22,258,165,176,37,59,288,10,9,173,123,174,79,2,33,91,8,3,12,347,26,58,21,36,346,52,251,28,30,51,125,328,221,60,15,322,16,25,31,56,64,44,161,1,181,daycamp,coed,
    Jan 09 - Dec 20, 2024
    • Program
    • West-End, Toronto
    • Age 7 to 17 (Coed)
    TorontoWest-EndWest-EndOntario

    Our ukulele after school program is fun, rewarding, & challenging. Learn to sing & play your favorite songs! Visit website

    Neighbour Note Music Camps & Lessons397-172024-01-012024-02-012024-03-012024-04-012024-05-012024-06-012024-07-012024-08-012024-09-012024-10-012024-11-012024-12-01,175,5,37,147,38,287,339,176,285,150,10,9,173,programclass,coed,
    • Day camp
    • Age 9 to 13 (Coed)

    Each day campers will ride to new areas of Toronto and experience the people, places and processes that make the city go! Visit website

    Hidden City Day Camp - Toronto Bicycle Tours4509-132024-07-012024-08-01,170,6,337,5,10,9,173,123,135,2,24,357,50,182,130,314,268,19,21,3,188,0,252,daycamp,coed,
    Jul 08 - Aug 16, 2024
    • Day camp
    • Torrance, ON
    • Age 8 to 12 (Coed)
    TorranceOntario

    Day Campers enjoy swimming, gaga ball, field games, crafts, canoeing, outdoor adventure, stories, tubing and more! Visit website

    Camp Crossroads2008-122024-07-012024-08-01,10,5,9,12,3,347,223,28,30,222,16,322,56,188,0,daycamp,coed,
    Jul 07 - Aug 17, 2024
    • Overnight
    • Orillia, ON
    • Age 15 to 16 (Coed)
    OrilliaOntario

    ALL people are leaders in their own way. Visit website

    Sparrow Lake Camp225015-162024-07-012024-08-01,48,6,298,41,81,138,5,37,265,288,59,292,10,9,296,173,355,333,88,2,91,366,33,275,24,321,1,226,153,8,3,11,347,12,323,223,54,28,221,16,322,25,31,49,56,188,0,overnightcamp,coed,
    • Program
    • West-End, Toronto
    • Age 11 to 18 (Coed)
    TorontoWest-EndWest-EndOntario

    Gain valuable performing experience in a rock band setting. Learn to jam, write songs, & improvise. Play for a live audience! Visit website

    Neighbour Note Music Camps & Lessons3911-182024-01-012024-02-012024-03-012024-04-012024-05-012024-06-012024-07-012024-08-012024-09-012024-10-012024-11-012024-12-01,175,5,37,147,38,287,339,176,285,150,10,9,173,programclass,coed,
    Oct 10, 2023 - Aug 10, 2024
    • Overnight
    • International
    • Age 6 to 9 (Coed)
    InternationalInternational

    This summer camp is perfect for the little ones to gain autonomy. Enjoy your french summer camp and learn French. Visit website

    French International Language Camps38856-92023-10-012023-11-012023-12-012024-01-012024-02-012024-03-012024-04-012024-05-012024-06-012024-07-012024-08-01,170,6,133,5,258,22,59,288,10,9,173,123,174,79,2,8,3,11,347,26,58,36,346,28,30,51,125,328,221,60,16,322,25,31,56,overnightcamp,coed,
    • Program
    • West-End, Toronto
    • Age 6 to 18+ (Coed)
    TorontoWest-EndWest-EndOntario

    Creative Tuba lessons with professional teachers: PhD, DMA, MMus. Free 1st lesson! Visit website

    Neighbour Note Music Camps & Lessons356-192024-01-012024-02-012024-03-012024-04-012024-05-012024-06-012024-07-012024-08-012024-09-012024-10-012024-11-012024-12-01,147,5,37,38,287,339,285,150,10,9,173,programclass,coed,
    • Program
    • West-End, Toronto
    • Age 6 to 18+ (Coed)
    TorontoWest-EndWest-EndOntario

    Professional trumpet lessons with exceptional teachers: PhD, DMA, MMus. Free 1st lesson! Visit website

    Neighbour Note Music Camps & Lessons356-192024-01-012024-02-012024-03-012024-04-012024-05-012024-06-012024-07-012024-08-012024-09-012024-10-012024-11-012024-12-01,147,5,37,38,287,339,285,150,10,9,173,programclass,coed,
    • Program
    • West-End, Toronto
    • Age 3 to 18+ (Coed)
    TorontoWest-EndWest-EndOntario

    Viola lessons with award winning teachers. Highly educated: PhD, DMA, MMus. Free 1st lesson! Visit website

    Neighbour Note Music Camps & Lessons353-192024-01-012024-02-012024-03-012024-04-012024-05-012024-06-012024-07-012024-08-012024-09-012024-10-012024-11-012024-12-01,147,5,37,38,287,339,285,150,10,9,173,286,programclass,coed,

    Programs that encourage tolerance, session dates TBD


    Definition of tolerance

    “Tolerance,” says Monica, mother of a camper at Academie Duello’s Knight Camp in Vancouver, “is a basic understanding that difference is the norm and no two people are alike.” A tolerant person embraces diversity, and has learned to accept others as they are, respecting difference. In a wonderfully lucid summary, she adds that tolerant people “[lean] into difference and getting to know all of the ways that people operate in the world.”

    Kids are open to accepting differences and moving forward more from there, she believes. “It really is a point from which, when you’re tolerant, you’re grounded in yourself enough to lean into difference.” Kids who have developed tolerance “[can become] the kind of people we need as leaders and participants in all parts of society.” 

    What’s the value of tolerance? 

    As Monica says, if we understand that difference is a cardinal truth of being human, “[tolerant] children [will] grow into people who are more curious and more aware that their circumstance is going to be different than anyone else’s, for a lot of reasons.” In her opinion, a tolerant attitude “is an exciting [way] for people to start their lives, exploring all of these differences.”

    Tolerance includes respect, acceptance and inclusivity. No matter who you are, developing and growing tolerance means an embracement of differences among people. When you understand other perspectives, you increase opportunities to learn from others, expand your worldview and grow as an individual. This will lead to the development of stronger relationships and help create harmonious inter-connections with others. As with the development of generosity, interpersonal skills, and other character traits that seem outward-directed, developing tolerance can be a gift you give yourself. Or in the case of parenting, a gift that parents can give their children. 

    Monica believes tolerance has lifelong benefits. “It is really important for me that as early as possible, we expose our children to as much of the world as we can and that’s not necessarily done by taking them everywhere but even just opening the book of the world to see what’s possible.” As a result, children can learn that, “everyone is different, the world is vast and what you know is only what you know - it’s not everything to be known.” 

    What’s an example of tolerance?

    Monica believes that camp has helped her son develop toleration and understanding. Knight Camp features a wide age range, 8-14 years old, so campers are with kids both younger and older than them. “There’s a lot of imbalances built in,” she notes, but that’s a positive. “People are going to show up knowing [different] things, having [different] skills.” They even learn that from “one year to the next [friends will have] grown or not grown at a different rate.” 

    When you understand other perspectives, you increase opportunities to learn from others, expand your worldview and grow as an individual.

    Campers adapt to varying skill levels, exercise patience and learn how others grow at a different pace than they do. “They’re very much in a situation where they have to learn how to navigate and negotiate within all of these differences and be tolerant of people who may not know what they already know, or may not be able to do what they can do.” This learning is internalized, too, in that they become more “tolerant of themselves and learn what they need to get better.” 

    How to Foster and Develop Tolerant Behaviour

    The Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego highlights more ways to teach children tolerance. First and foremost, kids are very receptive to the environment around them, especially things their parents say or do. “Even before they can speak, children closely watch — and imitate.” For your child to learn tolerance, it’s important that you model it yourself. Treat people with respect and kindness, avoid judging others and pay close attention to your words and actions. You can also comment on prejudices you see and hear, to show them intolerance in contrast. 

    Furthermore, to encourage an environment of tolerance, it is important to expose your child to different cultures, locations and people. Try new foods, visit different places, discuss cultural celebrations and learn about different religions. Acknowledge diversity and teach your child to respect differences. It’s most important to expose your child to a variety of experiences where he or she can confidently and comfortably discover the value of tolerance, for themselves. It’s important that children have a healthy self-esteem and accept themselves.  “Kids who feel badly about themselves often treat others badly,” says Rady’s website. 

    Social environments like camp are an ideal ground for the development of tolerance. They’re exposed to people with different ethnicities, genders, religious views, skill levels, etc. It’s an atmosphere that naturally encourages diversity and inclusiveness. Campers meet kids from different backgrounds and learn to embrace differences in the structured environment that also fosters independence, interpersonal skills and other healthy attributes. 

    As Monica says, “camps are a great opportunity” to develop tolerance. “It’s not the same people you meet every day at school - it’s often a brand new collection of people.” The freeform camp setting allows children to explore and learn differences on their own terms. Camp is “a really fun environment” above all, as she says. Learning together with others, kids deepen an appreciation of differences. The “learn a new way to be in the world.”


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