Camps for troubled teens and youth

Find a list of the top troubled teens camps and programs in Canada

The teenage years can be a challenging time. Many teens struggle with school, relationships, and other aspects of life. For some kids, though, adolescence is especially troublesome. Luckily, there are many camps for troubled teens and youth across Canada (there are also schools for troubled teens). While most of these are summer camps, some also offer winter programs for troubled teens as well. And there are also both overnight and day options as well. Read more


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Camps listed below focus on helping teens facing the problems and concerns discussed above.

Sports Camps Canada  

North Toronto, Toronto; Vancouver; Calgary

  • Sport (multi)
  • Day camp

Our coed summer sports camps are geared toward kids ages 4-18 of all abilities and skill levels. From beginner to elite, there is a camp option for everyone. Improve Your Skills & Have SERIOUS FUN at Sports Camps Canada! Read more...

  • Ages 4 to 14
  • Coed
  • from $235/week
Day camp Coed2354-140North Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Vancouver, British Columbia, Calgary, AlbertaSport (multi)Sports Camps CanadaOur coed summer sports camps are geared toward kids ages 4-18 of all abilities and skill levels. From beginner to elite, there is a camp option for everyone. Improve Your Skills & Have SERIOUS FUN at Sports Camps Canada! North Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Vancouver, British Columbia, Calgary, Alberta Day camp Coed

City of Toronto - Specialty Plus Camps  

Bathurst Manor/Clanton Park, Toronto; Brampton

  • Science: Nature/Environment
  • Day camp, Overnight camp

Looking to enjoy nature and being outdoors, these camps are for you! Camp Naorca & Camp Claireville both provide fun, hands-on opportunities to discover the hidden wonders and importance of Toronto’s parks and gardens. Read more...

  • Ages 4.5 to 15
  • Coed
  • from $200/2 weeks
Day camp, Overnight camp Coed2004.5-151Bathurst Manor/Clanton Park, Toronto, Ontario, Brampton, OntarioScience: Nature/EnvironmentCity of Toronto - Specialty Plus CampsLooking to enjoy nature and being outdoors, these camps are for you! Camp Naorca & Camp Claireville both provide fun, hands-on opportunities to discover the hidden wonders and importance of Toronto’s parks and gardens. Bathurst Manor/Clanton Park, Toronto, Ontario, Brampton, Ontario Day camp, Overnight camp Coed

Harbourfront Centre Camps  

Harbourfront, Toronto

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Day camp, Overnight camp

Since 1979, Harbourfront Centre Camps have fostered an inclusive learning community that encourages long-lasting connections to contemporary arts, culture and ideas. . Read more...

  • Ages 4 to 15
  • Coed
  • from $250/week
Day camp, Overnight camp Coed2504-152Harbourfront, Toronto, OntarioTraditional (multi activity) Harbourfront Centre CampsSince 1979, Harbourfront Centre Camps have fostered an inclusive learning community that encourages long-lasting connections to contemporary arts, culture and ideas. . Harbourfront, Toronto, Ontario Day camp, Overnight camp Coed

Behaviour Matters  

Lawrence Heights, Toronto

  • Education: Leadership
  • Program, Family camp

Focused on developing social skills, emotional/self-regulation and self confidence. Programs are interactive, skills, and strength-based, consisting of games, team building; role-plays, art, discussions, take-home tasks. Read more...

  • Ages 4 to 18
  • Coed, Girls, Boys
  • from $600/group
Program, Family camp Coed, Girls, Boys6004-183Lawrence Heights, Toronto, OntarioEducation: LeadershipBehaviour MattersFocused on developing social skills, emotional/self-regulation and self confidence. Programs are interactive, skills, and strength-based, consisting of games, team building; role-plays, art, discussions, take-home tasks. Lawrence Heights, Toronto, Ontario Program, Family camp Coed, Girls, Boys

Ruth Rumack's Learning Space  

Deer Park, Toronto; Davisville Village, Toronto; Annex, Toronto

  • Education: Academic/Tutoring
  • Program

Cutting-edge Direct Instruction and academic support centre in Toronto offering 1-to-1 individual support for students K-12, innovative group classes and standardized test preparation for SSAT, SAT, and ACT. Read more...

  • Ages 4 to 18
  • Coed
  • from $170/session
Program Coed1704-184Deer Park, Toronto, Ontario, Davisville Village, Toronto, Ontario, Annex, Toronto, OntarioEducation: Academic/TutoringRuth Rumack's Learning SpaceCutting-edge Direct Instruction and academic support centre in Toronto offering 1-to-1 individual support for students K-12, innovative group classes and standardized test preparation for SSAT, SAT, and ACT. Deer Park, Toronto, Ontario, Davisville Village, Toronto, Ontario, Annex, Toronto, Ontario Program Coed
  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Overnight camp, Family camp

A central Ontario summer camp for families and children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Read more...

  • Ages 1 to 21
  • Coed
  • from $1/week
Overnight camp, Family camp Coed11-215Minden, OntarioTraditional (multi activity) Kinark Outdoor CentreA central Ontario summer camp for families and children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Minden, Ontario Overnight camp, Family camp Coed

Radiant Girls  

Burlington; Hamilton

  • Education: Leadership
  • Day camp, Overnight camp, Program, Family camp

Girls Wellness & Leadership programs, with prof. coaches, chef's and trainers. Featuring Yoga/Pilates, Outdoor Adventures, Confidence & EI Activities, Meaningful Art, Leadership Games, Relationship Building, and More! Read more...

  • Ages 7 to 16
  • Girls
  • from $479/week
Day camp, Overnight camp, Program, Family camp Girls4797-166Burlington, Ontario, Hamilton, OntarioEducation: LeadershipRadiant GirlsGirls Wellness & Leadership programs, with prof. coaches, chef's and trainers. Featuring Yoga/Pilates, Outdoor Adventures, Confidence & EI Activities, Meaningful Art, Leadership Games, Relationship Building, and More! Burlington, Ontario, Hamilton, Ontario Day camp, Overnight camp, Program, Family camp Girls
  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Overnight camp

Supportive & therapeutic environment for struggling students. Assessment, educational support, life skills and outdoor activities. Earn school credit, acquire skills & stay safe! Read more...

  • Ages 11 to 18
  • Girls, Boys
  • from $1/month
Overnight camp Girls, Boys111-187Kelowna, British Columbia, Barrie, Ontario, Red Deer, Traditional (multi activity) Venture Academy Summer Program for Troubled TeensSupportive & therapeutic environment for struggling students. Assessment, educational support, life skills and outdoor activities. Earn school credit, acquire skills & stay safe! Kelowna, British Columbia, Barrie, Ontario, Red Deer, Overnight camp Girls, Boys

Camp Kennebec  

Sharbot Lake

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Overnight camp

An amazing summer camp experience for campers with special needs. All the fun of camp, with supportive and experienced staff to give your camper the summer of their life! The focus is on fun first! Read more...

  • Ages 6 to 25
  • Coed
  • from $1,500/week
Overnight camp Coed15006-258Sharbot Lake, OntarioTraditional (multi activity) Camp KennebecAn amazing summer camp experience for campers with special needs. All the fun of camp, with supportive and experienced staff to give your camper the summer of their life! The focus is on fun first! Sharbot Lake, Ontario Overnight camp Coed
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Camps listed below offer support for teens with some of the problems and concerns discussed above.
  • Adventure: Wilderness Out-tripping
  • Overnight camp

Wilderness canoe adventures with heart & meaning in boys, girls and all-gender programs. Trips weave together challenge, community & confidence to connect youth to the land, each other, and their own unique spirit. Read more...

  • Ages 10 to 17
  • Coed, Girls, Boys
  • from $1,200/week
Overnight camp Coed, Girls, Boys120010-170Temagami, OntarioAdventure: Wilderness Out-trippingNorthwaters & Langskib Canoe Tripping ProgramsWilderness canoe adventures with heart & meaning in boys, girls and all-gender programs. Trips weave together challenge, community & confidence to connect youth to the land, each other, and their own unique spirit. Temagami, Ontario Overnight camp Coed, Girls, Boys

Code-it Hacks  

Bloor West Village, Toronto

  • Computer (multi)
  • Day camp, Program, Family camp

Blend of 5 flavors in our Kids Coding & Robotics Camp in Toronto! Learn to Code, Learn to build: Robotics & Circuits, Outdoor play:Logic Games & a field trip to a tech company! Never a dull moment in our camps & programs Read more...

  • Ages 4 to 18
  • Coed
  • from $250/session
Day camp, Program, Family camp Coed2504-181Bloor West Village, Toronto, Ontario, Bloor West Village, Toronto, ONComputer (multi)Code-it HacksBlend of 5 flavors in our Kids Coding & Robotics Camp in Toronto! Learn to Code, Learn to build: Robotics & Circuits, Outdoor play:Logic Games & a field trip to a tech company! Never a dull moment in our camps & programs Bloor West Village, Toronto, Ontario, Bloor West Village, Toronto, ON Day camp, Program, Family camp Coed

GTA Photography Classes : Camps  

Ottawa; Downtown East, Toronto; Illinois

  • Visual arts: Photo/Video
  • Day camp, Overnight camp, Program

Photography & Video Camps for kids (8-12) & teens (13-18). Campers learn from award-winning photographers & apply their new skills on daily field trips. Give your child the BEST SUMMER EVER! Read more...

  • Ages 8 to 17
  • Coed
  • from $299/week
Day camp, Overnight camp, Program Coed2998-172Ottawa, Ontario, Downtown East, Toronto, Ontario, Illinois, IllinoisVisual arts: Photo/VideoGTA Photography Classes : CampsPhotography & Video Camps for kids (8-12) & teens (13-18). Campers learn from award-winning photographers & apply their new skills on daily field trips. Give your child the BEST SUMMER EVER! Ottawa, Ontario, Downtown East, Toronto, Ontario, Illinois, Illinois Day camp, Overnight camp, Program Coed
  • Education: Leadership
  • Overnight camp

Leadership training for students in Grades 6-12 in the arts, athletics, French language sports, SHSM, school leadership and more. Leadership courses are facilitated by qualified Ontario Teachers. #WeLead Read more...

  • Ages 10 to 18
  • Coed
  • from $240/program
Overnight camp Coed24010-183Washago, OntarioEducation: LeadershipOntario Educational Leadership CentreLeadership training for students in Grades 6-12 in the arts, athletics, French language sports, SHSM, school leadership and more. Leadership courses are facilitated by qualified Ontario Teachers. #WeLead Washago, Ontario Overnight camp Coed
  • Computer (multi)
  • Day camp, Overnight camp, Program

STEAM BOOTCamp GTA.Animation,Game,Coding,Architecture,Robotics,UI/UX Graphic,WEB Tech,Fashion Tech,DRONE Engg,AR/VR Tech.STEAM ahead with your Career-Goals, Join Technology,Engineering & Design InnovationCamp at Thinnox! Read more...

  • Ages 6 to 18
  • Coed
  • from $250/week
Day camp, Overnight camp, Program Coed2506-184Mississauga, OntarioComputer (multi)Innovation Camp ThinnoxSTEAM BOOTCamp GTA.Animation,Game,Coding,Architecture,Robotics,UI/UX Graphic,WEB Tech,Fashion Tech,DRONE Engg,AR/VR Tech.STEAM ahead with your Career-Goals, Join Technology,Engineering & Design InnovationCamp at Thinnox! Mississauga, Ontario Day camp, Overnight camp, Program Coed
  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Day camp, Overnight camp

Both a day camp and an overnight camp, offering exciting programs such as horsemanship, swimming, high ropes, climbing wall, archery, campfires, tomahawks, and many more. Excellent Leadership Camps available for teens. Read more...

  • Ages 5 to 16
  • Coed, Girls, Boys
  • from $235/week
Day camp, Overnight camp Coed, Girls, Boys2355-165Brantford, OntarioTraditional (multi activity) InterVarsity Circle Square Ranch Grand RiverBoth a day camp and an overnight camp, offering exciting programs such as horsemanship, swimming, high ropes, climbing wall, archery, campfires, tomahawks, and many more. Excellent Leadership Camps available for teens. Brantford, Ontario Day camp, Overnight camp Coed, Girls, Boys
  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Overnight camp, Family camp

An award winning Christian summer camp in Muskoka for ages five to 17 featuring dozens of awesome activities, teen programs in leadership development and wilderness adventure & unforgettable experiences for every camper! Read more...

  • Ages 5 to 17
  • Coed, Girls, Boys
  • from $460/week
Overnight camp, Family camp Coed, Girls, Boys4605-176Huntsville, OntarioTraditional (multi activity) InterVarsity Pioneer Camp OntarioAn award winning Christian summer camp in Muskoka for ages five to 17 featuring dozens of awesome activities, teen programs in leadership development and wilderness adventure & unforgettable experiences for every camper! Huntsville, Ontario Overnight camp, Family camp Coed, Girls, Boys

Kandalore  

Minden

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Overnight camp, Family camp

Kandalore is the finest traditional summer camp in Canada, providing the best of both canoe tripping and in-camp activities. Specialized leadership programs for 16 and 17 year olds. Read more...

  • Ages 6 to 16
  • Coed
  • from $2,715/2 weeks
Overnight camp, Family camp Coed27156-167Minden, OntarioTraditional (multi activity) KandaloreKandalore is the finest traditional summer camp in Canada, providing the best of both canoe tripping and in-camp activities. Specialized leadership programs for 16 and 17 year olds. Minden, Ontario Overnight camp, Family camp Coed
  • Art : Visual arts (multi)
  • Day camp, Program, Family camp

The McMichael provides an unmatched backdrop for children, youth and family programs. For details on Children's Camps, Art Classes, Accessible Studio Workshops and Family Days, visit mcmichael.com today! Read more...

  • Ages 5 to 15
  • Coed
  • from $159/session
Day camp, Program, Family camp Coed1595-158Vaughan, OntarioArt : Visual arts (multi)McMichael Children and Youth Art Camps and ProgramsThe McMichael provides an unmatched backdrop for children, youth and family programs. For details on Children's Camps, Art Classes, Accessible Studio Workshops and Family Days, visit mcmichael.com today! Vaughan, Ontario Day camp, Program, Family camp Coed
  • Education: Leadership
  • Overnight camp

A leadership program, where teens develop civic leadership skills, learn about Canadian institutions, meet famous and accomplished Canadians, and explore exciting career options Read more...

  • Ages 14 to 17
  • Coed
  • from $750/week
Overnight camp Coed75014-179Ottawa, OntarioEducation: LeadershipEncounters with CanadaA leadership program, where teens develop civic leadership skills, learn about Canadian institutions, meet famous and accomplished Canadians, and explore exciting career options Ottawa, Ontario Overnight camp Coed

Genius Camp  

Mississauga; Downtown West, Toronto; Markham

  • Education: STEM
  • Program

The fastest growing STEM camp in Toronto and the GTA, offering programs in Robotics and AI, Coding, Programming, Advanced Math, Practical Science, 3D Printing and Modeling. Read more...

  • Ages 6 to 17
  • Coed
  • from $99/week
Program Coed996-1710Mississauga, Ontario, Downtown West, Toronto, Ontario, Markham, OntarioEducation: STEMGenius CampThe fastest growing STEM camp in Toronto and the GTA, offering programs in Robotics and AI, Coding, Programming, Advanced Math, Practical Science, 3D Printing and Modeling. Mississauga, Ontario, Downtown West, Toronto, Ontario, Markham, Ontario Program Coed

InterVarsity Circle Square Ranch Big Clear Lake  

Hamilton; Huntsville; Land O' Lakes Tourist Region

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Overnight camp, Family camp

Circle Square Ranch is a life changing Christian summer camp for kids and teens ages 6-17. We offer a wide range of activities including horseback riding, water sports and ropes. Your summer adventure starts here! Read more...

  • Ages 6 to 17
  • Coed, Girls, Boys
  • from $299/week
Overnight camp, Family camp Coed, Girls, Boys2996-1711Hamilton, , Huntsville, Ontario, Land O' Lakes Tourist Region, OntarioTraditional (multi activity) InterVarsity Circle Square Ranch Big Clear LakeCircle Square Ranch is a life changing Christian summer camp for kids and teens ages 6-17. We offer a wide range of activities including horseback riding, water sports and ropes. Your summer adventure starts here! Hamilton, , Huntsville, Ontario, Land O' Lakes Tourist Region, Ontario Overnight camp, Family camp Coed, Girls, Boys

Outward Bound Canada  

Alberta (1); British Columbia (1); Canada (1); New Brunswick (1); Ontario (1)

  • Adventure (multi)
  • Overnight camp

Outward Bound Canada provides challenging adventures in the outdoors across the country that develop self-respect, awareness of others, interpersonal skills, and a sense of accomplishment. Read more...

  • Ages 12 to 99
  • Coed, Girls, Boys
  • from $779/week
Overnight camp Coed, Girls, Boys77912-9912Kananaskis, Vancouver Island, Throughout Canada, Grand Manan, Algonquin ParkAdventure (multi)Outward Bound CanadaOutward Bound Canada provides challenging adventures in the outdoors across the country that develop self-respect, awareness of others, interpersonal skills, and a sense of accomplishment. Kananaskis, Vancouver Island, Throughout Canada, Grand Manan, Algonquin Park Overnight camp Coed, Girls, Boys

Camp Wabikon  

Temagami

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Overnight camp

An experience kids love. A family parents trust. Wabikon is sleepover camp for boys and girls ages 6-17. Campers from around the world feel like part of the family and enjoy activities on a challenge-by-choice basis. Read more...

  • Ages 6 to 17
  • Coed
  • from $1,100/week
Overnight camp Coed11006-1713Temagami, OntarioTraditional (multi activity) Camp WabikonAn experience kids love. A family parents trust. Wabikon is sleepover camp for boys and girls ages 6-17. Campers from around the world feel like part of the family and enjoy activities on a challenge-by-choice basis. Temagami, Ontario Overnight camp Coed
  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Day camp

Supercamp is an ACQ-certified day camp providing over 20 arts, science, sports and learning-oriented programs. Most importantly, our camp is over 80 employees devoted to creating memories to last a lifetime! Read more...

  • Ages 5 to 15
  • Coed
  • from $187/week
Day camp Coed1875-1514Montreal, QuebecTraditional (multi activity) Supercamp @ Vanier CollegeSupercamp is an ACQ-certified day camp providing over 20 arts, science, sports and learning-oriented programs. Most importantly, our camp is over 80 employees devoted to creating memories to last a lifetime! Montreal, Quebec Day camp Coed

SportLife  

Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue; Montreal; Huberdeau

  • Sport (multi)
  • Day camp, Overnight camp, Program, Family camp

A unique team sports camp, simulating the career of professional athletes! Sports include: ice hockey, flag/touch football, basketball, soccer, baseball, ball hockey and much more! Read more...

  • Ages 5 to 15
  • Coed
  • from $150/week
Day camp, Overnight camp, Program, Family camp Coed1505-1515Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, Québec, Montreal, Québec, Huberdeau, QuébecSport (multi)SportLifeA unique team sports camp, simulating the career of professional athletes! Sports include: ice hockey, flag/touch football, basketball, soccer, baseball, ball hockey and much more! Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, Québec, Montreal, Québec, Huberdeau, Québec Day camp, Overnight camp, Program, Family camp Coed

YMCA of Oakville  

Hamilton; Oakville

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Day camp

YMCA of Oakville camps are found at several locations across the community with activities including swimming, day trips and more. Learn more! Read more...

  • Ages 4 to 17
  • Coed
  • from $198/session
Day camp Coed1984-1716Hamilton, Ontario, Oakville, OntarioTraditional (multi activity) YMCA of OakvilleYMCA of Oakville camps are found at several locations across the community with activities including swimming, day trips and more. Learn more! Hamilton, Ontario, Oakville, Ontario Day camp Coed
  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Day camp, Overnight camp

A traditional Christian Camp, located in Prince Edward County just across the lake from Sandbanks Provincial Park. Read more...

  • Ages 6 to 17
  • Coed
  • from $225/week
Day camp, Overnight camp Coed2256-1717Picton, OntarioTraditional (multi activity) Wesley Acres - Harbour RidgeA traditional Christian Camp, located in Prince Edward County just across the lake from Sandbanks Provincial Park. Picton, Ontario Day camp, Overnight camp Coed
  • Academic/Tutoring: Instructor lead (group)
  • Program

With more than 30 years of success, Brain Power is an innovative leader in enrichment education for bright and gifted students. Brain Power is a transformative model for what gifted education should be about in the GTA. Read more...

  • Ages 6 to 18
  • Coed
  • from $325/program
Program Coed3256-1818Vaughan, OntarioAcademic/Tutoring: Instructor lead (group)Brain Power Enrichment ProgramsWith more than 30 years of success, Brain Power is an innovative leader in enrichment education for bright and gifted students. Brain Power is a transformative model for what gifted education should be about in the GTA. Vaughan, Ontario Program Coed

Neilson Park Creative Centre  

Markland Wood, Toronto

  • Art (multi)
  • Day camp

Arts-focused camps, classes and workshops supporting a creative learning environment where children, teens and families are encouraged to explore and enrich their lives through the arts. Read more...

  • Ages 5 to 12
  • Coed
  • from $240/week
Day camp Coed2405-1219Markland Wood, Toronto, OntarioArt (multi)Neilson Park Creative CentreArts-focused camps, classes and workshops supporting a creative learning environment where children, teens and families are encouraged to explore and enrich their lives through the arts. Markland Wood, Toronto, Ontario Day camp Coed

Township of King  

Ontario (7)

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Day camp, Program, Family camp

With a mixture of sports, arts, and nature based programs, you are sure to find the perfect camp or program for your child! High Five and OCA Certified. Visit www.king.ca for more information. Read more...

  • Ages 2 to 18
  • Coed
  • from $4/week
Day camp, Program, Family camp Coed42-1820King, NobletonTraditional (multi activity) Township of KingWith a mixture of sports, arts, and nature based programs, you are sure to find the perfect camp or program for your child! High Five and OCA Certified. Visit www.king.ca for more information. King, Nobleton Day camp, Program, Family camp Coed
  • Art (multi)
  • Day camp, Overnight camp, Program, Family camp

SummerArts combines the best of camp with the best of the arts, with great food, a full rec schedule, campfire, and of course a core of incredible arts programming, all on a beautiful campus overlooking the Bay of Fundy. Read more...

  • Ages 5 to 18
  • Coed
  • from $290/week
Day camp, Overnight camp, Program, Family camp Coed2905-1821Canning, Nova ScotiaArt (multi)Ross Creek Centre for the ArtsSummerArts combines the best of camp with the best of the arts, with great food, a full rec schedule, campfire, and of course a core of incredible arts programming, all on a beautiful campus overlooking the Bay of Fundy. Canning, Nova Scotia Day camp, Overnight camp, Program, Family camp Coed
  • Education: STEM
  • Day camp, Program, Family camp

Innovative programming with a focus on STEM. Summer camp, after school, birthdays and more. Courses for all ages in coding, game design, circuitry, toy engineering, the arts, VR, robotics, 3D printing, cooking and more! Read more...

  • Ages 4 to 15
  • Coed
  • from $60/month
Day camp, Program, Family camp Coed604-1522Oakville, OntarioEducation: STEMIdea Lab Kids OakvilleInnovative programming with a focus on STEM. Summer camp, after school, birthdays and more. Courses for all ages in coding, game design, circuitry, toy engineering, the arts, VR, robotics, 3D printing, cooking and more! Oakville, Ontario Day camp, Program, Family camp Coed

The Maker Bean Cafe  

Dovercourt Park, Toronto; Wallace Emerson, Toronto

  • Education: STEM
  • Day camp, Program

Creative technology camps to engage your kids & teen. Topics include Robotics, Inventions, Minecraft & Video Game Programming. Read more...

  • Ages 2 to 12
  • Coed
  • from $40/week
Day camp, Program Coed402-1223Dovercourt Park, Toronto, Ontario, Wallace Emerson, Toronto, OntarioEducation: STEMThe Maker Bean CafeCreative technology camps to engage your kids & teen. Topics include Robotics, Inventions, Minecraft & Video Game Programming. Dovercourt Park, Toronto, Ontario, Wallace Emerson, Toronto, Ontario Day camp, Program Coed

Cedar Ridge Camp  

Bancroft

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Overnight camp

Cedar Ridge Camp is a wonderful place where campers have the opportunity to get outside and develop friendships. Read more...

  • Ages 6 to 16
  • Coed
  • from $900/week
Overnight camp Coed9006-1624Bancroft, OntarioTraditional (multi activity) Cedar Ridge CampCedar Ridge Camp is a wonderful place where campers have the opportunity to get outside and develop friendships. Bancroft, Ontario Overnight camp Coed

YMCA of Southwestern Ontario Overnight Camps  

London; Leamington; Port Severn

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Overnight camp, Family camp

The YMCA of Southwestern Ontario offers two amazing overnight camps for campers aged 5-16 - YMCA Camp Queen Elizabeth (CQE) in Georgian Bay Islands National Park and YMCA Camp Henry in Point Pelee National Park. Read more...

  • Ages 5 to 16
  • Coed
  • from $540/session
Overnight camp, Family camp Coed5405-1625London, Ontario, Leamington, Ontario, Port Severn, OntarioTraditional (multi activity) YMCA of Southwestern Ontario Overnight CampsThe YMCA of Southwestern Ontario offers two amazing overnight camps for campers aged 5-16 - YMCA Camp Queen Elizabeth (CQE) in Georgian Bay Islands National Park and YMCA Camp Henry in Point Pelee National Park. London, Ontario, Leamington, Ontario, Port Severn, Ontario Overnight camp, Family camp Coed

Bear Creek Outdoor Centre  

Renfrew; Ottawa

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Overnight camp

We are a small camp with a spectacular community of campers and staff. We focus on having a great time building interpersonal skills and connecting with each other in a fantastic natural setting. Read more...

  • Ages 6 to 17
  • Coed, Girls
  • from $675/week
Overnight camp Coed, Girls6756-1726Renfrew, Quebec, Ottawa, OntarioTraditional (multi activity) Bear Creek Outdoor CentreWe are a small camp with a spectacular community of campers and staff. We focus on having a great time building interpersonal skills and connecting with each other in a fantastic natural setting. Renfrew, Quebec, Ottawa, Ontario Overnight camp Coed, Girls
  • Science (multi)
  • Day camp, Family camp

Get a unique science and tech education in this program by the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, including LEGO Robotics, Makerspace, Coding, Minecraft. Girls only sessions, Family Camps, Educator sessions. Read more...

  • Ages 5 to 17
  • Coed, Girls
  • from $260/week
Day camp, Family camp Coed, Girls2605-1727Oshawa, OntarioScience (multi)Ontario Tech University Summer CampsGet a unique science and tech education in this program by the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, including LEGO Robotics, Makerspace, Coding, Minecraft. Girls only sessions, Family Camps, Educator sessions. Oshawa, Ontario Day camp, Family camp Coed, Girls
  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Day camp, Overnight camp

Choose active and fun Neighbourhood day camps close to home, with themed weeks and out trips, OR a traditional outdoor day (or overnight) experience at Camp Otonabee with ropes, paddling, nature hikes, swimming and more Read more...

  • Ages 4 to 16
  • Coed
  • from $190/week
Day camp, Overnight camp Coed1904-1628Ottawa, OntarioTraditional (multi activity) YMCA-YWCA of the National Capital RegionChoose active and fun Neighbourhood day camps close to home, with themed weeks and out trips, OR a traditional outdoor day (or overnight) experience at Camp Otonabee with ropes, paddling, nature hikes, swimming and more Ottawa, Ontario Day camp, Overnight camp Coed

Canadian Opera Company  

St Lawrence, Toronto; Downtown West, Toronto

  • Music: Vocal training / singing
  • Day camp, Program, Family camp

Explore opera through our innovative and engaging programs created for kids and families! Read more...

  • Ages 6 to 20
  • Coed
  • from $15/program
Day camp, Program, Family camp Coed156-2029St Lawrence, Toronto, Ontario, Downtown West, Toronto, OntarioMusic: Vocal training / singingCanadian Opera CompanyExplore opera through our innovative and engaging programs created for kids and families! St Lawrence, Toronto, Ontario, Downtown West, Toronto, Ontario Day camp, Program, Family camp Coed

Active Scholars  

Ajax; Guelph; North Toronto, Toronto

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Day camp, Program

A unique summer experience, Where Sports Meets Education and campers get to engage in both STEM Learning & Basketball or Soccer Development. Each week we offer a unique experience for continued growth and engagement. Read more...

  • Ages 7 to 13
  • Coed
  • from $235/week
Day camp, Program Coed2357-1330Ajax, Ontario, Guelph, Ontario, North Toronto, Toronto, OntarioTraditional (multi activity) Active ScholarsA unique summer experience, Where Sports Meets Education and campers get to engage in both STEM Learning & Basketball or Soccer Development. Each week we offer a unique experience for continued growth and engagement. Ajax, Ontario, Guelph, Ontario, North Toronto, Toronto, Ontario Day camp, Program Coed
  • Sport (multi)
  • Day camp, Program

A multi-disciplinary paddling club offering recreational and competitive camps and after-school programs for kids of all ages and abilities all year round! Read more...

  • Ages 7 to 18
  • Coed
  • from $200/program
Day camp, Program Coed2007-1831Vancouver, British ColumbiaSport (multi)False Creek Racing Canoe ClubA multi-disciplinary paddling club offering recreational and competitive camps and after-school programs for kids of all ages and abilities all year round! Vancouver, British Columbia Day camp, Program Coed

The Pine Project  

Bloor West Village, Toronto; East York, Toronto; Minden

  • Science: Nature/Environment
  • Day camp, Overnight camp, Program, Family camp

Get outside this summer and discover your full potential! As Ontario's leading nature connection organization, our outdoor day and overnight camps empower kids to explore nature, try new things and build resilience. Read more...

  • Ages 1 to 90
  • Coed
  • from $340/program
Day camp, Overnight camp, Program, Family camp Coed3401-9032Bloor West Village, Toronto, Ontario, East York, Toronto, Ontario, Minden, OntarioScience: Nature/EnvironmentThe Pine ProjectGet outside this summer and discover your full potential! As Ontario's leading nature connection organization, our outdoor day and overnight camps empower kids to explore nature, try new things and build resilience. Bloor West Village, Toronto, Ontario, East York, Toronto, Ontario, Minden, Ontario Day camp, Overnight camp, Program, Family camp Coed

Kilcoo Camp  

Minden; Moore Park, Toronto

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Overnight camp

Kilcoo has an earned reputation as one of Canada's foremost traditional summer camps. Boys come to Kilcoo to enjoy the activities, to gain confidence in themselves, to learn to work with others and to "just have fun"! Read more...

  • Ages 8 to 15
  • Boys
  • from $2,975/2 weeks
Overnight camp Boys29758-1533Minden, Ontario, Moore Park, Toronto, OntarioTraditional (multi activity) Kilcoo CampKilcoo has an earned reputation as one of Canada's foremost traditional summer camps. Boys come to Kilcoo to enjoy the activities, to gain confidence in themselves, to learn to work with others and to "just have fun"! Minden, Ontario, Moore Park, Toronto, Ontario Overnight camp Boys

Fire Fly Stables  

Hamilton

  • Sport: Horseback Riding/Equestrian
  • Day camp, Overnight camp, Program, Family camp

Learn to ride English on well trained horses. Daily riding lessons, theory & practical in the barn, arts/crafts, team building and of course a few camp traditions. Year round lessons with all weather riding facilities. Read more...

  • Ages 6 to 18
  • Coed
  • from $350/week
Day camp, Overnight camp, Program, Family camp Coed3506-1834Hamilton, OntarioSport: Horseback Riding/EquestrianFire Fly StablesLearn to ride English on well trained horses. Daily riding lessons, theory & practical in the barn, arts/crafts, team building and of course a few camp traditions. Year round lessons with all weather riding facilities. Hamilton, Ontario Day camp, Overnight camp, Program, Family camp Coed

Camp Wanapitei  

Temagami

  • Adventure: Wilderness Out-tripping
  • Overnight camp, Family camp

Wilderness canoe-tripping camp based in Northern Ontario, paddling Ontario, Quebec, and the Territories. A strong tripping program is complemented by caring staff, community focus and a diverse in-camp program. Read more...

  • Ages 7 to 18
  • Coed
  • from $1,010/week
Overnight camp, Family camp Coed10107-1835Temagami, OntarioAdventure: Wilderness Out-trippingCamp WanapiteiWilderness canoe-tripping camp based in Northern Ontario, paddling Ontario, Quebec, and the Territories. A strong tripping program is complemented by caring staff, community focus and a diverse in-camp program. Temagami, Ontario Overnight camp, Family camp Coed

YMCA of Simcoe Muskoka   

Orillia; Midland

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Day camp, Overnight camp, Family camp

The YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka offers a variety of values based camp programs through our day, family, leadership and overnight camps throughout the Simcoe, Muskoka and Parry Sound regions. Read more...

  • Ages 6 to 17
  • Coed
  • from $195/week
Day camp, Overnight camp, Family camp Coed1956-1736Orillia, Ontario, Midland, ONTraditional (multi activity) YMCA of Simcoe Muskoka The YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka offers a variety of values based camp programs through our day, family, leadership and overnight camps throughout the Simcoe, Muskoka and Parry Sound regions. Orillia, Ontario, Midland, ON Day camp, Overnight camp, Family camp Coed
  • Education (multi)
  • Day camp, Program

At Sylvan of Oakville, we have STEM Summer Camps, STEM Club, tutoring in JK-Gr. 12 math, reading, and writing, as well as SAT/ACT prep courses. Read more...

  • Ages 5 to 18
  • Coed
  • from $30/session
Day camp, Program Coed305-1837Oakville, OntarioEducation (multi)Sylvan Learning OakvilleAt Sylvan of Oakville, we have STEM Summer Camps, STEM Club, tutoring in JK-Gr. 12 math, reading, and writing, as well as SAT/ACT prep courses. Oakville, Ontario Day camp, Program Coed

Laurus Summer Camp  

Quebec (5)

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Day camp

Montreal, Laval and Beaconsfield's #1 Lifestyle Summer day camp! We blend fun, education & specialty training in arts, academics and sports! Weekly program for kids ages 3 - 15! Registration is open in November for 2020! Read more...

  • Ages 3 to 15
  • Coed
  • from $150/week
Day camp Coed1503-1538Montreal, Laval, Beaconsfield, WestmountTraditional (multi activity) Laurus Summer CampMontreal, Laval and Beaconsfield's #1 Lifestyle Summer day camp! We blend fun, education & specialty training in arts, academics and sports! Weekly program for kids ages 3 - 15! Registration is open in November for 2020! Montreal, Laval, Beaconsfield, Westmount Day camp Coed

HUMBER ARBORETUM NATURE CAMPS  

Rexdale, Toronto

  • Science: Nature/Environment
  • Day camp

A nature-focused exploration and adventure camp set within a beautiful urban green space. This hands-on camp helps children foster an appreciation for the the many wonders of the natural world. Read more...

  • Ages 4 to 13
  • Coed
  • from $265/week
Day camp Coed2654-1339Rexdale, Toronto, OntarioScience: Nature/EnvironmentHUMBER ARBORETUM NATURE CAMPSA nature-focused exploration and adventure camp set within a beautiful urban green space. This hands-on camp helps children foster an appreciation for the the many wonders of the natural world. Rexdale, Toronto, Ontario Day camp Coed

Camp Oconto  

Sharbot Lake

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Overnight camp

Founded in 1924, Oconto is a traditional girls overnight camp located on the beautiful shores of Eagle Lake north of Kingston, Ontario. Over 20 activities are offered on 80 acres of land and 2km of shoreline. Read more...

  • Ages 4 to 15
  • Girls
  • from $1,280/week
Overnight camp Girls12804-1540Sharbot Lake, OntarioTraditional (multi activity) Camp OcontoFounded in 1924, Oconto is a traditional girls overnight camp located on the beautiful shores of Eagle Lake north of Kingston, Ontario. Over 20 activities are offered on 80 acres of land and 2km of shoreline. Sharbot Lake, Ontario Overnight camp Girls

Toronto Zoo - Zoo Camp  

Rouge, Toronto

  • Science: Zoology/Animals
  • Day camp

Located at the Toronto Zoo, Zoo Camp offers unique adventures to stimulate kids' interest in the natural world. Go behind-the-scenes at Canada's largest zoo. Read more...

  • Ages 4 to 16
  • Coed
  • from $280/week
Day camp Coed2804-1641Rouge, Toronto, OntarioScience: Zoology/AnimalsToronto Zoo - Zoo CampLocated at the Toronto Zoo, Zoo Camp offers unique adventures to stimulate kids' interest in the natural world. Go behind-the-scenes at Canada's largest zoo. Rouge, Toronto, Ontario Day camp Coed
  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Day camp, Program, Family camp

We offer eco-friendly sports camp/year round programs for youth 8-14. Created & taught by Certified Ontario Teachers they include: gardening, re-cycling natural resources, basketball, beach volleyball, badminton & more! Read more...

  • Ages 8 to 14
  • Coed
  • from $180/week
Day camp, Program, Family camp Coed1808-1442Brampton, OntarioTraditional (multi activity) The Laird House Adventure CampWe offer eco-friendly sports camp/year round programs for youth 8-14. Created & taught by Certified Ontario Teachers they include: gardening, re-cycling natural resources, basketball, beach volleyball, badminton & more! Brampton, Ontario Day camp, Program, Family camp Coed

Stagecoach Performing Arts  

Oakville; Mississauga

  • Education: Musical Theatre
  • Day camp, Program

We offer a selection of summer camps and teaching acting, dancing and singing - with a performance at the end of every week! High quality lessons, low teacher to child ratio, child protection policy and more. Read more...

  • Ages 4 to 18
  • Coed
  • from $175/week
Day camp, Program Coed1754-1843Oakville, Ontario, Mississauga, OntarioEducation: Musical TheatreStagecoach Performing ArtsWe offer a selection of summer camps and teaching acting, dancing and singing - with a performance at the end of every week! High quality lessons, low teacher to child ratio, child protection policy and more. Oakville, Ontario, Mississauga, Ontario Day camp, Program Coed

Zebra Robotics  

Mississauga; Milton; Richmond Hill

  • Computer (multi)
  • Day camp, Program

Robotics and coding after-school, weekend, competition, and summer camp classes for students from Grade 2 to 12. Serious STEM learning with a unique curriculum and wholesome support system! Read more...

  • Ages 7 to 17
  • Coed
  • from $30/week
Day camp, Program Coed307-1744Mississauga, Ontario, Milton, Ontario, Richmond Hill, OntarioComputer (multi)Zebra RoboticsRobotics and coding after-school, weekend, competition, and summer camp classes for students from Grade 2 to 12. Serious STEM learning with a unique curriculum and wholesome support system! Mississauga, Ontario, Milton, Ontario, Richmond Hill, Ontario Day camp, Program Coed
  • Education (multi)
  • Day camp, Program

Sylvan STEM Camps are high quality, low ratio camps with LEGO Robotics, Coding, Science Experiments, Engineering builds and more hands-on STEM activities. REMEMBER Effective summer tutoring is also available for JK-Gr.12 Read more...

  • Ages 3 to 17
  • Coed
  • from $150/week
Day camp, Program Coed1503-1745Burlington, OntarioEducation (multi)Sylvan Learning BurlingtonSylvan STEM Camps are high quality, low ratio camps with LEGO Robotics, Coding, Science Experiments, Engineering builds and more hands-on STEM activities. REMEMBER Effective summer tutoring is also available for JK-Gr.12 Burlington, Ontario Day camp, Program Coed

Mobile Doc Shop  

Toronto Islands, Toronto

  • Visual arts: Photo/Video
  • Day camp, Program, Family camp

Mobile Doc Shop Summer Camp - Day Camp - Toronto Islands. A documentary film making camp teaching the use of smartphones to produce films. The camp includes Recreation time - frisbee golf, walking tours, and team sports. Read more...

  • Ages 8 to 16
  • Coed
  • from $450/week
Day camp, Program, Family camp Coed4508-1646Toronto Islands, Toronto, OntarioVisual arts: Photo/VideoMobile Doc ShopMobile Doc Shop Summer Camp - Day Camp - Toronto Islands. A documentary film making camp teaching the use of smartphones to produce films. The camp includes Recreation time - frisbee golf, walking tours, and team sports. Toronto Islands, Toronto, Ontario Day camp, Program, Family camp Coed
  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Day camp, Overnight camp, Family camp

We provide a fun program for campers who want to gain independence, interact with nature, make friends with new people, and develop leadership skills. Overnight canoe trips are a staple that make for the best adventures! Read more...

  • Ages 5 to 16
  • Coed
  • from $390/week
Day camp, Overnight camp, Family camp Coed3905-1647Torrance, OntarioTraditional (multi activity) YMCA Camp Pine CrestWe provide a fun program for campers who want to gain independence, interact with nature, make friends with new people, and develop leadership skills. Overnight canoe trips are a staple that make for the best adventures! Torrance, Ontario Day camp, Overnight camp, Family camp Coed
  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Day camp

The University of Ottawa Gee-Gees pride ourselves in offering a wide variety of bilingual sport camps to youth in the Ottawa and Gatineau area. Read more...

  • Ages 6 to 17
  • Coed
  • from $160/week
Day camp Coed1606-1748Ottawa, OntarioTraditional (multi activity) Gee-Gees Sports CampsThe University of Ottawa Gee-Gees pride ourselves in offering a wide variety of bilingual sport camps to youth in the Ottawa and Gatineau area. Ottawa, Ontario Day camp Coed

The Second City Training Centre  

Leslieville, Toronto; Downtown West, Toronto; North Toronto, Toronto

  • Art : Theatre Arts
  • Day camp, Program

Come play improv games and write sketch comedy! Learn to think on your feet, meet new friends and have fun!This will be the best summer ever! Read more...

  • Ages 4 to 18
  • Coed
  • from $190/session
Day camp, Program Coed1904-1849Leslieville, Toronto, Ontario, Downtown West, Toronto, Ontario, North Toronto, Toronto, OntarioArt : Theatre ArtsThe Second City Training CentreCome play improv games and write sketch comedy! Learn to think on your feet, meet new friends and have fun!This will be the best summer ever! Leslieville, Toronto, Ontario, Downtown West, Toronto, Ontario, North Toronto, Toronto, Ontario Day camp, Program Coed
  • Academic/Tutoring: Instructor lead (group)
  • Day camp

The Cognitive Intensive Program is a 6-week intensive program targeting the Symbol Relations cognitive function. Upon completion, we see positive changes in the individual’s ability to understand the world around them. Read more...

  • Ages 8 to 88
  • Coed
  • from $5,000/program
Day camp Coed50008-8850South Hill, Toronto, OntarioAcademic/Tutoring: Instructor lead (group)Arrowsmith School Cognitive Intensive ProgramThe Cognitive Intensive Program is a 6-week intensive program targeting the Symbol Relations cognitive function. Upon completion, we see positive changes in the individual’s ability to understand the world around them. South Hill, Toronto, Ontario Day camp Coed

Academic Camp Canada  

Mill Bay; International; Rothesay; Ottawa

  • Education (multi)
  • Day camp, Overnight camp

Exciting academic summer camps for 12-17 year olds in British Columbia, New Brunswick & Ottawa. BCCA accredited. Combination of inspiring academic learning, activities & trips. Computer Science & Medical Studies camps Read more...

  • Ages 11 to 17
  • Coed
  • from $250/program
Day camp, Overnight camp Coed25011-1751Mill Bay, British Columbia, International, , Rothesay, New Brunswick, Ottawa, Education (multi)Academic Camp CanadaExciting academic summer camps for 12-17 year olds in British Columbia, New Brunswick & Ottawa. BCCA accredited. Combination of inspiring academic learning, activities & trips. Computer Science & Medical Studies camps Mill Bay, British Columbia, International, , Rothesay, New Brunswick, Ottawa, Day camp, Overnight camp Coed
  • Sport: BMX / Motocross
  • Day camp

If your child can ride a two wheeled bicycle without assistance, we can teach them how to ride a DIRT BIKE! Fully comprehensive program focusing on FUN & SAFETY Read more...

  • Ages 6 to 12
  • Coed
  • from $100/session
Day camp Coed1006-1252Markham, OntarioSport: BMX / MotocrossJunior Red RidersIf your child can ride a two wheeled bicycle without assistance, we can teach them how to ride a DIRT BIKE! Fully comprehensive program focusing on FUN & SAFETY Markham, Ontario Day camp Coed

Kids in the Spotlight  

International; Jasper; Montreal

  • Education: Musical Theatre
  • Day camp, Overnight camp, Family camp

Kids in the Spotlight is an evidence-based performing arts organization helping children and youth develop self-confidence, social skills, and harmonious relationships with family and friends. Read more...

  • Ages 3 to 18
  • Coed
  • from $500/week
Day camp, Overnight camp, Family camp Coed5003-1853International, British Columbia, Jasper, Alberta, Montreal, QuébecEducation: Musical TheatreKids in the SpotlightKids in the Spotlight is an evidence-based performing arts organization helping children and youth develop self-confidence, social skills, and harmonious relationships with family and friends. International, British Columbia, Jasper, Alberta, Montreal, Québec Day camp, Overnight camp, Family camp Coed

Medeba Summer Camp  

Haliburton

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Day camp, Overnight camp

Medeba Summer Camp is an overnight camp that uses adventure and community to provide the best week of your child's summer! We provide a full range of traditional and extensive adventure activities to choose from. Read more...

  • Ages 6 to 16
  • Coed
  • from $729/week
Day camp, Overnight camp Coed7296-1654Haliburton, OntarioTraditional (multi activity) Medeba Summer CampMedeba Summer Camp is an overnight camp that uses adventure and community to provide the best week of your child's summer! We provide a full range of traditional and extensive adventure activities to choose from. Haliburton, Ontario Day camp, Overnight camp Coed

Crestwood Valley Day Camp  

Bridle Path, Toronto

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Day camp

A Toronto DAY camp offering 20-25 Daily Activities, Baseball and Basketball Camps, LIT/CIT,*"4' Heated Inground Salt Pools*w/daily lessons-WEEKLY CARNIVAL, Gymboree & ROSE REISMAN CATERING! LOW RATIOS! Call 416.444.9595 Read more...

  • Ages 4 to 15
  • Coed
  • from $575/week
Day camp Coed5754-1555Bridle Path, Toronto, OntarioTraditional (multi activity) Crestwood Valley Day CampA Toronto DAY camp offering 20-25 Daily Activities, Baseball and Basketball Camps, LIT/CIT,*"4' Heated Inground Salt Pools*w/daily lessons-WEEKLY CARNIVAL, Gymboree & ROSE REISMAN CATERING! LOW RATIOS! Call 416.444.9595 Bridle Path, Toronto, Ontario Day camp Coed

Camp Wabun  

Temagami

  • Adventure: Wilderness Out-tripping
  • Overnight camp

Wabun offers unparalleled wilderness canoe tripping experiences for adolescents. Read more...

  • Ages 10 to 18
  • Coed, Girls, Boys
  • from $4,220/session
Overnight camp Coed, Girls, Boys422010-1856Temagami, OntarioAdventure: Wilderness Out-trippingCamp WabunWabun offers unparalleled wilderness canoe tripping experiences for adolescents. Temagami, Ontario Overnight camp Coed, Girls, Boys
  • Art (multi)
  • Day camp, Overnight camp

Immersive summer arts camp for music, visual arts, theatre, film, dance, and creative writing. Multi-week programs for grades 3-12 and one-week instrumental institutes for high school students. Read more...

  • Ages 8 to 19
  • Coed
  • from $1,575/session
Day camp, Overnight camp Coed15758-1957Michigan, Michigan(USA)Art (multi)Interlochen Center for the ArtsImmersive summer arts camp for music, visual arts, theatre, film, dance, and creative writing. Multi-week programs for grades 3-12 and one-week instrumental institutes for high school students. Michigan, Michigan(USA) Day camp, Overnight camp Coed

Troubled teen camps near you

As many teens continue to struggle, the list of troubled teen camps grows in every city. Find your city, and find options close to you, in the lists of troubled teen camps linked to, below.

Search troubled teen camps in ANY CITY   

 

Other camps you might consider

Troubled teens camps are just one option among a rapidly expanding roster of special needs camps. Depending on your child’s unique needs, abilities, and interests, you might also look into some other options.

Teen boot camps: focus on fitness, discipline, and structure in a military-like environment

Fitness boot camps: focus on fitness for kids who need to lose weight and get in shape

Martial arts camps: teach one or more martial arts, such as karate or taekwondo, which can breed discipline and patience

Adventure camps: give kids an opportunity to challenge themselves physically and mentally through a variety of exciting and high-octane activities

Wilderness trip camps: offer trips into the wilderness, with fully trained counsellors, to help kids deepen their appreciation of nature

After school programs for troubled teens: offer challenging and growth-oriented opportunities with instructors trained in supporting struggling youth. 

Overnight camps for struggling teens offer immersive weeklong (or longer) programs that facilitate change and growth, often in rural locations that promote a deepened renewal. 

Day camps for troubled youth are found throughout the country.

Troubled teens

While all teens experience some growing pains, for some, these years are a particularly difficult adjustment. Troubled teens experience problems that go beyond the norm. Their problems tend to be more intense, persistent, and can lead to unpredictable behaviour.

Most troubled teens have problems at school and at home, as well as in their peer and family relationships. Many also develop serious emotional or behavioural disorders during adolescence:

They may also encounter other distressing issues as well:

  • Drug and alcohol problems
  • Eating disorders
  • Criminal behaviour
  • Violent behaviour
  • Suicidal tendencies

What camps for troubled teens have to offer

Troubled teen camps, also known as “therapeutic camps,” are intended to help. They offer specialized programs for teens or youth who struggle with one or more of these serious issues.

Some troubled teen camps focus on one particular kind of disorder or issue, such as anxiety or ODD. Others provide support for a wide range of issues.

But, what kind of support do these camps offer? This, of course, will depend on the particular kinds of behavioural and emotional issues the camp specializes in.

But in general, camps for troubled teens tend to offer a diverse range of programs and services. These are meant to support and benefit teens and youth who are really struggling with life.

Questions to ask troubled teen camps

Each camp will have its own focus and areas of expertise. Keep this in mind as you’re searching for the right camp for your troubled child. In making your choice, you should also consider your child's age, gender, personality, challenges, disorders, interests, abilities, and more.

To find the right troubled teen camp for your child, you’ll need to look at your options closely. Make a shortlist of troubled teen camps, visit them in person, and ask lots of questions. 

Here are some questions to get you started:

  • What kinds of troubled teens do you work with?
  • Do you specialize in certain types of troubled teens?
  • What is your approach to dealing with troubled teens?
  • What kinds of tasks and activities do you offer?
  • What does a typical look like?
  • Who are your staff and what are their qualifications?
  • Do you offer individual and/or group counselling?
  • What kinds of medical facilities do you have?
  • How do you deal with discipline?
  • What kinds of rules and consequences do you have?

Choosing a camp

Choosing the right camp is no small task. There are many kinds of camps, including those supporting special needs such as troubled teen behaviour. Each has its own focus, approach, and goals. It’s best to get the lay of the land before you choose one. One way to do so is through the Our Kids camp expo, held in Toronto each winter. You’ll find many camps there, and you can speak with directors, staff, and campers. We also offer valuable information sessions at the expo.

For more guidance on choosing the right camp for your child, use the following Our Kids resources:

To learn more about troubled teens and troubled teen behaviour, check out the following sources:

Help for parents of troubled teens
Advice for parents dealing with a troubled teen
Understanding the troubled teen
Choosing the right treatment for a troubled teen



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