Types of Camps

A complete review of your camp options

The broad range of camps and programs available across Canada means there's a camp or program to suit every interest, strength and need—but how do you make the right choice for your child?

Kids who are mature enough may enjoy overnight camps, which can lead to meaningful and lifelong friendships in a safe setting that promotes independence and co-operation.

If you'd like to provide the excitement and rewards of camp, but your child isn't ready for an overnight camp, then don't worry—you have other options. Perhaps a day camp would be a better choice. There are plenty of different types of camps for parents to choose from; you just have to consider your child's needs and interests.

Some day and overnight camps are general, offering a range of different activities. Specialty camps, meanwhile, focus on a particular activity or skill, such as sports, computers, arts, language or adventure. Among these specialty camps are those geared towards kids with special needs, enabling them to experience the joys and excitement of camp like every other child. And aside from day and overnight, parents should also look into March Break camps, PA day camps, and after school lessons and classes.

Day Camps

Day Camps

Away for the day and back home for the night — day camps offer a wide variety of activities and experiences to help children grow during the summer months.

Day or residential camp?
All day camps

Overnight Camps

Overnight Camps

Overnight at a "home away from home", campers typically live in cabins with 4-12 campers and a couple of counselors.

Overnight or day camp?
All overnight camps
Wilderness camps

March Break camps

March Break Camps

Many day and residential camps offer week long programs to keep your children active and learning over the school break each March.

Year round camps
March break camps

Girls Camps

Girls' Camps

An all-girls environment provides strong role models and encourages girls to become whoever they want to be.

All-girls camps
Single sex vs. coed camps

Boys Camps

Boys' Camps

Camps just for boys offer curriculum and extracurricular activities targeted to boys' interests.

All-boys camps
SIngle sex vs. coed camps

Family Camps

Family Camps

Family camps help families enjoy nature together.

Find family camps

Special Needs Camps
Religious Camps

Religious Camps

Faith-based camps encourage spiritual development during the summer months.

Christian camps
Jewish camps

Traditional Camps

Traditional Camps

The kind of camp we all remember, with canoeing and campfires, outdoor living and kids gathering to make memories to last a lifetime.

YMCA camps
All traditional camps


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