Summer camps in Kitchener and Waterloo offer teens and kids a wide array of learning experiences. Find summer camps throughout Kitchener-Waterloo below, including camps in Stanley Park, Heritage Park, Idlewood, Chicopee, Breslau and other areas of the city. Read more
STEM Camp is a weekly summer day camp at more than 50 locations across Canada where youth aged 5-13 engage in fun and amazing activities in Science, Technology, Engineering & Math. 519-475-6600. stemcamp.ca Read more...
Camps in your neighbourhood ! One-week sessions, performances every week. Our experienced, caring staff will introduce your kids to stage performance & guide them toward self-expression. A great confidence-builder ! Read more...
Pedalheads offers bike, swim, and trail programs to families across Canada. Pedalheads helps kids develop life skills, confidence, and independence through fun, safe, and engaging instruction. Read more...
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The Best Technology summer camp in the region! Your children and friends are super excited about our Lego Robotics, Minecraft Computer Camp, Pokemon Designer, and Animation camps! In-person and virtual programs available Read more...
The YMCA of Three Rivers 3 overnight camps and 10 day camps offer a range of activities including, canoeing, kayaking, sailing, ropes and rock-climbing, BMX biking, drama, archery, and more. Read more...
Kitchener-Waterloo kids' camps come in a wide variety, appealing to every taste. Here’s an overview of camp types, with links to more specific listings.
Education camps in Kitchener-Waterloo
You'll find learning camps focused on educational activities from coding and programming (some of these put on by area universities and colleges, in fact) to history camps (related to a number of historical sites in the area). Popular educational interests listed below link to lists of camps specializing in that (top of the list) or offer some actitivities (further down the list).
Computer and technology camps in Kitchener-Waterloo
Kids and teens who want to learn coding or other practical technological and engineering disciplines will find a number of KW camps that specialize in it (at the top of lists linked to below) or at least offer that interest as an activity (further down the page).
A number of camps in Kitchener-Waterloo offer support for kids who have physical or mental challenges. This can include lower staff-to-camper ratios or at least provisions for PSWs and a welcoming atmosphere. Get details about support for exceptional needs from the camps listed in the links below.
Just outside of Kitchener-Waterloo, in counties and towns in the area, there are also many other excellent camps. Some of these are overnight, while others offer unique activities or a focus your children might find appealing. Check out camps in nearby locations like the following:
Some parents, kids and teens are hesitant about committing to camp, especially the first time out. But there are long-term advantages to breaking out of your comfort zone and expanding your horizons. A brief glimpse at reasons to go to camp would include:
Physical and outdoor activity. It’s too easy to spend too much time on devices these days. Whole days can go by binge-watching or spending time on social media. These are not merely time-wasters, they are connected to rising obesity and depression rates, among other negatives. Spending time outside in the company of others is much healthier. Troy Glover, head of a University of Waterloo study, says, "[We] found that campers' attitudes toward physical activity really improved toward the end of the camping session. When given a choice, these campers will now choose physical activity because they realize it makes them feel good and contributes to their well-being."
Improvement of social skills. No matter if your child is introverted or already showing leadership skills, camp opens up a plethora of opportunities that encourage teamwork, cooperation, independence and improved self-esteem. Glover’s research shows that camp "really develops emotional intelligence in children by making them more empathetic."
Developing strength of character. Kids meet challenges at camp that they would never encounter anywhere else, from canoeing together to competing in capture the flag, to a great variety of other daily activities. Kids learn from all of the challenges, failures and successes at camp.
Parents in Kitchener-Waterloo are invited to attend the annual Our Kids Camp Expo just down the road in Toronto. It's well worth it, especially if you're looking further afield at the broad selection of Ontario kids' camps. At the expo, you can meet camps face-to-face and get advice directly from camp leaders and staff. You can register here.