Kids' coding camps near you
You can use our advanced search to isolate coding and programming camps in your city—and even in your neighbourhood, in fact. Click on the city link below to find a discrete list of camps near you. For larger cities and metropolises you can type in your neighbourhood in the location field. For example, find camps in High Park in Toronto or Kitsilano, Vancouver, or a neighbourhood near you. Find your city below and find camps!
Other camps you might look at
Computer programming is one among a rapidly growing list of education and technology camps. If your child is interested in this kind of technology, you might also look into the following:
Computer camps: build overall computer and technology skills through focused instruction and activities
Artificial intelligence camps: allow your child to acquire essential knowledge and skills in a burgeoning field that intersects computer science and cognitive science.
Engineering camps: in-depth instruction in engineering, a critical aspect of the computer sciences, but also a much broader field, with many diverse applications
Robotics camps: teach and develop interest, skills, and knowledge in robotics and related technologies
Math camps: ideal for kids interested in the functions underlying computer science
Minecraft camps: ideal for younger kids, especially those who can’t get enough of LEGO and other creative building games
STEM camps: focus on the approach to learning that combines science, technology, engineering, and math
Most coding camps are summer day camps, but there are many other options, too. If you want to max out your time at coding camp, check out variations below:
Skills learned at computer programming camps
Computer programming camps enable kids to acquire essential knowledge and skills. This can be useful during the school years, throughout post-secondary education, and beyond. Sometimes it also opens up promising career pathways.
Skills and knowledge your child will likely acquire at a programming camp include:
- The basics of computer science and related field
- The applications and value of these languages
Depending on the level and focus of the camp, your child may also learn:
- How to build a website
- How to create software
- Back-end coding
- Front-end coding
- User experience and interface
- Graphic design
- Game design
- Testing, debugging, source code maintenance, and machine code
Other benefits of programming camps
As mentioned, computer programming camps help kids acquire essential knowledge and skills in this field. This can open up your child’s future learning and developmental pathways, no matter their age.
Besides this, there are several other potential perks of these camps. They include:
- Cultivating technology skills learned in school
- Learning skills that enhance education and open up learning pathways
- Pursuing one or more specific areas of interest
- Finding or deepening a passion
- Learning with like-minded peers
- Having fun while learning
- Opening up career pathways
- Job placement opportunities
Possible career trajectories of programming camps
Most computer programming camps develop and deliver curricula that’s updated every year and stays current in the rapidly changing world of technology. They provide kids with flexible learning options, and sometimes, specific pathways to educational and career opportunities.
This will enable your child or teenager to think more seriously about their future. It will also open the door to many potential career paths, including the following (source: Digital Media Academy):
Coding and AI
- AI engineer
- Data scientist
- Systems analyst
- Web developer
- Software designer
- Computer scientist
Robotics and engineering
- Data scientist
- Robotics engineer
- Software engineer
- Software developer
- Robotics technician
- Research scientist
- Machine learning engineer
Choosing the right programming camp for your child
What’s the best way to choose the right programming camp for your child? First, think more seriously about your child: their age, experience, interests, and goals.
- Is your child aiming to just learn the basics of computer programming? Or are they looking to take an important step towards a career in this field?
- Do they want to focus on a specific area of programming, such as AI or robotics? Or are they looking to acquire a more general background?
- Are they more interested in back- or front-end programming? Are they more interested in development or design?
Then, of course, you should look closely at camps themselves. Talk to directors and staff, and visit camps if possible. Find out as much as you can about each camp to determine whether it’s the right fit for your child.
Here are some key questions you’ll want to ask:
- What courses/programs do you offer?
- What level (e.g., introductory, intermediate, advanced) are they at?
- What exactly do they cover?
- What’s your teaching/instructional approach?
- Do children work more independently or collaboratively?
- What skills can I expect my child to come away with?
- What qualifications do the instructors have?
- What facilities and equipment do you use?
You may then need to drill down even further. For instance, if it’s a camp focusing on programming languages, ask the following questions:
- Which language(s) will my child learn?
- Why these languages?
- At what level will they learn these languages (e.g., introductory, intermediate, or advanced)?
- How might they be able to use this knowledge?
- Will this help or enhance their education during the school year?
- What careers might these skills provide the basis for?
For further guidance on choosing the right camp for your child, check out the following resources:
Looking to do more research?
Camp might seem like an easy decision, but it’s not. There are many types of camps—in fact, there are many types of computer programming camps! It’s best to get a sense of the landscape before you make your decision. A great place to start is the Our Kids camp expo, held each winter in Toronto. You’ll find many camps there, including computer programming camps, and you can speak with directors, staff, and campers. We also offer valuable information sessions at the expo.
Finally, to learn more about computer programming, check out the following sources:
ThoughtCo.: what is computer programming?
Makeuseof: what is coding?
Computerscience.org: what does a computer programmer do?