Keeping your child physically and mentally active during the summer months will help them better assimilate when it is time to go back at school.
Numerous studies show that over the summer, students can lose up to the equivalent of 2.6 months of what they've learned during the school year. By keeping kids' brains active, alert and acquiring knowledge, camp offers the chance to stem summer learning loss.
Lessons learned in textbooks can also be reinforced and extended by experiential learning in a natural setting—as can kids' awareness of the environment, conservation and "greening" practices, such as recycling. A family vacation at the cottage will get kids outdoors, but it won't provide them with the focused peer group and the co-operative learning chances of camp.
If education is a priority for your family, there are also a number of specialty camps that are focused on academic learning through the summer months, helping kids build on their math, science, computer or language skills, in a fun environment.
Learn what expert researches found and more about the benefits of camp to your child's education in the Learning Benefits of Camp section.
Should I consider a small or large camp? Urban, rural or wilderness setting? Traditional or special interest?
There are lots of options—but think of them as ways to customize a camp experience for your child. Look at...read more
Will my child have to participate in all activities? Or do campers get to choose their activities?
Most camps offer a daily mix of required and camper-selected activities, with the ratio of one to the other depending...read more
I've heard about leadership (LIT or CIT) programs. What are they?
You may see the term LIT or CIT program; it's short for Leadership-in-Training or Counsellor-in-Training program.
These are opportunities camps provide...read more
Do you have horse back riding overnight camps?
There is a complete list of camps that specialize in and offer horseback riding (both day camps and overnight...read more
My 9 year old son is an advanced tennis player. We are from Mexico and during the summer we intend to visit Toronto for 3 weeks. Would it be possible to enrol him in a camp or tennis school for exclusively tennis week practices ( 3 or 4 hours during the morning) in order for him to learn from your experience? My daughter will be attending an ice-skating course in Markham therefore we are looking for nearby tennis courses.
The Toronto area has many tennis clubs and programs. If you want to enrol your son in a Tennis Camp,...read more
I'm a youth event coordinator looking for perfect locations to take my community youth groups too.
You may be interested in using our Advanced Search feature that allows you to search for camps and programs in...read more