Camp staff just about everywhere and adults raised with the camping experience will tell you camp isn't only about recreation. Camp is a life campus—a unique place to learn. More than anything, they say camp teaches kids about life and how to live it well.
Skills for school, work and life
Problem solving, self-discipline, perseverance, goal setting, time management and team building learned in a less-structured way
Discovery and exploration
A new interest sparked by the flora and fauna of the natural world or a confidence encouraged by cabin mates and choices made at camp
Future career possibilities
A taste of what it's like to be an actor, astronaut, athlete or astronomer
Learning through success and failure
Mistakes made in an encouraging environment (with no grades!) pushes children to strive, to test and master new skills
Valuable skill development in computer, debate or volleyball transfers back to classroom work, extracurricular endeavours or athletic pursuits
Achievements at camp—from earning a first-level swimming badge to completing a solo portage—build self-esteem and self-confidence
Research has proven that camps provide the perfect environment for learning. Two university professors discuss their findings in the Learning benefits of camp
Have a look at which famous Canadians went to summer camp .
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
Is there always someone supervising the campers? Even during the night at residential/overnight camps?
Yes. Camps take their responsibility for your child very, very seriously. Their programs, staffing, facilities and schedules are all planned...read more
What is the food like? My child is a picky eater . . . My child has special dietary needs . . . My child has allergies . . .
Camps aim for balanced menus that appeal to kids and that ensure nutritious, filling and tasty food. Some automatically include...read more
Meals, snacks provided ect., also sleeping arrangements, bedtime/wake up time, credentials of camp leaders and how they deal with unexceptable behaviour ex. bad language, behaviour issues ect.
Each camp varies in regard to meal times, snack times, sleeping arrangements and bedtime/wake up times so it's a good...read more
My daughter has a number of severe food allergies. It is not just that she could choose not to eat a particular item if it wasn't suitable- food has to be made intentionally without her allergens. She can still be around her allergens iI others were eating them but, on the other hand, I wouldn't want her to feel that what she is eating is to different or set apart as part of the camp experience is in all eating together. I would like for her to be able to experience camp but safely. Can anyone recommend a camp that truly can accommodate children with severe food allergies? So many camps I speak with tell me that they receive epipen training every year and that she could just not eat whatever wasn't safe for her! She wouldn't be able to eat anything then and hopefully she wouldn't ever need the epipen!
All of the camps that we work with are extremely attentive to children's safety and acknowledge that some children who...read more
I would like to find out about drop off/pick up processes, instructor/kid ratios, instructor qualifications and transportation options.
Each camp varies in regards to drop off/pick up processes as well as whether they offer transportation so it's a...read more