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Along with learning new skills such as swimming, sports or canoeing, kids are also finding out how to be independent and self-sufficient at camp. Given the right surroundings, they might even learn to speak a new language or improve their fluency in another tongue.

That's the benefit of a camp with a language component, says Aruna Ogale, executive director of the Ontario Camps Association. Some ESL camps for kids allow English-as-a-second-language students—whose families might be new to the country— the chance to immerse themselves in the language, helping ready them for the school year. Other camps might simply provide kids with some opportunity to practise a second language.

Children who have experienced an overnight camp before might want to consider an immersive camp in another language. "It's a win-win situation," explains Jacqui Raill, camp director of Camp Ouareau in Saint-Donat, Quebec. "They are learning the difference in culture and making lifelong friendships based on trust and compassion."

At Camp Nominingue in the Laurentians in northern Quebec, kids enjoy typical camp activities and the bonding and friendships that result. But 20 to 30 per cent of campers each year are francophones, sent to the English-speaking all-boys residential camp for the English-language experience.

"The biggest advantage is the immersion experience," says Scott Taylor, executive director of Camp Nominingue. "We do all of our instruction, all of our programming, in English. But the majority of our staff is fluently bilingual, so if a camper truly doesn't understand—or in the case of an emergency—they can speak French."

The situation is reversed at Camp Claret du Lac Elgin in Sherbrooke, Quebec. There, although bilingual staff can speak English if needed, camp sessions take place in French. "Most of the (campers) have been in French immersion, in Ontario and in some of the other provinces, and they come to practise their French," says camp co-director Pauline Rondeau.

For parents choosing an immersive camp, Raill recommends that the camp have activities their child is interested in. "Your child should be passionate about the camp they are being sent to," says Raill. With the right attitude, campers will not only pick up vocabulary but also have higher self-esteem and often improved marks in school.

Photo: Camp Nominingue (by Christinne Muschi)



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  • ESL Summer Camp at Pickering College
    Pickering College ESL camp for students aged 12 - 18 who want to learn English. 4 Weeks All Inclusive ESL Camp. 25 hours per week of language instruction. TOEFL Junior Test. Located in Newmarket, ON, 40 min from Toronto

    Newmarket

    ESL
    • Ages 12 to 18
    • Coed
    • Overnight Camp
    from $5,500/session
    sessions & dates
    Overnight Camp Coed 5500 12-18 0 Newmarket
    ESL Summer Experience @ Rothesay Netherwood School
    An Atlantic Canada Summer Experience, where participants not only hone their English language skills but also experience the Atlantic provinces of Canada.

    Rothesay

    ESL
    • Ages 12 to 18
    • Coed
    • Day & Overnight Camp
    from $2,350/session
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    Day & Overnight Camp Coed 2350 12-18 1 Rothesay
    Camp Mère Clarac
    Located on the banks of Rivière Ouareau, we have a magnificent site of 115 acres of land with unique and safe facilities, making it one of the most beautiful camp sites in Quebec.

    Saint-Donat-de-Montcalm

    ESL
    • Ages 4 to 16
    • Coed
    • Overnight Camp
    from $444/week
    sessions & dates
    Overnight Camp Coed 444 4-16 2 Saint-Donat-de-Montcalm
    Ridley College Summer Programmes
    Ridley College is located in St.Catharines Ontario, Canada. Summer camp offers ESL credit/camp, Summer Symphony, Discover Canada, Multisport Camp, Lego Robotics, Entrepreneur Workshop, Rowing and many more!

    St. Catharines

    Education (multi)
    Offers sessions.
    • Ages 9 to 17
    • Coed
    • Overnight Camp
    from $3,499/session
    sessions & dates
    Overnight Camp Coed 3499 9-17 3 St. Catharines
    Frontier Trails ESL Camp
    Programs are geared to encourage speaking as opposed to writing proficiency. By using picture images, with English labels, each child gains a certain level of familiarity with the terminology presented.

    Eganville; Ottawa; Ottawa

    Traditional (multi activity)
    Offers sessions.
    • Ages 6 to 16
    • Coed
    • Overnight Camp
    from $599/week
    sessions & dates
    Overnight Camp Coed 599 6-16 4 Eganville, Ottawa
    MWS Montreal Language Camps
    French and English language camps at McGill University where kids engage in language learning, daily excursions and camp activities. Programmes divided by age - 7 to 10, 11 to 13 and 14 to 17 years old.

    Toronto; Montreal

    Education: FSL
    Offers sessions.
    • Ages 7 to 17
    • Coed
    • Day & Overnight Camp
    from $715/session
    sessions & dates
    Day & Overnight Camp Coed 715 7-17 5 Toronto, Montreal
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  • Frontier Trails Camp & Outdoor Education Centre
    Adventure Begins at Summer camp! Day and overnight programs and many activities including horseback riding,ESL, paintball, archery, whitewater rafting and more. Offering Awesome memories to campers from Ottawa to China.

    Ottawa; Eganville

    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 4 to 16
    • Coed
    • Overnight Camp
    from $599/week
    sessions & dates
    Overnight Camp Coed 599 4-16 0 Ottawa, Eganville
    Camp Nominingue
    An English boys' camp in Quebec, Nominingue offers the ultimate outdoor experience: living in a tent with the opportunity of going on wilderness canoe trips. It is the place where your summer adventure begins!

    Mont-Tremblant

    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 7 to 16
    • Boys
    • Overnight Camp
    from $700/week
    sessions & dates
    Overnight Camp Boys 700 7-16 1 Mont-Tremblant
    Camp Ecolart
    A premium summer and winter camp for boys and girls 4 to 17 years old offering more than 15 different programs in their summer overnight and day camp, and a skiing/snowboarding program in the March break camp.

    Montreal

    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 4 to 17
    • Coed
    • Day & Overnight Camp
    from $240/week
    sessions & dates
    Day & Overnight Camp Coed 240 4-17 2 Montreal
    Muskoka Woods
    A Christian youth resort that welcomes young people to life-changing experiences. Camp guests choose from 50+ programs and activities. Creativity reigns, friendships flourish, confidence grows. FUN IS OUR TRADEMARK!

    Rosseau

    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 7 to 17
    • Coed
    • Day & Overnight Camp
    from $999/week
    sessions & dates
    Day & Overnight Camp Coed 999 7-17 3 Rosseau
    Focus Learning
    Build self-confidence and skills while learning and having fun! Specialized camps for academics, STE(A)M, ESL, coding, robotics, and chess. Small groups (max. 6), OCT teachers, outdoor activities & extended care!

    Willowdale, Toronto

    Education (multi)
    • Ages 4 to 17
    • Coed
    • Day Camp
    from $268/week
    sessions & dates
    Day Camp Coed 268 4-17 4 Willowdale, Toronto
    Bishop's College School Summer Language Camp
    Offers many sports summer camp activities along with ESL and FSL integration. Activities include golf, horseback riding and much more.

    Sherbrooke

    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 11 to 16
    • Coed
    • Day & Overnight Camp
    from $4,000/month
    sessions & dates
    Day & Overnight Camp Coed 4000 11-16 5 Sherbrooke
    Niagara Christian Collegiate
    Give your child a fun-filled learning adventure at any of NCC's three Summer Camps!

    Fort Erie

    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 11 to 18
    • Coed
    • Overnight Camp
    from $3,450/session
    sessions & dates
    Overnight Camp Coed 3450 11-18 6 Fort Erie
    Swallowdale Camp
    An overnight camp in Rosseau offering adventure and a variety of land and water activities. Our beautiful lakefront camp is the ideal place for children to spend their summer making new friend and learning new skills!

    Rosseau

    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 7 to 16
    • Coed
    • Overnight Camp
    from $1,050/week
    sessions & dates
    Overnight Camp Coed 1050 7-16 7 Rosseau
    Lovell International Camps
    Canadian run camp in the Swiss Alps. With over 25 different sports ex.: Boating, Canyoning, Golf, Gymnastics, High Ropes, Hiking, Horse Riding, Mountain Biking, River Rafting, Climbing, Paddle Board, Tennis, Wake-board.

    International; International

    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 6 to 18
    • Coed
    • Day & Overnight Camp
    from $5,170/3 weeks
    sessions & dates
    Day & Overnight Camp Coed 5170 6-18 8 International
    Sylvan Learning Hamilton
    For kids in JK to Grade 12, we offer fun, educational weekly themed STEM camps with a math, science or writing focus, Read-Ahead camps and High School Prep camps, as well as after-school enrichment programs and tutoring.

    Hamilton

    Education (multi)
    • Ages 3 to 18
    • Coed
    • Day Camp
    from $195/session
    sessions & dates
    Day Camp Coed 195 3-18 9 Hamilton
    Lynn-Rose Heights Adventure Quest Camp
    Lynn-Rose Heights Adventure Quest Camp is a unique and specifically designed "Reach Ahead Program" and "Adventure Camp". Campers work on Mathematics and Language curriculum.

    Mississauga

    Education: Academic/Tutoring
    • Ages 4 to 12
    • Coed
    • Day Camp
    from $110/week
    sessions & dates
    Day Camp Coed 110 4-12 10 Mississauga
    Laurus Summer Camp
    Montreal's #1 lifestyle camp in the heart of Downtown that blends fun, education and specialty training in arts, academics and sports!

    Montreal

    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 3 to 15
    • Coed
    • Day Camp
    from $200/week
    sessions & dates
    Day Camp Coed 200 3-15 11 Montreal
    Sylvan Learning Centre of Pickering
    If you're looking to learn something new this summer while having fun, join us for a STEM or Academic summer camp at Sylvan Pickering.

    Pickering

    Education (multi)
    • Ages 3 to 18
    • Coed
    • Program
    from $250/week
    sessions & dates
    Program Coed 250 3-18 12 Pickering
    Base de Plein Air Mont-Tremblant
    Summer camp offering a program of outdoor activities such as archery, hiking, rock climbing, swimming, horseback riding, canoeing, kayaking, rabaska, camp fires, camping, counselor training etc.

    Mont-Tremblant

    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 7 to 16
    • Coed
    • Overnight Camp
    from $715/session
    sessions & dates
    Overnight Camp Coed 715 7-16 13 Mont-Tremblant
    Cedar Ridge Camp
    A traditional residential summer camp for boys and girls offering activities a variety of adventure activities including canoeing, high ropes, climbing, horseback riding swimming and more.

    Bancroft

    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 7 to 16
    • Coed
    • Overnight Camp
    from $875/week
    sessions & dates
    Overnight Camp Coed 875 7-16 14 Bancroft
    Ryerson Performance Youth and Community Programs
    Theatre day camp that introduces kids, teens, and adults to the joys of performing, & educates + trains those looking to pursue theatre. Develop self-confidence & social skills while exploring the world of the stage.

    Downtown East, Toronto; Bay Street Corridor, Toronto; Downtown East, Toronto

    Art : Theatre Arts
    • Ages 4 to 99
    • Coed
    • Day Camp
    from $300/session
    sessions & dates
    Day Camp Coed 300 4-99 15 Downtown East, Toronto, Bay Street Corridor, Toronto
    Sylvan Learning Centre of Erin Mills
    If you're looking to learn something new this summer while having fun, join us for a STEM or Academic summer camp at Sylvan Erin Mills (Mississauga).

    Mississauga

    Education (multi)
    • Ages 3 to 18
    • Coed
    • Program
    from $250/week
    sessions & dates
    Program Coed 250 3-18 16 Mississauga
    No Strings Theatre
    A multi-faceted theatre arts day camp ideal for youths aged 12-21. Programs include dance, music, theatre arts, acting, vocal training,and collaborative theatre-making experience.

    Downtown West, Toronto

    Art : Theatre Arts
    • Ages 10 to 21
    • Coed
    • Day Camp
    from $300/week
    sessions & dates
    Day Camp Coed 300 10-21 17 Downtown West, Toronto
    Oxford Learning High Park
    Oxford means a personalized learning experience for your child. Brain Camps explore creative themes through engaging activities and field trips. Tutoring takes a fun turn. Our students are excited to learn!

    Bloor West Village, Toronto

    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 4 to 12
    • Coed
    • Day Camp
    from $375/week
    sessions & dates
    Day Camp Coed 375 4-12 18 Bloor West Village, Toronto
    AEMbots.com
    We have established an award winning robotics program. Our Robotics Program serves to stimulate the student's interest in robotics while simultaneously gaining life experience through project building and team work.

    Vaughan

    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 6 to 14
    • Coed
    • Program
    from $250/week
    sessions & dates
    Program Coed 250 6-14 19 Vaughan
    Camp Massad
    Hebrew speaking,kosher,summer camp connecting campers to their Jewish identity in an inclusive,energetic and fun environment.Dynamic programming and a community environment fosters confidence,creativity and friendships.

    Winnipeg Beach; Winnipeg

    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 7 to 16
    • Coed
    • Overnight Camp
    from $475/session
    sessions & dates
    Overnight Camp Coed 475 7-16 20 Winnipeg Beach, Winnipeg
    Sylvan Learning Burlington
    For kids in JK to Grade 12, we offer fun, educational weekly themed STEM camps with a math, science or writing focus, Read-Ahead camps and High School Prep camps, as well as after-school enrichment programs and tutoring.

    Burlington

    Education (multi)
    • Ages 3 to 17
    • Coed
    • Day Camp
    from $180/session
    sessions & dates
    Day Camp Coed 180 3-17 21 Burlington
    JEI Learning Center-Canada
    Our mission is to support, facilitate, and help children by providing a high quality supplementary education so that all children can achieve academic success in math, reading, writing and critical thinking.

    Ontario (4)

    Education (multi)
    • Ages 4 to 15
    • Coed
    • Program
    from $175/month
    sessions & dates
    Program Coed 175 4-15 22 Vaughan, The Queensway, Toronto, Richmond Hill, Weston, Toronto, Mississauga, Markham
    Sylvan Learning Guelph
    Join us for a week of building Lego® robots & an introduction to video game design and programming! Your child will learn problem solving skills all while making friends & having fun with STEM!

    Guelph

    Education (multi)
    • Ages 6 to 12
    • Coed
    • Program
    from $250/week
    sessions & dates
    Program Coed 250 6-12 23 Guelph
    Sylvan Learning Centre of Etobicoke
    If you're looking to learn something new this summer while having fun, join us for a STEM camp at Sylvan Etobicoke (Islington and Bloor).

    Islington Village, Toronto

    Education (multi)
    • Ages 5 to 18
    • Coed
    • Program
    from $250/week
    sessions & dates
    Program Coed 250 5-18 24 Islington Village, Toronto
    French International Language Camps
    English students learning French mix with French students learning English in this innovative program in the French Alps. Sports and other activities are an important part of the experience, along with language lessons.

    International

    Education: FSL
    • Ages 7 to 17
    • Coed
    • Day & Overnight Camp
    from $2,200/week
    sessions & dates
    Day & Overnight Camp Coed 2200 7-17 25 International
    Sylvan Learning Ottawa
    Sylvan Ottawa offers STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) camps, tutoring and homework help programs for kids in JK to Grade 12. Attend full full day, half day or 1-hour after-school programs.

    Ottawa; Ottawa

    Education (multi)
    • Ages 4 to 18
    • Coed
    • Day Camp
    from $224/week
    sessions & dates
    Day Camp Coed 224 4-18 26 Ottawa
    Prestige School Summer Programme
    A day camp with weekly themes that incorporate adventurous outings, artistic creations, scientific experiments, and much more.

    Willowdale, Toronto; Richmond Hill

    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 3 to 12
    • Coed
    • Day Camp
    from $280/week
    sessions & dates
    Day Camp Coed 280 3-12 27 Willowdale, Toronto, Richmond Hill
    Sylvan Learning Centre of Beaches
    If you're looking to learn something new this summer while having fun, join us for a STEM or Academic Summer camps at Sylvan in the Beaches (Toronto).

    Birch Cliff, Toronto

    Education (multi)
    • Ages 3 to 18
    • Coed
    • Program
    from $250/week
    sessions & dates
    Program Coed 250 3-18 28 Birch Cliff, Toronto
    The MathScene
    After school classes for Grade 7-12 students who want to develop proper techniques and solid understanding of math concepts. We teach students in small groups so they learn to become independent and critical learners.

    Vancouver; North Vancouver

    Education: Math
    • Ages 10 to 18
    • Coed
    • Program
    from $100/week
    sessions & dates
    Program Coed 100 10-18 29 Vancouver, North Vancouver
    Camp Pillsbury
    A coed overnight camp with over 100 activities, including circus arts, musical theater, sports, dance, technology, horseback riding, water sports, extreme sports, gymnastics, archery, role playing games, and much more.

    Minnesota

    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 6 to 17
    • Coed
    • Day & Overnight Camp
    from $349/week
    sessions & dates
    Day & Overnight Camp Coed 349 6-17 30 Minnesota
    The Gow School Summer Program
    A summer camp for students with dyslexia, ADHD and SLD. Academics, traditional camp and weekend trips round out the program.

    New York

    Education (multi)
    • Ages 8 to 16
    • Coed
    • Day & Overnight Camp
    from $4,000/5 weeks
    sessions & dates
    Day & Overnight Camp Coed 4000 8-16 31 New York
    Sylvan Learning Centre of Vaughan
    If you're looking to learn something new this summer while having fun, join us for a STEM or Academic summer camp at Sylvan Vaughan (near Vaughan Mills).

    Vaughan

    Education (multi)
    • Ages 3 to 18
    • Coed
    • Program
    from $250/week
    sessions & dates
    Program Coed 250 3-18 32 Vaughan
    Wilvaken
    Bilingual (Fr/En), traditional summer camp offering water and land sports, such as sailing, water-skiing, archery, horseback riding, and hiking/canoeing out trips. Spend the summer with campers from around the world!

    Magog

    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 6 to 15
    • Coed
    • Overnight Camp
    from $2,130/2 weeks
    sessions & dates
    Overnight Camp Coed 2130 6-15 33 Magog
    CAMP ALI MONTREAL
    A summer camp that focuses on language training with an option for interactive sports in state of the art facilities at McGill University in downtown Montreal.

    Montreal; Montreal

    Education: Language Studies
    • Ages 8 to 16
    • Coed
    • Day & Overnight Camp
    from $342/week
    sessions & dates
    Day & Overnight Camp Coed 342 8-16 34 Montreal
    Stanstead College Summer Camps
    Summer Camps for local and foreign students and include highlights like a Tall Ship Adventure, Leadership, Yoga & Wellness, Hockey, etc. in addition to ESL and Language Excellence Camps.

    Stanstead; Halifax; Louisbourg

    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 11 to 17
    • Coed
    • Day & Overnight Camp
    from $950/session
    sessions & dates
    Day & Overnight Camp Coed 950 11-17 35 Stanstead, Halifax, Louisbourg
    Sylvan Learning Centre of Markham
    If you're looking to learn something new this summer while having fun, join us for a STEM or Academic summer camp at Sylvan Markham.

    Markham

    Education (multi)
    • Ages 3 to 15
    • Coed
    • Day Camp
    from $150/week
    sessions & dates
    Day Camp Coed 150 3-15 36 Markham
    Army and Navy Academy Summer Camp
    Army and Navy Academy Summer Programs offers your young co-ed motivational summer leadership, academic, and recreation camps that encourage active involvement, accountability, skill development, and personal growth.

    California

    Education (multi)
    • Ages 8 to 17
    • Coed
    • Overnight Camp
    from $2,395/session
    sessions & dates
    Overnight Camp Coed 2395 8-17 37 California
    Bee Smart Learning Centre
    Balance of Learning and Fun! Learn hands-on science, enriched mathematics, English/ESL, photography & movie making, and more. Fun outdoor sports, games and field trips.

    Thornhill

    Education: Math
    • Ages 3 to 14
    • Coed
    • Day Camp
    from $180/week
    sessions & dates
    Day Camp Coed 180 3-14 38 Thornhill
    Bark Lake Leadership and Conference Centre
    Leadership and Outdoor Education for youth and the young at heart from across Ontario and around the World!

    Haliburton Highlands

    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 1 to 100
    • Coed, Girls, Boys
    • Overnight Camp
    from $163/night
    sessions & dates
    Overnight Camp Coed, Girls, Boys 163 1-100 39 Haliburton Highlands
    Canadian International Music Camp Inc
    Why choose CIMC: We offer best food ,small groups, personal approach to each camper, best location best selection of excursions and most importantly it's run by family.

    New Ross

    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 7 to 16
    • Coed
    • Overnight Camp
    from $1,295/week
    sessions & dates
    Overnight Camp Coed 1295 7-16 40 New Ross
    Sylvan Learning Thornhill
    Educational summer camp will spark the creativity of campers through various hands on STEM related activities, such as robot building, math/science projects and creative writing.

    Thornhill; Markham

    Education (multi)
    • Ages 3 to 18
    • Coed
    • Day Camp
    from $299/week
    sessions & dates
    Day Camp Coed 299 3-18 41 Thornhill, Markham
    Royal Ontario Museum Summer Club
    Diverse Toronto summer camp (with March Break programs) offering kids programs in science, history, art, environment and more.

    South Annex, Toronto; South Annex, Toronto

    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 5 to 16
    • Coed
    • Day Camp
    from $225/2 weeks
    sessions & dates
    Day Camp Coed 225 5-16 42 South Annex, Toronto
    Sans Souci Riding Centre INC.
    A specialized co-ed summer camp for children who are passionate about horses and the sport of English riding. Located in Québec, offering a bilingual experience. Awarded the CCA Award of Excellence in 2014.

    Ste. Clotilde

    Sport: Horseback Riding/Equestrian
    • Ages 8 to 17
    • Coed
    • Overnight Camp
    from $950/week
    sessions & dates
    Overnight Camp Coed 950 8-17 43 Ste. Clotilde
    WillowWood School Summer Programs
    WillowWood offers 3 different summer programs: camps for Grades 1-6, leadership programs for Gr. 7-9 and high school credits for students in Grades 9-12.

    Don Mills, Toronto

    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 6 to 17
    • Coed
    from $200/week
    sessions & dates
    Coed 200 6-17 44 Don Mills, Toronto