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Parents may find themselves struggling with their teenaged son or daughter because of their participating in any of numerous negative activities, which may include promiscuity, drugs and alcohol or other addictions and/or trouble with the law. In this situation, parents may find themselves searching for outside help, possibly by sending them to what are often called "teen boot camps." In the past, these types of camps have received bad press. Today, many in the "troubled teens" industry look forward to the imminent end of troubled teen boot camps."

Camps for troubled teens in Canada tend to focus on changing behaviours and attitudes through education, the influence of a good environment and positive role models.

Of course, parents may need to look at and change some of their own behaviours and attitudes and how these might be negatively impacting communication with their teenaged son or daughter. Simply relying on an outside "fix" like a teen boot camp is not a holistic approach to making real change.

On the other hand, there are many cases where teens simply need a radical change in order to break negative patterns. There are many troubled teens who do not fare well in traditional counseling environments, and there is some evidence that these teens are finding success in long-term treatment programs such as those offered at some camps. In 2010, the National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs conducted a study showing that teens with problem emotional and behavioural issues improved during treatment at a residential program. In addition, they maintained a healthier outlook long after they left the treatment programs. Among problems these teens faced were ADHD, depression, and oppositional defiant disorder.

The study provided hard evidence over the anecdotal evidence traditionally provided by the industry. It followed 1,027 graduates of troubled teen treatment programs for one year after they completed their program and focused on how consistent the teens' behaviour remained.

For parents dealing with problem teens, we wish you wisdom as you search for a solution. We urge you to investigate the industry deeply in order to make the best informed decision you can. Consult the list below and enquire how these camps can help you with your troubled teen and how they believe they are different from dubious "treatment programs" of the past.



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  • City of Markham
    Great camp experience right in your own backyard! See what the City of Markham has to offer you and your child for camps!

    Markham; Markham; Markham

    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 4 to 15
    • Coed
    • Day Camp
    from $70/week
    sessions & dates
    Day Camp Coed 70 4-15 0 Markham
    Neighbour Note Day Camps
    Toronto's premier camps run by University Professors, TDSB Teachers, and extraordinary Musicians! (PhD, DMA). Our Rock Band camp instructor performed for over 10 000 people when his band opened for KISS in Mexico City!

    Bloor West Village, Toronto; Mimico, Toronto; North Toronto, Toronto

    Music (multi)
    • Ages 4 to 18
    • Coed
    • Day Camp
    from $100/week
    sessions & dates
    Day Camp Coed 100 4-18 1 Bloor West Village, Toronto, Mimico, Toronto, North Toronto, Toronto
    Ruth Rumack's Learning Space
    Innovative group classes in various subjects including keyboarding, handwriting, art, and essay writing. We also offer test prep (SSAT, SAT, ACT) & personalized support for K-12, including those with learning differences

    South Annex, Toronto

    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 4 to 16
    • Coed
    • Program
    from $30/session
    sessions & dates
    Program Coed 30 4-16 2 South Annex, Toronto
    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 3 Winnipeg Beach, Winnipeg
    Studio Unio
    FRENCH Musical Theatre Day Camp! Each young artist will experience the full range of musical theatre elements : drama, singing & dancing in order to perform an hour musical theatre show directed by professional artists!

    Lawrence Park, Toronto; Brockton, Toronto

    Art : Theatre Arts
    • Ages 5 to 15
    • Coed
    • Day Camp
    from $642/session
    sessions & dates
    Day Camp Coed 642 5-15 4 Lawrence Park, Toronto, Brockton, Toronto
    Camp Otterdale
    Traditional summer camp for kids and teens in Eastern Ontario offering many outdoor activities including music, theatre arts.

    Ottawa

    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 7 to 16
    • Coed
    • Overnight Camp
    from $750/week
    sessions & dates
    Overnight Camp Coed 750 7-16 5 Ottawa
    Ski-Mazing Watersports School
    Haliburton’s ski, wakeboard barefoot water sports school offering specialized lesson programs for all ages / abilities. Waterski Wakeboard Canada certified instructors NCCP Coaches. Parasailing and flyboarding offered

    Haliburton

    Sport: Waterskiing/Wakeboarding
    • Ages 5 to 15
    • Coed
    • Day Camp
    from $550/week
    sessions & dates
    Day Camp Coed 550 5-15 6 Haliburton
    Camp Oconto
    This traditional camp for girls, in Eastern Ontario, offers numerous sports activities like tennis and swimming as well as theatre arts and more.

    Sharbot Lake

    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 4 to 15
    • Girls
    • Overnight Camp
    from $1,100/week
    sessions & dates
    Overnight Camp Girls 1100 4-15 7 Sharbot Lake
    Airborne Trampoline
    Jump through summer with Airborne's Summer Trampoline Classes & Day Camps. Camp includes trampoline lessons and games, arts and crafts, games and movie room, daily outings, and a trip of the week.

    Newmarket; Vaughan

    Sport: Trampoline
    • Ages 3 to 80
    • Coed
    • Program
    from $149/session
    sessions & dates
    Program Coed 149 3-80 8 Newmarket, Vaughan
    Sayu Healthy Living Camps
    A Fun & Unique Co-ed Camp involving Outdoor Activities, Healthy Foods, Art, Music & Hands-On Cooking. Each week includes Field Trips, Guest Musician & Yoga Instructor, Games, Playful Workshops, & more...

    Islington Village, Toronto

    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 6 to 12
    • Coed
    • Day Camp
    from $350/week
    sessions & dates
    Day Camp Coed 350 6-12 9 Islington Village, Toronto
    Kinark Outdoor Centre
    A northern Ontario summer camp for families and children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

    Minden

    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 8 to 21
    • Coed
    • Overnight Camp
    from $1/week
    sessions & dates
    Overnight Camp Coed 1 8-21 10 Minden
    Toronto Zoo - Zoo Camp
    Located at the Toronto Zoo, Zoo Camp offers unique adventures to stimulate kids' interest in the natural world. Go behind-the-scenes at Canada's largest zoo. Voted 2013 Best Day Camp in GTA - Toronto4Kids

    Rouge, Toronto

    Science: Zooology/Animals
    • Ages 4 to 16
    • Coed
    • Day Camp
    from $265/week
    sessions & dates
    Day Camp Coed 265 4-16 11 Rouge, Toronto
    McMICHAEL ARTVENTURE CHILDREN’S CAMPS & PROGRAMS
    Art classes, programs and camps for kids to get creative: after-school, summer camp and March break camps. Located in Vaughn, north of Toronto.

    Vaughan

    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 5 to 15
    • Coed
    • Day Camp
    from $104/session
    sessions & dates
    Day Camp Coed 104 5-15 12 Vaughan
    Crestwood Valley Day Camp
    A Toronto DAY camp offering 20-25 Daily Activities, Baseball and Basketball Camps, LIT/CIT,*"4' Heated Inground Salt Pools*w/daily lessons-WEEKLY CARNIVAL, Gymboree & ROSE REISMAN CATERING! LOW RATIOS! Call 416.444.9595

    Bridle Path, Toronto

    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 4 to 15
    • Coed
    • Day Camp
    from $545/week
    sessions & dates
    Day Camp Coed 545 4-15 13 Bridle Path, Toronto
    YMCA-YWCA of the National Capital Region
    Choose active and fun Neighbourhood day camps close to home, with themed weeks and out trips, OR a traditional outdoor day (or overnight) experience at Camp Otonabee with ropes, paddling, nature hikes, swimming and more

    Ottawa; Ottawa; Ottawa

    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 4 to 16
    • Coed
    from $185/week
    sessions & dates
    Coed 185 4-16 14 Ottawa
    Magical Horses Summer Camp for Kids & Teens
    A small low ratio horse camp, set on a farm in the Ottawa Valley that will nurture your child’s interests. With a natural and holistic approach we can be flexible to your child’s special requirements and personality.

    Eganville

    Sport: Horseback Riding/Equestrian
    • Ages 9 to 14
    • Coed
    • Overnight Camp
    from $990/session
    sessions & dates
    Overnight Camp Coed 990 9-14 15 Eganville
    Harbourfront Centre Camps
    Since 1979, Harbourfront Centre Camps has provided a a unique setting in which learning and fun intersect. Our campers gain life skills through meaningful participation and in all facets of arts and contemporary culture.

    Harbourfront, Toronto

    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 4 to 15
    • Coed
    • Day Camp
    from $188/week
    sessions & dates
    Day Camp Coed 188 4-15 16 Harbourfront, Toronto
    Oakville Arts Studio
    Art Summer camps sketching, painting, illustration, sculpture, printmaking Musical training, hiper realism, studio times, gallery space 2 musical nights per month, latin and jazz for ages 3 and up, teens & adults; .

    Oakville

    Art : Visual arts (multi)
    • Ages 3 to 99
    • Coed
    • Program
    from $66/week
    sessions & dates
    Program Coed 66 3-99 17 Oakville
    Abilities Centre
    A traditional summer camp in a fun and educational environment for growth and development. Camp activities include sports and recreation, arts, cooperative games, swimming and more, all in a fully inclusive environment!

    Whitby

    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 4 to 13
    • Coed
    • Day Camp
    from $190/week
    sessions & dates
    Day Camp Coed 190 4-13 18 Whitby
    Rooks to Cooks
    A mobile cooking school with 10 sessions of unique, intensive cooking camp programs for kids ages 5 and up! Rooks to Cooks will be serving up a full menu of fun!

    Davisville Village, Toronto

    Art : Cooking
    • Ages 5 to 14
    • Coed
    • Day Camp
    from $320/week
    sessions & dates
    Day Camp Coed 320 5-14 19 Davisville Village, Toronto
    Hands on Exotics
    An educational day camp that provides campers with a hands on experience with exotic animals. Zoo Camp includes activities such as zookeeping, animal enrichment, arts & crafts, sports, science experiments and more!

    Alderwood, Toronto

    Science: Zooology/Animals
    • Ages 6 to 16
    • Coed
    • Day Camp
    from $410/week
    sessions & dates
    Day Camp Coed 410 6-16 20 Alderwood, Toronto
    YMCA Camp Pine Crest
    Have fun, make new friends and go on an adventure! A traditional overnight camp with activities ranging from wilderness trips and rock climbing to music and Frisbee golf. Financial aid is available.

    Torrance

    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 5 to 16
    • Coed
    • Overnight Camp
    from $390/week
    sessions & dates
    Overnight Camp Coed 390 5-16 21 Torrance
    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 22 Montreal
    Junior Red Riders
    Can your child ride a two wheeled bicycle? Then we can teach them how to ride a DIRT BIKE! Fully comprehensive program focusing on FUN & SAFETY

    Markham

    Sport: BMX / Motocross
    • Ages 6 to 12
    • Coed
    • Day Camp
    from $100/session
    sessions & dates
    Day Camp Coed 100 6-12 23 Markham
    STEAMlabs
    A hi-tech maker space for curious hands-on kids. We use the latest tools and technologies, like 3D printing and laser cutting, to help your child bring their ideas to life.

    Downtown West, Toronto

    Education (multi)
    • Ages 7 to 17
    • Coed
    • Program
    from $15/session
    sessions & dates
    Program Coed 15 7-17 24 Downtown West, Toronto
    Camp Wanapitei
    Overnight wilderness canoe-tripping camp based in Northern Ontario, paddling Ontario, Quebec and the Territories. A strong tripping program is complemented by caring staff, community focus and a diverse in-camp program.

    Temagami

    Adventure: Wilderness Out-tripping
    • Ages 7 to 18
    • Coed
    • Overnight Camp
    from $750/week
    sessions & dates
    Overnight Camp Coed 750 7-18 25 Temagami
    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 26 Vaughan, The Queensway, Toronto, Richmond Hill, Weston, Toronto, Mississauga, Markham
    Young People's Theatre/YPT
    Students entering Grades 1-12 will discover the power of their own creative voice as they create and perform a unique piece of theatre. Film making and Music theatre camps are also available for senior students.

    St Lawrence, Toronto

    Art : Theatre Arts
    • Ages 5 to 18
    • Coed
    • Day Camp
    from $350/session
    sessions & dates
    Day Camp Coed 350 5-18 27 St Lawrence, Toronto
    Ross Creek Centre for the Arts
    A perfect combination of arts enrichment taught by professional artists in all disciplines, and a magical summer experience on 178 acres overlooking the Bay of Fundy.

    Canning

    Art (multi)
    • Ages 5 to 18
    • Coed
    • Day & Overnight Camp
    from $290/week
    sessions & dates
    Day & Overnight Camp Coed 290 5-18 28 Canning
    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 29 International
    Camp UofT Scarborough
    Camp UofT Scarborough is a progressive summer day camp that provides recreational activities in tennis, team sports, horse-back riding, and a variety of arts and science programming such as dance, drama and computers!

    Highland Creek, Toronto

    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 6 to 16
    • Coed
    • Day Camp
    from $230/week
    sessions & dates
    Day Camp Coed 230 6-16 30 Highland Creek, Toronto
    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 31 Ottawa