camps.ca: summer camps and year round camps
 

FIND YOUR CAMP

or
Dates

Camp allows kids to play


Find a list of camps  camp list

Remember just getting out and playing with the neighbourhood kids? For many, this was a favourite part of growing up. But unstructured playtime is something too many children today simply don't get enough of. "Active playtime is one of the most decreased areas of discretionary time in the past decade," says Michelle Brownrigg, chief executive of Active Healthy Kids Canada. "If you look at time in school, time at home, time watching TV, those things have either stayed consistent or gone up. But active playtime has decreased."

Camp allows kids to play

Not only are children playing less, says Brownrigg, but they're spending more time in front of screens: TVs, computers and cellphones. According to ParticipAction, Canadian kids spend an average of six hours a day in front of screens—the equivalent of 42 hours a week. As a result, they're missing out on play. "It's a critical, key thing," says Brownrigg.

Play can help children build their imagination and provide them with the tools to entertain themselves. "Kids learn to set their own boundaries, to develop in an environment that's not necessarily focused on a competitive end, to interact with one another, to determine how to win and lose, and to trade roles and be involved in an active way with their peers," says Brownrigg. "They're learning social skills."

A traditional camp environment, she says, will encourage active play and inspire the creativity and social engagement that come alongside. "What's really unique about the camp environment—whether it's a day camp or an overnight camp—is the opportunity for kids to explore being active in creative ways that aren't as adult-driven," she says.

advertisement


Our Kids Newsletter

Like our articles and advice? Get insider tips about private schools and summer camps, for free.

Subscribe to the Our Kids eNewsletter

Camp & Programs Events


October 20, 2017
E2 Young Engineers-Central Mississauga
Free Trial Session

October 20, 2017
Sylvan Learning South Mississauga
STEM Club Demo

October 21, 2017
Genius Owl
Halloween Rock Art Workshop

October 23, 2017
Brock Youth University
Winter Camp Registration Opens

October 23, 2017
Brock Youth University
Summer Camp Registration Opens


FILTERS

  • Name
  • Cost
  • Relevance

  • Camp Kirk
    Summer camp for children with special needs offering various activities including martial arts, leadership building, swimming and many other sports in a non-competitive and nurturing environment.

    Northern Kawartha Lakes

    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 6 to 13
    • Coed
    • Day, Overnight
    from $2,040/week
    Day, Overnight Coed 2040 6-13 0 Northern Kawartha Lakes