Outdoor education

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Outdoor education comes in as wide a variety as your imagination allows. Outdoor learning usually includes uniquely seasonal activities like canoeing, kayaking, outdoor rock climbing, rope climbing or other rope games available at many summer camps. More specialized outdoor learning experiences are found in wilderness camps or adventure camps as well as day camps like zoo camps and horse camps. Read more

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    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 $975
    overnightcampallboys 975 7-16 21Mont-TremblantOnlineQuebec
    Vancouver Outdoor Society   
    Our mission is to join with youth and families on a journey to discover and develop their character identity to achieve their best potential.

    Squamish; Vancouver
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 7 to 20 (Coed)
    • Day Camp, Overnight Camp
    • from $149
    daycampovernightcampcoed 149 7-20 36SquamishVancouverBritish Columbia
    Wildhorse Ranch   
    A unique western ranch experience immersed in HORSES! Learning horse connection skills with games and riding in the forests. Practice Heart to Heart energy work. Come Ride! Meet Friends. Own your horse for the week!

    Rocky Mountain House
    Sport: Horseback Riding/Equestrian
    • Ages 12 to 17 ( Girls)
    • Overnight Camp, Day Camp
    • from $1,350
    overnightcampdaycampallgirls 1350 12-17 40Rocky Mountain HouseAlberta
    Camps offering outdoor education as an activity
    Stanstead College Summer Camps   
    Unique summer camps for boys and girls, including the Language Adventure and the Hockey Development program. We strive to offer high quality and supervised camps on our beautiful campus located in the Eastern Townships.

    Stanstead
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 11 to 17 (Coed)
    • Overnight Camp
    • from $300
    overnightcampcoed30011-171StansteadOnlineQuebec
    YMCA of Southwestern Ontario Overnight Camps   
    The YMCA of Southwestern Ontario offers two amazing overnight camps for campers aged 5-16 - YMCA Camp Queen Elizabeth (CQE) in Georgian Bay Islands National Park and YMCA Camp Henry in Point Pelee National Park.

    Leamington; London; Port Severn
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 5 to 16 (Coed)
    • Day Camp, Overnight Camp
    • from $600
    daycampovernightcampcoed6005-162LeamingtonLondonPort SevernOntario
    InterVarsity Circle Square Ranch Big Clear Lake   
    Circle Square Ranch is a life changing Christian summer camp for youth 6-16. We offer a wide range of activities including horseback riding, water activities and climbing. Your summer adventure with friends starts here!

    Hamilton; Huntsville; Land O' Lakes Tourist Region; Western Lanark County
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 6 to 16 (Coed)
    • Overnight Camp
    • from $660
    overnightcampcoed6606-163HamiltonHuntsvilleLand O' Lakes Tourist RegionWestern Lanark CountyOntario
    Niagara Adventure Camp   
    Our summer program offers children the chance to simply get back to basics and enjoy the fun associated with being outside. Our sports and activities are designed to promote team spirit and encourage personal growth.

    Fenwick
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 10 to 18 (Coed)
    • Day Camp, Overnight Camp
    • from $75
    daycampovernightcampcoed7510-184FenwickOnlineOntario
    Camp Ecolart   
    We are a premium summer and winter camp for kids ages 4 to 17. We offer day and overnight camps in the summer in 4 locations: Montreal, Whistler, Banff and San Diego. We also offer a ski/snowboard camp in the winter.

    Banff; Montreal; Whistler
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 4 to 17 (Coed)
    • Day Camp, Overnight Camp
    • from $350
    daycampovernightcampcoed3504-175BanffMontrealWhistlerAlberta, British Columbia, Quebec
    Camp Can-Aqua   
    A traditional camp with diverse programming & exceptional instruction, we believe in teaching kids compromise, patients & empathy. Fun is a given. Through thoughtful & individualized programming, our campers thrive here.

    Haliburton Highlands; Oakville; Ottawa
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 5 to 17 (Coed)
    • Overnight Camp
    • from $2,785
    overnightcampcoed27855-176Haliburton HighlandsOakvilleOttawaOnlineOntario
    City Scouts: Urban Adventure Camp   
    City Scouts is a weekly urban adventure camp in the heart of Toronto. Our goal is to foster growing children's sense of independence through urban adventure

    South Annex, Toronto
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 9 to 14 (Coed)
    • Day Camp
    • from $365
    daycampcoed3659-147South Annex, TorontoOntarioDowntown
    Camp Muskoka   
    Boost your camper's self-confidence in a fun, safe & supportive community. Great staff, delicious food, comfy modern lodging and a choose your own adventure programming style offering with over 50 activities every day!

    Bracebridge
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 6 to 16 (Coed)
    • Overnight Camp
    • from $1,495
    overnightcampcoed14956-168BracebridgeOntario
    City of Toronto Camps   
    There's a City of Toronto camp in every neighbourhood across the city! Affordable, traditional camps and interest-specific experiences are offered for ages four to 16, plus adapted camps for ages four to 29!

    Bay Street Corridor, Toronto
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 4 to 16 (Coed)
    • Day Camp
    • from $1
    daycampcoed14-169Bay Street Corridor, TorontoOntarioDowntown
    Camp Davern   
    Camp Davern is a traditional co-ed summer that trades on adventure, community and just plain fun.

    Kingston; Perth
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 7 to 16 (Coed)
    • Overnight Camp
    • from $1,295
    overnightcampcoed12957-1610KingstonPerthOntario
    Safari Zoo Camp   
    The only residential summer camp of its kind in the world, participants work hands on alongside professional animal care staff to care for a variety of animals, many rare and endangered.

    Clarington
    Education: Zoology
    • Ages 6 to 17 (Coed)
    • Overnight Camp, PA Day
    • from $1,200
    overnightcamppadaycoed12006-1711ClaringtonOnlineOntario
    Camp IAWAH   
    Eastern Ontario Summer Camp, nestled on the shores of Wolfe Lake 15 minutes from Westport. Activities at IAWAH include leadership building, archery tag, canoeing, cake decorating, programming and turf sports.

    Westport
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 7 to 18 (Coed, Girls, Boys)
    • Overnight Camp
    • from $370
    overnightcampcoedallgirlsallboys3707-1812WestportOntario
    Educo Adventure School   
    Inspire. Empower. Engage. Through experiential adventure activities, we challenge youth to step outside their comfort zone and develop interpersonal and leadership skills.

    100 Mile House
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 9 to 18 (Coed)
    • Overnight Camp
    • from $700
    overnightcampcoed7009-1813100 Mile HouseBritish Columbia
    Crescent Camps   
    Our Camps reflect Crescent School's excellence in STEM, robotics, athletics, business, the arts and leadership, with highly qualified, enthusiastic instructors and staff.

    North Toronto, Toronto
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 4 to 13 (Coed)
    • Day Camp
    • from $420
    daycampcoed4204-1314North Toronto, TorontoOnlineOntarioUptown
    Northwaters & Langskib Canoe Tripping Programs   
    Backcountry canoe adventures with heart & meaning in boys, girls and all-gender programs. Trips weave together challenge, community & confidence to connect youth to the land, each other, and their own unique spirit.

    Temagami
    Adventure: Wilderness Out-tripping
    • Ages 10 to 17 (Coed, Girls, Boys)
    • Overnight Camp
    • from $1,300
    overnightcampcoedallgirlsallboys130010-1715TemagamiOntario
    Onondaga Camp   
    For more than 100 years Onondaga Camp has provided an inclusive environment where young people can play, explore, achieve and grow. Offering over 30 different activities, there is something for everyone!

    Minden
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 6 to 16 (Coed)
    • Overnight Camp
    • from $1,900
    overnightcampcoed19006-1616MindenOntario
    InterVarsity Pioneer Camp Ontario   
    InterVarsity Pioneer Camp Ontario is a Christian Summer Camp and Outdoor Education & Retreat Centre located in Ontario, offering programs for children, youth, and students.

    Huntsville
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 5 to 17 (Coed, Girls, Boys)
    • Overnight Camp
    • from $495
    overnightcampcoedallgirlsallboys4955-1717HuntsvilleOntario
    Camp Bil-O-Wood   
    A traditional, outdoor, athletic, & life skills camp for kids 7 - 17. Exceptional camping & canoeing. Over 30 sports & activities for kids from Canada, US, & Europe; family operated for 74 yrs. An awesome experience!

    Blind River
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 7 to 17 (Coed)
    • Overnight Camp
    • from $850
    overnightcampcoed8507-1718Blind RiverOnlineOntario
    Discovery Day Camp   
    Our qualified, experienced and highly trained staff is anxiously awaiting the opportunity to guide our campers' adventures. The camp everyone can DISCOVER AND GO BEYOND. www.discoveryday.ca

    Richmond Hill
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 4 to 15 (Coed)
    • Day Camp
    • from $1,350
    daycampcoed13504-1519Richmond HillOnlineOntario
    Canadian Adventure Camp   
    A true adventure camp with the very best staff. Choose from a Traditional General Camp Program or specialize in Trampoline, Gymnastics, Aerials (circus) or Wakeboarding & Water Skiing.

    Temagami
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 5 to 17 (Coed)
    • Overnight Camp
    • from $1,500
    overnightcampcoed15005-1720TemagamiOnlineOntario
    Camp Pathfinder   
    Historic boys' camp on Pathfinder Island, Algonquin Park. Est. 1914. Full in-camp program. Water, land and camping sports. Canoe trips a specialty. Spectacular setting. Exceptional staff, positive culture for boys.

    Algonquin Park
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 7 to 16 ( Boys)
    • Overnight Camp
    • from $1,200
    overnightcampallboys12007-1622Algonquin ParkOnlineOntario
    Camp Couchiching   
    Beautiful forests, rolling fields and lots of lakeside waterfront are waiting for you only 1.5 hours from Toronto. Camp Couchiching focuses on individual development and challenge by choice, We are all levels of awesome!

    Orillia
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 6 to 14 (Coed)
    • Overnight Camp
    • from $875
    overnightcampcoed8756-1423OrilliaOnlineOntario
    Kandalore   
    Kandalore is one of the finest overnight camps in Canada, providing the best of both canoe tripping and in-camp activities. For over 75 years, Kandalore has given campers the chance to get to know and be themselves.

    Minden
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 6 to 16 (Coed)
    • Overnight Camp
    • from $3,290
    overnightcampcoed32906-1624MindenOnlineOntario
    Camp Frenda   
    Summer camp in the heart of Muskoka. Very reasonable rates. Activities include horseback riding, rock climbing, water skiing, rocketry, archery, and many others.

    Port Carling
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 8 to 16 (Coed)
    • Overnight Camp
    • from $640
    overnightcampcoed6408-1625Port CarlingOntario
    Teen Ranch   
    Just an hour from the GTA, a traditional Christian summer camp & year round retreat facility, specializing in developing youth through horse, hockey, adventure, bmx, soccer, figure skate, ninja warrior, WHAM & day camps.

    Caledon
    Sport (multi)
    • Ages 5 to 16 (Coed)
    • Day Camp, Overnight Camp
    • from $525
    daycampovernightcampcoed5255-1626CaledonOnlineOntario
    InterVarsity Pioneer Camp Alberta   
    Pioneer Camp Alberta is a Christian summer camp with two beautiful locations in Sundre & Rocky Mountain House, AB. Get ready for exploration, adventure, creation, challenge, growth, skill development, and of course, fun!

    Rocky Mountain House; Sundre
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 5 to 18 (Coed, Girls, Boys)
    • Day Camp, Overnight Camp
    • from $159
    daycampovernightcampcoedallgirlsallboys1595-1827Rocky Mountain HouseSundreOnlineAlberta
    UCC Summer Life   
    A Co-ed Summer Enrichment Experience in the Heart of Toronto, Canada for International and Local Students ages 10 to 17.

    Forest Hill, Toronto
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 10 to 17 (Coed)
    • Overnight Camp
    • from $3,995
    overnightcampcoed399510-1728Forest Hill, TorontoOnlineOntarioMidtown
    Lakefield College School Summer Programs   
    Transformative experiences learning in and through the outdoors—academic, athletic, for credit or enrichment. Spend every day outdoors on the water, in the forest, or at our farm—learn, have fun and stretch yourself.

    Lakefield
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 6 to 18 (Coed)
    • Day Camp, Overnight Camp
    • from $330
    daycampovernightcampcoed3306-1829LakefieldOnlineOntario
    Camp Northway/ Wendigo   
    Northway, Canada's oldest summer camp for girls (age 7-16) and Wendigo, a small tripping outpost for boys (age 12-16) are located in the wilderness of Algonquin Park.

    Algonquin Park
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 7 to 16 ( Girls, Boys)
    • Overnight Camp
    • from $1,275
    overnightcampallgirlsallboys12757-1630Algonquin ParkOnlineOntario
    Glen Bernard Camp   
    A traditional overnight summer camp for girls offering wilderness adventure, sailing, swimming and lifesaving, arts and many other activities!

    Huntsville
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 4 to 16 ( Girls)
    • Overnight Camp
    • from $400
    overnightcampallgirls4004-1631HuntsvilleOntario
    Branksome Hall Day Camps   
    Branksome Hall offers remarkable day camps for girls & boys in the heart of Toronto. Choose from a wide selection of Arts, Sports and Technology based camps and specialty camps like Dance, Photography and Swim.

    Rosedale, Toronto
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 4 to 12 (Coed)
    • Day Camp
    • from $505
    daycampcoed5054-1232Rosedale, TorontoOnlineOntarioMidtown
    InterVarsity Pioneer Camp Pacific   
    One of nine Inter-Varsity Camps, Pioneer Pacific offers Christian summer camp and leadership programs for kids from 7-18, and includes a wide range of activities such as sailing, archery, kayaking and more.

    Thetis Island; Vancouver
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 7 to 18 (Coed, Girls)
    • Overnight Camp
    • from $285
    overnightcampcoedallgirls2857-1833Thetis IslandVancouverBritish Columbia
    Camp Mini-Yo-We   
    Camp Mini-Yo-We is a traditional, Christian overnight camp offering amazing activities, innovative programs, dedicated staff and a safe place for campers to stretch and grow.

    Huntsville
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 5 to 16 (Coed, Girls, Boys)
    • Day Camp, Overnight Camp
    • from $995
    daycampovernightcampcoedallgirlsallboys9955-1634HuntsvilleOnlineOntario
    The STEAM Project   
    Camps and classes for creative girls and boys who love science, technology, robotics, and design projects. Our kids learn while they experiment, invent, digitally fabricate, and build projects with their own hands!

    Markham; Richmond Hill
    Education: STEAM
    • Ages 4 to 15 (Coed)
    • Day Camp
    • from $33
    daycampcoed334-1535MarkhamRichmond HillOnlineOntario
    Camp Wenonah   
    Trusted by families from around the world, Wenonah is a popular overnight summer camp in Muskoka Ontario for children aged 5 - 17 years old. Experienced and caring staff team, including full-time medical staff.

    Bracebridge
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 5 to 17 (Coed)
    • Overnight Camp
    • from $1,250
    overnightcampcoed12505-1737BracebridgeOntario
    Toronto Kidz   
    Our weeks focus on themes such as Dinosaurs, Animals, etc. for our younger campers 5-8 years old and Science, Outdoors, Arts, etc. for our older campers 9-12 year old. Weekly field trips to Toronto's attractions included

    High Park, Toronto; Roncesvalles Village, Toronto; Wallace Emerson, Toronto
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 5 to 12 (Coed)
    • Day Camp
    • from $234
    daycampcoed2345-1238High Park, TorontoRoncesvalles Village, TorontoWallace Emerson, TorontoOntarioWest-End
    Camp Wanapitei   
    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 $1,090
    overnightcampcoed10907-1839TemagamiOntario
    Heritage Park   
    Send your kids on an adventure like no other at Canada’s Largest Living History Museum. They'll go back in time to experience the life of a pioneer child and discover the fun and history of the west!

    Calgary
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 6 to 15 (Coed)
    • Day Camp, Overnight Camp
    • from $315
    daycampovernightcampcoed3156-1541CalgaryAlberta


     

    Experts such as Richard Louv and David Suzuki have decried today's youth's increasing alienation from the natural world and its effect on the way we view the outside world. This nature deficit disorder may even be a contributing factor in climate change as people are increasingly unaware of the effect of human activity.

    Outdoor education is valuable for kids who are interested in pursuing learning in the natural or environmental sciences or who simply love the outdoors. It is also very valuable for kids who are academically inclined, of course, as it can provide an important counterpoint to schoolwork, sitting at a computer or playing video games.

    There are several types of camps that specialize in specific areas of learning. These include the following:

    • Animal camps or zoo camps provide a lot of unique outdoor activities where kids can interact with and learn about animals from around the world. These are most definitely a unique outdoor education experience that kids will crave.
    • Horse camps are focused on horse-related activities. This unique outdoor learning experience is ideal for kids who love horses. While the focus is on horseback riding, there are likely many other activities available to break up the day.
    • Wilderness camps offer out-trips into the deep woods of Northern Ontario or Quebec. These can be several weeks long, in fact, although the length varies. Teens gain experience with wilderness survival, grow personally in a number of unique ways and will likely encounter varied wildlife. This unique camp experience is immensely rewarding, and provides intense outdoor education.
    • Camps such as golf camps, soccer, and baseball provide a lot of time outdoors where kids will learn new skills in the activity of focus, as well as many other outdoor activities. There are also some great water sports camps for this as well, such as swimming, canoe, waterski, and kayak camps.

    Outdoor education is a byproduct of many types of summer camps, including both day and overnight camps. A byproduct of outdoor learning is an increased understanding of the environment, issues like climate change and an alleviation of what Richard Louv has famously called nature deficit disorder.

    Get an outdoor education at the camps listed here!



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