Special Needs Summer Camps


A variety of special needs camps are available, including those that cater to campers with learning disorders, attention deficit disorder, Asperger syndrome, physical disabilities, incontinence issues, and serious illnesses, such as cancer. Read more

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    St. Jude’s Academy Our Family of Schools Camps   
    Our Family of School Camps offer an exciting array of fun, activity-based programs for campers of all ages. Camps provide opportunities for exploration, creativity and personal growth within a positive atmosphere.

    Mississauga; Orangeville
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 3 to 18 (Coed)
    • Day Camp
    • from $230
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    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
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    Sports Camps Canada   
    Our coed summer sports camps are geared toward kids ages 4-18 of all abilities and skill levels. From beginner to elite, there is a camp option for everyone. Improve Your Skills & Have SERIOUS FUN at Sports Camps Canada!

    Bayview Village, Toronto; North Toronto, Toronto; Calgary; Vancouver
    Sport (multi)
    • Ages 4 to 17 (Coed)
    • Day Camp, Program
    • from $235
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    City of Toronto Camps   
    There's a City of Toronto camp in every neighbourhood, including specialty camps, free camps at community centres (ages 4-17) and adapted camps (ages 4-29). Kids can learn new skills and make fun memories close to home.

    Bay Street Corridor, Toronto
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 4 to 17 (Coed)
    • Day Camp
    • from $1
    daycampcoed 1 4-17 25Bay Street Corridor, TorontoOntarioDowntown
    LearningRx – Richmond Hill   
    LearningRx strengthens the cognitive skills critical to how students learn and perform. Our research-based program has helped high-performing students and those with LD, Dyslexia, ADD/ADHD, ASD, brain injuries and more!

    Richmond Hill
    Education: Academic/Tutoring (multi)
    • Ages 5 to 99 (Coed)
    • Program, Virtual Program
    • from $80
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    The Music Studio   
    Your child will love the lessons, classes and camps at The Music Studio. Your child will flourish as they learn musical skills, explore their creativity and develop life skills. Excellence in music education since 1990.

    Islington Village, Toronto
    Arts: Music (multi)
    • Ages 2 to 18 (Coed)
    • Program
    • from $29
    programclasscoed 29 2-18 33Islington Village, TorontoOnlineOntarioEtobicoke
    YMCA of Eastern Ontario   
    We offer a full range of youth rec programs such as basketball, cycling, karate, swimming & school-break & summer day camps. These are offered in safe environments to help children develop self-esteem & confidence.

    Brockville; Kingston; Prescott and Russell
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 1 to 18 (Coed)
    • Day Camp, Program
    • from $1
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    Oxford Learning High Park   
    Oxford means a personalized learning experience for your child. Veriety of programs for the students of all ages. Learning takes a fun turn. Our students are excited to learn!

    Bloor West Village, Toronto
    Education (multi)
    • Ages 4 to 12 (Coed)
    • Day Camp, Program
    • from $100
    daycampprogramclasscoed 100 4-12 36Bloor West Village, TorontoOnlineOntarioWest-End
    Camps offering some support for special needs
    InterVarsity Circle Square Ranch Big Clear Lake   
    Circle Square Ranch is a life changing Christian summer camp for youth ages 6-17. We offer a wide range of activities including horseback riding, water sports and climbing. Your summer adventure with friends starts here!

    Hamilton; Huntsville; Land O' Lakes Tourist Region
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 6 to 17 (Coed, Girls)
    • Overnight Camp
    • from $599
    overnightcampcoedallgirls5996-171HamiltonHuntsvilleLand O' Lakes Tourist RegionOnlineOntario
    Adventure Valley   
    Summer day camp servicing Oakville, Burlington, Milton, Mississauga and Etobicoke. We focus on developing the whole child through nature discovery, creative arts and active play.

    Oakville
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 4 to 12 (Coed)
    • Day Camp
    • from $425
    daycampcoed4254-122OakvilleOntario
    Great Big Theatre Company   
    Camps in your neighbourhood ! One-week sessions, performances every week. Our experienced, caring staff will introduce your kids to stage performance & guide them toward self-expression. A great confidence-builder !

    Throughout Ontario (12)
    Arts: Theatre Arts
    • Ages 4 to 14 (Coed)
    • Day Camp, Program, Virtual Program
    • from $98
    daycampprogramclassvirtualprogramcoed984-143York Mills, TorontoBurlingtonGuelphHamiltonLondonMississaugaOakvilleRichmond HillWaterlooWhitbyOnlineOntarioNorth-York
    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 $1,800
    overnightcampcoed18006-165MindenOntario
    Pedalheads Bike, Swim and Sport   
    Pedalheads offers bike, swim, and trail programs to families across Canada. Pedalheads helps kids develop life skills, confidence, and independence through fun, safe, and engaging instruction.

    Throughout Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario, Quebec (140)
    Sport: Cycling
    • Ages 2 to 12 (Coed)
    • Day Camp, Program
    • from $199
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    WillowWood School Camp and Summer School   
    WillowWood offers 3 different summer programs: camps for Grades 1-6, skills programs for Gr. 7-9 and high school credits for students in Grades 9-12.

    Don Mills, Toronto
    Education (multi)
    • Ages 6 to 17 (Coed)
    • Day Camp, Program
    • from $300
    daycampprogramclasscoed3006-177Don Mills, TorontoOntarioNorth-York
    Kandalore   
    Kandalore is one of the finest overnight camps in Canada, providing the best of both canoe tripping and in-camp activities. For 75 years, Kandalore has given campers the chance to get to know and be themselves fully.

    Minden
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 6 to 16 (Coed)
    • Overnight Camp
    • from $2,995
    overnightcampcoed29956-168MindenOnlineOntario
    Canadian Contemporary School of Art   
    A contemporary art school that teaches skills and methods to inspire artistic expression for all ages. We offer painting, fashion design, filmmaking, animation, sculpting, architecture and more!

    Leaside, Toronto
    Arts: Visual Arts (multi)
    • Ages 1 to 17 (Coed)
    • Program
    • from $15
    programclasscoed151-179Leaside, TorontoOnlineOntarioEast-York
    Hamilton Music Collective   
    Musical Futures Summer Camp provides an innovative and immersive experience that exposes youth ages 6-14 to music creation and performance - Vocals, orchestra, rock band & tech tracks. - Ages 7 to 14 - from $150/week

    Hamilton
    Arts: Music (multi)
    • Ages 6 to 14 (Coed)
    • Program
    • from $150
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    I Dare U2 Bee   
    JUST BEE YOU is an online summer camp escape to have kids tap into the CERTAINTY of who they are and their own magnificent superpowers.

    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 6 to 12 (Coed)
    • Virtual Program
    • from $250
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    Ontario Educational Leadership Centre   
    Leadership training for students in Grades 6-12 in the arts, athletics, French language sports, SHSM, school leadership and more. Leadership courses are facilitated by qualified Ontario Teachers. #WeLead

    Washago
    Education: Leadership (multi)
    • Ages 10 to 18 (Coed)
    • Overnight Camp
    • from $240
    overnightcampcoed24010-1813WashagoOnlineOntario
    Outward Bound Canada   
    Outward Bound Canada provides challenging adventures in the outdoors across the country that develop self-respect, awareness of others, interpersonal skills, and a sense of accomplishment.

    Don Valley Village, Toronto; North Toronto, Toronto; Algonquin Park; Kananaskis; Vancouver Island
    Adventure (multi)
    • Ages 14 to 19 (Coed, Girls, Boys)
    • Overnight Camp
    • from $1
    overnightcampcoedallgirlsallboys114-1914Don Valley Village, TorontoNorth Toronto, TorontoAlgonquin ParkKananaskisVancouver IslandAlberta, British Columbia, OntarioNorth-York, Uptown
    Code Ninjas Mississauga (Port Credit)   
    March-Break/Summer camp and after school programs focusing on computational literacy and STEM programming. Learn coding skills by building your own video games. Kids have fun, parents see results!

    Mississauga
    Computer (multi)
    • Ages 5 to 14 (Coed)
    • Program
    • from $104
    programclasscoed1045-1415MississaugaOntario
    Sidney Ledson Institute   
    Trad./Innovative: AM- Math, English, STEM (entrepreneurship, financial literacy, coding, python, web)/ PM- 2-week workshops:Art & Architecture, Animals & Archeology, Ancient Civilizations & Astronomy, and Magic & Mystery

    Don Mills, Toronto
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 2.5 to 14 (Coed)
    • Day Camp, Virtual Program
    • from $300
    daycampvirtualprogramcoed3002.5-1416Don Mills, TorontoOnlineOntarioNorth-York
    Sylvan Learning of Port Credit   
    With our personalised teaching and dedicated teachers, each and every unique student learns and grows!

    Mississauga
    Education: Academic/Tutoring (multi)
    • Ages 5 to 18 (Coed)
    • Day Camp, Program
    • from $30
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    Kids Theatre Camp   
    Do you have a PERFORMER on your hands? Our week-long camps will explore the world of the performing arts! From commercial, TV & film acting to stage performances and musicals!

    Davenport, Toronto
    Arts: Acting (Film & TV)
    • Ages 6 to 17 (Coed)
    • Day Camp
    • from $300
    daycampcoed3006-1718Davenport, TorontoOntarioMidtown
    Code-it Hacks   
    Blend of 5 flavors in our Kids Coding & Robotics Camp in Toronto! Learn to Code, Learn to build: Robotics & Circuits, Outdoor play:Logic Games & a field trip to a tech company! Never a dull moment in our camps & programs

    Bloor West Village, Toronto; High Park, Toronto
    Computer (multi)
    • Ages 5 to 17 (Coed)
    • Day Camp
    • from $250
    daycampcoed2505-1719Bloor West Village, TorontoHigh Park, TorontoOnlineOntarioWest-End
    CBY Music & Performing Arts   
    CBY Music & Performing Arts is Waterdown's number 1 performing arts academy, with programs running 7 days a week across multiple disciplines that seek to enrich, inspire and encourage young people from ages 4-17.

    Hamilton
    Arts: Performing Arts (multi)
    • Ages 4 to 17 (Coed)
    • Day Camp, Program
    • from $120
    daycampprogramclasscoed1204-1720HamiltonOntario
    YMCA Wanakita   
    A co-ed camp offering Overnight Kids Camp, Day Camp and year-round Family Camps. We offer leadership development, a wide range of activities, tripping, a sense of belonging and fun. Come have the time of your life!

    Haliburton Highlands
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 7 to 16 (Coed)
    • Day Camp, Overnight Camp
    • from $940
    daycampovernightcampcoed9407-1621Haliburton HighlandsOntario
    Kidz Kamp Inc.   
    A traditional outdoor day camp, with fun activities, friends, exciting field trips and outstanding memories! Now offering March Break, Summer & Winter Break Equestrian Camp at our new second location in Georgetown!

    Halton Hills; Mississauga
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 5 to 16 (Coed)
    • Day Camp
    • from $125
    daycampcoed1255-1623Halton HillsMississaugaOntario
    Glen Bernard Camp   
    A traditional overnight summer camp for girls offering wilderness adventure, horseback riding, sailing, swimming and lifesaving, arts and many other activities!

    Huntsville
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 4 to 16 ( Girls)
    • Overnight Camp
    • from $350
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    Zebra Robotics - Toronto Danforth   
    We help kids in grades 1 to 12 develop a passion for STEM in our coding and robotics classes and camps. Personalized learning in small groups delivered in person or online. Opportunity to join robotics competition teams!

    Riverdale, Toronto
    Computer: Technology
    • Ages 6 to 18 (Coed)
    • Day Camp, Program, Virtual Program
    • from $150
    daycampprogramclassvirtualprogramcoed1506-1826Riverdale, TorontoOnlineOntarioEast-End
    InterVarsity Circle Square Ranch Grand River   
    A traditional camp offering overnight and day camp programs. Activities include horsemanship, swimming, high ropes, climbing wall, archery, campfires, and much more. Leadership and horse specialty camps also offered.

    Brant
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 5 to 16 (Coed, Girls, Boys)
    • Day Camp, Overnight Camp
    • from $280
    daycampovernightcampcoedallgirlsallboys2805-1627BrantOntario
    YMCA of Oakville   
    YMCA of Oakville Child and Youth Programs and Summer Day Camps are offered at several locations across the community with activities including swimming, day trips and more. Learn more!

    Cambridge; Oakville
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 4 to 17 (Coed)
    • Day Camp, Overnight Camp
    • from $230
    daycampovernightcampcoed2304-1728CambridgeOakvilleOntario
    Budding Genius - Central Mississauga   
    30+ STEAM activities, academic courses to develop each child's inner innovative creativity! Robotics, AI, Coding (Java, Arduino, HTML, Python) Math, Abacus, University prep courses, open to the world and Canada Fr/En

    Mississauga
    Education: STEM
    • Ages 4 to 18 (Coed)
    • Virtual Program
    • from $190
    virtualprogramcoed1904-1829MississaugaOnlineOntario
    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 with positive masculine culture.

    Algonquin Park
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 7 to 16 ( Boys)
    • Overnight Camp
    • from $1,200
    overnightcampallboys12007-1630Algonquin ParkOnlineOntario
    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)
    • Overnight Camp
    • from $600
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    Code Ninjas Mississauga West   
    World class coding and robotics curriculum for kids. After-school programs, Camps, Birthday Parties and much more. Virtual Classes also available.

    Mississauga
    Education (multi)
    • Ages 5 to 18 (Coed)
    • Day Camp, Program
    • from $129
    daycampprogramclasscoed1295-1834MississaugaOnlineOntario
    Higher Training Basketball Academy   
    Higher Training Basketball Academy, offering: group, private and semi private skills based basketball training. During the holiday's we offer large group basketball classes and travel for tournaments too!

    Burlington
    Sport: Basketball
    • Ages 4 to 18 (Coed)
    • Program
    • from $150
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    Alicia, 12, has been to the southern Ontario site of Camp Quality, a camp geared towards children with cancer, seven times. "When I'm at Camp Quality, I feel like a regular kid. All the other kids understand what it is like to have scars or disabilities," Alicia says. "You don't have to hide those things or be worried that you don't fit in. It's great to get together again with all of those people."

    Camp Quality is completely funded by donations, so there's no cost for campers to attend its seven camps across Canada. Each camper is matched up with a "companion"—a volunteer who accompanies the camper on all of his or her activities throughout the week. Ashley Huggins has volunteered as a companion at the southern Ontario location for five summers now. "It provides a fun place for children who have been through so much. They forget about everything else that's going on," she says.

    Campers participate in typical camp activities like crafts, biking and archery, and even hot-air balloon rides. "We get to do things at camp that most kids don't get to do," says Alicia. "I even went flying in a small plane one year."

    Special needs camps with a variety of specializations

    Meanwhile, camps like Camp Kirk in Kirkfield and the Glenholme Summer Camp in Washington, Connecticut, cater to children with learning and behavioural difficulties. Glenholme can also accommodate campers with anxiety and mood disorders or Tourette's Syndrome.

    Camp Kirk's counsellors are older than the norm—usually in their early 20s rather than late teens—and undergo 10 days of intensive training, including material from the Geneva Centre for Autism. Staff members outnumber the campers, and there are always two staff members on "night watch," too. "With their needs, it's important to have someone there for them," says Executive Director Henri Audet.

    For campers wanting to strengthen social skills while improving academic proficiency, the Glenholme School, a boarding school in Connecticut, offers a very structured camp. Campers take morning classes in core subjects like math and English, and then in the afternoon enjoy traditional camp activities such as swimming, soccer, and baseball. Unlike most kids' camps, Glenholme campers stay in cottages equipped with a kitchen, living room, dining room, bedrooms and bathrooms.

    Glenholme's counsellors are trained in positive behavioural supports, motivational management, and CPR/first aid. Campers may receive credits for academic course work completed during the camp.

    Photo: Camp Kodiak (by Colin O'Connor)



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