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Parents and their children benefit from special needs camps, where kids facing unique challenges can participate in summer camp and get the special attention they require. Families get a reprieve from the challenges presented by their special needs child, knowing that she or he is participating in the archetypal kids' vacation experience - summer camp. Read more

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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
    daycampprogramclasscoed 235 4-17 12Bayview Village, TorontoNorth Toronto, TorontoCalgaryVancouverAlberta, British Columbia, OntarioNorth-York, Uptown
    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 14Bay Street Corridor, TorontoOntarioDowntown
    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
    daycampcoed 230 3-18 27MississaugaOrangevilleOntario
    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 34Islington 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 37Bloor West Village, TorontoOnlineOntarioWest-End
    Camps offering some support for special needs
    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
    overnightcampallgirls3504-161HuntsvilleOntario
    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
    daycampovernightcampcoed9407-162Haliburton HighlandsOntario
    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
    overnightcampcoed24010-183WashagoOnlineOntario
    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
    daycampcoed4254-124OakvilleOntario
    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
    daycampprogramclasscoed1204-176HamiltonOntario
    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
    daycampcoed1255-167Halton HillsMississaugaOntario
    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
    overnightcampcoedallgirls5996-178HamiltonHuntsvilleLand O' Lakes Tourist RegionOnlineOntario
    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
    daycampcoed3006-179Davenport, TorontoOntarioMidtown
    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
    virtualprogramcoed1904-1810MississaugaOnlineOntario
    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
    daycampprogramclassvirtualprogramcoed1506-1811Riverdale, 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
    daycampovernightcampcoedallgirlsallboys2805-1613BrantOntario
    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
    programclasscoed151-1715Leaside, TorontoOnlineOntarioEast-York
    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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    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
    daycampprogramclasscoed305-1817MississaugaOntario
    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
    daycampovernightcampcoed2304-1718CambridgeOakvilleOntario
    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
    overnightcampcoedallgirlsallboys114-1919Don Valley Village, TorontoNorth Toronto, TorontoAlgonquin ParkKananaskisVancouver IslandAlberta, British Columbia, OntarioNorth-York, Uptown
    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
    overnightcampcoed6005-1620LeamingtonLondonPort SevernOntario
    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
    programclasscoed1506-1421HamiltonOntario
    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
    daycampvirtualprogramcoed3002.5-1422Don Mills, TorontoOnlineOntarioNorth-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
    overnightcampcoed29956-1623MindenOnlineOntario
    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
    overnightcampcoed18006-1624MindenOntario
    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
    daycampprogramclassvirtualprogramcoed984-1425York Mills, TorontoBurlingtonGuelphHamiltonLondonMississaugaOakvilleRichmond HillWaterlooWhitbyOnlineOntarioNorth-York
    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
    daycampprogramclasscoed3006-1726Don Mills, TorontoOntarioNorth-York
    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
    programclasscoed1045-1428MississaugaOntario
    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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    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
    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
    daycampcoed2505-1731Bloor West Village, TorontoHigh Park, TorontoOnlineOntarioWest-End
    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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    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
    daycampprogramclasscoed1295-1835MississaugaOnlineOntario


     

    Camps dedicated to specific concerns:

    Not all of these camps fall under the same umbrella. Here's a brief overview of some more specialized camps:

    • Some special needs camps focus on children with diseases, such as cancer. Here, kids find affinity with fellow campers. In an environment where they fit in and where everything is tailored to their needs, they can forget some of the things they are going through. Parents who may be under great stress in this time of terrible hardship get some reprieve from caregiving, also. Similarly, diabetes summer camps facilitate friendships with and learning from others with the same daily challenges. While many campers return year after year, children who have been newly diagnosed benefit especially. It can be an important part of learning to live with this disease. 
    • Camps for children with physical disabilities also facilitate the feeling of fitting in for the participants. Among other services and features, these camps will have uniquely accessible buildings and sleeping quarters, and all programs will be tailored to the unique consideration required for these kids.
    • Still other camps offer special needs programs specifically geared toward children with learning disabilities such as autism. Camps and programs like these will support kids who are learning disabled and will encourage a community where all are accepted and calued equally.  

    In a select camp for special needs, kids can grow in new ways and view themselves differently. As one young camper puts it, "I feel like a regular kid. All the other kids understand what it is like to have troubles."

    Special needs camps listed here offer trained staff and an environment created specifically for the needs of your child. Not only do the camps give them a safe environment, they can also challenge your child to grow in new and unique ways so that he or she may gain just a little more independence.

    Some camps listed above  camps that offer programs where your special needs child can be integrated with other children, whether those children are not disabled in any way or face challenges different from those of your child, whether those are physical, learning or emotional. Sending your child to a special needs camp will in all likelihood be a very positive growth experience for all involved.

    Choosing between day and overnight special needs camps

    Parents with a special needs child may have some reservations about sending their child away. However, a special needs overnight summer camp gives kids a unique opportunity to grow and learn. Some more benefits to consider:

    • Staff in camps for disabled kids and teens will be uniquely well-qualified to facilitate independence for your child. Through the addition of volunteers, camps are able to offer discrete attention to every child. In one Ontario special needs camp, for example, staff and volunteers outnumber the kids and teens. Camp counselors are often older (than 20, that is) and they will undergo intensive training in order to offer the best care.  For kids away from parents for the first time, the environment here teaches them that it can be okay to be away from parents.
    • Focus on fun. Kids' camp is a light hearted environment where kids who may be disabled or otherwise handicapped take part in the fun life that is unique to summer camp.
    • You're facilitating leadership development. Camp creates a completely unique community of people who care, including volunteers, counselors and all others. In case after case, we know that everyone at these camps takes away experiences that build character, and memories that nurture their personal development well into adulthood. 

    In Our Kids Go to Camp 2010, we profiled ways in which Camp Quality, Camp Kirk and Glenholme Summer Camp went out of their way to "be there" at their camps for kids with special needs.



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