Troubled teen camps

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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." 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. 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
    daycampcoed 230 3-18 14MississaugaOrangevilleOntario
    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 16Bayview Village, TorontoNorth Toronto, TorontoCalgaryVancouverAlberta, British Columbia, OntarioNorth-York, Uptown
    Camps offering some support for troubled teens
    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
    • from $280
    daycampcoedallgirlsallboys2805-161BrantOntario
    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
    daycampprogramclasscoed305-182MississaugaOntario
    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
    daycampcoed3006-173Davenport, TorontoOntarioMidtown
    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)
    • Overnight Camp
    • from $940
    overnightcampcoed9407-164Haliburton HighlandsOntario
    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
    overnightcampcoed29956-165MindenOnlineOntario
    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
    overnightcampcoedallgirlsallboys4955-176HuntsvilleOntario
    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
    overnightcampcoed24010-187WashagoOnlineOntario
    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
    daycampcoed2505-178Bloor West Village, TorontoHigh Park, TorontoOnlineOntarioWest-End
    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
    overnightcampcoedallgirls5996-179HamiltonHuntsvilleLand O' Lakes Tourist RegionOnlineOntario
    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
    programclasscoed1506-1410HamiltonOntario
    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
    daycampovernightcampcoed2304-1711CambridgeOakvilleOntario
    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
    overnightcampcoed18006-1612MindenOntario
    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)
    • Program
    • from $300
    programclasscoed3006-1713Don Mills, TorontoOntarioNorth-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
    virtualprogramcoed2506-1215Online
    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
    overnightcampcoed6005-1617LeamingtonLondonPort SevernOntario
    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
    overnightcampcoedallgirlsallboys114-1918Don Valley Village, TorontoNorth Toronto, TorontoAlgonquin ParkKananaskisVancouver IslandAlberta, British Columbia, OntarioNorth-York, Uptown
    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
    daycampprogramclasscoed11-1819BrockvilleKingstonPrescott and RussellOntario
    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
    daycampprogramclasscoed1295-1820MississaugaOnlineOntario
    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
    programclassvirtualprogramcoed805-9921Richmond HillOnlineOntario
    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
    programclasscoed1504-1822BurlingtonOntario


     

    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. 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 above 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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