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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Radiant Girls   
Girls Wellness & Leadership programs, with prof. coaches, chef's and trainers. Featuring Yoga/Pilates, Outdoor Adventures, Art, Leadership Games, Relationship Building, Self Care, Coaching, and More!

Burlington; Online; Tillsonburg
Traditional (multi activity)
  • Ages 7 to 18 ( Girls)
  • Virtual Program, Day, Overnight, Program, family
  • from $180/week
Virtual Program, Day, Overnight, Program, family openCamp Girls 180 7-18 0 Burlington, Ontario, Virtual Program, , Tillsonburg,
Ruth Rumack's Learning Space   
Cutting-edge Direct Instruction and academic support centre in Toronto offering 1-to-1 individual support for students K-12, innovative group classes and standardized test preparation for SSAT, SAT, and ACT.

Deer Park, Toronto; Davisville Village, Toronto; Annex, Toronto; Online
Education: Academic/Tutoring
  • Ages 4 to 18 (Coed)
  • Virtual Program, Program
  • from $300/session
Virtual Program, Program openCamp Coed 300 4-18 1 Deer Park, Toronto, Ontario, Davisville Village, Toronto, Ontario, Annex, Toronto, Ontario, Virtual Program,
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!

North Toronto, Toronto; Vancouver; Calgary; High Park, Toronto
Sport (multi)
  • Ages 4 to 17 (Coed)
  • Day
  • from $235/week
Day openCamp Coed 235 4-17 2 North Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Vancouver, British Columbia, Calgary, Alberta, High Park, Toronto, ON
Kinark Outdoor Centre   
A central Ontario summer camp for families and children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. The KOC is located in Minden, Ontario. Situated on 600 hectares of land nestled in the forest along the shores of Grey Lake.

Minden; Online
Traditional (multi activity)
  • Ages 1 to 21 (Coed)
  • Virtual Program, Overnight, family
  • from $1/week
Virtual Program, Overnight, family openCamp Coed 1 1-21 3 Minden, Ontario, Virtual Program,
Venture Academy Summer Program for Troubled Teens   
Supportive & therapeutic environment for struggling students. Assessment, educational support, life skills and outdoor activities. Earn school credit, acquire skills & stay safe!

Kelowna; Barrie; Red Deer
Traditional (multi activity)
  • Ages 11 to 18 ( Girls, Boys)
  • Overnight
  • from $1/month
Overnight openCamp Girls, Boys 1 11-18 4 Kelowna, British Columbia, Barrie, Ontario, Red Deer,
COOKSMART   
Get the kids cooking and learning more life skills! Our program has gone virtual and the kids are loving cooking together to make tasty foods for their family. Easy meals, healthy snacks make this the best Zoom class.

Mississauga; Bloor West Village, Toronto; Online
Arts : Cooking
  • Ages 4 to 99 (Coed)
  • Virtual Program, Day, Program, family
  • from $5/session
Virtual Program, Day, Program, family openCamp Coed 5 4-99 5 Mississauga, Ontario, Bloor West Village, Toronto, Ontario, Virtual Program,
InterVarsity Circle Square Ranch Grand River   
Overnight and day camps, with activities including horsemanship, swimming, high ropes, climbing wall, archery, campfires, tomahawks, and much more. Leadership and horse specialty camps also offered.

Brantford
Traditional (multi activity)
  • Ages 5 to 16 (Coed, Girls, Boys)
  • Day, Overnight
  • from $240/week
Day, Overnight openCamp Coed, Girls, Boys 240 5-16 6 Brantford, Ontario
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.

Huntsville; Vancouver Island; North Toronto, Toronto; Kananaskis; Algonquin Park
Adventure (multi)
  • Ages 12 to 99 (Coed, Girls, Boys)
  • Day, Overnight, family
  • from $779/week
Day, Overnight, family openCamp Coed, Girls, Boys 779 12-99 7 Huntsville, Ontario, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, North Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Kananaskis, , Algonquin Park, Ontario
The Maker Bean Cafe   
Creative technology camps to engage your kids & teen. Topics include Robotics, Inventions, Minecraft & Video Game Programming.

Dufferin Grove, Toronto; Wallace Emerson, Toronto
Computer (multi)
  • Ages 6 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day, Program
  • from $95/program
Day, Program openCamp Coed 95 6-12 8 Dufferin Grove, Toronto, Ontario, Wallace Emerson, Toronto, Ontario
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

High Park, Toronto; Bloor West Village, Toronto
Computer (multi)
  • Ages 6 to 17 (Coed)
  • Day, Program, family
  • from $250/session
Day, Program, family Coed 250 6-17 9 High Park, Toronto, Ontario, Bloor West Village, Toronto, ON
InterVarsity Pioneer Camp Ontario   
An award winning Christian summer camp in Muskoka for ages 5 to 17 featuring dozens of awesome activities, teen programs in leadership development and wilderness adventure & unforgettable experiences for every camper!

Huntsville
Traditional (multi activity)
  • Ages 5 to 17 (Coed, Girls, Boys)
  • Overnight, family
  • from $450/week
Overnight, family openCamp Coed, Girls, Boys 450 5-17 10 Huntsville, Ontario
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
  • from $1,500/week
Overnight openCamp Coed 1500 6-16 11 Minden, Ontario
Northwaters & Langskib Canoe Tripping Programs   
Wilderness 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
  • from $1,500/week
Overnight openCamp Coed, Girls, Boys 1500 10-17 12 Temagami, Ontario
McMichael Children and Youth Art Camps and Programs   
The McMichael provides an unmatched backdrop for children, youth and family programs. For details on Virtual Programs, Children's Camps, Art Classes, Accessible Studio Workshops and Family Days visit mcmichael.com today!

Vaughan
Arts : Visual arts (multi)
  • Ages 5 to 15 (Coed)
  • Day, Program, family
  • from $90/session
Day, Program, family openCamp Coed 90 5-15 13 Vaughan, Ontario
Kandalore   
Kandalore is one of the finest overnight camps in Canada, providing the best of both canoe tripping and in-camp activities. For 74 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, family
  • from $2,780/2 weeks
Overnight, family openCamp Coed 2780 6-16 14 Minden, Ontario
InterVarsity Circle Square Ranch Big Clear Lake   
Circle Square Ranch is a life changing Christian summer camp for kids and teens ages 6-17. We offer a wide range of activities including horseback riding and water sports. Your summer adventure with friends starts here!

Hamilton; Huntsville; Land O' Lakes Tourist Region
Traditional (multi activity)
  • Ages 6 to 17 (Coed, Girls, Boys)
  • Overnight, family
  • from $499/week
Overnight, family openCamp Coed, Girls, Boys 499 6-17 15 Hamilton, , Huntsville, Ontario, Land O' Lakes Tourist Region, Ontario
Artech Camps Canada   
Artech is the Ultimate Creative Technology Program Center specializing in Game Design, Animation & Coding. Our virtual programs are fully interactive for kids 7 through teens and can reach kids anywhere on this planet!

Halifax; Online
Computer (multi)
  • Ages 7 to 19 (Coed)
  • Virtual Program, Day, Program
  • from $150/week
Virtual Program, Day, Program openCamp Coed 150 7-19 16 Halifax, Nova Scotia, Virtual Program,
Neilson Park Creative Centre   
Arts-focused camps, classes and workshops supporting a creative learning environment where children, teens and families are encouraged to explore and enrich their lives through the arts.

Markland Wood, Toronto
Arts (multi)
  • Ages 5 to 13 (Coed)
  • Day
  • from $100/week
Day openCamp Coed 100 5-13 17 Markland Wood, Toronto, Ontario
Young People's Theatre/YPT   
Led by our experienced faculty of professional artist educators, we’re offering online classes for JK-Gr. 12 both on weekends and after-school!

St Lawrence, Toronto; Online
Arts : Theatre Arts
  • Ages 4 to 18 (Coed)
  • Virtual Program, Day, family
  • from $109/session
Virtual Program, Day, family openCamp Coed 109 4-18 18 St Lawrence, Toronto, Ontario, Virtual Program,
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
Computer : Computer programming (multi)
  • Ages 5 to 18 (Coed)
  • Virtual Program, Day, Program, family
  • from $150/month
Virtual Program, Day, Program, family openCamp Coed 150 5-18 19 Mississauga, Ontario
Sylvan Learning Oakville   
At Sylvan of Oakville, we have STEM Summer Camps, STEM Club, tutoring in JK-Gr. 12 math, reading, and writing, as well as SAT/ACT prep courses.

Oakville; Online
Education (multi)
  • Ages 5 to 18 (Coed)
  • Virtual Program, Day, Program
  • from $30/session
Virtual Program, Day, Program openCamp Coed 30 5-18 20 Oakville, Ontario, Virtual Program,
Roseneath Theatre   
A creative collection of programs that range from Dance, Drama, ASL Improv, our popular Dungeons & Dragons programs and more. Our expert councillors bring the arts to kids computers in fun and accessible ways.

Downtown West, Toronto
Traditional (multi activity)
  • Ages 6 to 16 (Coed)
  • Virtual Program, Day, Program
  • from $40/program
Virtual Program, Day, Program openCamp Coed 40 6-16 21 Downtown West, Toronto, Ontario
SportLife   
A unique team sports camp, simulating the career of professional athletes! Sports include: ice hockey, flag/touch football, basketball, soccer, baseball, ball hockey and much more!

Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue; Montreal; Pierrefonds
Sport (multi)
  • Ages 5 to 15 (Coed)
  • Day, Overnight, Program, family
  • from $150/week
Day, Overnight, Program, family openCamp Coed 150 5-15 22 Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, Quebec, Montreal, Québec, Pierrefonds, Quebec
Ontario Tech University Summer Camps   
Explore unique science and tech programs at Ontario Tech, including LEGO, Coding, Minecraft and more! Virtual camps will require minimal parent support once the camp site has been successfully accessed.

Oshawa; Online
Traditional (multi activity)
  • Ages 6 to 17 (Coed)
  • Virtual Program, Day
  • from $90/week
Virtual Program, Day openCamp Coed 90 6-17 23 Oshawa, Ontario, Virtual Program,
Laurus Summer Camp   
Montreal, Laval and Beaconsfield's #1 Lifestyle Summer day camp! We blend fun, education & specialty training in arts, academics and sports! Weekly program for kids ages 3 - 15! Registration is open in November for 2020!

Quebec (5)
Traditional (multi activity)
  • Ages 3 to 15 (Coed)
  • Day
  • from $150/week
Day openCamp Coed 150 3-15 24 Montreal, Laval, Beaconsfield, Westmount
Camp Oconto   
Founded in 1924, Oconto is a traditional girls overnight camp located on the beautiful shores of Eagle Lake north of Kingston, Ontario. Over 20 activities are offered on 80 acres of land and 2km of shoreline.

Sharbot Lake
Traditional (multi activity)
  • Ages 4 to 16 ( Girls)
  • Overnight
  • from $1,280/week
Overnight openCamp Girls 1280 4-16 25 Sharbot Lake, Ontario
Silver Lake Mennonite Camp   
Find your next adventure here. Now offering Adventures Day Camps in 13 locations across Ontario plus Overnight camp and Family Cabin Rentals in Sauble Beach.

Ontario (15)
Traditional (multi activity)
  • Ages 5 to 16 (Coed)
  • Day, Overnight, family
  • from $195/week
Day, Overnight, family openCamp Coed 195 5-16 26 Sauble Beach, Northern Wellington County, Guelph, Hamilton, Hanover, Kitchener, Leamington, London, West Nipissing, Ottawa, St. Catharines, The Beach, Toronto, Waterloo
Arrowsmith School Cognitive Intensive Program   
The Cognitive Intensive Program strengthens the Symbol Relations cognitive function. Strengthening this area means a more powerful and positive capacity to understand, participate in and contribute to the world.

South Hill, Toronto; Online
Academic/Tutoring: Instructor lead (group)
  • Ages 8 to 88 (Coed)
  • Virtual Program, Day
  • from $5,000/program
Virtual Program, Day openCamp Coed 5000 8-88 27 South Hill, Toronto, Ontario, Virtual Program,
Families in the Spotlight   
Kids in the Spotlight is an evidence-based performing arts organization helping children and youth develop self-confidence, social skills, and harmonious relationships with family and friends.

Gabriola; Jasper; Montreal
Education: Musical Theatre
  • Ages 3 to 100 (Coed)
  • Overnight, family
  • from $800/week
Overnight, family openCamp Coed 800 3-100 28 Gabriola, British Columbia, Jasper, Alberta, Montreal, Québec
Bear Creek Outdoor Centre   
We are a small camp with a spectacular community of campers and staff. We focus on having a great time building interpersonal skills and connecting with each other in a fantastic natural setting.

Renfrew; Ottawa
Traditional (multi activity)
  • Ages 6 to 17 (Coed)
  • Overnight
  • from $675/week
Overnight openCamp Coed 675 6-17 29 Renfrew, Quebec, Ottawa, Ontario
Rockstar Music   
Learn from the comfort of home. Discover a new way to learn music while building confidence, creativity and leadership skills. Book a free trial with a Rockstar instructor today!

Vaughan; Annex, Toronto
Music (multi)
  • Ages 1 to 100 (Coed)
  • Day, Program, family
  • from $30/week
Day, Program, family openCamp Coed 30 1-100 30 Vaughan, Ontario, Annex, Toronto, Ontario
uOttawa Engineering Outreach   
uOttawa Engineering Outreach offers a wide range of programs in engineering, science, technology, and coding for both kids and teens. From summer camps to clubs and afterschool programs, as well as credited courses.

Ottawa; Online
Education: STEM
  • Ages 5 to 17 (Coed, Girls)
  • Virtual Program, Day, Program, family
  • from $20/program
Virtual Program, Day, Program, family openCamp Coed, Girls 20 5-17 31 Ottawa, Ontario, Virtual Program,
Medeba Summer Camp   
Medeba Summer Camp is an overnight camp that uses adventure and community to provide the best week of your child's summer! We provide a full range of traditional and extensive adventure activities to choose from.

Haliburton
Traditional (multi activity)
  • Ages 7 to 16 (Coed)
  • Day, Overnight
  • from $729/week
Day, Overnight Coed 729 7-16 32 Haliburton, Ontario
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)
  • Day, Program
  • from $36/month
Day, Program openCamp Coed 36 4-18 33 Burlington, Ontario
Active Scholars   
A unique summer experience, Where Sports Meets Education and campers get to engage in both STEM Learning & Basketball or Soccer Development. Each week we offer a unique experience for continued growth and engagement.

Ajax; Guelph; North Toronto, Toronto
Education: STEM
  • Ages 7 to 13 (Coed)
  • Day, Program
  • from $235/week
Day, Program openCamp Coed 235 7-13 34 Ajax, Ontario, Guelph, Ontario, North Toronto, Toronto, Ontario
Silver Lake Wesleyan Camp   
A Christian camp serving campers of all ages. Located on beautiful Silver Lake in Maberly, ON we offer Junior & Kids Camps (7-12yo), Day Camps (4-6yo), Youth Camp (12-18), Family Camp (All Ages) and Geezer Camp (60+).

Western Lanark County
Traditional (multi activity)
  • Ages 1 to 99 (Coed)
  • Day, Overnight, family
  • from $479/week
Day, Overnight, family openCamp Coed 479 1-99 35 Western Lanark County, Ontario
The Michelangelo Code   
With valuable contributions from Industry leaders, Mr. G, a STEM Instructor and former GANZ game developer passes on key techniques used by his production team!

Brampton; Vaughan; Mississauga; Online
Computer : Video Game/Web Design
  • Ages 5 to 18 (Coed)
  • Virtual Program, Day, Program, family
  • from $150/month
Virtual Program, Day, Program, family openCamp Coed 150 5-18 36 Brampton, Ontario, Vaughan, Ontario, Mississauga, Ontario, Virtual Program,
Ross Creek Centre for the Arts   
SummerArts combines the best of camp with the best of the arts, with great food, a full rec schedule, campfire, and of course a core of incredible arts programming, all on a beautiful campus overlooking the Bay of Fundy.

Canning
Arts (multi)
  • Ages 5 to 18 (Coed)
  • Day, Overnight, Program, family
  • from $290/week
Day, Overnight, Program, family openCamp Coed 290 5-18 37 Canning, Nova Scotia
The Second City Training Centre   
The Second City's totally digital, totally FUN comedy camps will engage your children for four hours of fun and creativity -- with other kids!

Education: Comedy
  • Ages 7 to 18 (Coed)
  • Day
  • from $250/session
Day openCamp Coed 250 7-18 38
Wesley Acres - Harbour Ridge   
A traditional Christian Camp, located in Prince Edward County just across the lake from Sandbanks Provincial Park.

Picton
Traditional (multi activity)
  • Ages 5 to 14 (Coed)
  • Day
  • from $225/week
Day openCamp Coed 225 5-14 39 Picton, Ontario
Cedar Ridge Camp   
Cedar Ridge Camp is a wonderful place where campers have the opportunity to get outside and develop friendships.

Bancroft
Traditional (multi activity)
  • Ages 6 to 16 (Coed)
  • Overnight
  • from $900/week
Overnight openCamp Coed 900 6-16 40 Bancroft, Ontario
Kilcoo Camp   
Kilcoo has an earned reputation as one of Canada's foremost traditional summer camps. Boys come to Kilcoo to enjoy the activities, to gain confidence in themselves, to learn to work with others and to "just have fun"!

Minden; Moore Park, Toronto
Traditional (multi activity)
  • Ages 7 to 16 ( Boys)
  • Overnight
  • from $2,975/2 weeks
Overnight openCamp Boys 2975 7-16 41 Minden, Ontario, Moore Park, Toronto, Ontario
Fraser Lake Camp   
We have a rich history and a rooted community. We provide a variety of land and water sports in a supportive and inclusive environment. Our staff are positive role models and the culture they create is our biggest asset.

Bancroft; Whitchurch - Stouffville
Traditional (multi activity)
  • Ages 8 to 16 (Coed)
  • Day, Overnight
  • from $434/week
Day, Overnight openCamp Coed 434 8-16 42 Bancroft, Ontario, Whitchurch - Stouffville, Ontario
The GO Project   
A camp for change makers. Daily crafts, games and activities centred around a theme of giving back to the community and the world... putting faith and love into action.

Oro Medonte; Barrie; Humber Valley Village, Toronto
Traditional (multi activity)
  • Ages 6 to 18 (Coed)
  • Day, Overnight, Program
  • from $50/week
Day, Overnight, Program openCamp Coed 50 6-18 43 Oro Medonte, Ontario, Barrie, Ontario, Humber Valley Village, Toronto, Ontario
Camp Solelim   
Camp Solelim is a sleepover camp designed for Jewish 13 to 15 year olds. Our programming includes traditional waterfront, sports, arts and outdoor activities, as well as leadership development and community building.

Lawrence Manor, Toronto; Sudbury
Traditional (multi activity)
  • Ages 13 to 15 (Coed)
  • Overnight
  • from $7,385/6 weeks
Overnight openCamp Coed 7385 13-15 44 Lawrence Manor, Toronto, Ontario, Sudbury, Ontario
Code Ninjas Meadowvale   
When school is out, fun and learning are in at Code Ninjas camps! If your kids are into MineCraft, Roblox, robotics, coding, or gaming, Code Ninjas is the place to be! Space is limited – reserve your spot today!

Mississauga
Computer (multi)
  • Ages 5 to 14 (Coed)
  • Virtual Program, Day, Program, family
  • from $150/month
Virtual Program, Day, Program, family openCamp Coed 150 5-14 45 Mississauga, Ontario



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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