Troubled teen camps

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Parents may find themselves struggling with their teenagers because they participate in negative activities like promiscuity, drugs and alcohol, or other addictive behaviours 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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    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 14 (Coed)
    • Day Camp, Program, PA Day
    • from $100
    daycampprogramclasspadaycoed 100 5-14 11Markland Wood, TorontoOntarioEtobicoke
    Harbourfront Centre Camps   
    Since 1979 Harbourfront Centre has offered a variety of summer camps. Choose from 65 different camps including Circus, Arts, Sports, Science and Marine camps. We also offer busing, extended care and meal plans.

    Harbourfront, Toronto
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 4 to 15 (Coed)
    • Day Camp
    • from $310
    daycampcoed 310 4-15 14Harbourfront, TorontoOntarioDowntown
    Radiant Girls   
    All-Girls Leadership & Wellness events led by professional coaches, school teachers, & female leaders. Camps featuring Adventure, Arts, Horses, Spa, Fitness, Leadership, Business, Friendship & Emotional Intelligence

    Burlington; Guelph; King
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 8 to 16 ( Girls)
    • Overnight Camp, Day Camp, PA Day
    • from $179
    overnightcampdaycamppadayallgirls 179 8-16 16BurlingtonGuelphKingOnlineOntario
    Serenity Renewal For Families   
    At Serenity Renewal for Families, our mission is to provide hope and support through counselling, educational workshops and programs for individuals and families affected directly or indirectly by addictions.​

    Ottawa
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 5 to 17 (Coed)
    • Day Camp, Program
    • from $1
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    Block 8 Academy   
    Preschool Playfit, Rainbow of Music, French - Camps and Classes for 2.5 to 12 year olds - licensed as daycare so eligible for government subsidies while your kids receive the best in instruction. 2-11 hours per day.

    Port Moody
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 5 to 12 (Coed)
    • Day Camp
    • from $50
    daycampcoed 50 5-12 47Port MoodyOnlineBritish Columbia
    Camps that welcome troubled teens and offer some basic support for them
    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
    overnightcampcoed6005-161LeamingtonLondonPort SevernOntario
    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!

    Oakville
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 5 to 17 (Coed)
    • Day Camp, Program
    • from $200
    daycampprogramclasscoed2005-172OakvilleOntario
    Empower Learning Centre   
    Join our summer camps at Empower Learning Centre! Engage in fun activities, develop new skills, and make lasting memories. Limited spots available. Register now!

    Mississauga
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 2 to 18 (Coed)
    • Day Camp, Program
    • from $110
    daycampprogramclasscoed1102-183MississaugaOntario
    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 4 to 17 (Coed)
    • Day Camp
    • from $450
    daycampcoed4504-174Bloor West Village, TorontoHigh Park, TorontoOnlineOntarioWest-End
    YMCA of Greater Toronto Summer Day Camps   
    YMCA of Greater Toronto operates 55 Day Camps across the GTA. With over 60 programs, we are sure to have a program that meets the interests of your child! Busing & extended hours are available at many of our locations!

    Throughout Ontario (55)
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 4 to 15 (Coed)
    • Day Camp
    • from $350
    daycampcoed3504-155Bayview Village, TorontoBeaconsfield Village, TorontoCabbagetown, TorontoDavisville Village, TorontoDistillery District, TorontoDownsview, TorontoGraydon, TorontoHarbourfront, TorontoIslington Village, TorontoLeslieville, TorontoLittle Italy, TorontoRiverdale, TorontoScarborough Village, TorontoSt James Town, TorontoThe Beach, TorontoWest Hill, TorontoActonAjaxAuroraBowmanvilleBramptonEast GwillimburyGeorgetownHalton HillsMarkhamMiltonMississaugaNobletonOrangevilleOshawaPickeringRichmond HillVaughanWhitbyWhitchurch - StouffvilleOntarioDowntown, East-End, Etobicoke, North-York, Scarborough, Uptown
    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.

    East York, Toronto; Algonquin Park; Kananaskis; Vancouver; Vancouver Island
    Adventure (multi)
    • Ages 9 to 19 (Coed, Girls, Boys)
    • Day Camp, Overnight Camp
    • from $1
    daycampovernightcampcoedallgirlsallboys19-196East York, TorontoAlgonquin ParkKananaskisVancouverVancouver IslandAlberta, British Columbia, OntarioEast-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)
    • Program
    • from $300
    programclasscoed3006-177Don Mills, TorontoOntarioNorth-York
    Wildflower Community Farm   
    Learn, grow, and play in nature and with animals on our farm near Calgary, Cochrane, and Airdrie. We offer outdoor learning programs and horseback riding programs and camps for all ages.

    Calgary
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 5 to 18 (Coed)
    • Day Camp, Overnight Camp
    • from $250
    daycampovernightcampcoed2505-188CalgaryAlberta
    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 $460
    overnightcampcoedallgirlsallboys4605-179HuntsvilleOntario
    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
    • from $235
    daycampcoed2354-1710Bayview Village, TorontoNorth Toronto, TorontoCalgaryVancouverAlberta, British Columbia, OntarioNorth-York, Uptown
    Camp Tamarack   
    Muskoka summer camp that welcomes campers of all ages, and staff from around the world. Experience our incredible variety of activities including skiing, wakeboarding, tennis, ropes, climbing and more!

    Bracebridge
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 6 to 16 (Coed)
    • Overnight Camp
    • from $1,000
    overnightcampcoed10006-1612BracebridgeOntario
    Camp Kennebec   
    An amazing summer camp experience for campers with special needs. All the fun of camp, with supportive and experienced staff to give your camper the summer of their life! The focus is on fun first!

    Sharbot Lake
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 6 to 35 (Coed)
    • Overnight Camp
    • from $1,800
    overnightcampcoed18006-3513Sharbot LakeOntario
    Hockey Opportunity Camp   
    HOC offers 3 main overnight programs including Hockey, Ultimate (traditional camp) and Water Skiing. HOC offers something for anyone wanting an overnight camp experience in Northern Ontario.

    Huntsville
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 7 to 16 (Coed)
    • Overnight Camp
    • from $1,420
    overnightcampcoed14207-1615HuntsvilleOntario
    Gee-Gees Sports Camps   
    The University of Ottawa Gee-Gees pride ourselves in offering a wide variety of bilingual sport camps to youth in the Ottawa and Gatineau area.

    Ottawa
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 6 to 17 (Coed)
    • Day Camp
    • from $323
    daycampcoed3236-1718OttawaOnlineOntario
    Campfire Circle   
    Campfire Circle brings healing through happiness to kids and families affected by childhood cancer or serious illness through our in-hospital, community, and overnight camp programs, at no cost to families.

    Downtown West, Toronto; Parry Sound; Southern Niagara Region
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 1 to 18 (Coed)
    • Day Camp, Overnight Camp
    • from $1
    daycampovernightcampcoed11-1819Downtown West, TorontoParry SoundSouthern Niagara RegionOntarioDowntown
    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
    overnightcampcoed9407-1620Haliburton HighlandsOntario
    YMCA Camp Pine Crest   
    With 100+ years of overnight camping excellence, we provide programming for campers who want to gain independence, interact with nature, make friends , and develop leadership skills. Overnight canoe trips are a staple!

    Torrance
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 5 to 16 (Coed)
    • Day Camp, Overnight Camp
    • from $375
    daycampovernightcampcoed3755-1621TorranceOntario
    Edu-Inter French School   
    Edu Inter: 9 camps, 2000+ students, global friends, join us for a summer of learning and fun!

    Quebec City
    Education: Language Instruction
    • Ages 10 to 17 (Coed)
    • Overnight Camp
    • from $950
    overnightcampcoed95010-1722Quebec CityQuebec
    Devenish Educational Consulting & Summer Camp   
    Leading educational counseling and coaching for students. We offer personalized executive functions coaching, career exploration, post-secondary preparation and application, and strategies for success in school and life.

    Oakville
    Education (multi)
    • Ages 9 to 19 (Coed)
    • Day Camp, Program
    • from $340
    daycampprogramclasscoed3409-1923OakvilleOntario
    ARTSies Youth Theatre Programs   
    ARTSies provides musical theatre classes, camps, and exciting performance opportunities for youth ages 5 through teens! There's no experience necessary to join our programs.

    White Haven, Toronto; Markham
    Arts: Musical Theatre
    • Ages 5 to 17 (Coed)
    • Day Camp, Program
    • from $40
    daycampprogramclasscoed405-1724White Haven, TorontoMarkhamOntarioScarborough
    The YES (The Youth Excellence Society)   
    Overnight leadership camps at beautiful Cowichan Lake! Expand your co-operative leadership and team building skills while connecting with youth from around the province. Experience a summer camp like no other.

    Duncan; Victoria
    Education: Leadership (multi)
    • Ages 14 to 18 (Coed)
    • Overnight Camp
    • from $125
    overnightcampcoed12514-1825DuncanVictoriaBritish Columbia
    Easter Seal Summer Camp   
    Easter Seals camps are for children and adults (6-49) with physical and cognitive disabilities. With fully accessible facilities and specially trained staff, our programs can accommodate campers with all abilities.

    Kelowna; Shawnigan Lake; Squamish
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 6 to 49 (Coed)
    • Overnight Camp
    • from $1
    overnightcampcoed16-4926KelownaShawnigan LakeSquamishOnlineBritish Columbia
    The Pine Project   
    Ontario's leading nature connection organization, offering year-round outdoor education programs for children and youth. Time in nature makes kids happier and healthier. Join us to learn, play and grow in nature!

    Bloor West Village, Toronto; East York, Toronto; Haliburton
    Adventure (multi)
    • Ages 7 to 16 (Coed)
    • Day Camp, Overnight Camp, Program
    • from $1,215
    daycampovernightcampprogramclasscoed12157-1627Bloor West Village, TorontoEast York, TorontoHaliburtonOntarioEast-York, West-End
    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 $2,000
    overnightcampcoed20006-1628MindenOntario
    Cedar Ridge Camp   
    Cedar Ridge Camp is a place where campers have the opportunity to get outside, develop friendships, and build confidence.

    Bancroft
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 6 to 16 (Coed)
    • Overnight Camp
    • from $1,325
    overnightcampcoed13256-1629BancroftOntario
    Neighbour Note Music Camps & Lessons   
    Toronto's premier camps run by University Professors, TDSB Teachers, and extraordinary Musicians! (PhD, DMA). Our Rock Band camp instructor performed for over 10 000 people when his band opened for KISS in Mexico City!

    Bloor West Village, Toronto; High Park, Toronto
    Arts: Music (multi)
    • Ages 5 to 18 (Coed)
    • Day Camp, Program
    • from $425
    daycampprogramclasscoed4255-1830Bloor West Village, TorontoHigh Park, TorontoOnlineOntarioWest-End
    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.

    Ottawa; Renfrew
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 6 to 17 (Coed)
    • Overnight Camp
    • from $825
    overnightcampcoed8256-1731OttawaRenfrewOntario
    Learn & Experience   
    L&E World Camps inspires & nurtures young people with their award winning multi-activity programs in Canada and Europe. The camps can be combined with L&E Teen Travel trips to create a summer experience of a lifetime.

    International; Shawnigan Lake
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 8 to 16 (Coed)
    • Overnight Camp
    • from $3,000
    overnightcampcoed30008-1632InternationalShawnigan LakeBritish Columbia, International
    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 6 to 16 (Coed)
    • Day Camp, Overnight Camp
    • from $405
    daycampovernightcampcoed4056-1633HaliburtonOntario
    Scouts Canada   
    Scouting isn’t an activity or setting—it's a discovery. It helps youth prepare for the real world, by exploring the world. Alongside friends, Scouts cultivate skills that will guide them through every stage of life.

    Throughout Alberta, British Columbia, Nova Scotia, Ontario (8)
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 5 to 26 (Coed)
    • Program
    • from $230
    programclasscoed2305-2634Willowdale, TorontoCalgaryEdmontonHalifaxLondonMississaugaOttawaVancouverAlberta, British Columbia, Nova Scotia, OntarioNorth-York
    Sparrow Lake Camp   
    Since 1912! Sparrow Lake Camp is a traditional Co-Ed Summer Camp where all are welcome, all are valued, and all belong. Overnight camps for kids 6-16, as well as our friends and family 'Holiday Camp' for all ages!

    Orillia
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 6 to 16 (Coed)
    • Overnight Camp
    • from $890
    overnightcampcoed8906-1635OrilliaOntario
    Academic Camp Canada   
    Inspiring academic summer camps - choice of languages, maths, sciences, social studies & arts. You get to explore beautiful the New Brunswick or the cosmopolitan City of London in the UK. Be a Leader course is included.

    International; Rothesay
    Education (multi)
    • Ages 13 to 17 (Coed)
    • Overnight Camp
    • from $260
    overnightcampcoed26013-1736InternationalRothesayInternational, New Brunswick
    University of Toronto, Department of Mathematics   
    The Mathematics Outreach Office at the University of Toronto encourages the love of learning mathematics through various programs, including enrichment programs, math contests and preparation courses, camps and more.

    South Annex, Toronto
    Education: Math
    • Ages 6 to 18 (Coed)
    • Day Camp, Virtual Program, Program
    • from $240
    daycampvirtualprogramprogramclasscoed2406-1837South Annex, TorontoOnlineOntarioDowntown
    Steamoji   
    A STEM / STEAM maker academy for kids that offers after-school programs, year-round 400-hour classes, along with fun camps.

    Throughout Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario (11)
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 5 to 18 (Coed)
    • Day Camp, Program
    • from $249
    daycampprogramclasscoed2495-1838CalgaryKelownaMississaugaOakvillePort MoodyRichmondVancouverAlberta, British Columbia, 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!

    Montreal
    Sport (multi)
    • Ages 5 to 15 (Coed)
    • Day Camp
    • from $165
    daycampcoed1655-1539MontrealQuebec
    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 Camp
    • from $1,460
    overnightcampallgirls14604-1640Sharbot LakeOnlineOntario
    Bayview Glen Camp   
    Located centrally in Toronto, this summer camp boasts ample outdoor greenspace, a full size turf sports field, and air conditioned buildings. They offer specialized sports, arts, and coding/robotics camps.

    Don Mills, Toronto; York Mills, Toronto
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 4 to 14 (Coed)
    • Day Camp
    • from $699
    daycampcoed6994-1441Don Mills, TorontoYork Mills, TorontoOntarioNorth-York
    Laurus Summer Camp   
    Montreal, North & South Shore, and West Island's #1 Lifestyle Summer day camp! We blend education & specialty training in arts, sports and more! Weekly program for kids ages 3 - 15! Registration opens January 2nd 2023!

    Throughout Ontario, Quebec (24)
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 3 to 15 (Coed)
    • Day Camp
    • from $200
    daycampcoed2003-1542Baie-d'UrfeBeaconsfieldBrossardDollard-Des-OrmeauxKirklandL'Ile-BizardLavalMont-RoyalMontrealOttawa NorthRosemereRoxboroSaint LaurentSaint-LeonardSainte-Anne-de-BellevueVaudreuil-DorionVerdunWestmountOntario, Quebec
    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.

    Kanata; Orleans; Ottawa; Ottawa South
    Education: STEM
    • Ages 5 to 18 (Coed, Girls)
    • Day Camp, Program
    • from $125
    daycampprogramclasscoedallgirls1255-1843KanataOrleansOttawaOttawa SouthOntario
    Ross Creek Centre for the Arts   
    SummerArts combines the best of camp with the best of the arts! We offer great food, a full rec schedule, campfire, and a core of incredible arts programming, all set on a beautiful campus overlooking the Bay of Fundy.

    Canning
    Arts (multi)
    • Ages 5 to 18 (Coed)
    • Day Camp, Overnight Camp, Program
    • from $345
    daycampovernightcampprogramclasscoed3455-1844CanningNova Scotia
    COOKSMART   
    Get the kids cooking and learning more life skills! Our program has both virtual and in-person options! The kids are loving cooking together to make tasty foods for their family.

    Mississauga
    Arts: Cooking
    • Ages 5 to 99 (Coed)
    • Virtual Program
    • from $15
    virtualprogramcoed155-9945MississaugaOnlineOntario
    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.

    Leslieville, Toronto; Minden
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 6 to 16 (Coed)
    • Overnight Camp
    • from $3,595
    overnightcampcoed35956-1646Leslieville, TorontoMindenOntarioEast-End


     

    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 teen. 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 the 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 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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