Summer and camp are two words that are perfectly matched. Camp is where new experiences are made, new skills are forged and friendships are formed. To help you plan for your summer, we’ve compiled a list of local day and overnight camps that offer exciting and varied experiences for children.
City of Burlington
Affordable camps for a variety of interests at many locations in the city.
Type: day camp. Ages: 3 – 21.
Royal Botanical Gardens
Offering hikes, canoeing in Cootes Paradise, games, crafts, activities and daily explorations of nature.
Type: day and overnight. Ages: 3 – 17.
YMCA of Hamilton Burlington Brant
Traditional outdoor nature and indoor camps focusing on sportsmanship and fun.
Type: day camp. Ages: 4 – 15.
An extensive variety of camps offered in Oakville and Milton, from sports and crafts to cooking and babysitting.
Type: day camp. Grades 1 – 8.
Fern Hill School
Sandcastles, science, sports, cooking, computers, robotics & more. Oakville and Burlington campuses.
Type: day camp. Grades: JK – 8.
YMCA of Oakville
Sports, swimming, LEGO building, horseback riding, creative arts, adventure tours, and more.
Type: day camp. Ages: 3 – 17.
It’s fun in French!
Type: day and overnight. Ages: 5 – 16.
Camp Safari Science
Learn about life and earth sciences, interact with animals, play games and have fun.
Type: day camp. Ages 4 – 15.
FC Barcelona Soccer Camps Canada
Improve soccer skills and play style.
Type: Day camp. Ages: 6 – 17.
Glenburnie Summer Camp
A variety of activities ranging from science and tech to arts to sports.
Type: day camp. Ages: 4 – 12.
Havencrest Riding Academy
Summer fun for horse lovers.
Type: day camp. Ages: 7 – 14.
Traditional and contemporary art activities.
Type: day camp. Ages: 6 – 13.
Pedalheads Bike Camps
A premier cycling camp for kids (from training wheels to trails).
Type: day camp. Ages: 2 – 12.
Leadership training and sports, including biking, swimming, hiking and more at Blue Springs Scout Reserve in Acton.
Type: overnight. Ages: 5 – 13.
A Muskoka-like setting with fishing, fort building, hiking, team building games, fire building, camp fire programs, swimming and more.
Type: day camp. Ages: 5 – 13.
Museums of Burlington
Weekly themes, learn about local history and nature, meet new friends and more.
Type: day camp. Ages: 5 – 12.
Appleby College, Oakville
Over 40 full and half day camps offering science, sports, early discovery, arts and media.
Type: day camp. Ages: 4 – 15.
Town of Oakville
Programs are in various areas of interest at Town facilities, including the Oakville Museum.
Type: day camp. Ages: 4 – 14
7 Benefits of Camp
1. It increases social connections. Lifelong friendships can be formed and campers gain a sense of belonging.
2. It exposes children to nature. Research has shown that time spent outdoors is essential to a child’s development (physical, mental, emotional and spiritual).
3. It allows children to live simply, without the distraction of electronic devices and social media.
4. It provides a safe, healthy, supportive environment. Campers show an increased appreciation for physical activity.
5. It builds character and self-esteem. Children can become cooperative, caring and considerate of others and their community and learn new skills.
6. It teaches hard skills that can become lifelong passions and soft skills (sharing, consideration, conflict resultion and self-confidence).
7. It’s a place to experience fun, laughter and joy without the stress and demands of everyday life.
Source: Canadian Camp Association
Article by Becky Dumais