Summer is inching closer and parents are currently starting to plan summer camps for their children. With so many day and overnight camps to choose from, it can be an overwhelming exercise, especially if this will be your child’s first time at overnight camp. But it’s all about being prepared and it’s never too early to start.
Tweenhood recently attended the Our Kids 2014 Camp Expo where over 50 camp exhibitors gathered at Roy Thomson Hall to showcase their camps. It was awesome to see so many parents and kids attend, getting their questions answered directly from camp Directors and staff. We came across many wonderful camps, but we wanted to share 6 camps that caught our eye.
Since 1922, Camp Ouareau has offered a back to nature, linguistic camp in Quebec for girls ages 6-16. Half of Camp Ouareau’s campers are Anglophones and the other half are Francophones. Girls are placed in mixed language groups to facilitate learning in a fun, safe, friendly and positive environment. Girls learn to communicate and work together as they participate in various camp activities.
Public speaking is a life long skill and Debate Camp Canada’s camps can get your child to come out of their shell and learn to speak with confidence. Now in their 12th year, with programs in British Columbia, Ontario and Nova Scotia, campers in grades 5-11 (ages 10-17) are placed in levels according to their ability. Debate training covers Canadian and British Parliamentary as well as United Nations models.
Tweens today are light years ahead of their parents when it comes to technology. Those with a keen interest to take it to the next level will enjoy the various camps that the Digital Media Academy has to offer. With programs for kids 6-17 years of age, some popular camps include 3D Game Design with Minecraft, Game Design for iPhone and iPad, 3D Animated Storytelling, Music Video Productions, Digital Filmmaking and so much more. Canadian locations held at the University of British Columbia, the University of Toronto and McGill University.
The GOW School located near Buffalo, NY, was founded in 1926 for students for with dyslexia and similar language-based learning differences. The 5-week summer program for students ages 8-16 involves personal remediation, multisensory instruction and small class sizes. Academics are taught in the morning, with recreational activities in the afternoon and weekend overnight trips. The campus includes athletic fields, state of the art athletic facility with indoor sport court, dormitories, dining hall and science centre.
Budding photographers will love GTA Photography’s “Up and Coming Artists” youth camp for 9-13 year olds. Campers will get acquainted with their DSLR or point and shoot camera (loaners available), partake in fun art projects with daily field trips to capture the world around them. Teen classes also available for 14-18 year olds. Camp located in Toronto.
What started as a basketball and football camp, Olympia Sports Camp has now grown to offer 97 specialty camps in sports, leadership, arts, adventure and self-discovery for kids ages 8-19. Sports camps available include dragon boating, fencing, ice hockey, triathlon and water polo, just to name a few. The camp is located near Huntsville, Ontario.
Will your tween be going to camp this summer? If so, is he/she interested in a more traditional or specialized camp?
About Wendy Morelli
Wendy loves her 2 kids and her iPhone, not necessarily always in that order. She is an app obsessed mom who loves everything tech and is (unfortunately) old enough to remember the brick Motorola cell phone and the Commodore computer. Her love for technology stems back to the 10+ years of working for technology based companies. Wendy's alter ego, "AppHipMom" has been featured in Canadian Family, iVillage, Women in Biz, EverythingMom, BlogHer and Savvy Mom.