It’s fair to say that there are few childhood experiences that are more enduring than time spent at a summer camp. There’s just something about the warm weather and communal experience which transcends time and space. Even as the world around us is in the midst of some of its largest technological and social changes in recent memory, there’s simply something eternal about the summer camp experience. Ernest Hemingway famously described his time in Paris as A Moveable Feast one can take with them all their lives – and the best summer camps in Canada replicate that perfectly. There are many different types of camps, of course, and finding the right one for your child can help them experience a summer like no other.
1. Band, Theatre, and Liberal Arts Camps
One of the cornerstones of the summer camp experience has long been band and theatre camp. While the former has often served as the punchline of light hearted jokes, the fact remains that these are excellent options for children who are artistically inclined. If your child loves a particular instrument, the theatre world, writing, singing, or any mixture thereof, sending them to a band, theatre, or other liberal arts camp can be a great way to nurture and encourage that talent.
2. Sports Camps
Conversely, maybe your child is more of a sports kid. Hockey, baseball, hockey, track, hockey, basketball, or hey, maybe even a bit of hockey – there’s no end to the type of sports they might enjoy! True, some of those sports are more suited to cooler than warmer weather, but sports camps can often boast great indoor facilities and rinks. And after all – when isn’t it hockey in season in the Great White North?
3. Childhood Immersion Camps
One of the more intriguing options to arise in the world of children’s Ontario summer camps over the past couple years are those which focus on “immersion” and “enrichment” strategies. As the competition for first-class colleges becomes ever fiercer, parents are getting their children started earlier and earlier in terms of preparation. That said, no one wants to slog through the drudgery of essays and math tests during summer. That’s why immersion camps work to take a wide range of activities and blend them with educational elements to create a great something that can give your children great memories today and a head start tomorrow.
4. Outdoor Camps
Suffice it to say that most types of camps on this list have some kind of outdoor component to camp life. At the same time, however, it’s also fair to say that some camps do more with that than others. For many of us, what truly makes camp “camp” is time spent under the stars, hiking in the woods, going for a swim in the lake, and generally doing other timeless outdoor activities. Camps which specialize in allowing children this opportunity are a cornerstone of Canadian life. If you want your child to experience a summer camp in its most traditional form, camps which emphasize these elements are a surefire way to do just that.
All of these different camp options can in their own way ensure that your child experiences the kind of childhood-defining summer we all deserve.