Camp 101

Video: Interview with Kate McNamara, Studio Pavas

by Chia-Chi Hsu

Camp Pages sits down with Kate McNamara to discuss how her love for dancing and performing led her to opening Studio Pavas, a Toronto-based dance studio and camp.          …

Video: How Camps are Preparing for the Summer

by Agnes Felis

Camp Pages recently sat down with two members of the Ontario Camps Association COVID-19 Task Force — Jack Goodman (Chair) and Thomas Appleyard — to discuss what camps are doing to prepare for…

Summer Camp Dreams Still Alive

by PJ Boyd

Since the Ontario government’s recent announcement of the cancellation of overnight summer camps due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, camps and camp staff alike have been in a sense of mourning. However, there…

Can I Really Spend Another Summer Working at Camp?

by Leah Mesches

The answer is “Yes” as the continuous leadership training one receives at camp cannot be matched at any other workplace. A summer camp is a place for continued growth and learning, whether you…

Choosing the “right” Camp is a Family Decision

by Kyle Marshall

Including children in the camp decision process is a wise choice as you look towards the Summer of 2020 To experience a summer at camp is to have an experience like no other.…

Experiencing Indigenous Culture at Camp

by PJ Boyd

From partaking in such activities as archery and nature hikes, kids of all ages can use summer camp as a way to discover Indigenous traditions and lifestyles To an everyday camper, paddling along…

Rock Out At Camps In The City & The Woods

by PJ Boyd

The forest isn’t for everyone. The joy some kids feel when they look upon the mist of a chilled lake in the early hours of the morning is what others feel when they…

How Some Camps Conquer Camper Homesickness

by Kyle Marshall

With all that summer camp has to offer, it isn’t always easy for everyone to have the same, great experience. Being away from home can be a point of stress for kids who,…

Exchanging a Phone for a Paddle

by Kyle Marshall

At summer camp, kids spend some invaluable time off their devices, which allows them to experience the great outdoors with friends, and the power of opening their minds to a life (albeit brief)…

Make BFFs in PFDs

by PJ Boyd

Immerse yourself in a canoe trip at camp and you can walk away with life lessons, not to mention best friends (possibly for life). Diving deep into summer camp programming can open up…

Learning the art of expression at Theatre Camp

by Alexander Rodriguez

Acting, singing and dancing are just some of the artistic activities that campers participate in at theatre camps. The benefits they share are in the help they give in teaching campers how to…

Camps for tech loving campers

by Alexander Rodriguez

Technology camps are a great way to introduce knowledge and skills that will help children in their cognitive development within the 21st century. Technology helps people manage exercises, diets and health concerns. Computers,…

Camp BUCKO: A Safe Place for Burn Survivors

by Alexander Rodriguez

BUCKO stands for Burn Camp for Kids in Ontario. They welcome burn survivors with open arms between the ages of 7-17. For almost 25 years, BUCKO creates a one week camp in the…

The Dangers of Ticks

by Kaitlin Balram

The weather in Canada, in recent summers, has been warm, sunny and dry for the most part, which means a lot of us are spending them outside. A common concern for many, especially…

The Pawsitives of Animal Camps

by Alexander Rodriguez

Letting your child get wild this summer can lead to life long benefits. Over time, children’s interests change, and their passions evolve; however, there’s something that a lot of kids will keep with…

Best Sunscreens for Kids

by Kaitlin Balram

This past June was globally the hottest ever recorded. With kids out of school for the summer months, many are enjoying the nice weather by attending camp, but given the recent climate trends, they should be careful while having fun in the sun.

“Get Off Your Device”

by Audrey Monke

Here are four ways summer camp can help with the parenting challenge of too much screen time

The Trust Factor

by Anya Eland

For many kids, spending the summers at overnight camp is the highlight of the year. For others, it is an experience that they need some encouragement to try!

Discussing What Makes Camp Fun and Memorable

by Anya Eland

Camp is a very special experience for kids of all ages. Everyone at camp, including staff experience an amazing adventure, one would only experience at camp. Learn what makes camp so special for kids from Andrew Martin, Camp Director of Camp Can-Aqua.

Replacing Technology With the Outdoors

by Kaitlin Balram

Fresh crisp air, birds chirping, and the sound of children’s laughter create the scene for the first day of summer camp. Kids running around excited for the week ahead. Eager first timers exploring…

Raptors Championship Win Sending Registration Numbers Up at Basketball Camps

by Kaitlin Balram

The Toronto Raptors had fans all across Canada on the edge of their seats throughout the season, but the stress and anticipation was well worth making history. The excitement from their win hasn’t…

Camps that are Making Inclusivity a Priority

by Khyrsten Mieras

Just like snowflakes, every camper is different with different likes, dislikes and needs. Diversity allows us to understand that although people are different, that doesn’t stop them from becoming friends or having things in common.

Benefits of Working at a Summer Camp

by Anya Eland

Summer camp is a fun experience for kids to learn new skills, go on adventures and make lifelong summer memories. Those who work at camp can experience the same fun as campers do and gain a number of benefits that will help them in their daily lives and will benefit them in their personal growth.

Seven Best Camp Movies to Watch This Summer

by Kaitlin Balram

School is out and camp is just about to start! Although nothing compares to the fun of being at camp on your days off from camp why not sit back with some popcorn and enjoy these must see camp movies.

How to Improve Water-Safety at Summer Camp

by Zandile Chiwanza

For traditional campers, swimming and boating are a big part of the summer camp experience. This is why water-safety should be at the top of the minds of camp staff, parents and campers.

7 Water Safety Tips For Parents

by Zandile Chiwanza

Here is everything you need to know to ensure swimming stays as safe as it is fun this summer!

How Going to Summer Camp Changed My Life

by Sasha Gollish

Where I grew up going to summer camp was the norm. Every summer I would get on a bus for 7 weeks of outdoor bliss. No parents. No technology (and this is before the days of smartphones). All the activities you could dream up. Amazing people. Ok food. And memories I carry with me for my lifetime...

What to Pack for Overnight Summer Camp

by Zandile Chiwanza

Summer is here and preparations for summer camp have begun... here's a suggested list of essentials to pack for overnight summer camp.

Preparing a Child With Autism for Summer Camp

by Sylvia van Meerten

This might be a startling fact, but one in 68 children are diagnosed with autism these days.

How To Help Campers Deal with Homesickness

by Dr. Christopher Thurber

No single homesickness prevention strategy is as powerful or simple as practice time away from home. Indeed, now is the perfect time for parents to arrange for their child to spend a long weekend with friends or relatives. The key is to simulate a camp-like separation from home by eschewing phone calls, refraining from pick-up deals, and encouraging hand-written correspondence.