Summer camp can change lives!

Summer campers - Canadian summer camps, Canadian Camping AssociationCamp presents an opportunity for children to learn new skills, meet new friends, and develop independence and self-confidence. Most of all, camp is just a whole lot of fun!

There are plenty of resources available for those parents sending their child to camp for the first time and for the veteran camp parent as well.

One such resource is Camp The Best Time of A Child’s Life!, an eBook written by CCA Executive Member Catherine Ross and produced by Our Kids Go To Camp.

The eBook features sections on:

  • The benefits of camp.
  • How to choose a camp.
  • How to register.
  • How to prepare your camper before camp.
  • What to expect once your child goes to camp.

Download a free copy of a complete handbook for camp parents, Preparing For Camp on the Our Kids Go To Camp website.

Happy camping!


The Benefits of Camp

Camp is an ideal environment for a child to learn, grow and have fun. At camp, children are safe, secure, healthy, active and happy. They develop friendships that last a lifetime.

Guided and supported by caring leaders who are excellent role models, campers acquire hard skills to enjoy in a lifetime of leisure pursuits. Campers are encouraged to be cooperative, caring, tolerant and respectful – qualities which benefit them beyond camp. They also learn to become more independent and self-confident, develop leadership skills and acquire an appreciation and respect for nature.

Camp Director and Globe & Mail columnist Joanne Kates wrote about the benefits of summer camp in her article, “The camp sent you home a ‘new’ kid. Here’s how to keep him that way.” (August 23, 2012).

Camp Changes Lives

Camp is a unique experience. At camp, children and young people from local neighbourhoods and around the world come together to live, learn, work and play under the guidance and example of counsellors and directors. This occurs most often in a natural setting and almost always away from home and parents. This diverse group evolves into a cooperative community as individuals grow together. Growth is evident as each camper becomes more helpful, patient, respectful, caring, tolerant, capable, confident, independent and skilled.

Campers describe their experience

Change realized at camp is particularly inspiring in campers with special needs

Summer Campers and Counsellor - Canadian Summer Camps, Canadian Camping Association

Parents describe the benefits of camp

Camp counsellors discover that camp is a formative experience.

Counsellor and campers - Canadian Camps, Canadian Camping Association

Choosing a Camp

Canadian summer camps are considered amongst the finest in the world. There is sure to be a camp near you that is perfect for your child!

Parents should involve their children in the process as they are selecting a camp. Of course, it is a good idea to seek camps that meet the interests and needs of your child.

It is important to select an accredited camp. While all camps must meet the legislated standards within their province, an accredited camp meets additional requirements relating to site, facility, administration, leadership, health, food service and program determined by the provincial association.

Steps in Selecting a Suitable Camp

  1. Begin by talking to your child about the programs he is interested in, where he would like to go, how long he would like to stay and if he is willing to go alone or if he prefers to go with a friend.
  2. Talk to friends, family and neighbours whose children have attended camp before or who attended camp themselves when they were younger.
  3. Contact your provincial camping association and visit their website (we’ve included links to the provincial camping association websites below).
  4. Attend local camp information sessions or fairs advertised on the provincial association website or in local media.
  5. Make a shortlist of possible camps and visit their websites.
  6. Compile your questions and call the camp director.
  7. Sometimes, the camp director may offer to visit your family home and share a presentation about the camp.
  8. Ask if it is possible to tour the camp facility before making a final decision.


Your provincial camping association website has tools that should allow you to browse both accredited day and overnight camps. The links to the provincial camping associations below will help get your search started:

There are several third-party directories that can help you in your search, including

Article Library

Our Kids Media, an Affiliate Member of CCA, shares some articles below to help camp parents find the perfect summer camp for their child.