Summer Camp Ideas

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Summer CampSummer camps might sound like boarding schools, but they are actually a great way for kids to make new friends, see new places, learn new skills and have some fun. They also give parents the opportunity to go on a much needed vacation. Here are some summer camp ideas for this summer:
  • Summer camps differ by length. Day camps are suitable for children whose parents work, but want them at home at night. Overnight camps are great for mature children who can function without parental care giving.

  • Camps differ by type. There are camps that focus on just about any field of learning, such as animals, marine life, computers, engineering and so forth. There are camps that focus on character-building and maturity, such as leadership camps. Camps specialise in different types of sport. Some specialise in religion, or in any form of art. Then there are girls-only, boys-only, co-ed, family and special needs camps.

  • Provincial camping associations, such as the Alberta Camping Association, provide lists of summer camps in their areas. 

  • There are many outdoor camping areas in Kananaskis Country, such as those run by the Boys and Girls Clubs of Calgary, Camp Cadicasu and some run by Scouts Canada. The Ghost River Rediscovery Society's wilderness camp is also worth a look.

  • Actua is a national non-profit organisation dedicated to children's science, engineering and computer skills. Their member companies run many education summer camps. Alternatively, if your child has an interest in a specific area of the sciences or humanities, contact faculties at your nearest university or college to find out whether anyone is offering summer camps there. The Universities of Alberta, Calgary and Mount Royal University lend out many of its facilities to organisations who provide both educational and sports camps during the summer.

  • The Kids Cancer Care Foundation of Alberta runs camps for children and families affected by cancer. Easter Seals Camp Horizon in beautiful Bragg Creek and the Universal Rehabilitation Service Agency on a ranch in Cochrane run fun outdoor camps for children with various types of disabilities. 

  • If you want your kids to remain in Calgary, the YMCA runs many camps, especially day camps, at their premises in urban areas. Company of Adventurers offers some great camps in Calgary's parks to teach kids about nature. They also do some day trips and overnight camps out of the city. Camp Bonaventure also has lots of fun with kids in Calgary.

  • Winsport offers sports and adventure camps at Olympic Park in Calgary.
This summer explore summer camps both you and your children can enjoy!