Personally, I still remember the days spent on the lake, the camp songs engrained deeply in memory, and the friendships I still have to this very day that grew as we learned a new skill or won a game by working together.
Yes, summer camp is an amazing experience for our youth and teens. Not only does camp fill them with fond memories like it did for me, there is actually studies that have clearly shown benefits like:
- Building friendships and social skills
- Building confidence
- Developing leadership skills
- Continued learning (avoid "summer brain drain")
- Encouraging physical activity and active play
Overnight camps are a great way to build independence in your young ones and opens the doors to many different locations around Alberta or beyond, but it's important to make sure they are ready for this experience. You know your child most, and an honest talk with them will be your best bet at determining their level of camp readiness.
There's also amazing day camps available in the Calgary area that have options for all interests and ages.
If you want to drill into a particular date, age, or type of camp I highly suggest plugging in your needs to do a direct search for camps on ChatterBlock. We compile the local options and are adding schedules to it daily, so it does the grunt work for you!
If you're happy to just peruse some of the options, we've highlighted some of our favourites below. They come highly recommended from parents and encompass many different camp styles to suit all interests.
STEM and Academic Camps
EdgeMakers STEM Learning Lab offers many hands-on, creative summer camps for youth from ages 6 to 17.
Their camps integrate play with exploration and learning in the areas of robotics, coding, game design, animation, and other STEM subjects.
Their STEM Integration Specialists are experts in cool fields like physics and chemistry and are great with kids! Choose from a diverse selection of camps with themes like Jedi Robotics and The Secret Life of Cyberpets with cool technology like Ozobot, Minecraft:Education Edition, Scratch, Makey Makey®, 3D printers, and more!
EdgeMakers couples groundbreaking innovative thinking curriculum with high-quality STEM programs, creating STEM 2.0 to help young people develop the technical proficiencies, soft skills, and entrepreneurial mindset to become the next generation of societal and economic difference-makers.
Is your child more interested in the design of the playground than going down the slide? Do they wonder how skyscrapers are built or why different neighborhoods are designed in different ways? Congratulations! Sounds like you may have a future architect, planner or landscape architect on your hands! Enroll your design enthusiast into the City Building Design Camp — a summer camp run by the University of Calgary’s School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape – and they will learn what it takes to design the future of Calgary.
An essential element to maintaining a high quality of life is being both physically and mentally active while engaging in recreational pursuits. For children and teens, these pursuits often include activities that promote a sense of well-being through relaxation or enjoyment, as such playing video and computer games. CGDAY™ offers a social setting for young people to channel their passion for video game play into a desire to create something of their own.
Enhanced STEM Learning with emphasis on engineering, robotics and programming.
Our courses are well paced and well themed. Robot engineering is a multidisciplinary endeavor where science, technology, engineering, the logic of programming and math come into play. Expression of art also occurs when children embellish their creations with nonfunctional but aesthetically pleasing attachments.
Wolly Barabash, a certified child care supervisor who happens to be a real engineer (ring and all), leads the classes. He also has a masters degree in education and a bachelor’s degree in psychology.
Debate Camp Canada offers summer training programs in public speaking and debate to students who have ideas, an emerging interest in the world around them and are eager to improve their skills with the spoken word.
The day camp takes place at West Island College.
Let your imagination run wild this summer with the STEM Summer Camps at Engineering For Kids Calgary!
EFK Calgary is offering a variety of camps like Coding, MinecraftEDU, Robotics, Junior Explorers & Inventors, Makerspace, Architect and much, much more!Jump into 5 days of jam packed adventure! EFK offers a diverse selection of themed camps to give your child the summer of a lifetime. Keep their growing minds engaged EVEN when schools out! Find your inner engineer through innovation, collaboration, and play with EFK!
Sports and Dance Camps
Flying Squirrel is the world's largest indoor luxury trampoline park, and they have two locations in Calgary, North and South. Both locations are hosting summer camps for energetic kids ages 4 to 14 throughout July and August. During these full-day, week-long camps, campers will participate in number of trampoline-inspired group games and activities, from trampoline dodgeball to dunk competitions. There's no doubt that your child will have a lot of fun at Flying Squirrel this summer!
Sports Camps Canada (SCC) was founded in 2015 and is the official operator of Nike Sports Camps in Canada. SCC partners with the country's best coaches to direct their camps and provides them with valuable administrative and marketing support. They continue to grow thanks to an outstanding community of Camp Directors and the dedication of the entire Sports Camps Canada staff.
At Repsol you will find amazing instructors! Their team is passionate and knowledgeable and enjoy helping people of all ages get active and learn new skills. You'll also find that it is an amazing facility, easy access, and great value! Your children will be inspired to learn and train in all areas of their facility, they are centrally located in a prime location close to downtown, and they offer a variety of programs for all ages and skill levels at competitive rates.
Alberta Ballet School offers professional quality dance training in a warm, positive learning environment enabling students of all ages to discover and develop a lifelong passion for the art of dance. Programs include, preschool, recreational and intensive training dance programs, as well as adult ballet. Alberta Ballet School students are eligible to audition for YYC Dance Projects.
There’s nothing else like Rally Pointe in Canada. They offer Calgary a first-class, eight hard court facility and six outdoor beach courts – from volleyball addicts, for volleyball addicts and newcomers alike! From adult leagues to volleyball instruction for kids as young as 5, they have something for everyone. They offer camps year round for all ages of kids.
Okanagan Hockey Camps have had hundreds of former and existing NHL players attend over the years as players or as on ice instructors. Week long programs are offered for players 5-17 in four different locations. They have developed three specific streams of hockey training: development, advanced development, and specialty programs. All Camps consist of a targeted balance of on-ice training, off-ice training, skills sessions, and other off-ice activities.
Aikido is a dynamic modern Japanese martial art, created in the 20th century and based on centuries of martial training. Aikido founder, Morihei Ueshiba, formulated a martial Way that merges effective technique with a mind set on peace. The power of an attack is controlled and redirected not confronted. The intent is not to destroy an attacker but rather to extinguish the violence.
BigRock Aikikai camps are led by chief instructor Steve Erickson, 5th Dan, who has trained in Aikido since 1985.
The Aquabelles have a long standing history of excellence in all aspects of synchronized swimming. Summer camps are open to new and interested girls, aged 6 years and older, wanting the experience of synchronized swimming. The minimum swimming requirements, are that they must be comfortable in deep water (without a PFD), be able to submerge while holding their breath, and able to tread water for 20 seconds. Week-long camps will be held through July and August, in full or half-day programs.
EBA was established in 2014, providing camp services to children who wanted to improve their basketball skills as well as develop as individuals. Basketball fundamentals are key to player development and long term growth as a player. Developing players as leaders on their teams and in the community is also key to EBA's success. Community partnerships ensure that any child who wishes to participate is not refused, helping build strong kids and communities through basketball. Serving ages 6-17 years old.
MRU Kids is where you come to learn and play! They focus on creating and providing an atmosphere where children and youth can begin or continue their learning journey in a safe, creative and fun-filled environment.
Ironstone Farms is the place to take your riding to the next level, with their NCCP and Equine Canada certified coaches.
The Rookie Rider program is meant to be a fun and safe way to introduce kids between 6-12 yr of age to riding skills, horse and horse man ship. The program includes warm up games, riding and vaulting skills on a barrel horse and and riding a pony or horse on a lunge line. All of the Rookie Rider coaches are nationally certified coaches by NCCP and Equine Canada!
Full training program is for riders who are keen to develop in the sport and reach their competition goals. Ironstone Farms' training program is developed by top level certified coaches. With over 20 competitions throughout the year within a 10km radius, Ironstone Farms' is the base for any aspiring rider.
Summer day camp at Butterfield Acres features tailored activities for your child's stage of development, attention span, motor skill development, physical endurance and social skills.
Kids will learn all about animals in the fresh air of a countryside environment. Families can join in on the hoedown on the final day of camp to celebrate an awesome week!
Camp Woods was developed by Scouts in Red Deer who needed a summer camp where young Scouts could develop their leadership and skills in the great outdoors. They are thrilled to share their passion for adventure with Scouts and non-Scouts through their summer kids camp programs, as well as with schools and other groups through the off-season.
Camp JCC is open to everyone! They offer a variety of fun themed general and specialized half and full day camps for children 3 to 12 years old. Whether your child loves sports, arts, dance, LEGO®, technology or drama, the JCC has a camp for you! All camps include fun indoor and outdoor activities, as well as a weekly out trip. Pre/post camp and lunch programs are also available.
Kayben farms is offering summer day camps which are a week of natural play, fuelled by imagination, where building and creating come first. Camps are appropriate for kids age 6-10 years. Campers will spend the day outside, making their own fun.Guided by enthusiastic and trained staff at the farm, campers will interact with the animals, take nature walks and hikes, learn about native plants & wildlife, play games, contribute to the farm and most importantly make new friends.
Full & half day camps are available at the farm.
The Genesis Centre aims to support community-based recreation, sport, cultural and social organizations that enrich the quality of life and character of the broader community through a facility that is financially self-sustaining and professionally managed.
Their summer camp offerings range anywhere from computer animation and design courses to toddler time play, to all day sports camps!
Feed a turtle, hold a tarantula, and come face to face with the resident iguana Yoshi! Daily crafts, indoor and outdoor activities, and dozens of cold-blooded friends await you in this fun and educational week long experience!
Enjoy a fun-filled activities that will fuel a sense of wonder and excitement! Each day will present a new challenge or adventure. Book multiple dates for the ultimate TELUS Spark camp experience.
Each day your child will get to experience a minimum of three of the educational pods in the Active Learning Park and will also have the chance to take part in games, science experiments and crafts relating to their camp’s weekly theme. Camps are developed by elementary teachers and parents so you can be sure, they will captivate your child and provide for animated dinner table conversations each night!
Research and education experts say what Young Rembrandts has always delivered: there is a significant correlation between involvement in the arts and achievement in the classroom. Children who learn to draw using the Young Rembrandts method develop spatial reasoning and fine motor skills, order and sequencing abilities, visualization, and self-discipline as well as fundamental art skills.
Their original curriculum introduces concrete ideas and techniques that enlarge children's visual vocabularies, enrich their imaginations and their minds.
Leighton Art Centre hosts a variety of art exhibitions, art events, and creative workshops instructed by local artists. Their school programs are taught in historical art studios on site or at your school and Summer Camps run weekly in July & August.
SummerACT offers an exciting arts-infused learning experience for children ages 7-13. Their SummerACT instructors provide hands-on instruction in drama, creative movement, and music, giving children the opportunity to immerse themselves in creative discovery, fun, and learning. It's the perfect way to eliminate summer boredom, improve artistic skills, and experience the thrill of performing on a real stage.
Clay for Kids offers the opportunity to hand-build clay projects and learn how to throw clay on the pottery wheel. Children aged 5-13 will use their imagination to create projects out of clay such as Minecraft, Monster High, Hello Kitty, and Ferb. Projects will be fi?red in our kilns and will be a permanent keepsake and reminder of their learning experience at Clay for Kids.
Here's to a happy, safe, and fun summer!
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