Top Summer Camps in Calgary

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Published Mar 20, 2018 (Updated Apr 13, 2018)

Ready to find a summer camp for your child? Welcome to your one-stop place to find the best day camps or away camps available in the Calgary area.

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:

  1. Building friendships and social skills
  2. Building confidence
  3. Developing leadership skills
  4. Continued learning (avoid "summer brain drain")
  5. 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.



Mad Science Summer Camps have children engaged in scientific explorations that are so much fun that they'll forget they are learning! These award-winning camps are held at various locations. This year's camp themes include Robots Gizmos & Gadgets, Secret Agent Lab (CSI Style), Junior NASA Outer Space Explorers, and Junior Mad-Earth Science Explorers).




DJD summer dance camps are designed to instill a love of dance in your child! With an emphasis on FUN and CELEBRATION, students are encouraged to explore challenges, demonstrate creativity, expand movement vocabulary, build confidence and develop friendships with other students.  DJD summer dance camps are where your child will want to spend their summer! For ages 4–18 from beginner to advanced. For full cam list, click here.



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.




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!  

 

Atlantis Programs Inc. and Pedalheads® provides innovative and effective learn to bike and swim programs for kids 2-12 years old. Since 1986 they have taught children to ride and swim, using our own teaching methods, combined with small classes and exceptional instructors. Summer camps are offered around Calgary. Click here for more information. 





At Chinook School of Music students of all ages enjoy lessons in piano, guitar, voice, violin, cello, flute, drums, Music Kids, and theory. Their instructors are dynamic, creative and passionate about teaching.

Summer day camps are offered in a variety of fun options such as music, art and dance. 




Idea Lab Kids

Looking for fun, interactive summer camps that ignite yours child curiosity? Idea Lab Kids provides STEAM Camps, where Engineering, Technology and Science meets Arts and Social Sciences. At Idea Lab, children learn through hands-on-activities and limitless fun. Camps are designed to encourage critical thinking, problem-solving and a great deal of IMAGINATION!. Drone engineering, 3D Printing, Coding, Robotics, Movie Studio, 3D Art Factory, Augmented Reality, and much more!. ROCK YOUR GREY MATTER!



Debate Camp

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.





WinSport

WinSport Summer camps offer outdoor exploration and skill development for ages 4-16. These award-winning camps range from specific sports such as hockey and rugby to the new Summer Sampler camp where children can try all the best WinSport summer camps and can explore every inch of the park. Try the zipline, fly down the hill on a mountain bike or learn to skate. The possibilities are endless.





Stryker Sports

Stryker Sports offers age-appropriate skill development programs in basketball and volleyball for ages 6 through 15 following the Sport Canada Long-Term Athletic Development model. While their focus is on helping the players develop their skills, coaches make sure the programs are fun for the kids. Summer camps are offered in locations around the Calgary area and Okotoks. New this summer are 2-sport camps with half a day of volleyball and half a day of basketball.



Bricks 4 Kidz 

Designed and created by teachers, architects and engineering professionals, their hands-on curriculum introduces children to concepts of engineering, architecture and mechanics using LEGO bricks. Lessons from math, science, language arts and social studies are integrated and discussed. Themes such as Transportation, Space, Invention, Robotics and more provide variety and ensure a high level of interest and enthusiasm amongst their students.


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. 



McKenzie Towne Summer Camps offer fun and dynamic summer activities for children ages 5-12. They take pride in engaging your children, expanding their horizons and letting them be kids! Camps run from June – August with 7 different themes to choose from.




Free House Dance Plus

The summer dance intensive at Free House Dance is a bold immersion into the world of dance. This camp is for dancers who yearn to go deeper into their dance education. Students can explore choreography, improvisation and dance history. Dancers will also be introduced to yoga, musical theatre, hip hop and West African dance. Free House Dance also offers camps for less experienced dancers - check the options out here.  



Okanagan Hockey Group

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.



Clay for Kids

Clay for Kids offers the opportunity to hand-build clay projects, paint pre-fired bisqueware, 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 fired in our kilns and will be a permanent keepsake and reminder of their learning experience at Clay for Kids.



BigRock Aikikai

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. 



Genesis Centre

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!



Calgary Aquabelles

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.



Reptile Parties

Reptile Parties is thrilled to return for a 4th year of summer camps! Campers will receive a full week immersed in the world of reptiles, amphibians, and arachnids.

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!




Excel Basketball Academy

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.



Summit Kids

This innovative arts & recreation program resides at West Hillhurst Community Centre in north central Calgary. Summit leaders ensure that kids are safe, having fun and engaged in interesting activities. Typical program plans include sports and recreational activities both outdoors and in the gym, arts & crafts, challenge activities, building with equipment and endless opportunities to learn through play.  



Dig in and get messy with Amaze Arts & Science camp. During this fun filled week children will be experimenting the creative process by exploring a wide range of materials and methods including collage, watercolour painting, printmaking and paper mache sculptures. 





Camp Bonaventure is ran by Between Friends. Their programs provide unique opportunities for individuals with disabilities to have social interaction with peers who may or may not have a disability. Their camp creates a summer full of excitement, friendship and fun! Camp Bonaventure is available to children and youth with and without a disability from the age of 4 - 17 years old. 




We have a large variety of half day and full day camps to choose from, for everyone from the active child to the artistic child. Our programs are designed to be quality-based, well rounded, educational, reasonably priced and most of all—SAFE and FUN. Trico Centre is proud of our day camp tradition of providing a safe and high quality camp experience.




Kyle Shewfelt Gymnastics has a place for everyone.  Their aim is to instill a life long love for being physically active and are committed to growing the grassroots movement of the sport. This summer, Kyle Shewfelt Gymnastics is offering 8 weeks of fun themed camps for ages 4 - 12.  





Calgary Zoo

Because what child doesn't love the zoo?! Send your kids on a wild adventure this summer, with a camp experience they’ll never forget. Summer camps for preschoolers to high schoolers help kids discover some of the planet’s most incredible things. You’ll be impressed with how much your kids learn as they enjoy activities, games and animal encounters.





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.





Here's to a happy, safe, and fun summer! 

Don't forget- You can always check back for updated listings. We try our absolute best to be the hub for finding all available summer camps and things to do with your kids.

Do you know of an amazing camp that should be on our lists? Camp schedules can be added for free, or you can email us at community@chatterblock.com for assistance :)


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