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.
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.
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!
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 offers the opportunity to hand-build clay projects, paint pre-fi?red 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 fi?red in our kilns and will be a permanent keepsake and reminder of their learning experience at Clay for Kids.
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 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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
Here's to a happy, safe, and fun summer!
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