Kids’ Camps and Youth Retreats

Learning Camps for kids are often held during school breaks such as March break, PD days, and summer. They sometimes involve actual camping and sometimes are just held in a building in the city. The camps listed here are not specifically for homeschoolers unless otherwise indicated, but provide learning opportunities for all kids and might be of interest to home-based learners.

Math and STEM camps

Canada Learning Code
Canada Learning Code offers workshops, camps, and tech day experiences for people to learn how to code. Different programs for different age levels (kids, teens, adults) and identities (women, educators, trans/non-binary). Coding languages and topics include html, css, javascript, WordPress, UX design, Python, Scratch, gamemaking, AI, etc.

Math+ at University of Toronto (summer camps) (Saturday Math Clubs)
U of T offers a number of programs focused on mathematics education for students in Grades 1 - 12, including competitions, camps, mentorship programs, and various special events. The focus of the programs ranges from enrichment for students already strong in math, to building math skills, to programs aimed at helping students see the range of possibilities with the subject. Math+ also offers school visit programs where teachers and parents can bring groups of students for a hands-on workshop and to see the University of Toronto first hand. All programs are offered at the downtown location of the University of Toronto campus, except the Math Kangaroo Contest which is offered at 4 locations across the GTA. Some of the programs are free, others have a fee associated with them to cover program costs; bursaries are available for most paid programs. Some of the programs also allow opportunities for high school students to gain volunteer hours.
Areas Served: Brampton, Burlington, Halton Hills, Markham, Mississauga, Oshawa, Pickering, Scarborough, Toronto, Vaughan
Grade Levels: Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Grade 9, Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12
Phone: 416-978-4948
Department of Mathematics
University of Toronto
40 St George St, Room 6290
Toronto ON M5S 2E4

Science Unlimited Summer Camp
University of Toronto offers high school students in grade 10 or 11 an opportunity to participate in a week of workshops from the Departments of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Chemistry, Computer Science, Earth Sciences, Math, Physics and the School of the Environment. Students must have completed grade 10 or 11 by August (spaces are limited - 50 spaces only)

STEM Camp is a Canadian not-for-profit organization that offers Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) summer day camps in over 50 locations across Ontario during July and August as well as services for PA Days, Winter Break and March Break. The activities are hands-on and theme-related including robotics and coding.
STEM Camp also has free resources for homeschoolers and public and private educational facilities across Canada which are comprised of STEM activities that can be completed at home independently or with a parent. Resources can be accessed here:
Also on Facebook:
Customer Service - 519-475-6600

Language camps

Camp Tournesol
Francophone and French immersion summer camps in the GTA. (Virtual French camps online during the pandemic school closures).

Animal camps

Canada’s largest indoor reptile facilities, with over 250 animals, mostly reptiles but also some amphibians and arachnids. The animals are not purposefully removed from the wild, but originate from rescue situations or are already captive animals to which Reptilia has been asked to offer a lifelong home. Facilities are a self-guided experience, open year-round except for Christmas Day, or you can book a curriculum-based group program. There are also other services such as day camps, birthday parties, and mobile zoo appearances. Two locations:

Vaughan: or 905-761-6223
2501 Rutherford Road, Vaughan ON L4K 2N6
Whitby: or 905-493-9537
1400 Victoria St East, Whitby ON L1N 0M2

Nature camps

Canadian Ecology Centre
The Canadian Ecology Centre's School of Experiential Education has been offering experiential summer credits to students in grades 9 through 12 for over 15 years. The program is hands-on and adapted to the teen's learning style. Students live on site in modern cabins surrounded by a natural environment. Your teen can earn a full high school credit during the school year through blended learning delivery, including on-line and face-to-face (on-site) learning. Courses start with a weekend experiential session that sets up the on-line learning component, with a culminating returning weekend for project presentations, evaluation and debriefing. All of the centre's credits are Ministry of Education approved and granted by the Near North District School Board. Credits are available in Science, Geography, Guidance and Physical Education.

Carp Ridge EcoWellness Centre
2386 Thomas Dolan Parkway, Ottawa (Carp) ON K0A 1L0
613-839-1198 or
The children's programs offered by the centre include day camps, Forest Preschool Program, summer camp, March Break camp. Set on 196 acres of land that includes forest, wetlands, the rocky Carp ridge, a pond, and mown lawns for leisure activities. Trails through the forest are marked with blue and yellow triangles, allowing nature walks of several kilometres. Access is granted to B&B guests, program participants, and members of the EcoWellness Centre.

Nature School and Education Centre — Hamilton, Niagara Falls, Port Colborne, St. Catherines, Thorold, Welland
A not-for-profit dedicated to reconnecting children with nature, and providing an alternative educational experience outdoors, rain or shine. Two formats for homeschooling families: individual classes, or class trips for homeschool groups in Grimsby or St. Catharines.
Investigators Program - Individual instruction and project-based learning. Can complement the learning from home, or can tackle any subject. Teachers have backgrounds in Biology, History, English and the Humanities, as well as invaluable experience spending days in the woods with children of all ages. This program is a drop-off program.
Nature Immersion - Group trips. One day, three, six or ten day packages to suit your needs. Children visit the same location over time, and are invited to participate in ongoing projects or develop their own inquiry based projects. Parents are welcome to attend these trips as observers and assistant supervisors, depending on the group size and ages.
Grade Levels: Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8
Address: 140 Ridge Road West. Grimsby, Ontario
Phone: 289-990-2939

Huntsman Marine Science Centre (New Brunswick)
The Huntsman Marine Science Centre welcomes homeschool families across Canada to their summer camp programs in St. Andrews, New Brunswick. All Things Marine is an overnight program for families & friends, 10 years old and over, to explore the unique environment of the Bay of Fundy. The program fees include meals, accommodations, boat and lab rentals, aquarium admission, instructional fees and taxes. Here's what the program covers:

  • biodiversity of local ecosystems
  • weird and wonderful invertebrate inhabitants of the area
  • plankton drifters that start most marine food chains
  • invaders new and old
  • St.Andrews-by‐the‐Sea maritime connections past and present
  • links between art and biology

There are also other summer programs for teens 15-18.

Contact: Laura Barrett
Address: 1 Lower Campus Road, St. Andrews NB E5B 2L7
Phone: 506-529-1226
Subjects: biology
Grade levels: grade 4, grade 5, grade 6, grade 7, grade 8, grade 9, grade 10, grade 11, grade 12

Art camps

Centauri Summer Arts Camp - Niagara region
An overnight specialty camp located in the Niagara Region, Centauri provides a unique focus on the arts. Young people aged 8-18 choose from dozens of specialty arts programs taught by professionals, including theatre, film, dance, stage combat, improvisation, creative writing, art, design, photography and musical theatre. Campers live together in dorms, closely supervised by highly trained and caring camp counsellors, all of whom are over the age of 18. Centauri is a family-run camp which aims to provide creative and academic learning opportunities within a supportive, caring and non-competitive environment. The camp welcomes young people from across North America and all over the world. Leadership programs are offered for older campers, and each August, as an additional learning opportunity, the camp runs an international tour to a writing retreat in England or Scotland for ages 13-18. The directors are happy to offer family visits to give prospective parents and campers the opportunity to meet them and discuss the camp's programs face to face.

Designher Co. - Specialty Craft Workshops - all ages - Markham, Mississauga, Scarborough, Toronto, Vaughan
Specialty craft studio specializing in teaching children non-traditional art, including DIY Jewelry, DIY Knitting, and DIY Hand-Sewing. Choose between a one-off workshop or a series of workshops, at the Studio or off-site closer to your home. All the workshops can be tailored to suit your curriculum. They also offer Dance & Design Camps and birthday parties.
Studio location: 1850 Avenue Road, Toronto
Phone: 416-889-4437

LucSculpture School and Studio - Toronto
Homeschool Art Day is a day-long or half-day kids' camp for homeschooled children age 6 to 13. Francophone children welcome, as we also speak French. Homeschooling families are also welcome to participate in any of the other offerings. Classes and workshops in drawing, painting, crochet, photography, sculpture, pottery. Also available: rental for private event, party or workshop; Jam/Drumming session, community and artists network.
Studio location: 663 Greenwood Ave, Toronto ON M4J 4B3
Phone: 416-461-7936

Leadership Camps

Ontario Educational Leadership Centre (OELC/CASO) — Longford Mills
Leadership courses starting at grade 6. For community building, teamwork, communication, inclusion, and developing a sense of responsibility. Experiential activities in these Leadership Development Sessions may include escape rooms, low ropes course, team building maze, Sherpa walk, and other group initiative tasks.
Please note: the OFTP was approached by the OELC in the fall of 2019, as they wished to open their courses to homeschoolers. Since then, they may or may not have adapted their registration process accordingly, so if you encounter any problems registering, please contact them for help (you can mention the OFTP).

Other camps

STQI Toronto — Kung Fu — Toronto & Mississauga
Homeschool Martial Arts Kung Fu Classes in Toronto. Programs specially scheduled during the afternoon for homeschooled children. Parents have the opportunity to train at the same time with a different instructor and in a different room. Also available are Summer and March Break Kung Fu Camps designed for children from 5 to 13 years of age, which run weekly for 5 days, Monday to Friday, from 9am to 3:30pm. Children practice and train kung fu all day and participate in other recreational games, indoor sports, meditation, and some arts and crafts.
Shaolin Temple Quanfa Institute (STQI)
main location:
393 Dundas Street West, 2nd Floor
Toronto ON M5T 1G6