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How long is summer camp in Canada?

In Canada, the duration of summer camps can vary based on the specific camp program and the age group of the participants.

Many overnight summer camp's have been moving to shorter sessions to allow your children the opportunity to experience different settings during the summer and to help meet the needs of the modern parent.

Here are some common scenarios:

  1. Overnight Summer Camps:

  • Most traditional overnight or sleepaway camps offer 1 week or 2 week sessions for your child.

  • The summer camp season in Canada typically is 8 to 10 weeks during July and August. During this time, camps will offere a variety of 5 day, 2 week or longer sessions where campers stay at the campsite, participate in various activities, build friendships, and enjoy the great outdoors.

  • These camps offer a comprehensive experience, including outdoor adventures, arts and crafts, sports, and team-building activities. Campers often develop lifelong memories and skills during their extended stay.

  1. Specialty Camps:

  • Some camps focus on specific interests or skills, such as sports, arts, or academics. These specialty camps may have shorter sessions.

  • Pearce Williams Summer Camp in Southwestern Ontario offers programs for children ages 5 to 14. Our sessions are 5 days long, from Sunday to Friday.

  • Pearce Williams also offers a shorter 3 day camp for First Time Campers that runs from a Tuesday to a Friday once a summer.

  1. Flexible Options:

  • Some camps allow families to choose the duration that best suits their needs. Whether it’s a full summer or a shorter session, flexibility ensures that campers can participate without disrupting other commitments.

Remember that the length of summer camp depends on the camp type, location, and individual preferences. Parents should explore various options and select a camp that aligns with their child’s interests and schedule.

Trust is the most important feature of a camp to many families. It is important to understand the values of the overnight summer camp and where they fit in being partners in the parenting of your children.

Dreaming of camp,



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