Sports Camp - What is it and Why You Should Send Your Son?

May 19 2016

Two of the most valuable experiences for a boy can be found in sports and at camp. These experiences not only provide an outlet for boys to have fun, but also teach them invaluable life lessons. A summer sports camp is an ideal opportunity for boys to experience the positive attributes of both sports and camp in one summer. A sports camp involves boys learning, playing and working together with other boys in various sporting events and activities. Luckily, at Camp Chikopi, we are able to provide all of these amazing attributes to our campers through physical education, relationship and character building activities.

To begin with, Camp Chikopi was founded in 1920, and was designated as Canada’s first all sports camp for boys aged 7-17. We offer a variety of different sports programs ranging from watersports to land sports such as: swimming, canoeing, soccer, cycling and more. Today, we continue to offer our campers the ability to develop athletic skills, while encouraging healthy living.

Does a sports camp have more benefits over a standard camp? Let us share with you some of the reasons we think so. Not only will your son have a summer filled with boundless activities, he will also gain many  important life skills at Chikopi. Here are some of the specific benefits of a sports camp for your son:

Benefits of Sports Camp

Fitness and Health

It is important to teach boys the value of daily physical activity. Sports camps inspire boys to adopt healthy lifestyle habits that helps lay the foundation for a lifetime of good health choices. Some physical benefits of a sports camp include; a strong heart and healthy lungs, improved balance, posture, flexibility and coordination, strong muscles and bones, and a reduced risk of becoming overweight later in life.

Athletic Skills

At a sports camp, your son will greatly improve his athletic skills. Working with experienced coaches and training with like-minded boys will inspire your son to work hard and play harder. Following the coaches example, they will learn how to communicate respectfully, how to motivate their teammates, how to resolve conflict, and how to lead by example.

Work Ethic and Responsibility

Camp Chikopi is an all-boys, overnight, sports camp. Our campers follow a daily schedule. Our schedule is comprised of instructional classes, specialized training sessions, meals, team sports, electives, special events and more. Waking up and participating 100% each day teaches boys responsibility and self-discipline. It also guides them to cultivate responsible habits from a young age. In addition, the boys are not only rewarded for their hard work ethic, but also see their commitment pay off in their athletic performance both at camp events and back home on their school and club teams.

Social Skills

Boys who participate in sports camps learn essential social skills such as leadership skills and the ability to connect with others to make long lasting friendships. When the boys arrive at Camp Chikopi, they participate in specific games and activities that teach them effective communication skills to achieve the maximum benefits of camp! Kids learn patience and tolerance both on and off the field as well as in and out of the water!

Self-esteem and Confidence

One of the best ways to gain confidence and self-esteem is to set goals and accomplish them. Your son will come home from Camp Chikopi with a sense of accomplishment, confidence, and pride. Our coaches and counselors make sure that our campers feel welcome and comfortable during their stay at camp. Our staff consistently recognize a campers efforts and abilities. They also evaluate areas where your young athlete may need improvement. They will always feel important and will learn to accept constructive criticism, an essential skill to learn to help face challenges later in their life.

We also offer an excellent triathlon training program for individuals who are willing to challenge their physical ability further. At Chikopi boys learn how to dedicate themselves to a summer-long training session in order to compete with their peers in a swimming, cycling and running race. This program is one of our most challenging, yet the program does not lack the fun and enjoyment that other summer sports camps advertise.

At Camp Chikopi, we pride ourselves on the fact that we offer great sports programs, in addition to a strong focus on individual and group character building. If you are looking for a sports camp for your son to attend this summer, Camp Chikopi has all the activities to peak to your son's interests in sports and individual development. 

At Camp Chikopi, our sports camp not only assists in developing athletic skills, but also helps boys develop relationship building skills with their peers. Playing sports is one of the most effective ways to build relationships, trust and confidence in yourself and others. Not only does attending a sports camp assist in building lifelong friendships, but it also helps boys grow independently, and as a team. A sports camp puts boys in a position to gain confidence in themselves and the confidence and ability to work well with others.
There are many areas of a sports camp that help transform a young boy into a young man, and character building is most definitely one of them.  Attending a sports camp will ensure character building traits are acquired through increased levels of respect and sportsmanship to others. Being respectful to your coaches, teammates and competitors is a building block for how your son will interact as a young adult and further into the future.

There are so many benefits to sending your son to a sports camp. While improving their athletic skills, they will also gain confidence, make lifelong friendships, learn responsibility, and the value of a healthy lifestyle. Camp Chikopi is the best sports camp to send your son to for their summer experience. They will learn important life skills here and have a fun summer too! For more information please call us at 954.566.8235 or contact us at


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