Testimonials

My 5 year old son loved his 4 weeks at camp. The cool basement gyms are a great place to be during the hot July. He loved the time spent with other children and playing games/Olympics. The art time was far more engaging than most camps offer. Your art time seemed to be spent, designing, building and decorating projects [rocket ships, clocks etc -] – my son loved this and I respect this over just time spent colouring or painting. Brodie Campbell – Leaside camp parent

I am writing to commend the counselor I met today at check in named Toby at Leaside High. I did not drop my daughter and our neighbour off yesterday but after only one day, Toby greeted both girls by name and even knew my name having never met me. I was extremely impressed. Kudos to him for such a great impression… I can assure you this is not the personal touch you get at most camps. Kind regards, Kristen Martin - Leaside Location

Excellent Staff! Thank you Kiera, Sharon, Cole, Ella and others for making my daughter feel so cared for and safe at her first camp experience. Your extra effort to ease her anxiety went a long way and was appreciated. Her pride in teaching us her new games, songs, and skills learned at camp … Great value, flexible registration, new skills fostered in fun ways, low pressure … noticeable change in her facility with numbers and patterns. Sulky

I am thrilled with my daughter's improvement in math at school this year. She had FUN at your camp while learning math, without constant judgement (summative tests). She came home excited each day about the things she 'could do'. S.M.A.R.T. Camp helps all kids stay sharp during the summer through review, but my daughter gained the CONFIDENCE in her ability to LEARN math. The daily physical exercise was actually a bonus - which I at first took to be the main objective. Jan Wilcox - S.M.A.R.T. parent

I'd like to congratulate you on running a great program. I was very impressed right from day one with how smoothly everything ran, and how organized everything was. Our daughter was somewhat timid, and your staff was fabulous! They quickly made her feel welcome and included. We really like the mix of active sports with math and art. My daughter really enjoyed her week with you. Weeks later, she is still talking about it! My only regret is that I did not register her for longer (we are busy for the rest of the summer). Next year we will definitely sign her up for a longer period! Wendy Gillanders - S.M.A.R.T. parent

2016 Testimonials

I believe it was the best thing we did for Sofia right before starting J.K. Sofia loved every single day of [her 7 weeks] camp. She can identify numbers she didn’t prior to camp, can add and subtract! Very impressive! The staff is very kind, friendly and caring [especially Lisa]. Would highly recommend this camp to anyone. Erieti & Nick Tsaggarelis – [Cosburn Location]

SMART camp is my go-to neighbourhood camp. It’s high quality, affordable, the kids have fun and I know they're doing activities which are good for their bodies and their minds. My three kids have all attended over the years and it’s been great every year. Dorothy Carson [John Wanless parent]

My 5 year old son loved his 4 weeks at camp. The cool basement gyms at Leaside are a great place to be during the hot July. He loved the time spent with other children and playing games/ Olympics. The art time was far more engaging than most camps offer. Your art time seemed to be spent, designing, building and decorating projects [rocket ships, clocks etc -] – my son loved this and I respect this over just time spent colouring or painting. Perhaps a week or two long art project would be a good idea – building something significantly over that time. Brodie Campbell – [Leaside camp parent]

I just wanted to share that Kai absolutely loved Smart Camp this year. Although I only had him registered for the mornings, he begged me each morning to go full day. I am definitely interested in your Saturday morning program! Thank-you, Stacey Shillington [John Wanless parent]

This is our 2nd Camp has always been there or us! I love that you always have availability and the registration process is quick and easy. Best of all the kids always have lots of fun. Elly & Shohei [Cosburn Campers & parent]

SMART Camp was one of my favourite camps. I liked all of the activities ... It was great to find a camp in our neighbourhood that both my 4 and 8 year old could attend together. The structure of the camp really promotes social, cognitive and physical development in a fun environment. [Cosburn Location family]

Matthew has had so much fun these last 2 weeks at the camp! He comes home with lots of stories and excitement. Toby and the team are doing a great job! We are away next week but Matthew would like to return after that when you move over to Cosburn. I think Toby said he is going over there too, great! Pam Guselle – [Leaside parent]

I like that the Gym-Math-Ticks Olympics are on Thursday and Friday this year] Roan – [Cosburn Camper]

My son Colin loved his week at camp at Leaside High School. He liked the math olympics and the other activities. I had the impression that the counsellors were very patient as he was a bit nervous about getting the answers wrong, but enjoyed it all the same. Rachel Breau [Leaside Location]

I like your flexibility of registration, after care program and the many engaging activities your offer the students – [Cosburn parent]

I am writing to commend the counselor I met today at check in named Toby at Leaside High. I did not drop my daughter and our neighbour off yesterday but after only one day, Toby greeted both girls by name and even knew my name having never met me. I was extremely impressed. Kudos to him for such a great impression… I can assure you this is not the personal touch you get at most camps. Kind regards, Kristen Martin, Amelia’s mother [Leaside Location]

Hello Colin, My kids love SMART camp. They like (and mommy likes) the lunch options. The kids also like the Olympic style days on Thursday & Fridays and their box of Smarties. Smarties go a long way with kids! Thank you, see you next summer, Nathalie [Coxwell/Cosburn location]

Jayce loves S.M.A.R.T camp and will continue to do so for the coming summers. We will continue to recommend it to friends in our neighbourhood. – Joanne Wallwork [Coxwell/Cosburn location]

My son and daughter were a bit nervous this morning (first time at camp) and Lisa was so sweet and helpful. I could tell the staff and volunteers were well prepared and very kind-hearted. The kids had a fantastic day! ... I have had the pleasure of knowing that my children are playing and learning in a safe and fun environment. I am really impressed with how you integrate the year in a row at SMART Camp and I’d come back again! It’s a lot of fun ... SMART learning and play. Thanks so much Susan Rossanos [East York parent]

Hi Colin! Just wanted to thank you VERY VERY MUCH for a wonderful program! My son Sasha loved every day and looked very forward to attending your camp! Your beautiful young people that ran the program were so informative and kind to the kids! They really seemed to enjoy running your program! Thank you again and hope to see you next summer! Have a great year! With much thanks, Sonya and Sasha Carter [Leaside site]

A very supportive camping environment and experience. Very well organized and supervised. Highly recommend it to other families. The McWhirter family – [Cosburn Location]

The last two weeks have been so much fun! My favourite game was Battle Ship ... very nice staff Jadyn – [Cosburn camper]

... My kids enjoy SMART Camp each year and always ask to go for a few weeks each summer. Jadyn’s mom – [Cosburn]

I like the teachers because they come up with fun games. – Ansha [Cosburn Location]

My kids have enjoyed SMART Camp this year. They look forward to attending next year. [Cosburn family]

It’s really fun. I’ve met so many new friends. The Olympic Gym-Math-Ticks are really fun. You guys have great games. [Zoe M]

... This place is awesome. You guys have the best games ever!!! I get so exhausted I could fall asleep in two minutes. [Paige M]

... Our daughters have gone to SMART Camp for several years now – they always have a fantastic time ... Paige and Zoe’s Mom – [Cosburn]

Great program. Please keep me updated for summer program 2014. Elvira Palermo [Cosburn Location]

Selected Testimonials 2012 - 2015

S.M.A.R.T. Camp and the Staff are FANTASTIC!! My son is 2 weeks into his 4 week program and is having so much fun. He speaks so proudly of the day’s events. The medal he was awarded on Friday has become part of his daily wardrobe – He is very proud of it. Thank you for the most awesome, excellent and positive camp experience. Deborah Smith – Diefenbaker PS parent

I am thrilled with my daughter’s improvement in math at school this year. She had FUN at your camp while learning math, without constant judgment (summative tests). She came home excited each day about the things she ‘could do’. S.M.A.R.T. Camp helps all kids stay sharp during the summer through review, but my daughter gained the CONFIDENCE in her ability to LEARN math. The daily physical exercise was actually a bonus – which I at first took to be the main objective. Jan Wilcox – parent

Excellent Staff! Thank you Kiera, Sharon, Cole, Ella and others for making my daughter feel so cared for and safe at her first camp experience. Your extra effort to ease her anxiety went a long way and was appreciated. Her pride in teaching us her new games, songs, and skills learned at camp … Great value, flexible registration, new skills fostered in fun ways, low pressure … noticeable change in her facility with numbers and patterns. Lori Sulky [mom of 4 year old JW camper]

I am writing to commend the counselor I met today at check in named Toby at Leaside High. I did not drop my daughter and our neighbour off yesterday but after only one day, Toby greeted both girls by name and even knew my name having never met me. I was extremely impressed. Kudos to him for such a great impression… I can assure you this is not the personal touch you get at most camps. Kind regards, Kristen Martin, Amelia’s mother [Leaside Location]

SMART Camp was one of my favourite camps. I liked all of the activities ... It was great to find a camp in our neighbourhood that both my 4 and 8 year old could attend together. The structure of the camp really promotes social, cognitive and physical development in a fun environment. [Cosburn location family]

SMART camp is my go-to neighbourhood camp. It’s high quality, affordable, the kids have fun and I know they're doing activities which are good for their bodies and their minds. My three kids have all attended over the years and it’s been great every year. Dorothy Carson [John Wanless parent]

My kids love SMART camp. They like (and mommy likes) the lunch options. The kids also like the Olympic style days on Thursday & Fridays and their box of Smarties. Smarties go a long way with kids! Thank you, see you next summer, Nathalie [Coxwell/Cosburn location]

I just wanted to share that Kai absolutely loved Smart Camp this year. Although I only had him registered for the mornings, he begged me each morning to go full day. I am definitely interested in your Saturday morning program! Stacey Shillington [John Wanless parent]

A very supportive camping environment and experience. Very well organized and supervised. Highly recommend it to other families. The McWhirter family – [Cosburn Location]

My 5 year old son loved his 4 weeks at camp. The cool basement gyms are a great place to be during the hot July. He loved the time spent with other children and playing games/Olympics. The art time was far more engaging than most camps offer. Your art time seemed to be spent, designing, building and decorating projects [rocket ships, clocks etc -] – my son loved this and I respect this over just time spent colouring or painting. Brodie Campbell – [Leaside camp parent]

The last two weeks have been so much fun! My favourite game was Battle Ship ... very nice staff Jadyn – [Cosburn camper]

... My kids enjoy SMART Camp each year and always ask to go for a few weeks each summer. Jadyn’s mom – Cosburn

Just wanted to thank you VERY VERY MUCH for a wonderful program! My son Sasha loved every day and looked very forward to attending your camp! Your beautiful young people that ran the program were so informative and kind to the kids! They really seemed to enjoy running your program! Thank you again and hope to see you next summer! Have a great year! With much thanks, Sonya and Sasha Carter [Leaside site]

It’s really fun. I’ve met so many new friends. The Olympic Gym-Math-Ticks are really fun. You guys have great games. [Zoe M]

... This place is awesome. You guys have the best games ever!!! I get so exhausted I could fall asleep in two minutes. [Paige M]

... Our daughters have gone to SMART Camp for several years now – they always have a fantastic time ... Paige and Zoe’s Mom – [Cosburn]

My child enjoys all the art activities, outdoor play and has mentioned how the counselors are having ‘fun’ all the time with the kids. It’s not just a job. Staff all seemed to know my child by name early on and mentioned something they did together that day. – John Wanless camp site parent

Matthew has had so much fun these last 2 weeks at the camp! He comes home with lots of stories and excitement. Toby and the team are doing a great job! We are away next week but Matthew would like to return after that when you move over to Cosburn. I think Toby said he is going over there too, great! Pam Guselle – [Leaside parent]

I believe it was the best thing we did for our daughter right before starting J.K. She loved every single day of [her 7 weeks] camp. She can identify numbers she didn’t prior to camp, can add and subtract! Very impressive! The staff is very kind, friendly and caring [especially Lisa]. Would highly recommend this camp to anyone. Erieti & Nick Tsaggarelis – [Cosburn Location]

Thanks very much for everything your counselors have done for Bronwen – she is very nervous in the morning, but they get her through it and she always has a terrific time. Cheers, Alison – Leaside camp site parent

This is our 2nd Camp has always been there or us! I love that you always have availability and the registration year in a row at SMART Camp and I’d come back again! It’s a lot of fun ... SMART process is quick and easy. Best of all the kids always have lots of fun. Elly & Shohei [Cosburn Camper & parent]

My daughter loved the Leaside S.M.A.R.T. Camp. She had decided that she was not going to like the camp. “I’m going to do math?!” She came home the first day having been challenged and engaged physically and mentally. She asked if she can go again next year. Yeah! So thank you very much! Sandra Whittaker – S.M.A.R.T. parent

Both my children loved the whole camp atmosphere. I was concerned that my daughter would not last with all the sports BUT she enjoyed the variety and [especially] you ‘adult’ staff members. I would be very interested in a French component that Jon had mentioned at Leaside. J. Welker – Leaside parent

My son has been coming to SMART Camp for 4 years now and enjoys it each year. His favourite part is the great counselors. Great camp run by fun, motivated and nurturing people. It is a pleasure coming back each year. I love how each year they remember Nicholas and the great feedback I receive each year. – SMART Camp parent

I’d like to congratulate you on running a great program. I was very impressed right from day one with how smoothly everything ran, and how organized everything was. Our daughter was somewhat timid, and your staff was fabulous! They quickly made her feel welcome and included. We really like the mix of active sports with math and art. My daughter really enjoyed her week with you. Weeks later, she is still talking about it! My only regret is that I did not register her for longer (we are busy for the rest of the summer). Next year we will definitely sign her up for a longer period! Wendy Gillanders – John Wanless parent

My daughter ‘loved’ S.M.A.R.T. Camp again this year! She likes to be kept busy whereas at her previous day camp, there seemed to be a lot of ‘hurry up and wait’. Additionally, their rainy day activity was watching videos. I found the staff to be very well organized, competent and friendly. Faculty of Education students certainly make a [positive] difference. My daughter requires an EPI pen and I left each day feeling secure that my daughter would be safe – hats off to you all. Louise Taylor – parent

My son Colin loved his week at camp at Leaside High School. He liked the math olympics and the other activities. I had the impression that the counsellors were very patient as he was a bit nervous about getting the answers wrong, but enjoyed it all the same. Rachel Breau [Leaside Location]

My son and daughter were a bit nervous this morning (first time at camp) and Lisa was so sweet and helpful. I could tell the staff and volunteers were well prepared and very kind-hearted. The kids had a fantastic day! ... I have had the pleasure of knowing that my children are playing and learning in a safe and fun environment. I am really impressed with how you integrate the learning and play. Thanks so much Susan Rossanos [East York parent]

Jayce loves S.M.A.R.T camp and will continue to do so for the coming summers. We will continue to recommend it to friends in our neighbourhood. – Joanne Wallwork [Coxwell/Cosburn location]

We were really happy with the enthusiasm of S.M.A.R.T staff. The instructors were great at integrating bashful, timid children … My child was quite worked up about the whole thing but the experience proved to be fantastic!! Elaine Cull – parent, Bedford Park P.S., Manor Montessori

I’ve never enjoyed myself more at any other day camp. Being a CIT was fun, as well as the counselors. Thank you! I love SMART Camp … The counselors were absolutely wonderful. My kids were in the young program, as well as the CIT program, and they all enjoyed their experience. They’ll be back next year. - East York site camper and parent

“But I really, really, really, like this camp! I want to stay here all day! Tristan 4.5 yrs old We felt S.M.A.R.T. was a very nice camp … not too much pressure … My child learned a lot indoors and out – without coming home sunburned from being outside all day. Gayle Wilmot – John Wanless parent

Tons of fun! I made new friends and camp managers were very nice. I would go again … Luca

…I felt safe and comfortable leaving my son in the camp’s care. Staff is competent and trained. My son enjoyed himself from day one! I would definitely recommend the camp again! Michela [Luca’s mom]

My kids love gym and playground time … Great staff – high energy and interaction with kids is sincere … positive attitude (they don’t treat their role as a short time job) … Loved pizza lunches – SMART Camp parent

My children loved it so much. I appreciated how the instructors engaged children by getting down to their level, making eye contact. I’m grateful that they made her feel safe. Judie Jacobs – parent

At first my daughter asked, ‘Oh, do I have to do math and school work at camp?” Later she said she enjoyed the fun, math related tag games. Lorraine Manzig – S.M.A.R.T. parent

My boys were excited to come each day. The modified activities include younger campers and the games were fun … Shannon H – S.M.A.R.T. parent

I just wanted to thank you for such a wonderful 2 weeks at SMART Camp. My 2 girls had an awesome time and looked forward to going every single day. They were a little hesitant because of the MATH concept, but quickly found that it was a fun camp, not summer school. D Perry

The kids are having such a great summer! They love the counselors and are making lots of friends, doing lots of art and learning new things. I highly recommend SMART Camp! Also, my daughter, who doesn’t tend to like camp and is a bit inhibited is loving SMART Camp. Thank you! – SMART Camp parent

Camp was really well organized, lots of variety, great camp leaders … I would recommend to others – Colleen Kelly

Toronto Police help with an active scooter board math game during our signature Olympic style Gym- Math-Ticks [2 day] culminating event.

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