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The camp provides a wonderful opportunity to continue with chess even when school is not in session. It is often the highlight of the year for children, because it is a unique camp experience that incorporates intensive chess lessons, sports activities, recreational swimming, arts programming, and special events with guest experts.

Chess Institute of Canada

  • Archery, Art, Chess, Filmmaking, March Break, Martial Arts, Music, P.A. Day Camps, Sports, Summer Day Camps, Winter Break

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Address 286 Harbord Street
Harbord Collegiate
Toronto, ON M6G 1G5
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We offer in-class curriculum classes and extra curricular chess clubs (at lunch time and after school); host chess tournaments; run the best chess, sports, and arts summer camp; and offer private chess instruction year-round.

The Chess Institute of Canada (CIC) is a non-profit organization that provides opportunities for people of all ages to learn and play chess. Our specific mission is to improve the lives of children by using chess as a vehicle to cultivate the development of essential life skills.

At the Chess Institute of Canada, we bring chess to life!

Summer Camp

The best summer fun for cool kings and queens, with unique adventures and surprises each week!

WEEK 1 – JULY 2-4
WEEK 2 – JULY 7-11
WEEK 3 – JULY 14-18

Register for one, two or all three weeks!

For ages 5 to 12, beginner to advanced players.

Campers will enjoy a variety of incredible activities!*


From beginners to rated tournament players, all campers are sure to boost their chess ability!

Activities include: • Chess lessons with the best instructors • “Chess Secrets” sessions – Learn strategy and tactics used by Grand Masters and World Champions • Rated tournaments • Play against the instructor • Bughouse and Simuls • Chess clock action • Sensor-board chess computers • And other chess adventures!


A great mind needs the best body; get ready for a summer of energy and action!

Campers will enjoy a variety of fun sports, including: • Professional workshops in Archery, basketball, volleyball, soccer and floor hockey • Martial arts sessions led by guest black belts • Popular racquet games • Dodge ball, ultimate Frisbee and capture the flag • Many other fast-paced physical games!


What is camp without the creativity of the arts? Campers will perfect their many expressive skills!

Campers will experience a wide array of arts such as: • Create and take home unique art projects guided by our Arts and Crafts Specialist • Sessions of drama, improv and theatre • World Music appreciation workshops • Make your own movie with a real screening at the end of camp, and more!


Loads of extra features and surprises!

Recreational Swimming • Robin Hood Archery workshops • "Be a Star" Drama and Movie-making with the pros • Interactive Magic performance and sessions • Juggling, Balancing, and other Circus Acts • Real-live Reptile Show • Survivor Day • Martial Arts sessions led by guest black belts • Scavenger Hunt •Talent Show • Crazy science experiments • Dynamic Drumming circles • Refreshments, treats and other surprises!

*Activities mentioned above will be spread out over the 3 weeks of camp, and may occur in only one of the three sessions.

Seasonal Day Camps

Our seasonal day camps offer a chance for students to continue with chess even when school is on break. Seasonal camps are three days in length and run during Winter break and March break, as well as at other times of the year such as PA Days and Winter Break.

Campers are divided into groups based on chess experience and age, to ensure that everyone has the most fun they can possibly have. The Chess World curriculum is used for all chess-related activities. Counsellors are all trained CIC instructors skilled in teaching groups of children that have a diverse range of chess knowledge and proficiency. The instructors are educators first, and chess players second.


Camp Director, Tal Granite, always creates an exciting curriculum, which guarantees campers a well-rounded, fun and exciting experience. On any given day campers may be involved in chess lessons and tournaments, chess clock action, a host of ballgames, raquet games, martial arts, archery, swimming, drama and improv, arts and crafts, and numerous other activities.

For more information including camp schedules and rates, please visit our website.

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Region: Toronto Central