Summer camps are back, and expanded by popular demand

“Chess for life” is the Chess Institute of Canada’s mission, and due to popular demand from parents across the GTA, it is expanding its chess for life programming through summer camps. More weeks will be offered in the Toronto core, and for the first time, CIC will be offering programming for K-8 kids in Mississauga as well.

Downtown Toronto: Mabin School – 50 Poplar Plains Rd, Toronto

  • July 2-5
  • July 8-12
  • July 15-19


Mississauga: Newton’s Grove School – 6850 Goreway Drive

  • August 6-9
  • August 12-16

“Since returning from COVID-mandated cancellations, we’ve been thrilled to see our camps come back stronger than ever,” says Matt Shepherd, Executive Director of the Chess Institute of Canada. “Parents have been asking for more – both more time for their kids to learn chess and life skills, and more locations across Toronto. We’re happy to deliver on both.”

Proven to improve children’s cognitive, STEM-related and logic skills, chess is not only a game kids find engaging, but a powerful teaching tool. “Like our Chess for Life programs offered in schools during the academic year, our camps deliver not only chess education but valuable life tools: patience, good sportspersonship, how to deal with adversity, thinking ahead, and much more,” says Keith Denning, one of CIC’s senior instructors. “We’ve seen a generation of kids benefit from CIC’s proven teaching methods in the almost 20 years we have been in operation, and kids today find these lessons as valuable and powerful as ever.” 

Parents can register their kids – including before- and after-care, if needed – on the CIC website. “Even with our expanded schedules, spaces are limited and filling up fast,” Shepherd says. “Depending on our 2024 results, we may have to look at expanding again in 2025!”