2024 Sessions

Youth Program
Kids are welcome at Mindcamp!

Ongoing  •  While adult sessions are running

Our Youth Program prepares young people to think, act and reflect creatively, inspiring them to become leaders within their schools and communities.

During programming hours, kids 5 and older will have things to do away from their parents. Although we will have some programs prepared in advance, in the end it will be up to the kids to decide what they would like to do. (It’s always been like this at Mindcamp for the kids: in a way the adult program has finally caught up!)

Older teens (15-17) can be youth participants, help with the smaller kids, or choose to join adult sessions. Or any combination.
  • Kids’ schedule mirrors the adult schedule times
  • Parents will be responsible for their kids at other times
Program possibilities will include a combination of perennial favourites that we do every year and special one-off experiences. In the past, most years, we have…

  • Played a lot of sports including soccer, rugby, disc golf (one thing or another every year)
  • Figured out how to make art and run around at the same time
  • Slacklining, wall climbing, ropes course
  • Gone swimming every day
  • Done improv
  • Made stuffies (little stuffed characters out of socks)
…and one year, we…
  • Wrote, photographed, and laid out our own comic books
  • Created, priced, manufactured and sold a product (at Mindcamp!)
  • Learned how to use a star chart
  • Modified Barbie dolls to look like Borg mutants
  • Created art-making robots
“I like how welcome and included they were in the Mindcamp experience. Treated as valid, whole and complete human beings, rather than only addressing adults and them being seen as tag alongs.” — Parent

“I loved that my kids felt comfortable right away in their brand new environment with brand new people.” — Parent

All Sessions
Subject to change. What isn't?
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Mind U Sessions
NOTE: This is a partial list, more to come...
  • Creativity FUN-damentals Brush up your creative chops — and have fun doing it! (Leonardo Muñoz)
  • Liquid Thinking Do you really need a box to think outside it?
    (Edouard Le Maréchal, Sophie Harvey)
  • Share the Toys in Our Attic to advance in your personal and professional creative development (Clara Kluk, Sylvain Rouillard)
  • Time for Recess! Tricks, tools and improv games to set you apart and make you and your work more memorable (Rich DiGirolamo, Beth Slazak)
  • The Well-Being Playground Support your health and wellness through play (Ginny Santos, Dan Bigonesse)
  • TBD
40+ Open Space Sessions
These sessions are not pre-programmed... they will develop through the Open Space methodology. There will be dozens! But we don't know what they will be yet.
Never been to an Open Space conference? You're in for a treat!
Other Scheduled Sessions