Youth Program

youth2Kids are welcome at Mindcamp! Our Youth Program prepares young people to think, act and reflect creatively, inspiring them to become leaders within their schools and communities.

“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, Mindcamp 2014

Kids are welcome to come to Mindcamp with their parents. During programming hours, kids 6 and older will have things to do away from their parents. The program presents parallel sessions that contrast in age-appeal and energy level. The kids play a role in deciding which one they would like to join. Older teens (16-17) can join in as participants, help with the smaller kids, or choose to join adult sessions.

“I loved that my kids felt comfortable right away in their brand new environment with brand new people.” — parent, Mindcamp 2014

  • Kids’ programs will run during adult program times
  • Parents will be responsible for their kids at other times

The program (not set until shortly before Mindcamp) is 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
  • Slacklined
  • 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