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We're Going Virtual!

At THEMUSEUM, the safety and well-being of our camp community has always been our top priority.  As you may know, since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis, we have been working tirelessly behind the scenes in an effort to find the best possible way to safely operate an in-person camp program this summer. With provincial limitations and state of emergency policies having been extended, we have made the difficult decision to cancel all in-person camp programming for the summer of 2020. The comfort, health and safety of our campers and staff is simply too important.   

We want to thank you for your support, patience and understanding as we have awaited guidance from health officials and trusted resources.  As an organization, we did not come to this decision lightly.  We know that this will be disappointing and disruptive to many families who were looking forward to camp this summer.  

Knowing that our camps are a fundamental learning component to your summers, our exceptional team at THEMUSEUM is working diligently to bring you virtual programming at home. Bringing together campers at home will allow us not only to continue our fun, educational offerings, but also bring the added opportunity to collaborate with partners outside of our institution to bring you some of our most exciting and interactive programming locally and in some cases from across Canada. We believe we will be able to provide an online summer experience that will bring THEMUSEUM into your home. 

We understand that “virtual camp” is not ideal for everyone and camp is usually about screen-free time, but we still intend to foster friendships, build confidence, creativity and connection. We are excited to bring THEMUSEUM to your door and to keep your children engaged this summer! We will continue to pursue our Vision which is to Awe, Inspire & Enlighten. 

We recognize that these are challenging financial times for many, and will issue bulk refunds to make this process as simple as possible. Please take a moment to review THEMUSEUM Camp Refund Policies 2020, to learn more about our refund system and your options. 

For families who wish to reserve a spot and participate in our virtual offerings, you may save your Summer Camp registration fee as a credit in CampBrain. When our virtual camp launches, you may apply your credit towards those programming fees and be refunded the balance. 

THEMUSEUM is a non-profit, charitable organization. If you are able to support us by donating any of your camp fees to support S.T.E.A.M. programming, your generosity would be greatly appreciated.  We are able to offer tax receipts for any donation of $10 or greater. 

We are committed to navigating these unprecedented times with you. Please stay tuned for more information on our virtual programming in the coming weeks.  

Thank you for your continued patience and support, 

David Marskell

CEO


Day Camps are a long-standing children’s program at THEMUSEUM. Since 2008, over 1200 campers have had a fantastic time at THEMUSEUM. We aim to awe, inspire and enlighten through our engaging educational camp programs.

Currently, we offer two main camp streams, THEMUSEUM Virtual Day Camp (ages 5 – 9) and The Underground Studio MakerSpace Virtual Camp (ages 9 – 14) for Summer Break. Register for a week of exploration, creativity and fun! Learn about a variety of exciting topics guaranteed to ignite curiosity.


THEMUSEUM Virtual Camps


Ages 5 – 9

THEMUSEUM’s Virtual Day Camp gives children the opportunity for hands on learning about a range of topics. Campers will learn through group discussions, demonstrations by our trained Camp Leaders, exploration of our exhibitions and by creating artwork inspired by the day’s content. 

Pricing

Members – Per Child   $ 85.50  
Non-Members- Per Child  $ 95.00  
Members – Household (2 or more children on one device)  $ 119.70  
Non-Members – Household (2 or more children on one device)  $ 133.00 
Activities and Schedule

Activities and Schedule – THEMUSEUM Virtual Camp

Upon registration of camp, campers will receive:

  • Printable activity booklet for each theme (PDF) 
  • Supply list (in welcome email)
  • A curated list of links and resources for the whole Family (Printable PDF)

We will also be hosting live-streamed sessions to check in with your child.

Daily 1-hour Check-In: ​

  • Two sessions available (9:30am – 10:30am, or 2pm-3pm)
  • Welcome chat​ (​icebreakers, games, and songs!)
  • Demonstrations campers can’t do at home
  • Exhibition walk-through via video
  • Recap of today’s tasks

Weekly 30-minute Welcome and Wrap-Up Sessions (Monday & Friday at 9am-9:30am): ​

  • Welcome to camp, The Rules and Code of Conduct
  • Introduce the team and get everyone to introduce themselves and their name
  • On Friday showcase the projects, thank everyone and “close” the week

Bonus Content:

  • Each week, campers will get a chance to hear from an expert on the week’s theme for extra insight and a Q&A.
  • Campers are encouraged to watch our summer guest live streams on THEMUSEUM’s Facebook page. Links will be provided to campers once the show concludes, but live engagement is recommended.  
Summer Camp Themes

Summer Camp Themes

Green Planet

Week 1 (Monday, July 13 – Friday, July 17)
Week 5  (Monday, August 10th – Friday, August 14)

Jump into hands-on, nature-filled science and art activities that will show you how you can make green choices for a sustainable future. Learn about local champions, new sustainable technologies, climate adaptation and actions you can take, both big and small.

Forests and Friends

Week 2 (Monday, July 20 – Friday, July 24)
Week 6 (Monday, August 17 – Friday, August 21)

Learn about the life cycle of plants and animals and navigate the foodwebs that connect them all. Explore why ecosystems are important and how we can preserve them for the future.

Spectacular Space

Week 3 (Monday, July 27 – Friday, July 31)
Week 7 (Monday, August 24 – Friday, August 28)

3, 2, 1… Blast off! We’re travelling through the solar system and beyond. Learn about human missions to space, why they’re so important and what the future of astronomy holds.

Deep Dive

Week 4 (Monday, August 3 – Friday, August 7)
Week 8 (Monday, August 31 – Friday, September 4)

Listen to the songs of whales, the splash of the shore, and the swish of bubbles as we learn about ocean habitats. Discuss the challenges ocean creatures face and learn how we can help.

Ages 9 – 14

THEMUSEUM’s Underground Studio MakerSpace opened in 2016 as a place for people of all ages to explore making, tinkering and hands-on learning. The Underground Studio MakerSpace camps are designed to challenge and develop the skill sets of our older campers giving them a chance to learn and experiment with a variety of topics.

Pricing

Members – Per Child   $ 85.50  
Non-Members – Per Child  $ 95.00 

Due to the cost of the kits for The Underground Studio MakerSpace Virtual Camp we are only able to offer a single camper rate. We want to make sure you get the best experience possible!

Activities and Schedule

Activities and Schedule – The Underground Studio MakerSpace Virtual Camp

Upon registration of camp, campers will receive:

  • Kit with supplies (Mailed) 
  • Printable activity booklet for each theme (PDF) 
  • Supply list for materials not included in kit (in welcome email)
  • A curated list of links and resources for the whole family (Printable PDF)

We will also be hosting live-streamed sessions to check in with your child.

1-hour Check-In Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 1pm – 2pm: 

  • Welcome Chat​ 
  • Activity instructions
  • Progress check and troubleshooting
  • Recap of today’s tasks

Weekly 30-minute Sessions (Monday & Friday at 9am-9:30am) with all campers:​

  • The Rules and Code of Conduct
  • Introduce Ashley and Riley and get everyone to introduce themselves and their name. 
  • On Friday showcase the projects, thank everyone, and “close” the week. 

Bonus Content:

  • Campers are encouraged to watch our summer guest live streams on THEMUSEUM’s Facebook page. Links will be provided to campers once the show concludes, but live engagement is recommended.
Summer Camp

Summer Camps

Garden Homes

Week 1 (Monday, July 13 – Friday, July 17)
Week 5  (Monday, August 10th – Friday, August 14)

Using recycled bottles, LEDs, plasticine and imagination, campers will learn about clay sculptures and various techniques all while making their own garden homes! 

Mood Lights

Week 2 (Monday, July 20 – Friday, July 24)
Week 6 (Monday, August 17 – Friday, August 21)

How does colour affect your mood? Campers will make their own Mood Light with Arduino, LEDs and computer programming. This is one creation that campers will love to experiment with at home! 

Clock Makers

Week 3 (Monday, July 27 – Friday, July 31)
Week 7 (Monday, August 24 – Friday, August 28)

Campers will make a personalized analog clocks using a provided mechanism as well as found objects they have around the house. They will be challenged to refrain from simply using markers and a paper plate (except as a base face) to increase creativity. 

Sewable Circuits

Week 4 (Monday, August 3 – Friday, August 7)
Week 8 (Monday, August 31 – Friday, September 4)

In this electrifying camp, campers will receive conductive thread, LEDs, fabrics and sewing supplies. Using creativity and learning how circuits work, campers will create their very own light-up wearable circuit!  

FAQ

Registration Process

Registration Process

Note that ALL Day Camps and The Underground Studio MakerSpace Camps registrations will be processed online through our CampBrain portal.

To register your child(ren) for any of our camps please click the CampBrain Registration link and follow the instructions below. 

  1. Log in to your existing CampBrain account or sign-up as a new user.
  2. Create profiles for each child that you’d like to register for camp and indicate your membership status.
  3. Select the camps you’d like to enrol in and add them to your cart.
  4. Complete the necessary forms and submit credit card payment. 
  5. Review your confirmation email for further details and a copy of your tax receipt. 

First-time registration will take approximately 20 minutes. Forms need only to be completed once per season. Forms will auto-populate from previous seasons but can be updated when enrolling for a new season.

Register for Camp
Tax Receipts

Tax receipts for all camp registrations from Summer 2019 onward are emailed to you at the time of booking and are also available through your CampBrain Profile. The document listed as “Household Account Statement” will act as your tax receipt.

Requests for Tax Receipts can take 5-10 business days to process. Calling our Visitor Services desk will not expedite the process.

If you require a Tax Receipt for camp registrations before Summer Camp 2019, please email us at Camps@THEMUSEUM.ca and include the following information:

  • Your child’s full name
  • Your child’s date of birth
  • The year(s) that your children were registered for our camps
  • The camp season(s) (i.e. PD Day, Winter Break, March Break or Summer)
  • The session(s) or dates of your registration
Activities and Schedule

Activities and Schedule – THEMUSEUM Virtual Day Camp

Upon registration of camp, campers will recieve:

  • Laser Printed Name Tag each week (Mailed)
  • Printable activity booklet for each theme (PDF) 
  • Supply list (in welcome email)
  • STEAM poster (Printable PDF)
  • Additional Links and Resources for the whole Family (Printable PDF)

We will also be hosting live streamed sessions to check in with your child.

Daily 1-hour Check-In: 

  • Welcome and Chat
  • Demonstration people can’t do at home
  • Exhibition walk-through/video
  • Recap of Today’s Tasks

Weekly 30-minute Sessions (Monday & Friday): 

  • The Rules and Code of Conduct
  • Introductions to other campers and social time

Optional Bonuses:

  • Each week, campers will get a chance to hear from an expert on the week’s theme for extra insight and a Q&A.
  • Registrants will receive a link to the livestream of our summer presenters 

Activities and Schedule – The Underground Studio MakerSpace Virtual Day Camp

Upon registration of camp, campers will recieve:

  • Kit with supplies (Mailed) 
  • Printable activity booklet for each theme (PDF) 
  • Supply list for materials not included in kit (in welcome email)
  • Additional Links and Resources for the whole Family (Printable PDF)

1-hour Check-In Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 

  • Welcome and Chat
  • Introducing the activity
  • How to do the activity
  • Recap of the day’s Tasks

Weekly 30-minute Sessions (Monday & Friday) with all campers:

  • The Rules and Code of Conduct
  • Introduce Ashley and Riley and get everyone to introduce themselves and their name. 
  • On Friday thank everyone, “close” the week.
Feedback and Evaluation

Feedback and Evaluation

We are grateful to have your children take part in our programming. To continue to offer the best service and programming possible, we ask that you give us your feedback using the link below. This brief survey with your child about both your experience and their experiences with THEMUSEUM’s Day Camps.

Take the Survey
Refund/Cancellation Policy

Refund/Cancellation Policy

Registration is accepted on a first come-first served basis, registration on the day of the camp is not guaranteed; payment must be received at time of registration, and a $5 administration fee applies to all registrations within 14 days of the camp date. Smart phone images/faxed copies of a form will not be accepted. Cancellations must be received at least seven days prior to the camp date in order to receive a gift card to THEMUSEUM for the full amount or receive a 50% refund of total cost. Free transfers are available to another date/week dependent on availability.

Why open THEMUSEUM newsletters?

"Just scanning the themes here, I think you and the programming team should be very proud of the relevance of your institution to so many of the important conversations of our time. Please keep doing what you’re doing!"

- Glen Drummond, Chief Innovation Officer, Quarry.com