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Thinking Playground camps

Do you want your child to have the ‘thinking tools’ to solve problems? To make good decisions? To be open to exploring different ideas, and transform imagination into innovation? Then the Thinking Playground is just what you have been looking for!

Thinking is learning to: 

  • listen to each other
  • ask interesting questions
  • make connections between ideas
  • to build on each other’s ideas
  • see what counts as a reason
  • express your reasons
  • think before you act 

Thinking is essential: 

  • constructive communication
  • for healthy mental and emotional development
  • for dealing with the pressures of life
  • for good judgment
  • for self-growth

2022 Summer camps

Camp 1: July 4-8, 2022 | Voyageurs (age 6-9) UFVA TF26

THIS CAMP IS FULL 

In this exciting week, our fearless Voyageurs will sail into the world of Ancient Greece! Join the crew of a ship and set off into a mystical world of troublesome gods and tantalizing treasure! On our epic journey, we will meet characters suffering from jealousy, deception, and misfortune. Our heroic campers will work together to navigate these obstacles, experimenting with reasoning tools as they overcome each challenge! Join us for a week of exciting games and mythical mayhem as we compete for Olympic medals and decorate our own paddles (a necessity for any high seas adventure).

Camp 1: July 4-8, 2022 | Xplorers (age 10-13) UFVA TF27

Join our Project X team as we blast off to a galaxy far away! Your mission is to explore and create the future of human civilization. We will meet new life forms that may be helpful or dangerous and we'll work together to decide whether these distant worlds are really that different from our own. We'll be playing and thinking critically together during live-action adventures inside and outside, doing art projects, music, games, and a lot more fun! Get ready for the time of your life! This exciting mission is yours, should you choose to accept it!

Camp 2: July 11-15, 2022 | Pods and Squads (age 6-9) UFVA TF14

THIS CAMP IS FULL

Explore imaginary lands, meet funny and unusual creatures, and encounter new civilizations. Our Pods and Squads team will be playing and thinking together in a world that is ours to discover! We'll investigate issues like difference, tolerance, and sharing. Create our own cardboard city and look to defend or conquer other cities, build trade routes, and make our very own pod flag. Will you use your new-found superpowers to find the answer to a mystery, or trade and share your way to solutions? Join Pods and Squads for the best week of your life!

Camp 2: July 11-15, 2022 | Navigators (age 10-13) UFVA TF28

As powerful gods and mysterious creatures throw endless trials and barriers into our path, Navigator campers will use their critical thinking skills to emerge victorious! Working together, we will sail across treacherous seas, discovering new lands filled with mischievous creatures, impressive gods, and daunting monsters. Along the way we will grapple with the perils of luck and misfortune, the pitfalls of jealousy and the cunning nature of deception. Join us for activities like competing in the Olympic games, outwitting the cunning Sphinx, and leaving it all up to chance in the chaotic utopia of Atlantis!

How to register for camp

Camp fees

Registration typeFee
Domestic registration $250.00/week
Second registration (from the same family) $150.00/week
International registration $295.00/week
Second international registration (from the same family) $195.00/week

How to submit your registration & pay your fees

Mail to: NO LONGER BEING ACCEPTED

In-person: Abbotsford B211 - 33844 King Rd; Chilliwack A1312 - 45190 Caen Ave

NOTE: 10% discount for children of UFV employees; 20% discount for children of current UFV students

Behind the scenes

UFV’s Centre for Philosophy for Children (C4PC) and the Vancouver Institute of Philosophy For Children have joined energies to bring “fun” and “thinking” to youngsters in the Fraser Valley by putting on camps for each of the two weeks with carefully crafted curriculums and a unique pedagogical approach. Check www.thinkingplayground.org for more information.

Questions? Please contact us via p4c@ufv.ca or info@thinkingplayground.org.

Check out past camps on Facebook.

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“This camp was the funnest one yet. This camp made me really really super duper happy.“

  • – Camper, age 9
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There are so many good things to say about camp this week. My children have never, I mean never, had this much fun. It is not a stretch to say that my husband and I think that they enjoyed the camp more than Disneyland!

  • – Mom of Jasaiah and Olivia
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