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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!

Fun camps (yeah!) that help kids learn how to think!

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

 

View more photos from past camps on Facebook.

 

The people behind our camps

UFV’s Centre for Philosophy for Children (CPC) and the Vancouver Institute of Philosophy For Children (www.vip4c.ca) are joining 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.

 

2021 Summer camps at UFV

Camp 1: August 23-27, 2021 | Metamorphs (age 10-13) - TF11

How would you change if you had to live your video game character? Would you change your perspective if you were the defense or prosecution team in a court case? Imagine walking into a Time Machine and walking out the other side 70 years older! What if you had the opportunity to add cybernetic augmentations to your brain and body?

In this year's Metamorphs camp, campers will engage in enormously fun activities which will immerse them in aspects of change. From our live action role playing DND game to the trial of Changeling, a wicked character exposing Metamorphs to different kinds of change, to arts and crafts and outdoor games, even a battle-rap competition! Come and Metamorph with us; we will create a memory that will never change.

Camp 2: Aug 30 - Sept 3, 2021 | Transformers (age 6-9) - TF12

Imagine what the world would look like if you were the age of a grandparent! Perhaps you have always wondered what it would be like to be a lion or a frog. Imagine learning new evidence in a courtroom that transforms your perspective! Join the Transformers to explore the world and answer your most curious questions in totally new ways!

With all our fun activities, campers will get to transform into crazy creatures, explore their own fantasy world, and show off their creativity in musical games, art projects, and theatre performances, as well as transform into energy-makers as we play our outdoor games. Join us as we embark on a jam-packed quest to investigate how to transform “thinking” into the most fun ever (!) at The Thinking Playground. 

Camp 2: Aug 30 - Sep 3, 2021 | Wonder Wizards (age 10-13) - TF13

Hello, Wizards! Prepare to enter a world of fantasy full of frightful goblins, courageous knights, towering giants and fiery dragons! In Wizards of Wonder, campers travel through a fictional world on a quest to seek wisdom. This camp investigates questions around what it means to be a hero, the way in which we treat those who are different from us, what makes a true friend, and most importantly, what a good life looks like. Activities include energetic field games, custom-designed board games, lego villages, innovative crafts, and entertaining outside presentations. Come join us and your fellow Wizards this August for a truly unforgettable Thinking Playground adventure!

Important camp info

Drop-off & pick-up times

You may drop your campers off between 8:30-9:30 am and pick them up between 4:00-4:30 pm.

Location on campus

University of the Fraser Valley, Abbotsford campus, North Gym in Building E.

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L‌unch and snacks

Please pack a nutritious, nut-free lunch for your camper and 2 snacks — one for the morning and one for the afternoon. Please also include a bottle of water with the camper’s name on it.

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

Discounts

10% for children of UFV employees

20% for children of current UFV students

Registration form

Please fill in the 2021 Thinking Playground Camps - Registration Form - Please PRINT CLEARLY when completing the form. Thank you.

How to submit your registration & pay your fees

Email (sign & scan) to: info@thinkingplayground.org

Mail to: UFV, Office of the Registrar, 33844 King Road, Abbotsford, BC V2S 7M8

Fax to: 1-604-853-0138

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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