Do you want your child to develop the thinking tools necessary for challenging or confusing experiences? Do you want your child to develop the communication skills needed to prepare them to be tomorrow's leaders?
Think Fun Camps are hands-on, activity based camps for curious and creative kids. In each camp, children play games, explore, and engage in fun projects that encourage them to inquire, think, and problem solve together. Parents know the camps are educational, but the campers are having too much fun to notice!
Think Fun Camps use the internationally accepted, UNESCO endorsed Philosophy for Children (P4C) method of teaching thinking skills to children. To learn more, check out their page on the theoretical framework.
The camps are organized by Dr. Susan Gardner, Director of the Vancouver Institute of Philosophy for Children (VIP4C), and Anastasia Anderson, head of the UFV Philosophy Department with UFV Center for Safe Schools and Communities acting in an advisory capacity. To learn more, read about The Team.
Camp days are from 9:00am to 4:00pm. Children may be dropped off between 8:30am-9:00am and picked up between 4:00pm-4:30pm. Please see the program descriptions below.
JULY 9 – 13, 2018
CREATIVE SPARKS ages 6-9
Have you ever wondered what the world would be like if no one could speak: if you could only speak your mind or express your feelings through drawing, drumming or dancing? What message do you think we send by the clothes we wear or our hairstyle? What would anger look like if you painted it? Why is your favourite music your favourite? Why do we sing “Happy Birthday”? Can you, as a “Spark,” take the best photograph ever? Can you create a work of art using lego? Join us in exploring these sparkling mysteries through art projects, nature walks, making instruments, exciting games and adventures. Come and let your creative sparks fly as we dive into a world of creativity and expression!
SWITCHEROOS ages 10-13
Have you ever felt that you expanded your mind by exploring novel and spellbinding ways of looking at things? Could a glimpse into your future give you a reason to change your decisions today? Have you ever felt like you didn’t have the whole story or full picture of something? Maybe having a bigger perspective can give you the ability to navigate your swarming and transforming daily life. We think so! That’s why it is time to learn how to SWITCH IT UP. In this year’s camp, our SWITCHEROOS will travel to new lands and hunt for unfound treasures. They will expand their minds until they need an extra backpack to carry them in! Through board games, stories, and fun inside and outside activities, they will work on acquiring skills to recognize times to “switch it up.” Become a Switcheroo: you may find yourself switched up as well…or maybe up-switched!
JULY 16 – 20, 2018
MUTANT MINDERS ages 6-9
Cowabunga! What fun we are going to have! So come out of your shells, Ninjas! See what the world looks like from a future far, far away only to bolt back to your own unique now. Zoom in, zoom out, zoom here, zoom there. Put on different goggles and teleport anywhere. Explore different galaxies of understanding using real time board games, stories, skits, and other fun activities. The Mutant Minders will develop skills to mutate reality just by looking at it. Inspection and investigation will lead to the transformation! But hold on. Isn’t a Ninja someone who wears black, drops down from the ceiling and slices things up? Well, of course, but there are all kinds of ways that things can be sliced up. So slither hither, and join us for this exciting adventure.
IMAGINATORS ages 10-13
Join us for a week to let your imagination run wild while we create and express ourselves in different ways. Explore what the art world might be telling us and what you can tell when you’re in it. Can we express our emotions through art? Do the clothes we wear say anything about us? Learn about art’s persuasive power. Do movies motivate you? Do they make you feel emotions you didn't know you had? As an Imaginator, you will get to create your very own movie! Join us in exploring these questions through art projects, filmmaking, creating instruments, fun and active games and so much more. No artistic experience or skill is needed. Just come with your imagination and we will have an exciting camp experience like no other!
Please pack a nutritious lunch for your camper and 2 snacks--one for the morning and one for the afternoon. Please also include a a bottle of water with the camper’s name on it.
Note: Some campers have severe nut allergies, so consider the camps a NUT-FREE zone.
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