The University of Winnipeg’s Science Adventures Summer Camp is the largest inner-city day camp in Winnipeg. The camp is free of charge to participants and engages the children with activities focused on science, the environment, and cultural knowledge.
Since the program’s inception, more than 6,000 of Winnipeg’s most vulnerable children from more than 40 inner-city and north end schools have attended this educational camp which addresses common barriers facing Indigenous and inner-city youth and provides participants with free transportation, t-shirts, water bottles, books, healthy organic lunches and healthy snacks making them feel included and valued.
ABOUT THE UW SCIENCE ADVENTURES SUMMER CAMP
The Science Adventures Summer Camp provides an experience for children who may otherwise not be able to attend camp, and provides a space for them to practice social skills essential to growth as an individual while learning how to make positive choices in life. The more these kinds of experiences children can engage in, the more likely they are to grow up to be happy, healthy and responsible citizens in our community.
Our camp addresses summer learning loss and has been developed by certified teachers and guided by professors. Through engaging activities and experiments that make learning exciting, inspiring, and relevant the program also connects to, builds upon, and strengthens lessons taught in the public school curriculum.
Fast Facts about the Camp:
- 71% of the children that have attended our camp would not be able to afford to do so at its true cost
- 39% of our leaders attended the program as a camper in a previous year
- 25% of our campers indicated that they want to be employed as a youth leader in the future
- 83% of our youth leaders said they experienced personal development from working at the camp
- 81% of our attendees described the camp as “amazing!”
OUR YOUTH LEADERS
“I want to be a camp leader!” – 2013 Camp Participant when asked what he wanted to be when he grows up.
The Science Adventures Summer Camp hires 30 junior (high school) and 6 senior (university) camp leaders who organize and implement the summer camp. They are well trained and integral to our success. Having a high number of leaders is important to maintain a high youth leader/child ratio with approximately 1,200 children participants (and growing) every year.
The majority of the camp leaders are Indigenous and inner-city youth, and are regarded as role models by the children who attend the programs. The youth leaders are hired through their high schools and the University after attending training sessions throughout their school year in courses such as first aid and CPR, conflict resolution and leadership development. Many were Camp Participants in early years themselves and have grown to become Leaders thanks in part to the positive experiences received through our camp.
We work holistically with the Leaders 12 months a year to keep them focused on staying in school, strengthening their academic skills, and building their resumes and skills with the ultimate goal of future employment. It is not enough to give these young people experience and positive responsibility; we believe it is important to compensate these hardworking role models with a fair-wage for their efforts.
Wages for each Youth Leader costs approximately $3,000 for their hard work during the summer and yearlong commitment to the program. They are an integral piece of the program, and an aspiration for the younger participants to work towards. To make this camp accessible to those that benefit most, we must keep enrollment free of charge. To do so, we rely on local partners and generous donors like you to keep this program running as it’s vulnerable to ending. Please consider making a gift in support of this terrific program, and the young people who help to make it great.
If you don’t want to make a gift online, you can also send a cheque to:
The University of Winnipeg Foundation
901 - 491 Portage Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3B 2E4
Call toll-free: 1.866.394.6050
Please make sure to mark your gift for the Science Adventures Summer Camp and your gift will be counted towards this initiative!