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Being a Golden Hawk means more than just cheering on our (really good) varsity teams – it means being a student who cares about your community, who works hard in the classroom, and who takes advantage of all the learning opportunities that can happen outside the classroom, too.


LEAP campers are gifted/highly able children and youth in grades 1-9 who are looking for a day camp experience that piques their curiosity and has a large “fun” quotient. LEAP camps focus on enrichment and challenge in a fun, interactive atmosphere. Our programs emphasize highly interactive, hands-on learning that taps into higher order thinking skills. All courses are developed and taught by certified teachers and/or experts in the field.

Programs run at two different times during the year:

  • Our Sensational Saturdays camp runs for six Saturday mornings from the end of January through the beginning of March. Registration typically opens in November and closes in early January.
  • Our summer program runs for two weeks in July. We offer a variety of half-day and full-day camps. Each week runs independent of the other. Campers can attend just one week or both. Registration typically opens in March and closes at the end of May.

If you would like to be placed on our email list to be notified of future camp offerings, contact leap@wlu.ca.

Sensational Saturdays

Sensational Saturdays are booked for the year. Check back in November 2017 for next year's camp descriptions.

Summer Camp Information

Note: A morning and afternoon camp can be combined in the same week to make a full day camp. We will ensure that campers are supervised over the lunch period and are signed in to their afternoon camp. Please register your child based on the grade they are entering in September 2017.

Grades 1-3: Week One (July 3-7)

Animation Nation – Mark Jurgens (Half Day, Morning)

Calling all future filmmakers! Have you ever wanted to produce your own film with voices, soundtracks and even special effects? Using Plasticine, we will learn how to storyboard movie scenes, then build and animate them to create your very own stop-motion film! We will work together to edit and add effects to your film, create a movie trailer and introduction before upload them to YouTube for the world to see. Join Animation Nation and make it move! Note: The material in this camp is very similar to that presented in previous Animation Nation LEAP camps. Campers are welcome to retake this camp if they’d like to refine their stop motion animation skills.

Budding Builders – Catherine Stevenson (Half Day, Afternoon)

Attention aspiring architects! Budding builders! Put on your creative thinking caps, sharpen your pencils and get ready to be inspired because structures are everywhere! We’ll boost our understanding of building techniques through hands-on construction challenges. Then, we’ll investigate the ideas, methods, and wild creations of some unconventional architects who broke all the rules. Finally, we’ll combine our learning to create our own original designs and structures! One, two, three- build! Note: The material in this camp is very similar to that presented in previous Budding Builders LEAP camps. Please consider that if retaking this camp.

Lego Robotics – Heather Harland (Half Day, Morning and Afternoon)

LEGO and robots, together in one camp? Get ready to combine both of these things to make LEGO come alive! We will have the opportunity to build animals, sports players, and vehicles. Through simple programming and LEGO WeDo kits, we will teach our LEGO how to bust a move! If you love LEGO, then this is the camp for you! Note: All Lego creations will stay at camp, and campers will share a building kit with another camper. The material in this camp is very similar to those presented in previous LEGO Robotics camps. Please consider that if retaking this camp. Register for only the morning or afternoon.

Who Done It? – Amanda Morgan (Full Day)

Lingering in the shadows is an elite group of recruits that are preparing to take on top secret missions this summer. They are a secretive set that work well together using their spy skills and street smarts to solve mysteries. We are looking for new recruits to join our team; decipher codes, create and use spy gadgets, take part in training missions, learn from real detectives and uncover the elements that make up these mysterious cases! All this and so much more await our young super sleuths! Note: The material in this camp is very similar to that presented in previous Who Done It? LEAP camps. Please consider that if retaking this camp.

Grades 1-3: Week Two (July 10-14)

Art Counts! – Lauren Huston (Half Day, Morning)

Think outside the box and put your imagination to work in this exciting camp! Art Counts! will take campers on a journey unknown, where they will discover the co-dependence of math and art! We will build upon artistic and mathematical concepts such as value, texture, measurement, geometry and more. Join us as we explore the different ways in which math and art can come together to make our art count! Note: The material in this camp is very similar to that presented in previous Art Counts! LEAP camps. Please consider that if retaking this camp.

Cosmic Kids – Katey Stott (Half Day, Afternoon)

Have you ever wondered about what it takes to be an astronaut? How does a rocket get into outer space? Is there life out there? Through science, technology, art, drama and music we will answer these questions and so much more! Learn about gravity, space art and our solar system as we build rockets, design space suits and create our own planets. Join us for an out of this world experience as we blast off on a journey into space! Note: The material in this camp is very similar to that presented in previous Cosmic Kids LEAP camps. Please consider that if retaking this camp.

Lego Robotics – Mark Jurgens (Half Day, Morning) (This Camp is Now Full)

LEGO and robots, together in one camp? Get ready to combine both of these things to make LEGO come alive! We will have the opportunity to build animals, sports players, and vehicles. Through simple programming and LEGO WeDo kits, we will teach our LEGO how to bust a move! If you love LEGO, then this is the camp for you! Note: All Lego creations will stay at camp, and campers will share a building kit with another camper. Note: All Lego creations will stay at camp, and campers will share a building kit with another camper. The material in this camp is very similar to those presented in previous LEGO Robotics camps. Please consider that if retaking this camp. Register for only the morning OR afternoon.

Super SySTEM – Amber McKay and Erin Peister (Full Day)

Do you like experimenting, finding out how things work and creating something new with your own hands? If so, then come join us to break down the supersystem that is STEM! Each day our primary pioneers will explore a different branch of STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. They will investigate how to walk on water, experiment with programming, learn the physics behind rollercoasters and create their very own Teddy Bear catapult! Note: The material in this camp is very similar to that presented in previous Super SySTEM LEAP camps. Please consider that if retaking this camp.

Upside Down Fairy Tales with STEAM – Kim Dent (Half Day, Afternoon) (This Camp Now has Spaces Available)

Have you ever wondered why your favourite fairy tales end the way they do? What would happen if Jack discovered a better way down from the beanstalk, or Rapunzel found a way to rescue herself from the tower? We will explore different fairy tales each day, using STEAM strategies to re-write the endings. STEAM takes STEM to another level, by incorporating ART into Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Each day we will have a different building challenge, with art components and art projects, as well as exploring the possibilities our building projects have opened up for the fairy tale endings. Join us for a week of fun design challenges that will completely change the way you look at fairy tales!

Grades 4-6: Week One (July 3-7)

Artists Unite! – Margo Delaine (Half Day, Afternoon)

Join us on a creative journey of unlocking your inner artist! Learn the secrets of the various elements of art with hands-on projects, games and challenges. We will explore art through history and study the works of some of the most talented artists of the past. We will build our classroom gallery so that others can come view the week’s creations. Whether you are an experienced artist or you don’t yet know the difference between shape and line, come join the journey!

Calling All Coders – Celia Anand and Melody McMahon (Full Day, Two Classes of 12 Campers) (This Campus is Now Full)

Are you interested in the Information Revolution? What about how to program? Do you wonder how a CAT scan works? Programming is the fundamental building block in many fields. From rockets being launched to explore space, to helping Ollie find his way home, this camp will help you explore coding from both fun and serious angles. You will work with iPad apps to better understand binary numbers and to program your own adventure game. You will partner up to code Sphero and Ollie robots to navigate challenges, and work on computers to learn how to program shapes and animations. If you are keen to take coding to the next level, this camp is for you! Note: The material in this camp is very similar to that presented in previous Calling All Coders LEAP camps. However, there are extensions available for campers who would like to retake this camp.

Coding: From AI to Fractals – Cameron Morland (Half Day, Morning) (This Camp is Now Full)

Can a computer only do what it is told, or can it act on its own? How can a machine act intelligently? In this camp we will learn how to get computers to do what we say, but also how to make their own decisions. We will be creating code to direct movies, make games, and draw fractals. Our world may one day be filled with artificial intelligences interacting in interesting and unpredictable ways. Camp activities are designed so new coders can get started, and experienced coders can reach new heights. We will end with a project you can bring home to share with your friends and continue building. This camp is designed and led by a coding expert. Cameron has his PhD, and is a computer science lecturer at the University of Waterloo. Note: The material in this camp is very similar to that presented in previous Coding: From AI to Fractals LEAP camps. Please consider that if retaking this camp.

Genes to Germs – Deanna Reinhart (Full Day)

What makes you unique? Why does food taste the way it does and how do you digest it? What can a tennis ball tell you about your heart? Explore the human body from genes to germs and get to know yourself better! Extract DNA from split peas, create edible (yes edible!) models of DNA and find out what “the knee bone is connected to”! Campers will learn about the nutritional value of their daily diet and determine if you really “are what you eat”. Create slime to learn how the body defends against the invasion of germs. All aboard for a scientific journey from Genes to Germs! Note: The material in this camp is very similar to that presented in previous Genes to Germs LEAP camps. Please consider that if retaking this camp.

Mathematical Mystery Missions with STEAM – Kim Dent (Half Day, Afternoon) (This Camp is Now Full)

Do you like to solve mysteries, design and build things and create art? This week long, ½ day camp incorporates STEAM, which is extends STEM to another level, infusing ART with Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Each day we will solve a different mystery, focusing on math and design missions, with outdoor and indoor art challenges. If you enjoy any of these things, you will have a blast with us at LEAP this summer!

Myth and Magic: Monsters, Heroes and Stop Motion – Llana Bruggemann (Half Day, Morning) (This Campus is Now Full)

Creative campers have the choice of exploring mythology and the magical art of filmmaking by creating and editing their own films. We will read about the men, women and monsters starring in some Greek, Norse and Aboriginal mythology and then create a modern spin (or a magical re-enactment) of a quest! After creating their very own monsters, heroic protagonists and storyboarding the plan, young filmmakers will use voice-over, music and sound effects to bring their creations to life! Note: The material in this camp is very similar to that presented in previous Myth and Magic LEAP camps. Campers are welcome to retake this camp if they’d like to refine their stop motion animation skills.

Grades 4-6: Week Two (July 10-14)

Artists Unite! – Margo Delaine (Full Day)

Join us on a creative journey of unlocking your inner artist! Learn the secrets of the various elements of art with hands-on projects, games and challenges. We will explore art through history and study the works of some of the most talented artists of the past. We will build our classroom gallery so that others can come view the week’s creations. Whether you are an experienced artist or you don’t yet know the difference between shape and line, come join the journey! Note: Campers attending this half day camp in the first week could retake it in the second week if interested. Extensions will be provided, as well as opportunities to refine your skills.

Billboards and Bonuses – Rory McLachlin (Full Day)

When you hear “I’m lovin’ it,” what do you think of? It’s crazy how advertising affects our daily lives! But just how do you take an idea for a new product, design it, manufacture it, find people to buy it and convince people to buy it? Sometimes companies are sneaky, and sometimes they have good intentions. In this camp we’ll design our own innovative new products, come up with an advertising plan, and create a website to market our idea. Step into the shoes of Kevin O’Leary or Arlene Dickinson for a day! We’ll be our own CEOs, but we’ll also put on our critical thinking caps and take a hard look at the dark side of the advertising world. Don’t worry, though – we won’t make you wear a suit and a tie!

Inventor’s Workshop – Anne Dahmer (Full Day) (This Camp is Full)

Calling all inventors! Looking for a chance to get busy and build? To go crazy and create? To get daring with design? Then join us for a week of busy building and creating fantastic inventions! From the Great Ping Pong Catapult to Tin Foil Cars, we’ll explore zany Rube Goldberg devices and design our own pet transportation systems. Inventors will have the opportunity to solve a real-life problem with an invention of their own design -- and present these prototypes to our very own Dragon’s Den! For the big finale, we’ll top off the week with an Inventors Fair to show off our wonderful inventions to the world! Note: The material in this camp is very similar to that presented in previous Inventor’s Workshop LEAP camps. Please consider that if retaking this camp.

LEGO Mindstorms – Kevin Watt (Full Day) (This Camp is Full)

Are you ready to combine LEGO building and computer programming to get to the next level? Using LEGO Mindstorms kits, campers will create customizable, programmable robots, from simple to complex. Learn how to use a variety of sensors and motors to power your creations. If you love LEGO, then this is the camp for you! Note: All Lego creations will stay at camp and campers will share a building kit with another camper. If you have attended a LEGO Mindstorms Camp before, please consider other options as the material in this camp is very similar to those presented in other camps. Please consider that if retaking this camp.

Grades 6-9: Week One (July 3-7)

Invention Convention – Anne Dahmer (Full Day)

Calling all inventors! Looking for a chance to get busy and build? To go crazy and create? To get daring with design? Then join us for a week of busy building and creating fantastic inventions! From the Great Ping Pong Catapult to Tin Foil Cars, we’ll explore zany Rube Goldberg devices and design our own extreme sports equipment. Inventors will have the opportunity to solve a real-life problem with an invention of their own design -- and present these prototypes to our very own Dragon’s Den! For the big finale, we’ll top off the week with an Inventors Fair to show off our wonderful inventions to the world! Note: The material in this camp is very similar to that presented in previous Invention Convention LEAP camps. Please consider that if retaking this camp.

LEAP into Global Leadership: Learning about Diplomacy through Model UN Nations – Jessica Clough

Students will learn to become global leaders as they pretend to serve as diplomats in the United Nations. Model United Nations (MUN) is a popular academic co-curricular activity at many high schools across the province and world today. Students will learn about the United Nations and role of UN agencies in preserving global peace. By stepping into an ambassador’s shoes, students will learn to conduct research, to write position papers, develop speeches and debate like diplomats in the UN using parliamentary procedure. Students will also learn to write resolutions like delegates at the actual UN. This camp is another opportunity for returning Model UN participants to further develop skills, and for new model UN participants to acquire new skills. Students who are passionate about global issues are encouraged to attend. This enrichment opportunity will prepare students for success in Model UN conferences in Upper School. Note: Campers are welcome to retake this camp, as extensions will be provided to refine their skills.

Programming in Real Life – Kevin Watt (Full Day) (This Camp Now Has Spaces Available)

Have you heard of a Raspberry Pi? No, not the kind you eat, the kind you program! How about lego robotics? Join us on a journey of discovery, using the Raspberry Pi -- a mini, credit-card-sized computer, and Lego Robotics -- programmable Lego sensors and motors -- to learn the basics of computer programming. Each day campers will make a program using these technologies to perform actions in real life.

The Fun Art of Cartooning – Ken Whytock (Half Day, Afternoon)

Are you interested in comics and cartooning? Come to camp and discover what it’s like to create comic strips! We’ll explore single and multiple panel cartooning, talk about the creative process, learn drawing techniques and develop our ability to tell stories. We’ll mix it up between humour cartooning and superhero story-telling, as well as hand drawing and computer generated comics. Note: The material in this camp is very similar to previous Creating Comics camp. Campers may retake this camp if they would like to continue to refine their skills or try new things.

Grades 6-9: Week Two (July 10-14)

In Focus – Ken Whytock (Full Day)

Are you an amateur photographer who wants to shoot like a pro? Join us to explore how to use the digital camera as the ultimate tool of expression! We’ll discuss and practice concepts like framing, lighting, photo manipulation and using light to our advantage as we explore portraits, nature shots and tilt-shifting. We’ll take photo field trips, and spend lots of time learning to edit our photos. Campers should bring a simple point-and-shoot camera of their own to use for the week so they can personalize their learning! This camp has an extra $10 supplemental fee to cover the cost of a USB key that campers will keep at the end of the session. Note: The material in this camp is very similar to that presented in previous In Focus LEAP camps. Campers may retake this camp if they would like to continue to refine their skills or try new things.

Adventures in Writing – Ryder Ball (Full Day)

Do you love to write? Are you looking for inspiration or feedback? Do you sometimes get stuck because you think your writing is “not good enough?” Would you like to write but don’t know how to get started? This camp will inspire you and get your creative juices flowing. Come join us for week of writing adventures, exploring a variety of styles and motivations – you’ll find the forms that work best for you. We’ll write as a group and as individuals. You can share your writing when you feel ready and comfortable. We will find inspiration from past experiences, the world around us, drawing (no experience necessary), and many other sources. After exploring many different writing adventures, choose a piece or two to spend some more time with on Thursday and Friday. We’ll end the week with a writer’s café, sharing our work and celebrating the authors in the room! It will be a fun week of ‘writing for the love of it’ through challenges and adventures. Bring your growth mindset along and let’s create together!

New: Grades 8-10: Week One (July 3-7)

Social Justice Leadership Camp – Jennifer Gordon and Jessica Kumordzie (Half Day, Morning)

This camp will focus on issues of citizenship, change making, community building, social justice and advocacy. Social justice leaders and community builders will share their experiences of influencing change and the theories/processes of change, all while helping participants build confidence by learning leadership and team building skills as well as techniques to maximize their power as youth and make change in the world. Topics may include: exploring First Nations issues, animal rights/ environment issues, gendered violence, social movements (like the feminist movement and Black Lives Matter), marginalization and oppression, and the use of the arts as a vehicle for change. This week will be a perfect blend of knowledge and action and will influence a new generation of change makers looking to make their mark in the world. Want to make it a full day? Attend “The Fun Art of Cartooning” in the afternoon, or exercise your leadership skills by volunteering in our primary camp program in the afternoons as a junior volunteer and earn volunteer hours. This camp is designed and led by community partners at the YWCA who are experts in this field, and who have delivered close to 20 programs engaging 275 youth in the community.

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