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General Camp Information

Is the LAUNCH Camp right for my child?

LAUNCH is an accelerated, problem-based camp for children going into grades 4-8. LAUNCH is designed for those students who are looking for more of a challenge to reach their full potential – the pace is much faster, the expectations for self-direction are much higher and the concepts are more advanced.

Our campers:

  • are working more than three grade levels above his/her grade (documentation required)
  • are self-directed learners
  • have deep knowledge in several different topics
  • are able to consider a problem situation from many diverse perspectives

What documentation is required for my child to be considered for the LAUNCH program?

Documentation consists of a psychoeducational assessment, an IPRC recommendation for gifted services or the completion of the supplemental application survey.

For returning LAUNCH campers, this documentation is only required once

What is the camp day schedule look like?

We run based on a traditional school day schedule; one 15 minute break in the morning, a one hour break for lunch and one 15 minute break in the afternoon.

What should I send with my child?

We recommend that all campers bring a reusable water bottle, hat, sunscreen, a nut-free lunch and snacks for break times, wear weather appropriate clothing, and have any prescriptions or medications (in original packaging) your child requires for the day.

What should I not send with my child?

Nut products, valuable belongings and technology. LAUNCH leaders or program staff do not take responsibility for personal items and technology (ie. cell phones) that a camper may bring with them to camp.

Is lunch provided for the camp?

Lunch and snacks are not provided for the duration of our Summer Camps but we do offer an option to purchase into a pizza lunch on the Friday of camp. The pizza lunch is offered at $2/slice, cheese or peperoni. Gluten and dairy-free options available. Pizza orders must be returned to camp leaders by Wednesday at 8:30 a.m.

Who are the LAUNCH Camp Leaders?

The LAUNCH programs are led by certified teachers or experts in the field and are carefully developed to be high quality learning experiences.

Where is the LAUNCH Camp located?

We are located in Wilfrid Laurier University’s Faculty of Education on the Waterloo campus at the Bricker Academic Building. You can contact our office at launch@wlu.ca or 519.884.1970 x3173.

Registration

I have more than one camper I would like to register in Eventbrite, how do I register them both?

To register, you click on the green “Register” button; then if you are registering multiple children, you can add them all to your cart. At checkout, use their name(s) under “Camper Name” and your name in other fields. All other information (birthday, address, etc.) are for the camper(s) and not the parent.

Can I pay by cheque or cash instead of a credit card?

Yes. Please contact us at launch@wlu.ca to arrange an alternative payment before you register your camper through the Eventbrite page.

Administration

Will I get a confirmation email with my registration?

You will receive a confirmation email from Eventbrite – please check your junk mail/spam folders. You can also log into your account to check your registrations under “Tickets.”

Do you provide income tax receipts?

The receipt mailed to you by Eventbrite serves as your receipt for income tax purposes. You can also log into your Eventbrite account and under “Tickets” you will find a log of your transactions.

If you are having issues or need more information, please contact our office at launch@wlu.ca.

Do you offer extended after camp care?

Yes! After camp care runs from 4:30 – 5:15 p.m. with an additional cost of $8/day. You can opt into after camp care on Eventbrite.

Do you offer Bursaries?

Yes! To apply, complete the Bursary Application Form (two pages) through the LEAP Financial Assistance page to apply for assistance. Bursary applications will be reviewed as they are received and we will contact you to verify whether your request has been approved.

If you have already registered your child in a camp but are interested in receiving bursary help in the form of a partial or full refund, please indicate that on the application form.

Bursary applications can be submitted the following ways:

  • Email: launch@wlu.ca
  • Fax: 519.884.8697
  • Mail: LAUNCH, Faculty of Education, Wilfrid Laurier University, 75 University Ave. W., Waterloo, ON, N2L 3C5
  • In person to our office: BA311, third floor Bricker Academic Building

If you have any questions, contact the LAUNCH office at launch@wlu.ca.

Can my child be picked up or dropped off by someone other than a parent/guardian?

Yes! You can indicate who has permission to pick up/drop off your child in the Eventbrite form, by emailing us closer to the start of camp at launch@wlu.ca, or by letting us know in person when you bring your child to camp.

Is camp nut free?

At LAUNCH we strive to maintain a nut-free environment. Any products supplied by our LAUNCH program are nut-free and we ask all campers to bring nut-free products in their lunches and snacks.

Further Questions

Thank you for your interest in our LAUNCH Program. You can contact us at launch@wlu.ca or 519.884.1970 x3173.

We receive a large amount of inquiries during the opening of registration and we appreciate your patience during these times.

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