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Becoming 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.


LAUNCH programs are open to campers in grades 4 to 8 who have been identified as gifted and/or are working multiple grade levels above their current grade. For summer camp, please register based on the grade your child will be entering the following September. For additional information on eligibility, please review the registration eligibility process.

Camp Hours and Location

All camps are held in the Bricker Academic Building, home to the Faculty of Education on the Laurier Waterloo campus.

Winter Saturday Programming

  • Camp begins at 9 a.m.
  • Drop-off is from 8:45 to 9 a.m.
  • Pick-up is at noon

Full Day Summer Camps

  • Camp begins at 8:30 a.m.
  • Drop-off starts at 8:15 a.m.
  • Pick-up is at 4:30 p.m.
  • There is a supervised one-hour lunch period

Parental Expectations

Hours of Operation

We ask that all parents/guardians please respect the hours of operation for our camp. If your child will be absent, please call or email to let us know at your earliest convenience. For safety reasons, do not drop off campers before 8:15 a.m. and ensure that campers are picked up by 4:30 p.m. You will be allowed a 10 minute grace period after which you will be charged $5 for every ten minutes that you are late. If not picked up by the end of the grace period, your camper will be taken to the LAUNCH office (BA311) to await your arrival.

  • Winter Saturday Programming: For safety reasons, do not drop off campers before 8:45 a.m., and ensure that campers are picked up at noon.
  • Summer camps: For safety reasons, do not drop off campers before 8:15 a.m., and ensure that campers are picked up by 4:30 p.m.

Pre-Arranged Late Pick-Up (Summer Camp Only)

Arrangements can be made in advance for supervision of campers after camp from 4:30 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. for an additional fee of $40 per week or $8 per day. Please indicate your request for late pick up on the registration form. Refunds will not be given for missed or cancelled days.

Note: There is no after-camp care offered for winter Saturday camps.

Pick-Up Procedure

Only the person(s) listed on the registration form are allowed to pick up that child. In the future, let us know of any changes to this information. Please note that all persons picking up a camper, including parents, will be asked for photo ID every day before a camper is released into their care.


We will process refunds up to seven days before the start of camp. New this year, all cancellations will incur a 5% processing fee. Parents will be notified as soon as possible after registration closes if any camps for which you have registered must be cancelled due to insufficient registration. All efforts will be made to place your child in a suitable camp. If not possible, a full refund will be given in such circumstance (with no processing fee).


LAUNCH strives to create a nut-free environment, but cannot guarantee it. It is asked that all food sent to camp is nut free. Please make sure to indicate in the medical section of the LAUNCH Registration Form whether your child has an anaphylactic allergy to nuts or any other food.

Camp Shirt

Each camper will receive a LEAP t-shirt on the first day of camp. This shirt must be worn every day of camp to identify their involvement on a busy university campus. Extra shirts can be purchased at a cost of $10 per shirt.

Camper Expectations

Laurier's LAUNCH has a non-tolerance policy for misconduct which puts any camper, camp personnel or university property at risk. LAUNCH personnel will deem what is appropriate behaviour and computer use and their decisions will be final. Violations may lead to parental contact and possibly removal from camp without monetary reimbursement. LAUNCH may terminate a camper’s participation if his/her wilful misconduct or actions interfere with the operation of the program. Laurier has the right to hold campers or parents/guardians financially responsible for any damages or loss of property incurred at their program site due to a camper’s wilful misconduct or irresponsible actions. Please refer to the LAUNCH Registration Form for our complete policy.

Safety and Liability

Wilfrid Laurier University, its employees, LAUNCH, agents and volunteers shall not be held responsible for any damage, loss or claim of injury resulting from events beyond its control, including acts of God, strikes or sickness. Wilfrid Laurier University cannot be held responsible for events resulting from inappropriate or irresponsible camper behaviour.

Further Details

Close to the camp date, you will receive an email with final details such as drop-off/pick-up locations and procedures, maps and parking instructions. If you have questions before that time, please email LAUNCH at or call LAUNCH at 519.884.0710 x3173.

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