This summer we're going virtual!
After careful consideration of public health guidelines and parent concerns, we’ve decided to run virtual camps this summer. The health of our community citizens, of all ages, is so important and cancelling public gatherings, including in-person camps, is one way we can continue to keep our community safe and healthy.
Summer 2021 will run in a kit-based, virtual summer camp format that combines online and offline components. So even though we won’t be able to see each other in person we still have some exciting plans for you this summer!
What will virtual camp look like?
Here is a glimpse at what virtual camp will look like this summer:
- Camp will run for 7 weeks starting Monday July 5th to August 23rd (No camp during the week of August 2-6)
- We are running content for kids in grade 2 all the way to grade 9.
- Camp groups will be limited to 15 participants per session to provide a quality experience.
- Everyone registered for camp will receive a pre-packaged kit that contains all the materials necessary to complete weekly activities.*
- Camps will run during different time slots throughout the day to make the experience as accessible as possible.
- Activities will involve an online component as well as offline time to work on their activities and projects.
- Campers will have the chance to meet their instructors, connect with other campers, design and build amazing creations, play camp games and so much more!
*Please note: An international shipping fee will be applied to registrants requesting kits to be shipped outside of Canada
What are the camp group ages and what will they learn?
*Ages are based on the grade your child is going into in the fall.
Camp Name and Age Group
Neutrons - Grade 2-3
Available: July 5-9 (9:00 - 10:30am), July 12-16 (2:30 - 4:00pm), August 9-13 (9:00 - 10:30am), August 16-20 (2:30 - 4:00pm)
Available: July 5-9 (2:30 - 4:00pm), July 12-16 (9:00 - 10:30am), August 9-13 (2:30 - 4:00pm), August 16-20 (9:00 - 10:30am)
Neutrons C - In this camp, participants will learn about various electrical components that make up a circuit. Each day, they will learn how to create a new electrical module using wires, switches, LEDs, small motors and cardboard that they will then use to create bigger structures that can move or vibrate.
Available: July 19-23 (9:00 - 10:30am), July 26-30 (2:30 - 4:00pm), August 23-27 (9:00 - 10:30am)
Neutrons D - In this camp, participants will learn about different ecosystems, organisms and climate change through fun and engaging activities throughout the week. They will learn about how global warming and climate can impact ecosystems through safe science experiments. They will also learn about plants and organisms by creating their own terrariums.
Available: July 19-23 (2:30 - 4:00pm), July 26-30 (9:00 - 10:30am), August 23-27 (2:30 - 4:00pm)
Protons - Grade 4-5 STEM
Protons A- Have you wondered why some games make you stay up all night, while others make you fall asleep? Get the answers here! Participants will learn the principles of game design and mathematical probability in the form of board games, online story creations, mini game designs, and their own virtual escape room!
Available: July 5-9 (10:30am - 12:00pm), July 12-16 (1:00 - 2:30pm), August 9-13 (10:30am - 12:00pm), August 16-20 (1:00 - 2:30pm)
Available: July 19-23 (10:30am - 12:00pm), July 26-30 (1:00 - 2:30pm), August 23-27 (10:30am - 12:00pm)
Tau - Grade 4-5 Tech
Available: July 5-9 (1:00 - 2:30pm), July 12-16 (10:30am - 12:00pm), August 9-13 (1:00 - 2:30pm), August 16-20 (10:30am - 12:00pm)
Available: July 19-23 (1:00 - 2:30pm), July 26-30 (10:30am - 12:00pm), August 23-27 (1:00 - 2:30pm)
Quarks - Grade 6-7 STEM
Quarks A- You have been stranded on a deserted island with nothing but a few materials and your own scientific knowledge to help you survive! Campers will explore STEM concepts such as the water cycle, plant identification, magnetism, astronomy, and forces, and apply them to wilderness survival strategies to aid them in their goal of surviving on and eventually escaping a deserted island. They will learn how to filter water, distinguish between harmful and helpful plant species, create apparatuses to catch fish, design sturdy shelters, build a working compass, and make a water craft to set sail off the island.
Available: July 5-9 (1:00 - 3:00pm), July 12-16 (10:00am - 12:00pm), August 9-13 (1:00 - 3:00pm), August 16-20 (10:00am - 12:00pm)
Available: July 19-23 (9:00 - 11:00am), July 26-30 (2:30 - 4:30pm), August 23-27 (9:00 - 11:00am)
Leptons - Grade 6-7 Tech
Available: July 5-9 (9:00 - 11:00am), July 12-16 (2:30 - 4:30pm), August 9-13 (9:00 - 11:00am), August 16-20 (2:30 - 4:30pm)
Available: July 19-23 (1:00 - 3:00pm), July 26-30 (10:00am - 12:00pm), August 23-27 (1:00 - 3:00pm)
Muon - Grade 8-9 STEM
Available: July 5-9 (10:00am - 12:00pm), July 12-16 (1:00 - 3:00pm), August 9-13 (10:00am - 12:00pm), August 16-20 (1:00 - 3:00pm)
Available: July 19-23 (2:30 - 4:30pm), July 26-30 (9:00 - 11:00am), August 23-27 (2:30 - 4:30pm)
Higgs - Grade 8-9 Tech
Available: July 5-9 (2:30 - 4:30pm), July 12-16 (9:00 - 11:00am), August 9-13 (2:30 - 4:30pm), August 16-20 (9:00 - 11:00am)
Higgs B- The future of technology involves everyone! In this camp, participants will have the opportunity to learn about accessible spaces and technologies! They will explore the concepts of universal and inclusive design by creating assistive technology and learn about the importance of technology in the daily lives of people with disabilities.
Available: July 19-23 (10:00am - 12:00pm), July 26-30 (1:00 - 3:00pm), August 23-27 (10:00am - 12:00pm)
Family Camp - Families with kids of all ages (at least one student must be entering Grade 2 or higher)
5 Week Camp - Our Family Camp will give your whole family the opportunity to meet with other families (virtually) as well as some of our leaders and test your family's engineering, coding and teamwork skills. This program will involve your family completing a weekly activity together at your leisure and showcasing it every Thursday to other families involved! During the Thursday sessions, you will also be given an extra challenge related to your weekly activity to complete before time runs out!
Available: One camp running Thursdays from 4-5pm, starting July 15 - August 12; $129
One Week Camp - Our one week Family Camp will give your whole family the opportunity to meet with other families (virtually) as well as some of our leaders and test your families engineering, coding and teamwork skills. This program will involve your family completing a daily activity and challenge together, while having the opportunity to show other families involved!
Available: July 5-9 (9:30-10:30am), July 19-23 (9:30-10:30am), August 9-13 (9:30-10:30am); $129
*While the Family Camp programs are for families with kids of all ages (with at least one entering Grade 2 or higher), more parental involvement will be required if you have kids Grades 3 or younger.
STEM: These camps will focus on a variety of activities that explore science, technology, engineering and math.
Tech: These camps are more focused on using technology to explore STEM. They will focus on coding and using different hardware to design and solve problems.
What does the daily schedule look like and how many sessions are there?
Daily Camp Schedule and Camp Sessions :
Each camp will have a morning and afternoon session to try and accommodate different schedules as most families are working from home or returning back to work.
This summer, we will have four camp options available for each grade range. For students entering Grade 4 or higher, each STEM and Tech camp will have two streams (A and B) that will alternate throughout the summer to give you up to four unique weeks of content. Students entering Grade 2-3 can sign up for our Neutron camps. Neutron camps will have four streams (A, B, C, D) to choose from for up to four unique weeks of content!
See the above area titled 'What are the camp group ages and what will they learn?' for scheduled dates and times!
Can I sign up for more than one session?
Yes, you can sign up for a total of 2 sessions (A, B) per camp for grades 4 and up. Neutron (Grade 2 -3) camps can sign up for a total of 4 sessions (A, B, C, D).
How do I know what sessions to pick?
It all depends on your family schedule and availability. You can sign up for all morning sessions, or all afternoon sessions, or you can have a combination of morning and afternoon if you wanted to stay busy throughout the day. All camps have a morning and afternoon session.
We created different time slots to try and accommodate different schedules and range of ages you might have at home that are sharing the same resources and technology.
How do the kits work?
What if there is something missing in my kit?
It's a good idea to check your kit before your session starts to make sure you have everything you need. If you notice a piece missing from your kit, please notify us right away and we will coordinate getting a replacement to you.
How much does the camp cost?
|Neutron - Grade 2-3||$105|
|Proton - Grade 4-5 STEM||$115|
|Tau - Grade 4-5 Tech||$130|
|Quarks - Grade 6-7 STEM||$145|
|Leptons - Grade 6-7 Tech||A - $160 ; B - $135|
|Muons - Grade 8-9 STEM||$145|
|Higgs - Grade 8-9 Tech||
Kit costs are determined by:
- The cost of the essential and specialized materials included in each kit
- The cost of staff time to deliver virtual activities (younger grades get 1.5 hours and older grades get 2 hours of instruction time per day).
- The shipping costs (within Canada); international shipping fees will apply to kits shipped outside of Canada
Do you have bursaries available?
With generous support from our supporters, ESQ is able to offer bursaries for our summer camp program. A bursary can cover up to 95% of the camp fee, and are awarded based on the completed application form and offer the opportunity for children who normally would not be able to afford our programs to attend. In order to ensure as many children as possible benefit from these bursaries, there is a limit of one per child per summer.
Do not register for a program if you are applying for a bursary for that program. Bursary spaces are separate from the main camp capacities and must be evaluated before registration takes place.
The application for bursaries is available in the registration system under 'Eng Outreach Awards and Bursaries 2021.' See our Bursaries and Awards page for additional information.
What is the refund policy for camps?
If arrangements for cancellations are made with ESQ before a kit is shipped out, a full refund minus a $25 processing fee will be given.
What if I want to cancel, but I have already received the ESQube camp kit?
Once kits have been shipped, we are not able to issue a refund.
How will ESQ keep my child safe online?
We understand that the virtual world is different and presents many dangers that don’t appear during in-person camps. One of the biggest concerns and areas of focus for ESQ is ensuring that our campers are safe and protected while online during camp.
In order to provide a safe, secure and positive learning environment for everyone, we will take the following measures in all of our virtual interactions.
1. Meetings will be password protected and are only shared with instructors and registered participants.
2. Our instructors will control who is able to use their microphone, video or share their screen.
3. All registrants will be provided with a copy of our Digital Code of Conduct. Camp instructors will go through this guide with their campers at the beginning of camp to make sure everyone understands how to behave appropriately in a virtual setting.
4. The chat feature will be actively monitored by our instructors to make sure that camper posts are appropriate.
5. Any camper who behaves in a way that does not align with our policies and Digital Code of Conduct may be removed from the virtual meeting depending on the severity of the situation.
Your child’s safety is our top priority. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us at email@example.com
How do I register for camp?
Step 1: Log into the ESQ Registration Portal or Sign up as a new user
- Log into the ESQ Registration Portal using the "Register Here" button below, select the 'ESQ Summer Camp 2021' season under ‘Start a New Registration’.
- Follow instructions through each step. When selecting your participant in Step 1, make sure to enter the grade they will be entering in Fall 2021.
- Create an account through the ESQ Registration portal by clicking the "Register Here" button below. ESQ has made a shift over to CampBrain in order to provide a more accessible and positive registration experience for everyone. It should only take a few minutes of your time.
* Remember to create your account as the parent/guardian! You’ll be able to add your children into your profile afterward.
- Next, you will select the season you are registering for (ESQ Summer Camp 2021 (July-August)).
- Registration will close 2 weeks before the start of each week of camp (This will allow time for preparing and shipping of kits).
- At this point, you can add all information for the children you are registering. Remember, you must be the legal guardian of the child (please don’t ask your wonderful friends or neighbours to register for you!).
- Please note that all registrations require the forms marked with a red asterisk. These may take a few minutes to fill out depending on your selected sessions. Once a session is added to your cart and you move to the page marked 'Step 3', you will have a window of 20 minutes to complete registration so as to give some time to fill out all necessary forms.
- Once you have registered, you will receive a confirmation email.
Step 2: Welcome email and ESQube Kit
You will be emailed again 1 week before your camp session begins with a welcome message. This email will include important camp details, virtual meeting passwords and will ask you to verify whether you have received your ESQube kit.
Step 3: Have fun and ask questions!
Once you're registered and have your kit, you are all set and ready to go!
We want to give you the best experience possible this summer, so we would appreciate you asking questions and providing feedback along the way. This will help us better understand what works for you, what doesn't, and where we can improve.