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This section will give you an idea of what a SuperNOVA camp experience is like! You will also receive an email prior to camp with some additional info.

Where are SuperNOVA camps held?

Effective for summer 2019, ALL of our Halifax programs will take place on the Sexton campus, with the drop off and pick up location at the Alumni Lounge at 1360 Barrington Street. Drop off and Pick up for this location will take place on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

On Wednesdays ONLY, which is Discovery Day and swimming at SuperNOVA, drop off and pick up will take place at the Wallace McCain Learning Commons on Studley campus, on the corner of Castine Way and Lord Dalhousie Drive.
For specific location information please refer to registration email. 

What are the camp hours?

If you DO NOT opt-in for extended care, camper drop-off is from 8:30 AM - 9:00 AM and pickup is from 4:00 PM - 4:30 PM.

If you opt-in for extended care, camper drop-off is from 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM and pickup is from 4:00 PM - 5:15 PM. Please see our Camp Policy page for more details.

What happens on the first day when we arrive?

On the first day of camp, opening registration will run from 8:30 AM - 9:00 AM.   If you purchased extended care hours, registration begins at 8:00 AM.

Upon arrival, you will also have an opportunity to update the authorized list of individuals who can pick-up your camper (all camper information was collected at registration).   

After registration, your camper will meet their camp leaders and start with some fun team-building and introduction activities.

 

What is a typical day's schedule?

Morning

At 9:00 AM campers are divided in to their camp groups and head off to their camp room to do hands-on science, engineering, or computer science activities until lunch.


Lunch/Snacks

Campers are expected to pack a morning and afternoon snack as well as a lunch. SuperNOVA is a NUT FREE camp. Weather permitting; lunch takes place outdoors from 12:00PM -1:00 PM and is combined with physical activity and games.


Afternoon

Following their lunch break, campers continue working on hands-on projects and activities until 4:00 PM when outdoor supervision begins.


End of Day Pick-Up

Camper pick-up starts at 4:00 PM and features a mix of supervised physical activities and quiet activities. Pick-up is usually outside, weather permitting. To ensure the safety of all involved, only authorized individuals will be able to pick-up your camper.

 

What are the activities like? How challenging are they?

SuperNOVA's camps offer a number of rich experiences for youth, including:

  • hands-on experiments and projects,
  • design and build engineering challenges,
  • exciting visual demonstrations,
  • games and physical activities,
  • tours of labs and related facilities, and
  • inspiring interactions with scientists, engineers, and technologists involved in research and industry.

As per our mandate, SuperNOVA activities are designed to stimulate intellectual curiosity in ALL youth and help them make connections between STEM and the world around them. To this end, our activities include adaptations and extensions to maximize impact for youth of all abilities, interests, and learning styles.


SuperNOTES

At the end of each day, campers are sent home with SuperNOTES that detail the topics they explored that day, what activities they did, and other highlights of the camp day. SuperNOTES are a great way to encourage discussion after the camp day ends!

Swimming

On Wednesdays, campers get the opportunity to go swimming at the Dalplex pool. Campers that choose not to swim can play games with instructors for the afternoon instead.

Campers in Grades 3+ will have the opportunity to take a swim test - those that are not able to swim the length of the shallow end without touching will be required to wear a lifejacket for the duration of the swim. All Stars (Grades 1-2) and Moons (Grades 3-5) will be expected to wear lifejackets and remain in the shallow end. If campers have their own life jackets, please send them otherwise they will be provided!

What are SuperNOVA's camp policies?

Please see our Camp Policies page.

 

FAQ:
ALL registration takes place online at our website www.supernova.dal.ca > Active Networks. 
The camps are aimed at the grade your camper will ENTER in Fall 2019 (ex. if they are in grade 6 currently, they should be registered for camps for the grade 7 age group). We do not currently offer programs for children who have not yet completed Primary/Kindergarten. 
For camp descriptions please see our website at www.supernova.dal.ca/camps-descriptions/
Our Catalyst high school program will run for 2 consecutive weeks - all participants will automatically be registered for the full two week camp. 
Our bursary program for families in need is currently suspended due to the high volume of requests, but we are still accepting applications pending additional funding: http://www.supernova.dal.ca/camps-bursaries/
Morning drop-off is between 8:30-9:00 AM (8:00-9:00 if you have extended care), and pick-up is between 4:00-4:30 (4:00-5:15 with extended care). Pick-up and drop-off for Halifax camps will happen in front of the Wallace McCain Learning Centre, which is in the turn around at the corner of Castine Way and Lord Dalhousie Drive (see attached map). If it is raining, check in will take place just inside the doors of the Wallace McCain Learning Centre. 
For all TRURO campus camps we will follow up shortly with an additional registration email with info about Truro drop off/pick up and schedule. 
On Wednesday afternoon campers are invited to swim in the Dalhousie pool. All campers must complete a swim test (swim a lap of the shallow end without touching the bottom) to be permitted to go into the deep end. If campers opt out of, or fail the swim test, they will be kept in the shallow end wearing a life jacket. Our Grade 1-2 participants will not complete the swim test - all will wear life jackets and stay in the shallow end. If your child has their own life jacket (not water wings!) please send this with your child on Wednesday, and make sure it is labelled with their name! Campers are under no obligation to swim if they choose not to.
SuperNOVA does not provide lunch for campers, so please pack a lunch, and snacks for your child for morning and afternoon. Please be aware that there are children who have very serious allergies, so please ensure that your children's snacks and lunches are nut-free, and that you discuss with your children the importance of not sharing food, and the importance of personal space.
Please ensure that your kids are wearing appropriate clothing for the weather (please no flip flops - we do a lot of walking!), and have sunscreen and a hat for our outdoor times.
Please be sure to read our website for other information pertinent to camps.
We will respond shortly to all other inquiries.