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Camps > A Week at Camp


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?

SuperNOVA is located on Dalhousie's Studley Campus, which is bordered on the edges by South Street, Oxford Street, Coburg Road and Robie Street.

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 Wednesday afternoons, 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 Monomers (Grades 1-2) will be expected to wear lifejackets and remain in the shallow end. If campers have their own life jackets, please send them!

 

Friday Afternoon Open House

On Friday afternoons parents/guardians are invited to come in early and visit SuperNOVA to see first hand all of the experiments and activities that their campers have built, played with, and learned about during the week.

Campers will be allowed to take home some of their creations to continue their explorations even after camp has ended!

 

What are SuperNOVA's camp policies?

Please see our Camp Policies page.