Interesting Programs

For Volunteer Opportunities check the Richmond based volunteer group – Richmond Cares/Richmond Gives:

April 30/18 – Deadline to apply to UBC volunteer opportunities Phenomenal Physics Summer Camp – The Phenomenal Physics Summer Camp is an annual summer camp program run by UBC Department of Physics & Astronomy.  Camp participants engage in fun scientific activities designed to encourage thinking and experimenting. In the past, they have experimented with electricity, designed hovercrafts, constructed Martian habitats, conducted chemistry experiments and played with tornado tubes and musical instruments. The goal is to stimulate the minds of these young scientists, and inspire them to explore science further in the future.  Volunteers are expected to commit to at least one week of volunteering for the summer camp program (Volunteer hours are Monday to Friday, 8:30am – 4:30pm, two-week commitment preferred). All volunteers are required to attend a training day prior to volunteering. Volunteers will be supervised by the summer camp teachers and camp leaders (UBC undergraduate students). As a volunteer, you will have the opportunity to work with teachers, UBC students, and professors in the UBC Department of Physics & Astronomy. You will also gain valuable experience working with a group of kids. By being involved, you will spend time at UBC and visit university laboratories and facilities. A free summer camp T-shirt is included.  Eligibility:  Accepting students who are currently completing grades 10-12, as well as first year university students (although priority will be given to high school students). Suitable candidates will be invited to attend an interview on campus.  Students need to submit a resume.  You will submit your resume directly through the application form by uploading your resume document.  Complete instructions available at:

UBC Physics and Computer Science Camp Now Accepting Applications – For students going into Grades 8-10 in the fall (completing Grades 7-9 by June 2018).  Dates: July 16-20 and July 23-27, Time: 9 am to 4 pm.  Price: $300.  This camp is run in collaboration with the Department of Computer Science. For the computer science component, students will explore the fundamentals of the web and learn how to create and style their own websites. They will discover the tools and designs necessary to make an app while exploring core concepts in computer science. The physics component will include the building of complex electrical circuits, designing items to be printed using a 3D printer, visiting university laboratories, and an introduction to particle physics. Students will also learn about buoyancy and weightlessness while scuba diving. This week includes two pool sessions, daily outdoor games, guest speakers, laboratory visits, and the fabulous physics show.  Bursary Available for students currently in grades 8 & 9 who would not ordinarily be able to attend due to financial reasons.   As part of the application process, students must request a nomination form be filled out by their Science teacher or Principal.  Please see your science teacher or career advisor for the nomination form.

Deadline to apply for the bursary is April 30/18.   All documents, including the nomination form must be submitted by April 30/18.  Complete instructions available at:


AUG 7-16, 2018 – Ivey Summer Leadership Program. This is an intensive nine-day residential summer enrichment program for students going into grades 10, 11 and 12 from diverse backgrounds. Students will get a taste of Western’s Ivey’s undergraduate business program and sample Ivey curriculum highlights in marketing, accounting, operations and entrepreneurship.

Deadline to apply: March 23, 2018

Nov 20/2017 – SHAD Deadline to Apply –  SHAD is a registered Canadian charity that empowers exceptional high school students in Grades 10, 11 or 12, to recognize their own capabilities and envision their extraordinary potential as tomorrow’s leaders and change makers. Each year, SHAD provides the opportunity for 900 students from across Canada and internationally to attend a month-long summer program, in-residence at one of our Canadian host universities (, focused on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts & math). There are currently more than 16,300 SHAD alumni including 32 Rhodes Scholars, Top 40 Under 40 & Top 20 Under 20 award recipients, and many other accomplished professionals, all sharing the transformational SHAD experience and able to leverage their SHAD network for life. Founded in 1980, SHAD is based in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.  Students selected through the rigorous, competitive process for places in the summer program are top performers who are also well-rounded emerging leaders demonstrating initiative, creativity and flair. They are leaders in their schools, volunteers in their communities, and are often gifted musicians, artists and athletes.  Program runs from July 1 – 27 and the fee for the program is $5,500, which covers accommodation, meals, academic activities and field trips. Please note that the program fee does not include expenses associated with travel to and from campus, which are responsibility of each family. Travel bursaries are available based on need..  The online application is available at:  For complete details and FAQ visit:

JUL and AUG 2018 – U of Toronto Summer Law and Medicine Summer Youth Programs –  registrations for applications are open, but 1st come first served. Current Grade 10 – 12 students have the opportunity to sign up for weekly modules in either the Faculty of Law or the Faculty of Medicine to further their interest in Law or Medicine at the University of Toronto, St. George campus.  This year fees do not include accommodation, lunch, or transport to and from the program. The cost of the law weeks are approximately $900/wk and the medicine program is approximately $1,458/wk plus $98 registration fee per student. You can get details on the weekly modules available and to apply at: and

July 14/17 – Registration Deadline for Looking Glass Summer Camp – Looking Glass Summer Camp, which runs from August 13th – 20th, 2017, is held at Loon Lake Forestry Camp in Maple Ridge, BC.  This eight-day experience is open to young women who are currently experiencing an eating disorder of any type. Offered in partnership with Pinnacle Pursuits, this camp provides a unique opportunity for female eating disorder sufferers to challenge and rediscover themselves through a variety of activities.  Camp is currently open to female campers, aged 14 – 23.  Registration deadline is July 14th, 2017, and all medical referral forms and tests should be completed between June 15th and July 15th .  Total cost to attend Summer Camp is $200 per camper Register online at:  Please contact with any questions or concerns



Queen’s University Enrichment Studies

The Enrichment Studies Unit (ESU) provides grade 6 to 12 students with challenging academic enrichment opportunities and a university-life experience on the campus of Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. Over 100,000 students have been welcomed into the program and provided leadership opportunities to over 1,500 Queen’s students. ESU’s mission is to enrich and motivate youth by challenging them academically, developing them personally, and inspiring them with an exceptional Queen’s University experience.

Spring and summer programs encourage students to explore their interests and passions in a university environment. Whether a student wants to enhance their school curriculum requirements, learn a new skill or experience all that Queens has to offer, the programs have enrichment for everyone.

Enrichment Mini-Course (EMC) for Grades 9-12

Summer Enrichment Experience at Queen’s (SEEQ) for Grades 8-12

Queen’s Excellence in Skills Training (QuEST) Leadership Program for Grades 1-10

For details, check



Jul 2017 – McGill University Summer Academy

A new program for high school students currently in Grades 10 and 11 has been launched by McGill. Unfolding over two weeks of classes, workshops, activities, and trips, this experience will introduce your students to university life and is sure to make their summer memorable! Please find out more on For further details, email at

Summer Boot Digital Camp – Tomorrow’s Master of Digital Media Program (TMDM). The Centre for Digital Media in Vancouver (Collaboration of SFU, UBC, Emily Carr and BCIT) is offering a digital media summer camp for high school students Grades 9-12 this July. There will be an info session on April 27, 2017 from 6-8 PM at the Centre for Digital Media, 685 Great Northern Way, Vancouver. The TMDM program is a 2-week intensive summer boot camp running from July 10-21, created and taught by the Master of Digital Media Program faculty with support from the Lower Mainland’s digital media industry. Launched in 2008, TMDM’s mission is to give teens an opportunity to explore both educational and career opportunities in Vancouver’s vibrant digital media industry. For more information see:


Emily Carr Summer Institute for Teens 

JUN 19/17 – Deadline to Register for Emily Carr Summer Institute for Teens – The Summer Institute for Teens at Emily Carr University of Art + Design is a one-month intensive program where students aged 16 to 18 prepare for an education at an art + design university through dedicated studio practice.  Studios available in Animation, Architecture, Drawing, Fashion & Textiles, Graphic Design, Digital Illustration, Painting, Photography and new this year Video Production.  Program runs from July 4 – 28/17.  Program Fees:  Domestic: $2390 and International: $2790.  More details and how to register at:

Forum for Young Canadians is Canada’s premier civics education program for students aged 15-19 years old. It’s about giving smart and engaged youth a chance to experience Parliament Hill and supports them in using their voice. Forum for Young Canadians presents a fun and valuable opportunity to meet other young Canadians during a week-long behind-the-scenes experience in the world of federal politics on Parliament Hill. They will learn how to share, collaborate and turn their ideas into community action. They will meet Members of Parliament, Senators and other leading figures in government and the public service.
The $895 participation covers program costs, room, board and transportation expenses. Bursaries are available for qualifying students.
The new 2017 program dates are:
Monday February 20 to Saturday February 25, 2017
Sunday March 5 to Friday March 10, 2017
Sunday March 19 to Friday March 24, 2017
Applications are currently being received for all three sessions in 2017.  APPLY NOW! For further details, please check

Encounters with Canada Program
This is a unique opportunity for Canadian teens to meet other young people from across the country. Every week of the school year, 120 to 148 teens from across Canada, aged 14 to 17 years, come to Ottawa. Here they discover their country through each other, learn about Canadian institutions, meet famous and accomplished Canadians, explore exciting career options, develop their civic leadership skills and live an extraordinary bilingual experience. Within a 27-week framework, EWC offers 13 exciting, career-oriented themes which determine program dates.
Round-trip travel to The Terry Fox Canadian Youth Centre is provided free of charge by Canadian Heritage!
The week in Ottawa is a great bargain at only $675, covering accommodation, meals and all program costs – supplies, activities, visits and tours, and travel within Ottawa. Many provincial/territorial governments even help subsidize these expenses! For details check

Volunteer Match – With Volunteer RichmondMeet with an Advisor at Volunteer Richmond to search for a rewarding volunteer experience! Phone 604-279-7020 to get started.