Important Notice Regarding COVID-19
Explorations’ primary responsibility is ensuring the safety and wellbeing our our community of learners, leaders and staff. Our leadership team is monitoring the current situation closely and will be provide our community with ongoing updates regarding Explorations 2020 Summer Camp.
We are working closely with our host school and our custodial service provider to ensure all measures are in place to offer Explorations Summer Camp in a safe, clean environment. Furthermore, we understand that many of our community members are hesitant to make summer plans given the uncertainty this outbreak has created. With that in mind, Explorations is waiving all cancellation fees for our programs and will accept cancellations until July 1st.
To adjust to COVID-19, we are restructuring our intermediate and senior camp format to ensure camper safety. This summer, our campers will remain in one set educational stream instead of choosing three individual activities. This structuring is to enforce physical distancing rules by minimizing travel times and avoiding physical contact.
Since its founding in 1981 as McGill’s Gifted Summer School, Explorations has stood as a beacon of quality summer learning in Montreal. Today, we strive to connect, empower and inspire learners and educators. Through our Learning Lab in NDG and our renowned Summer Camp, Explorations continues to develop innovative learning experiences for children and teens.
Our Summer Camp is held for 4 weeks in July. For the summer of 2020, Session 1 will take place from July 6 to July 17 and Session 2 from July 20 to July 31. Explorations offers activities for children who are entering kindergarten to teenagers in grade 12. Each activity is led by a certified or expert teacher who designs learning experience that are both challenging and fun.
Registration is open. Spaces are limited and provided on a first come, first served basis.
Explorations is proud to be working with the Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library to encourage early literacy and parent involvement. Supported by the generous donations of the Explorations’ community, these books will forward Explorations’ primary goal of creating an environment where learning is enjoyable, meaningful and diverse. Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is a free, early literacy […]
This article is written by Neve Spicer, Founder & Director of WeTheParents.org. There’s something to be said for the kind of learning that happens outside of books. It engages kids in a different way, fully grasping their senses and drawing them into the process of creating, refining, and developing their own skills and ideas. It’s […]
We hope you enjoyed our book recommendations for last month’s Explorer’s Book Club. We read We Are Water Protectors written by Carole Lindstrom and illustrated by Michaela Goade, and 21 Things You May Not Know About the Indian Act by Bob Joseph. This month, we are highlighting LGBTQIA+ books to celebrate Montreal Pride! Our first book recommendation is And Tango […]
“What makes Explorations different, having been both a camper and a Counsellor?”
From a camper’s perspective: the fact that there is so much diversity in what you can do, and that there are activities that you wouldn’t normally find in a summer camp. As a staff member: the fact that Explorations offers you a way to get more experience while learning more about yourself and about the professional world. Explorations allows you to develop the skills that you want to develop, but also helps and guides you along the way.
I’ve had a blast teaching Scriptwriting & Cinema at Explorations. The learners are motivated, curious, active and bursting with energy – there is never a dull moment at Explorations! In the span of our one-week enrichment course, they’ve gone through the development, script and production phases of film. It’s been challenging in the best of ways, pushing the boundaries of hands-on learning. Being able to bring my professional experiences in film to the classroom has been amazing.
I felt very supported at camp, I think the staff did a really good job at making sure I felt comfortable at work. They gave me really good advice on managing my class. They also really helped me boost my confidence at work.
I’d like to continue the (counsellor) program next year because I thought that it was very well planned out and organized. I thought that they gave us good training before camp started and also I thought it was a good opportunity to take on a bigger challenge and take on more responsibility. I equally thought that the support system presented to us was awesome and that would make me want to come back, knowing that I would have people to support me during the job.
We are tremendously impressed by the program. Our child felt welcome and was able to integrate easily with the other kids. He was engaged in the material presented and came home every day eagerly talking of his projects. We were impressed when he showed us the virtual world he had built with the help of camp counsellors.
We are happy for him to continue learning new skills and making friends.
I want to thank you again. First of all, for sending the composition he created in the workshop and second of all for the AMAZING job you did teaching. In only 3 hours, you have already given him the skills that he needed to continue composing at home. He has been having lots of fun on GarageBand!
It’s always fun to see how creativity emerges when there are no parameters. I love seeing kids be kids and enjoy each other’s company while learning from each other and building each other up.