Think Fun Camps

The UNIVERSITY OF THE FRASER VALLEY (UFV) and THE VANCOUVER INSTITUTE OF PHILOSOPHY FOR CHILDREN (VIP4C) are joining energies to bring “fun” and “thinking” to youngsters in the Fraser Valley by putting on 3 camps for each of three week (9 camps altogether).

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WHEN

Camp 1 – July 7-11 (9:00-4:00)
Camp 3 – July 14-18 (9:00-4:00)
Camp 3 – July 21-25 (9:00-4:00)
Drop off from 8:30 – 9am. Pick up from 4:00 – 4:30pm

WHERE

University of the Fraser Valley

WHAT 

  1. THINK FUN: IDEAS ALIVE! (grades 1 – 3; ages 6, 7, 8 as of Dec.31)
    With access to natural splendor at our finger tips, campers will bring ideas alive while exploring outdoor spaces, encountering nonhuman life, engaging with science and stories, and getting their hands dirty. Ideas Alive! is for those children who not only want to play in their environment, but this about their place within it.
  2. THINK FUN: Curious Critters (grades 1 – 3; ages 6, 7, 8 as of Dec.31)
    Interested in animals? In Curious Critters we help children explore our common need for food, water, and companionship. Combining an exciting mixture of outdoor play, indoor crafts, experiments, field trips and discussions, Curious Critters is an adventure in exploring our embodiment and our connection with the natural world.
  3. THINK FUN: Enchanted Expression (grade 4 – 6; ages 9, 10, 11 as of Dec.31)

WHY

First and foremost, these camps are designed to be FUN!!! YEAH!!!

In the process, though, all campers will be participating in communities of inquiry that will: prime the “thinking pump”; Show that there are standards for thinking, i.e., there is good or bad thinking; help develop a respectful mode of communication; help develop the strength to listen to opposing viewpoints; demonstrate the advantage of “thinking together”; and hence alter “person-perception,” i.e., we come to value each other even in disagreement; change the structure of behaviour in the sense that in becomes routine for thinking to precede action; strengthen “self-generative capacities” in the sense of being able to think through who one wants to become as a person; enhance personal positive valance as function of the fact that one’s obvious “reasonableness” is positively valued by others—all of the above while engaging in real world, albeit fun, activities so that participants learn that thinking is not something done only in school, thinking is important for life.

WHO

Dr. Susan Gardner, graduate of Oxford University, Philosophy Professor at Capilano University and Director of The Vancouver Institute of Philosophy for Children, will supervise the construction of the philosophically-based programs, as well as their implementation. Dr. Gardner will be assisted by Anastasia Anderson, head of the philosophy department at UFV, who will also be present throughout the camp experience. Each camp team will consist of at least one graduate student, an undergraduate with extensive training in philosophy, and at least two volunteers, who have philosophical and/or early childhood education background.  We will ensure that the ratio of counsellor/camper never falls below 1/5 campers. Follow this link to see the see the team.

PRICE

$250 for early registration, (i.e., before May 15); $275 after May 15th

Please visit thinkfuncamps.ca for more information and to register!