Camp What If: Canton

Everything you need to know about Camp What If: Canton, the best day camp downtown. Camp theme, location, pricing, discounts, and forms are all here. Check out all 3 summer camps here! Ready for the best summer ever?

June 25 – 29, 2018. For campers leaving 5 – 8 grade.

Camp What If 2018 registration is now closed. Hope to see  you in 2019!

Camp Theme signpost

Camp Theme

Design for good. Fun for all. Camp What If: Canton takes you on a fun-filled downtown adventure of learning about your city and making it the best place to be.

Camp pricing and scholarships

Pricing and Scholarships

Camp What If: Canton is $300. But don’t pay full price – we have multiple discounts and scholarships ready for you.

Information and Forms

Information and Forms

Click here to see camp location, medical/release form, FAQs, and other relevant camp information.

Camp Theme

Camp Theme signpost

Camp What If is all about having fun and doing good.

We have a blast with so many things happening downtown and in the Canton Arts District: daily art workshops, exclusive behind the scenes tours of major buildings like the Historic Onesto Hotel, Stark County Courthouse and Government Building, Canton Repository, and many more. We make friends, play games, and learn all about the challenges and possibilities of the city.

We explore, discover, and immerse ourselves in what makes the Hall of Fame City tick.

At Camp What If: Canton, we soak in all the amazing things Canton has to offer. We go on interactive field trips, talk to community leaders, eat the best local food, and see how people are working to make the city better for everyone.

Artsplorations: Create art with the pros doing it in real life

At camp we use the arts to explore innovation and creative problem-solving. Professional artists teach Artsplorations – daily workshops where campers get their creative juices flowing first-hand with visual art, dance, improv, and storytelling! Funded in part by a grant from the Puffin Foundation, West.

TomTod Ideas empowers you to make world-changing ideas.

After we’ve met the artists behind the vibrant artwork downtown, filled our stomachs with delicious local cuisine, and explored the assets and challenges of the city, we reflect and tell stories of all the fun we had, friends we made, and experiences we dove into. We take what we learned and and create ideas to solve problems and enhance our community.

The Community Ideation Celebration: using your imagination to bring your awesome idea to life.

Camp What If: Canton concludes with a closing program for parents, family, friends, and community members. Campers design their own experience to enhance the city firsthand. They share their stories to the crowd ready and waiting to hear about the summer camp where middle schoolers discover what they can do to change the world – by dreaming, designing, and building something real.

Closing program: June 29, 6 – 7:30 p.m.

Pricing and Scholarships

Camp pricing and scholarships

Camp Price

Camp What If: Canton tuition: $300

Our camp tuition is all-inclusive for the entire camp experience:

  • a carefully cultivated staff with 1:4 ratio allowing individualized guidance
  • expert-level training in social innovation
  • conversation opportunities with core community leaders
  • exclusive, personalized, guided explorations of key Canton institutions
  • daily small group arts instruction by professional artists
  • lunch and dinner daily, highlighting downtown Canton’s tasty local food
  • transportation around the city
  • camp materials including t-shirt, activity supplies, custom notebook and more

Our total per-camper value is over $700, but thanks to generous underwriting from our partners and donors, we’re able to provide the entire Camp What If experience at this deeply discounted tuition!


Don’t pay full price for camp!

Early Bird: Register on or before April 30 and get 10% off.

Bring a friend who’s never been to Camp What If before, you both get 10% off.

Provide the name of the friend on your registration. The friend must complete registration with a down payment for you both to receive this discount.


If you qualify for the Free or Reduced Lunch Program, we’re even more generous!

Attend Camp What If: Wilds for a discounted rate (as low as $90) if you meet Income Eligibility Guidelines. Just fill out a scholarship form and submit it and we’ll get back in touch with you about what level of scholarship you are eligible for.

We offer a limited number of scholarships at both levels. Scholarships are awarded on a first come, first served basis.

Scholarship applications are due within 1 week of your registration.

To apply for a scholarship, fill out the application here or download from the camp registration portal. Then either attach it during registration, email, or mail it to us.

Check-in Information

Information and Forms

Location: Stark County District Library, Main Branch, 715 Market Ave N, Canton, OH 44702

Date: June 25-29, 2018 (9 a.m.– 6 p.m.)

Arrival: Check-in is at 9am, every day in the McKinley Room. Enter the main entrance of the library and turn left. Signs will be posted.

Departure: Students check out and leave every day from the McKinley Room at 6pm. Final check out and departure on the last day is after the closing program, Friday, June 29.

Closing Program: Parents and families are invited to attend the Community Ideation Celebration, our closing program in the Main Stark County District Library on Friday, June 29 at 6:00pm. See you there!

Meals: Lunch and dinner will be served every day. Students experience delicious food from local restaurants and eateries downtown. List dietary restrictions on the medical and release form.

About Camp Staff

TomTod Ideas is a nonprofit in Canton, Ohio that empowers middle school students to explore and launch ideas that put empathy and imagination into action. We’ve run various versions of Camp What If since 2013 and have been empowering middle schoolers with safe, fun, thoughtful, and unique summer experiences ever since. Each of our summer staff go through a competitive application and review process that includes a background check before being hired. With over 15 combined years of experience in facilitating summer camps for youth, our trained, experienced leadership team is ready to bring creative problem-solving, design thinking, and a whole lot of fun to your middle schooler this summer.

Registration Checklist

Use this to ensure you’ve submitted all the necessary forms and your registration is complete.

Registration is now closed.

$50 down payment submitted with registration by June 18, 2018.

Medical & Release Form submitted before or with final payment, no later than June 18, 2018.

Scholarship application submitted (If applying, due within 1 week of your registration).

Final payment submitted by June 18, 2018 (we’ll factor in any discounts/scholarships and calculate your final price once you’ve completed registration).

Forms and Downloads

Use these to complete your registration and find more info for camp.

Camp What If 2018 registration is now closed. Hope to see  you in 2019!