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

June 5 – 9, 2017. For campers leaving 5 – 8 grade.

Early bird discount: Register before April 21 and get 10% off!

Camp Theme signpost

Camp Theme

Design for good. Fun for all. Camp What If: Wilds takes you on a fun-filled outdoor adventure of social innovation for the common good.

Camp pricing and scholarships

Pricing and Scholarships

Camp What If: Wilds is $400. 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.

The best of summer camp is here!

  • 50-foot climbing wall
  • High flying zip line
  • Waterslides and swimming in the pool
  • Tubing and inflatables on the lake
  • Gaga ball
  • Canoeing and kayaking
  • Ultraball
  • And a whole lot more wild, outdoor camp fun!

Camp Theme

Camp Theme signpost

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

We have a blast in the wild with awesome camp activities like scaling the 50-foot climbing wall, plunging down the pool waterslide, conquering the high ropes course, and tubing at West Branch Reservoir.

We empower campers to enhance the common good.

At Camp What If: Wilds, we use design thinking concepts to dream up ways to do good in the world. This year’s focus is exploring the international refugee crisis and creating ideas that provide relief to those in need.

We use design to foster creativity and empathy for people.

With more people displaced today than at any time in history, the refugee crisis has made headlines internationally as countries struggle to find ways to extend empathy while providing security. Northeast Ohio has a vibrant, successful refugee community and multiple experienced settlement organizations. The TomTod Ideas team has conducted extensive research to provide thoughtful explorations of this perplexing issue. Camp What If: Wilds allows campers to personally explore the refugee crisis and generate their own creative responses. With exciting design challenges and hands-on activities – and a whole lot of summer camp fun – campers learn about real-world issues and generate solutions to the challenges refugees face today.

TomTod Ideas empowers you to make world-changing ideas.

At camp, we use a variety of approaches to ideation and human-centered design. To solve problems, we work together and create lots of ideas. We test out those ideas in real time, building prototypes and imagining real-world scenarios. Then we refine, re-evaluate, and reimagine until we have an idea that will truly enhance the common good. Plus, at camp it’s a whole lot of fun!

Learn more.

TED-Ed is a great resource to learn more (about almost anything!) Watch this short explanatory clip that discusses what a refugee is, where they come from, and how people respond to them.

Pricing and Scholarships

Camp pricing and scholarships

Camp Price

Camp What If: Wilds tuition: $400

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
  • wilderness lodging in new, comfortable yurts
  • specialized staff guiding outdoor activities including swimming, high ropes, climbing wall and more
  • all meals (Monday lunch through Friday lunch)
  • camp materials including t-shirt, activity supplies, custom notebook and more

Our total per-camper value is over $1,000, 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 21 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 $240 (40% off) if you meet Income Eligibility Guidelines.

Attend Camp What If: Wilds for $80 (80% off) if you meet Income Eligibility Guidelines.

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

Check-in: Check-in is at 10am, Monday, June 5 in the Family Recreation Center (FRC). This is the building directly to your right as you enter the parking lot (pictured below).

Location: Camp Carl, 8054 Calvin Rd, Ravenna, OH 44266

Date: June 5-9, 2017 (5 days, 4 nights)

Closing Program: Parents and families are invited to attend the closing program in the Family Recreation Center on Friday, June 9 at 2:45pm. See you there!

Departure: Students check out and leave after the closing program, approx. 3:45pm, Friday, June 9.

Lodging: Campers reside in yurts on Camp Carl grounds (Check out the yurts here and here!)

Meals: Lunch on Monday through lunch on Friday will be served. Camp Carl is a peanut free facility. List dietary restrictions on the medical and release form.

Check-in, Closing Program, and Departure all take place here, at the Family Recreation Center:

Camp Carl FRC
Camp Carl

About Camp Staff

TomTod Ideas is a nonprofit in Canton, Ohio that empowers middle school students to launch absurd ideas that enhance the common good. 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. With over 19 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 submitted by May 25, 2017. Register here through the camp registration portal (you’ll receive a confirmation email).

$50 down payment submitted with registration by May 25, 2017.

Medical & Release Form submitted before or with final payment, no later than June 1, 2017.

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

Final payment submitted by June 1, 2017 (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.

Ready for the best summer ever?

Camp What If is generously funded in part by the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation.

Martha Holden Jennings Foundation