Everything you need to know about Camp What If: Wilds. Camp theme, location, pricing, discounts, and forms are all here. Check out all 4 summer camps here! Ready for the best summer ever?

June 11 – 15, 2018. For campers leaving 5 – 8 grade.

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

Camp Theme signpost

We know middle schoolers want to do things that matter!

At Camp What If: Wilds, we use design-thinking concepts to dream up ways to do good in the world. This year’s theme is the Lake Erie watershed: exploring how that Great, wet, northern neighbor of ours has an outsized impact on all of us who live in NE Ohio…and how we impact it right back!

Camp pricing and scholarships

Pricing and Scholarships

Camp What If: Wilds is $415. But don’t pay full price – we have multiple discounts and scholarships ready for you. Our total per-camper value is over $1,000, but thanks to generous underwriting from our partners and donors, especially the Herbert W. Hoover Foundation, we’re able to provide the entire Camp What If experience at this deeply discounted tuition!

Information and Forms

Information and Forms

Click here to find out more about our new camp location, get copies of the medical/release form, answers to frequently asked questions, and other helpful camp information.

The best of summer camp is here!

Camp Theme signpost

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

Nestled in the heart of Ohio’s only National Park, Cuyahoga Valley National Park, the Environmental Education Center will be our hub for the week, providing loads of opportunities to explore the great out of doors. We’ll also be taking a day trip to Lake Erie to get up close and personal with all of its great, watery fun.

Why the Lake Erie watershed?

Lake Erie has a gigantic impact on NorthEast Ohio. However, particularly if you don’t live within sight, it’s easy to forget about its influence, except for perhaps the occasional snow day reminder from “lake effect snow.” Here’s some informative facts:

  • 11 million people get their drinking water from Lake Erie
  • 70 million gallons of water are pulled out of Lake Erie every day by residents and industry
  • It’s the 11th largest lake in the entire world

Not only does Lake Erie impact all of us who live nearby it, from jobs to water to weather, it is also hugely affected by all of us! What run-off do we send its way? What trash and pollutants do we let interact with its wildlife? How do our choices change this resource for the better or worse?

We’ll be exploring all of these questions through experiments, field trips (including a day at the Lake!), interviews with experts, and more!

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!

Pricing and Scholarships

Camp pricing and scholarships

Camp Price

Camp What If: Wilds tuition: $415

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
  • comfortable lodging in the Environmental Education Center
  • sessions with local experts and gurus
  • all meals (Monday lunch through Friday lunch)
  • day trip to Lake Erie and all activities
  • 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, particularly the Herbert W. Hoover Foundation, 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 various 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: Camp starts on the morning of June 11. More detailed check-in information will be posted soon.

Location: Cuyahoga Valley Environmental Education Center, 3675 Oak Hill Road, Peninsula, Ohio 44264

Date: June 11-15, 2018 (5 days, 4 nights)

Closing Program: Parents and families are invited to attend the closing program on Friday, June 15 at 2:00pm. See you there!

Departure: Students check out and leave after the closing program, approx. 3:00pm, Friday, June 15.

Lodging: Campers will stay in the Education Center lodges (Check out pictures here)

Meals: Lunch on Monday through lunch on Friday will be served. Food is prepared on-site from scratch at the Education Center. 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 May 29, 2018.

Medical & Release Form submitted no later than May 29, 2018.

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

Final payment submitted by June 6, 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!

Camp What If is generously funded in part by the Herbert W. Hoover Foundation