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Camp What If Akron is a week-long day camp where middle schoolers will explore the city of Akron, meet prominent Akron movers and shakers, and pursue ideas to help the community. We’ll make friends, play games, and discover the assets and challenges of the city all by dinner time.

For Who: Akron Public Schools students leaving 5th through 8th grade
When: July 12-16 , July 19-23, July 26-30. Camp runs from 9am-4:30pm daily. (*Please only register for one week)
Where: Summit Lake Community Center with experiences at various locations across Akron!
Cost: Free! Thank you City of Akron for sponsoring CWI!

“I’m so glad that I found out about Camp What daughter gained valued experiences that will stick with her! She was confident, showcased team spirit and leadership. My daughter loved the camp!" —Camp Parent


We use Liberatory Design Thinking concepts and make them accessible to early adolescents. Throughout our week, campers will learn how to research by asking good questions, discover the assets and challenges of the city, and brainstorm ideas together to help the community.

“There aren’t many camps for middle school aged children that allow them to voice how they can impact their local community.”


After exploring, the second half of the week is devoted to idea creation. Campers will brainstorm 100s of ideas (literally!) and then narrow them down to just a few. In small groups, they’ll continue to hone their idea, talk to community partners, and finally present their idea to family and friends on Friday during a Community Ideation Celebration.
“Thank you for making this an awesome summer! I enjoyed camp so much!”


Our summer camps are community-focused from beginning to end. Campers will go on scavenger hunts and walking tours of the city, meet government leaders, explore the parks system, and discover their role in helping the community thrive.
“Our kids both had a fantastic time. I would not hesitate one bit to send them again or to recommend to friends.”


The TomTod team has four decades of combined experience facilitating summer camps for youth. We hire experienced, vetted summer staff as counselors and assistants and aim for a 4:1 staff to camper ratio to maximize relational connection. Our team is dedicated to empowering middle schoolers and creating fun, engaging, and meaningful experiences.

“The staff were extremely energetic and fun!”


Covid-19 Precautions

We take safety seriously! All camps will be in-person and will follow recommended guidelines by local health officials in regards to social distancing and masking up! Masks and sanitizer will be available for campers. As local health recommendations change, we will update our Covid-19 precautions to keep campers safe. If you have any questions about our camp health procedures, please email us!

Frequently Asked Questions

What is TomTod Ideas?

TomTod is a youth development nonprofit based in Canton, Ohio that listens to, honors, and advocates for middle schoolers.
Yep. You read that right. Middle schoolers, and only middle schoolers. We create programming specifically for 9-13 year olds because we think their perspective is valuable and necessary for the community.
Since 2012, we’ve helped middle schoolers discover and love their community while finding ways to help it thrive. Using the latest research about early adolescent development, our programing allows students to explore idea creation through a community-focused, developmentally appropriate lens.
We are ball pit engineers, blanket fort architects, dance party organizers, and idea connoisseurs.


Who are the camp counselors?

TomTod’s camp staff is a diverse mix of professionals dedicated to serving middle school students. Each of our summer staff members go through a competitive application and review process that includes a background check before being hired. With over four decades of experience facilitating summer camps for youth, our leadership team is ready to create the best camp experience for your middle schooler.


How much is camp?

Thanks to our incredible sponsors and partners, Camp What If is free to all campers.


Who is eligible to attend camp?

Camp What If is open to middle schoolers leaving 5th through 8th grade. Each camp does have certain eligibility requirements, so be sure to check each camp’s description. Residents of the City of Canton, students from Akron Public Schools, and any middle schooler with a North Canton Public Library card are eligible to attend camp.


What will my child do at camp?

The first half of the week is dedicated to exploration. We will take campers around the community to visit businesses, nonprofits, government agencies, parks, and more! The second half of the week is when idea creation happens. We guide campers through the process of ideation; they’ll use their newfound expertise about the community to brainstorm ideas that will help the community thrive. Camp will include snacks and lunch everyday and will of course be oodles of fun!



Thank you for investing in middle schoolers!

The City of Akron | Akron Public Schools | Summit Education Initiative

Let the summer adventure begin.

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