CWI: Canton 2019!

We know middle schoolers want to do things that matter! 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. Design for good. Fun for all. See below for everything you need to know!


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. We explore, discover, and immerse ourselves in what makes the Hall of Fame City tick. We take what we learn and and create ideas to solve problems and enhance our community.


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!


We have a blast with so many things happening in Canton: we explore the community with a variety of exclusive opportunities like behind-the-scenes tours of the places that make this a great city to live in and we have the opportunity to meet with community members who are leading the way in making it even better. We make friends, play games, and learn all about the challenges and possibilities of the city.


TomTod Ideas started Camp What If seven years ago 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 18 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.

Stark Library – Main Library

715 Market Ave. N
Canton, OH 44702

Pricing & Scholarships

Camp What If tuition: $325 (But don’t pay that much! See information on discounts and scholarships below!)

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
  • 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 $600, 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!
*Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. We expect to be sold out quickly this year.*



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 5% 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, get an even bigger discount!


Attend Camp What If: Canton for a discounted rate (as low as $60) 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 with 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.

*Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. We expect to be sold out quickly this year.*


Check-In Information

Check-in: Camp starts on the morning of June 24. More detailed check-in information will be posted soon.


Location: Stark Library, Main Library, 715 Market Ave. N, Canton, Ohio 44702


Date: June 24-28, 2019 (9 a.m. to 6 p.m.)


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


Departure: Students check out and leave everyday from the McKinley Room at 6pm. Final check out and departure on the last day is after the closing program, Friday, June 28.


Closing Program: Parents and families are invited to attend the closing program on Friday, June 28 at 6:00pm. See you there!


Meals: Lunch and dinner will be served everyday. Students experience delicious food from local restaurants and eateries downtown. Please list any dietary restrictions on the medical and release form.


Why all this talk about middle schoolers?