Camp What If is a week-long day camp where middle schoolers will explore their city, meet community leaders, and pursue ideas. We make friends, play games, and learn all about the challenges and possibilities of the city.
We know middle schoolers want to do things that matter. With over four decades of combined experience in facilitating summer camps for youth, our trained, experienced leadership team is ready to bring community exploration, liberatory design thinking, and a whole lot of fun to your middle schooler this summer.
Learn more about Camp What If
Akron | Canton | North Canton
Camp What If: Akron is FREE and open to any APS middle schooler leaving 5th-8th grade and will be at Summit Lake Community Center.
Pick your week of camp:
*Please only register for one week
Camp What If: Akron is sponsored by the City of Akron in partnership with Akron Public Schools and Summit Education Initiative.
Camp What If: North Canton is FREE and open to any middle schooler leaving 5th-8th grade with a North Canton Public Library card.
Camp What If: North Canton is sponsored by and hosted by the North Canton Public Library with additional sponsorship from The Commercial & Savings Bank and Rettew.
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 40 years of experience in 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.