The Canton Dreamoratory: A Parent’s Perspective

[Barbara Ross’ daughter, Aurora, attended the Dreamoratory last summer. We asked Barbara a few questions about Aurora’s experience and why the week is important for middle schoolers].

TomTod: Why did you want Aurora to participate in the Dreamoratory?

Barbara: I felt that it was important to add a counterpoint to her perspective, which at the “middle school” stage of development can be very “Me”-centric, with information and experiences embracing the larger world in which that “me” operates.

TT: What were Aurora’s biggest learnings from the week?

Barbara: That there is much more in time and space than what can be gained from split second glances.

TT: How was Aurora challenged by the Dreamoratory?

Barbara: I think she benefited from the experience of being enveloped into a work group of people, topics and goals that are unfamiliar but immediate.

TT: What would you tell a parent who has a student interested in the Dreamoratory?

Barbara: I would say that they should not expect “camp” in the sense of a traditional cabin by the lake scenario. Their youth will gain a more urban vibe and the experience will be more of a “scamper” going through a new land that that of a “camper” on a predictive trail.

TT: Why is the Dreamoratory worthwhile for middle schoolers?

Barbara: I think it models team building and problem solving systems while fostering a sense of adventure and an expectation of the wonder of things unexpected.

This year’s Canton Dreamoratory is July 12-18, open to students leaving grades 5-8. Register today at


Aurora (right) shares her idea with community leaders at the Community Ideation Panel.


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