Department of Geography and Planning

Department of Geography and Planning
Department of Geography and Planning

Summer Camp!

At Explore, you will find enthusiastic and knowledgeable staff who are looking forward to starting your camper's summer off with a ton of excitement, creativity and fun! At Explore, we maintain a camper to instructor ratio of 7:1. Together we will engage in exciting experiments, travel all over the world to learn about different cultures and people, meet new friends, play games, spend time exploring the outdoors, do arts and crafts and most importantly—have an AMAZING SUMMER EXPERIENCE!!

To sign-up for Explore Camp, you can drop off a completed registration form to the Queen's University Department of Geography and Planning, Mackintosh-Corry Hall, Rm. E208 or you can mail it to 68 University Avenue, Kingston ON K7L 3N6.

Online Registration



Junior Campers with their colourful crafts

Explore Juniors have the chance to see the worlds like never before! Each week there will be a unique program where we explore different themes ranging from Canada, to natural disasters, to oceans and space! Our learning sessions at camp are based on the Ontario Curriculum so campers will be learning while having fun!

Each week, we go to the Queen's pool and the Splash Pad at City Park. We also feature a field trip every week so your campers gets the most out of their camp experience!

This interactive, hands-on camps is an adventure you don't want to miss!


Junior: Backyard Biodiversity – July 9th to 13th

Join us on an adventure to discover the plant and animal wildlife that lives in our backyards and on Queen’s campus! This week we will explore animals from squirrels to honeybees and learn about their importance in our world, the resources they need to survive ways we can protect them!

Junior: Up, Up, and Away! – July 16th – 20th

This week is going to be out of this world! Going beyond the stars we will learn all about moons, planets and all things outer space! Grab your spacesuit and let’s blast off!

Junior: Kingston Explorers – July 30th to August 3rd

This week we will be exploring close to home, learning all about our Kingston community! This week we will learn all about the important jobs done in our community by firefighters, teachers, police officers, doctors, construction workers and more!

Junior: Around the World in 5 days – August 13th to 17th

Grab your passport and away we go! We are off to explore the wonders of the World on a whirlwind tour of countries in 5 continents – South America, Africa, Europe, Asia and Antarctica! This week we will explore the different cultures, foods, celebrations and music that is sure spark the travel bug in anyone!

Junior: Land Before Time – August 20th to 24th

This week we are going wayyyy back to a time when dinosaurs ruled the Earth! This week as archeologists, we will be exploring dinosaurs, fossils and natural disasters! Grab your hammer, chisel and brush – let’s get digging!

EXPLORE SENIOR (ages 9-13)

Senior campers running a water experiment

Explore Senior is awesome for campers who want to be outdoors, doing exciting experiments, meeting new friends, and participating in our own version of The Amazing Race: Explore Edition! Campers will have a chance to use GPS units to race through Queen's campus and find the marked waypoints to receive clues! With team-oriented activities and challenges, everyday is an adventure as we learn about geography and the diverse world we live in!

Each week, we go to the Queen's pool and the Splash Pad at City Park. We also feature a field trip every week so your campers gets the most out of their camp experience!


Senior: Myths and Legends – July 23rd – 27th

Castles, pyramids and Greek Gods – oh my! This week Explore Camp steps back in time to learn about ancient civilizations! We will explore the lives of people in Medieval Times, Ancient Greece and Egypt, Vikings and more! To the time machine!

Senior: Deep Blue – *August 7th to 10th

Get ready to deep dive as we explore the wonderful world of water! Discover the animals that call water home along with the many ways human use it every day! ‘Water you’ waiting for?

Bursary Program

We want all children to have the chance to participate in our program, regardless of circumstances, so Explore offers financial assistance towards the cost of camp for families who cannot afford to pay for part of the camp fees. Please download the Explore Camp Bursary Application (pdf, 467kB) and send it in with your Explore Camp Registration Form (pdf, 132kB). If you have any questions regarding the bursary program, please contact Kathy Hoover at or 613-533-6000 ext. 77214. Every child should have the chance to participate, let us help to make that happen.