Diefenbaker Youth History and Governance Camps
2017 Summer Camp Registration Now Open!
Program activities and objectives include:
• simulations such as debates, caucus meetings, and creating legislation
• sessions that foster an understanding and appreciation of Canada’s governing institutions
• discussions on relevant issues, and their effect on Canada and around the world
• interaction with local experts
• and much more!
With each week featuring a distinct theme, there is sure to be stimulating debate and discussion this summer for camp participants.
July 24-28 - “Shaping a Nation: The Road to Canada at 150 and Indigenous history.” Examining the influence and power of diverse groups, campers will explore significant historical events throughout the week that impact Canadian identity and the path to reconciliation.
August 14-18 - “Canada on the Battlefield: Patriotism, Sacrifice, and Commemoration of The Great War.” Campers will investigate key events and the lasting impact of The Great War, including significant battles, life on the home front, recruitment efforts, and monuments.
Download and fill out the registration and waiver forms below and submit them to firstname.lastname@example.org to register!
Each year the Diefenbaker Centre invites grade 5-9 students to join us to explore the links between democracy, Canada's history, and current events. Past themes have included:
2016 - Demonstrating Discontent: Protest and Social movements in Canada: Focusing on individual and collective powers that influence
change, the camp covered key social movements in Canadian history, such as the War Measures Act, October Crisis and Idle No More.
2016 - Media and the Message: Communications in Canadian History: Throughout the week the campers discussed various types of media and communication styles. Each day focused on a branch of media, historic events, and the related implications.
2015 - Creating Canada: Confederation to the First World War: This camp explored events and issues that shaped our nation such as the creation of the Trans-Canada railway, western immigration and women’s suffrage.
"As long as there is a drop of blood in my body they won't stop me from talking about freedom."
- Diefenbaker (Sudbury, Ontario, June 2, 1958)