Summer Camps

Saskatchewan Camps

My Saskatchewan: July 8-12, 2019, 9am - 4pm

The Diefenbaker Canada Centre invites youth ages 7-9 to join us to explore the history of Saskatchewan from prehistory to today! This week-long camp will cover specific themes including prehistory, our natural world, people of our province, settlement, and Saskatchewan today.

On each day of the camp, campers will meet at the Diefenbaker Canada Centre (9 a.m. drop-off point) and once all are gathered, walk to the Little Stone Schoolhouse for morning programming. The morning will include a 45 minute physical activity event, along with a “hands on” learning activity. Lunch will be one hour in length and will include a walk back to the Diefenbaker Canada Centre. Each afternoon will involve a visit to a site on campus or a visit from an expert on the topic of the day. Campers will return to the Diefenbaker Canada Centre for pickup at 4:00 p.m. On the final day of camp, parents/care providers will be invited to arrive earlier for a camp wrap-up.

Campers at My Saskatchewan will end the week by reflecting on everything they have experienced over the week and expressing what makes them proud of their home province, Saskatchewan.

Cost: $250/person


Our Saskatchewan: July 15-19, 2019, 9am - 4pm

The Diefenbaker Canada Centre invites youth ages 10-12 to join us to explore Saskatchewan from prehistory to today! This week-long camp will cover specific themes related to Saskatchewan's history and current issues. Topics covered will include prehistory, people of our province, Saskatchewan in 1905, political history, and current issues in Saskatchewan.

On each day of the camp, campers will meet at the Diefenbaker Canada Centre (9 a.m. drop-off point) and once all are gathered, walk to the Little Stone Schoolhouse for morning programming. The morning will include a 45 minute physical activity event, along with a “hands on” learning activity. Lunch will be one hour in length and will include a walk back to the Diefenbaker Canada Centre. Each afternoon will involve a visit to a site on campus or a visit from an expert on the topic of the day. Campers will return to the Diefenbaker Canada Centre for pickup at 4:00 p.m. On the final day of camp, parents/care providers will be invited to arrive earlier for a camp wrap-up.

Campers at Our Saskatchewan will consider political history and current issues. There will be opportunities for discussion and debate.

Cost: $250/person

History and Governance Camp

Spies R Us: August 12-16, 2019, 9am - 4pm

What’s real and what’s not? How fraud, fakery, and forgery have influenced the course of Canadian and international history.

Campers ages 10-12 will be given the opportunity to learn about espionage, fraud, forgery, and how these criminal activities have affected history. The current issue of Fake News and its influence on our lives today will be a theme that runs throughout the week. 

Campers at the Spies R Us camp can expect to be on the move throughout the week. The home base for camp will be the Diefenbaker Canada Centre, but campers will be outdoors each day implementing their spying skills. Each camper will develop a fictional spy throughout the course of the week and present that spy’s story in a mode most suited to the camper’s skill – comic book; short story; movie script, and so on. Campers will examine the history of spying and compare spying in 1939, 1969, and 2019. The camp will also take a look at how spying and espionage impacts the course of history.

Cost: $250/person


Past Camps

2018 - Decisions that Count: Explore the Decisions that Shaped Canada: Campers examined key flashpoints, such as the signing of the Numbered Treaties, Confederation, and the 1995 Quebec referendum, and analyzed the decision-making processes that led to these events, as well as their outcomes and far-reaching consequences. Campers also honed their critical thinking and rhetorical skills through debates, simulations, and engagement with expert guest speakers. 

2018 - A Century of Conflict: Historic Wars and Groundbreaking Struggles for Justice: Campers examined the legacy of Canadian conflict in the twentieth century and beyond, from world-spanning military conflicts such as the First and Second World Wars and the War on Terror to social issues such as the Civil Rights Movement and the Oka Crisis. Throughout the week, campers improved their critical thinking ability, developed speechwriting skills, and honed their negotiating prowess as they engaged in debates, simulations, and interactive exercises. 

2017 - Shaping a Nation: The Road to Canada at 150 and Indigenous History: Campers examined the influence and power of diverse groups and explored significant historical events that have impacted Canadian identity and the path to reconciliation. Highlights included a visit from Larry Chartrand, the director of the Native Law Centre at the U of S, who spoke about Metis history and culture.

2017 - Canada on the Battlefield: Patriotism, Sacrifice, and the Commemoration of the Great War: Investigated key events and the lasting impact of the Great War, including significant battles, life on the home front, recruitment efforts, and monuments. Campers enjoyed getting a sneak peek at exclusive Diefenbaker artifacts with Curator Teresa Carlson and forming their own political parties for debate.

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, historical 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)