Why Camp What If: Akron?

No cost to families

TomTod devotes time year-round securing funding for Camp What If so that no middle schooler or their family pays to attend. Affordable camps for middle schoolers are few and far between. Free camp for the win!

Quality camp staff

To be hired as a camp counselor (or Pathfinder, as we call them) all applicants must go through a multi-step interview process and background check. Previous experience working with middle schoolers is a priority, and staff are paid well to attract the highest quality applicants.

Lunch from local restaurants

You can’t come up with ideas on an empty stomach! We provide healthy snacks available to campers throughout the day. The best part is getting lunch from local restaurants! Last year we ate lunch from Diamond Deli, Chin’s Place, and Twisted Tomato, to name a few!

Middle schoolers love it!

“I loved getting out in the community and learning how to be creative in a unique setting!”

2023 Camper

Parents love it!

 “I will honestly say that my daughter had a bit of a ‘spark’ after our first week with TomTod. Quick ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answers turned into long narratives that filled our entire ride home each day.”

2023 Parent

CWI: Akron

Summer Camp for Akron Middle Schoolers with TomTod Ideas

Located in Summit Lake and Middlebury Neighborhoods

Akron Middle Schoolers are invited to register for Camp What If this summer!

Only one week of camp per camper. Only middle schoolers who live in the City of Akron are eligible to attend.


Register for free summer day camp from TomTod Ideas!


July 8th-12th

Location: Summit Lake Community Center
380 W Crosier St, Akron, OH 44311
Time: 9am-4pm
Lunch and snacks included.



July 15th-19th

Location: Vincent House
Middlebury Neighborhood
838 E Exchange St, Akron, OH 44306

Time: 9am-4pm
Lunch and snacks included.

Register for July 15th-19th at Vincent House


July 15th-19th

Location: Summit Lake Community Center
380 W Crosier St, Akron, OH 44311
Time: 9am-4pm
Lunch and snacks included.

Register for July 15th-19th at Summit Lake



Program & Funding Partners




What Sets Us Apart


Community-Based Programming

Camp What If: Akron is made for, hosted in, and centered around Akron. Middle schoolers from Akron explore their city, meet community leaders, and create ideas that will directly affect their neighbors. 


Middle Schoolers Matter

Campers don’t just listen to what adults are saying about their community. They have a voice too. Throughout the week, we weave in Design Thinking strategies and discover how to create ideas. By Friday, campers will have brainstormed 100s of ideas for their community, worked on one idea with a small group, and will present their idea during our closing program.


High Quality

Camp What If is often compared to many community leadership programs offered to adults. Parents and partners frequently tell us they wish there was a Camp What If for grown-ups.

“TomTod gives us middle schoolers a voice that can be heard and made real.”

– TT Middle Schooler

An average day at
Camp What If

While every day is different at camp, this will give you an idea of the flow. The first half of the week, we spend time exploring the community and talking to community leaders. The second half of the week switches to ideation. Campers take all their learnings from the week, dive into Design Thinking, and come up with ideas to help the community thrive.


Camp Headquarters


Arrive! Play Giant Jenga Get-2-Know

Design Challenge – Design paper airplanes in groups of 3. Measure your test throws. What is your longest throw?

Choose a snack and relax in a bean bag chair.

11am – 12pm

Lock 3

Community Exploration Prep

20 Questions Game

Open-Ended vs. Closed-Ended Questions Game

Design Challenge – Design 5 different ways to reuse empty plastic containers.


12pm – 1pm

Camp Headquarters


Catered lunch from Diamond Deli

1pm – 3pm

Out and About

Community Exploration

City Hall to meet Mayor Malik

Northside Marketplace

3pm – 4pm

Camp Headquarters

Debrief in the Ball Pit 

Back to camp HQ for snacks, more games, and exploration debrief

Parent pick-up at 4pm sharp!