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 Deli Ohio, Basil Asian Bistro, and Camellone, 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


Community-Based Programming

Camp What If: Canton is made for, hosted in, and centered  around Canton. Middle schoolers from Canton 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

Centennial Plaza

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 Deli Ohio

1pm – 3pm

Out and About

Community Exploration

City Hall to meet Mayor Sherer

Eric Snow YMCA

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!