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Summer Programming with TomTod Ideas
Summer Camp with a twist.
Since 2012, TomTod Ideas has provided excellent summer programming for our community’s middle schoolers. With week-long camps and mini-camps, there’s something for every middle schooler.
With over six decades of combined experience in facilitating summer camps for youth, our trained, experienced leadership team brings community exploration, Liberatory Design Thinking, and a whole lot of fun to Stark and Summit County middle schoolers every summer.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is TomTod Ideas?
TomTod is a youth development nonprofit based in Canton, Ohio that listens to, honors, and advocates for middle schoolers.
Yep. You read that right. Middle schoolers, and only middle schoolers. We create programming specifically for 10-14 year olds because we think their perspective is valuable and necessary for the community.
Since 2012, we’ve helped middle schoolers discover and love their community while finding ways to help it thrive. Using the latest research about early adolescent development, our programing allows students to explore idea creation through a community-focused, developmentally appropriate lens.
We are ball pit engineers, blanket fort architects, dance party organizers, and idea connoisseurs.
Who are the camp counselors?
TomTod’s camp staff is a diverse mix of professionals dedicated to serving middle school students. Each of our summer staff members go through a competitive application and review process that includes a background check before being hired. With over six decades of experience in facilitating summer camps for youth, our leadership team is ready to create the best camp experience for your middle schooler.
How much is camp?
We are dedicated to providing all our programming for free for our middle schoolers and their families. That being said, we are proud to offer the highest quality experience possible. If you find value in providing high quality programming for students, consider making a donation. Thank you!
Who is eligible to attend camp?
TomTod Summer Programming is open to middle schoolers leaving 5th through 8th grade. Each camp does have certain eligibility requirements, so be sure to check each camp’s description.
TomTod Summer Programming is educational, but it’s not school! All middle schoolers will be challenged and encouraged to make discoveries, ask questions, and learn something new about their community. Camp What If and Creator Mini Camps, like all TomTod programming, is for middle schoolers of all learning styles.
What will my child do at camp?
We know middle schoolers are in a unique developmental stage where their imagination and creativity are firing on all cylinders, and the desire to discover who they are and where they belong echoes from within. Camp What If is perfectly designed for children in this stage of life!
Campers will explore the community by going on Learning Labs to area organizations and businesses. They’ll have lunch from local restaurants, play games and make friends, and spend time learning how to create ideas for the community.
Campers will explore local businesses and reflect on their discoveries while in our camp ball pit. They’ll talk to community leaders like the mayor and come back to ideate in a blanket fort. Campers will learn Design Thinking skills while sharing insights over popsicles in the sun.