Frequently Asked Questions
What is Discovery Western?
Founded in 1990, Discovery Western (DW) is an award-winning non-profit organization that aims to promote awareness of science, engineering, and technology among young people, through an innovative and interactive learning program.
DW operates out of the Faculty of Engineering at Western University and is lead by a team of undergraduate engineering students. During the months of May and June, DW offers fun and exciting workshops in elementary and secondary school classrooms in southwestern Ontario. These workshops explore the exciting world of science and engineering while complimenting the Ontario Science and Technology Curriculum. In July and August, DW offers a summer day camp for children entering Grades 2 through 8. Each one-week camp session is filled to the brim with experiments, design projects, eye-opening tours and outdoor activities that satisfy even the keenest mind. All activities present engineering, science, and technology, in a thought-provoking, exhilarating manner. Camp sessions are offered in London, Sarnia, and Port Elgin.
Who works for Discovery Western?
Discovery Western is a Western Engineering External Services outreach program and is staffed by students. The Directors and Senior Instructors are all undergraduate engineering students at Western. All other staff members are high school students with an interest in science, engineering, and technology.
When and where is camp being held?
Check out camp locations here: Summer camp overview
How much is a week of camp?
A one-week camp session varies between $180 to $275 depending on the week offered. Please check out camp themes for more information.
What age group should I register for?
DW campers are grouped based on the grade that they will be entering in the fall succeeding that summer. For example: If a camper is in Grade 3 at the time of registration, then they will enter Grade 4 in the fall and therefore should register for the Grade 4-6 group.
Is lunch provided?
Unfortunately, we are not able to offer a lunch program. We do however offer a Pizza Day once per week where lunch can be purchased. Parents are asked to send a lunch with their camper(s) the other 4 days. Out of respect for those with nut allergies, as with most camps, we ask that no peanut products be brought to camp.
Is there swimming?
Swimming is included as a weekly activity in all our camps. Campers will have access to Western University's Student Recreation Centre pool once a week with all campers required to complete a swim test.
Does the curriculum repeat?
We offer a variety of curriculum options so that your child can attend multiple weeks of camp. Information about our camp curriculum can be found in our camp themes.
Do you offer bursaries?
Discovery Western has a very limited number of bursaries available this year. Information about our bursaries can be found here.
What is your staff training like?
Discovery Western has a staff team of 30+ individuals who are all required to attend training sessions, submit a police check & have an update First Aid & CPR Level C certificate. We often have returning staff who are able to bring a wealth of knowledge from previous years as well they serve as mentors to our new staff.
My child is on the waitlist. What is the likelihood of them being able to attend camp?
Each year is different in terms of the number of students we are able to move from the waitlist to our registration. There is always some movement, but it is wise to register early in order to ensure your spot at Discovery Western camps.
My child is on the waitlist. When will I hear back from someone about their status?
A member of Discovery Western will contact you if a spot becomes available. We will keep your name on our waiting list until one week prior to camp starting.
I am having trouble using the online registration portal, what do I do?
Western Engineering Outreach has recently switched to a new registration system that has the ability to save your information from year to year. Click here for our tips page on troubleshooting any issues you may be experiencing.