Power to Choose is a week-long camp designed to empower Indigenous youth with choice in their future and life. Our goal is to foster a passion for science in our students, and we aim to do this through teaching science subjects in age and culturally relevant ways. This year Power to Choose has two themes for our students, Robotics and Medicine. This is also our first year to have younger day campers in addition to our overnight jr./sr. high school students.

We will be running camp this year at the University of Calgary from July 15/16 – July 19. We are offering a variety of flexible volunteer opportunities in working with Indigenous youth in STEM through Indigenous led, culturally relevant programming.

All volunteers are welcomed for the variety of programming offered at camp including, different forms of art, computer/robotics programing, robotics, all sciences, engineering, and multiple field trips. Throughout the day, volunteers are needed for supervising and mentoring students, social media, assistance with workshops, and preparing meals. At night, volunteers are needed to supervise students while they are in residence.

All volunteers will be provided cross-cultural, Indigenous and leadership training/mentorship, along with free meals appropriate for each shift. Overnight volunteers will be provided a room in residence to stay in during the whole week of camp along with dinner/breakfast. Overnight volunteers will also need to complete a police check before camp begins, which we will cover.

Click here for a draft of our 2019 camp activity schedule to get a sense of what happens.  2020 is in preparation


Note** This year, we are using a new system for registration that will ask you to login or get an account.  This provides additional security to keep your information secure.  Ask for a new account.  You will get an email from the system giving you a one-time password. Create a new password.  Then you should be able to access the registration form (or click on the menu again). 

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Camp Volunteers

Most of the shifts below are 4 hours in length. This way you can help us set out a meal, clean up and participate in the activity session planned after that meal.  You are welcome to eat with the youth and certainly welcome to stay longer! Please let us know if you may need to arrive late or leave early.

The shifts that are longer include:

Over Night - Stay in a 3-bedroom apartment with 2 youth. Camp staff will also be staying in the same location.  

Check in and our first evening's activities.  This is often getting acquainted, blessing and smudge, leadership and teamwork, and review of over-nighter’s camp rules.

Thursday evening - trip to Rothney Observatory.  We leave later than usual for an evening BBQ, field activities, then presentations at Rothney Observatory.  Bus transportation will be available.  If you are unable to stay for the full period, you will need to arrange your own transport. 

Friday morning- activities are usually packing up and preparing presentations for graduation.  

If you are interested in something that is not mentioned above, feel free to email us and discuss your ideas! power2choose@indigesteam.ca