Upcoming Camps




The X-Chem Outreach Program is proud to offer the return of our ever popular Chemistry and Science Camps! The Summer X-SCITEMENT series will consist of both chemistry and science camps as well as six Codemaker camps and an All Girls science camp. All camps are hosted by X-Chem and take place in a lab (chemistry or computer) at St. Francis Xavier University.

Elements, Atoms and Molecules will be exposed to exciting chemistry demos as well as conduct hands on experiments that will capture your imagination!

Trail Blazer, Adventure and Discovery groups will be exploring the worlds of chemistry, biology, physics, geology, engineering and much more! This year all of the activities will be different from those done last year!

Codemaker campers will take a look at the inner workings of computers, use various software and Makey-Makey interfaces, learn the ideas behind programming, build items using electronic kits,  and program robots and computers at various levels of complexity. We have expanded to six Codemaker camps to include more age groups as well as an All Girls camp. The StFX Computer Science Department will be involved in our coding camps.  

Each camp is geared towards the specified age groups with challenges varying from beginner to advanced. Campers can be registered in the camps for the grade which they are going into, ie. a child finishing Grade 2 should be enrolled in a Grade 3-4 camp. Exceptions can be made, within reason.

*Camps run from 9am-3pm. Early drop off (8:00am) and/or late pick up (4:00 pm) can be arranged for an additional $5.00/hour.*

On Campus Summer Schedule 2019

Camp Location: St FX Physical Science Centre, Antigonish.  Computer camps will use a computer lab in the Schwartz building (Schwartz 252), but will start off daily at the Physical Science Centre

*Molecules 5 - 8 Chemistry *July 2 - 5 $80
*Codemaker I 1 - 4 Girls Coding *July 2 - 5 $80
Atoms 3 - 4 Chemistry July 8 - 12 $100
Codemaker II 1-2 Intro to Computers & Simple Coding July 8 - 12 $100
Elements 1 - 2 Chemistry July 15 - 19 $100
Codemaker III 3 - 4 Coding Activities July 15 - 19 $100
Pipets 1 - 4 Girls Science July 22 - 26 $100
Codemaker IV 4 - 6 Intro to Programing  July 29 - Aug 2 $100
*Trail Blazers 1-2 Science Aug 6 - 9 $80
Adventure 3 - 4 Science Aug 12 - 16 $100
**Codemaker V 6 - 8 Coding with Simple Programing Aug 12 - 16 $100
Discovery 5 - 8 Science Aug 19 - 23 $100
**Codemaker VI 9 - 12 Advanced Coding & Programing Aug 19 - 23 $100

*Please Note Molecules (Grade 5-8 Chemistry), Codemaker I (Girls Coding), and Trail Blazers (Grade 1-2 Science) start on a Tuesday, due to the Monday holidays.

**Some experience is required for Codemaker V.  Considerable experience is required for Codemaker VI.

To Register:

- Click camp title in schedule above to register online.  Please also fill out the On Campus Camp Fee form if registering online.

- Or fill out Printable Application Form (On Campus Camps).  Email, fax or mail completed form to X-Chem Outreach.


Off Campus Summer Schedule 2019

This year X-Chem also offers various satellite science camps!  Camp hours are from 9am to 3pm, Monday through Friday unless otherwise specified.  COMING SOON!

Sherbrooke (2 days) Grades 1-8 Science TBA $40
Canso (2 days) Grades 1-8 Science TBA $40
Strait-Richmond (2 days) Grades 1-4 Science July 9 -10 $40
Strait-Richmond (2 days) Grades 5-8 Science July 11-12 $40
Guysborough (3 days) Grades 1-4 Science TBA $60
Guysborough (2 days) Grades 5-8 Science TBA $40
Mulgrave (2 days) Grades 1-8 Science July 22-23 $40
Port Hood (2 days) Grades 1-4 Science Aug 12-13 $40
Port Hood (2 days) Grades 5-8 Science Aug 14-15 $40
New Glasgow Grades 1-4 Science TBA $80
Potlotek Open Science TBA  

To Register:

- Registration for Strait-Richmond camps (location TBA) will be done online. Click camp title above to register online.
- Registration for Guysborough, Canso, Mulgrave, and Sherbrooke camps can be done by contacting Erin Wynn:

Erin Wynn
SchoolsPlus Outreach Worker
Guysborough County


- Registration for Port Hood camps can be done online (click camp title in schedule above) or by contacting Janelle MacDonnell:

Janelle MacDonnell
SchoolsPlus Facilitator


- Registration for New Glasgow camps, taking place at Glasgow Square, can be done at New Glasgow Town Hall Mon-Fri 8:30am-4:30pm or by contacting Hannah Greene at New Glasgow Recreation:

Hannah Greene


Camp Pricing

Camp fees are indicated in the camp schedule and can be paid by cheque or cash mailed to X-Chem Outreach.  Discounts are available where applicable - one discount applicable per registration. Both discounts cannot be applied to one order.  

Multi-Camp discount: Fee will be reduced by $20 for each additional 4 or 5-day camp a camper attends.
ie. One Camp: $100, Second Camp: $100 - $20.   When paid for together: $180
Family Discount: For siblings attending the same 4-5 day camp, the fee will be reduced by $20 for each additional sibling .  For siblings attending the same 2-3 day camp, the fee will be reduced by $10 for each additional sibling.
i.e. 5 day camp: Child One: $100, Child Two: $80, Child Three: $60 (when siblings paid for together)
      4 day camp: Child One: $80, Child Two: $60, Child Three: $40 (when siblings paid for together)
      3 day camp: Child One: $60 Child Two: $50, Child Three: $40 (when siblings paid for together)
      2 day camp: Child One: $40, Child Two: $30, Child Three: $20 (when siblings paid for together)

We believe every child should have the opportunity to attend summer camp. Bursaries are available to cover 50% and 100% of the camp registration fees if necessary.  Please complete the Bursary Application Form to apply.

Camp T-Shirts

Camp T-shirts are available for all camps at an additional cost of $15.  They are not included with camp fees in order to give the option of ordering a T-shirt.  Not all campers will order a T-shirt.  The following deadlines are for ordering T-shirts. Camp T-shirt’s will not be available to those who register after the T-Shirt Deadlines.

St.FX Chemistry Camps All Grade Levels, Codemaker I, and Codemaker II camps: June 7th, 2019
St.FX Girls Science Camp, Codemaker III, and Codemaker IV: June 21nd, 2019
St.FX Science Camps All Grade Levels, Codemaker V, and Codemaker VI: July 5th, 2019

Sherbrooke, Canso,  Strait-Richmond, & Guysborough Community Camps T-shirt deadline: June 7th, 2019

Mulgrave, Port Hood, New Glasgow Community Camps T-shirt deadline: June 21nd, 2019

Camp Registration is advised to be as early as possible. Registration will cease once camps are full.



For Satellite Camps:
Printable Application Form (Community/Satellite Camps)