Summer Academy

PLEASE NOTE: Due to COVID-19, Western summer camps (in-person) have been suspended. Click here for details. Summer Academy will not take place in 2020. 


Summer academy is a 1-week summer camp for children in Grade 7/8. This is a more academic version of the camp with a blended learning experience where the participants will be learning about various topics in space science and technology and will engage in several experiments, hands-on activities, as well as discussions led by Western Space faculty, postdoctoral fellows and/or graduate students.


The camps are run by the Institute for Earth and Space Exploration (Western Space), a leading organization for planetary science and exploration research and training in Canada. The Camp Coordinator, Dr. Parshati Patel, has a PhD in astronomy and planetary science. The camp counselors are certified in First Aid and CPR-C. For the academy, the sessions will be either led by the Western faculty, postdoctoral fellows or graduate students.


Due to COVD-19, Summer Academy will not run in 2020. 

Camp guides and detailed schedule available in the month of June.

Camp hours:

Summer Academy will run from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM.


Summer Academy will take place in Room 26 of Physics and Astronomy Building on the campus of Western University in London Ontario.


The cost for Summer Academy will be $325.00.

Limited number of bursaries will be available. Details are available on the registration page. 


The registration for the Summer Academy will begin at 12pm on February 3, 2020. To register, please visit our the Registration page!


Attendance is taken at the beginning of each day. Participants, who are 13 years or older, will be able to sign themselves in and out as long as their name is on the sign-out list on the registration form.

If your child is absent on the attendance list, the Camp Director will first call home, and then the parent’s work to confirm that the child is absent. If you know in advance that your child will be absent from camp, we ask that you contact us at (by 8 am) or call (519) 661-2111 ext 88508.

Drop-Off/Pick-Up Location & Time:

The drop-off and pickup location will be at the circle in front of the Middlesex College. In case of rain, the campers need to be dropped off in Physics and Astronomy Building Room 26. Although parking is not usually necessary for drop-off and pick-up, see UWO Parking if parking information is needed.

Drop-off is between 8:45 am and 9:00 am. Pick-up time is between 4:00 and 4:15 pm. Only authorized personnel (with a valid ID) will be allowed to pick up the child if you have not signed up your child for self-checkout (only for children of 13 years or above). Please list all authorized personnel on the registration form.

In case of rain/thunderstorms/extreme heat advisory, the drop-off and pick-up location is the camp room which is located in room 26 in Physics and Astronomy Building on the basement floor.

Middlesex College
Physics and Astronomy Building

Extended Care:

Early drop-off between 8:00 and 8:45 am is available for an extra $25.00 a week. Late pick-up is also available between 4:15 and 5:00 pm for an extra $25.00 a week.

Note: No supervision will be offered beyond 5:00 pm. A $20 fee will be applied to your account for each 30 minutes beyond the pick-up time.