Venture Camp began in 1991, as Engineering and Science camp with spaces for 120 children. It was started by Dr. Brian Allen, an undergraduate engineer, and with the strong support of the Faculty of Engineering. Venture’s goal was to introduce children to the principles of engineering and science through discussion, exploration and practical applications.
In 1994, Venture became part of Actua, a national organization that provides support to local organizations that offer educational science and technology programs to youth.
In 1995, a Computer and Technology stream was developed to increase the impact of Venture’s programming and expand the variety of engineering disciplines covered. Recognizing a need for greater involvement in the community, Venture began offering travelling workshops to local elementary schools in 1998, with programming that complemented their classroom curriculum. Venture has continued to grow over the past decade via expansion of existing programs and outreach initiatives. Most recently, in the fall of 2009, Venture started a Girls Club dedicated to promoting education in engineering, science and technology to girls in a fun and interactive club environment during the school year.
Over Venture’s 25 years of operation, its program has grown to reach over 1885 students from grades 1 to 8 at their summer camp, and over 30, 000 additional students through workshops and outreach events. Venture continues to grow every year while maintaining the superb standards campers, parents, and teachers have come to expect. Venture’s increasing success is demonstrated through its achievement of the Hamilton Reader’s Choice Platinum Award in 2010, and Diamond Award in 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 for the best overall summer camp in Hamilton.