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Celebrating Venture's 30th Anniversary

Celebrate with us!

Venture is celebrating 30 years! Help us celebrate by sharing your memories and experiences that have helped shape your future!

Venture  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.

Established in 2005, The Learning Enrichment Advancement Program (LEAP) started. LEAP attracts bright and eager students from across Canada and around the world. The intensive program combines lectures, design projects, lab experiments, industry tours and extracurricular events. Work on leading-edge projects with professors, graduate students and undergraduates . Along with academic preparation for university, LEAP offered students a taste of campus life with the opportunity to live in residence during their session.

In 2020 LEAP joined forces with Venture to make one cohesive program for grades K to 12. 

Over Venture Academy’s 30 years of operation, its program has grown to reach over 1885 students from grades 1 to 12 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 for the best overall summer camp in Hamilton.

If you were a previous Venture employee or  attendee, please complete our quick questionnaire and share your experience! We encourage you to share any photos you may have from the past

Share your Experience

Memories

Ryan Valconi

Ryan Valconi

Camp Instructor - 2010, 2012, 2013

Molly Bouchard

Molly Bouchard

Camper - 2009, 2010, 2011

Rodney Gabay

Rodney Gabay

Camp Instructor - 2005, 2006, 2007

Tim Biggs

Tim Biggs

Camp Instructor - 1993, 1994

Joe Aquilina

Joe Aquilina

Camp Instructor - 1991, 1992

Shelby Amponsah

Shelby Amponsah

Camp Instructor - 2019, 2020, 2021

Pasquale Frappa

Pasquale Frappa

Camp Instructor - 2016, 2017, 2018

Francesca Altobelli

Francesca Altobelli

Camp Intructor - 2014, 2015, 2016

Gabrielle Bouchard

Gabrielle Bouchard

Camp Instructor - 2009, 2010, 2011

Sean Mercer

Sean Mercer

Camp Instructor - 2011, 2012

Sean Bowen

Sean Bowen

Camp Instructor - 2011, 2012

Amani Borwankar

Amani Borwankar

Volunteer - 2019

Katherine Sindrey

Katherine Sindrey

All three! camper, junior counselor, camp instructor summer 2001

Andrea Forster

Andrea Forster

Camp Instructor

Valerie Norman-Gerum

Valerie Norman-Gerum

Camper - 1999

Cheryl Beam

Cheryl Beam

Camper - 1990s

Zachary Strong

Zachary Strong

Camp Instructor - 2012, 2013

Heather Posgate

Heather Posgate

Camp Instructor - 1991, 1992

Taylor deVet

Taylor deVet

Camp Instructor - 2015, 2016, 2017

Razanne Habash

Razanne Habash

Attended: Sometime in the early 2000s. Volunteered: 2014 & 2015. Worked: 2017 & 2018: