2021 Ontario Speakers
P.Eng, PMP, Cosmetic Chemist
Joyce is the Co-founder of Velvette, a cosmetic brand created through her passion for both science and all things natural! Having studied Chemical Engineering in University, Joyce wants to inspire the next generation of girls towards their potential in Engineering by sparking their interest in STEM!
Stephanie Marinacci, EIT
Stephanie is a 3rd year Electrical Engineering and Honors Business Administration dual degree student from Western University. As a woman, Stephanie strives to get involved in every opportunity to promote women in engineering and advocate for gender equality. She believes that having women equally represented in academia and the field of electrical engineering is essential to the future advancement of society.
Dyson Award Winner and P.Eng
Biomedical and Electrical Engineering
Michael believes that a better future society is in the hands of today's engineers and designers and in order to have the best outcome, we need everyone to be a part of building it, especially girls.
Camp Engies ON will run as a Virtual Camp!
Camp Tamarack will not open for the 2021 season. For health, safety, and financial reasons, overnight camps are currently unable to host groups.
If gatherings of 200+ are permitted, we will determine if a day camp is feasible.
1. Where and What is Camp Engies?
ON - Virtual Platform!
Camp Engies is a Not-For-Profit run by women in engineering.
2. How old are the campers?
The activities are geared towards girls in grades 5 through 8. You can attend as a Engie-in-Training if you are Grade 9-12 and attended in previous years!
3. What is the staff to camper ratio?
There are 2 volunteer counsellors in every grouping/cabin of 8 - 10 campers (recommended ratio in Ontario is 1 counsellor to a maximum of 10 campers for this age group). There are additional volunteers and Camp staff who help facilitate activities. All volunteers have undergone a Vulnerable Sector Criminal Record Check.
4. My daughter is on the waiting list, when will we know if she can attend?
An email will be sent to everyone on the waiting list 2 weeks before camp confirming their enrollment.
5. My daughter’s best friend is coming to camp too! Can they be placed in the same group/cabin?
Yes! Each camper may select up to two friends whom they wish to be grouped with. We try to discourage placing more than three friends together as it can limit diversity and creativity.
6. When and where are the bus pickups? Not Applicable for 2021
To be determined focusing on areas of high density (e.g. Mississauga, North York, Pickering, Newmarket, etc.). Plan to arrive 15-20 minutes early to unload and say your goodbyes.
You may drop your child off directly at camp or pick them up if they have other commitments. Please email us for more information about drop off.
8. Do I send my daughter on an empty stomach? Not Applicable for 2021
Breakfast will be served upon arrival at camp. However, please ensure your daughter has eaten something before leaving home (there can be delays at stops and traffic along the route).
9. What should we pack? Not Applicable for 2021
A packing list is sent to all parents in Spring.
10. What are the cabins like? Not Applicable for 2021
The cabins are traditional bunkhouses compromising of bunk beds, shelving and washrooms. The cabins do not have HVAC, and thus, it can still be cold at night. Please pack warm pyjamas and socks for your daughters.
11. What happens if it rains?
Camp Engies activities run as planned rain or shine. If there are severe storms, outdoor activities will be adapted for indoors. We recommend checking the weather forecast a few days before camp to pack accordingly.
12. What if I need to contact staff or my daughter during camp? Not Applicable for 2021
An emergency contact number is provided in the registration package. We discourage campers from bringing their own cell phones, but they may do so for comfort.
13. What happens if my daughter becomes ill while at camp? Not Applicable for 2021
Volunteers are trained in First Aid and will provide basic care for illnesses and injuries (e.g. bee stings, scraped knees). If the illness is more severe, we will contact you to discuss options for care. No news is good news!
14. My daughter needs medication, should we bring it to camp? Not Applicable for 2021
Please ensure your daughter brings all medication she regularly takes. Campers are permitted to keep certain medications (e.g. asthma inhalers, EPI-Pens) with them at all times. Other medications (e.g. antibiotics) should be given to staff when loading the bus for safekeeping. There is a refrigerator available at camp for medications.
15. How bad are the mosquitoes in June? Not Applicable for 2021
June is peak mosquito season in Bracebridge. To minimize bites, use a bug spray containing at least 10% DEET. During the early morning and evenings, campers are encouraged to wear loose, light coloured clothing that covers their arms and legs.
16. Can you / the kitchen accommodate special diets (e.g. peanut allergy, lactose intolerance, celiac, vegetarian etc.)
Yes -- toolkits meet the needs of various dietary requirements (e.g. Vegetarian, Vegan, Halal, Kosher, etc.) The Camp Tamarack kitchen is more than happy to accommodate dietary restrictions. The kitchen is peanut and tree-nut free! Vegetarian options are available for every meal. Please let us know of all dietary restrictions during registration. The food at Camp Tamarack is excellent!
17. Will there be time for homework? Not Applicable for 2021
We know your daughter is a future leader in STEM, give her a weekend off!
18. Will there be time to go swimming? Not Applicable for 2021
Yes! There will be a chance to swim and canoe. All campers wishing to participate in water activities must pass a supervised swimming test in the lake.
19. Will the activities and speakers repeat each year?
We change of the activities and all of the speakers each year!
20. We live FAR away and can't attend toolkit pickup!
We will mail toolkits to those who live 300km away for an additional $20 fee.
20. Why can't you extend Camp Engies to a week or run it on multiple weekends?
We feel that this short time frame allows girls to acquire taste for overnight camps and engineering. We do not want them homesick! It is highly subsidized and thus we want to keep Camp Engies small and exclusive.
21. Something came up and my daughter cannot attend Camp Engies!
You have a month prior to the event to request a refund. Or, you can use the fee towards Camp Engies 2022!
22. I have other questions!
Please email ! We look forward to 2021!!!