Mind Over Metal Camps

We partner with secondary, post-secondary, and community organizations to host Mind Over Metal camps that introduce welding to youth across Canada. We seek financial support from industry and corporate partners to meet the demands of the camps.

Overview

Notice: We are suspending the welding camp programs that were planned for the summer of 2020, and we are putting the application process on hold. Learn more.


The CWB Welding Foundation Mind Over Metal Camps are an initiative that began with a two-week pilot camp in 2014. This pilot camp was so successful that we have now grown to facilitate almost 80 camps across Canada for the 2018/19 year with over 25 of those camps being fully supported by third party industry support.

Targeted for youth ages 12-15, Mind Over Metal camps are changing the perceptions of youth and their parents about welding and careers in welding. Hands on learning at these camps is building confidence and self-esteem and giving many youth a reason for continuing on to secondary and post-secondary education. Welding has captured their attention and is giving them a focus for their future.

The CWB Welding Foundation relies on the support of industry, government agencies, and community organizations to build a highly skilled welding workforce in Canada through the delivery of our programs and awards. Due to increased demand, we are building a partnership network, so as to continue to deliver impactful educational experiences for all those interested in exploring welding as a future career option.

Learn more about our 2019 Camps.

For consideration, applicants must complete the application form, in its entirety. The following will be requested of you within the application form and must be submitted for your application to be considered:

  • Proposed host institution and administration approval
  • Camp leadership and support team members, biographical and educational background and contact information
  • Location description and equipment audit:The shop description must identify the equipment the shop has to ensure the requested location has the capacity and requisite credentials to host the camp. Providing this information confirms that equipment is in good working order and conforms with all safety regulations
  • Requested camp dates
  • Camp capacity, target camper demographics
  • Description of how will this camp make a difference in your community
  • Volunteers: Names and contact information, roles and responsibilities. A Vulnerable sector check is required to be in place, which is the financial responsibility of the camp host.
  • Sponsors and external fundraising plan, if applicable
  • Marketing and promotion plan
  • Impact and measures of success

Mind Over Metal camps have experienced rapid and significant growth across Canada since the launch of this program in 2014. Eligibility is Canada-wide, and inclusive, as the objective of this program is to build awareness of skilled trades, by introducing individuals of all ages, particularly youth and those from underrepresented populations, to the potential for career success through welder training. Selection is becoming highly competitive and as a result, CWB Welding Foundation is dependent on funding from external partners to fulfill requests.

Camp locations are determined on the basis of the application received as well as market and demographic factors, the quality of the experience available to participants and the potential impact of each camp on individuals and community. Selection is determined by a volunteer committee of CWB Group employees and Foundation staff, working in partnership with camp sponsors and donors, and is dependent on available funding. Applicants who demonstrate the ability to secure third-party funding will be given priority provided their location is deemed suitable to conduct a camp.

The chosen camp hosts will receive an agreement which outlines the full Terms and Conditions under which the camp will proceed (Camp Timetable, Budget, Code of Conduct, Participant Enrollment List, Waivers, Reporting Requirements, etc. ) This agreement must be completed and submitted to CWB Welding Foundation at least 30 days prior to the camp’s start date. Failure to do so will result in this camp being pulled from the potential host institution and possibly relocated elsewhere.

During the camp, the camp hosts are responsible for any media relations, outreach, and communication unless otherwise noted by CWB Welding Foundation. Hosts are also responsible for hiring instructors, recruiting camp attendees, scheduling lunches and breaks, organizing the wrap up lunch, creation and distribution of camp completion certificates, etc.

At the conclusion of the camp, hosts are required to submit both their completed pre and post camp surveys to the CWB Welding Foundation for participant engagement tracking. Submission of the surveys to the CWB Welding Foundation are a mandatory procedure for all camp hosts.

Developed in collaboration with welding educators across Canada and our lead corporate partner, LNG Canada, and launched in 2019, Arx and Sparx camps are modelled on the successful Mind over Metal camp programming and curriculum, with an added cultural component that draws from the cultures of our First Nations communities of Western Canada. Their history, stories, traditions and symbols are woven into an extended project based welding curriculum.  

Within each program, local First Nations community volunteers, including elders, assist our host schools and welding instructors in a variety of activities that enrich the program in an inclusive way for both indigenous and non-indigenous participants.  

Programs are funded by our corporate partners, who work with us to determine the locations of the Arx and Sparx camp programs. Registration is managed by the host institutions.

Update for 2020-2021: Due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have made the decision to suspend all welding camp programs that were planned for the summer of 2020, including the Arx & Sparx camps (in partnership with LNG Canada and other partners). As the summer progresses, we will monitor the situation and make a determination about when we will be able to deliver safe, high-quality camps. Our plan at the moment is to relaunch the program in March 2021. We will work with host institutions and industry partners directly when the timing is right. We will provide more information later in the year, so please check back again.