Meet the Counselors: Summer Staff at The Welland Museum

July 4

As the warm summer days approach, the Welland Museum is buzzing with excitement as we gear up for our summer camp programs. This year, we are thrilled to introduce our newest staff members, Ava and Reilly, who will be joining our team to ensure a memorable and enriching experience for all our campers. Under the guidance of our dedicated Program Coordinator, Maddy, Ava and Reilly will be instrumental in the smooth operation and success of our summer camps.

The Welland Museum provides extensive resources to our community, offering engaging programs that inspire and educate. Our summer camps are no exception, providing children with hands-on activities, interactive learning opportunities, and a chance to explore the rich history and culture of Welland and the Niagara region. With the addition of Ava and Reilly, we are confident that this summer will be one of our best yet, filled with new adventures and unforgettable memories.

We are eager for our community to meet Ava and Reilly, who bring fresh enthusiasm and a shared passion for education and history. Their roles will be pivotal in assisting Maddy with program planning, activity coordination, and ensuring each camp day runs seamlessly.

Ava is a graduate with a Bachelors of Arts from the University of Waterloo and continuing her education at Fleming College’s Museum Management and Curatorship Graduate program in the Fall. In Ava’s spare time she is found journaling, painting and visiting friends. On her travels Ava loves to visit exhibits to learn about history and new cultures! Inspired by these opportunities and museums, she hopes to work in exhibit design and curating in in the future.

Ava is super excited to work as an Educational Programmer at the Welland Museum this summer and wants to help campers and the community have a fun, creative time!

Reilly is going into second year at Brock University. She is taking Child and Youth studies. Her goal is to become a Children’s Trauma Therapist. She is very excited for her position as the Educational Programmer for the summer at the museum.  A few of her favorite things to do outside of work are going to concerts, playing soccer and listening to music. She is ready to meet new campers and reoccurring ones, as each camp starts.

We couldn’t be more excited to have Ava and Reilly on board for our summer camp programs at the Welland Museum. Their unique skills and enthusiasm promise to bring a fresh and vibrant energy to our activities. Ava’s artistic flair and Reilly’s passion for youth engagement are sure to inspire and delight our campers. Our summer camp programs at the Welland Museum promise to be both fun and educational, offering children an engaging way to explore history, science, and creativity. Here’s a sneak peek into each exciting week we have planned:

DIY Museum Summer Camp (July 8-12, 2024)
In the first week, children aged 6-12 will step into the shoes of a curator and design their very own museum exhibits. Through hands-on activities, they’ll learn about exhibit design, artifact handling, and museum operations. This immersive experience will foster creativity, critical thinking, and a deeper appreciation for history and culture. By the end of the week, campers will have created their own mini-museums, showcasing their newfound knowledge and artistic flair.

Time Travel Summer Camp (July 22-26, 2024)
In this adventurous week, campers will journey through different historical periods each day. From ancient civilizations to the futuristic predictions of tomorrow, children will uncover the mysteries of the past and the possibilities of the future. This camp aims to ignite a passion for history and develop a sense of curiosity and exploration among young learners.

Prehistoric Pals Camp (July 29 – August 2, 2024)
Children will travel back to the age of dinosaurs and prehistoric creatures. Through a series of exciting activities, campers will discover the wonders of our prehistoric pals. This camp is designed to educate children about paleontology and the prehistoric era while enhancing their imagination and investigative skills.

Jr. Engineer Camp (August 12-16, 2024)
To celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Welland Canal, this week is dedicated to engineering marvels and problem-solving. Campers will engage in DIY hands-on STEAM projects that encourage creativity and analytical thinking. From building simple machines to designing their own structures, this camp aims to inspire future engineers and innovators by providing practical knowledge and a fun learning environment.

Jr. Scientist Camp (August 19-23, 2024)
Each day of this camp will focus on the life and work of different scientists, such as doctors, chemists, botanists, astrophysicists, and aviators. Through experiments, demonstrations, and hands-on activities, children will explore various scientific fields and their real-world applications. This camp is perfect for young minds eager to understand the world around them and foster a lifelong interest in science and discovery.

For any late registrations, please contact our Program Coordinator, Maddy Gordon, at We look forward to an exciting summer filled with learning, creativity, and fun!

Stay connected with us for more updates and behind-the-scenes glimpses into our summer camps. Follow the Welland Museum on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. Don’t forget to explore our website for other blog posts, virtual exhibits, and upcoming events. Here’s to a summer filled with creativity and fun!