Summer X-Scitement! Contact: REGISTRATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED UNTIL BEGINNING OF EACH CAMP. Deadlines are for T-shirt orders only.

The X-Chem Outreach Program is proud to offer the return of our ever popular Chemistry and Science Camps! The summer X-SCITEMENT series will consist of both chemistry and science camps as well as two Codemaker camps and an All Girls science camp. All camps are hosted by X-Chem and take place in a lab (chemistry or computer) at St. Francis Xavier University.

Elements, Atoms and Molecules will be exposed to exciting chemistry demos as well as conduct hands on experiments that will capture your imagination!

Codemaker campers will take a look at the inner workings of computers, use various software and Makey-Makey interfaces, learn the ideas behind programming, build items using electronic kits,  and program robots and computers at various levels of complexity. This year we are offering tow extra Codemaker camps so we can include all agegroups and experience. The Computer Science dept at StFX will be involved.

.Trail Blazer, Adventure and Discovery groups will be exploring the worlds of chemistry, biology, physics, geology, engineering and much more! This year all of the activities will be different from those done last year!

Each camp is geared towards the specified age groups with challenges varying from beginner to advanced. Campers can be registered in the camps for the grade which they are going into, ie. a child finishing Grade 2 should be enrolled in a Grade 3-4 camp. Exceptions can be made, within reason.

*Camps run from 9am-3pm. Early drop off (8:00am) and/or late pick up (4:00 pm) can be arranged for an additional $5.00/hour.*

Register Now!

Summer Schedule 2017

Camp Location: St FX Physical Science Centre, Antigonish. Some computer camps may use a computer lab in the Schwarz building, but will start off daily at the Physical Science Centre

Molecules Grades 5-8 Chemistry *July 4 - 7 $80
Codemaker I Grades 1-3 Intro to computers and Simple Coding *July 4 - 7 *FULL*
Atoms Grades 3-4 Chemistry July 10 - 14 $100
Elements Grades 1-2 Chemistry  July 17 - 21 $100
 Codemaker II Grades 4-7  Coding activities  July 17 - 21 *FULL*
 Pipets Grades 1-4  Girls Science  July 24 - 28 $100
 Trail Blazers Grades 1-2  Science  July 31 -  August 4 $100
Codemaker III Grades 6 & up  Coding with simple programming  July 31 -  August 4 $100
 Grades 5-8  Science  *August 8 - 11 $80
Adventure   Grades 3-4  Science  August 14 - 18 $100
Codemaker IV Grades 9-12  Advanced Coding and Programming  August 14 - 18 $100

* Please Note Molecules (Grade 5-8 Chemistry), Codemaker I  and Discovery (Grades 5-8 Science)  start on a Tuesday, due to the Monday holidays.

This year X-Chem also offers various satellite science camps!

Guysborough (3 days) Grades 1-4 Science July 10-12 $60
Guysborough (2 days) Grades 5-8 Science July13-14 $40
Canso (2 days) Grades 1-8 Science July 17-18 $40
Sherbrooke (2days)  Grades 1-8 Science July6-7 $60
Mulgrave (2 days) Grades 1-8 Science July 4-5 $40
New Glasgow (2 days) (*see below) Grades 5-8 Science July 17-18 $40*
Inverness (2 days) Grades 1-4 Science July 24-25 $40
Inverness (2 days) Grades 5-8 Science July 26-27 $40
Port Hawkesbury (2days) Grades 1-4 Science August 8-9 $40
Port Hawkesbury (2days) Grades 5-8 Science August 10-11 $40

 *Registration will be completed through New Glasgow Recreation. Total price including Tshirt is $75 or $55 respectively.

X-Chem will also be hosting camps for Aboriginal students!

Paq'tnkek Open Science TBA
Pictou Landing Open Science TBA
Potlotek Open Science August 8-11

Camp hours are from 9am to 3pm, Monday through Friday unless otherwise specified.


*One discount applicable per registration. Both discounts cannot be applied to one order.

Multi-Camp discount: Fee will be reduced by $20 for each additional 4 or 5-day camp a camper attends.
ie. One Camp: $100, Second Camp: $100.   When paid for together: $180
     One Camp: $80,   Second Camp: $80      When paid for together: $160
Family Discount: Fee will be reduced by $20 for each additional sibling attending a 4 or 5-day camp and reduced by $10 for each additional sibling attending a 2 or 3-day camp.  Family Discount not available for New Glasgow campers.
i.e. Child One: $100, Child Two: $80, Child Three: $60 (when siblings paid for together)
or   Child One: $80, Child Two: $60, Child Three: $20 (when siblings paid for together)
or  Child One: $60 Child Two: $50, Child Three: $40 (when siblings paid for together)
or  Child One: $40, Child Two: $30, Child Three: $20 (when siblings paid for together)


We believe every child should have the opportunity to attend summer camp. Bursaries are available to help with fees if necessary.  There are many available for 1/2 price of camp, some for complete fee.

Camp T’s will be available and must be prepaid at a cost of $15 each.  They are not included with camp fees because this give parents a cheaper option.  Not all campers decide to get a T-shirt.


The following deadlines are for ordering Tshirts. Camp T-shirt’s will not be available to those participants accepted after this deadline.

St.FX Chemistry Camps All Grade Levels and Grade Codemaker camps: June 10th, 2017
St.FX Girls Science Camp: July 1st, 2017
St.FX Science Camps All Grade Levels: July 11th, 2017

Camp Registration is advised to be as early as possible. Registration will cease once camps are full. 

Canso, Mulgrave, Sherbrooke & Guysborough T-shirt deadline: June 10th, 2017

New Glasgow, Port Hawkesbury & Inverness Tshirt deadline: June 30th, 2017 



On-Campus Registration

If you wish to register online for a camp at the Physical Sciences Centre at StFX please click here. 

Off-Campus (Satellite Camp) Registration

If you wish to register online for a satellite camp please click here.

Registration for Guysborough, Canso, Mulgrave and Sherbrooke camps can be done with  Krista MacEachern
SchoolsPlus Community Outreach Worker
Guysborough County Schools
(902) 533-3609 Office
(902) 631-4699 Cell

You will receive confirmation of registration via the email address you provide.


Bursary Form

For the Antigonish (St. FX) Camps:
Printable Application Form (On Campus Camps)

For Satellite Camps:
Printable Application Form (Satellite Camps)

Please complete the above form and mail it to:
X-Chem Outreach
Dept. of Chemistry
St. Francis Xavier University
Box 5000
Antigonish, Nova Scotia
B2G 2W5

Alternatively, you may fax your application to: 902-867-2414
Or email: