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Explorer Hop

559 Mount Pleasant Road Toronto, Ontario, M4S 2M5 (view map)

Ages:
6 to 14 (Coed )
Type:
Day camp, After-school / weekend classes, Family programs
Specialty:
Entrepreneurship
Cost:
$350 to $450

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Explorer Hop
 

Featured in BBC. Top Educational Program. Leader in innovative and fun programs for kids (ages 6 - 14). Camp Millionaire: Kids learn how to manage and invest a 10K virtual portfolio. Young Entrepreneurs: Kids start their business, raise capital, create their online store & pop-up market. Debate Camp - Junior Model UN | Boardgame Ninjas | Around the World | Crazy Science


The Our Kids review of Explorer Hop

 

There is a camp for every interest, and ExplorerHop is proof of the point. It's a family-created, family-run camp aimed at engaging kids around the topics of geography, international travel, and money management. It's perhaps not the most obvious pairing of themes, but it works, particularly given the energy and expertise of the staff. It's a great option for kids who are looking for something a bit different. Like any camp, it also attracts kids of a like interests and passions, allowing them to express them in a group of like-minded peers. Well-concieved, and expertlly run, there's a lot to love at ExplorerHop. 


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Ages: 6 - 10
Art (multi) $350 to $400
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Jun 15-19 $350 - $400
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Jun 22-26 $350 - $400
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Jul 18-21 $350 - $400
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Day Camp
Coed
Ages: 8 - 14
STEM $345 to $395
Leaside,ON
559 Mount Pleasant Road
Aug 24-28 $345 - $395
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Day Camp
Coed
Ages: 6 - 9
Entrepreneurship $300 to $320
Leaside,ON
559 Mount Pleasant Road
Jun 29-Jul 03$300 - $320
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Day Camp
Coed
Ages: 10 - 14
Entrepreneurship $400 to $450
Leaside,ON
559 Mount Pleasant Road
Jul 06-10 $400 - $450
Leaside,ON
559 Mount Pleasant Road
Jul 20-24 $400 - $450
Leaside,ON
559 Mount Pleasant Road
Aug 31-Sep 04$400 - $450
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Day Camp
Coed
Ages: 10 - 14
Financial Literacy $400 to $475
Leaside,ON
559 Mount Pleasant Road
Jul 13-17 $400 - $475
Leaside,ON
559 Mount Pleasant Road
Jul 27-31 $400 - $475
Leaside,ON
559 Mount Pleasant Road
Aug 17-21 $400 - $475
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Day Camp
Coed
Ages: 10 - 13
Public Speaking/Debate $320 to $320
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Day Camp
Coed
Ages: 6 - 8
Science (multi) $350 to $400
Leaside,ON
559 Mount Pleasant Road
Aug 10-14 $350 - $400
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Explorer Hop
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559 Mount Pleasant Road Toronto, Ontario, M4S 2M5
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Reviews & Testimonials


Best Program I have ever sent my child to
Teresa (Mum of Alicia - age 12) — Parent

Absolutely the best program I have ever sent my child to. I simply cannot believe how much she learnt in 1 week. Keep it up Explorerhop!


Highly Recommended
Scott (father of Damian age 11) — Parent

My son was enrolled in Kids Learn about Money. What a difference it has made! Instead of spending all his time on Fortnite, he's actually having fun reading news and telling me how the stock market works. Very impressed.


Around the World is awesome
Seena (Mum to Kayla - age 8) — Parent

My daughter is in the Around the World Program. It is really so educational. I can't believe how much she has learnt!


Excellent Camp
Raymond Chen (Father of Jeremy age 13) — Parent

Simply Fantastic! My son was in Camp Millionaire and I cannot say enough good things about it.


So much fun!
Catherine (Ahe 13) — Camper

I had so much fun in the Entrepreneurship Camp! I learnt how to start my own cookie business and even made my first real sale. YAY!



Director's Message

Hasina Lookman , Founder

 Our company's motto is "Creating the Change Makers of Tomorrow".  We empower kids with the ability to make chage - this could be starting their own business or initiative, learning how to manage money, understanding science in a hands on class or even understanding what is involved in building a board game from scratch. Even better, join our Debate -Model UN Camp and learn not only about issues that impact the world, but also how to articulate your position. 

All of this is done in a very fun way! When kids have fun not only do they learn more they are also able to apply it better. 

About the Director.  

Hasina, who manages the creative side of the business, is a management consultant with over 20 years of experience managing global projects.  She has worked as a Special Consultant for the United Nations creating transformative economic plans for East European countries,  in addition she has managed projects over $50 million, with over 150 people reporting to her, at several international banks in Frankfurt, London, Switzerland and Hong Kong. 

In Canada, she was one of the youngest IT Director of a major insurance company,  and implemented several multi-million dollar projects at most of the major banks and the Ontario & Federal government.  She was also a special consultant to the Governments of British Columbia and Alberta for health care transformation. 

Through all this, she has visited more than 45 countries and lived in more than 8 countries across 3 continents.  Working in the global market place for so long, has showed her the importance for kids to have a better understanding of different cultures and a deeper foundation in money management.   

In her free time, she tries out new recipes, plans trips and writes stories for her children. A lifetime of passion in elementary education and empowerment of kids has allowed her to grow the company at it's current pace. 


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Cost: $350 to $450 /week

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Stories


From BBC GLOBAL NEWS

August 2019, by Sarah Treleaven on BBC Global  https://www.bbc.com/worklife/article/20190827-the-camp-that-makes-future-millionaires

WHY ARE KIDS GOING TO ‘MONEY CAMP’?

In a rented room in a church in an upmarket Toronto suburb, Hasina Lookman is running through various stock market indices at a rapid clip.

“Tell me about volume,” she asks, then follows up with an explanation of market capitalisation. Her listeners, clearly engaged, appear eager to weigh-in on what might cause a stock’s value to fluctuate.

But this isn’t night school, or a loal college class. Lookman is a project manager who founded and teaches at Camp Millionaire, and her dozen or so students are all children between the ages of 10 and 14. When she pulls up a financial summary for the Disney company showing, among other things, a serious dip in value in the recent past, one of the kids stage-whispers: “I bet that was when Aladdin came out.”

While from diverse ethnic backgrounds, Lookman says that most kids are from middle and upper middle class families. (The weeklong camp costs C$275 (about £168), but Lookman says she offers bursaries to children from lower income families.) And they’re mostly not there because they want to be rich, she adds.

“You tend to have kids from families where both parents work so they already understand that you need to work hard to have a good life,” she says. “What they’re coming to learn is: ‘How can I make sure I have enough money for university and how I can make sure that I’m okay in life?’”

James Begin, who won the stock market challenge, lost money before winning the top prize (Credit: Camp Millionaire)

A new generation of entrepreneurs?

When many of us look back on summer holidays during childhood, we might think of hours spent outside or at summer camps kicking balls, swimming or doing theatre. But in recent years a growing number of summer camps, as well as books and magazines, are teaching children how to make and save money – and how to get rich.

Finance camps just like Camp Millionaire are popping up across North America. In Denver, there’s Junior Money Matters, which teaches international trade theory to pre-teens. In Austin, Moolah U offers camps where children create a business, including making a product and selling it for real money. While Kids Biz Academy in Hong Kong runs a holiday camp where kids ages 8-14 learn the nuts and bolts of running a business, from product design venture capitalism. And Youngpreneurs, based in Kolkata, India, pairs teenagers with real-life entrepreneurial mentors.

Back in Canada, Camp Millionaire teaches budgeting, saving and making investment decisions, as well as more complex financial concepts like how a trade war with China might affect a Canadian investor’s bottom line. According to Lookman, it’s the youngest kids who “really get into the stock market challenge”.

Camps like this raise all kinds of interesting questions, including: What does age-appropriate financial education look like for a seven or 13-year old? Where does making money fall on a spectrum of values parents are hoping to imbue? Do camps like this simply help reinforce a class-based status quo, or can it help less advantaged children to gain a leg-up? And at a time when many parents are lamenting how hard it is to control the information their kids have access to, should money management and the global financial system fall into the category of too much, too soon?

Evangelia Prokou takes part in a role-playing exercise with other campers (Credit: Camp Millionaire)

‘Work hard for a good life’ Getting a head start

Camp Millionaire’s curriculum encourages a nuanced financial literacy many grown-ups do not possess, while also touching on both philanthropy and socially responsible ways to spend money. The sessions focus more on building your own wealth than its redistribution, but Lookman does encourage children to make connections with what’s happening in other countries, like how climate change might impact their investments. “We talk about heatwaves in Paris and what that means for the stocks you’re carrying,” says Lookman.

For the stock market challenge, Lookman gives each of the campers a virtual $10,000 to invest. On day one, when they learn the basics of the stock market – how it works, trading currencies, opening and closing times – she says that the children tend to pick stocks that belong to very familiar companies, like Apple and Disney, without giving it much thought. But a couple of days in, once they’re familiar with dividends and other relevant information, they start scrutinizing companies based on a much wider range of variables. “You see the children evolve quite a bit in five days,” says Lookman.

Others get a head start. Alexandra Reeves, 10, says she often listens to economics podcasts and that she scoured Barron’s (a US financial publication) in search of an affordable tech stock, before camp started. She’s interested in how going to Camp Millionaire might help her save enough money to pay for university.

James Begin, 13, lost money on the stock market challenge on the first day by investing in Blockchain, but then made a virtual $1,000 overnight by investing in Golden Star Resources, a Canadian company with mines in Ghana. Begin says he’s learned how banks make money, but is still confused by how President Trump’s tweets can move the stock market. “It’s pretty insane that one person can affect trillions of dollars,” he says.

After a morning spent discussing the U.S.-China trade war the campers headed out into the sunshine to tie dye some t-shirts (Credit: Camp Millionaire)

Managing money matters

It’s tempting to read this trend as a sign of growing middle-class anxiety over their financial future. “Credit card debt and student loans are enormous, and the majority of adults don’t have enough savings for retirement,” says Liz Frazier, financial planner and author of Beyond Piggy Banks and Lemonade Stands: How to Teach Young Kids About Finance. “A lot of this is stemming from a lack of financial education. I think it’s becoming more and more apparent that it’s a life skill you need to know.”

Some advocates are pushing schools to make financial literacy a core part of the curriculum, some incorporating into the mathematics lessons, but with limited success. A resulting skills gap can have serious consequences. A recent study from the University of Illinois found that nearly a third of over 3,000 young adults surveyed were “financially precarious” in part because of poor money management skills.

Benjamin Hui, a software product manager for IBM whose 14-year-old daughter Kiera is helping out as a counsellor after attending the camp last year, says he sees the camp as a great opportunity to bridge that education gap. “They’re not really teaching financial literacy and wealth accumulation,” he says. “Kids need to be able to make choices and understand both risks and rewards.” In particular, he likes the idea of the stock market challenge, where kids often lose large sums of money - not something many 10-14-year-olds are used to. “It exposes them to the downside of risk.”

Soaring student loans, credit card debt and a gap in savings for retirement are high on a lot of parents' agendas (Credit: Getty Images)

‘Learn now, with a safety net’

It’s not just summer camps; money advice for young children and teens is increasingly becoming a cottage industry. Budding young speculators can try out a new crypto-currency piggy bank from start-up Pigzbe. “Teen Boss” magazine has headlines like “How to build your brand by being you.”

Frazier points out that kids are learning about money whether they know it or not. “Parents need to make it intentional by paying attention to the conversations they’re having with their kids,” she says.

Finance camps are one way to make those conversations intentional and to avoid colouring advice or education with personal baggage. “You just want them to understand money as a tool,” says Frazier. “It’s not good or bad, it’s neutral. They need to learn the idea that wants come after the needs, why money is important and how we earn money. Then build on that.”

While the children at Camp Millionaire had clearly mastered the meaning of compound interest, they were still kids. At break time, shortly after a conversation about the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement, several of them attempted to clobber each other with a big rubber ball. Later in the afternoon, they gathered in the courtyard to tie-dye shirts.

For the most part, their thoughts on money were relatively short-term. Many liked the idea of playing shares, of being able to help pay for university or maybe buy a car one day, but they didn’t appear to have grand aspirations of power or greedy accumulation.

“Everyone needs money to get anything in life, whether you’re broke or part of the 1%, and it make more sense to learn now while you still have your parents as a safety net,” says Abtin Abbaspour, a 16-year-old counsellor at Camp Millionaire.

Abbaspour is learning to drive and he used to have his eye on something flashy. “But now when I think about the money coming out of my pocket, I’ll settle for a Honda Civic.”

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From One of the most well respected Mommy Bloggers

You can see the rest of our reviews here;

From Suchitra- The PHDMama.  One of the top 100 Mommy Bloggers in North America and winner of the Versatile Blogger Award.   She's well established for saying exactly what she thinks and her followers value her honesty.  

We are delighted at what she wrote about us:

"What I really liked about the website is the hidden lesson in every adventure. There is new information and little nuggets of knowledge spattered throughout the different adventures and kids reading them will find these useful, and contextual. Furthermore, the casual writing style that weaves the lessons into the narrative simply makes the learning a natural part of the process."

"The website has tremendous value and even more potential to take financial learning for children to an entirely different level. I was intrigued by the many adventures and enjoyed reading the stories too. In fact, I wished I was Mira and could go on her many adventures!"http://explorerhop.com/pages/explorer-hop-in-the-news

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Testimonial from Giles School

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From Caroline Bernada, Head of School, The Giles School - a very prestigious private school in Toronto. 

"Explorer Hop is the best program I have seen for teaching students about the realities of money and the economic world around us. It grabs the children’s attention right from the start with fun and innovative stories. The students instantly become connected with the characters and learn from their journeys. They are then enticed to complete missions, which helps to solidify their knowledge by having them apply what they have learned with realistic activities.

We introduced this wonderful program in our school this spring and the students are all fully engaged and have increased their knowledge of the financial world tenfold. The students are eager to follow the program and I have even heard them talking about their missions outside the classroom. I would highly recommend this program and I am very happy with the results I have seen thus far."

 

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