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Get your summer jump-started with a creative jolt! Brila's summer camps are unique imaginative thinking labs for curious, creative kids aged five and up. Inspired by their own philosophical dialogues, participants take on a flurry of projects, from drawing and photography to multimedia and inventive design, energized by facilitators and special guests who are practicing professionals. Each day's creative outbursts set the stage for participants to produce their very own zines and get published in one of our digital magazines. If you've got original, quirky and caring brains, these camps are for you!


What do writing a story, painting with your feet, building a robot and making recycle-fashion have in common? Creativity! Our philocreationcamps offer kids daily creative challenges to think and make outside the box, including...

... and so much more!


Please note that due to the coronavirus pandemic, we have been forced to cancel camps for this summer.

We are deeply saddened by this turn of events. Brila needs support during this difficult time. If you are able to make a tax-deductible donation to our charity, we would be extremely grateful :


Donations can also be made by cheque.

Please click on the payment platform of your choice to make a secure, tax-deductible online donation:

Brila uses the internationally recognized, UNESCO-endorsed Philosophy for Children educational model to foster critical, creative & caring thinking skills in young people, and is an IAPC affiliate centre.

  • what is brila?

    Brila is a registered Canadian charity based in Montreal, Quebec, offering youth-driven, bilingual educational programming that fuses philosophical dialogue, creative projects and digital magazine production.

    At our camps, youth take part in daily creative challenges that uncover their sense of curiosity, imagination and social responsibility in a supportive, exciting atmosphere. Our camps take place on the beautiful campuses of Université de Montréal and Concordia University (Loyola)—see the map below!

  • who can participate in our camps?

    Any and all kids aged 5 to 11, who have big hearts, bold thoughts and spirited imaginations! Youth aged 12 and up can also participate as volunteer facilitators through our leadership training. The camp is divided into junior and senior groups. Both anglophone and francophone youth are welcome. No previous experience necessary. Spaces are limited so register now!

  • what is our camp schedule?

    Each camp's two-week schedule is jam-packed with innovative workshops that boost creativity by blending creative projects with intriguing thought experiments, engaging group dialogues and inspiring special guest visits. Official camp programming runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., but we also provide activities during drop-off hours (8:30-9 a.m.) and pick-up hours (4-4:30 p.m.). Extended care is also available for an additional fee (8 a.m.-5:30 p.m.).

    Lunch and free time is from noon to 1:30 p.m., plus a daily active movement break that varies from yoga and dance to circus and martial arts. Some of our camp activities take us off campus to local parks and city attractions. Participants are expected to attend all workshops throughout the week—since activities build on each other, absences are highly discouraged!

  • what should participants bring with them?

    Participants should wear comfortable clothing suited to the day's weather, and keep a water bottle and sunscreen on them at all times. Participants should also bring their own healthy lunches and snacks—please avoid any nuts in case of allergies. On special theme days, we may invite them to wear costumes to camp!

    Brila is not responsible for any lost, stolen or missing items: though we will try our utmost to keep personal belongings safe, we strongly recommend that new, expensive or favourite items be left at home.

  • who are the facilitators and special guests?

    Brila is propelled and energized by its dedicated facilitation team of creative experts. Our senior facilitators are seasoned educators with 50 combined years of experience as well as graduate degrees in philosophy and pedagogy.  They are also endorsed practitioners of the Philosophy for Children pedagogical model. (Meet the senior staff!) Our special guests are practicing professionals who love to infuse kids with their passion for creativity.

    To ensure everyone's well-being, our team are first aid certified by the Heart and Stroke Foundation, undergo an official police background check with the SPVM, adhere to our charity code of conduct and have references checked prior to joining our team.

  • what are the zines and the digital magazine all about?

    In addition to boosting their creativity through original projects and group dialogues, participants will be producing their very own philosophical zines—and contributing to one of our digital magazines—as storytellers, illustrators, photographers, multimedia artists, designers and more.

    They'll not only leave with their own original publication, but also a strong sense of responsibility about what they say, how they communicate it and who is affected by it! Check out our zines.

  • are there bursaries available?

    Indeed! As a charity, Brila prides itself on offering cost-effective programming that is eco-friendly and resource-savvy so access is never a problem. We have bursaries available, thanks to generous funding from the Excellence in Literacy Foundation. Bursary funds are distributed on the basis of financial need and granted to those who would be unable to attend camp without financial assistance. Applications are assessed in the order they are received and recipients are notified in May. To apply, please complete and email the form.

  • what if i have more questions?

After the training, teens get to also volunteer at camp as junior facilitators and get amazing hands-on experience working with kids. Through our mentorship, we train dynamic, driven young adults aged 12 and up to be counsellors-in-training for our campers, helping them to refine their thinking and creative skills with ongoing support from our senior staff in the form of daily debriefs and team building. Junior facilitator roles at camp include:

  • taking part in creative workshops and working with special guests
  • motivating and helping campers with their creative projects
  • leading games and assisting with activities throughout the day
  • contributing to the production of youth zines
  • joining our team of fun, kooky "purple people" who take their work seriously but not themselves!

Junior facilitators must have previous experience at Brila in order to apply and must take part in a training session on July 2 and 3, 2020. They will receive a certificate of completion after their mentorship.
For application details, please
contact us!

Our teen leadership training is a highly concentrated dose of creative pep! Over nine days, participants get the opportunity to hone their skills as youth leaders, experimenting with novel ideas and creative forms alongside seasoned educators and practicing professionals in the fields of writing, photography, illustration and new media. Through multifaceted projects inspired by the social issues that resonate with them most, they get to collaborate with other young adults who share their energy, vision and artistry, while shaping each other into community leaders and role models for kids. This training cultivates leadership skills relevant across fields, motivating new hobbies and career paths, and building a real sense of initiative.

Please note that due to the coronavirus pandemic, we have been forced to cancel our summer programming.

Please note that due to the coronavirus pandemic,
we have been forced to cancel our summer programming.

We are deeply saddened by this turn of events. Brila needs support during this difficult time. If you are able to make a tax-deductible donation to our charity, we would be extremely grateful :

Donations can also be made by cheque payable to "Brila" and mailed to the address at the bottom of the page.

Please click on the payment platform of your choice to make a secure, tax-deductible online donation:


Our 2020 camp season will take place on the campus of Université de Montréal, at the beautiful Faculty of Environmental Design, situated between Édouard-Montpetit and Côte-Sainte-Catherine streets, right in front of the Université de Montréal metro station.

2940 Côte-Sainte-Catherine

  Université de Montréal

PO Box 47535

RPO Plateau Mont-Royal

Montreal QC H2H 2S8


Brila is a registered charity (#82689 1251 RR0001) and non-for-profit organization under the Canada Revenue Agency. Our organization is nonpartisan and will not advocate any particular religious, political or moral views. The views expressed in Brila's digital magazines are strictly those of our participants and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the organization and our staff. Our online digests are sent through our mailing list only a half dozen times per year—we vow not to clog your inbox. All the photos on this website are of our participants—no stock images here! The contents of this site should not be reproduced, captured or otherwise used without our expressed permission.



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