Each year at the Biomedical Youth Program (BYP) summer camp, youth from the inner city, northern communities and across Winnipeg  get the the chance to fill in teeth, swab cheek cells, test blood pressure and try out test out all kinds of research and health-related procedures.

This popular summer program, launched in 2006 with only 15 participants, now hosts 150 students each year!

The camp is held annually in the 3rd week of July of each year at the University of Manitoba Bannatyne campus. Each day of the week-long camp is organized into daily 90 minute morning and afternoon sessions from 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 

To participate, students must be in Grades 5 - 12 with Grade 5 being completed by June 30 in the year of the camp (no exceptions).


  • Students at the camp work on an experiment in a plastic tent.
  • Throughout the week, participants carry out hands-on activities exploring topics from medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, medical rehabilitation and basic sciences, including:


Due to COVID-19, the summer camp will not be offered for the summer of 2021. We look forward to gathering once again for this fun and educational program when it is safe to do so.


Volunteers are a vital part of the Biomedical Youth Camp - we couldn't provide this fun and educational event without you!

As a volunteer, you will share your knowledge and enthusiasm for science as a supervisor, activity leader, or session leader. Chaperones also play an important role throughout the week, providing support and guidance to students as needed.

Volunteers come from a wide variety of backgrounds, including undergraduate and graduate students, health sciences students, community groups, and parents who accompany their children.

To volunteer or for more information, contact program director Dr. James Gilchrist or call 204-789-3252.

Contact us

Biomedical Youth Program
C/O Dean’s Office, Faculty of Health Sciences
Rm 230 Basic Medical Sciences Building
727 McDermot Avenue
Winnipeg, MB R3E 3P5