BOLDCAMPS off to a great START

The Victoria Standard - - Local News - CAROLYN BAR­BER

The non-profit Bras d’or Lakes Day (BOLD) Camps As­so­ci­a­tion is gear­ing up for a sec­ond fun-filled sum­mer, and ex­pand­ing their mis­sion to meet the grow­ing needs of the com­mu­nity.

Forty-eight kids, aged 5-12, from English­town to Bad­deck to Wag­mat­cook took part in last year’s suc­cess­ful eight-week pi­lot camp based at the Bad­deck Academy and Vic­to­ria High­lands Civic Cen­tre. Pro­gram­ming in­cluded arts and crafts, sports and games, trips to Kid­ston Is­land and Fri­day field trips to Fortress Louis­burg, Two Rivers Wildlife Park, Scotch Lake Api­aries and In­ver­ness Beach. The camp also hosted a karate work­shop which led to a year­long karate school in Bad­deck.

“While day camp op­er­a­tions may have started last year as an an­swer to the long-stand­ing ques­tion, ‘What will I do with my child as I head back to work this high sea­son?’, our vi­sion has quickly grown from of­fer­ing on­go­ing en­rich­ment and multi-dis­ci­plinary recreation through­out the sum­mer to es­tab­lish­ing a com­mu­nity sup­port struc­ture for both lo­cal work­ing par­ents and would-be res­i­dents of Vic­to­ria County,” said BOLDCAMPS board mem­ber Madi­son Green­ing.

The camp re­cently hired a per­ma­nent, year-round youth pro­gram­ming co­or­di­na­tor with as­sis­tance from the Nova Sco­tia Labour and Ad­vanced Ed­u­ca­tion START pro­gram. Penny Chap­man, of Bad­deck, will be im­ple­ment­ing the 2018 sum­mer pro­gram­ming. She will also de­velop and im­ple­ment af­ter­school and out-of-school pro­gram­ming dur­ing the 201819 school year.

“We en­vi­sion run­ning an­other Spring Break day camp, and out-of-school Christ­mas pro­gram­ming. We’re try­ing to fill those gaps where work­ing par­ents are oth­er­wise en­gaged, and do it af­ford­ably,” said Green­ing.

“Hir­ing Penny as a full­time, year-round youth pro­gram­ming co­or­di­na­tor al­lows us to re­al­ize our im­me­di­ate goal of ex­pan­sion into af­ter­school care. With the sup­port of START, the vol­un­teer board can now de­vote en­ergy to­wards longer term goals that re­spect our age-friendly com­mu­nity sta­tus, such as pro­gram­ming for se­niors and in­ter-gen­er­a­tional work­shops.”

The camp also in­cludes sup­port­ing the re­cruit­ment and re­ten­tion of young fam­i­lies to work and live in the area.

The 2018 sum­mer camp is wel­com­ing campers aged 5-14. Par­ents can reg­is­ter their kids on a week-by-week ba­sis. Pref­er­ence will be given based on cu­mu­la­tive com­mit­ment to weeks.

“This year, we are ad­just­ing the pric­ing model to re­flect bring­ing on and grow­ing the staff. So, the charge to par­ents, af­ter sub­si­dies are ap­plied to each spot, will be $125 per week, per child.”

BOLDCAMPS will hold an in­for­ma­tion ses­sion on May 24. Stay tuned to their website for time and lo­ca­tion: https:// bras­dor­lakes­day­camps.wordpress.com/.

The camp wel­comes pro­pos­als from com­mu­nity mem­bers look­ing to share hands-on skills with campers. Do­na­tions of craft­ing ma­te­ri­als are wel­come any­time. For more in­for­ma­tion, email boldcamps.cb@gmail.com.

The WE Day Com­mit­tee at Bad­deck Academy held jer­sey day and a Bron­cos day in mid-april rais­ing $1000 in sup­port of the Hum­boldt Bron­cos hockey team. Pic­tured are (Back row, L-R): Allyson Hutchi­son, Alexan­der Macrae, Leanne Macdon­ald, Katja Wolfe, Danielle Korem, Ally Smith & Allysa Hutchi­son. Front row (L-R): Mar­illa Ma­son-parkin­son, Shae­lyn Mackay, Brook­lyn Gar­land, Maddie Camp­bell & Naomi Mac­cor­mack.

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