BOLDCAMPS off to a great START
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.