BOLDCAMPS to of­fer af­ter-school op­tions

The Victoria Standard - - Local News - SEAN MAC­DOUGALL

Bras d’or Lakes Day Camps As­so­ci­a­tion is rolling out a new af­ter-school pi­lot pro­gram in Septem­ber. The group has been run­ning sum­mer day camps for the past two years and is look­ing to ex­pand to a more year-round op­er­a­tion for young peo­ple in Vic­to­ria County.

Madi­son Green­ing, act­ing Pres­i­dent for BOLDC, has said the pro­gram is go­ing to of­fer di­verse ac­tiv­i­ties for kids from 5 to 14 years-old. The cur­ricu­lum will of­fer numer­ous ac­tiv­i­ties at BOLDC’S lo­ca­tion in the for­mer Kid­ston Land­ing store on Che­bucto Street in Baddeck -- from home­work as­sis­tance to a mu­si­cal to be put on dur­ing March break. The mu­si­cal be­gins au­di­tions for campers in Novem­ber, but Green­ing said there are spots for kids who may not want to be on stage.

"We're bring­ing in kids to do ev­ery as­pect from cos­tume de­sign, stage, manag­ing lights, au­dio, you know, all of the big pic­ture stuff,” said Green­ing of their plans to stage a pro­duc­tion.

BOLDCAMPS is cur­rently run by a vol­un­teer board and one full time staff co-or­di­na­tor. With the pi­lot pro­gram, the as­so­ci­a­tion is look­ing to hire two per­ma­nent staff mem­bers, with hopes for a third, if funding al­lows.

The pi­lot pro­gram will run from Septem­ber to June, with its youth mu­si­cal theatre por­tion be­gin­ning in Novem­ber and end­ing with March break theatre per­for­mances. The as­so­ci­a­tion will also host all-day field trips dur­ing school in-ser­vice days to bring kids to one of the var­i­ous at­trac­tions Cape Bre­ton Is­land has to of­fer like the Gaelic Col­lege, the Bell Mu­seum, Cape Bre­ton High­lands Na­tional Park, the Amoeba and many oth­ers.

With the sec­ond sum­mer of BOLDC’S day camps near­ing com­ple­tion, Green­ing has said the feed­back she gets from par­ents has been pos­i­tive and sup­port­ive of BOLDCAMP’S mis­sion.

“My hus­band and I have a fiveyear-old and a nine-year-old who have been at­tend­ing the camp all sum­mer and we couldn’t be more pleased. This camp is worth ev­ery penny,” said Lorna Mor­ri­son.

BOLDC is hav­ing an in­for­ma­tion and regis­tra­tion ses­sion at 490 Che­b­uto Street in Baddeck on Thurs­day, Aug. 16 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm.

For more in­for­ma­tion on BOLDC and their sum­mer day camps, visit them at bras­dor­lakes­day­camps.word­

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