Mission School District Hosts Explorations Summer Camps

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In 2007, funding of $20,000 from Explorations helped the Mission School District offer four arts, sport and recreation camps for 88 children, aged 7-12. Five schools participated in the camps which served Mission, Silverdale, Deroche, the Scowlitz Band and the Leq’a:mel First Nation. Organizers say participants would not normally be able to attend camp because of financial limitations or transportation challenges; the Explorations camps were a new experience. High school students served as camp leaders and received school credit for their work.

Children took part in Aboriginal fine arts activities such as weaving, drumming, and making dream catchers, button blanket dolls and leather bracelets. Sports activities included floor hockey, soccer, basketball, European handball and Ultimate Frisbee. Camps ended with all campers receiving items to encourage literacy and physical activity such as books, journals, skipping ropes, kites and Frisbees.

Explorations provided students in kindergarten to Grade 7 with opportunities to explore arts, sport and recreation in summer camp settings. The program, which ran from 2005-2008, served students who were otherwise unable to attend summer camps due to location, local resources or financial limitations. Explorations was supported by the Province of British Columbia.