Boundary School District Hosts Explorations Summer Camps

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In 2007, with $10,000 in Explorations funding, the Boundary School District held two arts, sport and recreation camps for 40 students, aged 5-13. West Boundary Elementary hosted the camps that served Rock Creek, Midway, Greenwood, and Beaverdell. There are few summer programs for children in these rural areas because of financial limitations and transportation challenges; the Explorations camps offered a new experience for the students.

Students participated in mime, singing, dance, drumming, painting and culinary arts. In addition, there were outdoor sketching sessions and a field trip to Nk’Mip Desert and Cultural Centre in Osoyoos. Camps ended with an arts exhibit for families. SportFit challenges were incorporated into daily exercises and sports activities included travelling to the Greenwood Recreation Centre and Kettle Valley Golf Course. Also, each camper received books in a Great Book Giveaway.

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.