Comox Valley School District Hosts Explorations Summer Camps

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In 2007, Explorations funding of $5,000 helped the Comox Valley School District offer an arts, sport and recreation camp for 25 children, aged 11-12. Three schools participated in the camp, hosted at Lake Trail Middle School. Organizers say many students’ families are not able to offer their children arts or sport instruction in the community because of financial limitations; Explorations offered these children a new experience. Also, the students were better prepared to provide leadership to classmates on sports teams and in art class thanks to the skills they learned in the camps.

Students participated in outdoor sketching sessions, painting, clay work and making paper-mache masks. The sports camp included coaching in basketball, volleyball, soccer, weight-training and track and field events. The camp ended with campers challenging parents and staff to fun competitions.

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.