Fort St. James Hosts Explorations Summer Camps

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In 2007, Explorations funding of $9,000 helped the Nechako Lake School District hold four arts camps and two sport and recreation camps for 90 children in grades 4-7. The camps, hosted at David Hoy Elementary, served students in Fort St. James, including the Necoslie Reserve. Organizers say many participants would not otherwise have an opportunity to attend summer camp or receive arts or sport instruction.

Called Kids Create, the arts camp included metal tooling, sand art, batik cloth patterning, lantern making and beading. The camps ended with an art show for families. Sports activities included golfing, kayaking, swimming, tennis and hiking. Campers also went on a scavenger hunt around town. All participants received donated books as part of the program.

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.