Kamloops-Thompson School District Hosts Explorations Summer Camps

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In 2007, with $40,000 from Explorations, the Kamloops-Thompson School District offered 10 sport and recreation camps for 171 children, aged 6-10. Thirty-one schools participated in camps that served Kamloops, Chase, Logan Lake, Clearwater, Vavenby, Barriere and Adam’s Lake Indian Band. Organizers say most camp participants had never attended summer camp because of financial limitations or transportation challenges. Schools selected participants who would benefit from additional support in areas of social, academic or physical needs.

The camps – incorporated into the school district’s Rec ‘n Reading program – offered a balance between an academic reading program and physical activity. Students participated in a variety of movement exercises, gymnastics, hiking and playground games. Camp ended with family celebrations at community recreation facilities such as the local water parks.

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.