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Summer Science and Art Camps for Kids

Plenty of Fun for Youngsters in the Boundary

 

With school out, Selkirk College is offering kids an opportunity to get their summer off to a fun start with camps in the Boundary.

Science Instructor Christine Carlson is putting on a series of science camps starting at the end of June and running through July.

The camps kick off at the Selkirk College Grand Forks Campus on June 30 with a three-day camp for kids aged six to 10. Participants will explore science using experimentation, crafts and games. There will be explosions, slime, bugs and dirt thrown in. The camp runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“We want to create an atmosphere of fun with these camps, but there is an academic focus,” says Jennifer Wetmore, Selkirk College’s Coordinator of Community, Corporate and Workplace Training.

Boundary summer camps

The study of ecosystems was very popular during the Science Camp at Selkirk College’s Grand Forks campus in 2013. Here the camper is examining some guppies she has in a homemade bio dome the participants all got to take home with them at the end of the camp. The 2014 science and art camps are once again sure to arouse imagination and interest with kids.

Older children—ages 10 to 14—will get their crack at fun science activities on July 21 and 22 in a two-day camp that involves getting wet and dirty as participants learn more about the valley they live in by working on a real life project with the Kettle River Watershed Management Plan. The older students will participate from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“The kids will actually take on a project from beginning to end,” says Wetmore. “We are really hoping to pique interest for the older kids by making it relevant and fun.”

The science camps will also take place at the Christina Lake Welcome Centre where the six to 10 year olds will participate from July 7 to 9 and the 10 to 14 years olds on July 28 and 29.

Carlson will travel to Midway in July where students aged six to 12 have a chance to take part in the science camp on July 16 and 17 at Boundary Central Secondary School.

Art Classes Provide Outlet for Creativity

For those kids more interested in art, there will be two day-long camps running under the guidance of instructor Cindy Alblas. The camps will get kids to find their inner artist by creating fused glass chimes, mosaic name plaques and waxy stained glass. In between the art projects there will be fun games to get the creative juices flowing.

The art camp—open to six to 12 year olds—comes to Selkirk College’s Grand Forks Campus on July 15 and to Christina Lake on July 17. Both camps run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The cost for the science camp is $150 and the art camp is $75. To register call 250.442.2704 or email desson@selkirk.ca.

A bursary is available for families who can demonstrate financial need and covers a maximum of 50 per cent of the tuition. Availability is limited. Funding for some of the camp expenses and the bursary is made possible by Community Futures Boundary.

 

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