May 20, 2021 News, Recreation

The sun is out and the countdown to summer has begun which means it is almost time for summer camp! After the uncertain year we have had, the UNA wants to provide families with as much comfort as possible by letting you know more about what to expect from our Summer Adventures Camp programs.

UNA Summer Adventures Camps offer children the opportunity to try a variety of activities based on the physical, social, emotional and cognitive stages of child development with the goal of creating a memorable experience for every child. The safe and caring environment of Summer Adventures Camps allows for children to try new things, develop skills, build positive relationships and discover their passions. We strive to create a camp atmosphere that promotes safety, inclusivity and fun.

Safety first, safety always

When sending your child to camp it is important to know they are in good hands, especially during COVID-19. Planning for camps last summer brought new challenges but our team worked tirelessly to make sure camp was as safe as possible. Children were assigned their own desk with their own set of art supplies and cubbies for their backpacks. Symptom screening, lots of handwashing and exciting new games that kept kids physically distanced all helped us stay safe. This summer we will continue these procedures (and many more) and have increased our commitment to safety by having smaller groups and higher staff ratios. Camps will have a maximum of eight kids and one volunteer supervised by two camp staff – a ratio of one staff for every four kids will ensure that all kids get the attention they deserve.

Meeting everyones needs

Our team recognizes and celebrates the unique needs, experiences and abilities of all children. While we plan our activities ahead of time our staff make a conscious effort to adapt games and activities to be inclusive of all children. Our staff are trained in High Five – Principles of Health Child Development and use this knowledge to ensure every child has a positive experience based on the “physical, social, emotional and cognitive attributes of each age and stage of a child’s development.” To ensure that your child is set up for success please add any information about them that would be helpful for our staff to know in the exceptionalities section of the camp intake form during registration. The more our staff know ahead of time the better we can work to support your child.

Having a fun filled Summer

At its core, summer camp is about having fun. Kids can look forward to action packed weeks with a mix of art, outdoor games, science experiments, gym time, team building games and out trips. Our camp leaders spend two weeks building the schedule of activities and preparing supplies so that once camps start, we are ready to get right into the fun. During the pandemic, it is a priority for our staff to make sure that any safety polices do not affect the excitement of camp. Last summer, we got creative and adjusted our favourite camp activities to maintain physical distancing. Some of the biggest hits from last summer included “noodle tag,” tower building competitions and 10-meter-long art projects. It is always a highlight for our staff to watch kids try new activities and see their passion grow.

A collection of some of our favourite crafts last summer including a paper mache volcano from science week, tissue paper flowers from nature week, a Vancouver 2010 Olympic torch from Olympics week, a monkey puppet from safari week, and a popsicle stick bird house with detailed designs on every plank!

Register

Register online for the UNA Summer Adventures Camps!

For more information about our other Summer programs, visit our UNA Programs page!

Questions?

We are so excited to meet all the campers soon! If you have any questions, feel free to contact Claire at claire.shepansky@myuna.ca.

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