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Summer CAMPGuide 2014 Choices abound in summer camps


BY MARK WEBER Red Deer Express

Goldeye Centre near Nordegg, AB • Ph: (780) 991-4620 • Summer camp is a time for making new friends and is the place where youth discover their hidden talents. Those who have attended the ACCA Co-operative Youth Leadership Program, (now going into their 55th year) will tell you that it was one of their most memorable and life-changing experiences. Held at Goldeye Centre near Nordegg, the serene foothills location provides a beautiful view of the Rocky Mountains. wWe aim to develop leadership skills and self-confidence in youth so they can return to their communities and get involved. Every summer, youth learn how to work in committees, elect their own government and learn how to set up and run a co-operative business. They also develop communication and public speaking skills and expand their knowledge of the agriculture industry and the benefits of membership in co-operatives. Grad (ages 17-18) Youth (ages 15-16) Teen (ages 13-14) Pre-Teen (ages 11-12)

Summer offers youngsters a host of funfilled days packed with recreation, and making the season all the more complete is time spent at camp. No matter what kids are interested in, there is likely a local camp that would suit them perfectly. Central Alberta includes all kinds of camps, geared towards those with a passion for dance, a penchant for horseback riding or those who want to spend time learning about the Bible while still enjoying a host of recreational opportunities. There are also camps suited to those with a range of sporting sensibilities where swimming, canoeing, wall-climbing and the wonders of the outdoors are explored. Camps can be found in all kinds of attractive settings as well, from locations near Sylvan Lake to the foothills around Rocky Mountain House and Nordegg. Choosing a camp may seem like an overwhelming venture considering the multitude of choices, but the Alberta Camping Association of Alberta (ACA) provides tools to narrow down the possibilities. For those who would prefer to go the day camp route, there are also choices. This type of camp may be viewed as an introductory stage to camping at a high comfort level. According to the ACA, there are key steps to choosing a perfect camp for your child. Explore the information available through the Association’s web site. Folks can read about the organization which “Has made its mandate an assurance of quality to the public through its


“A place where memories are made” 75km west of Rocky Mountain House, AB Camp Alexo is celebrating 30 years of making a difference! We give children and youth a chance to explore nature, discover their potential and build positive relationships through a week long overnight camp setting. We are associated with two charities: Boys and Girls Clubs and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Red Deer and District. One of our 11 year old campers commented “Camp Alexo is awesome; it was the highlight of my summer. I made so many new friends and played so many new games.” Campership subsidies are available for families who qualify. Visit our website at or call us at 403.342.6500

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program of accreditation and guidelines for operations. First off, take the time to read about what each camp has to offer. The ACA offers a camper’s worksheet that is helpful in making sure both parent and child are satisfied with the selection as well. There is also an excellent tab on the web site called ‘find a camp’ which lists areas of interest ranging form baseball, biking and kayaking to cycling, sailing, backpacking and tennis. Those searching for the best camp can check off interests and the program finds camps that specialize in those areas. Once you’ve settled on a possible camp choice, it’s a good idea to contact camp offices to ask about session lengths, starting dates and what is included in the fee. Sample questions, according to the ACA, run the gamut from ‘what is your camp’s philosophy’ and ‘what is your ratio of campers to staff’ to ‘what are the ages of your counselors’ and ‘what percentage of campers return every year.’ The ACA recommends counselors be a minimum age of 17. Another question might be ‘What provisions are made for campers with special needs?’ According to the ACA, once you register with the camp of your choice you should have regular contact from that point on, receiving “A warm welcome or confirmation package, including confirmation of dates, prices, equipment needed, cancellation policies, and other necessary camp information. For more tips about all things related to the summer camp experience, check out



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Register today Located near Nordegg, AB. Accredited and non-denominational summer camp for ages 7—17.

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Summer CAMPGuide 2014 BAR HARBOUR All our summer camps take place at Bar Harbour, a secluded 100 acre site on the south east shores of Buffalo Lake, next to the summer village of White Sands located in the County of Stettler. Campers participate in many different activities while at camp, depending on the age group. Waterfront, swimming, canoeing, sports, crafts, games, talent shows, dances, campfire, are just some of the things we do at camp. Campers who come back for another season often find many familiar faces in both campers and staff. Bar Harbour Camp is proud of our “community” and invites everyone to be a part of it! Campers are always under the direct supervision and care of our qualified staff. In addition to our leadership team and camp counsellors, medical staff and certified lifeguards are onsite at all times. Bar Harbour Camp holds accreditation with the Alberta Camping Association and the United Church Camping standards program. Registration is online at If you have questions e-mail

BLACK ELK HOCKEY CAMP Established in 1984, Black Elk Hockey Camp is dedicated to providing a hockey camp environment that is challenging, educational, and enjoyable! Our objective is to ensure that each participant has an opportunity to improve their individual skills and leave camp with a game plan for enhanced skills development. Our staff are committed to providing quality hockey instruction in a fun and positive learning atmosphere. Experienced, caring and professional instructors are dedicated to offering a program that develops the basic fundamentals, positive attitudes, and sportsmanship. We look forward to providing the skills training to help build confidence and take your child to the next level of play!


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at Sunnybrook Farm Museum Travel back in time and experience pioneer life in early Alberta. Children will learn how to feed chickens, make butter, pump water, cook on a wood stove and take part in fun farm chores. Explore our 1889 log home, check out the blacksmith shop, and take a ride on the barrel train. Some field trips are included. This popular program fills quickly so early registration is highly recommended.

Offered weekly between June 30 - August 29, 2014 Only $175 a week, or $40 per day 9:00am-4:30pm, before and after care available 4701 - 30 Street, Red Deer Phone (403) 340-3511 email:


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Summer CAMPGuide 2014 Making summer friendships last BY DEBORAH SHELTON Summertime isn’t just about getting dirty, staying up all night, playing in the rain, and going off to camp – it’s about meeting new people. Follow these tips to turn your vacation acquaintances into lifelong friends. 1. Summer memory book Make the summer last forever by preserving memories in a special book. Fill the plastic sleeves of a photo album with photos, ticket stubs, sections of road maps from summer trips, and other mementos. When you’re finished, exchange

memory books with your closest summer buddy. 2. Picture postcards Keep in touch with vacation friends by sending picture postcards. Scan summer photos and print them on cardstock paper, four per page. Use scissors to cut individual cards. On the blank side, include your friend’s address, your return address, and a postage stamp. Don’t forget to write a cool message. 3. Pen pal club Start your own pen pal club. Swap addresses with your new friends and make a commitment to keep in touch. Be cre-

ative, don’t limit yourself to writing letters. Send an inexpensive gift every so often, or an audiotape letter. Send lists of your favourite things. For instance, one month send your pen pals a list of your 20 favourite movies, and then compare your lists. No matter how you decide to keep in touch, don’t let summer friendships end when summer ends. Deborah Shelton is a mother, freelance writer and author of the brand new book The Five Minute Parent: Fun & Fast Activities for You and Your Little Ones. Visit her web site at



Innisfail, Sylvan Lake & Olds • Ph: 1-800-561-9229 • Chinook’s Edge School Division offers summer schools in three communities, making it convenient for students to take courses for credit. Summer school is available in Innisfail, Sylvan Lake and Olds. High School students, or those entering grade 10 in September, 2014, are able to take courses to upgrade existing marks, complete a required course missing from their timetable, or for personal reasons. All core high school courses are offered and there is no charge for students currently in Chinook’s Edge. Students work at their own pace, but under the guidance and supervision of teachers who provide assistance when needed. Taking a summer course provides students the opportunity to upgrade their marks in a course they didn’t do well in, or it can help reduce their course load in September. Summer School runs Monday to Friday, July 2 - 29, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. each day. Begin next school year ahead of the game.

Halkirk, Alberta Ph: (403) 884-2444 • Located along the scenic coulees of Paintearth creek. We have two camps that run simultaneously for different age groups; Western Town for children ages 9-18 and a new campsite called “Pathway” for children 6-10. Circle Square Ranch is a non-profit Christian-based organization that welcomes children and youth of any faith and race. We encourage each camper to grow spiritually, mentally, social, and physically in an exciting, fun-filled western atmosphere. We invite campers to consider what the Bible has to say about them, their relationship with God, and each other. Our horsemanship program offers the chance to develop and improve their skills as they progress through our five star riding programs. We offer many other thrilling activities including a high ropes course, swimming pool, and bmx skatepark. The staff at Circle Square Ranch are loving, encouraging, and engaging as they care for each child and teach the many activities offered. These staff have been carefully selected, screened, and trained to work with children and youth.

Want to reach new Heights this Summer? CALL 403 721-2208

Youth Adventure Week Youth Mountain Challenge Kayaking Adventure Backcountry Adventure Rock Climbing Adventure Adventure is not just for Youth it’s for Adults too, check out our web

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Nordegg, Alberta • Ph: (403) 721-2208 • Welcome to C.O.E. as we celebrate 19 years of Youth Adventure Programs. Why not join us this summer for the adventure of a lifetime? Parents can feel secure in the knowledge that our safety record is unsurpassed due to our highly trained, dedicated, energetic and motivated staff. They are here to provide your children with challenge, excitement and fun, regardless of fitness. None of our activities require special skills, only energy, courage and a spirit of adventure. What will they get in return…pride in all that they accomplish, a renewed sense of themselves and a growing appreciation for the world around them. They will meet other kids with the same interests and form long-lasting relationships with them. This is our commitment to you. Join us this summer at C.O.E. where “Adventure truly does BEGIN!”

Dancer’s Edge Studio has been operating for 11 amazing years now. We have two great locations, Blackfalds & Lacombe, each equipped with 3 state of the art studios and large waiting rooms. Our studios offer classes in both Recreational and Competitive and all our instructors are certified. We also have a travel team that is welcome to all dancers, this summer we will be dancing in 2 Disneyland parades. Come join the Family at Dancer’s Edge Studio!


CAMP CURIOUS Discover Camp Curious at our new home, the Abbey Centre in the town of Blackfalds! Camp Curious offers children between the ages of 6-10 years swimming lessons, sports, crafts, group activities and awesome field trips in a safe and supervised environment. Camp leaders believe all children are capable of success and will create a week of camp we are sure each camper will enjoy. Open to 30 campers each week throughout July and August, Camp Curious is sure to exceed your expectations! Registration for camp will begin May 1, 2014 at the Abbey Centre, 4500 Womacks Road. For more information on Camp Curious, please contact 403-885-4039/ or visit

There is no better way to spend your summer than with us and our friendly, positive and energetic staff at Exelta Gymnastics Club! Our fun filled Summer Camps will be packed full of gymnastics as well as rock climbing, swimming, crafts and so much more! Meet new friends, get exercise and roll through your summer in our giant indoor playground. Come dressed up as a Superhero or a Pirate as all of our Gymnastic Camps have themes to help to promote creativity and increase the fun! We have camps for all ages, starting at 1.5 years old! No gymnastics experience required. For more information on classes available, contact us at 403-342-4940 or visit us at We are located in the Collicutt Centre!



July 21-24th in Blackfalds / Aug 11-14th in Lacombe Ages 3-6 9am-12pm (Snack Provided) *Registration * 4 days filled with dance, gymnastics, music, before June 1st drama, crafts, friends & FUN!!!! gets you a free


GOT THE EDGE CAMP $160 July 21-24th in Blackfalds/Aug 11-14th in Lacombe Ages 7-12yrs 1pm-4pm (Snack provided) * 4 days filled with a variety of dance styles and different qualified instructors. Tap, Hip Hop, Jazz, Lyrical, Acro, Musical Theatre, Disco and MORE!!!! All levels welcome.


For more information contact dancer’s edge at 403-391-3124 or visit our website

Aug 18-21st in Lacombe Ages 12yrs & Older 9am-3pm (Lunch & Snack provided) * Looking to expand your dance knowledge and learn from highly sought after instructors?? Ready to get back into dance shape for your upcoming season?? Then this is the camp for you!! Take a variety of different dance classes from teachers coming from all over Canada and the US. Must have previous dance experience as this camp is going to WORK you and take you Over the Edge!! Open to all studios.


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Summer CAMPGuide 2014 Finding a summer camp for a reluctant child BY ANTOINETTE AYANA Some kids love the idea of summer camp, while others would rather loaf around and watch television. If you are having trouble motivating your child to go, there are things you can do to make it appealing. While some kids will relish the idea of spending a few weeks at a camp, canoeing, swimming and meeting new children, there are those that will refuse until you drag their clinging fingers from your car. So how do you get children to look forward to getting out of the house for their threemonth vacation? Rather than thrusting them into a random location and allowing a counselor to dictate how they will spend their free time, try to find a place that can offer something

unique that will keep them interested and even excited. Few parents think to ask their kids about what kind of camp they would like to attend. While some children may be apathetic or upset at the idea, you may be surprised by a positive reaction. Before asking their opinion, it’s important to have narrowed down possible locations so that no one is disappointed by budget, distance or other restrictions. Choose options in the area and allow your children to look through the web site or brochures. Even if you can only find two places, giving them some voice in the decision will spark some enthusiasm and less resistance to the idea. If they still refuse, have them provide you their own suggestions of ways to spend their vacation. While you’re likely

FRONTIER LODGE Located near Nordegg, AB • Ph: 403-721-2202 • Frontier Lodge is located on a beautiful lake in the Rockies near Nordegg, Alberta. Surrounded by woods and wildlife, the camp has a truly wilderness atmosphere that is relaxing and inspiring. A wide variety of outdoor programs are offered, including: • mountain biking • rock climbing • whitewater canoeing • hiking • rapelling Summer camps are offered for 11 year olds through adults. There is also a 3-week long leadership training program called S.A.L.T. for those of high school age, and the popular “Fat Tire” mountain bike festival is held each summer as well. Frontier Lodge is also open year-round for church retreats, school outdoor ed. classes, business conferences or other groups.

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to get the answer, “Sit in front of the television or computer”, they may surprise you and express an interest in volunteer work or learning a new skill. Another motivator to get kids excited about camp rather than dreading being torn away from their computer or video games is to include their friends. One of their pals may already be attending, so it is a good idea to keep in the loop with other parents in order to compare options and to encourage kids to go together. You can also suggest they invite friends to attend with them if possible. Having a close friend takes away the fear of weeks of isolation from the familiar. It also means you’ll have another set of parents to help back you up on the plans in case of any last minute cold feet.

If your child has goals, camp is a great time to explore them and learn new skills. Whether it’s sports, music, acting or something more academic, there are camps that specialize in particular areas. A child fascinated by marine biology would be much more interested in spending their vacation time at an aquarium learning about sea life rather than practicing archery in the woods. Many locations will supply the kids with all of the material necessary such as books, musical instruments or other necessary tools, which means it is a much cheaper initial investment than outright purchasing these materials yourself along with private lessons. Take the time to read about the activities on offer and go over them with your kids. Article provided by

GULL LAKE CENTRE Gull Lake, Alberta • (403) 782-2495 • At Gull Lake Centre, camp is awesome! We believe summer camp is an important time in a child’s life - a time of adventure and discovery unique to the camping experience, a time for one week each year where we get to come together and live life to the fullest. Summer camp is a rite of passage that has been changing lives for generations. Gull Lake Centre offers camping programs for ages 5-17 plus a family camp. Our camp runs at a 3:1 ratio of campers to leaders, ensuring quality care for each child. We believe that living life to the fullest means being connected with God, in relationships with others and having fun outside. Join us this summer for the best week of your year. Some activities that we offer are: boating, wall climbing, photography, archery, wakeboarding, mad science, canoeing, R/C aviation, unbelievable wide games & much, much more. Check us out at for more information and to register.


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For details ph: (780) 758-6915 Visit our Open House on May 18, 2014, 1-4 pm

Online registration begins in March!


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Summer CAMPGuide 2014 Range of activities with Exelta Gymnastics BY JENNA SWAN Red Deer Express

because it keeps kids active and really gets them moving,” said Jessica Hartel, summer camp coordinator for Exelta. “It teaches them to work on their balance, flexibility, coordination and strength which will carry over into other activities they may play or be involved with.” For those with children ages three and four, a camp will be offered to help them begin their journey as a gymnast. Kids ages four to eight can register for the ‘Gym Flippers’ morning or afternoon class. This hour and half in the gym will help gymnasts to develop their skills. Those looking to mix up their days with more than just gymnastics fun can sign up for the half day camps. “When they arrive

Registration for Exelta Gymnastics Club summer camps will open April 23rd. Exelta will be hosting a number of action and athletic-packed camps this year for gymnasts and beginners alike. Each camp is run by certified gymnastics instructors with years of experience in providing the highest standard of excellence in attitude and achievement. With camps beginning for those as young as one and a half to three years old, which they will participate in with a parent, these preschool camps are one-hour classes of fun. “Gymnastics and our camps are great

in the morning they will play a light game and do some stretches to ensure they are nice and limber,” said Hartel. “From there they will begin to do the different circuits we have set up in the gym to work through and the coaches will be there to demonstrate and help them.” Gymnasts ages four to eight are eligible for this camp, which includes either a morning or afternoon of gymnastics, rock climbing, outdoor games, crafts, and more. Full-day camps are offered for children ages five to eight and nine to 13. Hartel explains parents love the full and half days because “They’re busy all day and they’ll be tired when they get home.” Aside from extensive time on the floor,


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Camp Kannawin welcomes children, youth, and adults of all ages to come and spend some time with us this summer in one or more of our camps. Campers will get to spend time in the water canoeing, swimming, using the water trampolines and a favourite of many is the Rainbow Slide.  On land we will shoot arrows, walk on ropes, go on nature walks, and explore God’s Beauty.   Those who are creative will love the crafts and games that are played.  Our evenings end with a crackling fire on Sylvan Lake with songs and skits under the stars. Check us out at for further information.  We can also be reached at 403-887-5760 Monday-Friday should you have questions.  We look forward to seeing you this summer.


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*Western Lessons & Trail Rides *Horseback picnics *Horseback games *Ages 8+, small groups for individual attention See our website for more information

403.346.7567 Fun! Fun! Fun!

Family Friendly Camp Times Both 6-9 yrs and 10-12 yrs attend from Noon – 3 PM 10-12 Years

13-18 Years 3:00-4:00 pm Cost $60

Dates Jul 7-11 Jul 14-18 Jul 21-25 Jul 28-Aug 1* Aug 11-15 Aug 18-22

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Phone 403-597-6268 email:

12:00-3:00 pm 12:00-3:00 pm Cost $120 Cost $120

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CAMP KANNAWIN If your child LOVES horses and wants to learn more, bring him/her to spend some quality ‘HORSE time’ with us. We are located between Bentley and Rimbey, on the west side of Gull Lake in Central Alberta, just a short drive from Sylvan Lake and Red Deer. Our services have been taken over by Healing Soles Ltd., but remain in the same location. For 2014, we will again offer week-long DAY camps (no overnights) and ‘HORSE DAZE’ (daily ‘mini’ horse camps). Riding lessons are taught by a certified western riding instructor and we provide each participant with his/her OWN horse for a week! In addition to horse safety, grooming and basic principles of horsemanship, kids will also get equine first-aid knowledge. We keep groups small for individual attention. We have 160 acres of scenic wooded trails and open fields, a riding arena and picnic facilities. Country Acre Stables is also a popular spot for birthday parties, wiener roasts and company barbecues. Email:

bars, vault, and beam – full-day camp attendees can expect to swim, rock climb, play outdoor games, and venture to Rotary Park for a fun-filled final day of camp. Each camp will have their own theme children may choose to participate in. All camps are offered every week of summer, so that parents and their children may choose a week that works best for them. Exelta asks campers bring their own lunches if attending full-day camps, as well as lots of snacks and drinks. Full-day campers should also be aware that they should bring a change of clothes, swimsuit, towel, outdoor clothes and any other items needed for that day.

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SUMMER CAMPS “Building Exceptional Athletes, Learners and Leaders!”

PRESCHOOL Camps for 3-5 year olds

*August 1 9:00-12:00

Also Adult Summer Evening Classes Register or @Rec Centre, GH Dawe or Collicutt Centre

4401 - 47 Avenue, Red Deer

Cheerleading Gymnastics Dance and more!

To register, call 403-352-7744 or online at #3, 7711 – 50 Avenue, Red Deer, T4P 1M7

Cheer & Dance Camps, Future Stars Camps or Tumbling Camps for 6-16 year olds


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Summer CAMPGuide 2014 Packing the essentials for summer camp BY ACE ABBEY When the time for summer camp rolls around parents everywhere start planning. It takes a while to establish a list of everything the kids will need while away. As soon as you get the summer camp packing list you probably want to get started. The kids are excited to go and you are ready for them to enjoy a few weeks away with friends learning about nature and participating in outdoor activities. One way to ensure that they have a great time is to make sure they have all of the essentials they will need, plus a few extras. Clothing is probably one of the most important things you can send with your

child to summer camp. Obviously they aren’t going to get very far without enough shirts, shorts, socks and underwear. The amount that you send with them should be proportional to the amount of time they are going to stay. Your kids probably aren’t going to be taking care of laundry while they are away (especially if they don’t do it at home). A summer camp sends parents a list of things that each camper needs to bring along with them. This includes things like swimsuits, jackets, even hiking boots. You don’t want your child to be the only outside without a coat or having to stay indoors because they don’t have an umbrella. One way to make sure you don’t forget any-

KASOTA EAST CAMP Sylvan Lake, Alberta – Ph. (403) 887-5757 – The mission of Kasota East Camp is to model a Christian lifestyle in an outdoor setting within a community that promotes outreach, spiritual awareness, personal growth, and harmonious living. KEC is an accredited member of the Alberta Camping Association and the United Church Camping Association. We offer traditional activities including swimming, canoeing, campfires, and campouts, along with a blend of activities updated yearly. This year campers will enjoy wacky science labs, soap making, new crafts and a water trampoline! Our heated cabins, dining hall, and full service washhouse help new campers feel right at home. Our dedicated staff are screened thoroughly and certified with First Aid and CPR. Every member of the team completes leadership and child development training. Above all, we are energetic, caring, and professional. KEC offers a flexible two-tier system of camper fees as well an Early Bird Discount. Register online before April 30 to save $50. Financial Assistance is available through our Campership Fund.

thing is to check items off the literature as you pack it. You won’t skip or forget anything that way. When kids are away from home there are some things they like to keep with them. It might make them feel more comfortable and enhance their camping experience. They may want to bring along a journal, a camera, or even a favourite stuffed animal. If it isn’t going to hinder any of the activities while they are away feel free to let your child bring some of their own items with them to summer camp. Remember that you can always send care packages. If your child has a favourite food or treat you can be sure that sending it to them would be a real special event.

Make sure that you read all of the policies that the facility offers to make sure that you are sending acceptable items. Even if you can’t send homemade treats you can include photos or a special book. Even more important than a care package is a simple letter from home. Kids love to know that you are thinking about them and even that you miss them. Just a short note or card would mean a lot. While shopping for all of the things they will need on the list you can pick up some cute cards or stationary to help remind you to write. You can also pack some stamps, envelopes, and paper for your kids as well to make sure you hear from them. Article provided by

MAJESTIC ARABIANS RANCH Do you have a “horse crazy” child - would they enjoy spending their days with horses and building new friendships and long lasting relationships? Then look no further - this is the camp for your child. At Majestic Arabians Ranch, we provide a safe, fun and loving environment where children experience the best week of their lives, with hoof prints left on their hearts. Days at camp are filled with hours of riding and learning all aspects about horses. They learn Horsemanship skills, controlling their horses, confidences, building relationship between equine and camper through various horse games, activities and theory. We also provide other amazing activities such as swimming, wiener roast, bonfires, games, petting zoo, scrap-booking, games night, archery and so much more. Our camps allow 12-15 campers only per camp, so children experience one-on-one teaching with their horse. For further information or to book, please contact Valerie at email: forevermagic@ or call 403-352-6108. You can also visit our website at or facebook Majestic Arabians Ranch.

SPCA Summer Camp, where behaving like an animal is a good thing! NEW full day fun and educational camps for

ages 6 to 12 held in our state of the art adoption and education facility. Visit our website for more info and to register Registration will support animals in care too!

Animal themed fun that kids will love. Interact, play and learn at RDSPCA!


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Summer CAMPGuide 2014 Reasons why your child should attend camp BY ALOYSLUS AUCOIN If school’s out and your kids are looking forward to a few months off, explore the beneďŹ ts of summer camp. Whether you want your kids to get out and explore nature, or simply allow them to get a change of scenery, a summer camp is an ideal choice. Examine a few reasons why your child should do something different while school’s out:

MAKE NEW FRIENDS When your child is at summer camp, it’s essential that he or she gets out of their comfort zone and makes new friends. Your kid is in a place where he or she is meeting

new children from all over. In such an unfamiliar environment, they may ďŹ nd that they enjoy talking to other kids of different backgrounds, and might even make a few new friends.

EXPERIENCE NATURE Some children who live in the city have never been to a park or on a camping trip. That’s why going to summer camp can be a life-changing experience. There will be many things to do, such as exploring the water at the lakes, climbing trees, checking out butteries-- you name it. Bottom line, your kids will be outdoors and immersed in Mother Nature for a few weeks.

TRY NEW ACTIVITIES If your kids are more inclined to stay in the house and play video games, getting away can give them a jolt. Many kids don’t even understand what it’s like to play outside and run around. Therefore, when they’re gone for a few weeks and have no choice but to try new activities, they may be in for a shock. Oftentimes it’s a good shock, and your kids might want to get out and do different things more often.

CONQUER A FEW FEARS Summer camp not only allows kids to try new things, but they may even face a

CAMP MASKEPETOON Pigeon Lake, Alberta • Ph: (780) 758-6915 • Celebrating over 50 years of camping, Camp Maskepetoon was named after a Cree Indian Chief who embraced Christianity and struggled to bring peace and forgiveness to the warring tribes, missionaries and settlers in the region. To this date, those values are what guide the summer camping program as described by our mission statement: “To nurture personal growth and promote respect for nature, others and self through an inclusive, Christian camping experience.â€? Camp Maskepetoon has 11 heated, natural log cabins, main lodge and 250 acres on the Northwest shore of Pigeon Lake. Campers participate in many activities such as archery, canoeing, crafts, sports, devotions, waterfront, campfires and many surprises! Experiencing a night under the stars at the outback site, making new friends, playing in the mud pit, and making noise around the campfire are just a few of Find us on the life- long memories gained. Facebook

A unique and fun week of indoor and outdoor activities! Children ages 5- 8 years explore a new safety topic each day while learning how to avoid injury. Topics Include: Pedestrian Traffic, Fire & Home, Acreage & Farm, Bicycle, Water, & Animal Safety 2014 Camp Dates: July 7–11; July 21-25 August 11-15 Mornings: 9AM - 12PM; Afternoons: 1PM - 4PM Cost: $125.00 Register at: Find more program & registration details under “Community Programs� at or call 403-314-9914. Register Early!

GET A CHANGE IN SCENERY Your kids may feel like their life in the City is the centre of the universe. However, when placed in a situation where they have no choice but to embrace their environment, they may be amazed to ďŹ nd they have an interest in nature. Your child may ďŹ nd he or she enjoys watching birds or insects, or may be in awe of all the beauty around them. Article provided by

PREMIER ACADEMY CHEER, TUMBLE & DANCE CAMPS “Building Exceptional Athletes, Learners, and Leaders�! Join us for the ultimate summer camp experience! Premier camps are designed for friendship, lots of learning and fun, fun, fun! Participants will be put into groups with other athletes of similar age and ability level to work on skills including: jumps, dance, gymnastics, stunts and pyramids, as well as other fun activities including trampoline, hip hop, yoga, crafts and more! Preschool Camps available for 3 to 5 year olds and Cheer & Dance Camps, Future Stars Camps and Tumbling Camps for 6 - 18 year olds. Please call us at 403-352-7744 or visit us on the web at www.premieracademy.cafor more information.





few fears. If your child is extremely shy or doesn’t like challenges, being around other kids could help. There may be an activity your child has shied away from yet overcomes while away for a few months.




Camp Runs: July 21 – August 23, 2014 Application Deadline: June 23, 2014


For more information, contact

MĂŠtis Training to Employment Services:



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Summer CAMpGuide 2014 Outdoor fun at Circle Square Ranch BY JENNA SWAN Red Deer Express

RED DEER SAFETY CITY SOCIETY – Injury Control Champion Award Winner

3030 55th Street - Red Deer, AB T4P 3S6 Phone: (403) 314-9914 Email: Website: Red Deer Safety City Society delivers award winning, interactive and educational injury prevention programs for children, in a fun, realistic and safe environment. Unique summer programs include weeklong half-day Summer Camps, Bicycle Safety, Fire and Home Safety, Acreage and Farm Safety, Pedestrian Traffic Safety, and exciting Birthday Parties, where participants drive battery-powered ATV’s on the streetscape. Cost and age requirements vary by program. Visit our website; see “Community Programs” for complete details. Register online (Birthday Parties excluded) at, at City of Red Deer recreation facilities, or in person at Safety City. Birthday Party bookings available in person only at Red Deer Safety City, beginning Monday April 14th; call 403-314-9914 for available dates. Note: when registering in person at Safety City, debit or credit cards NOT ACCEPTED. For additional information contact us as outlined above.

West of Sundre in the beautiful BowCrow Forest. A Christian summer camp has a full range of camps for boys Incredible Outdoor activities may include: shooting, crafts, whitewater rafting, biking, archery, canoeing, rappelling, swimming and many others

2014 schedule for BOYS: Adults Info Session & Fundraiser Dinner. ................. Apr 5 Age 5-18 Father/Son Team Day ...................................... May 10 Age 5-7 Treeclimbers with Father ................. June 20 - 22 Age 14-18 Leadership Tr ................................................. July 6 - 12 Age 12-14 Adventure Tr ...............................................July 13 - 19 Age 8-11 Stockade..............................................................July 20 - 26

GIRLS camp please contact: Alberta Camp Cherith

Grades 3-7 Pathfinder/Trailblazer................. Aug 3-9 Grades 7-12 Challenge ...................................... Aug 10-16

for BOYS phone

for GIRLS phone

403-932-1405 403-816-3670 see for photos & on-line Registration

Halkirk’s Circle Square Ranch has been operating as a summer camp for children and youth since 1978. The western-style overnight camp offers a variety of programs for children who are aged six -18. This fast-paced adventure style camp reenacts a mock western town located on 320 acres overlooking the Paintearth Coulee and Creek of Central Alberta. Roberta Christianson, office administrator for Circle Square Ranch, has been with the camp for more than 20 years and remembers one past director who explained the camp as, “Every day is a holiday at Circle Square Ranch.” “It’s beautiful here, we’re up on top of the coulee hill overlooking Paintearth Creek with many spruce trees all around,” explains Christianson. “It’s a great place to hike and trail ride.” Circle Square Ranch offers a variety of different camps. Western Town Camp

is for boys and girls aged nine-15 that like a challenge. The many activities include horseback riding, swimming, archery, a high ropes course, and various activities in the skate park. “Many kids who come to Circle Square for the first time have never been on a horse before,” explains Christianson. “But by the time they leave they feel very comfortable with them.” An exclusive Western Town program for boys and girls ages 14-17 is suited for older campers who enjoy adventure and welcome a challenge. Campers will enjoy Circle Square’s five-star horsemanship program, while also spending time exploring the Bible through drama. If you have a child aged 13-16 who loves horses and who can bring their own horse, then Circle Square’s Rodeo Camp is the ideal location for them. The newest addition to their camp selection, the Rodeo Camp, will provide children the opportunity to get in touch with their western side while learning tips and tricks of the rodeo. “It’s different every year depending on the campers we get,” said Christianson. “If there are a lot of kids who want to practice barrel racing, rough stock events, or roping – we will adjust the camp to what the kids want to learn and practice the most.” For the adrenaline loving teen boy, the Boys Specialty BMX Camp offered at Circle Square is sure to leave them with a lasting memory. At Circle Square’s BMX Camp boys will get two hours of skate park practice a day with skilled instructors. Aside from the BMX practice, they will also enjoy most of the other regular camp activities such as horseback riding, swimming, high ropes, and archery. All campers will participate in daily Bible devotionals around the camp-

fire where they will learn about the Christian faith from caring and qualified staff. For those ages 14 and 15 hoping to get closer to God this summer, Route 4:13 CoEd Camp may be the best option. This two-week program challenges campers to lean towards a God-centered and God-empowered life. While Route 4:13 is about more than just encouraging campers to practice devotion, Christianson explains that Route 4:13 “Is about building character in campers and helping them to find themselves and figure out who they are as a person.” Route 4:13 camp hopes participants will grow in their relationship with God, develop their leadership skills, as well as build on their natural gifts and abilities. The name of the camp comes from the passage, “I can do everything through Him who gives me strength,” Philippians 4:13. Circle Square Ranch invites campers from Route 4:13 to return next summer to participate in their four week Leaders in Training (LIT) Co-Ed Camp for ages 16 and 17. Although it is not a requirement for campers to have completed Route 4:13 before the LIT camp, Christianson believes it is a great transitional stepping stone to bridge campers into the LIT camp. LIT camp aims to recognize, develop, and expand the leadership potential in young people. Circle Square states on their web site that they hope campers of the Leaders in Training Camp, “Will be given an edge that can help them adapt as a leader in any environment through skills development sessions, one-to-one mentorship, Biblical teaching, a two-week practicum, and a service trip to another Inter-Varsity camp.” To register for a camp adventure with Circle Square Ranch, visit their web site at halkirk.

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Summer CAMPGuide 2014 Technology-free experience at Bar Harbour Camp BY JENNA SWAN Red Deer Express Do you remember those summer days you spent as a child floating on the lake with nothing but the sounds of other children’s laughter and the sweet sounds of nature in your ears? There certainly weren’t any text messages or facebook notifications buzzing in your ear to cloud your head on those days. Want your child to have that same summer sensation that you did? This blast from the past camp asks that campers leave cell phones, iPods, and electronic games at home but encourages them to bring books, guitars, and ball gloves instead. President of the Board of Bar Harbour Camp, Ryan Koehli explains that Bar Harbour aims to ensure that kids are interacting with one another as much as possible, which often leads to developing life long friends by the time they leave the camp. “At the end of the day Bar Harbour is a refuge from every day life,” said Koehli. “We want everyone to get to know each other as much as possible so that by the time they leave they have new friends and are part of a community.” The natural lakeshore setting of Bar Harbour Camp will leave lasting memories in the minds of the youth who take part in their annual summer spectacular. “The lake is a big part of Bar Harbour. The swimming and the canoeing is a

lot of fun, and with some of the older kids we will take them out boating and tubing.” Located on an unspoiled 100 acre site on the southeast shore of Buffalo Lake, next to the Summer Village of White Sands in the County of Stettler – the camp boasts hot showers in modern bathrooms, a large campfire area, sports fields, an outdoor chapel and many stunning nature trails. With four different camps for different age groups, Bar Harbour is the ideal location for any youth looking to make new friends and have a fun week away from home. Any child or teenager aged six -17 is welcome at the lakeside cabin camp out. Campers will share their cabins with five to nine other campers depending on their age group. Each day of camp, the campers will participate in new activities such as swimming, canoeing, sports, crafts, dances, campfires and archery. Bar Harbour ensures that campers are likely to find and make new friends as well as encounter many positive role models in their camp staff. One of the camp’s mottos, ‘We include everyone’ comes from the community feeling that campers experience while spending time there. With Bar Harbour camp kids who come back consecutive years often find familiar faces in their friends from last year and the camp counselors they have looked up to for a number

of years. The camp staff is qualified and take pride in maintaining their relationships with each individual camper. “Being a counselor at Bar Harbour was always exciting when you got to meet the new campers,” said Koehli. “A lot of times one of the people that you would meet when you got to the camp on the first day would end up being one of your life-long friends.” Campers are always under direct supervision and care of the staff members, with safety being the staff’s number one concern. The camp will also ensure that your child’s special dietary and medical needs are met and invites you to contact them to discuss how they can help to accommodate those needs. Bar Harbour maintains their accreditation from both the Alberta Camping Association as well as the United Church Camping standards program. To register or for more information call 403-7424887 or email


Red Deer Public Schools – Community Programs PH: 403.342.1059 • High School Credit Classes run July 2 to July 31 from 8 AM to 11:45 AM Monday to Friday Maybe you need to repeat a class, are wanting to open up your timetable for next year, or you have been out of school for a while and need to upgrade a subject. Red Deer Public Schools offers an excellent opportunity this summer for any student who needs to pick up a high school subject in this fun, fast-paced environment. We offer all high school core subjects, as well as Phys Ed and CALM. Summer School classes are available either in a teacher taught setting or in a module delivery method in which a teacher is in the room with you to answer any questions. Number of students registered per class will determine which teaching method will be used. Also offered are SUMMER TUTORIAL CLASSES for Grades 1-2, Grades 3-5 and Grades 6-9. Students will participate in these review and improvement classes which are offered to assist students who experience difficulty with Language Arts or Math during the regular school year. The summer tutorial program is one week in length and operates in the mornings. Please call 403.342.1059 for more details.

SUMMER4 SCHOOL 201 Biology 20, 30 July 2-31, 2014 • 8:00 - 11:45am Chemistry 20, 30 Math 10-C, 10-3, 20-1, 1 20 20-2, 2 20 20-3, 3 30 30-1, 1 30 30-2, 2 30 30-3, 3 31 English 10-1, 10-2, 20-1, 20-2, 30-1, 30-2 Cost: Physics 20, 30 • Science 10, 14, 20, 24, 30 Students 19 years of age or younger as of September 1, Social 10-1, 10-2, 20-1, 20-2, 30-1, 30-2 2013 pay ONLY for BOOKS. Book purchase required Tourism • Work Experience 15, 25, 35 upon registration. CALM (3 credits) • PHYS. ED. (3 credits) July 2-18, 2014 • 8:00-11:45am Deadline To Register: June 25, 2014


Students 20 years of age or older as of September 1, 2013 pay $600 plus the cost of books. Book purchase required upon registration.


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Summer CAMPGuide 2014 Know your child when selecting a summer camp Hard to believe that with freezing temperatures and snow still under our feet, we are receiving application forms from summer camps. Kind of nice though. It’s the same kind of feeling I get when I walk past my favourite clothing store in February and start to see the first of their spring collection. The thought of summer camp elicits thoughts of children running carefree with their friends or wad-


DIMERMAN ing in water knee deep, a refreshing cooling off under the brilliant sun. But are all children happy campers? For some, the thought of camp brings

about feelings of anxiety. For some, even day camp represents an unfamiliar bus ride between home and the camp grounds. For some, it may mean having to make new friends. Other kids live for camp. They get through the school year by reminding themselves of the freedoms of camp, of rekindling relationships with special camp buddies and learning new skills that foster self confidence and personal growth.

RED DEER SPCA SUMMER CAMP! Animal themed fun for your child. Do you love spending time with animals? Would you like to spend the dog days of summer interacting with animals and learning fun new facts about them? Well the Red Deer & District SPCA Summer Camps are just for you. Our camps offer hands on learning, animal-themed days, games, special animal guests and more. Come see what it is like to be behind the scenes at the Red Deer & District SPCA. Our team of qualified Children’s activity leaders will ensure that your child has fun learning all about the animals that share our world and how to care for the companion animals that share our homes! Your support and participation will help to support the animals in our care. We offer 4 day camps for ages 6-8 and 8-12. Camps will run from July 9 to August 29, 9-5pm and cost $200. Contact for more information or call 403-342-7722 or register online at

The bottom line is to know your child when selecting a camp environment. Camp does not have to be a fair distance from home, does not have to be overnight, does not even have to be sporty. For younger children, camp may be the only alternative for parents who are working. Sometimes, the school or daycare that your young child attends may offer summer programs too. As children get a little older, aged six and up, for example, parents may choose a day camp that is quite varied. By doing so, they allow their child to be involved in many activities – both in and outdoors – from sportsy to artsy so both parent and child can develop increased awareness of the child’s interests. Some children may hate the heat and prefer to attend an indoor camp that offers outdoor activities. Other children love to be out all day and might feel cooped up inside. As children are even older, you may want to tailor the camp to meet your child’s interests. There are theatre camps,

arts based camps, gymnastics camps, tennis camps and baseball camps from which to choose. The list is endless. Aside from considering your child’s interests, location of the camp and their facilities, whether they are accredited or not, how flexible they are in offering the hours that you need, whether or not they offer the option of transportation and meals, consider the ratio of counselor to camper. Ideally, there should be no more than five campers per counselor in the younger age groups and no more than eight campers per counselor as the children get older. Also, ask what experience and training the counselors have. Are

they certified in CPR and first aid? Camp is not for everyone and some children may prefer to just hang out at home the whole summer long. However, keep in mind that 10 weeks at home can be quite long – for both parent and child. Unless you’re prepared to find activities to keep your child out of mischief, even a few hours of camp a day can be helpful. Include your child in the selection process – many camps have open houses during the winter and spring months. Camp should be a fun place to be and if it’s not, then explore other options. Sara Dimerman is the author of Am I A Normal Parent? and Character Is the Key. Check out

Chinook’s Edge School Division No. 73 is now accepting applications for

SUMMER SCHOOL • Innisfail Career High School • Sylvan Lake Career High School • Olds Career High School


All students currently enrolled in high school or who will be entering grade 10 in Sept. 2014 are eligible.

• All core high school courses offered • No charge for Chinook’s Edge students • Runs 8:30 am – 12:30 pm Monday to Friday • Daily Attendance Required • July 2 – 29

Applications are available at any Chinook’s Edge high school or by calling (403) 227-7070

Helping children reach their potenƟal!


Majestic Arabians Ranch Horse crazy? Love to ride lots? Want to spend your day with horses? This is the camp for you!

Enjoy meeting new friends, games, swimming, horse games, weiner roast, bonfires and more 2014 Christian Horse Camps






Visit Majestic Arabians Ranch Facebook

July 7 to 11 July 21 to 25 Aug. 4 to 8 Aug. 18 to 22

Visit our website @ or email@ Cell 403-352-6108

Concerned about your child’s literacy or speech/language skills? Does your child have specific learning difficulties? Do you simply want to give your pre-schooler a head start? Experience fun, multi-sensory learning. Sound Connections provides literacy intervention and/or speech/language stimulation for all learners of all ages. Tel: (403) 347-3050 •


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Summer CAMPGuide 2014 Various summer camps offered in City BY ERIN FAWCETT Red Deer Express Although heading a considerable distance away from home for summer camp may be perfectly suitable for many kids, other aren’t quite ready to take that big step. That’s where the option of checking out day camps and a range of other camp opportunities right here in Red Deer comes in. These offer plenty of fun and learning for kids with the comfort factor of knowing home is nearby. After all, there are a number of things to keep in mind when figuring out if your child is okay with setting off away from

home for a week of adventure. Are they comfortable in unfamiliar settings? When asked about their interest in leaving the City for summer camp, do they light up or do they shy away from the subject? Something else to consider is does your son or daughter tend to make new friends easily? Do they have problems speaking up about concerns that may arise? If it turns out that some of these are significant issues, enjoying a camp experience near home may be the best option for a slice of summer time fun. There is much to explore in Red Deer including a slate of day camps and other kidfocused adventures and activities through

RED DEER TENNIS CLUB 4401-47 Avenue Ph: (403) 346-7567 • RD Tennis Club is located in the recreation area east of Red Deer Lodge with ample parking, north of the arena. With 8 outdoor courts and 4 indoor courts inside the new Bubble, we can now operate rain or shine! We offer excellent programs for a variety of ages and skill levels throughout the year. Our summer camps are designed for fun, fitness and skill development. Participants are taught basic tennis skills, strokes and strategies. Non-tennis orientated physical activities are also included. Registrants are encouraged to bring their own racquets, but if needed, some are available from our well-stocked pro shop. Participants need running shoes, t-shirt, shorts or sweats. We recommend bringing insect repellent, sunscreen, snack, water bottle, and a pair of clean indoor shoes, in case the class goes inside the Bubble.

the City of Red Deer at the Collicutt Centre, the Kerry Wood Nature Centre, Fort Normandeau and Red Deer College. For one, Artstrek at Red Deer College is geared to youth with a love of theatre. The camp runs from July 6-11, 13-18 and 20-26, and are designed for those ages 13 to 18. Artstrek is a summer school for teens that explores the exciting world of theatre and theatre production. Over the course of a week in residence at RDC, Artstrek students discover acting, voice, movement, directing, sound/music, design, creation and collaboration with some of Alberta’s finest theatre professionals and educators. Registration opens April 1.

Campers explore all facets of the theatre world from acting and music to movement. For those with a love of music, there is ‘Adventures in Summer Music’ Aug. 18-22 and is aimed at those ages nine to 14. Each day campers will enjoy full band rehearsals, sectional rehearsals, master classes, music options, presentations and supervised recreational activities. There is also MusiCamp Alberta which runs from July 27 to Aug. 16 and is for those ages 10 and up. For more information about camps and events in Red Deer, call continuing education at RDC at 403-356-4900, the Collicutt Centre at (403) 358-7529, or the Kerry Wood Nature Centre at 403-346-2010.


with Royal City Soccer Club Red Deer location: Collicutt Centre outdoor soccer field Phone: 1-800-427-0536 email: Full day or half day weekly sessions from June 30 to August 29 RCSC is excited to host our 22nd year of summer soccer camps this summer. Host to over 20,000 boys and girls across the country including a location at the Collicutt Centre outdoor fields in Red Deer. Our program is designed to promote personal development, team building and of course, FUN! The camp program is uniquely designed to offer a soccer focus in the morning and a leisure swim with other organized camp activities in the afternoons. We encourage all boys and girls between 5 and 13 to register. We offer full day, morning and afternoon sessions during the months of July and August. We offer early drop off and late pickup times fully supervised at no extra charge. We look forward to a great summer of camp. Check out our website to register online or call us for more information.


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Summer CAMPGuide 2014 Team-oriented atmosphere at Premier Academy BY JENNA SWAN Red Deer Express Premier Academy will be hosting several camps geared towards cheerleading and dancing enthusiasts. Premier’s camps are designed to promote friendship in an environment that allows for immense amounts of fun and learning simultaneously. This athletic camp will teach athletes how to work by themselves and with other athletes of the same age and ability level to work on their cheer skills. “Cheerleading incorporates so many different disciplines including dance, gymnastics/ tumbling and acrobatics and it is incredibly athletic,” said Riana Luck with Premier Academy. Jumps, dance, tumbling, stunts and pyramids will all be wrapped up into the program. Each camp is taught by certified cheerleading and gymnastics instructors. By the end of the camp, athletes will have learned a routine, which they will perform at the

end of the week for family and friends. “It one of the most team-orientated sports out there as every member plays an important role in routines and skill-building,” explained Luck. “If one person is missing, there are entire sections of routines that cannot be completed, as such, cheerleading helps to teach teamwork, commitment and so many other valuable life skills.” Camps start as early as July 22nd and as late as Aug. 19th. Premier Academy offers three separate levels of camps and each level is divided further into age and skill level. The Cheer Academy offers an introduction to cheer camp, Preschool Camp, for young future cheerleaders, aged three to five years. This camp focuses on the fun and fundamental skills that Premier teaches in its usual programming. The Preschool Camp teaches beginner motions such as dance, jumps, stunting and tumbling

and is the perfect introduction to cheerleading. “Getting your children enrolled in cheerleading at a young age helps to build some of the fundamental motor skills, coordination, flexibility and strength required for many other sports.” Cheer and Dance Camp is open to athletes of any ability and skill level ages six to 14. With daily themes, games, crafts, and special guests to the camp – the Cheer and Dance Camp teaches the fundamentals of cheerleading in a fun, fastpaced environment. Athletes can expect to learn various stunts, dances, jumps and tumbling techniques. “Cheerleading also builds selfconfidence,” said Luck. “Quite often we have new athletes start with our program who are shy and timid and by the end of the season they have developed confidence in themselves and they are much more outgoing.” For those looking to improve on their already blossoming cheer skills, Premier Academy


Get High School Credits & Earn a Wage This Summer Are you a Métis youth between the ages of 15 and 18? Are you interested in careers in the environmental field, such as: environmental auditor, fish and wildlife officer, forest technician, or park warden? Do you want to earn High School credits AND a wage this summer? If so, the Environmental Career Camp may be for you. Successful participants will receive certification in standard first aid, wilderness first aid, H2S alive, WHIMIS/TDG, GPS certification, and Flat Water Canoe certification, plus Alberta High School Career and Technology Studies (CTS) credits in WLD 1130, CTR 2020, HCS 2020, and work experience credits. All this and more, while earning a wage! Space in this program is limited, so apply today! Camp runs July 23 – August 23, 2014 Application Deadline June 23, 2014 For more information and to apply, call Métis Training to Employment Services at 1-888-48-MÉTIS (1-888-486-3847) online at


PH: 403.347.3050 •

The Sound Connections Literacy and Language Centre provides literacy and speech/language intervention to children starting from 3 years old and upwards. We have a variety of different programs that are perfect for: • School aged children who struggle with literacy • Children with learning difficulties • ESL students * Pre-school students ready for a head start on literacy • Advanced Kindergarteners and school aged children looking to be extended in literacy • Children with speech and language concerns • Children with Dyslexia, ADD/ADHD, Autism, Down Syndrome, Developmental delays etc. * Children with motivational problems or who struggle with traditional teaching methods • Children with a different learning style Qualified instructors will work with your child twice a week for 45 minute sessions, either individually or in a small group through a unique program/s/ that use a fun, play based, multi-sensory approach to best meet your child’s needs.


offers a Future Stars Camp for ages six to 14. This camp offers a stronger grasp on the basics of tumbling. Premier Academy states on their web site, “If you want to get your back handspring, multiple back handsprings and elite tumbling lines to max out level 1 or 2 then this is for you!” This tumbling intensive camp puts an extensive focus on stunts,

jumps and dance. Premier Academy is also hosting various clinics in the summer months, beginning with a Walkover Clinic July 15-16 from 9 a.m.12 p.m., a Handspring Clinic July 15-16 from 1-4 p.m., and a Tucks Clinic on Aug. 6-7 from 1-4 p.m. To register for any camps and clinics, visit or call 403-352-7744.

SUNNYBROOK FARM MUSEUM is again offering a remarkable summer day camp experience for children aged 5-11. Located at 4701 – 30th Street, just North of Bower Mall, the Museum preserves the history of the family mixed farm right inside the City of Red Deer. In the buildings and exhibits throughout the site you will find farming equipment from a century ago to the 1950s. A walk through the grounds takes you past a dairy barn, machine and hay sheds, a display barn, animal exhibition, to a century-old log house. Our summer day camp experience is led by a professional team of interpretive staff. Children will participate in traditional farm activities including learning how to feed chickens, make butter, pump water, cook on a wood stove and take part in fun farm chores. They will explore our 1889 log home, check out the blacksmith shop, and take a ride on the barrel train. Weekly field trips are also included. For more information call (403) 340-3511.

CAMP TEEPEE POLE West of Sundre, AB • Ph: 403-932-1405 • Affiliated with Christian Service Brigade, our motto is “win and train BOYS for Christ.” We are also an OUTDOOR adventure camp, a place where boys can be boys while learning about God, their Creator. Psalm 8:3-5 Staff work with the year-round CSB ministries program providing a natural “follow-up” program for the boys. We choose activities that boys like, methods of training that boys respond to, and leaders who can become friends and role models. Camp is also a lot of fun! Our activities are outdoor oriented: shooting, hiking, white water rafting, and many others. We ensure activities are “age appropriate.” Facilities: max 50 campers; 6 cabins; Washhouse with showers and toilets; Kitchen and dining area with qualified cooks who provide great food. For GIRLS contact Alberta Camp Cherith, who use CAMP TEEPEE POLE, providing similar activities.


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COLLICUTT CENTRE Preschool day camps for 3-5 years – Half Day Come play with us and our experienced staff for unlimited fun all planned out just afor your child! Themes include: Let’s Get Messy, Under the Sea, Giddy Up & Go, Buggin’ Out, Enchanted Kingdom, Holiday Hullabaloo, Shiver me Timbers, Wicked Wcky, Mad Scientist, Best of the Best, Super Heroes and 3,2,1…Blast Off! School age day camps for 5-12 years – Full Day Campers will have weeks full of excitement as we play games, do crafts and have fun in our safe environment. Our experienced and energetic staff will make sure your child has a summer to remember. Themes include: Summer Kick Off, Super Hero, Western, Harry Potter, Anything & Everything and Toon Town. Specialty day camps for 6-12 years – Full or Half Day These specialty camps will focus on basic skill development in the areas of climbing, badminton, golf and basketball. Looking for a different adventure…try out these exciting camps: Mini Sticks, Having a Ball, Climbing, Jr. Lifeguard Club, Monkeying Around, Smash & Splash, Girls Rock, Sports Jam, Golf, Football, Basketball, LEGO, Bike & Soak, Shoot Score Splash, Outdoor Explore and Amazing Race. Before and after child care is available.

CollicuƩ Centre

Culture Services Centre

G.H Dawe Community Centre

3031 Ͳ 30 Avenue

3827 Ͳ 39 Street

56 Holt Street



403Ͳ406Ͳ8600 collicuƩcentre culturecamps dawe

Preschool Day Camps 3 Ͳ 5 years (1/2 day) Choose morning or aŌernoon. These day camps are full of craŌs, games, acƟviƟes and a new theme every week! Children must be poƩy trained to parƟcipate. Before and aŌer care is available.

We have a variety of visual and performing arts camps for kids 4Ͳ17 years. Artsense Preschool Camps (1/2 day) 4Ͳ6 years Visual Arts Adventure Camps 6Ͳ8 & 9Ͳ11 years Theatre Arts Adventure Camps 6Ͳ8 & 9Ͳ11 years

School Age Day Camps 5Ͳ12 years (9Ͳ4 pm)

Build a Book Camp 8Ͳ12 years

Weekly themed and specialty camps will provide a summer of fun, creaƟvity and super excitement!

CreaƟve CollaboraƟon Camp 8Ͳ12 years

Early drop oī & late pick up is available. Parents! Camp waivers are available online

Art AƩack for Teens 12Ͳ17 years

Teen Improv Camp 12Ͳ17 years

Preschool Day Camps 2 Ͳ 5 years (1/2 day) Choose morning or aŌernoon for a fun Įlled camp experience your child will love! We have weekly camps with lots of fun acƟviƟes for your child to enjoy! School Age Day Camps 5Ͳ12 years Full or Half Day Our weekly camps are sure to keep your child busy this summer! ExperiͲ ence all that our facility has to oīer including the water park, playground, park area and even oī site acƟviƟes! Early drop oī & late pick up is available. Parents! Camp waivers are available online.

Tuesday March 18 at 8 am Online Ͳ In Person Ͳ CollicuƩ Centre, G.H Dawe Centre, RecreaƟon Centre, or Michener AquaƟc Centre Phone Ͳ 403Ͳ309Ͳ8411

Call the Collicutt Centre at 403-358-PLAY (7529) or visit for more information and camp waivers.

CULTURE SERVICES CENTRE - ARTS CAMPS Kids 4-17 years old with interest in the fine arts will find the perfect camp at Culture Services. In Artsense Preschool Camp, young children paint, sing, create with clay and other art materials, dance and explore dramatic play. Theatre Arts Adventure Camp is a week of improvisation, theatre camps, movement and acting which ends with a special showcase for family and friends. In Visual Arts Adventure Camps, participants explore drawing, painting, clay, sculpture and printmaking. Young authors write, illustrate and bind their own book in Build a Book Camp. Teens can have a riot exploring improvisation and theatre games in Teen Improv Camp. Art Attack Studio Intensive offers teens a chance to experience different visual art mediums and techniques with trained, enthusiastic young instructors. Creative Collaboration Camp brings it all together, where visual and performing arts enthusiasts connect to spend the week creating a special performance art project. All camps are led by artists trained in their disciplines and skilled at encouraging children’s creativity. For more information or to register by phone, call Culture Services at 403-309-4091 or visit

G.H DAWE COMMUNITY CENTRE Preschool Day Camps for 2-5 years - Half Day Join us for a great summer of week long games, sports, crafts and unlimited fun. Themes include: 3, 2, 1…Blast Off, Enchanted Kingdom , Giddy Up & Go, Under the Sea, Shiver Me Timbers, Buggin’ Out, Color Me Crazy, Holiday Hullabaloo and Let’s Get Messy. School Age Camp for 5-7 years and 8-12 years – Full Day or Half Day Our Camps are sure to keep your child busy with daily adventures! Camps will take place at the GH Dawe Community Centre with occasional offsite activities. Weekly themes include: Magic Potions & Explosions, Rockin’ it Out, Wild Wild West, Survivor, Holiday Hullabaloo, Walk on the Wild Side, Super Heroes, Sports of all Sorts, Shiver Me Timbers, Skateboard, Kids Yoga, Girls Week and Football. Campers have the opportunity to experience all that this multipurpose facility has to offer; indoor water park, playgrounds, park areas, ball diamonds, etc. Before and after child care is available. Call the G.H Dawe Centre at 403-406-8600 or visit for more information and camp waivers.


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RDC Summer Camps 2014

Do you make best friends with your TV and couch over the summer holidays? Leave the couch at home and try something exciting this summer! Come explore the possibilities at a Red Deer College Summer Camp! Take a week (or two) to enjoy what we have to offer- we’ve got it all! Our camps range from art, music, drama or dance, to sports, science, film-making and video game design! Try something new like a Science Camp, or improve your ability in art, music and sport. You’re sure to find something at RDC that will make your summer one to remember. Check out our full selection of camp brochures online to explore the possibilities: We’ll see you at RDC!

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Children’s Program

Red Deer College Children’s Program consists of a Child Care Centre, a Kindergarten program and a Community Family Day Home program. Philosophy: We are committed to quality caring and teaching of young children. We believe that children thrive in an environment that is childcentered and play-based. Features Include: Personalized service to students and the community, Seeds of Empathy Programming to foster social and emotional competence, early literacy skills and attitudes in children. Children’s programming and care on campus in a beautiful Reggio Emelia inspired environment. Call 403.357.3600 or visit us at Room 1601 at Red Deer College.

RDC FAMILY DAY HOME PROGRAM Committed to the Quality Care and Teaching of Young Children Offers full time and part time child care • • • • •

for children between the ages of 6 weeks to 12 yrs accredited early learning and child care program hot lunches & nutritional snacks screened & monitored day homes government subsidy available

Apply Now!

We are currently accepting new provider applications. For more information or to register | 403.357.3600 |

RDC SUMMER CAMPS ROCK! Have fun with Red Deer College’s summer camps. Learn from the best - you’ll find a camp for you! Music | Sport | Visual Art | Drama | Science | Dance | Film Making | Game Design Go to or call 403.357.3663 for more information and to register.

Special Features - 2014 Summer Camp Guide  


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