May 2016 Island Parent Magazine

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Junior Summer Camps

Bantam Junior Camps

Combine outdoor exercise with golf instruction and learn the game in a fun, exciting way! Includes professional coaching and on course play daily. 1 day camp $49, 3 day camp $99, full 5 day camp $139. For girls and boys aged 10–14. Camp runs from 1:30–5:00pm.

Introduction to the FUNdamentals of the game and proper etiquette. On course play, games and contests keep things fun! 1 day camp $39, 3 day camp $79, full 5 day camp $119. For girls and boys aged 6–9. Camp runs from 9:00–11:30am.

July 4–8, July 11–15, July 18–22, July 25–29, Aug 8–12, Aug 15–19, Aug 22–26.

July 4–8, July 11–15, July 18–22, July 25–29, Aug 8–12, Aug 15–19, Aug 22–26.

250-478-4653 450 Creed Road, Victoria

Register Online ONLY!



2 new camps!

Lux Mundi Summer Program: Field Trips, Games, Sports, Arts & Crafts — Every day is a new adventure. June 27 - Aug 31 | 7:30am - 6:00pm. Ages 5 – 10 Tech Camps: Minecraft/LEGO Mindstorms/Scratch Programming — Computer based week-long camps 9am – 4pm. See schedule online. Ages 9 – 13 NEW! Sports Camps: Soccer/Baseball/Basketball Join the team! Develop sports skills and have tons of fun. Week-long camps for ages 8 to 12. See schedule online. NEW! All the World’s a Stage: THEATRE CAMPS Through improvisation, imagination and collaboration, we will build and perform a play. Week-long 1/2 day camps. See schedule and details online. Ages 7-9 / 10-12

912 Vancouver St. 250-383-5125

ne Saturday morning, I was cycling home with my eight-year-old daughter after her weekly soccer match. We pedaled down a quiet residential street and approached a two-way stop. I slowed, glanced left and right, and rolled through the empty intersection. She did the same. “Hey, that’s a stop sign!” called an older man on the sidewalk. “What a nice thing to teach your daughter!” I did a double take. Did he really say that? I considered my options for a witty rebuttal. “That was an Idaho Stop!” (True, but only a bike geek would understand.) “We’re lowering our emissions, so why don’t you do the same?!” (Too cheeky.) “Tell it to the judge!” (My favourite grade-school comeback.) In the end, we glided home in silence. My good humour had soured. Hours later, I still felt annoyed by the public shaming of my parenting. Why couldn’t I get over it? My sidewalk commenter was right: it wasn’t a great lesson in road scholarship for my daughter. But I hadn’t put her in any danger. After years of biking together, she is a more confident cyclist than most adults. What stuck in my craw was having my parental pride flipped on its big head. We had left the car in the driveway and biked to soccer. In our age of global warming, I should feel like Mr. Smugly Do-Right. Instead, my delusions of eco-heroism were punctured by a righteous pedestrian who gave my fathering a bad Yelp review. Now I had to wonder: Was I really a one-star dad? Judging other parents is a bad habit that’s hard to break. We do it all the time, even when we try not to. We eye-roll at the dad texting on his iPhone as his son or daughter pleads for attention. We second-guess the mom losing her cool as her kid throws a tantrum in the junk-food aisle at the grocery store. We overhear an F-bombing teenager on the street and think: Who raised you? (Answer: not us.)


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