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Saskatchewan Science Centre: 30 years, 6 million visits

Approximately six million people have toured the Saskatchewan Science Centre since it opened 30 years ago. The Centre has so much to offer, from visiting and permanent exhibits to stage shows and makerspace activities. SUPPLIED PHOTOS

by Wendy Livingstone

Three decades ago, the Saskatchewan Science Centre first opened its doors, providing a workshop for families that were eager to explore the world of science. Today, as the centre celebrates its 30th anniversary, many of those first young visitors are returning as inquisitive adults. While some now bring their children, others enjoy experiencing the wonders of science through their own, now-mature eyes, rediscovering what the centre has to offer. Since 1989, approximately six million guests have explored the many exhibits. Return visitors find

that some of their old favourites – like the hot air balloon and bubble pit – remain, although both have seen advancements. The hot air balloon now includes instrumentation to measure the temperature both outside and inside the balloon as it rises, and participants at the bubble pit can create a bubble large enough to completely envelop their bodies. These classics share space with many new exhibits. Where once there were 40 science experiences, there are now approximately 180. The newest display, Building Connections, contains several exhibits. “You get to explore how you create the physical layout of a community and how you power that community,” says Ryan Holota, Director of

Business Development and Visitor Services. “The key piece is a scaleddown house where kids can learn the latest advances in how you build a home. They can actually add construction components to it: they can add shingles to the roof, they can put the siding on, and there are bricks that they can use to build columns in front of the house.” The Richardson Ag-grow Land is another relatively new exhibit that is particularly relevant for Prairie residents. The space allows visitors to follow crop production from seeding to market. The action begins with soil science, then participants can assist the “crop” along its journey as it is harvested, collected from a combine, taken to a grain ele-

vator, loaded onto a train and taken to a port to travel overseas. This exhibit is now being rejuvenated to create an even more meaningful experience. “We try to view science through the lens of Saskatchewan. It’s not just facts about science; we also try to make it relevant to the people that live here and make it relatable to the things that they know and the things that they see every day,” says Holota. “When something is more relevant, you remember it much better.” The Saskatchewan Science Centre helps its guests understand scientific principles, but that is not its main goal. “Our aim is to spark inspiration and curiosity,” says Sandy

Baumgartner, the centre’s CEO. “If you came here and got intrigued by one thing that you saw on the agriculture exhibit and then went home and wanted to learn more about it, we’ve done our job. Some people think that kids just come here and play, but often it’s what happens after the visit that’s more important.” While most of the Saskatchewan Science Centre’s programming and exhibits are designed to pique the curiosity of visitors of every age, some are designed for specific age groups. They range from Science Tots, a weekly interactive activity for children ages 1 to 4, to the monthly Adult Science Night. continued on page 6


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The MacKenzie Art Gallery is Saskatchewan’s original public art gallery: an immersive centre for engaging people in transformative experiences of the world through art, with an ongoing focus on Indigenous culture and diversity. Offering compelling exhibitions by local, national and international artists, alongside a brand-new café, Craft Services, with stunning views of Wascana Park. THURSDAY LATES The Gallery is open until 9 PM on Thursday evenings for regular viewing or take part in a host of unique programming, workshops and events. Programming starts at 7 PM every Thursday. FAMILY STUDIO SUNDAYS Bring your family to the BMO Learning Centre and experience art interactively. Programming runs from 2 to 4 PM every Sunday.

SUMMER EXHIBITIONS We have a host of exhibits at the Gallery this summer, that you can’t miss! Morehshin Allahyari — She Who See’s the Unknown 24 May to 25 August 2019 Melissa General — Kehyá:ra’s and ‘Cause I work so hard to make it every day 24 May to 23 October 2019 Victor Cicansky — The Gardener’s Universe 8 June to 27 October 2019 The Permanent Collection — Walking with Saskatchewan 8 June 2019 to 19 April 2020 Visit for full details about these exciting shows!

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Find yourself at the intersection of art and coffee as the MacKenzie Art Gallery’s new café and programming space. It is a place to engage the senses, a place to meet, exchange, discuss and build our communities. Led by the successful team behind 33 1/3 Coffee Roasters, Craft Services menu includes all-day breakfast and lunch every Tuesday to Saturday, as well as thoughtful and creative dinner specials every Thursday evening. Breakfast specials are created every Saturday, and baking and refreshments are available on Sundays. CRAFT SERVICES CAFÉ IS WHERE WE ALL MEET AND DELICIOUSLY COME TOGETHER.

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Saskatchewan Science Centre: 30 years Rowan’s Ravine rocked by Wild Waves Come join Regina’s premier swim team Find Jocko at Government House Regina Lawn Bowling Club Co-op camp: Saskatchewan’s best kept secret Use online directory to plan Sask Trail adventures Why does attending camp matter to your child? Plywood Cup a staple of Canada Day festivities Band plays important role in child development For a smarter summer, students need Oxford Learning YAS takes basketball to new heights

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Rowan’s Ravine rocked by Wild Waves by Andrew Livingstone

An aquatic attraction will make its debut in Saskatchewan this summer, as visitors to Rowan’s Ravine Provincial Park gain a new opportunity for wet and wild fun at Wild Waves Water Park. The park is scheduled to open for the public just as summer heats up. “We are hopefully up and operating, weather dependent, on the July 1st weekend,” said Matthew Bunko. Matthew, alongside his wife, Meagan; his sister, Megan Hollingshead; and Megan’s husband, Nathan; decided to create the park after learning just how much fun aquatic inflatables can be. “My brother-in-law saw this type of a park in Alberta … and we decided to bring something like that to Saskatchewan just because of the fact that Saskatchewan doesn’t really have anything like this,” said Matthew Bunko. “We have kids ourselves, so we really wanted something for our kids to do during the summer months,

office and talked to some of the people there,” said Bunko. “They seemed pretty enthused to bring this to the parks.” Fully assembled, Wild Waves Water Park will be able to accommodate 85 visitors on various structures designed to safely challenge and amuse adventurers. “The structure of it is PVC – basically a plastic, like bouncy castles are made out of, just a little bit stronger,” said Bunko. “It’s made for the ocean, so it should be very reliable.” The park features a fivefoot blob specifically for children between the ages of five and 10. “It is a structure with a big pillow on the end of it,” said Bunko. “One person sits on the end of the pillow, and the other person’s standing up higher. They jump on the end of the pillow and send the other person flying through the air.” A larger nine-foot blob will be used to launch people aged 10 to 92 into the low atmosphere, but visitors can use play structures to scale to even greater heights. They

Inflatable structures at Wild Waves Water Park will include hurdles, balance beams, ladder runs, a trampoline, a teetertotter and a column wall. SUPPLIED PHOTOS

and this seemed like a pretty good thing to go with.” The officials who operate Rowan’s Ravine were equally interested in the opportunity. “We went to the Sask Parks

can clamber out of the water and up the cross-beams of a 16-foot jungle joe, or climb the hand-holds of a 12-foot iceberg, or hang off the more vertical surfaces of a 10-foot

Wild Waves Water Park will open on the July 1st weekend at Rowan’s Ravine Provincial Park. The new attraction will feature a variety of fun aquatic inflatables. SUPPLIED PHOTOS

tower. Then, they can slide down the attached slides at different angles, splash down and ascend again. Other structures include hurdles, balance beams, ladder runs, a trampoline and a column wall (which is a sort of round tower that you can conquer using the vertical cylinders that span its height). “We also have a 10-foot teeter-totter; you can hop on there and go for a ride,” said Bunko. “The whole thing is like a playground. It’s got tons of different stuff to play on.” The park is limited to visitors aged five and up, and those under 10 will require an adult to accompany them and provide supervision. “There is a lot of stuff that the younger kids can do, but a lot of the stuff is taller as well,” said Bunko. “We’ve had a lot of adults saying they can’t wait to get on this thing and try it out.”

Wild Waves will be open seven days a week: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday to Thursday and 10 to 8 on Friday and Saturday. Basic admission will be $15 for a onehour session and $25 for two hours, although there will be specials on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and for those who arrive at the beginning

or end of the day. This summer, Wild Waves will only be able to accept cash, but a nearby ATM at Mama Bear’s Den restaurant will allow convenient withdrawals. “Lifejackets are mandatory for all patrons of the park, and those are supplied by us,” said Bunko. “This is one of the

ways we’re going to keep track of the people that are supposed to be in the park.” Visitors will also be required to complete waiver forms before diving into the Wild Waves Water Park, but those can be downloaded and signed in advance through the park’s website at

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Kids and adults alike can enjoy over 180 fascinating science experiences at the centre.

“This is programming for adults in a fun, relaxed atmosphere,” says Baumgartner. “A lot of adults have fond memories from when they were children and they can come and experience the science centre with fun programming and interesting science-themed activities while they socialize and network in an adult-friendly atmosphere.” This is a cash-bar/adults-only event. Adults also particularly enjoy the IMAX theatre’s monthly After Dark Film Series, which features older,

pop-culture-type films. This event is also cash-bar/ adults-only. The Saskatchewan Science Centre is a non-profit, non-government agency. It receives 33 per cent of its funding from Province of Saskatchewan, the City of Regina, and SaskPower, which still owns the building in which the centre is located. Admissions, tickets sales, programming fees, etc., contribute about 50 per cent of the annual budget and the remainder is from sponsors, donations and grants. “We need to raise a

lot of money every year to keep operations going and to do different things,” says Baumgartner. An annual family pass for two adults and up to four children is $99. It includes discounts at the gift shop and IMAX theatre and free general admission to the Regina Science Centre and more than 250 other Association of Science and Technology Centres (ASTC) science centres and museums throughout the world. To check out all the events and activities, visit

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The Regina Dolphins Swim Team offers competitive and recreational swimming programs for all ages and skill levels. Take the plunge into a development program or dive into recreational programs to improve your swimming skills. We also offer competitive technical instruction for triathletes. Whatever your swimming needs, we have a program for you. If you are unsure where to register, our NCCP certified coaches will provide assessment for your swimmer. Junior Dolphins: The Junior Dolphins program is our learn-to-swim program. We teach the life-skill of swimming with a fun

and competitive twist. Our instructors are experienced swimmers with the Dolphins and University of Regina Cougars who bring excitement to their lessons every day. Ages 4-10, 1-2 sessions per week. Pre-Competitive: Offered at the Lawson and University of Regina pools, our precompetitive program is a fun introduction to the competitive side of swimming. Here we hone our flip-turns, streamlines, and mastery of the four swimming strokes. Ages 6-12, 2-3 sessions per week. Competitive: Our competitive program exists to prepare athletes to achieve their Olympic dream. We are the top competitive

swimming program in Saskatchewan and are improving every year. Here our athletes learn valuable life skills including goal setting, perseverance, and communication. Ages 10-18, 4-10 sessions per week Skills: Dolphin skills is our group for young athletes who want to stay swimming for fitness and fun. This semi-competitive group works to develop swimming skills in a fun and relaxed environment. Ages 10-18, 2-3 sessions per week. We offer a Summer Swim Camp in July & August.Toregistergoto Registration for 2019-2020 season opens July 1st. Email


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Find Jocko at Government House by Jesse Green Imagine the year is 1905. Women cinch their corsets so tightly they sometimes faint. Those same women must never remove their gloves in public; to do so would be a scandal. Children are to be seen and not heard. Dinner party guests are told not only where to sit but what to discuss during the meal. Now imagine, in that formal and stuffy time, having a monkey swing from the light fixtures jumping in people’s hair! Jocko was the mischievous pet monkey owned by Lieutenant-Governor Forget and Madame Forget, and there was never a dull moment when he roamed the house in the early 1900s. Today, visitors at Government House can spot him hiding in a new spot each month and enter the “Where’s Jocko” contest, just one of many interactive and kid-friendly activities. Down a long lane lies Government House, built in 1891 and surrounded by acres of gardens. It is open to the public, free of charge, seven days a week from the Victoria Day long weekend in May until Labour Day in September. Join costumed guides on hourly interpretive tours of the museum, groomed Edwardian Gardens and take part in new ecology programming. Over the years, this grand brick building on Dewdney Avenue has been an official government residence, a convalescent home, a schoolhouse and finally a museum and working office for the Lieutenant-Governor. If only the walls could talk! Visitors are immersed in sights and sounds from the turn of the century, as costumed guides reveal wonderful interpretive displays. When completed in 1891, this was the most advanced home in the Northwest Territories. With running water pumped from a basement well, flush toilets, electricity and one of Regina’s first telephones, this was a grand building indeed.


Can you find Jocko, the monkey, at Government House? Visitors who spot his hiding spot can enter the monthly “Where’s Jocko” contest.

In the J.E.N. Wiebe Interpretive Centre, visitors can pull levers, watch vignettes, solve puzzles and listen to historic stories. In the Amédée Forget Museum you’ll see original dishes and cutlery (hidden and untouched in a vault for decades), a working player piano and a sword that “went missing” and was later recovered from a pawn shop in Québec. Learn from a guide or look for interpretive panels and QR codes for interesting facts about each of the 14 rooms. Join the fun on a ‘Not Who But Watt!’ tour on select dates during summer. Acclaimed storytelling and a historic performance lead a tour through George Watt’s remarkable gardens. Learn how the Scottish-born landscape gardener created the lavish prairie

oasis. Other special events include Victorian teas held in the Henry Newlands Ballroom and a blessing ceremony on National Indigenous Peoples Day in the Edwardian Gardens with a reception to follow. The Lieutenant-Governor’s Canada Day Celebrations are a crowd favourite. Other public events are featured, so have a look at the website ( and Facebook for dates and times; upcoming events include memoir writing and Regina Stitchery Guild stitching workshops. Two different backpack activities are available for children ages four to 11, while geocaching allows explorers to follow GPS coordinates to track down historic clues on the grounds. Walk through the bright Queen Elizabeth II Wing to see

what artists’ works are on display. The exhibit changes regularly and features art like sculptures, photography, quilting and more. The Once Upon a Time Room (OUT Room) features themes throughout the year, and is a special place for parents and children to enjoy hands-on activities, toys and play stations with themes changing throughout the year. Parents of children aged four to 10 may also check out Government (Club) House. Pre-registration is required for this fun learning adventure, featured once a month throughout the year. With a commitment to stewardship of stories and the land and a passion for interacting with history, Government House awaits your visit.

Geocaching is a fun activity at Government House. Explorers follow GPS coordinates to track down historic clues on the grounds. PHOTO: JESSE GREEN


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Regina Bowls The Regina Lawn Bowling Club is located in a beautiful park setting at the corner of Victoria Av e n u e a n d Q u e e n Street. This affordable summer sport offers a bit of everything and appeals to a large audience – women, men, youth, young, and young-atheart. As a regular member, you can bowl in our daily draws every Monday to Friday at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. If you wrestle with that competitive spirit, we have a spring Competitive T h r e e ’s L e a g u e , c l u b

tournaments and provincial playdowns. On Wednesday evenings, we offer a co-ed youth program for anyone between the ages of eight and 25. Friday Night Jitney satisfies the social bowler adding an element of competition. Young professionals will be enjoying our new rec League – B Cubed. Our newly renovated clubhouse is a great place to socialize by enjoying a cuppa before or after a game of bowls. We have qualified coaches and volunteers who would

be very happy to get you started. It’s a sport you can learn in five minutes – but takes a lifetime to master! We have all the equipment necessary to play. All you need to do is bring a pair of flat soled shoes. Let us take care of the rest. Visit us on National Bowls Day, June 8, 2019. Got you curious? Please drop us an email at rlbc. Or visit our website at www. reginalawnbowlingclub. ca. Or give us call at 306SUPPLIED 757-9033. Don’t forget to Lawn bowling is a sport you can learn in five minutes, but it takes a lifetime to master. Check it out follow us on Facebook! at the Regina Law Bowling Club at the corner of Victoria Ave. and Queen Str.



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Co-op Camp – officially known as the Saskatchewan Co-operative Youth Program (SCYP) – is a series of residential summer camp sessions held in July and August at Candle Lake and Last Mountain Lake. The theme for 2019 is: Learn. Adventure. Connect. It’s been called Co-op Schools, the Saskatchewan Co-operative Youth Program, and is now commonly known throughout the province as Co-op Camp. For more than 90 years, this celebrated leadership program has been promoting co-operative values and bringing out the best in young people. More than 44,000 young people have taken part in Co-op Camp or its predecessors. The curriculum is specially designed for youth ages 12 to 18 to meet new people,

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Use online directory to plan Sask trail adventures by Pat Rediger

The Saskatchewan Trails Association (STA) has an online tool that makes your next trail outing just a click away. By visiting the STA Trail Directory on the association’s website at sasktrails. ca, anyone can view detailed listings that include maps, GPS coordinates and descriptions of many of Saskatchewan’s trails and their nearby amenities. The STA was incorporated in 2004 with the mandate to promote the development and use of recreational trails throughout Saskatchewan. STA President David Powell said the aim in creating the directory was to reduce the barriers around planning a nature hike. “There are many amazing trails located throughout the province, but in the past it has been difficult for people to find information on them unless they pick up a physical map or brochure,” Powell said. “We wanted to create a detailed, online directory that would be accessible from someone’s laptop or mobile device. We’re trying to make it easier to plan a trail trip so people have more time to experience all the beauty Saskatchewan

has to offer.” The directory is divided into the nine sport, culture and recreation districts in the province. The directory contains a map that outlines the area that each district encompasses. Each entry contains a detailed description of the trail and a broad list of trail facts including: location, length, surface, activities (e.g. walking, cycling, ATVing), difficulty, accessibility information and nearby amenities. “Saskatchewan has great trail options for users with all skill levels, and the STA Trail Directory reflects this,” Powell said. “When you’re planning a trail outing it’s pretty important to have as much information as you can, so that’s why we tried to make the listings as detailed and accurate as possible.” There is a diverse range of listings in the trail directory, from lakeside walks to heritage tours to treks winding through a forest. The directory also contains plenty of options for people planning an outing in Regina or surrounding areas. In Regina, there are eight self-guided trails at Wascana Centre for people interested in walking, cycling, jogging and in-line skating. Canoeing and kayaking are

Jocelyn Sagel took this photo while hiking. Her submission won the 2017 Saskatchewan Trails Association’s ‘Give Us Your Best Shot’ photo contest. PHOTO: STA

also popular activities on the lake. All of the trails feature a variety of attractions and amenities, as well as views of picturesque Wascana Lake and Wascana Park. Located a short distance east of the city near Pilot Butte, the White Butte Trails Recreation Site provides a peaceful hiking experience. The trail system features 12.7 km of groomed skate and classic cross country ski trails that are transformed into hiking trails after the snow melts. There’s also a five km long, pet-friendly, hiking trail open year-round.

By taking a slightly longer trip to Moose Jaw, trail goers can hike the city’s 11 km portion of the Trans Canada Trail. The marked trail, extending from Paxton Lake near downtown, through the southeast part of the city, features breathtaking views of the valley and Moose Jaw River, as well as in-person experiences passing through grassland and wooded areas. Po w e l l s a i d a n o t h e r benefit of the trail directory has been the sense of community it has created on social media.

“We’re constantly sharing entries from the trail directory on social media and it’s been great that users have responded by trying these hikes and then sharing stories, pictures or videos of their outings,” he said. “People have also made suggestions for new trails to add to the directory, so this has expanded our content.” While the STA Trail Directory can give people a great idea of what trails they would like to try hiking, Powell said this resource should only be a part of your planning process.

He said it’s important to make sure you have the proper gear, including proper clothing, dependable hiking shoes and a sturdy hat. It’s also recommended that hikers bring plenty of water and some nutritional snacks, especially on longer outings, and sun screen and bug repellant depending on the UV index and location of the hike. “Put more effort into preparing for a hike, and you’ll get more out of your experience,” Powell said. Visit


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Why does attending camp matter to your child?


The many physical and social benefits of attending Royal City Soccer Club summer day camps last a lifetime. Full- and half-day sessions are offered from two locations in Regina during July and August. Attending camp is about the most exciting thing any child can do this summer! Why go to camp? Not only will kids have fun and enjoy healthy physical activity, they will also learn important personal development skills that will bring a lifetime of benefits – including problem-solving, leadership and team-building. At the same time, summer camp is a great way to strengthen social skills and make new and long-lasting friendships. This is Royal City S o ccer C lub’s 27th year of offering unique summer soccer camp experiences. Having hosted over 300,000 campers at over 100 locations across Canada, including two

here in Regina, Royal City Soccer Club (RCSC) is considered the country’s number one grassroots soccer day camps! A fun day at RCSC summer camp includes playing soccer, camp games and swimming. 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. It’s a great opportunity for kids to unplug from technology and get outside to move, run, swim and jump! Participating in fun camp activities all day with other children also makes it very easy to find common ground to build friendships on. Royal City Soccer

Club invites all boys and girls between the ages of 5 and 13 to register. Full-day as well as half-day morning and afternoon sessions are available during the months of July and August. Each camper receives a camp soccer ball, t-shirt and camp medal. Parents can also be confident their children will well supervised, because of RCSC’s excellent camper-to-staff ratios. Parents can also take advantage of fully supervised early dropoff and pick-up times at no extra charge. Royal City Soccer Club is looking forward to a great summer of camp! Is your child? For more information, call 1-800-427-0536 or visit


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Plywood Cup a staple of Canada Day festivities by Jonathan Hamelin

The Plywood Cup is a challenging competition that sounds like something out of an episode of MacGyver: build a functioning boat using limited materials such as a hammer, tape measure, roll of duct tape, two sheets of plywood and a pencil. For the teams that compete in the event, however, it’s all part of the fun. Since 2005, the Plywood Cup has run on July 1 in conjunction with the Canada Day celebrations at Wascana Lake. The teams of four are required to build their boat in a limited amount of time and then compete in a race. “As a past participant, I can tell you that it’s one of the funnest and most challenging teamwork events I’ve ever been a part of,” said Travis Brown, chair of the Plywood Cup. “Some of the boats that are built aren’t able to withstand the mighty waves of Wascana, but all participants do have life jackets and there are search and rescue boats patrolling the water.” Prizes are awarded to the top three finishers, including an $800 Beer Bros gift card to the winner.

While not all boats will make it to shore first, or at all, Brown said participants can feel content knowing they’re supporting a good cause. The Plywood Cup is a charitable event hosted by the Regina Centre Progress Club, which is made up of members of Regina’s business community who are looking to make a difference. All proceeds from the event go to support pediatric care at Regina Hospitals and other children’s charities. The event raised over $60,000 in 2018 and after this year’s event the grand total should climb to $800,000. Teams have the opportunity to raise money through pledges, with prizes being awarded to the top fundraising team. “One of the biggest factors that keeps teams coming back is that they’re making a difference in the community,” Brown said. “Teams who take part have a very visible presence in the community.” Brown feels that the Plywood Cup has become a staple of the Canada Day festivities. He estimates that more than 15,000 people packed the banks of Wascana Lake to watch the competition last year.

The event is especially popular among organizations looking for a team-building activity. “It’s really unique how the event can increase an organization’s engagement factor,” Brown said. “Employees are working together to build a boat and they get to decorate it. We’ve had multiple teams come back year after year and it’s actually one of the staples of their organization’s engagement activities. “Along with the boat building, we have a rest stop area where there’s food and there’s a family-friendly zone where you can have some drinks and listen to music. It’s a really fun event.” The 2019 Plywood Cup takes place on the west side of Wascana Lake near the Albert St. bridge. It costs $1,000 for a team to register, which includes $400 in raffle tickets. There must be one member of each gender per team. You can register online at All team members are required to register in person the morning of the event between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m.

Teams of four are required to build their boats, using limited materials, in a set period of time. PHOTO: CRAIG CLENDENING/CAMERA ONE

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Band plays important role in child development


A great way to maximize your child’s exposure to the many benefits of band is by enrolling them in an SBA Summer Band Camp.

PAT REDIGER Early involvement in band can help children hit all the right notes as they go through their development phase. Introducing children to band at a young age can

not only ignite a lifelong love affair with music, but it also strengthens academic performance, provides a sense of community and enhances the entire school experience. “When a child starts

learning to play an instrument, it’s a joyous m o m e nt,” s a i d S u z a n n e Gorman, CEO of the Saskatchewan Band Association (SBA). “It starts them down a path filled with beautiful music, new fr iendships and var ious opportunities that will enhance their life for years to come.” Studies have shown that students involved in band are more likely to excel in their studies, work better in teams, have enhanced critical thinking skills, stay in school and pursue advanced education opportunities. Secondary school students who participate in band have the lowest current and lifetime use of substances such as alcohol, tobacco and drugs. Band benefits more than

just our youth – people of all ages can benefit. Listening to music has been shown to reduce heart rate, blood pressure and anxiety in heart disease patients and helps the brain keep distracted from pain. Graduates of school band programs can join adult community bands around the province. These bands are made up of individuals from all backgrounds and walks of life who share a love of music. They add value to their community and surrounding area by performing at local events, parades and festivals as well as often contributing to fundraisers and other special local projects. A great way to maximize your child’s exposure to the many benefits of band is by enrolling them in an S BA Ba n d Ca m p, w h e re

comprehensive instruction is delivered by school band d i re c t o r s a n d q u a l i f i e d professionals to woodwind, brass and percussion s t u d e n t s w h o h av e o n e or more years of playing experience. These camps feature theory, rhythm and ear training; private lessons and instr ument specific sectionals; ensemble and full band concerts; and more. “In one week at SBA Band Camp, participants can receive as much direct instructional time as they do in three months with many s ch oo l b a n d p ro g ra m s,” Gorman said. Band Camps are hosted in Regina, Saskatoon and Yorkton as week-long day camps. Kenosee Lake Junior Camp is offered as a weeklong full residential camp in Kenosee Lake Provincial

Park. Registration is now open for the 2019 camps. To learn more about band or register for camp, visit www.

EXPERIENCE A JAZZ CONCERT The Prairieland Jazz Ca m p h o s t s t w o S t a f f Combo Concerts open to the public, featuring national jazz musicians from Calgary, Toronto and Montreal along with local Regina jazz musicians. The concerts take place at 7 p.m. on July 9 and 11 at the ShuBox Theatre at the University of Regina. Admission is by donation. Don’t miss these fantastic opportunities to enjoy great jazz music to help kick off your summer.



BAND CAMP AND MAKE THIS A GREAT SUMMER! Register now to secure a spot in the SBA Band Camp that’s right for you!

Prairielands Jazz Camp July 7 - 13

Yorkton Jr. Camp July 21 - 26

Regina Jr. & Sr. Camp July 28 - Aug 2

Saskatoon Jr. & Sr. Camp August 11 - 16

Kenosee Lake Jr. Camp August 18 - 23

**Residential Camp**

Each camp also includes concerts. Visit the SBA website for more information.

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For a smarter summer, students need Oxford Learning

It’s spring. Warmer weather is on the horizon and the final bell of the school year is not far off. This time of year has students, teachers, and parents alike thinking about all the great things that summer will bring such as family trips, beach days, picnics, adventures in nature, bike riding, pool swims and long, lazy days. But summer also brings something less anticipated: the loss of learning momentum. The reality is that when schools close for the summer, learning takes a major hit, causing students to lose the educational momentum that they built over the course of the school year. Not only do the habits and routines of the school year begin to fade, academic knowledge retention starts to slip in almost all subjects. Known as summer learning loss, the research shows that students can lose up to two months of reading/writing skills and over one month of math skills over the summer. More worryingly, the effects of these losses are cumulative and can have a substantial impact on students’ overall performance in not only school success but also in post-secondary education and workforce readiness. Luckily, this system of learning and losing is entirely preventable. The countermeasure for the losses that accumulate every year is as simple as maintaining some amount of academic learning over the summer. Traditionally viewed through a lens of remediation, summer learning programs are not simply a punishment for academically at-risk students. Rather, summer learning programming is necessary for all students – whether low or high achieving – as it brings

measurable benefits across a variety of metrics. Summer learning programming is not just about prevention of academic learning losses or maintenance of academic habits; it’s also a key factor in setting students up forr success for the next school yeaar. By maintaining their academic standing oveer the ot summer, students are no only continuing theeirr n, learning progression developing deeper comprehension of academic subjects, and strengthening learning habits and skills, they are, most importantly, settingg themselves up for success for the neex t school year. Without the stres s and o the divided timelines of regular school year, ssummer learning provides students the opportunity to hone in on key areas of focus, with no additional classes requiring their focus and attention. With more time available to drill down in key areas, students are able to catch back up to class levels and even get ahead of the curve, setting themselves up for a better school year in September. Summer learning goals can also be supported at home with structured learning routines. Whether it’s daily reading, playing board games or puzzles, keeping a summer journal or scrapbook, or even family movie nights with follow-up discussion, there are plenty of ways to incorporate learning into summer activities. Summer learning programming doesn’t have to be intensive or strictly academic to help students achieve measurable results. Flexible summer


Research into summer learning shows that students can lose up to 30 per cent of their academic skills over the summer break. Oxford Learning Regina’s summer camps, workshops and programs can help your child maintain academic momentum and have fun at the same time.

p ro g ra m m i ng ba l an c i ng summer-focused activities with academics helps students of all ages have a relaxing and fun learning experience. T h a t ’s w h a t O x f o r d L e a r n i n g ’s s u m m e r programming aims to d o – c o mb i n e a ca d e m i c programming that helps s tu d e nt s s t ay o n c ou rs e with their education in a fun learning atmosphere providing a unique summer learning experience. In addition to Oxford

Learning’s regular programs, in-depth 30-hour programs are available in math, reading and writing, for all ages. Students can also participate in short workshop programs and summer camps. New this year is an early drop off program for preschoolers and younger students. Oxford Learning summer Monday to Friday camps run throughout July and August afternoons for three hours. Choose from three different camp themes: art camp; study skills boot camp at the end of

August; and writing, printing and calligraphy camp. Summer workshops are another way for your child to have fun while learning new information. Oxford Learning offers two-hour workshops on money or time skills for students in grades 2 to 6 and four-hour workshops in getting organized or working in a team for students in Grades 7 to 9. If you only have a few days available this summer, look at joining our Fun in French Thursdays for immersion


students or our Fun with Math Wednesdays for students wanting to maintain their French speaking and listening skills or continue their math exploration. Oxford Learning’s summer programs make a real difference to students, helping them catch up in challenging subjects, work ahead in favourite classes, and get a head start on next year’s learning. For more i n f o r m a t i o n , v i s i t w w w. or email


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YAS takes basketball to new heights

Basketball is one of the most accessible sports on earth. All that is needed is a ball, a hoop or two, and one or more willing participants. It can be fun no matter one’s level of athletic ability and previous playing experience. The benefits and fun of basketball can be made even greater with a little training and guidance. Since 1975, Young Athlete Saskatchewan (YAS) has provided summer camps for youths from Regina and Saskatoon and from across the province. During the past 43 summers, 14,076 young people have taken part in YAS summer basketball camps. YA S c a m p s d i r e c t o r

Robb Hall says, “YAS is not just a drop-in recreational program. It’s a school with a camps program that is educationally sound and highly organized at which youths learn basketball skills while having lots of fun. And they come back again and again.” Each camp morning, youths drill and develop the basics of the game, and then are coached how to apply those basics after lunch, where everyone plays equally and in a series of exciting games and tournaments. “ Th rou g h YA S ca mp s, youths also learn important principles that apply to all sports,” he says. “For example,

at team practices for regular seasons, coaches teach their players all sorts of skills. But during games, things often happen that coaches could not foresee and prepare them for. So, in addition to just teaching skills that youths need to remember and that’s it, we teach them how to use the natural creativity they all have, in order to think and keep their focus during the pressures of competition.” Summer begins with free mini camps July 2 to 5, and then regular, weekly day camps are held in both Saskatoon and Regina throughout July and August. YA S i s a r e g i s t e r e d , non-profit organization


Basketball is an inclusive sport that can be played with almost any number of players, says YAS camps director Rob Hall. Since 1975, over 14,000 young people have enjoyed the benefits and fun of basketball by attending YAS summer camps.

h e a d e d by p ro f e ss i o na l “A” certified teachers who are highly accomplished basketball coaches. B e c a u s e YA S a n n u a l l y receives support from the Community Initiatives

Fund, Saskatchewan Lotteries, numerous local organizations and private citizens, YAS maintains a bursary subsidy program that makes sure that every youth, regardless of their economic

circumstances, is able to attend YAS camp. Every athletic ability and level of playing experience is most welcome at YAS camps. For more information, visit


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