Camp kicks off

Jared Monkman/NNSL photo Grace Schaub, left, Rylee Robillard, and Avaia Ashton play together on a rainy day at Kids Rule camp.

Jared Monkman/NNSL photo
Grace Schaub, left, Rylee Robillard, and Avaia Ashton play together on a rainy day at Kids Rule camp.

Kids Rule Summer Fun Day Camp is underway as of last week, with 80 participants signed up and ready to get outside.

The camp was put together by the Rowe’s Group of Companies after the strike put the kibosh on the Summer Heat day camp.

Last week was not ideal for outside activities. Between the smoke and the rain, the children were largely relegated to the indoors.

“We did the Canada Day parade this week and the kids loved it,” said co-ordinator Erin Campbell. “They had a lot of fun.”

Campbell said she is planning on being a teacher and enjoyed working in summer day camps before, so she thought working at Kids Rule for the summer would be a good fit. So far, she said her favourite thing about the job is spending time with the young people and seeing them enjoy themselves.

“Every week we have a different theme,” she said. “This week was bubbles, so we had bubble crafts, bubble activities and bubble games. It’s been great.”

Next week will be pirate-themed with outer space following sometime in the weeks to come.

“We’re just getting into the swing of things,” said Campbell, adding that the program only started June 29. “It’s too bad we haven’t been able to get outside as much, with the smoke and the rain.”

The young people didn’t seem to mind too much, however, as they ran around the Wright Centre Rowe’s space Friday morning. There were different activities set up across the room, including an air hockey table and craft area.

“The best part has been playing with my best friends,” said Caleb Swan.

His friend Kashton Vyse agreed, adding that he enjoyed playing air hockey a lot.

Although there are 80 children signed up, organizer Michelle Schaub said between 50 and 60 show up per day. This week will see the start of trips to local businesses and attractions, something the children are very much looking forward to.

“This Thursday we will have our first outing to the museum and we’re working on more tours with local businesses here in town,” Schaub said. “As well, when weather permits, we will be spending every Friday afternoon at the beach. We have many more fun days planned and looking forward to seeing how the rest of the summer turns out.”

–Sarah Ladik