Besides Christmas, Jackson Kibzey says March Break is his favourite time of the year.
The nine-year-old is spending his week-long vacation from class at the first March Break Active U camp at Lakehead University. He, along with more than a dozen other children between Grades 4 and 6 spent the first two days learning a variety of games as well as learning from some of the professors at the university.
Jackson said they spent time with a kinesiologist and learned more about the human body.
“This camp is really fun,” he said.
“On the first day we visited a kinesiologist and we looked at heart rates and stuff. That was awesome. We keep having fun at the gym and we’re going swimming. It’s a lot of cool stuff.”
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Jillian Lawley also attended the camp.
The 12-year-old said she was having fun playing the various games. One of her favourites was a game called “snakes and ladders” although it wasn’t a board game. The game involves a lot of running and co-ordination.
She said it’s great to play.
“I’ve met a lot of new friends and I’ve really enjoyed this camp,” she said.
Camp organizer Amanda Nesbitt said they blended both physical and mental activities for the children to do on their break. Parents have told Nesbitt that they enjoy seeing a camp that incorporates both and has an education element as well.
The Active U camp has only run since last summer but Nesbitt said they’ve been getting positive responses. Although the numbers are fairly though, she said she expected that since it was the first time they ran the March Break camp.
“I think parents are always looking for somewhere to put their kids while they’re either working or when they want time for themselves,” she said.
“I think it gives kids an outlet for March Break. They get to be active in a world-class facility at Lakehead University. A lot of kids haven’t been on campus. This type of learning is different. It’s really hands on for them. They get to experience something a little bit different than in the classroom.”
She added that as the camp grows they will broaden their scope to include other grades.
The March Break camp costs about $175 for the full week, which includes a lunch.
There’s also a half day option as well as extended care. The camp’s summer program will run on July 8 to 12th, July 22 to 26, Aug. 12 to 16.
For more information, visit the camp’s website.
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