College expanding summer programs

Bryce Forbes

Given the great response for the week-long summer program offered by Confederation College here last year, it has decided to add five more.
Last year, a culinary program for youth was offered three times.
Now, six camps will be offered, including a beginner (July 12-16) and intermediate (Aug. 16-20) culinary camp for youth camp.
Also planned are an introductory carpentry camp (July 19-23), a music camp (July 26-30), a sports camp for basketball and soccer (Aug. 9-13), and a computers for kids camp (Aug. 16-20).
Open to anyone aged 11-14 (12-15 for the carpentry program), the camps typically end with a special day on the Friday, like a presentation for the music camp or a game for the sports camp.
The youngsters also will receive a memento for the camp, which has not been finalized yet.
“I wanted to do more things for that age group,” noted Kathy Egan, support services officer for the college.
“They are getting a little bit older, and can do things like cooking and carpentry, and I just saw a need that there wasn’t enough being offered in the community,” she added.
Egan said you get participants from all walks of life.
“You get a variation of kids,” she remarked. “In the culinary one, lots of kids come down and spend time with their grandparents.
“We had a lot of grandparents sign the kids up for something to do for the summer.
“You get friends, so-and-so is going to do it, so I’m going to do it,” Egan added.
“It’s both boys and girls—the cooking one was probably [a] 50-50 split between boys and girls.”
The camps are taught by local instructors from either Confederation College or Fort Frances High School.
The cost for five of the programs is $95 each, with the music camp running at $125.
Registration opened June 7 and can be done at the college (located adjacent to Fort High).
For more information, call 274-5395.