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Thompson youth had fun nuturing both mind and spirit at one of many summer camps taking place throughout the month of July. At the Ma-Mow-We-Tak Friendship Centre, kids explored the world of science and engineering at the WISEKidnetic science camp.

Thompson youth had fun nuturing both mind and spirit at one of many summer camps taking place throughout the month of July.

At the Ma-Mow-We-Tak Friendship Centre, kids explored the world of science and engineering at the WISEKidnetic science camp. University of Manitoba students Victoria Pueblo and Jenica Woitowicz guided kids through five days of plant and fungi biology, forensic science and construction/engineering (where students constructed a chair out of nothing but newspaper and duct tape).

“It’s so exciting to see kids who are into science,” gushed Woitowicz. “Just for fun, we threw some university level stuff at them, and a kid was like, ‘Oh, that’s Schroedinger’s equation!’. We lost our minds.”

Students were particularly excited about Thursday’s activity, where they dissected a sea cucumber.

At St. James Apostle Anglican Church, 50 children attended the LAMP Bible Camp, where kids learned crafts and took part in activities teaching biblical stories and values in a fun and engaging way. This year’s theme was “Jesus’ Love, God’s Protection, and His Stregnth”. The camp is led by mother and daughter duo Barb and Karen Spilde, and husband and wife Linda and Don Bartholome. Formerly an outreach mission for remote communities across Northern Manitoba, the team has continued to make the 1,105 kilometre journey from Moorhead, Minnesota to host the camp for the last 15 years.