This summer the City of Thompson is offering two different types of themed day camps for children. The two are a sports camp as well as an arts and crafts camp. Casey Kipling, camp co-ordinator, says that every week it switches back and forth. “For the sports camp we focus more on getting the kids outside, getting them playing sports, playing in the gym, being active. For the arts camp we get them to do more creative things, lots of crafts and artistic things.”
Along with those two things, the children go to the Norplex Pool every Wednesday, and tour different places like the fire hall and the museum. Day trips are taken to the Rotary Splash Pad and different parks throughout the city.
The camps run from 9 a.m. until noon, and then 1 p.m. until 4 p.m., and are for children six to 12.
Registration takes place at the TRCC. For a drop-in day it will cost you $36.36, five days equals $163, and following the August long weekend, the four-day week will be $136.
Darlene Dick, cultural events co-odinator, says the city isn’t making anything off these camps, and the money goes back into the general account, so camp counsellors can be paid.
For the themed camps there are two counsellors, as well as Kipling. Kipling noted that the themed camps see fewest children, so there’s more one-on-one time with counsellors and campers and the children have more hands-on supervised activities.