Summer camps have a big impact on children. In a recent news conference, Alberta Culture Minister, Ron Orr, shared his experience as a 13 -year old camper and how it turned his life around.
“It began a literally life-changing journey for me,” said Orr. “I say this to encourage staff with a real-life story of the value of camp.”
This was the first summer camp season post pandemic. Camps faced many new challenges including a staffing shortage, homesickness, and inexperienced campers. Despite these difficulties, the positive impact they had on their campers was invaluable.
Dana, aged 14, was very happy with her time at Camp Warwa. Besides enjoying the games, activities, and food, camp provided her with the opportunity to make new friends.
Daria, aged 12, demonstrated a lot of growth from her time at Camp Warwa. Originally from Ukraine, attending camp helped her to improve her English, make many new friends, and learn several skills.
Max, aged 9, loved the time he spent outdoors at Camp BB Riback. He got to play a lot of sports and learned a lot of new games, getting him outside and moving this summer.
“Alberta Camping Association members have such a positive effect on the youth of Alberta,” says Jessica Miller Switzer, Executive Director of the ACA. “Our members are accredited which ensures safe, high quality experiences that greatly impact their campers.”