Summer camps expand to include gender neutral castle play

Live the Adventure pulls kids from the screen to the real world

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Some summer camps through Recreation Oak Bay traditionally fill quickly once registration begins in April. The active kids in the kitchen, bike camps, aqua adventures are all full with a wait list.

As always, the “Skidaddle is super popular because you can just register for one day,” says Amanda Morency, community recreation programmer.

This year they added a few new themes to the myriad of summer camps kids can choose from.

“We have some new preschool themes, Elsa and Olaf’s Adventure for kids who love Frozen,” she said. “We’ve made some a little more gender neutral so there’s Kids of the Castle instead of a princess theme.”

New dance camps include a flash mob dance.

“They’re going to film in some different locations and have a video for the kids and parents to watch at the end,” Morency said.

They’ve added a new preschool age group to the Sports of All Sorts so now kids aged three to 12 can participate in every different sport available through Recreation Oak Bay.

With the constant popularity of floor hockey and ice hockey, they’ve introduced street hockey camps and tournaments this summer.

All the new, and the consistent favourites, culminate in one big theme this summer camp season.

“Our big thing this year is Living the Adventure – so they’re getting away from that screen time and going outside and playing and interacting and making the adventure their own, in real life,” Morency said.

Kids in a Minecraft camp can bring their passion for the technological into the real world with live play camps.

There are also Before and After camps available for kids whose parents work an extra long day, and of course, the popular pizza days appear during many of the camps

“Our staff are ready and excited,” Morency said. And this year they’ll be sporting a new colour, blue T-shirts.

Register for camps, or learn more about what’s available, at recreation.oakbay.ca.

 

cvanreeuwyk@oakbaynews.com