PROFILE: The Child Experience @ St. Martin de Porres

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The Child Experience (TCE) summer camp first opened its doors at their John 23rd and Fatima location four years ago. TCE was founded by Anthony Tacoma and now has eight different locations. In its second year at the St. Martin De Porres location, TCE was designed to keep children engaged during their summer vacation.

FOY Councillors setting up  the Blindfolded Treasure Hunt game.

FOY Councillors setting up the Blindfolded Treasure Hunt game.

The camp operates from June 30th to August 1st from 9AM to 3:30PM. Each week there is a different theme that the camp follows – examples include multicultural week or a year-in-a-week. Campers will have a fun and action-packed summer with the constant variation in theme.

Councillor Melissa getting blindfolded for her round in the game.

Councillor Melissa getting blindfolded for her round in the game.

In the morning, campers are divided into age groups (freshmen, juniors, and seniors) and rotate throughout the day into three different activities: drama, arts and sports. The daily routine at TCE goes as follows: opening activities, first rotation, snack, second and third rotation, lunch and then a camp wide excursion or game – for example, going to the park or splash pad.

Campers in the beginning stages of building birdhouses.

Campers in the beginning stages of building birdhouses.

TCE’s partnership with Focus on Youth gives high school students a chance to come back to the camp to participate as a senior counsellor and engage in a great learning experience working with younger campers in a leadership position.

The amazing FOY staff at TCE Morningside

The amazing FOY staff at TCE Morningside

SUMMARY:

Organization: The Child Experience: St. Martin De Porres

Location: 230 Morningside Avenue, Scarborough, Ontario, M1E 2E1.

Dates/Times: June 30 to August 1, 2014 9:00am-3:30pm

Contact Information:

Agnes Palaganas

(647) 833-7153

TCECanada.org

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Rachel explaining the rules of the game.

Rachel explaining the rules of the game.

The TCE Senior Staff

The TCE Senior Staff

Playing an intense game of Death Stare

Playing an intense game of Death Stare

CUSTODIAL POSITION: Marshall McLuhan

Ever wonder how our schools get so clean over the summer? Miguel Agudelo and Jessica Peters are two hardworking student custodians that work through the summer months to ensure that schools are squeaky clean come September.

Miguel admiring the view while  he finishes up cleaning the windows.

Miguel admiring the view while he finishes up cleaning the windows.

Miguel attends Senator O’Connor C.S.S, whereas Jessica attends Madonna C.S.S. This summer, they’re cleaning Marshall McLuhan C.S.S, located in the Avenue Road/Eglinton area. It’s a big school — four floors — so their work it cut out for them!

Jessica never misses a spot!

Jessica never misses a spot!

Their daily routine consists of stacking the chairs, cleaning desks and classrooms, and removing graffiti and rusts from lockers. Because the school is so large, they divide their tasks up between them: sometimes they each take a separate floor to work on or divide their tasks up on a single floor. This helps them learn teamwork and time management working with only one other student to complete such a large project.

The two get along well with each other and their supervisors.

“My favourite part about working here is my co-worker,” said Jessica. “Miguel and the older custodians as well as the teachers. Without them I would not have the drive within me to come to work every day — they make work fun!”

Since working as a custodian, Miguel said that he has learned how to be punctual, “I am not late for work because I know that it takes time away from the other custodians”. Miguel and Jessica both agreed that working as a custodian has helped them pick up valuable skills that will help them in future employment.

PROFILE: United Youth of Canada

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The United Youth of Canada summer camp was started in 2006. Founders Andrea Tull and her husband hoped to use creative means to provide kids with opportunities to learn and grow in a different, creative way. The camp offers a variety of arts and craft activities as well as sports and trips for kids ages 6-12.

Campers really getting into a game of charades.

Campers really getting into a game of charades.

United Youth of Canada summer camp runs from July 7th to August 8th from 9am to 4pm. While at camp, kids are placed in different groups each week not only to meet other campers but so that they can learn how to work as a team with any set of individuals. Each team earns points for daily competitions and low-organized games, with the team leading at the end of each week being awarded a small prize.

A wide selection of activities is offered weekly, with each day being assigned a specific theme: Monday –Acquaintance, Tuesday – Nature, Wednesday – Drama & Dance, Thursday – Cultural, and Friday – Trips.

Lovely art work on display at UYC Camp

Lovely art work on display at UYC Camp

The different activities at camp help the children to gain self confidence and also build leadership skills at such a young age. The camp also encourages independent work so that the kids can showcase their creativity and talents.

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“The main goal/philosophy of the United Youth of Canada camp is to Reach, Teach and Empower our Youth” – Andrea Tull

 

UYC's fantastic FOY staff

UYC’s fantastic FOY staff

 

SUMMARY:

Organization: United Youth of Canada

Location: 2350 McCowan Road, Scarborough, Ontario, M1S 4B4.

Dates/Times: July 7 to August 8, 2014….  9:00-4:00

Contact Information:

Andrea Tull

(647) 383 8923

Email: atull@unitedyouthofcanada.org

Website: http://www.unitedyouthofcanada.org

PROFILE: Scarborough Basketball Association

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The Scarborough Basketball Association (SBA) was first established in 1996 to provide basketball for kids in Scarborough. The main focus of the SBA summer camps is to strengthen basketball fundamentals such as dribbling, passing, and shooting as well as developing a understanding of the game.

SBA runs for six weeks in the summer for children ages 5 to 14 years old. This program is designed for beginners and advanced children. The kids are separated into their skill level so that they can be challenged mentally and physically through different drills and games.

The kids are coached by Coach Sanders, a coach and referee of over 20 years, as well as Focus on Youth employees who have a passion for basketball. Though the camp is centred around basketball, coaches also focus on teaching skills that are valuable in the real world: teamwork, responsibility and sportsmanship.

The basketball camp is unique in that in addition to basketball training, participants get a full camp experience. Campers participate in low-organized games such as dodgeball, swimming and soccer. Building great relationships and creating a camp environment conducive to learning is part of what makes the SBA Summer Camp one of the best basketball camps in Toronto.

SUMMARY:

Organization: Scarborough Basketball Association

Location: 959 Midland Avenue, Scarborough, Ontario, M1K 4G4

Dates/Times: July 2 to August 8, 2014….  9:00-3:45

Contact Information:

sbabasketball.ca

clubadmin@sbabasketball.ca

Peter Jones 416.551.7554   peter_jones@rogers.com

Sam Moncada- smondcada@sbablues.ca

PROFILE: Recruit Access Youth Sports

Founder, Jason Weatherup with campers.

Founder, Jason Weatherup with campers.

The Recruit Access Youth Sports (R.A.Y.S) summer camp is a non-profit organization that focuses on sports such as basketball and soccer, art activities like dance and acting, for boys and girls ages 5 to 16 years old.

Jason Weatherup, the organization leader, started the R.A.Y.S camp from an after school program in March 2007 to help make it affordable for youth and children to keep busy and off the streets.

Boys showing off their skills on the field.

Boys showing off their skills on the field.

This program gives participants a chance to interact with children from other communities. It also serves as a vital resource for students and their families as a way for supporting various social, emotional and physical needs through recreational programs. In addition, R.A.Y.S welcomes newcomers to Canada so that they can interact and make new friends while in a fun and safe environment.

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Camper proudly representing R.A.Y.S!

Every summer while at camp, the kids prepare for a performance and make a video that will be showcased on the last day of camp to parents so they can see all the wonderful work the kids have done during the summer. During this process kids learn how to overcome stage freight and build their confidence while showcasing their creativity.

The girls rehearsing for their big performance!

The girls rehearsing for their big performance!

On their second year teaming up with Focus on Youth, the staffs placed at R.A.Y.S camp is responsible and trained well to help kids have a safe and enjoyable summer.

FOY Staff Left to right: Michelle Cambell, Debra Oguntala and Tyra  Ofori.

FOY Staff Left to right: Michelle Cambell, Debra Oguntala and Tyra Ofori.

 

“When two organizations team up together it brings more success to the kids[…] Two organizations is better than one because it enhances the program.” – Jason Weatherup

 

SUMMARY

Organization: Recruit Access Youth Sports

Location: 1865 Sheppard Ave W, Toronto, Ontario, M3L 1Y5.

Ages: 4-13

Dates/Times: July 2 to August 8, 2014…. 8:30-3:00 with flexible hours

Contact Information:

Jason Weatherup

rays_jason@yahoo.ca

(647) 888-2964

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Runner-up for Wacky Hair Day.

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Kids showcasing creativity in the sand box.

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Sisters posing for the camera.

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Amazing set piece built by campers for their Egyptian-themed performance to Dark Horse by Katy Perry

PROFILE: Acknowledge Positive Movements

Campers enjoying some vocal training.

Acknowledge Positive Movements (A.P.M.) was founded in 2009 by Nicole Allong. It focuses on giving kids opportunities to receive professional training in sports and the arts. The team at A.P.M. is passionate about offering high quality of training to campers in effort to open doors and provide a skill set to equip them to follow their dreams all in a fun camp setting.

Kids playing Bump.

Kids playing Bump.

The summer program for A.P.M. is for children ages 6-15, from 9AM to 3PM. This year, it started on July 7th and will run until August 1st. At the St. Gabriel Lalemant Catholic School location, A.P.M. runs a basketball prep camp as well as a performance arts camp. The basketball campers go through intense summer training with coaches as well as players volunteering from high schools. The campers in performing arts are offered lessons in singing, acting, dance and modeling. They also work on academics including math and English.

 

Britishawna from the FOY Media Team teaching the campers how to play Waffle.

Britishawna from the FOY Media Team teaching the campers how to play Waffle.

A.P.M.’s motto is “Helping students achieve their dreams.” The campers are able to apply what they learn to real life and it inspires them to find a passion that can be carried out potentially into future careers.

FOY Staff Left to right: Simbiat Idowu, Kendra Bennett and Roshanna Miller

FOY Staff Left to right: Simbiat Idowu, Kendra Bennett and Roshanna Miller

 

A.P.M. staff. Founder, Nicole Allong on the right.

A.P.M. staff. Founder, Nicole Allong on the right.

 

SUMMARY

Organization: Acknowledge Positive Movements

Location: St. Gabriel Lalemant Catholic School , 160 Crow Trail Scarborough, ON

Ages: 6-15

Dates/Times: July 7 -August 1, 9AM-3PM

Website: http://apmcanada.wix.com/everyday

Contact Info: (289) 923 – 1728, apmcanada@hotmail.com