One of the camps with the East Scarborough Boys and Girls Club (BGC)is located at St. Maria Goretti CES which is 21 Kenmark Blvd. BGC has been serving their community since 1956 and each year, they strive to expand their outreach. As their motto is, “A good place to be,” they reach these expectations by providing the campers an entertaining and unique camp experience.
This particular camp offers different activities for their campers, which include: arts and crafts, drama, and sports. The camp also attends multiple field trips and go swimming to promote physical activity. Their typical day starts with a gym activity, such as octopus or dodgeball, to get their energy up for an exciting day. Afterward, they cool off by doing arts and crafts.
Here at the BGC, every day is a fun day with the fun activities that they play and the positive environment provided by the campers and staff. Every day, the kids learn and develop new skills for themselves, as well as the counselors too!
A camper who is close to capture and accepting his fate.
Both campers and counselors needs a break once in a while!
Cautiously trying to sneak past so he would not get tagged
Organization: East Boys and Girls Club
Location: St. Maria Goretti 21 Kenmark Blvd. Scarborough, On. M1K3N8
Dates/Times: July 4 – August 11, 2017
8am – 6pm
Age: 6 – 12 years old
Contact Information: ESBGC head offices: Kacy Knight/Russel Scott
Footsteps to Success was founded by none other than Andre Fullerton who had the goal of providing children in the community a safe and welcoming space for free. Campers have the opportunity to learn from counselors, supervisors and volunteers about what it means to be a leader in the community. Footsteps to Success is a second home to these campers, where they can make new friends, have lots of fun while growing into responsible individuals.
A broad range of well organized programming is available for the campers from the arts, sports, leadership and more! Campers are able to choose which of the three options they would like to be their main focus, giving them the opportunity to strengthen and grow in the area that interests them the most. Many field trips are also offered throughout the course of the summer.
Leadership lessons are infused into everything the campers do. The importance of leaving a positive impact on your community is continually stressed and encouraged. The hard working team of supervisors, counselors and volunteers help every child understand the significance of teamwork, determination and a positive attitude. Footsteps to Success is truly one big family.
Final works of art!
Preparing arts and crafts
Organization: Footsteps to Success
Location: 1760 Martin Grove Rd, Etobicoke, ON M9V 3S4
At St. Jude’s Youth Now On Track summer camp every camper, counselor, volunteer and supervisor is part of one big team working towards having the best summer ever! As soon as you walk into the camp, you are greeted by smiling faces from both staff and definitely the children. Everyone gets along in this safe, welcoming and fun environment where campers are free to be themselves and have the opportunity to make new friends.
Each day is filled with fun and engaging activities such as: playing in the gym, visiting the community park and playing outside on the school playground. On most Fridays, the camp goes on a variety of field trips outside of the community, where campers have the opportunity to grow and learn something new.
At the end of the day, the most important thing at St. Jude’s Youth Now On Track Summer Camp is the well being and happiness of each camper. Campers learn that their words and actions have power that can be used to show kindness towards one another. This lesson is demonstrated beautifully by the role models placed at the camp who love to keep campers smiling!
St. Alban’s Boys & Girls Clubin the Dante Alighieri Secondary School Beatrice Campus location provides kids and staff with their motto: “a good place to be.” Their mission is to provide a safe, supportive place where children and youth can experience new opportunities, overcome barriers, build positive relationships and develop confidence and skills for life. Staff at St. Alban’s Boys & Girls Club tellingly love their job and have been enjoying the camp experience with the diverse campers.
This specific camp offers kids ages 6-12 a fun and immersive experience during the summer as well as the ability to explore their own local area under safe, caring supervision. During the camp, campers will be able to be a part of swimming excursions, at least six camp trips, sports activities, and arts and crafts.
Two campers compare the day’s outfits.
A camper tries to reason with an “octopus” during a game.
Kids at the St. Alban’s Boys & Girls Club Dante Beatrice Campus are given the opportunity to socialize with peers and play with kids their age in a safe, local environment. In co-operation with St. Alban’s, TDSB Focus On Youth Staff, and TCDSB Focus on Youth Staff the St. Alban’s Boys & Girls Club is definitely true to their motto: a diverse AND good place to be.
Organization: St. Alban’s Boys & Girls Club
Location: Dante Alighieri High School
50 Ameer Ave, North York, ON M6A 2L3
Dates/Times: July 4th to August 11th, 2017
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
In 1957 Dovercourt Boys Club opened their doors for the first time as an essential community resource, providing positive alternatives to anti-social activities, crime and substance abuse for neighborhood children and youth, ages 7 to 17 years. It was later renamed to Dovercourt Boys and Girls Club, in an effort to be inclusive of Girls in the community. Outreach initiatives became more purposeful and deliberate. Club locations utilize community resources and partnerships to target at risk youth and bring them into the safe and positive environments.It recently was awarded a Distinction in Commitment to Student Learning for their continued work with student interns from Humber College.
Dovercourt Boys & Girls Club strive to offer children and youth from all economic, cultural and social backgrounds access to the resources, supports and opportunities that will enable them to overcome barriers and achieve their positive potential life. They provide a safe, supportive place, where every child is listened to, respected and valued in an environment of inclusion and acceptance. Their staff and volunteers model honesty, fair play, positive attitude, cooperation and respect for self and others.
At the Dovercourt Boys and Girls Club, kids have access to a fully equipped gym, swimming pool, theater room as well as computer room and play room. They are also located next to a community park, where they often visit to have their outdoor activities. All in all, the Dovercourt Boys and Girls Club offers children the ability to grow despite their different ages and differences. It is a place that nurtures individuality a gives opportunities to make friends and stay active during the long summer.
Dovercourt Boys & Girls Club
180 Westmoreland Ave
End of June to beginning of September
Includes: Members can participate in drop in programs or day trips to locations such as Wild Water Kingdom, African Lion Safari, Marine Land, and Canada’s Wonderland. There are tournaments and special events such as Water Carnival, Play Day, and staff versus members Soccer.
The St. Bernadette’s Family Resource Centre Camp provides a supervised camp environment for children ages 4 to 12 years old. The camp offers recreational activities in an inclusive environment. Following in the foot-steps of God, the centre shares and celebrates in its motto: “We can live as one!”
The camp offers a safe place for campers to have free time to play games and socialize with each other and student mentors such as the FOY staff. Campers have arts and craft sessions as well as science and discovery lessons.
In terms of arts, kids have the chance to discover their forte through music and drama activities and also try a variety of sports. Group activities and games are also frequent in addition to field trips and especially, swimming trips.
The staff at the St. Bernadette’s Family Resource Centre love their jobs as mentors and role models to the youth. Centered around catholic morals, the staff and campers at St. Bernadette’s Family Resource Centre allow themselves to teach, learn, and grow through the teachings of Christ.
St Bernadette’s Family Resource Centre
Location: D’Arcy McGee School
20 Bansley Ave, York, ON M6E 2A2
The Hoop House Basketball (HHB) in partnership as Dmitrik Sports & Education is a basketball specific camp which caters to young kids, both boys and girls, who have a passion for basketball. Founded by Michael Dmitrik, this camp is perfect for kids of all levels to improve or learn their basketball skills!
It is obvious that the Focus on Youth staff along with the head coach/instructor loved their jobs, normally working with kids of all different backgrounds and skill levels.
The summer camp is for boys and girls between the ages of 4-16. Athletes are instructed by university/college level players and coaches. Campers are divided into groups based on skill level and age.
Whether beginner or advanced, Hoop House Basketball will teach and develop their skills in a safe and fun environment. The HHB experience will also teach campers important life skills such as confidence, respect, teamwork and leadership.
FOY StaffL Peter Atuahene, Calvin Lofters & Ngige Gordon
FOY Staff: Abraham Odiase
Dmitrik Sports & Education
60 Playfair Ave, Toronto, ON M6B 2P9
July 4 to August 11
4 years old – 16 years old
Centro Educativo Canada cares for each campers’ well being and education. Educational programming is the main focus of this camp, providing campers with classroom time along with a teacher to ask questions on a daily basis. At Centro Educativo Canada, kids have fun playing games in an academic environment.
Campers are divided into groups by age in order to ensure their activities and lessons are engaging and exciting. Every day a lesson is prepared for the students in multiple subjects such as: literacy, numeracy, Spanish, French and communication skills. The goal is to keep each campers’ mind sharp and strengthen their academics to prepare them for the upcoming school year. Centro Educativo Canada believes that campers should still be focused and alert, pertaining to their academics during the summer holidays.
At camp, kids can make friends, gain self-confidence and learn more about what it means to be a responsible and caring individual. The daily routine includes a visit to the park or splash pad, organized games in the gym, free time outside and academic lessons in the classroom. Campers have the opportunity to explore and express themselves through different activities from sports to the arts.
The Davenport-Perth Neighbourhood and Community Health Centre (DPNCHC) is a respected multi-service agency located in Toronto’s West End. For three decades, they have played an important role in the lives of the residents of their community, assisting them to stay healthy, develop leadership skills, make positive lifestyle choices, build relationships, and work together to improve their living conditions and prospects for the future. Their core values are equity and empowerment, and they strongly believe in each person’s capacity to take responsibility for their own well-being.
Located at 1900 Davenport Rd, the DPNCHC camp is centered in the heart of Toronto’s Carleton Village. This midtown setting exposes children to multiculturalism and urbanism healthily in today’s society. Children also participate in arts and crafts, a variety of sports related activities, multicultural food days, as well as team building exercises.
More importantly though, they are given the opportunity to spend time with passionate staff and role models, helping them sprout into the young adults of the future.
The centre also offers a very unique Leaders in Training program to kids who are too old for most summer camps but young enough to gain basic leadership skills. This program based in Pope Paul VI Catholic School allows kids to prepare for leadership roles in jobs, schools, and everyday life.
The DPNCHC camp provides a safe space for kids to explore their local area as well as socialize among peers their own age. while they celebrate the diversity of the area, the camp staffs passionate peoples who are dedicated to making sure kids have an exciting summer. The DPNCHC ensures kidswill have a space to develop themselves creatively and integrate a positive mindset for school years to come!
“At the DPNCHC children and youth can take free workshops, get involved in arts, cultural, and recreational activities, explore the city, and even benefit from job training. Projects like Youth Action Squad and Sassy are a great way to develop communication, leadership, conflict resolution, and other skills, while Girls’ Night Out and Just Us Guys provide safe spaces to explore life issues through discussions, workshops, and creative arts. ” Excerpt taken from Site.
Davenport Perth Neighbourhood and Community Health Centre
Location: Davenport Perth Neighbourhood Centre
1900 Davenport Rd, Toronto, ON M6N 1B7
Pope Paul VI Catholic School
270 Laughton Avenue Toronto, ON
Dates: July Session – July 4 – 21, 2017
August Session – July 31st – August 18, 2017
Located at St. Barnabas CES, 30 Washburn Way, campers can be seen having fun at the Tropicana Community Services (TCS) camp. Tropicana Community Services was founded by Robert Brown approximately 37 years ago. He had the assistance with those who were immigrating from the Caribbean. The company’s name was formed from “tropi-” inTropical and “-cana” from Canada, making the known name of Tropicana.
Here at TCS, they believe that summer camp is not all recreational and that they should incorporate education in their programs while also having fun. It is more than physical activities and arts and crafts. The camp teaches their kids according to the STEM (Science, Technology, English, and Math) program. Here they teach kids essential skills and exercise their brains so that they are ready to excel in their classes in the fall. In addition to their education component, they offer sports and arts and crafts. They also go to weekly trips which range from watching a movie at the cinemas to having fun at the splash pad.
Every week spent with Tropicana Community Services is filled with fun and excitement. Camp does not only focus on one main theme but instead changes it up and has a different one each week. TCS provides an amazing experience through its philosophy based on education and entertainment, as well as the welcoming staff ready to greet every camper.