Profile: Smarty Pants Camp

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Smarty Pants Camp is a safe and inspiring environment that is dedicated to giving campers lessons and experiences that will mold them into the great people that they will soon become. On a field trip to Lanna MMA, the campers were greeted by an experienced Muay Thai teacher who was prepared not only to teach the campers the basics of Muay Thai, but more importantly, valuable lessons about hard work, respect and determination.

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Safety first! Campers listen to instruction from a Muay Thai expert.

Campers’ perseverance expanded as obstacles came their way when being introduced to Muay Thai preparations and moves such as: skipping rope, jabs and punching bags. However throughout the day, each camper was getting a greater amount of punches on the punching bag and could skip for longer. It was the perfect example to help the   campers understand that perseverance, focus and a positive attitude is always the key to improvement.

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Campers try out their new techniques. Breathing is KEY!

In one short day the campers at Smarty Pants camp utilized their growing skills in teamwork, determination and responsibility. With humor and care, each camper learns that they have the potential to be their best selves, physically and mentally. Each day at Smarty Pants Camp is a new day to learn, grow and have fun, in or outside of the classroom!

 

 

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FOY Staff: Sherona P, Odosa O, Chante D, Frank B and Alexander N

SUMMARY:

Organization:
Smarty Pants Summer Camp

Location:
1440 Finch Ave W, North York, ON M3J 3G3

Dates/Times:
July 3rd – August 11th

Contact Info:
info@educationinvolved.org
416-587-6438

Website:
http://www.educationinvolved.org/smarty-pants-summer-camp.html

 

 

 

 

PROFILE: Basketball Beginnings

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Basketball Beginnings is an organization located at St. Victor School, 20 Bernadine St. They strive to develop and enhance team and individual fundamental basketball skills in a positive, fun environment. The organization partnered with Focus On Youth because it was a great opportunity to connect with facility in a neighbourhood that needs a program like this. They have partnered with Focus On Youth for about 4-5 years, and each year the community has grown larger and larger.

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Young athletes doing basketball drills.
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Warming up before a big game.

During the morning, campers are expected to improve their basketball skills through a variety of drills and games. But they also build character, leadership skills and relationships through the different activities. Parents are also very welcome to be involved in the camp’s activities, this builds the family-friendly like atmosphere. Every single day at camp is exciting and different.

They promote life-skills development through the sport of basketball— their athletes are students first and discipline starts by teaching the fundamental principles of personal conduct, self-assertion, and fair play. They take pride in their work ethics.

 

 

 

SUMMARY:

Organization:
Basketball Beginnings

Location:
20 Bernadine St, Scarborough, ON M1P 4M2

Dates/Times:
July 4 to August 5, 2017
9:00am-3:30pm

Contact Information:
Clairmonte Burgess
416-899-2281
http://www.basketballbeginnings.com/

Website:
http://www.basketballbeginnings.com/aboutus.html

 

 

PROFILE: St. Alban’s Boys and Girls Club

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St. Alban’s Boys and Girls Club has many hard working locations that provide a nurturing environment where kids can be their unique selves in a safe place. A home away from home, St. Alban’s is a place where kids can laugh, dance, have fun and make new friends!

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Girl Power! These girls have great dance moves.

Children are placed into groups based on their age in order to provide them with activities that keep them engaged. A variety of activities are available each day such as: arts and crafts, games in the classrooms, watching movies, sports and more. Although the campers’ favourite seems to be dance!

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Everyone’s favourite hobby at St. Alban’s Boys and Girls Club is dancing!

Surrounded by strong role models with a philosophy based on acceptance and friendship, the atmosphere of the camp is stress free and exciting! Campers know that when they come to St. Alban’s Boys and Girls Club fun and friendships await them.

 

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FOY Staff:
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FOY Staff: Zechariah S, Nevada F, Zamora D, Omari A and Tiandra T

 Summary:

Organization:
St. Alban’s Boys and Girls Club

Location:
Charles E. Webster – 1900 Keele St, North York, ON M6M 3X7
York Humber– 100 Emmett Ave

Dates:
July 3rd – August 11th

Ages:
7 years old – 14 years old

Contact Info:
416-534-8461

Website:
http://www.stalbansclub.ca/

 

 

PROFILE: United Youth of Canada

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The United Youth of Canada summer camp was created in 2006. Founded by Andrea Tull and her husband, they 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 and sports.

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Posing for a picture before running on the track.

Each week is different, however, their weekly schedule is as follows:

Monday –Acquaintance
Tuesday – Nature
Wednesday – Drama & Dance
Thursday – Cultural
Friday – Trips

They base their morning activities based on the theme of the day. As they revolve their program about culture, the kids at UYC learn about different cultures and the components of what makes each culture unique.

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A camper staying COOL by standing in the SHADE.

With the UYC, each camper grows with each other and develops leadership skills both independently and together. Through this camp, kids can learn more about themselves and strive to become even greater!

 

 

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FOY Staff (L-R): Jaelan Neequaye, Jaylene Mangalam, & Anthony Parker (All SMT Centre)

 

SUMMARY:

Organization:
United Youth of Canada

Location:
St. Ignatius of Loyola
2350 McCowan Road, Scarborough, Ontario, M1S 4B4.

Dates/Times:
July 4 to August 11, 2017
9:00AM – 4:00PM

Contact Information:
Andrea Tull
(647) 383 8923

Email:
atull@unitedyouthofcanada.org

PROFILE: East Scarborough Boys & Girls Club (St. Maria Goretti Location)

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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.

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Campers in a heated game of Great Wall
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At camp, both counselors and campers have smiles on their faces

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!

 

 

 

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SUMMARY:

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
(416)281-0262
kknight@esbgc.org

Website:
http://www.esbgc.org

 

PROFILE: Footsteps to Success

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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.

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A FOY counselor giving instruction on an arts and crafts project.

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.

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These kids are getting to work on their masterpieces!

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.

 

 

 

 Summary:

Organization:
Footsteps to Success

Location:
 1760 Martin Grove Rd, Etobicoke, ON M9V 3S4

Dates/Times:
July 6th – August 14th

Ages:
6 years old – 14 years old

Contact Info:
416-557-3824

Website:
http://footstepstosuccesstcdsb.weebly.com/

 

 

Profile: St. Jude’s Youth Now On Track

oooooAt 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.

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Having fun outside on a nice day!

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.

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Hold on Tight!!

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!

 

 

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FOY Staff: Prince N, Anmol K, Victoria M and Deandra C

SUMMARY:

Organization:
Youth Now On Track

Location:
3251 Weston Rd, Toronto, ON M9M 2T9

Dates/Times:
July 3rd – August 11th

Ages:
7 years old – 17 years old

Contact Info:
647.427.4898
info@ynotservices.org

Website:
www.ynotservices.org

PROFILE: St. Alban’s Boys & Girls Club Dante Beatrice Campus

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St. Alban’s Boys & Girls Club in 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.

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A staff member from the St. Alban’s Boys & Girls Club gets the attention of the campers.
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Campers make sure to listen carefully to trip instructions by staff.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

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.

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FOY Staff: Brianna C, Omar A, Terrence W

SUMMARY:

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

Age:
6 – 12 years old

Contact Information:
Site Phone –  416-707-2976

Website:
http://www.stalbansclub.ca/

 

 

PROFILE: Dovercourt Boys & Girls Club

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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.

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Dovercourt St.Luigi Branch Staff

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.

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“I love my job so much” – Marielle

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.

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FOY Staff: Tailor, Marielle & Sabrina

SUMMARY:

Organization:
Dovercourt Boys & Girls Club

Location:
180 Westmoreland Ave

Dates:
10 weeks
End of June to beginning of September

Times: 
8:00 am-4:00 pm

Age:
4 – 12 years old

Contact Information:
Mannie D’Elia  mannie@dovercourtkids.com

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.

 

PROFILE: Scarborough Basketball Association

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Beginning in 1996, the Scarborough Basketball Association (SBA) is a registered non-profit organization. The main goal of SBA is to serve the youth in the Scarborough area with the opportunity to grow and enjoy their summers with basketball.

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Campers listen up to learn a new skill they can use while playing basketball.

SBA is located at Jean Vanier CSS at 959 Midland Avenue. They begin their day with warm ups, basketball drills, and scrimmage. In the latter portion of the day, they learn new basketball skills and begin to exercise those newfound skills on the court.

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Campers starting a round of dodgeball.

SBA is run and coached by volunteers. They believe in putting athletes first and winning second. Over the past 10+ years of existence, they have placed Scarborough on the basketball map in Ontario, by producing great basketball players and organizing competitive tournaments. With the positive environment provided by both the campers and staff, SBA is a perfect place for your first dribble.

 

 

 

 

 

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FOY Staff: Noah Nelson, Omar Brown, Paul Bayangos, Terrence Geness, John De Silva (VANIER Centre)

SUMMARY:

Organization:
Scarborough Basketball Association

Location:
Jean Vanier CSS
959 Midland Ave, Scarborough, ON M1K 4G4

Dates/Times:
9am – 3:30pm
July 5 – August 12 2016

Contact Information:
Peter Jones
(416) 285 – 4428
peter_jones@rogers.com

Website:
http://www.sbabasketball.ca/

 

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