A note from Camps registrar Kayla Madlener as our Camps season gets underway. Registration is still open for March Break Camps, and Summer enrolment continues. Join today!
Welcome to the 2015 Camps season! We’re always happy to see familiar faces, and excited to meet new-comers to our programmes.
Although you might not know it, you have probably communicated with me in some small way. As the Registrar for our Camps programmes, I answer all camp related e-mails and phone calls, run the Camps Office during the summer, and take are of the behind-the-scenes day-to-day happenings. I am an endless wealth of information about the ins and outs of how our camps work on a daily basis — having started as a CIT at Harbourfront Centre Camps and moving through various roles including Counselor and Director, there aren’t many questions that I can’t answer!
This year, we decided to expand on some of our campers’ favorite camps, including Senior Culinary – Pastries, Digital Photography – Outdoors Exploration, Dungeons & Dragons – The Quest, Fashion Accessories, Musical Theatre and many other Senior Arts programmes. We now offer more specialization within those genres, and campers can really hone in their individual interests. It’s a unique experience to see campers so proud of their achievements, and we want to create more opportunities for campers to express who they are.
One of the great things about Harbourfront Centre Camps is that there is something for all interests and age groups. Our youngest campers are in Camp by the Water, and they can be as young as two-and-a-half years old. Most of them are brand new to the day camp experience. Our focus is on making each camper feel comfortable and safe, so that they can be themselves. Each morning begins with get-to-know you games and icebreakers, and there is ample opportunity for one-on-one bonding with our low camper to counselor ratios. Most of the activities are group games or involve a teamwork component, so the campers learn to work together. Camper groups and schedules stay the same to help establish a routine.
I like to let parents know that their children are in skilled, capable hands when they are dropped off at Harbourfront Centre. Nothing is more essential to having a fun camp experience than feeling safe. Staff members are all trained during our pre-camp sessions on topics such as bullying, conflict resolution and professionalism and have Emergency First Aid and CPR C. Counselors’ ages range from 16 to 20, but there is a support system in place to assist and coach all staff members. A large majority of our camp staff members are returning, or have prior day camp or overnight camp experience.
Welcome to Camps 2015!
Kayla Madelener, Registrar, Cultural Engagement and Activation