We’re only days away from the beginning of March Break and the countdown is on. For many young Canadians, this much-desired week off from school means one thing – March Break Camp!
This March Break, with the help of Humanity First’s Syrian Resettlement Project and generous funding support provided by Manulife, 30 new Canadian children, aged four to 15, will experience their first March Break Camp at Harbourfront Centre – all at no cost to their families.
The initiative is all about creating positive childhood experiences for the young campers, especially after facing such hardships at an early age.
But most importantly, it’s a way for these new Canadians to start their life in Canada – exploring their new home, making lasting friendships and expanding their horizons as more confident individuals.
“Initiatives like March Break Camps are important for these children for faster integration into the Canadian fabric,” said Dr. Aslam Daud, volunteer chair of Humanity First and Manulife employee. “They gain confidence, resilience, respect for one another and a positive attitude towards their new homeland.”
Throughout their week at Harbourfront Centre, the 30 young campers will take part in fun, diverse, dynamic and creative programming. From Dance Camp to Mixed Media Arts, Young Builders to Musical Explorations Camp, the campers will learn from and interpret the world we live in through dialogue, social interaction and facilitated hands-on activities.
And it’s not just the young ones looking forward to camp – parents see March Break Camp as a great opportunity to help their children learn important life skills and contribute to the development of their personalities – some even want to get in on the action.
“ [The parents] are all very excited to the extent that some parents indicated interest in attending or volunteering at the camp with their children,” said Daud.
And while the parents won’t be able to tag along, they can rest assured knowing that the camp experience will leave a very positive impact on the mental and physical growth of their children.