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Q Camps exploring creative side

As chalkboards are wiped clean and the final school bell signals the start of summer break, parents’ summer homework is just beginning. Finding a way to keep kids happy, busy and cared for can be a difficult assignment, but thankfully Q Camps have them covered.

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There are 43 camps available that keep children active and learning this summer. (University Communications)

Q Camps, summer day camps that are held on campus here at Queen’s, are offering their widest variety of selections yet, and this year have 43 camps open for enrolment. Along with their usual slate of athletic and sport-specific camps for kids looking to sharpen their skills, they’ve also introduced a number of artistic and creative camps.

By partnering with groups such as the Kingston School of Music and the Queen’s Drama Department, Q Camps are offering camps about playing guitar, doing dramatic improv and writing creatively, to name just a few. 

“We’ve pushed for big growth this year and introduced many new camps that we think will appeal to a wide range of Kingston kids,” says Andras Switzer (Kin’12), Q Camp Supervisor. “It’s all quality programming that parents will like and the kids will enjoy. All of our camps have a physical literacy component as well because we want to keep them active and help promote the skills needed for healthy development.”

One of their most popular new offerings is Super Hero Training camp for kids aged 4-6, that will have theme days, costume dress ups and give the kids a chance to make their own comic strip to take home. No surprise, Mr. Switzer says that particular camp is filling up quickly. 

Along with camps that appeal to kids, Q Camps also have a number of features that camp easier for parents and guardians. An early drop-off and late pick-up program helps parents work around their personal schedule and Q Camps also have discounts available. Queen’s staff and those who have a membership at the ARC are entitled to a discount, and those who have both are eligible for even bigger savings.

“Camps are the best way to make sure your kid is having fun during the summer while also doing some structured learning. On top of that, it’s child care, fits right into your work day and you don’t have to go too far out of your way to get there,” says Mr. Switzer.

The full listing of camp offerings can be found at gogaelsgo.com