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Might as well jump! ESP summer camp is on!

Posted: July 16, 2021

Might as well jump!  ESP summer camp is on!

  East St. Paul Summer Camp Counsellors, left to right, Meghan Cowley,
Marley Uhryniuk, Ashley Wiebe and Reese Adelberg get some air
after hearing camp is back on!
Summer camp staff are working diligently to ensure the best camp experience this year.

We are very excited to be offering camp this summer. Camp will look a little different with Covid guidelines, but the experience will be just as great as what families are used to.

Personally, I am jumping for joy. On June 18th the province announced that Summer Camps can run, effective July 1st. Under those guidelines, summer camp is accessible to children 11 and under, with 40 campers per week. Our cohorts will be split into two groups of 20, so we can offer access to all families currently enrolled, plus additional registrations. Cohorts will contain siblings and offer access to children around similar ages. We will have additional cleaning protocols in place.

While many families are used to our camp offering fieldtrips, we will be bringing the fieldtrips to us this year. Our hope is to have a visitor every week at camp. So far, these include a magician, Art City, Wildlife Haven, a circus performer, and more.
Outside of these experiences, children will take part in activities like Cake Wars, Kids in the Kitchen, field games, walks to park, Silly Scientists STEM based activities, water games, as well as themed days and adventures like Amazing Race, Fear Factor, Carnival Day, and Minute to Win It days.
Every day at camp will be packed with new games and lots of fun.
We also have the added bonus of being able to say that all of our summer camp staff have received their second Covid-19 vaccine. By the time we open camp to the public, all summer camp staff will be considered fully immunized. While we will adhere to distancing, masks, cleaning protocols, and all other provincial camp guidelines, I hope this provides additional peace of mind to our staff, campers, and families.
The safety of our campers and staff are our No. 1 priority. We also understand children have been affected throughout the pandemic in terms of socializing, play, and overall being able to take part in care-free fun. Our goal is to provide a space that every child can come and have a wonderful experience, while ensuring their safety from the start to end of every day.

Fall Programs
Regardless of where we are in terms of restrictions this fall, East St. Paul will have access to recreation programs!
The goal is to bring back programs that residents actually have an interest in.
Right now, I can say we will have access to Yoga classes, Zumba (online and in-person), iPhone nature photography workshops, children’s art programs, children’s STEM-based programs (STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and math), and children’s art programs.
I hope to also offer fitness classes and additional workshops like cookie decorating, paint nights, house plants 101, and more!
I was thrilled to have been approached at the opening Sunday of the ESP Farmers Market by a community member, who gave me a suggestion for a fall workshop. This is what I want – community members notifying me what’s important to them.
I will be sending out a survey this month, in hopes of getting some programming feedback from the community. As I have said in the past, without understanding what the program needs and wants are, I will not have success. My purpose is to listen and provide, and I welcome those suggestions and requests. I won’t be able to make every request come to life, but I promise I will try my hardest to make it happen.
Fall programs will begin in September and end in December, breaking for a couple weeks before the launch of winter programs.
While I know everyone is experiencing Zoom-fatigue and is likely hoping to be back to in-person programs this fall, I am prepared to run programming in-person or virtually, following provincial guidelines.

I cannot wait to be back to in-person programs, but I am not a stranger to running a variety of programs online. We have amazing instructors working with us, who are committed to providing the best experience possible, whether you are participating in your living room or in our Banquet Hall.
Keep your eyes peeled for information online and through flyers for program information coming this August!
Nicole McDonald
ESP Rec Coordinator


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