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East Vancouver Newcomers Camp – Local Group Helps Refugee Children Break Social Barriers

17 Jul

EVNCWe recently learnt of an interesting non-profit based in East Vancouver we are excited about. It’s the East Vancouver Newcomers Camp.  This organization was founded by Duncan Bernardo and Dakota Koch just over a year ago. The founders have created and run summer day camps for refugee children. They currently run day camps in two locations, Surrey and East Vancouver.  Each camp has approximately 30 kids aged 6 to 12 years of age.  The day begins with English lessons by certified instructors that speak the children’s native language, then a break for lunch, followed by an afternoon of sports and games.   The summer camp helps children integrate into North American culture and break down social barriers.   Founder Duncan Bernardo understands this first hand having moved to Spain at 11 years old. He didn’t speak a word of Spanish and initially was quite isolated, but he had a love of soccer on his side. As many may know Spain is a soccer nation. Sport was an avenue for him to make friends and break down the language barrier. With the recent influx of refugees coming from Syria, the founders saw from personal experience how they could assist children integrate into a new culture and make friends. The founders, Duncan and Dakota, were able to obtain a grant from the federal government that covers the cost of teachers and organizers to run the camps, but they are currently running at 50% of their potential capacity as they don’t have  the funds to meet the needs of food and transportation for all the children.  They have some wonderful sponsors to assist with donations in-kind to help them get their footing, but they still need some financial assistance to help meet the demand of the day to day costs of running the day camps.   There are a couple of ways you can assist them, if you are able. You can provide financial assistance on their Donate page online. It costs $500 to send one child to camp for the summer. They also welcome gift cards for groceries as they provide snacks and refreshments for the children throughout the day. Should you be in a position to provide any new or gently used sporting equipment, that would graciously be received as well. To provide donations in kind or gift cards, you can contact Duncan Bernardo directly at info@evnc.ca.

Photo Credit: East Vancouver Newcomers Camp  

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PantoLand Academy Comes To The Cultch – Summer Camp In 2017 For Kids

8 Mar

PantoLandIf you are looking for a fun, creative summer camp for your kids, you may wish to mark your calendar for registration day which is Monday, March 20th.  Theatre Replacement is offering a great 5 day summer camp for kids aged 5-10 years of age called PantoLand Academy.  The camp is based on the East Van Panto and can accommodate up to 70 children. They will learn the whacky and fun world of panto which includes learning to sing, dance, dress up and create. The camps will be led by a team of accredited teachers and members of the East Van Panto’s creative team. At the end of the camp, the children will get to perform onstage at The Cultch for their friends and families. Two camps are being offered, one being July 31st to August 4th, 2017 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 pm (Monday – Friday) and the second camp runs from August 8th to August 12th, 2017 (Tuesday – Saturday).  Cost is $275 per child plus tax. The camps will be held at The Cultch at Venables & Victoria Drive.  Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. on March 20th, 2017 and can be done online at East Van Panto/PantoLand. Note, registration is first-come, first served and we heard last year’s camp sold out in a matter of minutes. Although they are offering 2 camps this year, we expect these spots will fill quickly. For those interested, you may wish to mark you calendar so you don’t miss it.  If you have questions about the program, you can contact Theatre Replacement’s Associate Producer, June Fukumura at june@theatrereplacement.org.

Arts Umbrella Summer Camp Coming to Fraser River District August 12th

11 Jul

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Arts Umbrella and Fraser River District, 8683 Kerr Street, have collaborated to bring an arts based summer camp to SE Vancouver.   The summer camp runs from Monday, August 12th to Friday, August 16th. Classes begin at 9:30 a.m.  Children will do drawing and painting until 10:45 a.m.   At 11:00 a.m., kids will use their imaginations and get creative with theatre games and drama until 12:15 pm.  This camp is designed for the  young Picassos and Shakespeares of the world and is geared to ages 6 – 9.  Cost is $240.  For more information, you can email info@artsumbrella.com or call 604-681-5268. To register, visit www.artsumbrella.com. As with most summer camps, space is limited. Registration is recommended early.

 

Circus Camp For Kids At The PNE This Summer

11 Jul

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Want to keep your kids occupied this summer? Why not hang with the circus? CircusWest is offering one week summers camps at the PNE.  The camps  are divided into two age groups 7 and up and then 5 and 6 year olds which make up the ‘little ones’.

Summer Camps for ages 7 and up will learn unicycle, juggling, acrobatics, trapeze, mini-tramp and more. Every Friday afternoon, the kids will demonstrate their new skills by performing in a showcase for friends and family.  Camp costs $340 for 5 full days plus an additional Gymnastics BC insurance fee of $15.

For the little one, they will also learn unicycle, juggling, acrobatics, trapeze, mini-tramp and more. As well on Friday, they will demonstrate their new skills for friends and family. The two camps are scheduled for July 29-August 2, run from 9 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and cost $175. An additional Gymnastics BC insurance fee of $15.

Camps will be held in the  Garden Auditorium at the PNE  on July 8 to 12, 15 to 19, 22 to 26 and half-day mini camps July 29 to August 2. For more information or to register, visit CircusWest. Classes are filling up quickly with a wait list for some, but classes are also offered at some other locations in the Lower Mainland.

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