Active Kids After School & March Break Day Camp

Organization Sponsor: Dalhousie University Department of Athletics and Recreational Services


Program Description

Dalhousie University turns Dalplex over to the kids for March Break. Active Kids March Break Day Camp, for children aged five to 10, offers an action-packed week of sports, games and crafts as well as outings and a daily swim. This non-competitive, structured camp includes an action-packed week of sports, games and crafts as well as outings and a daily swim each afternoon. There are also specialized camps for basketball, climbing and an Outdoor Rangers camp for youth who want to explore the natural world. This program is also run as an after school program during the year.

Program Approximate Cost: 

$210 Member

Funding Sources: 

Dalhousie and fees collected from participants.

Strategies For Sustainability: 

Participants will enjoy structured programming in activities such as: soccer, lacrosse, swimming, basketball, badminton, track & field, martial arts, floor hockey, and volleyball.The Active Kids program has two full-time staff members, along with several part-time activity staff.

Impact Of Program: 

This camp can accommodate 40 kids. It is always runs at full capacity.

Evaluation Tools: 

The program coordinator monitors the staff and the entire program to ensure it is running as designed. The program supervisor provides any assistance required in programming needs, parental concerns or general information, evaluations and assessments of both program and staff and general administrative duties.Formal staff evaluations are conducted annually for all staff.

Key Elements Towards Success: 

Our student-to-staff ratios for Active Kids is 10:1, though during the structured programs such as climbing and swimming the ratios are much lower. All staff are trained in Emergency First Aid/CPR C, High Five and most are certified lifeguards and swim instructors.

Challenges To Meet Them: 

This is a very active program and kids do need cool down activities. A child not already physically active might have a difficult time with this program.

Length and Stage of Project: 

Dalhousie has been providing children services for 25 years.

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