Iqaluit day camp a big hit with kids this summer


Nunatsiaq News

IQALUIT — A record number of Iqaluit school children are taking part in the town’s annual day camp.

Day Camp ’99 has more than 110 children each day and another 30 children are currently on the waiting list, said Jane McDermott, co-ordinator of the day camp.

“This year Day Camp ’99 is our biggest year ever I guess because of the booming population here. We’ve got 110 kids, a huge waiting list and we’re adding new ones every day if we can,” McDermott said.

In most tears, enrollment is kept below the 100 children per-day mark. But this year, camp co-ordinators are trying to accommodate as many children as possible.

The day camp has already added an extra three employees to its roster of 14 camp leaders, and officials are keeping close tabs on when campers leave for family holidays. When a spot opens up, new day campers are added. Each leader heads a group of 10 children.

“There’s some times when it gets really hectic around here, but why wouldn’t it with 110 kids. I think we’re doing pretty well,” McDermott said.

Day Camp ’99 is run for five to 12-year-old children by the Town of Iqaluit’s recreation department. Activities at the six-week camp includes arts and crafts, swimming and baking. This year’s camp began on July 12 and ends August 20.

Once a week, older campers go to the Department of Education.

Campers can also go to Iqaluit’s elder’s centre to talk with elders.

“It’s a really popular thing to do. The elders teach them games and tell them stories,” McDermott said.

Other activities include a visit to the air traffic control tower and the park.

The camp is funded by the Town’s recreation department and through donations. Parents are charged $5 per child, per week.

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