If you're looking for a summer day camp for kids between the ages of six and twelve, where you know they will be safe, but also a place where they can grow amazing life skills, then Oakridge Adventist Church(OAC) has just the program.
The OAC Kids' Day Camp runs from July 11, 2016 to August 26, 2016 and costs just $120 per week, or $140 for extended hours.
To say that Ashia Lennon, the camp's assistant director, is excited about the program is probably an understatement.
"When they asked me if I wanted this job, I didn't hesitate," she laughs. "It's going to be so much fun!"
Each week has its own objectives in the areas of science, sports, and creative arts.
"Children will have the opportunity to learn different skills,” Ashia says. “Science week promotes curiosity and encourages the asking of questions and using critical thinking. In sports, they'll learn how to play together as a team, how to be inclusive; and for craft week we'll be visiting the Luminous Elephant, a downtown art studio."
There will also be trips to Science World, the Richmond Oval, and Van Duysen Gardens.
"We're centrally located," says Ashia, "so Van Duysen is literally next door and we can walk there. For the other venues, we'll have a bus service that will pick us up and bring us back."
The staff consists of university students or graduates with extensive experience working with children. There's a ratio of four children to each staff member and some staff have first aid training in the event of an emergency.
"We will love your kids like our own,” Ashia says, “and we’ll teach them amazing things. And at the end of the day, they’ll go home with lots of interesting stories, excited for the next day."