The Our Kids review of CASMA Toronto
“You name it, we have it” says director Michael Dmitrik, and indeed they do. The breadth of activity is a draw—from violin lessons to soccer to everything in between—in that it allows families to easily add variety to the summer season, and to give children a chance to try new things all while remaining within familiar environments. The location and the facilities are as good as they get. All sessions are hosted in the leafy Bayview/Lawrence neighbourhood, making use of classrooms, gyms, and outdoor spaces at the Junior Academy, the Glendon Athletic Club, and TFS. That all sessions are accessible through public transit is a plus. There’s a keen desire to make use of the resources of the city, from coaching and instruction to guest speakers, including NBA players Simmi Shittu, Myck Kabongo and Cory Joseph. The camper to staff ratio is low, and the directors and staff bring a wealth of professional and teaching experience to the offering. As such, the camps are both a window onto various activities, but also to the cultures that those activities represent. The violin teacher, for example, is a professional musician, having played in the Toronto Symphony. The basketball coach has played for Kent State. And on it goes. It’s those added plusses—the quality of the facilities, the experience and passion of the instructors—that add sparkle to the programming. Sessions throughout the calendar year, including March Break and after-school programs, extend the offering and provide opportunities for campers to visit and revisit familiar faces and settings well beyond the summer months.