Getting active at camp

Surprised by the joy of dance and many other activities


At dance camps and other camps, kids get active in ways they wish to, and in ways that might be unexpected. For example, 12 year old Celine, at Olympia Sports Camp, tells how she loves staying overnight at the camp in order to fully "get into the rhythm" of summer camp life and activities.

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One thing about dance class is it goes on even if it’s raining outside. This is hip-hop dancing. If it feels silly when you’re doing it, that means you’re doing it right.

Dancing is hard. We do three sessions a day, about an hour and 45 minutes each. But we go swimming and stuff and just sit around and chill.

I dance a lot in competitions so this is important to me. I do jazz dance, musical theatre, ballet and hip hop. I’m learning a lot. I came with a friend but I’m meeting new people—a lot of Toronto girls.

I live quite near, but I’m staying here so I can be a part of everything.

At Circle Square Ranch, near Perth, Ontario, Maria, aged 14 is also into dance. However, she found herself surprised at the other things she was able to learn at this summer camp that features horseback riding and much more. At Circle Square, she found her niche.

I dance—I do ballet and I used to do hip-hop—but I’m not a gymnast. I’ve never done that. But this is my second week at camp and last week they taught me how to do gymnastics on a horse—mount it from the front, over its head and up its neck, and swing myself around in the saddle to face backwards and hang head down from the side, stuff like that.

I learned to ride at camp and I love it now. I was nervous my first time but now I go right to Firefly, my favourite horse.

There’s always something new every year. After dinner, we get snacks and take them to the skateboard park and chill. How many camps do you know that have skateboarding?

This is the perfect place for me. They have a family week when your family can visit and go riding with you. The other kids are awesome, too. I love everybody here.

Use camps.ca to find out more about summer camps that will allow your child to indulge in activities they love, such as swimming, soccerdance, or taekwondo.

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