Ross Creek Centre for the Arts

Box 190 Canning, Nova Scotia, B0P1H0 (view map)

Ages:
5 to 18 (Coed )
Type:
Day camp, Overnight camp, After-school / weekend classes, Family programs
Specialty:
Art (multi)
Cost:
$290 to $550
Special Needs:
Yes, Mild support (Not all campers have special needs)

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Ross Creek Centre for the Arts
 

A Ross Creek Camp is unlike any other, with our perfect combination of creativity, challenge, and fun, all in a beautiful setting. Renowned for both our approach to arts education and our fabulous camp atmosphere in our SummerArts camps, in our Teen Academies , and in our pre-professional Dance Summer Dance camp, don’t let your child miss out on an incredible experience!


The Our Kids review of Ross Creek Centre for the Arts

 

One of the great things that many camps offer is a chance to live within, in a sense, a new reality. When campers arrive at Ross Creek they enter a professional environment, and work alongside theatre professionals. For young people interested in the arts, particularly the performing arts, that experience alone can be transformative. That the setting is so beautiful, to say nothing of state of the art, only furthers the theme. The sessions here are a one-of-a-kind experience in a one-of-a kind setting, run by people who are passionate about their art. In all of that, there's a lot to love. And that's just the beginning. 


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Day Camp
Art (multi)
Coed
Ages: 5 - 16
Wilderness Skills|Acting Film & TV|Circus|Jazz|Fantasy/superhero|Fashion design / Sewing|Vocal training / singing|Theatre Arts|Arts & Crafts|Drawing|Painting|Photo/Video|Pottery/ceramics |Animation / 3D design|Web design/development|Video Game/Web Design|Architecture|Engineering|Nature/Environment|LEGO|Marine Biology|Robotics|Zooology/Animals|STEM|Writing / journalism|Football|Gaga|Soccer
Overnight Camp
Art (multi)
Coed
Ages: 12 - 16
Wilderness Skills|Acting Film & TV|Jazz|Fantasy/superhero|Fashion design / Sewing|Vocal training / singing|Theatre Arts|Arts & Crafts|Drawing|Painting|Photo/Video|Pottery/ceramics |Animation / 3D design|Web design/development|Video Game/Web Design|Robotics|Instructor lead (group)|CIT/LIT Program|Leadership training|Social Justice/Empowerment|Makerspace|Nature/Environment|Architecture|Engineering|LEGO|Marine Biology|Zooology/Animals|Skilled Trades Activities|STEM|Writing / journalism|Football|Gaga|Soccer
Day Camp
Art (multi)
Coed
Ages: 5 - 7
Zooology/Animals|Writing / journalism|Nature/Environment|Robotics|Engineering|Marine Biology|Arts & Crafts|Theatre Arts|Fashion design / Sewing|Painting|Vocal training / singing|Jazz|Drawing|Fantasy/superhero|Wilderness Skills
Overnight Camp
Art (multi)
Coed
Ages: 8 - 11
Wilderness Skills|Acting Film & TV|Jazz|Fantasy/superhero|Fashion design / Sewing|Vocal training / singing|Musical Theatre|Theatre Arts|Arts & Crafts|Drawing|Painting|Photo/Video|Pottery/ceramics |Animation / 3D design|Web design/development|Video Game/Web Design|Robotics|Makerspace|Nature/Environment|Architecture|Engineering|LEGO|Marine Biology|Zooology/Animals|Skilled Trades Activities|STEM|Writing / journalism|Football|Gaga|Soccer
Overnight Camp
Art (multi)
Coed
Ages: 14 - 18
Zooology/Animals|Writing / journalism|Nature/Environment|Robotics|Engineering|Marine Biology|LEGO|Architecture|Arts & Crafts|Music Recording|Theatre Arts|Photo/Video|Fashion design / Sewing|Painting|Glee|Jam Camp|Vocal training / singing|Ballet|Jazz|Drawing|Pottery/ceramics |Guitar|Piano|Fantasy/superhero|Wilderness Skills|Video Game/Web Design|Animation / 3D design|Web design/development
Overnight Camp
Dance (multi)
Coed
Ages: 11 - 18
Nature/Environment|Hiking|Arts & Crafts|Theatre Arts|Ballet|Jazz|Drawing|Wilderness Skills

Camp Address
Box 190, Canning, Nova Scotia

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Reviews & Testimonials

  • From Cape Breton to Janet Jackson
    Thomas — Camp alumni

    I attended Ross Creek in the summer of 2010 and it was a life changing experience for me. I decided only weeks before attending camp that dance was something I wanted to try to pursue, and the encouragement I received at camp from the staff, teachers and campers instilled me with hope and confidence in my fresh decision. I sometimes wonder if I would have stuck to my plan without that immediate affirming experience. Since graduating and leaving Nova Scotia I've begun and enjoyed a great career so far in the arts. I've been lucky enough to work with artists like Janet Jackson and Shawn Mendes. So THANK YOU for creating this place and all that it is. It has left an unforgettable impact on my life. It is always the first camp I recommend to any young artist. ​- Thomas Colford, DSD Alumnus.​

  • Max at Camp
    Carmen — Parent

    My 13yr-old son Max has been attending Ross Creek camps since he was five, both the March Break and Summer sessions. I cannot say enough about his experience at Ross Creek. It is a place where he has been allowed to express himself artistically and grow leaps and bounds as a person. Max became an overnight camper at the age of nine. I was so worried when I dropped him off on that Sunday afternoon. Would he be homesick? Would he take care of and keep track of his belongings? Would he get along with the other boys in his cabin? Would he eat and brush his teeth and take a shower? It was a very long week. On Friday when we picked him up, I was met by a smiling boy who had spent five glorious days making art and making friends and making memories. Under the watchful eyes of Roxy and the camp counsellors he had taken care of himself beautifully! I was so happy and proud to see all that he had achieved. Independence grows at Ross Creek. Creativity blossoms. Activity is key. A great deal of confidence is gained. The campers are exposed to young people in leadership roles and inspiration follows each of them home. Ross Creek is about games and campfires and sleep-outs under the stars. Every day has a theme. Mention Kangaroo Court to Max and watch him grin from ear to ear. The instructors that Ross Creek attracts to each session are top-notch in their fields and incredibly generous when it comes to sharing their knowledge and skill with the campers – Max has learned so much. The counsellors and counsellors-in-training all bring a passion for the arts and a crazy amount of youthful, contagious enthusiasm. They have been mentors for Max, who in turn has been inspired by their example to become a mentor himself. The fact that Ross Creek is a safe environment for children to be free to be whatever and whoever they want has been huge for Max. To the extent that my artist / actor / comedian now wants to become a Ross Creek volunteer, a counsellor-in-training and eventually, a counsellor. Those are amazing goals for a 13yr-old to have and I am eternally grateful to Ross Creek for helping nurture them. - Carmen, Camp Parent

  • Our Pal Joey
    Sally — Parent

    “My son Joey has been attending Ross Creek camps since for the last three summers and it has been the most amazing and supportive environment for him. He has trouble with camps where there are too many kids in relatively unstructured environments. Ross Creek camps have themes but also allow him to be an individual and express his creative and imaginative side with no pressure to do it exactly like everyone else. The staff have always been encouraging and fun and he keeps asking to go back every year! I am so glad we found Ross Creek. - Sally, Camp parent

  • Texas Twins
    Jeffrey — Parent

    Our Twins (Maeve & Sean) have been attending Ross Creek Art Camp each year for the past 6 years. They started as Junior day campers when they were 5 years old, and have both attended one or two weeks at Ross Creek each year, including overnight camps for the past 3 years. We live in Texas, but have been able to spend our Summers in Nova Scotia, and Ross Creek is definitely the highlight of the summer for both kids. Maeve has really blossomed as an artist, enjoying all of the types of media she has been introduced to. She was really inspired by the fashion design camp this past summer, and has asked for a sewing machine and fabric to continue exploring this art form. Sean has focused his artistic passion on the film making and computer generated art. Beyond the art, which is tremendous with the talented volunteers that lead the camps each year, the joyous, welcoming and true love that Ross Creek shows to our kids and their individual personalities is what brings us back to Ross Creek each year. Artistic kids sometimes have a difficult time fitting in normal social circles. Ross Creek embraces these differences and makes the kids feel special. The Ross Creek staff have also inspired leadership aspirations in our kids. Both now have the desire and drive to become Junior Counselors at Ross Creek and take all that they have learned and give it back to other kids. Summers in the Annapolis Valley are spectacular, but Ross Creek Art Camp is the best part of summer in the Valley. - Jeffrey ​​

  • From Ottawa with Love
    Parent — Parent

    From our initial enquiry and onwards, the staff of the Ross Creek Summer Arts Camp, were welcoming and warm, and showed a genuine interest in making Kasha's Dance Summer Dance camp experience an exciting and memorable one. Throughout her two weeks of camp, Kasha's dance experience was enriched and honed through the exploration of rhythms and choreographies under the coaching of talented seasoned teachers like Ballet Bob. This rich experience has strengthened and aligned beautifully with Kasha's professional dance training program back here at home, and has amplified the depth of her grace and dance knowledge The camp's ethos was supportive, fun and inclusive, and celebrated each and everyone's unique gifts. Kasha felt that her voice and vision were valued as a student camper. Finally, the counsellors were available at all time, and were delightful catalysts for friendships for campers like Kasha . Through their fun activities and community spirit Kasha was able to make friends that she will hold near and dear to her heart. We are grateful for having had access to this program, and for the positive impact it has had on Kasha's life. Thank you Ross Creek!

  • Jordans Journey
    Parent — Parent

    This is Jordan's (age 16) second DSD camp. She previously attended in 2013. Jordan has been trained in classical ballet/jazz/modern and hip-hop since age 5. She has also attended Quinte Ballet School of Canada Summer Intensive (offered spot in full-time program) and Canada's Ballet Jorgen SI IV . Jordan really loves going to DSD!! There is not any aspect of camp life that she would change. The instructors such as Robert McCollum are top notch. Jordan chose to attend DSD primarily to work with "Ballet Bob" again. Every year she comes back from camp armed with new knowledge and has worked very hard on perfecting technique and mastering new choreography. Jordan especially enjoyed the African drumming she learned this past summer. Camp life is so much fun !! The camp staff do an amazing job. They are well trained and always available day or night The campers enjoy dancing all day and at night they enjoy campfires,and fun activities like spa nights/gala dinners to keep them entertained. The weekend beach/Frency's trip is also something the dancers look forward to every year. One thing Jordan has enjoyed both times she attended DSD, is the food !! As much of the produce as possible is grown at or near Ross Creek Centre for the Arts. The chef really tries to incorporate a very healthy , well balanced menu which caters to the dancers and gives them the energy required to complete the day's activities. This year Jordan hopes to attend Dance Summer Dance again after returning from her 5 week program in Toronto with Ballet Jorgen. Thank you so much for putting on such a fantastic program. I can't wait to send Jordan to Ross Creek again next summer!!!

  • First Time Camper
    Moxy and Mom — Camper

    To the Staff, Artists, and Young Leaders at Ross Creek Centre for the Arts: ​ We want you to know that we are so grateful for the work that you do. We are also so humbled and thankful for being afforded the opportunity to participate in the programming this past summer. I am certain that each person comes away from these kinds of experiences with their own set of new learnings and gifts. We just wanted to share with you how your work has impacted our wee universe. Although Moxy was excited to come to camp, we both were a little bit nervous about the time apart. I am a single mother of a 9 year old who has never been away from family on his own. Ever. This was a first time for us. We were ready. Excited. But yeah… a lil nervous. (Ok mostly I was nervous.) But right from the start we both felt very taken care of by the staff, volunteers, and artists. For us this was not only summer camp but a life milestone. The first time away from family on his own. My heart just feels so glad that he got to do this with the Ross Creek Summer Crew. Moxy loved his experience! I know this because of how he speaks of it. He came home brimming with stories from camp. He told stories about flagpole. He told stories about the songs and games he played. He shared how much he enjoyed the camp community. He told tales of daily desserts at camp. Oh and not just desserts but yummy food every day! He retold the play as seen from his perspective. He told fantastic stories of memories made like the night they got to sleep under the stars. He had stories about his creations and the workshops. And perhaps most endearingly, he told me of the friends he had made and would like to maintain. I know he enjoyed his experience because he came home wanting to work at Ross Creek Centre for the Arts. He informed me that he could begin volunteering at age 14. I love how this is set up for the youth to participate as leaders! It feels attainable for a 9 year old. You all have inspired him! I know he enjoyed his experience because he is planning for next year and trying to invite his best friend. I know this experience had impact because he brought home the concept of using “roses, thorns and buds” as a way of debriefing our day. This is such a beautiful container to share feelings. We love it and are using it. As the single mom of a young man I am always aware of what mentors are on my son’s horizon. During the summer, Moxy saw Eamonn and Macky outside of camp while shopping. They both made a point to say hello to Moxy. This seemingly small gesture is actually quite awesome. He was completely proud that cool young folks like you recognized him. This gesture made him feel connected to community and to our new home in Nova Scotia...He was asked to pick one activity outside of school he would like to take part in this fall and he said “anything at Ross Creek.” Aaaaand he’s still singing the songs. I don’t know who she is… but I know that Aunt Numa has chickens; and they don’t sleep- no, no, no! For my part I want to thank Annie for her generosity and spirit in the garden. What a true joy to come to the garden! The garden and the connection with the land is really a collaborator in making the magic happen at Ross Creek... Finally, BIG THANK YOUS to Jessie and Chris. You should know that I have been moved to tears more than once by Ross Creek’s commitment to making programs accessible to all families in the community; without this we may have not been able to participate. Moxy, I know, thinks of it right now as super fun and is just magnetized to the experience for all kinds of reasons that he doesn’t necessarily have any language for yet. But as his guardian, I can see from my vantage point the immense impact this kind of programming has on shaping identity, confidence, leadership and team building skills, and worldview; a worldview that peers into the possibilities, manifests magic, and celebrates the abundance in this life. I am most grateful for the exposure and inclusion in the further development of this worldview. Moxy and I feel compelled to offer our hands and hearts in whatever capacity need for upcoming volunteer tasks and events. I have written this letter from the heart. We (heart) Ross Creek, Camp Parent


Accommodation & Property Details

Property details

Sleeping Accommodations

  • Cabins

Amenities

  • Toilet in Sleeping Area

Washrooms Facilities

  • Composting Toilets
  • Flush Toilets
  • Showers (indoor)

Sports facilities

  • Gymnasium
  • Soccer Field

Landscape

  • Forested Area
  • Lake/Pond/River
  • Nature Trails
  • Open Field


Director's Message

director

Chris O'Neill, Executive Director

Ross Creek is a place like no other. We forget sometimes, working daily on this site, how beautiful it is, and what a difference the programs make in the lives of young people from across the country and down the road. 

We are so thrilled to welcome Eammon and Lily as our new camp directors!

2019 is going to be epic!


Cost & Financial Aid

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Cost: $290 to $550 /week

Payment Options:

Deposit required with acceptance Yes
Credit card payment Yes
Maximum installments available 6

Discounts

Discount if paid early 10%
Discount for 2nd child 5%
Discount for 3rd child 5%

Scholarships & awards:

  • Canadian Forces

    Amount: 5% Deadline: Rolling
    Type: Need based
    Age: 5 to 18
    Details: Immediate families of active or veteran members of the Canadian Armed Forces

    Application Details: Just enter the coupon Military5 to get your discount!

Stories

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The Twins from Texasexpand

Our Twins (Maeve & Sean) have been attending Ross Creek Art Camp each year for the past 6 years.  They started as Junior day campers when they were 5 years old, and have both attended one or two weeks at Ross Creek each year, including overnight camps for the past 3 years.  We live in Texas, but have been able to spend our Summers in Nova Scotia, and Ross Creek is definitely the highlight of the summer for both kids. 

Maeve has really blossomed as an artist, enjoying all of the types of media she has been introduced to. She was really inspired by the fashion design camp this past summer, and has asked for a sewing machine and fabric to continue exploring this art form. Sean has focused his artistic passion on the film making and computer generated art.

Beyond the art, which is tremendous with the talented volunteers that lead the camps each year, the joyous, welcoming and true love that Ross Creek shows to our kids and their individual personalities is what brings us back to Ross Creek each year.  Artistic kids sometimes have a difficult time fitting in normal social circles. Ross Creek embraces these differences and makes the kids feel special. 

The Ross Creek staff have also inspired leadership aspirations in our kids.  Both now have the desire and drive to become Junior Counselors at Ross Creek and take all that they have learned and give it back to other kids.

Summers in the Annapolis Valley are spectacular, but Ross Creek Art Camp is the best part of summer in the Valley.

Jeffrey W. Hurley

...



Max at Campexpand

My 13yr-old son Max has been attending Ross Creek camps since he was five, both the March Break and Summer sessions.  I cannot say enough about his experience at Ross Creek.  It is a place where he has been allowed to express himself artistically and grow leaps and bounds as a person. 

Max became an overnight camper at the age of nine.  I was so worried when I dropped him off on that Sunday afternoon.  Would he be homesick?  Would he take care of and keep track of his belongings?  Would he get along with the other boys in his cabin?  Would he eat and brush his teeth and take a shower?  It was a very long week.  On Friday when we picked him up, I was met by a smiling boy who had spent five glorious days making art and making friends and making memories.  Under the watchful eyes of Roxy and the camp counsellors he had taken care of himself beautifully!  I was so happy and proud to see all that he had achieved.

Independence grows at Ross Creek.  Creativity blossoms.  Activity is key.  A great deal of confidence is gained.  The campers are exposed to young people in leadership roles and inspiration follows each of them home.  Ross Creek is about games and campfires and sleep-outs under the stars.  Every day has a theme.  Mention Kangaroo Court to Max and watch him grin from ear to ear.

The instructors that Ross Creek attracts to each session are top-notch in their fields and incredibly generous when it comes to sharing their knowledge and skill with the campers – Max has learned so much.  The counsellors and counsellors-in-training all bring a passion for the arts and a crazy amount of youthful, contagious enthusiasm.  They have been mentors for Max, who in turn has been inspired by their example to become a mentor himself.

The fact that Ross Creek is a safe environment for children to be free to be whatever and whoever they want has been huge for Max.  To the extent that my artist / actor / comedian now wants to become a Ross Creek volunteer, a counsellor-in-training and eventually, a counsellor.  Those are amazing goals for a 13yr-old to have and I am eternally grateful to Ross Creek for helping nurture them.

...



Dance Summer Dance expand

This is Jordan's (age 16) second DSD camp. She previously attended in 2013. Jordan has been trained in classical ballet/jazz/modern and hip-hop since age 5. She has also attended Quinte Ballet School of Canada Summer Intensive (offered spot in full-time program) and Canada's Ballet Jorgen SI IV .

Jordan really loves going to DSD!! There is not any aspect of camp life that she would change. The instructors such as Robert McCollum are top notch. Jordan chose to attend DSD primarily to work with "Ballet Bob" again. Every year she comes back from camp armed with new knowledge and has worked very hard on perfecting technique and mastering new choreography.
Jordan especially enjoyed the African drumming she learned this past summer. 

Camp life is so much fun !! The camp staff do an amazing job. They are well trained and always available day or night The campers enjoy dancing all day and at night they enjoy campfires,and fun activities like spa nights/gala dinners to keep them entertained. The weekend beach/Frency's trip is also something the dancers look forward to every year.
One thing Jordan has enjoyed both times she attended DSD, is the food !! As much of the produce as possible is grown at or near Ross Creek Centre for the Arts. The chef really tries to incorporate a very healthy , well balanced menu which caters to the dancers and gives them the energy required to complete the day's activities.

This year Jordan hopes to attend Dance Summer Dance again after returning from her 5 week program in Toronto with Ballet Jorgen. Thank you so much for putting  on such a fantastic program. I can't wait to send Jordan to Ross Creek again next summer!!!

...



In the News

News

June 12, 2019 - SummerArts Camps at Ross Creek!

SummerArts combines the best of camp with the best of the arts, with overnight cabins, a full recreation schedule, campfire and arts! ...

January 30, 2019 - Artist explores African Nova Scotian roots in Ross Creek Exhibition

Opening on February 10, a multimedia exploration created by the award-winning African-Canadian artist-educator Chantal Gibson. ...

December 7, 2018 - Philanthropists will match Donations for Local Arts Centre up to $20,00

A challenge for the community — the Roths will match anything donated to the Centre until December 24 up to $20,000! ...


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