New summer camps added to Carleton’s offerings

Fiona Wright, education and community outreach manager at the Carleton University Art Gallery and Christopher Surgeoner, camp and intramural co-ordinator with the Department of Recreation and Athletics, joined forces this year to offer Carleton’s first-ever Art and Sports camp. The camp was one of a couple of new camps offered during the summer at Carleton. (Kristy Strauss photo)

Whether they were mastering their basketball skills or learning how to tell a good story, children visiting the Carleton campus shared a variety of experiences thanks to new and unique summer camps offered for the first time this year.

Among many camps held over the summer, Carleton’s first-ever Art and Sports Camp was launched for children ages seven to 10.

Chris Surgeoner, camp and intramural co-ordinator with the Department of Recreation and Athletics and Fiona Wright, education and community outreach manager at the Carleton University Art Gallery (CUAG), teamed up to launch the camp which will continue again next year.

The two-week camp, which was sold out, included creative activities like pottery and visiting CUAG, in addition to playing sports like fencing, basketball and volleyball.

Bringing arts and sports together in one camp just seemed to make sense, says Wright.

“Team work and collaboration come up in sports and in art as well,” she says.

Surgeoner adds that the camp struck a balance between art and sports, and provided the campers a much more enriching experience.

“This gave them a nice balance of two different things,” he says. “To go from a very active environment to one where they’re creating something, it’s incredible for the kids.”

Campers were also given a chance to express their creativity during the MacOdrum Library’s new Creative Writing Camps, which were held throughout July and August for children aged eight to 12 and 13 to 16.

Andrew Connolly, a PhD student in English, directed the program – which collaborated with departments across campus including Carleton University’s English Department, the Discovery Centre, the Centre for Aboriginal Culture and Education, and Ottawa’s International Writers Festival.

The Creative Writing Camp helped young people connect with Ottawa writers and an Aboriginal storyteller. They were given a chance to compose a poem, tell a story, write a comic, or work on a video game narrative – and presented their work to the group.

Margaret Haines, Carleton’s former University Librarian, says it was a great experience for everyone involved with the camp.

“On the whole, I think it was a very successful camp in terms of what the kids got out of it and for the instructors,” Haines says.

Connolly hopes the campers walked away with a sense of what it feels like to be a creative writer and how to experiment with writing.

“The whole camp was built on fostering that experience for the kids and the idea that creative writing can be fun and valuable because you learn about yourself and other students.”

Connolly had help setting up the camp from Mawuena Torkornoo, director of the Virtual Ventures – a not-for-profit organization run under the Faculty of Engineering and Design that offers technology and engineering programs for youth.

Virutal Ventures offers a number of summer camps including Girls@VV, Game Design camps, and Connections@VV for Aboriginal youth. Other summer camps offered at Carleton include Summer Lifesaving Camps, and specialty camps in basketball, hockey, leadership, ringette, soccer and tennis offered by the Department of Recreation and Athletics.


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By Kristy Strauss

Kristy Strauss graduated from Carleton's journalism program in 2009. She is a regular contributor to Carleton Now. She has worked as a reporter for the Kemptville Advance. She currently reports for EMC Ottawa South.

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