Summertime activities and learning opportunities still available for Kelowna kids

By Public Affairs | June 5, 2018
           

Okanagan College Media Release

From Minecraft to cooking camps to flight academy, Okanagan College’s Camp OC is back in July with a broad selection of educational day camps designed to keep kids busy while after camp care offers flexibility for parents at the end of the day.

Camp OC, coordinated by the College’s Continuing Studies department, offers week-long educational day camps full of interactive experiences, fun and adventure for youth.

Back for its 14th year in Kelowna, camps will once again be offered for students in Grades 2-12. Parents can choose from a range of camps including Minecraft programming, wood and metal fabrication camps, LEGO building, fashion and cooking camps, website design and flight academy camps, among others.

The sessions are a hit with Mia Salmon and her children, who have attended multiple camps. “The courses are packed full of fun things to do. Parents can be confident that their kids will come away with new friends, useful ideas and skills,” says Salmon.

After a successful launch last year, camp organizers are once again offering optional after camp care for students who will be entering Grades 2-6 this fall. With camps running 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Monday to Friday, parents once again have the option of enrolling their child in weeklong after camp care where qualified staff will engage them in activities until 5 p.m. The cost ranges from $24-30 for the week.

Camp OC is also a chance for high school students to boost their resumes and chalk up volunteer hours required for graduation. And with more than 100 scheduled camps in Kelowna alone this year, youth volunteers are still needed to fill some key summer camp roles.

“Volunteering at Camp OC gives high schoolers some of the required credits they need toward graduation,” explains Helena Jordo, Camp OC Coordinator for Kelowna. “We track and report back all volunteer hours to the school districts and it’s a great way for students thinking about attending the College to spend time on campus and learn their way around.”

Last year more than 1,700 students took part in more than 140 different camps as part of Camp OC across the College’s campuses in Kelowna, Penticton, Vernon and Revelstoke. The program has seen incredible growth since it launched in the summer of 2004, then with only 70 kids enrolled in about 10 camps.

More information about Camp OC is available at www.campoc.ca
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