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It Must be Summer, Because MRU Kids are Here

MRU KidsThe MRU campus can be a bit quiet toward the end of June as students and faculty go off on their summer adventures. But it’s full of life once again at the beginning of July when MRU Kids summer day camps for children and youth ages 5 to 17 begin.

The one- to two-week MRU Kids camps run from July 7 through August 29, 2014. There are programs to suit any child’s interest – sports, art, computers, science, theatre, leadership, engineering – MRU Kids has something they will love. They have so much fun they don’t even notice that they are learning at the same time.

“I am pleased to once again to welcome all of our campers to the wonderful facilities on campus at Mount Royal University. I’m very proud of our tradition of combining educational activities with fun and friendship. We are excited to introduce a Physical Literacy Component (PLAY) to all of our camps this year, consisting of a variety of fun physical activities,” says Kevin Gilbert, Program Coordinator of MRU Kids.

The PLAY program replaces daily swim time since the MRU pool will be closed for renovations this summer. Campers will also visit Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame.

A unique feature of MRU Kids is the free before and after care, so busy parents can easily accommodate dropping their kids off to camp in their work day.

The camps are divided by age group: Elementary Programs (5-9 years of age); Junior Programs (9-14 years of age); and Youth Programs (13-17 years of age).

There are also Sports and Adventure camps, including Cougars Gym Highlights offered in partnership with MRU Cougar Sport Camps.

Popular programs for the elementary set include CATS (Computers, Arts, Theatre & Science).

New this summer for junior campers is Academie Artiste, a combination of art history and drawing, painting and sculpture.

For the older teens, there’s the ConocoPhillips Youth Science Academy. All participants receive a $100 scholarship towards the cost of the program courtesy of the corporate sponsor.

Thanks to our generous donor Co-op Community Foundation, MRU Kids is able to provide bursaries to parents to help them pay for children to attend our programs. The donation also provides free lunches to bursary recipients.

MRU Kids has offered top-quality child and youth programming in a creative, fulfilling environment for 24 years. Last summer nearly 3000 children and youth participated in MRU Kids camps.

MRU Kids employs dozens of post-secondary students as camp instructors and group leaders every summer.

Congratulations to our MRU Kids Win a Camp draw. Winners were chosen on May 15.

Rita Dong with Kevin Gilbert, MRU Kids program coordinator.
Prize winner Rita Dong with Kevin Gilbert, MRU Kids Program Coordinator.
Winner Tara Poncelet with son Evan.
Winner Tara Poncelet with son Evan, who is a returning MRU Kids camper. He enjoyed CATS last summer, especially the Pokemon play his group put on.

If you’ve got recently released schoolchildren underfoot, MRU Kids can be a great way to keep them happy and busy this summer.

by Karen McCarthy

 

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