Youngsters enjoy one of the mountain bike trails recently built as part of the Candle Creek cross-country ski trails near Clearwater. (File photo)

A kid’s camp to end the summer with outdoor fun

The camp starts Aug. 31

The District of Clearwater is putting on a kid’s camp for four days starting Aug. 31.

The camp will be comprised of two groups, a seven to nine age group that will run from 9 a.m. to noon and a 10 to 12 age group that will run from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The camp will run from Monday to Thursday.

With the cancellation of both the swimming lessons and hockey school, council discussed alternative options that was outdoors and more “covid-friendly.” A grant was applied for and the DOC was successful, so they are able to offer the camp free of charge.

“It’s super exciting,” said Megan Sim, who has a student administrative role with the DOC this summer and has played a high role in getting the camp put together. “You’re taking advantage of the things that Clearwater has to offer…like, going geocaching in geocahces that are already established within Clearwater or getting taught yoga by some local instructors or going mountain biking on our trails that have just been redone and are absolutely awesome.”

Activities include rock painting, yoga, hiking, a beach day, geocaching and mountain biking and paddle boarding for the older group.

Each child will also be given a backpack with many hiking essentials.

“They’re just things that when you go out hiking you would feel comfortable going out hiking with,” said Sim. “A perk of this program is that people can actually get out into their community and feel comfortable getting out in the community.”

Eleanor Collins, Healthy Living Coordinator at the DOC, said for the older group, certified helmets will be required on the biking trails. They will also have a certified mountain bike instructor who will take the group through Candle Creek Trails and will check over every bike to ensure they are safe. She said she is also working on securing a paddle board instructor to help the older group with some lessons as well.

They also have access to life jackets for all the kids through the swimming program for paddle boarding and beach days.

Spaces are still available for each age group, with the 10 to 12 age group needing more applicants. There will be 12 kids per group.

T0 register your kids or for more information, email Megan Sim at msim@docbc.ca or call the DOC office 250-674-2257.

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