The free summer camps offered by MacDonald Island have been a huge hit. So much so that the Regional Recreation Corporation is opening up more spots for registration.
Camps that run from July 4 onward will have 50 additional spots each week, expanding the camps from 100 children each to 150. Over the summer, that could bring the total number of children participating to 1,350.
The expansion comes after the first registration session for the camps sold out. Scotiabank, who is sponsoring the free camps, decided to widen the scope of their support to allow for the additional spots.
“We believe in supporting young people who are the future of this community,” said Scotiabank Regional Senior Vice President Laurie Stang in a statement. “When the first Scotiabank MI Camps session sold out, we worked with our partners at the RRC to see how more kids could take part in camp, allowing parents more time to focus on getting their lives back to normal.”
The RRC say they’ll be contacting families who were on the waiting lists for the camps first to fill vacancies. Once the list has been exhausted, children registered for one week will be offered an additional week if any spots are still open. Registration for the second session of camps, which run August 2 – September 2, opens on July 18 and children will be limited to 2 weeks each.
The announcement also included an extension of the free camps to the Anzac Recreation Centre. Children aged 3-12 are eligible for the camps, with 270 spots available for the 9 weeks of camps, 30 per week. Registration for the first session of Anzac camps opens on June 20, while the second session registration begins on July 25. Families can register in person or by calling 780-793-6900.