Brock Recreation announces new virtual camps, online safety courses for youth

Brock Recreation has launched new, engaging programming for youth that will take place from June to August.

Recreation Services is offering two more weeks of virtual camp for youth in Grades 2 to 8 after successfully running its first Virtual April Break Camp last month.

Participants enjoyed hands-on activities designed by Youth University, the innovative learning environment for kids.

“It was nice to connect with old and new participants to our camps. In addition, we received positive feedback from parents and campers around our April Break activities,” said Greg Zwiep, Program Manager, Recreation. “There was a dance activity and slime-making session that were highlights for everyone.”

The new sessions of programming run from July 12 to 16 and Aug. 16 to 20.

Registration is open and includes a camp kit with a collection of unique participant materials, including a T-shirt. Hands-on activities touch on various themes such as art, adventure, science, technology and sport.

Youth University has also created a new series of virtual workshops revolving around online safety for youth, including the Babysitting Training Course, Home Alone Program and Online Safety Course.

“These workshops are full of practical tips and ideas for both youth and adults to help kids be engaged, have fun and stay safe while at home,” said Michelle Leone, Program Manager, Recreation. “Our new Online Safety workshop was developed in response to how much more time we are all spending online and how navigating all these new games and platforms safely can be a challenge.”

The Babysitting Training Course is for students in Grade 6 or above and runs Friday, June 11 to Saturday, June 12 from noon to 4:30 p.m. The course includes an online exam to be completed to earn a Canada Safety Council certificate.

The Home Alone Program provides children 10 years of age and older with the necessary skills and knowledge to be safe and responsible when home alone. Youth University staff will help students understand how to prevent problems, handle real-life situations and utilize basic First Aid. This session takes place Wednesday, June 30 from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.

The Online Safety Course is for students in Grades 3 to 6 and their accompanying adults, and is geared towards learning helpful and practical tips to stay safe online. Topics include Your Digital Footprint, cyberbullying, following YouTube and social media rules, and safe online gaming. These sessions take place Wednesday, June 16 and Thursday, July 8. Both run from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

For more information and to register for these courses, click here.

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