episode 21 season 1
Welcome to a fun podcast about Calgary Summer Camps for a 6 year old kid. Being a mom of a 7 year old, and a working professional it’s hard to juggle camps, interests and driving around the city figuring out the best spots to put your kids, convenience, safety and costs are all a factors I look at. For this episode I’m going to review all of the camps we signed up for this year and my daughters perspective and of course mine on these gems.
ONE, WinSport Summer Camp
Camp: Downhill Mountain Bike for girls
Facility review: this place is what you’d picture at a ski resort. It’s industrial, lites of windows, tables benches. The coaches that volunteer and work are shredded out with long hair and talk like surfing guys lol. It’s god a great vibe and everyone is pumped.
- choosing the class: it gives you some benchmark of skills to choose from plus the option of co-ed class or just girls. I chose co-ed as lives more fun when you have good dynamics
- Bike pre-requisites we’re front and back brakes plus padding for knees/elbows etc plus riding gloves. Why do we let our kids influence our purchasing decisions…
- Day one: she was in a group with all boys…so they tried to find another group for her which ended up being all boys also. There maybe have been a ratio issue also but I’m not exactly sure. So she stood her ground and said she would have preferred to stay in this first group as she’s already getting to know the boys names then move to a new all boys group. Good point kid!
Why is everything today initiated with a waiver? You will have the best time but only if you sign this waiver first
- nestled in at our Canada Olympic park site where we held the 1988 Olympic Games here in Calgary Alberta. I wasn’t living here at the time of this global stamp on our amazing city but my husband was and he has very fond memories of City Pride and sense of community and euphoria rooting for our Canadian olympians.
- Camp name: mountain biking camp
Signed her up for this thinking this would be good experience for her to learn control of her bike, hills, more aggressive biking and of course make friends and have a good time.
- turns out she needed a better bike with many gears and front and back breaks- who knew? they lent her a bike for the week
She had a good time very challenged and satisfying. We ended up upgrading her bike to the next level. They biked 10 plus Kim’s each day.
TWO: City of Calgary Summer Camp
Camp: Red Adventure
Facility review. This place is so busy located off 52 street NE it’s always a buzz being a full service leisure centre with swimming-gym parenting rooms all kinds of fitness classes and more.
This is through the City of Calgary is a combination camp with crafts activities and swimming. This is her all time favourite camp. The volunteers want to be there. They love the kids and always a good time. London comes home exhausted and happy. Always a good option for camp
THREE: Storybook Theatre Summer Camp
Beddington art centre
Camp: Drama camp
Great camp they use a combination of public speaking memorizing lines and acting. This is a fun camp for her she likes it and has taken away a few lines and scripts that have impacted her like Shakespear and Sally field to name a few. Fun group of staff and organized.
FOUR: Peddleheads Bike Camp
Camp: Bike Rules
Location: Rosemount community centre
This was such a great camp, the kids learned hand signals for turning and learned proper road riding. They do a parade at the end showing off what they learnt. They know and announce all the kids by name.
These bike camps when you are car people can be a challenge. Hauling the bike to and from the locations. But it proves fruitful on what the kids learn.
FIVE: Calgary Zoo Summer Camp
Camp: Grade 1 rangers
Obviously this setting is amazing outdoors and surrounded by animals. Nature wakes. Red hats are given to each kid lol London was not a fan of these hats. She came home good and tired.
SIX: University of Calgary Summer Camp
Camp: Mini Black Belts
Location red gym through Olympic Plaza
Boxing undercard Ring black room with kicking and punching bags you have to be 8 and over to go into the boxing ring.
SEVEN: City of Calgary Summer Camp
Camp: Swim and Fun
Through City of Calgary this camp was fun they swam twice a day one being a technical swim and the other being freestyleSir
EIGHT: Mount Royal University Summer Camp
Camp: Magical Adventures
through Mount Royal university
this camp was full of making potions, slime, dragon eggs, wands, and craft. There is also swimming as part of the daily activities.
NINE: Summit Kids Summer Camp
Camp: West Hillhurst
Through Summit Kids website
located at 19street and 6 avenue NW I need the Westhillhurst community centre. The community centre is a bit older you need to walk through the whole to get Tom the summit kids room there’s lots of parking tho and the take the kids as early as 8 am with before care costs and pickup by 5 without added costs so this is a bonus London says this camp this camp is babyish. They played at a fun park they was a couple minutes walk. There was an outdoor heated pool but it was too cold to go into. Plus you had to be 8 and older to go into. The camp volunteers were okay boys and girl were just boring according to my daughter. This camp isn’t structured mostly just arts and crafts.
Well that sums up our camp listings for this year, thank goodness for this summer full of camps and for school starting up again finally…sheesh, 9 weeks of camp and I need a summer vacation.