Plenty of new, diverse fare on the menu to satisfy varied tastes and palates when the 2020 edition of St. Michael’s College School (SMCS) Summer Camps begins in July.
“In addition to popular programmes like Theatre, Lacrosse, and Strength & Conditioning, which we have offered in previous summers, we are now offering Makers Camps, Media Arts Camps, and a General Learning Skills programme,” says Stephen Antolin '05, Director of SMCS Camps and a Core Intermediate and English teacher. “This allows us to cater to kids with wider interests and abilities all while providing the same exceptional experiences that we always strive to offer.”
Now in its fifth year, having taken a one-year hiatus in 2019, SMCS Camps offers many novel features.
“All of our programmes are designed and facilitated by certified teachers who are leaders in their given field of instruction,” says Antolin. “This ensures participants get the same great instruction, assessment, and support during our camp programmes that they would in our classrooms.”
SMCS Camps is open to boys and girls eight and up, and runs in July and August. Professional educators and coaches will lead campers in 13 different programme areas within the themes of academics, arts, athletics, and activities.
“I really think it is important to use the summer for children to investigate what interests them, especially in an environment where they can learn without being evaluated and assessed,” says Christina Shin, a new SMCS faculty member this academic year, who will be leading the Makers and Robotics Camps for the first time as an instructor.
“It is an opportunity to learn some interesting new concepts with tactile hands-on technology,” she says. “As well, it is important for children to have the opportunity to immerse themselves in activities that are unique, individual, and that allow children to grow as they create.”
Employing elements of the engineering design process, STEM, 3D printing, laser-cutting, and more, Makers Camp will culminate in students producing a portfolio of their creative efforts to take home.
“I never know what children are going to create based on the idea presented --- it is always so versatile and such a surprise,” says Shin, who teaches design technology at SMCS. “I like providing children with a project idea and see how it will be created because the final concept always looks so different in design and execution. The engagement and enjoyment of learning is always a thrill.”
A mother herself, Shin shares her own recipe when choosing a summer camp programme.
“Something that captures their interest --- it’s their summer so it should be fun! A programme that incorporates good socialization, excellent staff, and a safe environment. A programme that allows for independence, outdoor time, new opportunities for learning, and that helps them feel good about what they are producing,” she says.
In addition to its diverse offerings in academic, arts, activities, and athletics, SMCS Camps offer:
- Lunch on-site (cost included)
- Free before and after-camp care
- Flexible pick-up and drop-off
- State-of-the-art facilities
- Certified teacher and coach instructors
Also new in 2020, a camp designed specifically but not exclusively for campers who will be entering St. Michael’s College School in Grades 7 or 8. General Learning Skills Camp aims to support and build on a camper’s learning, problem-solving, critical thinking, organizational, and social skills.
The breakdown of SMCS Camps programming is:
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For Antolin, who has worked in various roles at camps outside of SMCS, summer camp is a welcome experience for teaching staff as well.
“What I have enjoyed most is seeing the same kids and their families return year after year, excited to get better in their programme and to connect with friends, new and old,” says Antolin. “When I see a camper that I came to know first as an eight-year-old, still loving our programmes as a 12-year-old and talking about wanting to be a counsellor one day, I know we have accomplished something special.”
SMCS Summer Camps begin July 6, 2020 and runs through August 2020.
Registration is now open.
Learn more: SMCSCamps.com
See programme descriptions: Camp Brochure