During the summer, Saint Columba House provides a Literacy Day Camp to the children, families and youth of Point Saint Charles. Our goal is to offer affordable quality services providing children with opportunities to learn and explore in a safe and supportive environment. The Camp Program focuses on literacy while promoting physical activity, healthy eating, and discovery of the community and environment. All activities function bilingually and the various cultures of all children are celebrated and valued within the program through song, diverse activities and exchange.
The program consists of weekly camp outings to places of interest and fun (i.e. regular beach trips, museums, nature outings, etc.). Local swimming excursions are organized twice weekly and games and activities in a number of local parks are organized daily. Special guests are invited on-site to run workshops on a variety of themes of particular interest to the children. During the last week of camp, parents are invited to join their children and learn what they have been working on throughout the summer. Throughout camp the children, staff and volunteers have wonderful experiences and leave with beautiful memories.
Our day camp would not be complete without our phenomenal team of Counselors and Counselors in Training. Hiring priority is given to youth from the community of Point St. Charles, and the job offers a positive first work experience for many by providing training, support and recognition. All counselors participate in a week training program to ensure a high quality program. The program strives to achieve standards set by the Quebec Camping Association, ensuring excellence in areas of programming, security, training, and animation.
This program is made possible through the generous contributions of individuals, local companies and foundations, as well as Federal Government grants to create training and job opportunities for students (Summer Jobs Canada and Young Canada Works).