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An 12 Year Olds Take On YouthWrite

Hi! My name is Hayden Reeve!

You might recognize my last name as I am the daughter of one of the Mamas! I am going to tell you about my experience at YouthWrite®. For a little introduction, it is a non-profit organization with camps for children who love to write. There is also a separate camp for adults who also enjoy writing! Today though, we are going to be discussing the camp for, well, youth! 

Something that I think is quite important and an absolutely excellent characteristic about YouthWrite is the fact that they have a figuratively speaking, bubble type of deal around them.

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Give Your Kids A “Wordplayful” Summer with YouthWrite®

2021 YouthWrite® Camp Theme – Voyage to the Great Unknown

Who is this camp for?

  • Youth in Alberta
  • YouthWrite®, a camp for kids who love to write…just about anything!©
  • Youth 8yrs all the way through 20!
  • Youth can choose in-person or online!

What is YouthWrite?

  • At the camps, young creators can explore new pursuits such as yoga and writing, drumming and words, songwriting, illustrating, cartooning, scriptwriting, improvisation and writing, body percussion and words, and more.
  • They also focus on traditional poetry and fiction – so there really is something for everyone!
  • YouthWrite Society Canada is celebrating its 25th anniversary as a non-profit, charitable arts organization.

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Is Your Child Ready For Sleepaway Camp?

In conversation with Dr. Ganz Ferrance.

My kids are getting older, they’re 7 & 9 now, and I’ve been contemplating a summer camp where they actually stay there for a week – the sleepaway camp. I recall being around 8 years old when I attended my first overnight camp and I have really fond memories of it! It was very strange at first, and I was a little homesick too.

We decided to have an expert weigh in on some of the questions I had around knowing if your child is ready for sleepover camp. Alberta Mamas reached out to Dr. Ganz Ferrance, a registered psychologist in Alberta to discuss.

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Super fun kids camps with Metro Continuing Education

If your kids are anything like mine, they’re very particular about the types of camps they attend summer. We don’t do a lot of camps during the summer because being bored is important for kids (as well as being very annoying for mom and dad), and the costs of camps can really add up (especially with three kids). The camps we sign the kids up for have to be special in that they’re learning a skill or improving on a skill set they have. It’s a lot of money to send kids to a camp so it’s important to us to make sure that the camp is a high quality.  As a parent I get excited when my kids get excited about camps and here’s a couple that we’re excited about from Metro Continuing Education in Edmonton.

We’re excited to be giving away a one week camp up to $400 for one lucky winner! Contest rules are below, but here are some of our favourite camps at Metro Continuing Education to get you thinking of what class you’d like to win! * Contest is now closed*

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Edmonton Area Summer Camps

As seen/heard on 92.5 Fresh Radio 😉

Pedal Heads Bike Camps
Offering full and half day camps. Encourage a healthy, active lifestyle for your children by enrolling them in our fun and exciting bike camps! Since 1995, we’ve been teaching kids to go from training wheels to trails by combining exciting lesson plans with amazing instructors and small class ratios. Pedalheads offers eight instructional biking levels to choose from, and with the addition of our NEW Pedalheads Mountain Biking programs, there is something for kids of any skill set.
Visit the link for locations and availability.
Heroheads Camps
Heroheads is our multisport camp with a superhero twist! By working on our uniquely designed Skills & Sports Challenges throughout the week, children will be primed for a lifetime of sports activities including baseball, soccer, archery, dance, football and more. The camp’s final day includes the Rescue Race which puts their super skills to the test in a timed course! This exciting and fun program will leave them well balanced in their skill set, and kick-start their passion for sports.
4 Cats Summerside
Offering 2, 3 or 5 day camps. OUR SUMMER CAMP IS DESIGNED TO PUT KIDS IN CHARGE OF CREATING THEIR OWN ART ADVENTURE. Throughout the day, kids are given the opportunity to choose their own projects from a variety of mediums, which encourages a love of learning, independence, creativity and artistic flow. Artists are encouraged to follow their own interests, and will earn badges as they participate!
Visit the link for more information.
J’Adore Dance
Offering half day camps. Many of the younger age camps are sold out but openings remain in most 6+ camps! Inspiring the love of dance! From Ballet and Hip Hop to Making a Music Video, J’Adore Dance offers summer camps for everyone using a holistic and conceptual approach to dance education that ensures our students move with purpose on the dance floor and through life. All camps include dance, crafts, music, and park time.
Visit the link for more information
City of Edmonton
The City of Edmonton offers a wide range ofday campss for children and youth, at a number of city-wide locations including the River Valley, City Recreation Centres, the City Arts Centre, the Edmonton Valley Zoo, the John Janzen Nature Centre, the John Walter Museum, the Muttart Conservatory, and the Prince of Wales Armouries.
Depending on where and the age of your child, a lot of camps are waitlisted but there are a few that still have room! 
Dominelli School of Music
Dominelli Music Summer Camps is a great way to introduce children to the adventure of music! Please call to check available spots.
TELUS World of Science
Discover the WOW in science this summer! Create gadgets & gizmos galore, become a dinosaur expert, defy gravity, and more!
Spots are limited!
Sportball Edmonton
Our Parent & Child and Drop Off camps build upon our renowned Multi-Sport programs for expertly coached full and/or half-day sessions filled with creative fun, exciting games and skill-based sports. New themes for this year Storybook, Geek Week, Adventure, EPIC and more!
Macewan Junior Griffins Summer Sport and Aquatic Camp
Designed to engage youth by teaching basic sport and aquatic concepts in a positive environment that is both challenging and fun. Camps not only improve youths’ technical skills, by introducing them to various forms of physical activity, but they also gain techniques for a healthy life. Check online for availability.
St. Albert Children’s Theatre Drama Camps
St. Albert Children’s Theatre summer drama camps are designed so that all participants, experienced or not, will enjoy a complete theatrical experience in a positive environment.
Some camps are waitlisted. Check online for availability.
Camp Health Hope and Happiness
Camp Health, Hope & Happiness Society exists to provide safe and rewarding recreational opportunities to children and adults with physical and mental disabilities. A not-for-profit, non-denominational organization situated on Lake Isle in Northern Alberta funded by public support. Check online/phone for available spots.
At DiscoverE’s award-winning camps, participants complete exciting projects and challenges across engineering, science, technology, and math. From our gripping general science camps to our thrilling theme camps, there is fun science waiting for everyone!
Visit the website for available camp spots. 
YouthWrite Camps…are all about wordplay – the concept of meaningful play! We want participants to learn about the craft of writing as well as have fun. So our instructors and supervisory staff work hard to make participants–new and returning–feel welcome and valued.
Check online/phone for available spots.