Summer Fun at RDC
With over 1,200 youth taking part in a variety of summer camps at RDC this past summer, there is surely something for everyone. One enthusiastic summer camp ambassador is sixteen-year-old Joey Stedman.
In his first year of summer camps in 2014, Joey attended four straight weeks. In 2015, he spent five weeks in a row on the Red Deer College campus. And this summer, he plans to return for six consecutive weeks of camp.
Joey discovered RDC’s summer camps early last year. His mother saw a brochure for the overnight teen camps and asked him if he would be interested in attending. They decided to sign up for two weeks of Teen Film Camp, followed by two weeks of MusiCamp Alberta, the provincial overnight music program.
“I was expecting good camps, but when I got here it was way better than I ever imagined,” says Joey. “And it kept getting better and better, every day.”
Hailing from Calgary, Alberta, Joey found the on-campus accommodations provided with all RDC’s overnight camps to be an added bonus. Although many summer camps were available closer to home, he believes the Red Deer College programs to be unique.
“Coming here, you really get that sense of family and integrity,” he says. “It’s different than anywhere else. You become a big family after your weeks together and make a year’s worth of memories.”
The Teen Film Camp is the only program of its kind in Alberta, giving participants the chance to experience acting, directing, editing and producing on a real film set.
“The film camp is extraordinary. The instructors are unmatched,” remarks Joey. “They teach you so much about how to make films, how to act, everything.”
Joey is an artistic triple threat with talents in filmmaking, musical theatre and band (he plays the tenor saxophone). He was excited this year to be old enough to register in the MusiCamp Alberta David J. Peterkin Symphonic Band, an advanced two-week band camp with a supercharged atmosphere.
“It’s everyone who has that burning passion for music,” he says. “We are more willing to put extra energy and effort in to have a good final performance.”
RDC’s summer camps are taught by instructors who are experts in their field. They devote time to teaching participants about the educational and career opportunities available to them in each industry.
“It has really exposed me to a different culture,” Joey notes. “I always thought, ‘This is a neat idea but it might just a hobby for me.’ But after coming here, I’m like, ‘I want this to be my life.’”
Like Joey, many youth have multiple interests. RDC day and overnight camps are available for a wide variety of interests including sport, science, theatre, visual art, film, game design, trades, music, dance and even new camps in cooking and animation. Joey encourages his peers to see summer camp as an opportunity to explore new experiences outside their comfort zone.
“Just give it a try. You can find out so much more about yourself, about what you want to do in the future. You can make new friends with new interests.”
RDC’s 2016 summer camps are open for registration. For more information, visit rdc.ab.ca/summercamps or contact the School of Continuing Education at 403.356.4900.