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RDC preparing to welcome summer campers

Date posted: 
Mon, 06/01/2020
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Red Deer College is getting ready to welcome its summer camp participants for a wide variety of learning and fun activities. RDC’s summer camps will look a bit different this year, with a blend of online and in-person camps. This decision was made in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Youth from across central Alberta and beyond will participate, beginning in early July, in the College’s long-running summer camps in science, junior chefs, cooking, film, game design, animation, and sport. Participants will retain high-quality instruction to help them improve their knowledge and skill set. Campers will continue to engage with their peers and talented instructors. The unique difference to this year’s camp will be that some of these activities happen through online interactions. 

This decision to move camps online was done with the health and safety of campers and instructors in mind while ensuring this long-standing tradition of RDC summer camps could continue in an altered, yet conducive, learning environment. 

“I am confident that our summer camp participants will enjoy a fun and engaging experience in these unique circumstances. Our instructors are all excited to connect with our campers and ensure they receive the high-quality learning experiences they registered up for, along with ensuring everyone has fun with these summer activities,” says Dr. Peter Nunoda, RDC President. 

As part of the College's youth camps, Game Design, 3-D Animation and the popular Film Camp will be taught online while still providing students valuable education opportunities and the ability to connect virtually with their classmates and teachers. Participants will receive professional instruction as they explore and build on their creativity and technology skills in their homes.  

A range of cooking camps for students will also be offered in a virtual setting. From learning the cooking basics, to baking, preparing suppers and international cuisine, among others, participants will be taught important skills and techniques in the kitchen while being supported by their peers and a knowledgeable instructor. The cost for online camps has been reduced in some cases to assist families who may have to purchase some supplies, such as baking ingredients. 

RDC Science Camps will provide even more online experiences for the young inquisitive minds of participants. This year students of varying ages will be able to choose between Biology and Chemistry based camps. They will be fully interactive with classroom simulated learning as well as backyard-friendly experiments. These camps are the ideal opportunity to enhance their education and keep their minds active throughout the summer months, in a fun and engaging manner.

Several Series Summer Art School workshops will proceed for adults, although with a reduced number of available classes. Some courses will be taught online and others will be offered in-person on main campus. Organizers determined that some sessions would be difficult to replicate online and will be offered in-person in carefully planned smaller classes. Decisions were deliberately made when planning for Series and its format, ensuring valuable learning opportunities for participants, while adhering to provincial health and safety recommendations.

After discussions with partner organizations, Red Deer College has made the difficult decision to cancel its larger overnight youth camps, Artstrek and MusiCamp. The College understands the disappointment this decision will cause for its participants, and we look forward welcoming all summer campers back to RDC next summer.    

RDC Sports Camps, which have been well attended in the past, will not be able to continue as originally planned for this summer, given current restrictions on recreation facilities and sports such as volleyball and basketball, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

In their place, physical literacy camps for youth and physical fitness camps for teenagers have been designed and developed for safe and enjoyable on-campus participation. The health and safety of campers and instructors are of the utmost importance, and the sessions have been carefully designed as such. As an example, most of these camps will be held outside and in small groups to ensure adherence to physical distancing and other health directives. These camps will provide an important outlet for youth that will teach and develop physical literacy and fitness in accordance with government protocols.

For the select in-person youth and adult summer camps and courses at RDC, enhanced cleaning protocols will be incorporated, and personal protective equipment will be accommodated as per guidelines by Alberta Health Services. RDC has capped registration in all in-person summer courses to heed Alberta Health Services public gathering guidelines. There will be no more than 15 individuals in any given learning space. These smaller numbers will help to limit the number of people on RDC’s main campus this summer, which will help to ensure the health and safety of all course participants and staff.

Individuals who have registered in RDC’s Summer Camps will be contacted to share additional details relating to specific arrangements for each of RDC’s summer camps.  

Red Deer College continues to accept registrations for its summer camps. Visit: rdc.ab.ca/summercamps for more information.   

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For additional information contact:

Brent Forster 
Communications Strategist – Corporate
RDC
brent [dot] forster [at] rdc [dot] ab [dot] ca

Shelley Newman
Communications Strategist – Corporate
RDC
shelley [dot] newman [at] rdc [dot] ab [dot] ca  

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