First Bell: Summer 2017

By Our Children

Get playing at Dal!

Dalhousie University’s Department of Athletics offers a variety of sport and recreational summer camp options featuring low instructor-to-student ratios that foster skill development and teach the importance of teamwork and fair play. Dal Tigers sport camps include hockey, basketball, volleyball, swimming, and soccer. Recreational camps include indoor and outdoor climbing, Junior Leadership, and Active Kids.

Summer campers receive a regular season pass to Dal Tigers home games (excluding hockey), a family day pass to Dalplex, and a camp t-shirt or jersey. A cafeteria-style lunch with healthy and nutritious options is included for full-day camps on Dalhousie’s campus.


Artech Camps at NSCC

Create animations and original video games with characters that can jump, dig, mine, and craft weapons to battle scary monsters! Instead of playing games, Artech campers get to go behind the scenes and learn how to create and program their own games.

Unique to Artech is the infusion of art activities with STEM learning: inspiring creative problem solving and promoting digital literacy. Kids seven through teen years will benefit from the one-to-six instructor to camper ratio. Each child receives quality instruction time.


Family adventure on the South Shore

Atlantica Oak Island Resort, located 45 minutes from Halifax, offers families great opportunities to explore Nova Scotia this summer. Life is an adventure and you can build memories of a lifetime as your family makes amazing discoveries, unravels the mystery of the infamous Oak Island Treasure and relives our very own Gold Rush. Enjoy a safe, fun and scenic family bike ride along our Rails to Trails system, relax and play in the calm waters of the resort or explore the cursed coves of Oak Island by stand-up paddleboard or paddleboat. Find out more about the Family Adventure Package and many other offers.


Summer experiments

Mad Science camps offer a daily combination of in-class discovery and exploration, outdoor games and physical activities, and hands-on applications of the scientific principles presented. Campers create and assemble a variety of take-home projects while exploring how science affects the world around us. Children have so much fun they forget they’re learning. All camps are for children ages five to 12. Camps take place around HRM, including Shambhala School, Woodlawn United Church in Dartmouth, and Hammonds Plains Community Centre. Camp themes include Flight Academy, Crazy Chemists, and Secret Agent Lab.

Creative camps for kids

Alderney Landing Summer Camp kick off again this season with something for kids ages six all the way up to our new teen series for 11 to 15 year olds.

Our popular favourites, including art, theatre, circus camps, continue for six to 10 year olds. This year our new features are horror movies, scriptwriting, and sculpture for the older crowd. It’s all happening in July.


Summer learning

New research examining SpellRead results demonstrates “significant and meaningful improvements” in both reading fluency and reading comprehension for students with reading disabilities. SpellRead is a unique approach that focuses on phonological automaticity by helping students to build their sound system and linking that system with spoken language. Results are consistent across all age groups included in the study from Dr. Jamie Metsala, PhD, Gail and Stephen Jarilowsky Chair in Learning Disabilities at MSVU. 

Halifax Learning offers an engaging and active summer day camp in addition to our regular after-school classes. The camp involves building excellent reading skills, getting outdoors, and having fun.


Camp destination discovery

The Discovery Centre has super smart weeklong camps that inspire, engage, and drive youth into STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math). 

Now located at 1215 Lower Water St. in downtown Halifax, the new facility features four interactive themed galleries, an Innovation Lab, immersive Dome Theatre, and Featured Exhibit gallery that changes three or four times a year. It’s rumoured to be featuring dinosaurs this summer! 

The Discovery Centre’s summer camps provide plenty of time to enjoy centre experiences, but also explore local destinations for educational trips across the city with fully qualified staff in a 1:7 ratio. This summer, the Discovery Centre will be introducing a brand new specialized camp in partnership with the Ocean Technology Counsel of Nova Scotia (OTCNS); the Ocean Technology Camp is for youth 11 to 14 years-old. Make sure to register soon, as these camps tend to fill up fast!


Take the stage

Neptune Theatre Summer Camps offer fun theatre training in the HRM. The instructors are made up of the city’s leading up-and-coming performers, and camps take place July 3 to August 25 at Shambhala School. With five different programs for ages four to 18 years, there is something for everyone: Act like a wizard! Sing like a rock star! Create your own comedy show! Also offers two-week intensive theatre and musical training for teenagers at our Young Company Boot Camp, with open auditions running May 7 and 14 at Neptune Theatre.