Children actively participate in the creation of art using various media. While the outcome is remarkable, the process of creative expression enhances self-esteem in children who, often for the first time, are supported physically, emotionally and/or cognitively to ensure completion of the task.
The Camp Winston High Ropes Course is designed to meet a number of educational, developmental, social and recreational goals for our campers. Our “challenge by choice” program focuses on individual achievements and asks our campers to confront their personal fears and anxieties by setting and meeting personal goals. Challenges may be physical and/or emotional. Our challenge course enhances development of:
· Decision making
· Self confidence
· Positive Risk Taking
· Self esteem
· Goal setting
· Problem Solving
The Camp Winston Drama program is designed to allow children the opportunity to express themselves and learn in a theatrical environment. Our small theatre is equipped with an extensive prop and costume collection, musical instruments and various audio and video equipment. Our campers have the opportunity to learn many elements of the theatre, including: acting, singing, dancing, team building, drama games, video making and the art of story-telling. During Girls Camp, our campers learn collaboration as they sing, dance, create props and costumes and learn lines together. They are proud to present a musical play to family members and guests on the last day of each session.
The Nature Program is vital to Camp Winston as it helps campers develop a better understanding and appreciation of the natural and physical world. Camp Winston is located on Sparrow Lake, close to the Kashe River, and is ideal for nature exploration. Our Nature Hut is filled with a variety of small mammals, birds, and reptiles. In our outdoor paddock, we have a donkey, alpaca, goats and sheep. Campers earn “Nature Licenses” for learning the specific skills required to care for each animal. Additionally, we have an organic garden with 16 raised beds where campers learn to interact with their rooted friends by planting, weeding, harvesting, and sharing fruits, herbs and vegetables. Through their interactions with the animals and plants, children learn the significance and value of being a giver/receiver to all life.
Social Skills (Campers 7-13 years old)
Each morning campers spend 75 minutes engaged in targeted activities to promote collaboration with peers. Through sports, board games, role plays, art and discussions, our 7-13 year olds learn to handle winning or losing games, the value of teamwork, how to handle ever changing agendas gracefully (“changing the picture in your head”), basic manners and the art of negotiation and compromise.
Social Skills (Teens 14-17 years old)
The teens’ social skills program centres around competencies in the work place. This may include strategies for sustaining work, conflict resolution skills, how to converse or behave during a coffee break, and how one relates differently to superiors and colleagues. Our teens benefit strongly from acquiring self-advocacy skills, which they learn to present with clarity and grace.
Our campers usually find it difficult to participate in school or community sports activities with peers due to their challenges with both social skills and co-ordination. At Camp Winston, all children participate, at times with physical support, in a wide range of activities, including; basketball, floor hockey, baseball, soccer, football, badminton and trampoline. Under the direction of our Sports Instructor, and with the support of counsellors, children begin to enjoy sports and learn skills they can bring to their schools and neighbourhoods.
The swimming program at Camp Winston is developed to be both instructional and recreational. For most campers, attending swimming lessons is very difficult and the opportunity to receive highly structured instruction is significant. Our children learn best in an environment where each child can learn at an individual pace free of pressure from peers. Children also have the opportunity for general swims each day where they can, while under the supervision of a counsellor and lifeguard, enjoy a range of waterfront play.
Water Sports facilitates the building of motor skills, trust and self-confidence and is one of the most popular activities at Camp Winston. Water sports include: tubing, knee boarding, wakeboarding and waterskiing. For most of our campers, Camp Winston is the first place that offers the opportunity to participate in such exciting and self-esteem building activities.
Wilderness Tripping Program
Our Wilderness Tripping Program provides a physically and emotionally safe learning environment that fosters the development of outdoor skills within a group setting. This program teaches the fundamentals of first-aid, campfire building skills, canoeing and the various skills necessary to pack, prepare, portage, and camp with minimal impact to the environment. This program also teaches team building skills and connects campers with the wonders of the great outdoors.