Wednesday, June 21, 2017

St Philip's to host summer day camp

New this year -- St Philip's to host summer day camp for children 5-12

St Philip's will be hosting a day camp for children ages 5 through 12 this summer.

The camp will operate for the week of August 21 to 25. Many other day camps close as of August 18, as the staff prepares to go back to university and college. This often leaves parents in a bind, as there are very few child-care options for that week.

The camp will be animated by the Rev. Deacon Jessica Bickford, who has more then a dozen years experience working with children and youth, in the Anglican Church and with community organizations such as the Boys' and Girls' Clubs. Jessica was most recently director of the Family Life Project at Trinity Memorial Church in NDG, and will be joined by some of the volunteers from Trinity, as well as new volunteers from St Philip's.

The program is not religiously based and is open to all children. The camp will use "Play it Fair", an innovative program used at day camps and after-school programs across Canada, which increases children's understanding of human rights, respect for diversity and peaceful conflict resolution. The games and activities provide a starting point for children to work together to find ways to promote inclusion, respect, fairness, acceptance and cooperation, all while having fun.

Other activities will include art projects, swimming, indoor and outdoor games, and an end-of-camp show.

The camp will run daily from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Extended care is available from 7:30 am and until 6:00 pm for an additional fee.

For more information, and to register, go to, or contact the church office at (514) 481-4871 or