Thank you to everyone who participated and gave feedback to our two Summer Camp Surveys this fall. The camp surveys were posted to the CAG website, sent to previous camp participants, sent out several times through social media and through the CAG weekly electronic newsleter - the CAG eUpdate.
Overall, responses to the survey were positive and made clear points for improvement, which CAG will be incorporating into our camp offer in the coming year.
Respondents whose children had attended CAG camps in the past year indicated satisfaction with the programs, felt that the camps on offer were high quality, and were good to excellent value for money. Most were likely to return, and we are happy to find such positive response to our current camp program.
Camp programs popular amongst both children and parents were those focused around paddling, arts, crafts and drama, and sports. Most popular in regards to children’s interest were crafts, sports, group games and free play with friends. This information gives us further understanding of what our campers and parents are looking for in a camp, and will be incorporated into activities going forwards.
However, the survey was not without learning experiences and parents expressed that they most preferred camps that were unique, catered to special interest, and a heavy focus on outdoor activities. Themes and special activities came up significantly, as did location, these are important factors for us to consider when evaluating what our camps do that others do not.
With all this taken into consideration, CAG’s 2019 summer camps has a variety of age ranges, if still primarily focused on children aged twelve and under. They offer the same fun focus on camp activities, paddling in the instance of Canoe Kids, outside games, and activities. However, have incorporated special interest programming, unique themes and guided outdoor time to better make use of the park space. Each camp will have a daily theme, with special games, crafts and activities to guide both planned programs and free time. Further, camps will be more specifically streamlined towards children’s interests: Camp Brantwood will have one week dedicated to active games and sports, and one focused around arts and science. Nature Camp now will have more focused theme days based around the natural world, and special activities planned outdoors each day. The same structure has been applied to our partnered camps as well.
The Summer Camp 2019 schedule is online now and registration opens at 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday 2 January, 2019