Cheerful chaos perhaps described the scene at the Fort Frances Gymnastics Academy last Friday as the first week of a summer day camp came to a close. The energy level among the group of 24 campers, most of them from Stanjikoming First Nation, was high right up until 4 p.m. when a school bus arrived to pick them up.
And it was no wonder, after an action-packed week of gymnastics, martial arts, soccer, and parachute games led by the club’s Brazilian coaches, Adriana Ota and Alex Rosalina.
“It’s been a good week. There are a lot of new activities,” Ota said.
Kayla Wayash agreed. “It’s fun,” said the nine-year-old said, who clearly was thrilled with her “certificate of merit” which was presented to each camper at the end of Friday’s session.
The certificates were to acknowledge the new skills they acquired throughout the week, and to give them something to remember their experience by.
While last summer’s camp focused exclusively on gymnastics, this year’s program includes a host of other activities, including judo, jujitsu, and arts-and-crafts, Ota said.
Enrolment, too, has reached a new high. “They’ve never had summer camp like this. Usually it’s only a few kids,” Rosalina said.
Three of the remaining week-long sessions already are booked solid, with the other four filling up fast, club administrator Chane Rissman said.
He noted that the academy is pleased at having recently paid off its building, which is located at 835 McKenzie Ave.
“This is now the only club in the area that owns its own facilities for youth sports,“ he said of the building, which is fully equipped with a trampoline, parallel bars, and other gymnastics equipment.
The cost of the camp is $65 per child per week for sessions from 1-4 p.m. To reserve a week for your child, call 274-2966.