Summer Camp for Children Aged 7-10

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In 2013, Life Skills Journey began pilot implementation of the program as a summer day camp for children aged 7-10 at Buffalo Lake Métis Settlements located 150 km northeast of Edmonton. Activities and program content at summer camp focus on helping children develop resiliency. Resiliency is all about how well you can adapt to changes and challenges by having internal strengths as well as strong support networks. Over 10 days of camp, children participate in activities and sports surrounding 11 themes covering topics such as community, grief and loss, spirituality, alcohol awareness, and self-esteem.  Activities are held outdoors whenever possible and encourage children to not only develop relationships among their peers, but also with their environment. When children leave camp they will have learned something new about themselves, made new friends, and acquired new skills to help them navigate through life with confidence.

 

How do we measure impact on children and youth?

Life Skills Journey measures the impacts of camp on children and youth using two tools: questionnaires and focus groups. Campers are asked to complete questionnaires at the start and end of camp to find out what they have learned and what can be improved. Questionnaires are based on the best research and ask safe, appropriate questions using the Resiliency Framework created by Resiliency Initiatives. Children and youth also participate in focus groups where a discussion is lead by a facilitator or research team member to learn about their camp experiences. These evaluation activities take place at camp where children and youth are in a comfortable and safe environment where they can reflect among their peers. This information helps us plan for the future and ensure program activities and content are relevant and useful to participants.

 

How do we measure impact on the community?

Resiliency is not just about individuals. Whole communities can develop resiliency through strengthening support networks. This is why we aim to help bring people together across each community to get involved in some way in the Life Skills Journey program. One of the best ways we can look into impact on each community and across the Settlements is through gathering stories of change. We use many different methods to collect and share stories: by sending text messages, posting program updates on Facebook, and inviting community members to participate in group discussions. By keeping the community informed of camp activities, sharing stories, and showing change, we hope the positive impacts of the Life Skills Journey program will be felt by everyone involved. 

 

View Camp Resources: 7-10 Facilitator Manual  & 7-10 Facilitator Quick Guide

 

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