Plenty of educational, physical activities on tap for youth this summer

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SACKVILLE, N.B. – Sackville is providing its youth with many opportunities to learn new things and enhance their skills through a variety activities that are being offered this summer in the community.

Tantramar Heritage Trust has workshops for youth. Kids can join the workshops for hands-on activities to create, experiment, play and cook different projects.

The Sackville Community Garden will be providing youth gardening activities and Mount Allison University will once again be hosting its adventure and discovery camps for eight weeks.

Mount Allison’s popular summer day camps for ages five to 13 offers a variety of educational and physical activities to participate in – each week offers a different theme.

These include their outdoor skills camp, multi-sports week, around the world in five days, wacky weather, creative campers, MTA camp’s got talent, and more.

These camps typically have 30 to 60 youth per camp except for their most popular, Science@MTA, which on average has 70 to 80 campers. The university youth camp will offer their new Leadership@MTA camp this year.

“We are incorporating a lot of leadership activities,” said youth and programs intern Joshua Carr.

This gives youth an opportunity to engage in leadership skills, which they may have yet to be taught in school, said Carr.

Counselors at Mount Allison are all experienced in the areas they are teaching and were all trained by a child and youth care worker, he said.

“A lot of people decide to come to Mount Allison because of our youth programs.”

Other local organizations will also be hosting summer youth programs but plans are still coming together. The town’s recreational department will be planning youth programs in the near future, and the Sackville Public Library will also begin organizing events for youth in June. Keep an eye out in the Sackville Tribune-Post or the town’s community calendar (www.sackville.com) for more details.

The Tantramar Family Resource Centre will be offering summer youth programs for all ages. They will have their summer story tent beside the entrance to the Waterfowl Park for families to enjoy reading stories together. They will also be offering Garden Sprouts at the community garden for ages six to 13 and yoga for students in elementary school throughout high school.

All of these programs offered by the Tantramar Family Resource Centre are free of charge and are funded through grants and partnerships, such as Talk With Me and staff provided from the yoga class and the Community Garden volunteers.

Programs such as these are important to have to keep youth busy, as many don’t see their friends throughout the summer and need to stay occupied, said Tantramar Family Resouce Centre director of operations Raeghann Lister.

“Being outside, learning new skills and having something to do in the summer,” Lister explained as to why summer programs are important. “It’s to keep them busy too.”

Library manager Alan Alward says the activities being offered by the public library help keep youth involved in Sackville’s public library as well as encouraging reading among youth.

Struts Gallery & Faucet Media Arts Centre is also planning to host summer youth programs.

Elli Hearte, a directors at the Struts Gallery, said they are hoping to conduct weeklong media art programs, including video and photography. The gallery is in the process of trying to organize the summer youth programs, with the goal to keep costs low.

“We hope to have a couple art-related summer youth programs,” said Hearte. “We really try to make it accessible to everyone.”

The gallery plans to have professionals instructing the class and give the youth an opportunity to use the highest level of equipment.

“We always have a professional artist teach.”

Other activities to keep youth busy for the summer include summer sports such as soccer, baseball, golf and lacrosse. Sackville also has to offer its beautiful playgrounds, parks and skate parks to keep youth active throughout the summer months.

The annual Multi-K Run for kids is set for Canada Day, which is one of the many fun runs for youth to participate in, as well as the triathlon for kids being offered in August.

Organizations: Tantramar Heritage Trust, Sackville Community Garden, Mount Allison University Tantramar Family Resource Centre Sackville Public Library Sackville Tribune-Post Tantramar Family Resouce Centre Gallery Faucet Media Arts Centre Struts Gallery

Geographic location: Waterfowl Park

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