Villa Charities 2018 Annual Report VC19_AnnualReport_Interiors_Apr29_FNL2 - Page 34

BY BY THE THE NUMBERS NUMBERS: 330 columbus centre day camps Summer and March Break day campers 48% of participants are returning campers The Columbus Centre Day Camps launched two new programs in 2018 – the LEGO/Be-A-Builder Camp and Magic Camp – that quickly became big hits with participating kids. Other popular firsts for the program included excursions to Ripley’s Aquarium and a Toronto Blue Jays game, and a visit from The Everblast Play Company. Also newly introduced was a hot lunch menu for every full-day camper as part of their camp package. Other Camp highlights included: • The Ultimate Experience Camp, which offers a mix of team-building challenges, arts and crafts, cooking, swimming and sports, continued to be our most popular camp, especially for 7-10 year-olds. • We advanced our relationship with nearby Fieldstone Day School, which supplied 10 student volunteers for our March Break Camps. • We had a 90% returning counsellor rate. • Campers dressed up their favourite counselors for the very first Columbus Centre Summer Camp Beauty Pageant. • Kids in the Triple Threat Camp performed musical numbers from “The Wizard of Oz” and “Beauty and the Beast.” TESTIMONIALS “My kids had the best time at Art Camp this week. Reesa is a rock star. She’s a wonderful art teacher - so creative. We hope to return. Thanks again.” – Donna (Parent) “My kids LOVED camp this year! Thank you so much for all the time you and your staff has put in. It is greatly appreciated.” – Tanya (Mom of two campers) “I just wanted to say how impressed I was with how the camp is being run. Thank you to you and your crew for this extremely positive experience.” – Scott (Parent) Here are some of the ways the Day Camps make the experience fun for kids: • Campers started every day together as a camp “family,” singing one of our favourite silly songs! • The camp family also gathered at the start of every afternoon session to thank campers and staff for outstand- ing actions and achievements in the morning session. 34 VILLA CHARITIES ANNUAL REPORT 35