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March Madness Day Camp is seeing more campers than ever before

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Campers at March Madness Day Camp on March 15, 2024 enjoy free play before heading to the Terra Theater to watch a movie (Caleb Hooper/Citoyen Borden Citizen)

PSP Borden's March Madness Day Camp provided campers with a fun itinerary and a platform to build lasting friendships

Campers at March Madness Day Camp on March 15, 2024 enjoy free play before heading to the Terra Theater to watch a movie (Caleb Hooper/Citoyen Borden Citizen)

Last month's March Madness Day Camp saw an incredible turnout of approximately 40 campers, representing a 33 percent increase in registrations for the wildly popular program March 11-15, 2024 at Andy Anderson Arena at CFB Borden.

Since 2008, March Madness Day Camp has provided activity-packed days for children from military and civilian families, often allowing families and their children to socialize and make friends across the base.

Throughout the week, campers were invited to go bowling at Circle Pine Bowling Center on Monday, ice skating at Andy Anderson Arena on Tuesday, rock climbing and a Nerf battle on Wednesday, canvas painting on Thursday and one on Friday See the film at the Terra Theater.

According to PSP Community Recreation Coordinator Connie Knuff, camper feedback on the program and daily activities has been overwhelmingly positive.

Staff, volunteers, instructors and campers pose in a group photo at Andy Anderson Arena with their handmade welcome sign (Caleb Hooper/Citoyen Borden Citizen)

“Families love camps! A family came in with one of their children. They said it was great to hear how the camp engaged their child,” Knuff said.

When you register, pre- and post-care is also included. This was another program that was very popular with families. Pre-care opens at 7:00 a.m. for free play, programming occurs between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., and aftercare takes place between 4:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.

“It was my first year in a row [March Break Camp] and the staff and children were good. There are always hiccups, ups and downs, but there is always that happy moment that turns things around,” Knuff said.

For youth ages 13 to 16, PSP Comm Rec's Leaders in Training program provides a unique volunteer opportunity to gain experience working with children ages five to 12 while receiving specialized training in child development, Complete CPR and first aid. You can even cover your 40 volunteer hours required to graduate!

With registration now closed for spring and summer programs, camps will begin in the coming months with the eight-week “Summer Fun” program from July 2 to August 23, 2024.

Each week includes a camp theme such as Under the Sea, Halloween, Holiday, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and many more!

“One camper made it a point to have his family talk to another camper’s family,” Knuff said. “Because they have become friends through camp, they are now able to schedule playdates outside of PSP programming. Otherwise they might never have known each other, so it’s great to see that.”

To learn more about PSP Comm Rec's programming offerings throughout the calendar year, visit CFMWS.ca.

By: Caleb Hooper