Organizers capped the number of spaces in the School District #20-sponsored Aboriginal Art Camp at 21.The capacity was easily met for this year’s version of the one week camp at Blueberry Creek Community School which wrapped up on August 12.
The camp has been running each summer for the past five years and always proves appealing for the young people who take part. Bev George, spokesperson for S.D. No. 20, which provided funding for this year’s camp, says it’s very popular – always full and wait lists are not uncommon.
The program is intended to give kids an introduction to aboriginal art and culture. It challenges the young minds while offering fun activities in a social setting. The ceremony featured the kids serving a tasty paste made from a variety of local berries to parents and other guests.
Stories were presented by four kids and each had a positive report on the camp when later asked their impressions. Zack said his favourite activity over the week was soap carving.
“Making the porcupine boxes,” was Hayden’s quick response when his turn came up.
“My favourite part was working with everybody,” declared Zianna, adding that she knew some of the others from the previous year, and she enjoyed making friends with the rest this time around.
“My favourite part was definitely mashing the berries,” said Sian, “even though I got sprayed in the face by berry juice a couple of times.”They learn a lot,” said student helper Jessica Klenk.
“They find it really fun. They’re always ready to come back next year.”Sian confirmed that point, speaking for each of the other story-tellers, and likely the vast majority of the group of 21.”Totally,” said Sian.”I’d come back for many years. I really like it.”