Last year Kerr Street Mission made the decision to open and run its Summer Programs during the pandemic. We knew we couldn’t offer the large camp experience as we had done so well in the past, but we knew how important it was to run something for the continued healthy development of our children and youth and to give our families a much-needed break from the stress and isolation of our Covid-19 world. It was difficult, challenging and it forced us to change, but the one thing we never changed is our belief that every child and youth needs caring and supportive people in their lives. No video game, mobile device, or video call can or will ever replace the need for real personal connections and relationships. We are very hopeful that by the time July rolls around things will have opened up a bit more and we will be able to offer many of the wonderful activities we used to do in previous years. The day will come when we will tackle the largest waterslide in the park and take in the newest blockbuster movie but until the Coronavirus is a distant memory KSM is committed making sure every family of Kerr Street will have a positive memory for the Summer of 2021.
I have heard it said that growth happens outside our comfort zone. If that’s the case, then I guess that means all of us have done a lot of growing over the last year. This isn’t such a bad thing as I have come to realize that healthy things naturally grow. Even during a pandemic that has shaken our world this can be a time of great growth and healthy development. At Kerr Street Mission we have tried very hard to be flexible and adapt our programs to respond to needs of our community. One thing we will never be flexible on or adapt to is our commitment to the wellbeing and positive development for every child and youth a part of the KSM community.
Last year Kerr Street Mission made the decision to open and run its Summer Programs during the pandemic in whatever way we could. We knew we couldn’t offer the large camp experience as we had done so well in the past, but we knew how important it was to run something for the continued healthy development of our children and youth and to give our families a much-needed break from the stress and isolation of our Covid-19 world. This was difficult, challenging and it forced us to change, but we never changed our belief that every child and youth needs caring and supportive people in their lives. It’s amazing to think how much the world as we knew it has changed in just under a year and how much trouble such a small thing like a virus can cause.
If there’s one thing we have learned during this pandemic it’s that little things can make a big difference, small things can change and impact every part of the world. Last Summer we discovered that small things matter. Our group sizes were smaller which caused us to really get to know each child and youth better than we had previously. We learned that we
didn’t need to have large trips to waterparks and baseball games to have a great time. We relearned the simple joy of seeing and speaking in person to our friends and enjoying each other’s company. We were reminded of the fun of being outside, taking walks and sitting under a shady tree on a hot day. What a blessing it was to just be able to be out of our house and around people again. No video, mobile device, or video call can or will ever replace the need for real personal connections and relationships. It was difficult, it was uncomfortable, but it was so rewarding and all of us, children, youth and staff grew healthier and better people for the experience.
This coming Summer may look similar to last year in terms of cleaning protocols, pre-camp screening and physical distancing. We are very hopeful that by the time July rolls around things will have opened up a bit more and we will be able to offer many of the wonderful activities we used to do in previous years. The day will come when we will tackle the largest waterslide in the park or take in the newest Summer blockbuster but until the Coronavirus is a distant memory KSM is still committed making sure every son and daughter of Kerr Street have a different memory for the Summer of 2021. Memories so large that something as small as a virus can’t lockdown.
Summer Programs Director
SUMMER PROGRAM WEEKS
Week 1: July 5-9
Week 2: July 12-16
Week 3: July 19-23
Week 5: August 3-6
Hours: All programs run Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 3:30 pm (except holidays)
Location: Kerr Street Mission – 485 Kerr Street, Oakville
Cost: Registered KSM families: $25/week
Non-Registered families: $125/week
Kerr Street registered families will receive priority registration until April 23, 2021. Registration will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. All families will be contacted after May 10th to confirm your registration. Full payment must be received within two weeks of confirmation. Failure to do so will compromise the children or youth’s space in our program. Kindly give us 3 weeks’ notice if your child will not be attending the summer program in order to receive a full refund. After 3 weeks, no money will be refunded although your child / youth can transfer to an alternate week up until 1 week before the start of program (space permitting).
Kerr Street Summer Programs provides three options and opportunities for children and youth aged 5–17 to participate in a great, structured full day program that focuses on fun positive, developmentally appropriate activities.
We are committed to creating a positive environment for all guests, staff, and volunteers. The program is supported by carefully screened and selected staff who are dedicated to high quality, safe and inclusive programming.
Kerr Street Day Camp
Grades K-5 (ages 5-10)
Kerr Street Day Camp offers an exciting, high quality summer day camp opportunity for children aged 5-10 years. Each week will include a new theme filled with traditional camp activities and adventures: games, sports and crafts
Kerr Street Youth Summer Program
Grades 6-9 (ages 11-14)
Kerr Street Summer Youth Program offers a fun and interactive program for youth. They will be encouraged to build new relationships and take part in opportunities to try new things. Our program will include an emphasis on sports and art.
Leader In Training
High School (ages 14-17)
The LIT program offers students a chance to learn from staff, develop leadership skills, and have a whole lot of fun during the summer. Through training and practical application with the camp, students will have the opportunity to invest in the lives of the campers and in skills for their own futures. As part of the LIT program, students will take part in the same activities as the campers, help to plan and run some of those activities and earn volunteer hours.
2021 LIT spaces are limited this Summer due to Covid-19 gathering restrictions and guidelines. Due to this, all interested LIT’s will interview for a spot and be asked to submit a letter as to why they would like to be a part of this Summer’s KSM LIT team before their registration is confirmed.