Nestled in the heart of Montreal’s bustling downtown core, there is a multilingual and multi-ethnic day camp for kids 5-11. Camp Cosmos offers an array of activities from baking and swimming to gardening and drama. The camp also offers teens ages 14-17 the opportunity to be part of the Counsellor-in-training (CIT) program.
Because it receives funding from government, foundations and corporations, the camp only charges families $40 a week.
“Our goal is to foster a respectful and supportive environment in which campers from diverse backgrounds and abilities can build a sense of community with one another,” said camp director Valentina Solkin.
Camp Cosmos places a strong emphasis on environmental awareness and protection. As part of its program, campers plant and tend to their own garden on the McGill campus. They are taken on excursions to the Biodome, the Biosphere, Angrignon Farm and many other places where they can cultivate a love and appreciation for the natural world.
Camp Cosmos also has a special-needs component. “We have always prided ourselves on being accessible to all children regardless of cultural, religious, ethnic, or linguistic background, but we realized that children with special needs are often excluded from the camp community,” Solkin said.
Special needs kids will have shadows (people to support and help them) and there will also be a shadows-in-training program. Like their CIT counterparts, those in training will observe and learn from the more experienced counsellors. The camp will run from July 6-Aug. 14 at 1444 Union Ave. (metro McGill).
For more information, call 514-844-9128 ext. 203 or visit campcosmos.org.