With the arrival of many Syrian refugees over the last few months, Camp Cosmos, a multilingual and multi-ethnic day camp for kids, will be opening a second location in the West Island. “There has been a real need to integrate and support these new community members,” said Camp Cosmos West Island project coordinator Lisa Byer-de Wever.
The original downtown location has been open for the last 45 years and has always placed a strong emphasis on the importance of interculturalism. Byer-de Wever said the new camp will partner with the Muslim Association of Canada and other cultural groups to create diverse activities for campers ages 7 to 12. Camp Cosmos’ base will be at the Ste. Genevieve United Church in D.D.O. but different activities and outings will be held across the community.
Campers will take part in a range of activities from gardening and swimming to farm visits and arts & crafts. It also offers teens ages 14 to 17 the opportunity to be part of the counsellor-in-training (CIT) program. The camp also advocates environmental awareness and protection.
Because it receives funding from the government, foundations and corporations, the camp only costs $40 a week. Registration will open on May 1. The camp will run on a weekly basis from July 4 until Aug. 12. at 4697 St. Jean Blvd. For more information, call 514-844-9128 ext. 203 or visit campcosmos.org.