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Daily Schedule-Resident Students
We only accept overnight students for the Academies because the work continues into the evenings and is highly collaborative. We do have wheelchair accessible cabins and are delighted to work with students with physical disabilities.
Students check-in at 4 p.m. on Sunday afternoon.
Core Programs run from 9 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Break times have recreational activities created by our great and inspired recreation and counselling staff. Campers meet at 8:00 a.m. at the Flag Pole for announcements, move to breakfast and ALL Academy students are expected to join warm-up in the studio at 9 a.m., then dispersing with their counsellors for 9:30 class time. Campers have a one-hour lunch break, from 12:30 p.m.– 1:30 p.m., plus a morning and afternoon snack break. Healthy snacks are provided by Ross Creek for campers during the morning break.
The afternoon session ends at 5:00 p.m. Students have the option of returning to the cabin area for relaxation or can join in more recreation programming. There are evening arts sessions for Students as well as after supper recreation programs including campfire and a banquet and dance on the last Thursday of the Academy. We ask that no evening activities be planned for students during their academy week, since they will miss programs and project time.
The weekend in the middle of the program is a time for the campers to create and explore with a special trip that will bring amazing memories. The campers make a hike from Ross Creek to a nearby Boy Scout Camp and create new collaborative art projects based on their experiences. For mobility impaired students, please contact us to discuss options.
Final Performance and Gallery
While we want the students to focus on the joy of creating, we also believe that sharing the work they have accomplished is an important part of the process. Each program ends with a final sharing of work, both individual and collaborative. This final performance begins at 2:30 on the final Friday of their program and we ask that parents arrive at 2:15 to see their work if they are driving their child home. If the students are from other provinces or otherwise travelling by air, we will send a videotape of the performance and gallery to the parents at the conclusion of the program.
Student Pick-Up and Check-Out
Campers are free to be picked up by their parents at the conclusion of their final performance or culmination, and after they have been checked out of their cabins by their counsellors. In general, cabin cleanup occurs on the final Thursday night before the end of the session. Most students depart on Friday. If you have other requirements, you must discuss these with our Camp and Education Director at least one month in advance.
All residential students participate in a relaxed and enteraining program of recreational activities organized and run by the counsellors. Game nights, short hikes, campfires, and dances are just some of the activities offered in the evenings.
“All the counsellors rock!” – summer arts student
Students are supervised by counsellors and a recreation director, and our counsellors are awesome! Most of our counsellors are college students or recent graduates with a major or strong interest in the arts. Counsellors are rigorously screened and interviewed before being hired. Counsellors are selected by the Education Director based on their arts experience, interest in working with young people, character references and interpersonal communication skills.
The Education Director runs a comprehensive 7-day training and orientation session for all counsellors prior to the beginning of the Summer Program. Topics covered during orientation include first aid, responsible counselling, conflict mediation, and campus safety. All resident Students eat meals with their counsellors and participate in evening activities. Counsellors are the primary link between Students and the Summer Program. Students can feel free to approach their counsellors with questions, concerns, problems or just plain homesickness. Every effort is made to provide as much individual student-counsellor contact as possible.
There are four cabins with six bunk beds in each. Students are housed by gender and age with 10 campers in each cabin. Two counsellors live in each cabin, and there are great and friendly cabin competitions and hosting of campfire.
Staying in touch
Studentsare encouraged to contact their families via letter while they are in residence at the Summer Program. Each student will receive two postcards and stamps to use and are welcome to bring and use their own stationary. Similarly, we encourage parents to send letters, since we find letters and care packages to be a positive way of reminding your camper how much you love him/her with encouraging homesickness.
Camp is more than an activity vacation for the young artist. It is a chance for you to develop new friendships, new confidence and new independence, all in the context of nature and a highly interactive and stimulating arts program. Cell phones and social networking sites interfere with the benefits you should be getting from camp. Please do not bring a cell phone or internet accessing device. If you do arrive with one, we will put it in our safe at check in and keep it for you for the duration of the Academy. The camp staff will call your parents if there is ever need to do so with any serious situation relating to your health or well being. Parents are also urged NOT to call their children with non-emergency topics during the camp week. For emergencies, they can call the camp at the land line numbers listed above. Your understanding and cooperation is appreciated.
We have a full time chef onsite at Ross Creek in the summer. Meals are included in the fees for resident Students. Ross Creek is proud to offer freshly prepared foods made from fresh local and organic ingredients whenever possible. Meals are served cafeteria-style in the outdoor dining hall. There are vegetarian options at every meal including a hot entree at every dinner. At breakfast there is a variety of cold choices and on some days also a variety of hot foods. For lunches there are a variety of meals, including make-it-yourself subs or wraps and sometimes hot soups. For suppers, there is always a hot, nutritious and delicious meal, which might be lasagne, a barbecue, or a kid-friendly creation based on what is locally available or in our gardens.
An extensive salad bar featuring fresh fruits and vegetables is available at all lunches and dinners, many of them coming from our own organic gardens.
We do not use any peanut products in our own cooking and are pleased to cater for allergies with advance notice.
The Centre also offers a tuck shop which operates on a point and cash basis. Each student is permitted to buy up to $2.00 of homemade or locally produced treats from the snack bar per day.
Click here for our policies. Please see the registration section or contact us for additional information about Centre’s location, transportation, suggestions for items to bring, discounts, scholarships and the Centre’s Code of Conduct.
Academy program fees
Overnight students: $1100 + HST
Materials Fee: $75 + HST
Optional Bus Service from International Airport, Halifax, Dartmouth: $30 + HST each way
NEW DISCOUNTS FOR EARLY BIRDS!
- 15% Early Bird for camp fees if you pay in full by November 10.
- 10% if you pay in full by December 10
- 5% if you pay in full by January 10
- 10% if you bring a friend who has never been!
- 5% for camp fees for multiple children in the same immediate family or multiple camps
- 5% for families with family memberships
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