A few stories from Campers and parents.
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Max at Camp
My 13yr-old son Max has been attending Ross Creek camps since he was five, both the March Break and Summer sessions. I cannot say enough about his experience at Ross Creek. It is a place where he has been allowed to express himself artistically and grow leaps and bounds as a person.
Max became an overnight camper at the age of nine. I was so worried when I dropped him off on that Sunday afternoon. Would he be homesick? Would he take care of and keep track of his belongings? Would he get along with the other boys in his cabin? Would he eat and brush his teeth and take a shower? It was a very long week. On Friday when we picked him up, I was met by a smiling boy who had spent five glorious days making art and making friends and making memories. Under the watchful eyes of Roxy and the camp counsellors he had taken care of himself beautifully! I was so happy and proud to see all that he had achieved.
Independence grows at Ross Creek. Creativity blossoms. Activity is key. A great deal of confidence is gained. The campers are exposed to young people in leadership roles and inspiration follows each of them home. Ross Creek is about games and campfires and sleep-outs under the stars. Every day has a theme. Mention Kangaroo Court to Max and watch him grin from ear to ear.
The instructors that Ross Creek attracts to each session are top-notch in their fields and incredibly generous when it comes to sharing their knowledge and skill with the campers – Max has learned so much. The counsellors and counsellors-in-training all bring a passion for the arts and a crazy amount of youthful, contagious enthusiasm. They have been mentors for Max, who in turn has been inspired by their example to become a mentor himself.
The fact that Ross Creek is a safe environment for children to be free to be whatever and whoever they want has been huge for Max. To the extent that my artist / actor / comedian now wants to become a Ross Creek volunteer, a counsellor-in-training and eventually, a counsellor. Those are amazing goals for a 13yr-old to have and I am eternally grateful to Ross Creek for helping nurture them. - Carmen, Camp Parent
Our Pal Joey
“My son Joey has been attending Ross Creek camps since for the last three summers and it has been the most amazing and supportive environment for him. He has trouble with camps where there are too many kids in relatively unstructured environments. Ross Creek camps have themes but also allow him to be an individual and express his creative and imaginative side with no pressure to do it exactly like everyone else. The staff have always been encouraging and fun and he keeps asking to go back every year! I am so glad we found Ross Creek. - Sally, Camp parent
Our Twins (Maeve & Sean) have been attending Ross Creek Art Camp each year for the past 6 years. They started as Junior day campers when they were 5 years old, and have both attended one or two weeks at Ross Creek each year, including overnight camps for the past 3 years. We live in Texas, but have been able to spend our Summers in Nova Scotia, and Ross Creek is definitely the highlight of the summer for both kids.
Maeve has really blossomed as an artist, enjoying all of the types of media she has been introduced to. She was really inspired by the fashion design camp this past summer, and has asked for a sewing machine and fabric to continue exploring this art form. Sean has focused his artistic passion on the film making and computer generated art.
Beyond the art, which is tremendous with the talented volunteers that lead the camps each year, the joyous, welcoming and true love that Ross Creek shows to our kids and their individual personalities is what brings us back to Ross Creek each year. Artistic kids sometimes have a difficult time fitting in normal social circles. Ross Creek embraces these differences and makes the kids feel special.
The Ross Creek staff have also inspired leadership aspirations in our kids. Both now have the desire and drive to become Junior Counselors at Ross Creek and take all that they have learned and give it back to other kids.
Summers in the Annapolis Valley are spectacular, but Ross Creek Art Camp is the best part of summer in the Valley. - Jeffrey