Message from Abby McCorriston
Summer Camp Director
Hi there! My name is Abby McCorriston and I am thrilled to be directing the summer sports camp at Thunderbird for the 2020 season. I have grown up at Thunderbird Sports Centre as a camper myself, a counsellor, and am now looking forward to taking over the role as director. I have learned a great amount during my years spent at camp, and am now excited to bring some of my own brand new ideas to the table. Below I have outlined a few of the important philosophies we will incorporate at our camp.
I believe that physical activity is a vital part to a healthy lifestyle for all ages. By participating in a sports camp, children are able to get their daily dose of physical activity, while also attending a fun and exciting atmosphere. In order for all the children to participate, it is important for the counselors to understand that all children/campers have different needs. Similar to a classroom where all students have different learning styles, at camp it is important to know that all campers have different interests and get motivated differently, which we can then use to our advantage by having all campers participate in engaging activities. Our team of counselors provide a safe and fun environment where all children can learn and play sports.
We do not tolerate bullying here at Thunderbird. I believe that camp should be a place where your children can come to have fun and enjoy themselves without the fear of being excluded or made-fun of. All of our counsellors are well-trained on how to problem solve with the children when conflict arises and avoid future issues from occurring. Our number one priority is ensuring that your children have their best possible experience at our camp.
I believe that safety is of the utmost importance when it comes to your children. Here at Thunderbird, we do everything in our power to keep every camper safe. We split our campers into groups at the beginning of the week based on their age and each group is assigned a counsellor. We will be maintaining smaller groups of children this year due to the new health and safety guidelines. Furthermore, all allergies are taken very seriously at Thunderbird. We are a peanut free/nut free camp and so we check the children’s lunch bags every morning to make sure there are no nut products. We also ensure that any epipens or medical devices are kept close at hand for quick-use in an emergency. All of our counsellors are First Aid Certified and trained in Health and Safety.
Every day at camp, campers participate in a variety of sports where they will both play games and learn new skills. Each day there will be a specific drill that will be used to introduce a new skill to the sport, which will accumulate to a better understanding and improved ability in the sport. For campers who attend multiple weeks, there will be a variety of drills for each sport so it will not be repetitive. There will also be a new theme day on every Friday, where campers get a chance to dress up and participate in camp games. The main purpose of this camp though, through all the various activities is to ensure that the campers are engaged and participating in daily physical activities.
I look forward to seeing returning campers and to welcoming new campers. I strongly encourage fluid communication with parents regarding their child’s experience at our camp. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org