There are hundreds of options, and the hardest is sure to be... choosing one! You could become a Northern Piranha in Ahuntsic-Cartierville and perfect your swimming, or a Phoenix in Lachine and meet firefighters, or join the Snorows in the Plateau and specialize in dance or soccer, spend the summer in Verdun exploring the fine arts or playing tennis, or practice yoga and discover Bollywood dancing in Ville-Marie, thanks to the Cosmos camp.
To keep looking for day camps from turning into a nightmare, a parent's best friend is the city's Web site, which presents, in the Sports and Recreation Web site, a multitude of day camps offered in Montréal's 19 boroughs and other facilities such as the Biodôme and Botanical Garden, the Taz, the Soccer Centre, the large parks and the Complexe sportif Claude-Robillard.
THE GREAT OUTDOORS
For a perfect summer getaway, the day camps offered by the Groupe uni des éducateurs-naturalistes et professionnels en environnement (GUEPE) are a great choice. This organization invites young Montrealers to a two-week immersion in the Bois-de-Liesse and Pointe-aux-Prairies nature parks.
"One of my favourite memories as a nature educator is the look in children's eyes when they touch an animal or walk in the forest for the first time," said Mélanie Dappen, educational services manager at GUEPE. "They can hardly believe they're in Montréal. Without realizing it, they learn things by discovering, moving and observing."
The objective of Mélanie and her educators is to empower participants to share their discoveries with friends and family when they're walking in their garden or in city parks. They could even recreate one of the centre's very popular insect hunts. Some campers love their experience so much that they continue the fun by becoming an educational assistant once they're too old to register for activities. In fact, the two nature lovers who are leading groups this summer are both former participants.
Teenagers won't be left out -- GUEPE is offering a week of activities about climate change at the Biosphère. Climate and weather lovers can train with specialists for a week during the Mission Atmosphere Camp, for teens aged 14-17.
Day camps can contact GUEPE to lead an activity or offer an entire nature-themed day in the city's large parks or parks that are near their facilities.