For your interest in the second annual Kinapehsisok Summer Day Camp. Last year because of gathering restrictions due to the COVID-19 virus we were asked to put on an outdoors, Land-based summer camp for St. Mary’s First Nation. Despite having a short period of time to prepare, the camp was a huge success and children and parents alike saw the value in being outdoors and on the land. This year we are opening up the camp to all three local communities: Kingsclear First Nation, Oromocto First Nation, and St. Mary’s First Nation. We are so excited to bring kids from all three communities together this summer and to spend time on the land and learning from local knowledge keepers.
Kinapehsisok is a land-based day camp for children ages Kindergarten to Grade 6. The purpose of this camp is to be on the land and learning through the land. Every day, campers will be fully engaged in outdoor activities for the majority of the day (rain or shine unless weather is extreme). Land-based learning uses an Indigenized and environmentally-focused approach to education by first recognizing the deep, physical, mental, and spiritual connection to the land that is a part of Wolastoqey culture. Learning outdoors has huge benefits for children ranging from improved mental health, to developing environmental awareness, connection to the land, and improved understanding of what is being learned. Each week of camp will have a focus. The focus will guide many of the special activities and guests. All activities and knowledge will be locally based and all guests will be local knowledge keepers or practitioners.
Please download and fill out our camp registration package and send it to our
Manager Of Childcare LeeAnn McCarty below
Celebrating life through music! Special guests will be teaching our campers local songs and dance. You won’t need to bring a drum because we will be making them!
Connecting with the land requires that you connect with the legends and stories about the land. .Campers will hear stories from Elders, and also have the opportunity to share their own stories
Nothing is more important than water. Campers will learn about the importance of protecting our water as well as fish conservation, safe water navigation, and what it means to be the People of the Beautiful and Bountiful River.