Gymnastics collaborating on two summer camps

Pearl Lorentzen
Lakeside Leader

The Slave Lake Gymnastics Association is two years old, but this is the first year it is able to hold summer camps. It has two – a Nature Ninja Camp and an Arts and Gymnastics Camp. The first is in collaboration with the Boreal Centre for Bird Conservation. The second with the Lesser Slave Lake Regional Arts Council.

The goal with the collaborations is to “broaden their horizons,” says Andrea Gelderman with Slave Lake Gymnastics Association. For example, a kid may join because they like gymnastics but also learn that they have a love for birds. Or a child who loves art, might discover a passion for gymnastics.

“We’ve often collaborated with different groups that have day camps,” says Patti Campsall, Boreal Centre executive director. “This way we can just focus on fun programs.

In Nature Ninja Camp, “we’ll focus on our athletes’ ninja skills,” says Gelderman.

The nature part of the camp will have an Olympic theme, says Laura Brandon, boreal educator.

“They can’t physically do gymnastics all day,” says Julie Sparks, president of the Arts Council. Therefore, the Arts Council will provide arts and craft option sat the Arts and Gymnastics Camp. Ideas so far are driftwood wind chimes, plastic bottle flowers, bubble painting, and splatter painting.

“At the end of the week, they’ll have quite a collection of art,” says Gelderman.

The camps are open to kids five and older.

Nature Ninja is July 19 to 23. Arts and Gymnastics is August 9 to 13. As of June 30, registration wasn’t up yet, but it will be on

Typically, the Arts Council runs two weeks of day camps the first two weeks of July, but not this year.

“I just don’t think we can pull off the full two weeks,” says Sparks. “We might be able to do a day or two.”

“All our educators are excited they can see people again in-person,” says Campsall. If any other groups are interested in summer programs, they can contact the Boreal Centre.

Also, August 12 and 13, the Boreal Centre has Enviroquest for 12 to 15 year olds. For more information, contact 780-849-8240.

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