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2017 Nova Scotia Summer Camps

Looking for 2017 Nova Scotia Summer Camps? Check out these camps and activities for your kids to enjoy on the mainland!

2017 Nova Scotia summer camps

2017 Nova Scotia Summer Camps

Kids Bowl Free all summer across the province! Visit Kids Bowl Free for more information.

HALIFAX/DARTMOUTH AREA

Alderney Landing Art Camps
Dartmouth
$200 for 1 week camps, $350 for 2 week camps
Monday – Friday 8:30am – 4:30pm
Camps for Ages 6-10:
Art Camp: Pet Portraits July 3 – 7 (Rotunda)
Students will create portraits of pets and animals using various art processes throughout the week. Felting, sculpture, painting, collage and more along with super fun daily adventures, storytelling and outings in the community.
Art Camp: Whale of a Time! July 10 – 14 (Rotunda)
Students will spend time exploring deep sea creatures in their art projects. Includes a trip to the Bedford institute of Oceanography, doing plaster sculptures, Chihuly Glass, clay, sketchbook art and more!
Theatre Camp: Superhero VS July 17 – 21 (Theatre)
Students will work on creating and producing an exciting performance about ensuing battles between glory-seeking Superheroes in a play written just for them by students in our Scriptwriting Camp!
Camps for Ages 11-15:
Horror Movie Camp July 3 – 7 (Theatre)
Students will work with a local professional filmmaker learning the skills to write, produce, film and edit a Horror Movie Trailer which will be featured in our BLUENOSE GHOSTS Horror Movie Trailer Challenge in October!
Scriptwriting July 10 – 14 (New Boardroom + Rotunda)
Students will work with a local director/Actor/Playwright learning the ins and outs of writing a script for Superhero VERSUS! A play to be performed in our following week’s Theatre Camp.
Circus Camp with Willy Badger July 24- 28 (Theatre)
Come run away to the old-time traveling circus with Storyteller/Busker Willy Badger and his crew of traveling entertainers. Create juggling props, circus back drop through video and pastels plus put on an entertaining variety show. Music & mime, arts & crafts & circus skills are introduced leading to Showtime Friday.
Haunted Sculptures “Monuments of Horror” July 17 – 28 Rotunda
Students work with a local large scale professional sculptor creating ghoulish monuments to be featured for public display in October’s Bluenose Ghosts Festival.
Registration includes supplies, daily snack, and lunch on Friday. Please call the Alderney Landing Box Office to make payments (902)461-8401 or contact linda@alderneylanding.com

Artech Summer Camps
Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) Institute of Technology, 5685 Leeds St
Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm. Click on link above to register.
July 4-7th – a 4 day camp week
Girls Go Digital! – ages 8 – 15 years – $284 – Camp is FULL
3D Minecraft World Design – ages 7-10 – $284 – camp is FULL
3D Minecraft World Design – ages 10-14 – $284 – camp is FULL
July 10-14th
Random Games: From Platforms to Portals – ages 7-12 – $349-FULL
Toon Boom Animation PART I – for teens – $349
Toon Boom animation software has become the industry standard Work on everything from storyboard through concept to character design and animation production.
July 17-21st
Game Design & Minecraft World Design – ages 7-12 – $349
Can’t decide between creating your own game or designing new worlds in Minecraft? This camp lets you do both!
Mining into Minecraft – ages 10-14 – $349
Discover the dynamic programming and design strategies behind games like Minecraft and Terraria.
Toon Boom Animation PART II – for teens – $349
A chance for Animators to take their ideas to the next level!
July 25-28th
Mario Minecraft Remix – ages 7-12- $349 – FULL
Mobile Movie Making – teens – $349
With cell phones and tablets getting faster and better every year, quality movie making is becoming easier than ever.
July 31st – Aug 4th
Animate! Animate! – ages 7-10 – $349
Bring clay, paper or Lego to life with stop motion animation lets you bring all sorts of characters to life.
Animate! Animate! – ages 10-14 – $349
Stop motion animation lets you bring all sorts of characters to life! We will cover story boarding through production, using stop motion animation techniques, as well as some special effects using the same software that’s used to make the Wallace & Gromit movies!
Design Games for Androids! – ages 11 and up – $349
Create an original game for your mobile devices. Design and program your own characters, blocks, monsters and story.
Aug 8-11th – 4 day camp week
Artech’s First Ever Game Jam! – ages 8-18 – $284
Work individually or on a team! No experience necessary. There will be instructors on hand to help teams take their ideas from planning to completion. Plus prizes!
3D Minecraft World Design – all ages – $284
Learn how to: create spectacular 3D statues; take control of your world with control blocks; and much, much more!
August 14-18th
3D Minecraft World Design – ages 7-12 – $349
Learn how to: create spectacular 3D statues; take control of your world with control blocks; enhance your worlds with REDSTONE; and much, much more!
Unity Game Design – teens $349
This is the camp many of you have been waiting for if you are tech savvy and are ready to take things to the next level!

2017 nova scotia summer camps

Art Gallery of Nova Scotia
Summer School of the Arts
July 4 – September 1
Week-long half-day classes: Non-members $130.00 per week; Gallery Members $117 per week. Fees include all art materials.
For ages 5-7 and 8-12
Register in person at the AGNS Gallery South Information Desk or by phone with credit card payment (Visa or MasterCard only) at 424-5280 during regular Gallery hours.

Athletics & Recreation Camps at Dalhousie University
All summer long, July 4-September 2nd for ages 5-17
Choose from Active Kids, Badminton, Climbing Camps, Lacrosse, Lifeguard, Leadership, Fencing, Shakespeare by the Sea, and more!
Click the link above for more info.

Atlantic Cirque – School of Circus Arts
Halifax
Summer Camps – for ages 5-6, 7-12, and 13-17
Mon-Fri 9am-4pm $275
June 26 through August 18
Trampoline, juggling, stilts, human pyramids, trapeze, and more!
Classes and Workshops also available. See link above for details.

Coding Camp at the NSCC
July 4-7 – Minecraft Adventures, ages 8-11, $189
July 10-14 – Intro to Java Coding: Modding with Minecraft & Forge, ages 10-14, $229
July 17-21 – Game Design & Development with Scratch, ages 8-10, $229 – FULL
July 17-21 – Mobile Game Maker, ages 10-15, $229 – FULL
July 24-28 – YouTube Camp, ages 10-15, $229 – FULL
July 24-28 – Host Your Own Minecraft Video, ages 9-14, $229 – FULL
July 31-Aug 4 – Coding Girls, ages 9-15, $329
July 31-Aug 4 – Robotics Camp, ages 10-15, $329
Aug 8-11 – YouTube Camp, ages 10-15, $189
Aug 14-18 – Host Your Own Minecraft Video Show, ages 9-14, $229
Aug 21-25 – Robotics Camp, ages 10-15, $329 -FULL
Aug 21-25 – Game Design & Development with Scratch, ages 8-10, $229
Aug 28-Sep 1 – Intro to Programming, ages 10-14, $329
Aug 28-Sep 1 – Adventures in Programming, ages 8-10, $329
Tap on the link above for more info and to register.

Discovery Centre Camps
Halifax
5-7 and 8-12 year olds; 9am-4pm; $230/week; MEMBERS: $215/week
Nine weeks of Summer Science Camps to choose from July 3 through Sept 1, Destination Discovery, Digital Discovery, and Ocean Technology Camps.
To register online, tap the link above.

French Language Camps
July 3-7 – Camp Chocolat – St. Mark’s Anglican Church, Halifax, ages 6-10
July 10-14 – Camp Chocolat Session 2
July 17-21 – Camp du Soleil – Dartmouth, ages 6-10
July 24-28 – Camp du Soleil Session 2

Mad Science Summer Camp
Halifax/Dartmouth
Ages 5-12
Hours (9am-3:30pm): $210/week, Half Days (9am-12pm or 12:30pm-3:30pm): $130/week; 4-day week camps $170/week or $105/week for half days
July 4-7 – Flight Academy (Shambhala School, Halifax)
July 10-14 – Crazy Chemists (Shambhala School)
July 17-21 – Secret Agent Lab (Shambhala School)
July 24-28 – Flight Academy (Shambhala School)
August 8-11 – Crazy Chemists (Woodlawn United Church, Dartmouth)
Please send your registration form and cheque (made payable to Mad Science) to 3537 Leaman Street, Halifax, NS, B3K 3Z6 or scan and email to madsciencenovascotia@gmail.com

The Nova Scotia Sea School
Halifax
Register for a 7-day Coastal Expedition, Sea of Islands Base Camp, or 8-Day Take it Outside Girls Expedition – AGES 14-18. No sailing experience is necessary. Tap the link above for more info.

NSCAD Summer Art Camps
Various Art camps available throughout the summer for various ages 5 through 18, 8:30am-5pm.
For more info, tap the link above.

2017 nova scotia summer camps

SuperNOVA Camps at Dalhousie University
Camps for Grades 1-12
Cost from: $210-230 per week, 9am-4pm
Choose from: Science, Engineering, Computer Science, Oceans Combo, I.T.S. for Girls, and more
Contact: 902.494.6220 or supernova@dal.ca

ANNAPOLIS VALLEY

Brigadoon Camps
on Aylesford Lake
Camp See-Ya (blind and visual impairment): July 2-7
Camp Carpe Diem (epilepsy): July 9-14
Camp Braveheart (congenital heart issues): July 9-14
Camp JoinTogether (arthritis): July 16-21
Camp Kedooopse (bereavement): July 23-28
Camp Believe (parental mental illness): July 23-28
Camp Treasure Chest (asthma/anaphylaxis/respiratory): July 30-August 4
Camp Trailblazers (craniofacial/facial differences): August 6-10
Camp Lots-a-Wata (kidney disease): August 6-11
Camp Guts & Glory (Crohn’s and Colitis/IBD): August 13-18
The Canadian Cancer Society’s Camp Goodtime (cancer):  August 20-25
Camp Silly Yak (celiac disease): August 27-September 2
Canoeing, swimming, arts & crafts, outdoor education
Choose a payment option that works for you. RSVP today with Sandy Morrow, info@brigadoonvillage.org or phone 1-888-471-5666. Or tap here to set up registration online.

CANNING

Summer Arts 2017 Camps & Programs
Ross Creek Centre for the Arts
July 3-September 1 for Ages 5-7, Ages 8-10, Ages 11-16, Teen, plus Dance Summer Dance Camp for Ages 12-18.
Tap the link above for a PDF full of information and to register for one of these amazing camps or programs!

DIGBY COUNTY

French Language Camp
August 7-11 – Camp Artistique – Barton, Digby County, ages 10-14

FOREST GLEN

Forest Glen Bible Camp
July 5-8 Family Camp 1 – All Ages, cost varies by age
July 10-15 Teen Camp – Ages 13-18 $177
July 17-22 Junior Camp – Ages 8-12 $177
July 26-29 Family Camp 2 – All Ages, cost varies by age
Tap on the link above for more information.

HAMMONDS PLAINS

Mad Science Summer Camp
Hammonds Plains Community Centre at 2041 Hammonds Plains Rd
August 14-18 – Secret Agent Lab
Please send your registration form and cheque (made payable to Mad Science) to 3537 Leaman Street, Halifax, NS, B3K 3Z6 or scan and email to madsciencenovascotia@gmail.com

KENTVILLE

Youth Theatre Camps
Centre Stage Theatre
$150 per week, Mon-Fri 9am-3pm
Participants will learn stage skills such as voice, movement, character development and technical aspects. All camps are waiting list only.
July 3-7: Ages 5-8, Pippi Longstocking
July 10-14: Ages 7-11, Mr. Grey
July 17-21: Ages 8-12, Robin Hood
July 24-28: Ages 9-15, Campfire Tales: Attack of the Giant Chicken
July 31-Aug 4: Ages 8-12, Wolf and the Kid Who Cried
Aug. 7-11: Ages 5-7, Tales of Old
Aug. 14-18: Ages 9-15, Once Upon a Time
For more information, call 678-3502.

LOWER SACKVILLE

Sackawa Canoe Club
Sackawa offers weekly camps July 4-August 18, Mon-Fri, $175 for 1 week or $325 for 2 weeks.
Introduces the sport of canoe/kayak racing . Water activities such as an introduction to kayaking/canoeing and swimming, and learn teamwork in the war canoe. Dryland activities include soccer, volleyball, and various co-operative games.
Contact registrar@sackawa.ca for more information.

2017 Nova Scotia Summer Camps

MAGDALEN ISLANDS

French Language Camps
July 9-15 – Nautical Camp, Magdalen Islands, ages 12-16
July 9-15 – Sea Kayak Adventure Camp, Magdalen Islands, ages 15-17

MAHONE BAY

Youth Theatre Camp
Trinity United Church
July 3-7: Ages 6-10, Tales of Old
July 10-14: Ages 10-16, Once Upon a Time
August 28-Sept 1: Ages 8-13, Robin Hood
Learn theatre skills including voice, movement, character development and auditioning skills; theatre games, team building activities and rehearsals for the final production.
Visit the link above or click here for the registration form.

POINTE-DE-L’EGLISE

French Immersion Camp at Universite Saint Anne
1 week camp for ages 10 and up, July 29-August 5
$313.17 tuition, $194.87 room, $187.91 meals – includes sports, socio-cultural activities

SAMBRO HEAD

Bayside Camp
Camps run all summer long, and are available for various ages, from
Grades 1 through 12
Tap the above link for more info.

French Language Camp
August 20-26 – Camp de la Baie – Sambro Head, ages 10-14
August 27-Sep 1 – Camp de la Baie Session 2 – Sambro Head, ages 10-14

THORBURN

Music & Gospel Arts Camp
Scotia Glen Camp
For ages 7-12, $230/person

YARMOUTH COUNTY
Yarmouth Recreation Day Camps
Ages 4-17 years
Choose from Summer Fun Camp, Sports Camp, Yarmouth South Playground Program, Lake Milo Aquatic Club Program, or Youth Outdoor Active Leadership Program.
Tap on the link above for more info.

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Nova Scotia Summer Camps 2016

Looking for Nova Scotia Summer Camps 2016? Check out these camps and activities for your kids to enjoy on the mainland!

Nova Scotia summer camps 2016

Nova Scotia Summer Camps 2016

Kids Bowl Free all summer across the province! Visit Kids Bowl Free for more information.

HALIFAX/DARTMOUTH AREA

Alderney Landing Art Camps
Dartmouth
Ages 6-12; $200
Monday – Friday 8:30am – 4:30pm
July 4-8: The Queen Bee – Theatre camp
July 11-15: The Art of the Fantastical – Art camp
July 18-22: Stories About Snakes – Theatre camp
July 25-29: The Circus! Art camp

Artech Summer Camps
Shambhala School, 5450 Russell Street, Halifax AND Veith House, 3115 Veith Street, Halifax
Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm. $279-$359 per week.
State-of-the-Art fun and high-Tech creativity. For kids age 6 to teens.
Choose from Animation, Minecraft, Movie Production, and more!
July 4 – September 2nd – tap on website link above for more details

Art Gallery of Nova Scotia
Summer School of the Arts
July 4 – August 26
Week-long half-day classes: Non-members $130.00 per week; Gallery Members $117 per week. Fees include all art materials.
For ages 5-7 and 8-12
Animals, mythical creatures, wearable art, journals, and more!
Register in person at the AGNS Gallery South Information Desk or by phone with credit card payment (Visa or MasterCard only) at 424-5280 during regular Gallery hours.

Athletics & Recreation Camps at Dalhousie University
All summer long, July 4-September 2nd for ages 5-17
Choose from Active Kids, Badminton, Climbing Camps, Lacrosse, Lifeguard, Leadership, Fencing, Shakespeare by the Sea, and more!
Click the link above for more info.

Atlantic Cirque – School of Circus Arts
Halifax
Summer Camps – for ages 5-6, 7-12, and 13-17
Mon-Fri 9am-4pm $275; 5-6 year olds = 2 day camps only $110
June 27 through August 19
Trampoline, juggling, stilts, human pyramids, trapeze, and more!
Classes and Workshops also available. See link above for details.

Coding Camp at the NSCC
June 27 – Tech Explorer Camp
July 4 – Minecraft Level 2
July 11 – Coding Girls
July 18 – Minecraft Adventure Camp
July 25 – Junior Robotics
August 2 – Mobile Game Maker

Discovery Centre
Halifax
6-12 year olds; 9am-4:30pm; $205/week; $185 for multiple weeks/children; MEMBERS: $190/week; $180 for multiple weeks/children
Seven weeks of Summer Science Camps to choose from July 4 through Aug 26
To register online, tap the link above.

French Language Camps
June 6-10 – FrancoForum – Saint-Pierre et Miquelon
July 10-16 – Nautical Camp, Magdalen Islands
July 10-16 – Sea Kayak Adventure Camp, Magdalen Islands
July 4-8 – Camp Chocolat I – St. Mark’s Anglican Church, Halifax
July 11-15 – Camp Chocolat II
July 18-22 – Camp Chocolat III
July 18-22 – Camp du Soleil I – Dartmouth Sportsplex
July 25-29 – Camp du Soleil II
August 1-5 – Camp Artistique, Barton, Digby County
August 21-27 – Camp de la Baie – Bayside Camp, Third Pond, Sambro Head

Mad Science Summer Camp
Halifax/Dartmouth
Ages 5-12
Hours (9am-3:30pm): $195/week, Extended Hours (8:30am-4:30pm): $35/week or $10/day extra, Half Days (9am-12pm or 12:30pm-3:30pm): $115/week, Half Day Extended Hours: (8:30am-12pm or 12:30pm-4:30pm): $15/week or $5/day extra
July 4-8 – Crazy Chemists (Hammondd Plains Community Centre, Halifax)
July 11-15 – Flight Academy (Shambhala School, Halifax)
July 11-15 – Flight Academy in French (Shambhala School)
July 18-22 – Secret Agent Lab (Shambhala School)
July 25-29 – Crazy Chemists (Shambhala School)
August 2-5 – Secret Agent Lab (Shambhala School)
August 8-12 – Flight Academy (Woodlawn United Church, Dartmouth)
August 15-19 – Secret Agent Lab (Woodlawn United Church)
Please send your registration form and cheque (made payable to Mad Science) to 3537 Leaman Street, Halifax, NS, B3K 3Z6 or scan and email to madsciencenovascotia@gmail.com

The Nova Scotia Sea School
Halifax
Register for a 6-day ($695) or 7-day ($875) sailing expedition – AGES 14-18. No sailing experience is necessary. Tap the link above for more info.

NSCAD Summer Art Camps
Various Art camps available throughout the summer for various ages, 5 through 18, 8:30am-5pm.
For more info, click the link above.

SuperNOVA Camps at Dalhousie University
Camps for Grades 1-12
Cost from: $210-230 per week, 9am-4pm
Choose from: Science, Engineering, Computer Science, Oceans Combo, I.T.S. for Girls, and more
Contact: 902.494.6220 or supernova@dal.ca

ANNAPOLIS VALLEY

Camp New Dawn – for Kids with Special Needs
Brigadoon Camps on Aylesford Lake
Camp See-Ya (blind and visual impairment): July 3-8
Camp Carpe Diem (epilepsy): July 10-15
Camp Braveheart (congenital heart issues): July 10-15
Camp JoinTogether (arthritis): July 17-22
Camp Kedooopse (bereavement): July 24-29
Camp Believe (parental mental illness): July 24-29
Camp Treasure Chest (asthma/anaphylaxis/respiratory): July 31-August 5
Camp Trailblazers (craniofacial/facial differences): August 7-11
Camp Lots-a-Wata (kidney disease): August 7-12
Camp Guts & Glory (Crohn’s and Colitis/IBD): August 14-19
The Canadian Cancer Society’s Camp Goodtime (cancer):  August 21-26
Camp Silly Yak (celiac disease): August 28-September 2
Canoeing, swimming, arts & crafts, outdoor education
RSVP today at sally.banks@brigadoonvillage.org or phone 1-888-471-5666 to register.

CANNING

Dance Summer Dance
Ross Creek Centre for the Arts
August 14-26 for ages 12-18, $1100
Modern and Ballet.

FOREST GLEN

Forest Glen Bible Camp
July 6-9 Family Camp 1 – All Ages, cost varies by age
July 11-16 Teen Camp – Ages 13-18 $175
July 18-23 Junior Camp – Ages 8-12 $175
July 27-30 Family Camp 2 – All Ages, cost varies by age

KENTVILLE

Youth Theatre Camps
Centre Stage Theatre
$150 per week, Mon-Fri 9am-3pm
Participants will learn stage skills such as voice, movement, character development and technical aspects.
July 4-8: Ages 5-8, Knee Deep Big Life in a Little Pond
July 11-15: Ages 8-12, Fairy Tale Mayhem
July 18-22: Ages 9-15, Eating Crow: The Pecking Order
July 25-29: Ages 8-12, Something Came Down
Aug. 1-5: Ages 5-8, Wizard of Oz
Aug. 8-12: Ages 9-15, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
Aug. 15-19: Ages 8-12, Dogs, the Musical

LOWER SACKVILLE

Sackawa Canoe Club
Sackawa offers weekly camps July 4-August 19, Mon-Fri, $175 for 1 week or $325 for 2 weeks.
Introduces the sport of canoe/kayak racing . Water activities such as an introduction to kayaking/canoeing and swimming, and learn teamwork in the war canoe. Dryland activities include soccer, volleyball, and various co-operative games.
Contact registrar@sackawa.ca for more information.

MAHONE BAY

Youth Theatre Camp
Trinity United Church
July 4-8, Ages 7-12, The Worn Slippers
August 22-22: Ages 9-15, The Book of Time
Learn theatre skills including voice, movement, character development and auditioning skills; theatre games, team building activities and rehearsals for the final production.
Visit the link above or contact nshagen@yahoo.com for more information

POINTE-DE-L’EGLISE

French Immersion Camp at Universite Saint Anne
1 week camp for ages 10 and up, August 7-13
$259 tuition, $161 room, $156 meals – includes sports, socio-cultural activities

SAMBRO HEAD

Bayside Camp
Camps run all summer long, and are available for various ages, from
Grades 1 through 12
Tap the above link for more info.

THORBURN

Salvation Army Scotian Glen Camp
For ages 7-12
Holiday Camps, Moms & Tots Camps and Music & Gospel Arts Camps available
$210; Late Registration (After June 1) $230/person

WINDSOR

Mad Science Summer Camp
Ages 5-12
Hours (9am-3:30pm): $195/week, Extended Hours (8:30am-4:30pm): $35/week or $10/day extra, Half Days (9am-12pm or 12:30pm-3:30pm): $115/week, Half Day Extended Hours: (8:30am-12pm or 12:30pm-4:30pm): $15/week or $5/day extra
August 15-19 – Crazy Chemists (St. John the Evangelist Church, Windsor)
Please send your registration form and cheque (made payable to Mad Science) to 3537 Leaman Street, Halifax, NS, B3K 3Z6 or scan and email to madsciencenovascotia@gmail.com

YARMOUTH COUNTY

Learn 2 Camp
Ellenwood Lake Provincial Park, Yarmouth County
July – Date TBA
$60 for up to four individuals, $10 for each additional child/adult,
maximum of 6 per campsite
A fun and informative camping experience for 16 families!
Email parkinfo@gov.ns.ca or tap the link above to register

***Do you know of any other Nova Scotia summer camps 2016 on the mainland? Let me know and I’ll post them here***

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Love, Luck &
Laughter,

Kimberly

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Nova Scotia Summer Camps 2015

Looking for Nova Scotia Summer Camps 2015? Check out these camps and activities for your kids to enjoy on the mainland! Know of a camp I’ve missed? Let me know in the comments below!

nova scotia summer camps 2015

Nova Scotia Summer Camps 2015

Kids Bowl Free all summer across the province! Visit Kids Bowl Free for more information.

HALIFAX/DARTMOUTH AREA

Alderney Landing Art Camps
Dartmouth
Ages 6-12; $200
Monday – Friday 8:30am – 4:30pm
July 6-10: Pop! Goes Your Art!
July 20-24: Art Goes Viral!

Artech Summer Camps
Shambhala School, 5450 Russell Street, Halifax AND in South Shore at Lahavre Fire Hall, 50 School Road, Lahavre
Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm. $279-$339 per week.
State-of-the-Art fun and high-Tech creativity. For kids age 6 to teens.
Choose from Animation, Manga, Robots vs. Zombies, Minecraft,  Game App Design, Movie Production, and more!
$269-337 per week – June 29 – August 7 – tap on website link above for more details

Art Gallery of Nova Scotia
Summer School of the Arts
Art Express for ages 3-4
Kids Art Classes for ages 5-7 and 8-12
Special Teen Workshops for ages 12 and up
Full or half-day classes. Week-long Classes: Non-members $130.00 per week for half-days; $260 for full-day classes. Gallery Members $117 per week for half-days; $235 for full-day classes. (+ HST for all classes). Fees include all art materials.
Register in person at the AGNS Gallery South Information Desk or by phone with credit card payment (Visa or MasterCard only) at 424-5280 during regular Gallery hours.

Athletics & Recreation Camps at Dalhousie University
All summer long for ages 5-17
Choose from Active Kids, Badminton, Climbing Camps, Lacrosse, Lifeguard, Leadership, Fencing, Shakespeare by the Sea, and more!
Click the link above for more info.

Atlantic Cirque – School of Circus Arts
Halifax
Summer Camps – for ages 5-6, 7-12, and 13-17
Mon-Fri 9am-4pm $275; 5-6 year olds = 2 day camps only $110
June 29 through August 21
Trampoline, juggling, stilts, human pyramids, trapeze, and more!
Classes and Workshops also available. See link above for details.

Discovery Centre
Halifax
6-12 year olds; 9am-4:30pm; $205/week; $185 for multiple weeks/children; MEMBERS: $190/week; $180 for multiple weeks/children
Eight weeks of Summer Science Camps to choose from June 29 through Aug 28
To register online, tap the link above.
French Language Camps
July 3-8 – FrancoForum – Saint-Pierre et Miquelon
July 12-18 – Nautical Camp, Magdalen Islands
July 12-18 – Sea Kayak Adventure Camp, Magdalen Islands
July 7-11 – Camp Chocolat I – Kaye Street United Church, Hydrostone, Halifax
July 13-17 – Camp Chocolat II – Kaye Street United Church
July 20-24 – Camp Chocolat III – Kaye Street United Church
July 27-31 – Camp Chocolat IV – Kaye Street United Church
July 13-17 – Camp du Soleil I – Dartmouth Sportsplex
July 20-24 – Camp du Soleil II – Dartmouth Sportsplex
August 3-7 – Camp Fran-tastique, Barton, Digby County
August 24-29 – Camp de la Baie – Bayside Camp, Third Pond, Sambro Head

Mad Science Summer Camp
Halifax/Dartmouth
General Hours (9am-3:30pm): $195/week, Extended Hours (8:30am-4:30pm): $35/week or $10/day extra, Half Days (9am-12pm or 12:30pm-3:30pm): $115/week, Half Day Extended Hours: (8:30am-12pm or 12:30pm-4:30pm): $15/week or $5/day extra
July 6-19 – Flight Academy (Shambhala School at 5450 Russell St, Halifax)
July 13-17 – Secret Agent Lab (Shambhala School)
July 20-24 – Crazy Chemists (Shambhala School)
July 27-31 – Secret Agent Lab (Bridgeway Academy at 3 Valleyford Ave, Dartmouth)
August 10-14 – Flight Academy (Shambhala School)
August 17-21 – Crazy Chemists (Shambhala School)
Please send your registration form and cheque (made payable to Mad Science) to 3537 Leaman Street, Halifax, NS, B3K 3Z6 or scan and email to madsciencenovascotia@gmail.com

The Nova Scotia Sea School
Halifax
Register for a 6-day ($695) or 7-day ($875) sailing expedition – AGES 14-18
Youth 6 Day Adventure at Sea: August 8-13 or August 15-20
Youth 7 Day Coastal Adventure: Choose from: July 3 to 9th or August 23 to 29th
No sailing experience is necessary

NSCAD Summer Art Camps
Various Art camps available throughout the summer for various ages, 5 through 18.
For more info, click the link above.

SuperNOVA Camps at Dalhousie University
Camps for Grades 1-12
Cost from: $180-230 per week, 9am-4pm
Choose from: Science, Engineering, Computer Science, Oceans Combo, I.T.S. for Girls, and more
Contact: 902.494.6220 or supernova@dal.ca

ANNAPOLIS VALLEY

Camp New Dawn – for Kids with Special Needs
Brigadoon Camps on Aylesford Lake
Camp See-Ya (blind and visual impairment):  June 30-July 5, 2015
Camp Carpe Diem (epilepsy): July 5-10, 2015
Camp Braveheart (congenital heart issues):  July 5-10, 2015
Camp JoinTogether (arthritis): July 12-17, 2015
Camp Kedooopse (bereavement):  July 19-24, 2015
Camp Treasure Chest (asthma/anaphylaxis/respiratory): July 26-31, 2015
Camp Trailblazers (craniofacial/facial differences):  August 2-6, 2015
Camp Lots-a-Wata (kidney disease): August 2-7, 2015
Camp Guts & Glory (Crohn’s and Colitis/IBD): August 9-14, 2015
The Canadian Cancer Society’s Camp Goodtime (cancer):  August 16-21, 2015
Camp Silly Yak (celiac disease): August 23-28, 2015
Canoeing, swimming, arts & crafts, outdoor education
Contact Sally Banks: 902-422-3387, info@brigadoonvillage.org

FOREST GLEN

Forest Glen Bible Camp
July 8-11 Family Camp 1 – All Ages, cost varies by age
July 13-18 Teen Camp – Ages 13-18 $175
July 20-25 Junior Camp – Ages 8-12 $175
July 29-Aug 1 Family Camp 2 – All Ages, cost varies by age

KENTVILLE

Youth Theatre Camps
Centre Stage Theatre
$150 per week, Mon-Fri 9am-3pm
Participants will learn stage skills such as voice, movement, character development and technical aspects.
July 6-10: Ages 5-8, Peter Pan (Waiting list only)
July 13-17: Ages 7-10, The Worn Slippers
July 20-24: Ages 4-6, A Little Bull
July 27-31: Ages 8-12, The Battle of Burp Street
Aug. 3-7: Ages 9-15, Thumbelina
Aug. 10-14: Ages 6-9, How the Pea Came to Be
Aug. 17-21: Ages 7-11, Fleeced (Waiting list only)

LOWER SACKVILLE

Sackawa Canoe Club
Sackawa offers weekly camps, Mon-Fri, $175 for 1 week or $325 for 2 weeks.
Introduces the sport of canoe/kayak racing . Water activities such as an introduction to kayaking/canoeing and swimming, and learn teamwork in the war canoe. Dryland activities include soccer, volleyball, and various co-operative games.
Contact registrar@sackawa.ca for more information.

MAHONE BAY

Youth Theatre Camp
Trinity United
Ages 8-15, August 10-14, 2015
Learn theatre skills including voice, movement, character development and auditioning skills; theatre games, team building activities and rehearsals for the final production.
Visit the Facebook link above or call 902-624-0024 for more information

POINTE-DE-L’EGLISE

French Immersion Camp at Universite Saint Anne
1 week camp for ages 10 and up, August 1-8
$259 tuition, $161 room, $156 meals – includes sports, socio-cultural activities

SAMBRO HEAD

Bayside Camp
Camps run all summer long, and are available for various ages, from
Grades 1 through 12
Tap the above link for more info.

THORBURN

Salvation Army Scotian Glen Camp
For ages 7-12
Holiday Camps, Moms & Tots Camps and Music & Gospel Arts Camps available
$210; Late Registration (After June 1, 2015): $230/person

YARMOUTH COUNTY

Learn 2 Camp
Ellenwood Lake Provincial Park, Yarmouth County
July 18-19 (Registration Deadline: July 7)
$60 for up to four individuals, $10 for each additional child/adult,
maximum of 6 per campsite
A fun and informative camping experience for 16 families!
Email parkinfo@gov.ns.ca or tap the link above to register

***Do you know of any other Nova Scotia summer camps 2015 on the mainland? Let me know and I’ll post them here***

Click here for 2015 Cape Breton Summer Camps & Activities.

Love, Luck &
Laughter,

Kimberly

Posted in Things to Do, Places to Go

A Virtual Field Trip Through Nova Scotia AND Giveaway!

A Virtual Field Trip Through Nova Scotia AND Giveaway!

Nova Scotia is a beautiful province, well worth visiting! We fell in love with Cape Breton Island in particular the moment the plane landed (we moved here from Ontario eight years ago). Join me and my family for a virtual field trip, with breathtaking views and fun activities for all!

All across Nova Scotia, you will find our famous lobster. It’s even available at McDonald’s – lobster rolls are delicious! I could eat lobster every day.

virtual field trip through Nova Scotia

On the west coast of Nova Scotia is the Bay of Fundy, famous for having the world’s highest tidal range. At low tide, walk halfway out into the Bay!

From there you will find Mount Kejimkujik and Keji National Park. Every year during the first week of September, homeschoolers across the province gather for Not Back-to-School Camping!

Near Halifax, you can view Peggy’s Point Lighthouse (built in 1868) at Peggy’s Cove, a world-renowned tourist spot.

The largest city in Nova Scotia, and its capital, is Halifax, the home of the Halifax Citadel. It is the original British military installation.

Every fall, Halifax is host to an incredible event (especially if your family happen to be geeks or nerds): Hal-Con! Read all about the fun and learning that can happen at Hal-Con.

Hal-Con 2014

And no visit to Halifax is complete without a visit to the Freak Lunchbox downtown to buy your choice of any candy your heart could possibly desire!

About an hour’s drive from Halifax, you can visit Truro and check out the charming Little White Schoolhouse Museum. It’s a one-room schoolhouse built in 1868.

virtual field trip through Nova scotia

Cross the causeway and you’ll find yourself on Cape Breton Island, North America’s number one island paradise. The largest city here, Sydney, is the home of the biggest fiddle in the world! We always take our international students to the Big Fiddle for a photo op:

Virtual Field Trip Through Nova Scotia

A short drive away you will find the historic Fortress of Louisbourg. Every summer they offer week-long children’s camps and apprenticeships to experience colonial life.

Virtual field trip through Nova scotia

Virtual field trip through Nova scotia

Take a scenic drive over Kelly’s Mountain to go to the charming town of Baddeck. There you will find one of our favourite haunts, the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site. It sits nearby Bell’s beautiful summer home, Ben Breagh (beautiful mountain in Gaelic). Exhibits detail all of Bell’s tinkering and innovations. Did you know that he worked with the deaf, or that he built flying machines and hydrofoils? In fact, he built the fastest boat in the world.

Cape Breton is probably most famous for the Cabot Trail.

Virtual field trip through Nova scotia

On your eight hour drive along the trail, you will find breathtaking views, especially in the fall…

virtual field trip through Nova scotia

And it’s also where you’ll find another one of Canada’s national parks, Highlands National Park.

These are just some of the amazing sights and activities to be found in Nova Scotia. If you ever have a chance to visit from away (as Nova Scotians say), let me know!

And now for the amazing giveaway! One lucky person will win:

1) Family/Group Discovery Pass from Parks Canada. Valid for 1 year from date of issue. Value $136.40.

2) Rough Guide: Canada – travel guide book. Value $29.99.

3) The Ultimate Guide to Field Trips in Canada ebook. Value: $5.99. From Sharla Kostelyk of The Chaos and the Clutter.

Rules: Open to Canada, excluding Quebec, 18+. Ends April 15th @11:59pm ET. Good luck! I wish I could enter! Click below!

Entry-Form

Love, Luck &
Laughter,

Kimberly

Posted in Things to Do, Places to Go

March Break Camps in Mainland Nova Scotia 2014

imageWhat’s going on for children and families during March Break on the mainland, March 8 – 16th?

ART

Art Gallery of Nova Scotia
In-Gallery Activities

SKETCHING IN THE GALLERY
Wednesday, March 12 and Thursday, March 13
1:30am – 3:00pm
Drop-in and sketch in the gallery with drawing tips from a well-qualified artist. Drawing boards, pencils and paper will be supplied. Regular admission for non-members, free for members.

FAMILY SUNDAY presents POP GOES THE EASEL
Sunday, March 16, 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Bring the whole family to this hands-on arts exploration! “Pop Goes the Easel!” gives a musical twist to the well-loved Family Sundays program. This session features a live, interactive performance by percussion trio, Terry O’Mahoney, Michael Baker, and D’Arcy Gray of Symphony Nova Scotia at 1:30pm.

Ross Creek March Break Art Camps
For ages 5-18. Camps run from 9am-5pm and are $65 per day or $295 for all 5 days of fun. Lunch and snacks provided at no extra cost. Bus service is an additional $15 per day or $60 per week.

CODING

Artech Studios MARCH BREAK CAMPS!
Halifax – Shambhala School
Create animations & video games.
March Media Creations & Contraptions for Ages 6-10
March 10-14, 9am-4pm, $337 + HST
March Media for Ages 11-14
March 12-16, 9am-4pm, $337 + HST

South Shore – Petite Riviere School
Saturday, March 8th
March Media Creations for 8-12 year olds
9am-3pm, bring a lunch.

DRAMA

Dartmouth Players March Break Camp
Dartmouth
Dates: March 10-14
For ages 7+. This camp takes students through process of putting on a musical culminating in a full performance on stage.
Cost: $155.00

Th’YARC March Break Arts Camp
Yarmouth
Dates: March 10-14, 9am-4pm
From dance, art and theatre, March Break Arts Camp will explore and initiate the creative personalities of 15 participants, ages 9-16.
Cost: $95.00/ $75 members

MISCELLANEOUS

Creative Kids Education Centre March Break Art Camps
9am-3:45pm. Themed portion of camps is 9am-noon. Optional childcare from 7am until 6pm at no extra charge.
Young Campers for 6 years and under
March 10-14
Choose from:
The Cat in the Hat knows a lot about Science, The Minecraft Quest Challenge, Rainbow Craft Week, or Magic School Bus themes.

YMCA Day Camps
All Across Nova Scotia – contact the YMCA near you, or click on the link above

March Break Activities at Your Local Library
See your local library branch for what’s happening in your area or click on the link above.

MUSIC

Rebel Girl Rock Camp
Khyber Centre for Arts, Halifax
Monday March 10 to Friday March 14th, 9am and 5pm.
For LGBTQ ages 10-17

SCIENCE

Discovery Centre March Break Camps
**March Break Camps are currently. To be put on the waiting list, please contact Erica Hamm at: ehamm@discoverycentre.ns.ca or 492.4422 ext 221.
March 10th – 14th

Bust A Myth!
Registration Cost: $175 non members; $160 members

Digital Discovery March Break Camp
Perfect for budding tech enthusiasts, coders and video game addicts.
Ages 10-15
Registration: $350 per participant.
Camper Drop Off: 8am–9am; Pick Up: 4pm–5pm

SPORTS & RECREATION

Dalhousie University Day Camps
March 10-14 for kids and teens, ages 5-15
Choose from:
Climb 1-4 Camps
Dal Tigers Basketball Camp
Book by contacting the Dalplex Customer Service Centre at 494-3372, download a copy of the registration form or register online.

Mount Saint Vincent University March Break Camp
Up, Up & Away! For Primary through Grade 6
March 10-14, 8am-5:30pm
$155 per week per child
Enjoy a week of flying fun! Make Super Stealth Planes! Awesome Aerodynamics and Big Blue Bonanza are sure to be exciting. Parachute through the sky during the Rainbow Relay!

**Do you know of an activity that I have missed?  Let me know and I will add it to the list. Thanks!**

Love, Luck &
Laughter,

Posted in Things to Do, Places to Go

2013 Summer Camps & Activities Across Nova Scotia

2013 campsHALIFAX/DARTMOUTH AREA

Alderney Landing Art & Theatre Camp
Dartmouth
Ages 7-12; 1st child: $185, additional children: $165
Monday – Friday 8:30am – 4:30pm
Art Camps
July 2-5 Drums, Rattles & Harmonicas
July 15-19 Haunted Shipwrecks of 1812
Theatre Camps
July 8-12 Privateers, Sea Captains & Heroes
July 22-26 Forts, Teepees & Lean-to’s
Register online or call 461-8401

Artech Summer Camps
Shambhala School, 5450 Russell Street, Halifax AND in South Shore at Lahavre Fire Hall, 50 School Road, Lahavre
State-of-the-Art fun and high-Tech creativity. For kids age 6 to teens.
Choose from FILM, Video Game Design, Claymation/Animation, ROBOTICS, Photo Expressions and more!
$274-337 per week – July 2 – August 30 – see website above for more details

Art Gallery of Nova Scotia
Art Classes for ages 12 and up
1-4pm, July 15 through Aug 16
Choose from: Fashion Redesign – One of a Kind, Birdland, Photography, New Media and Materials, or Une Personne Vaut Mille Images – Communiquez Avec Art! (delivered in French)
Art Classes for Ages 5-12
Ages 5-7: 9-noon Ages 8-12: 1-4pm
July 2 through Aug 23
Choose from: Art, Dance & Drum!, Characters, Creatures & Books, Grocery Store Sculptures, and more!

Atlantic Cirque – School of Circus Arts

Summer Camps – for ages 7-12 & 13-17
Mon-Fri 9am-4pm $275
July 1 through August 30
Classes and Workshops also available. See link above for details.

Discovery Centre
Halifax
To register contact: Danielle at 902-492-4422 x 221 or dwhite@discoverycentre.ns.ca.
6-12 year olds; 9am-4:30pm; $200/week; $195 for multiple weeks/children; MEMBERS: $185/week; $180 for multiple weeks/children
Eight weeks of Summer Science Camps to choose from July 1 through Aug 30

French Language Camps
July 1-5, 2013 – FrancoForum – Saint-Pierre et Miquelon
July 14-20, 2013 – Nautical Camp, Magdalen Islands
July 14-20, 2013 – Sea Kayak Adventure Camp, Magdalen Islands
July 2-5, 2013 – Camp Chocolat I – Kaye Street United Church, Hydrostone, Halifax
July 8-12, 2013 – Camp Chocolat II – Kaye Street United Church (* Camp Chocolat II is now full, contact the CPF-NS at cpf@ns.sympatico.ca to be added to wait list)
August 5-9, 2013 – Camp Fran-tastique, Barton, Digby County
August 12-17, 2013 – Adolescent Camp: Université Sainte-Anne, Pointe-de-L’Eglise, Digby County
August 19-24, 2013 – Camp Kadimah I, Barss Corner, Lunenburg County
August 25-30, 2013 – Camp Kadimah II, Barss Corner, Lunenburg County

Mad Science Summer Camp
Halifax/Dartmouth
General Hours (9am-3:30pm):  $195/week, Extended Hours (8:30am-4:30pm):  $35/week or $10/day extra, Half Days (9am-12pm or 12:30pm-3:30pm):  $115/week, Half Day Extended Hours: (8:30am-12pm or 12:30pm-4:30pm): $15/week or $5/day extra
July 8-12 – Secret Agent Lab (Shambhala School at 5450 Russell St, Halifax)
July 15-19 – Rockin’ Rockets (Shambhala School)
July 22-26 – Codes, Claws and Constellations (Shambhala School)
August 12-16 – Secret Agent Lab (Salvation Army church at 171 Pleasant St, Dartmouth)
August 19-23 – Rockin’ Rockets (Salvation Army church)
Please send your registration form and cheque (made payable to Mad Science) to 3537 Leaman Street, Halifax, NS, B3K 3Z6.

The Nova Scotia Sea School
Halifax
Register today for a 5-day ($675) or 7-day ($875) sailing expedition – AGES 14-18
5 Day Adventure at Sea: July 2-6
First 7 Day Coastal Adventure: July 9th to July 15th, 2013
Second 7 Day Coastal Adventure: August 12th to August 18th, 2013
Third 7 Day Coastal Adventure: August 22nd to August 28th, 2013
No sailing experience is necessary

NSCAD Summer Art Camps
Various Art camps available throughout the summer for various ages, 5 through 18.
For more info, click the link above.

SuperNOVA Camps at Dalhousie University
Camps for Grades 1-12
Cost from: $175-215 per week, 9am-4pm
Choose from: Science, Engineering, Computer Science, Combination, SuperSKILLS, or Movie Making
Contact: 902.494.6220 or supernova@dal.ca

ANNAPOLIS VALLEY

Camp New Dawn – Learning Disabilities and ADHD
Brigadoon on Aylesford Lake, July 14-19
Ages 8-15; Leadership Program ages 16-17
Canoeing, swimming, arts & crafts, outdoor education
Contact Sally Banks: 902-422-3387, info@brigadoonvillage.org

COLE HARBOUR

Total Hockey Skills Camp
Cole Harbour Place (put on by Dalhousie University)
Aug 5-9 and Aug 12-16; Mon-Fri 8am-4:30pm $325 OR
Mon-Fri 11am-3:30pm $165
All hockey camps are co-ed and goalie-specific instruction is also available for all camps.

FOREST GLEN

Forest Glen Bible Camp
July 10-13 Family Camp 1 – All Ages, cost varies by age
July 15-20 Teen Camp – Ages 13-18 $170
July 22-27 Junior Camp – Ages 8-12 $170
July 31-Aug 3 Family Camp 2 – All Ages, cost varies by age

HANTS COUNTY

Learn 2 Camp
Smileys Provincial Park, Brooklyn, Hants County
July 6 & 7 (Registration Deadline: June 21)
$60 for up to four individuals, $10 for each additional child/adult,
maximum of 6 per campsite
A fun and informative camping experience for 16 families!
Call 902-662-3030 or see link above to register

LOWER SACKVILLE

Sackawa Canoe Club
Sackawa offers weekly camps, Mon-Fri, $150 for 1 week or $275 for 2 weeks.
Introduces the sport of canoe/kayak racing . Water activities such as an introduction to kayaking/canoeing and swimming, and learn teamwork in the war canoe. Dryland activities include soccer, volleyball, and various co-operative games.
Contact registrar@sackawa.ca for more information.

POINTE-DE-L’EGLISE

French Immersion Camp at Universite Saint Anne
1 week camp for ages 10 and up, August 3-10
$50 Non-refundable enrollment fee plus $540 tuition – includes room, meals, sports, socio-cultural activities

SAMBRO HEAD

Bayside Camp
Camps run all summer long, and are available for various ages, from
Grades 1 through 12
See Rates and Dates info page for more.

ST. MARGARET’S

Total Hockey Skills Camp
St. Margaret’s Centre (put on by Dalhousie University)
Aug 19-23 and Aug 26-30; Mon-Fri 8am-4:30pm $325
All hockey camps are co-ed and goalie-specific instruction is also available for all camps.

THORBURN

Salvation Army Scotian Glen Camp
For ages 7-12
Holiday Camp A: July 1-5
Holiday Camp B: July 8-12
Holiday Camp C: July 15-19
Holiday Camp D: July 22-26
Music & Gospel Arts Camp: Aug 3-10
Late Registration (After June 1, 2013): $230/person
See application HERE.

TRURO

Marigold Cultural Centre
Musical Theatre Making Day Workshop (June 25, 26, 27)
For ages 9 to 14 – class limited to 24 participants.
Sing, Move, Act, Improvise, Explore your Acting and Vocal Abilities, Learn Dance Moves, Build your Confidence, and Discover Your Inner Talents and Have Fun !!!!
June 25th, 9 to 3pm,  June 26th, 9 to 3pm,  June 27th, 9 to 4pm
Course Fee: $160 plus tax (full registration fee required on registration)
Spotlight Music Theatre Summer School – July 2 – 20
For more information about this popular 3 week Cantabile Society program, please e-mail rossthompson65@gmail.com.
Summer Art Camps with Jillian Ritchie
For Ages: 7-12, 9am-3pm daily
Session 1 – July 8 – 12 – ages 6 – 9
Session 2 – July 15- 19 – ages 6 – 9
Session 3 – July 22 – 26 – ages 10 – 14
Session 4 – July 29 – Aug 2 – ages 6-9
Fee: $165 plus tax to be paid at time of registration
Summer Drama Camps with Wayne Burns
1st Group: August 6-9  (ages 9-12) – $125 + tax
2nd Group: August 12-16 (ages 9-12) – $160 + tax
3rd Group: August 19-23 (ages 13-17) – $160 + tax
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM daily

Summer Dance at Show Case Dance Studio
112 Esplanade, Truro
Classes begin July 2nd. One hour classes daily.
Weeks 1, 3, 5, 7, 9: Kinder Ballet 3-5 yrs, Introduction to Ballet 6-9 yrs, Jazz 4-7, 8-12, 13-18, Soft Jazz Adult
Weeks 2, 4, 6, 8: Creative Dance 3-8 yrs, Intro to Tap 5-10, 10-16, Hip Hop 6-10, 10-16, Soft Jazz Adult
Call 902-843-0322

UPPER TANTALLON

St. Luke’s Vacation Bible School
Something to Sing About
August 6-9, 9am – noon for ages 4-12
Registration Deadline: July 19
Email ajmaclean@eastlink.ca for this year’s information

***Do you know of any other summer camps across Nova Scotia? Let me know and I’ll post them here***

Posted in Homeschool Information

Public Meetings For Homeschoolers Across Nova Scotia: June 10-14

NSAttention all homeschoolers in Nova Scotia! Further to a recent meeting with Dr. Lowe of the Department of Education to discuss the DOE’s response to the Auditor General’s Report on homeschooling, public meetings across the province have been scheduled. For the most part, Dr. Lowe wants to know how the Department of Education can best meet the needs of homeschoolers here in the province. I would love to see as many homeschoolers at these meetings as possible – help each other out and carpool or share babysitting teens! The meetings will be held as follows:

June 10: St Andrew Junior School, 2 Appleseed Dr, Antigonish, 6:30-8:30pm

June 11: Halifax West High School, 283 Thomas Raddall Dr, Halifax, 6:30-8:30pm

June 12: West Kings High School, 1941 Hwy 1, Auburn, 6:30-8:30pm

June 13: Bridgewater High School, 100 York st, Bridgewater, 6:30-8:30pm

June 14: Halifax Regional School Board Office, 33 Spectacle Lake Dr, Dartmouth, 2:00-4:00pm

Homeschooling parents unable to attend can send in comments/concerns by email to homeschooling@ednet.ns.ca or by mail to:

Regional Education Services
Brunswick Place, 2021 Brunswick St.
Halifax, NS, B3K 2Y5

Posted in Homeschool Information

Standing Committee Meeting on Homeschooling Held April 3rd

NSOn April 3, 2013, the Standing Committe on Public Accounts met at the Nova Scotia Legislature to discuss the Auditor General’s Report on Homeschooling.

The CBC news covered it in a news clip on the 6 o’clock news. Go to http://www.cbc.ca/newsatsixns/ and click on the April 3rd newscast – coverage of the meeting begins at 4:25

As well, we have access to the entire meeting online. The Standing Committe on Public Accounts’ schedule is at: http://nslegislature.ca/index.php/committees/committee_hansard/C7/ You can click on the 2013-Apr-3 meeting on the Department of Education and either view the Video or Listen to the Audio.

Homeschoolers across Nova Scotia are being urged to visit their MLA’s. You can read more on that initiative at the Home School Legal Defense Association website.

Posted in Homeschool Information

The Homeschool Legal Defense Association of Canada’s Response to the AG’s Report

From HSLDA Canada:

“The Auditor General in Nova Scotia has released a strongly anti-home education report. The report makes 12 recommendations for change. Among those recommendations are the following:

The Department of Education should require periodic, independent assessment of home schooled children against learning objectives and outcomes.
The Department of Education should assess the programs proposed by parents to determine if they are designed to achieve appropriate learning objectives and outcomes for home schooled children.
The Department of Education should obtain information on learning outcomes of home schooled children to determine if they are making reasonable educational progress.
The Department of Education should track home school registration using its computerized database to determine which children are not registered for the current year and whether follow up is needed.
The Department of Education should track children leaving public school for home schooling to ensure they are properly registered for home schooling.
The Department of Education should explore the possibility of establishing an information sharing protocol with the Department of Health and Wellness to enable tracking of all school-aged children in the province to determine whether they are registered for school.

The full report as well as a summary of the report is available here (http://oag-ns.ca/) 

HSLDA condemns this report for its clear anti-home education bias and clear lack of understanding of home education. It is obvious that the Auditor General’s office has not consulted the research on home education, home educating families, or home education experts. Home education is successful because it is not standardized. Parents, who know their children better than anyone else, are able to tailor the curriculum, learning style, and evaluation methods to the unique needs of their children. If the recommendations in this report are put in place, parents will have so much control and oversight of their homeschooling that they will lose virtually all of this flexibility. This would harm education in Nova Scotia and reduce the quality of education for home educated students.
If the recommendations in this report are put into practice, Nova Scotia will become the most oppressive province in Canada in which to home educate. HSLDA will be working with local home education leaders to ensure that homeschooling freedoms are maintained in Nova Scotia.”

Various homeschooling organizations across the province such as HEMS and NSHEA are looking forward to working together with HSLDA Canada.
Love, Luck &
Laughter,
Kimberly
Posted in Homeschool Information

Nova Scotia Auditor General Report Perpetuates Homeschooling Myths

The Nova Scotia Auditor General’s Report was just released, with a section on homeschooling.  Unfortunately, the Auditor General’s recommendations perpetuate some homeschooling myths and misconceptions typically believed by the general population.

Myth #1: The Department of Education (DOE) Provides a Standard Curriculum and Materials to Homeschoolers
In fact, homeschoolers in Nova Scotia (and Canada-wide) are able to choose or create their own curriculum.  In recommendation 2.1 the Auditor General (AG) states:
“The Department of Education should establish clear and measurable learning objectives and outcomes for the home schooling program.”
Homeschoolers across Nova Scotia use a wide variety of curricula, using methods such as unschooling, classical, Montessori, or Waldorf.  Homeschoolers are not covering x objective at y time, they are tailoring their objectives and outcomes to their individual child, which is one of the many benefits of homeschooling.

Myth #2: The DOE Does (or Should) Test or Administer Standardized Testing to Homeschoolers
Homeschoolers in Nova Scotia are not tested in any way, nor are they administered standardized tests and this is the case in most provinces across Canada.  In Recommendation 2.2, the AG states:
“The Department of Education should require periodic, independent assessment of home schooled children against learning objectives and outcomes.”
Homeschoolers in Canada routinely gain admittance to colleges and universities with the records and/or grades provided by their parent teachers.  If homeschoolers’ reports are good enough for institutions of higher learning, they should be good enough for the DOE.

Myth #3: The More You Legislate (or Crack Down on) Homeschooling, the Better the Homeschool Education
This assumption is seen in recommendations 2.3, 2.4, and 2.6:

“The Department of Education should revise its home schooling material to provide clear information and guidance to parents on how to outline the program plan and the type of information to provide, including examples of the child’s work, in the yearly progress report.
“The Department of Education should assess the programs proposed by parents to determine if they are designed to achieve appropriate learning objectives and outcomes for home schooled children.
“The Department of Education should obtain information on learning outcomes of home schooled children to determine if they are making reasonable educational progress.”

In fact, the amount of legislation in a state or province does not lead to better homeschooling results, homeschoolers perform well regardless (State Regulation: No Impact on Homeschool Achievement).

The AG report gives the impression that there are many homeschoolers not getting a proper education. Studies show that not only do homeschoolers get a good education but they perform head and shoulders above both their public school and private schooled counterparts.  (Over 94% of home educated students scored above the Canadian norm).

If there are indeed any so-called “homeschoolers” truly not educating their children, this is more an issue of truancy than of homeschooling.  At this time there are 950 homeschoolers across Nova Scotia – how many children are we really talking about that could possibly “not be receiving a suitable education?”  Besides the public schooled children who are falling through the cracks,  what about the private schooled students who number over three times as many as the homeschool population?  None of the recommendations by the AG are required of private schools.  Each homeschooling family is, in effect, its own little private school, and has the freedom to determine its own outcomes and path of study just like private schools do.  Studies show that homeschoolers are doing just fine across North America – homeschooling parents are taking responsibility for their own children’s education (which is the number one predictor of school success) and seeing to it that their children are prepared for post-secondary education (home educated adults are more likely to have degrees) and the real world in which they live.

Love, Luck &
Laughter,