Archive | In summer camp, we get out of the city and enjoy the outdoors

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Archives | In a summer camp, we leave the city and enjoy the outdoors

Camps and summer camps allow children in urban centers to be surrounded by nature.

Why send your child to summer camp? Reports from our archives have focused on the organization and attendance of these camps during the summer. em> of April 30, 1975, parents express themselves on the reasons which lead them to send their children to summer camp.

Here, there is no place to play, there is only the alley, says a Montreal mother. Usually located in the countryside, summer camps offer them a breath of fresh air and many activities in nature.

For another father interviewed by journalist Simon Durivage, a stay in a summer camp helps bring the child to greater maturity. It's a second weaning from the family, he explains, and a first contact with a larger, but relatively protected society.

Report by Simon Durivage on the offer of vacation camps in Quebec and their accessibility.

It's the child who is a bit in charge of his own learning, sums up Jacques Alméras, general manager of the Confédération des loisirs du Québec.

The holiday camp program focuses on learning leadership, freedom, initiative, spirit of adventure, resourcefulness, sense of #x27;team, all in a context of supervision, he lists.

In 1975, there were approximately 200 camps in Quebec attended by 20,000 to 30,000 children during the short summer period.

“I was sad to see my parents leave, then I was sad to leave camp,” one boy says of his six-week stay at summer camp. “With all the activities we did, I didn't have time to get bored in a day,” adds his sister.

The accessibility of vacation camps to a greater number of children is a concern at the heart of the report by journalist Simon Durivage. All young citizens should have this right to nature, argues a mother.

However, at that time, it was the most privileged children who went to the camps, to the exception of certain philanthropic works.

Through its High Commission for Youth, the Government of Quebec is nevertheless beginning to subsidize organizations that offer camps at a lower cost for less fortunate children from large urban centres.

Report by Jean Ducharme on the Les Grèves summer camp, which welcomes underprivileged children from Montreal for a three-week summer stay.

Founded in 1912 by Father Adélard Desrosiers, the summer camp de vacances des Grèves is one of those works that allow less privileged children to get out of the city and enjoy nature during the summer.

During its three three-week camps, the colony of Les Grèves welcomed nearly 2,000 children, we learn from this report by Jean Ducharme on the program Aujourd'hui of August 6, 1963.

The journalist collects the impressions of three young campers: Gilbert Rocher and Guy Marchessault, 12 years old, Réal Rondeau, 13 years old, and Serge Lirette, 14 years old, who are divided into three different troops according to their age .

The activities on the program of the troop of the pioneers: soccer, baseball, athletics, archery, air rifle, swimming and hebertism. “It's like Tarzan strings to teach us to lose vertigo”, illustrates the young Guy Marchessault. Children are also invited to complete certain tests that will allow them to win badges.

The discipline is quite relaxed, explains the eldest of the group. It is well laid out so that you feel comfortable while remaining in given settings. Each camper must thus keep the ground and the camp of his troop clean and ensure that in the dormitory, his bed is well made and his linen well laid out in his cabin.

C& #x27;It is rare that we are taken to the countryside, testifies Réal Rondeau. It shows us several cases that we have never seen.

“In the city, there are never more than four or five friends together, whereas here we have as many friends as we want.

—Serge Lirette

In the company of host Dominique Lajeunesse, columnist Claudette Lalonde gives some advice on how to prepare her child's luggage for camp holiday.

Finally, once the decision has been made by the parents to send their children to a holiday camp, they must prepare their stay and the items to bring.

On the show < em>Day to day of May 6, 1986, host Dominique Lajeunesse takes advice from Claudette Lalonde on how to properly organize your luggage while avoiding wasting time and money.

The columnist suggests that parents take advantage of spring cleaning to keep clothes for camp that we would otherwise get rid of. Parents' old tracksuits, jeans with holes to cut into shorts, and faded sweaters might just do the trick for this frame.

So if they lose them, if they damage them, we are not disappointed when they come back, she explains to the facilitator. It is also necessary to bring warm clothes, because compared to the city, the evenings are always cooler in the countryside, she specifies.

Claudette Lalonde also asks parents to identify their children's belongings using a marker, a chisel, self-adhesive labels or even nail polish which has the advantage of being particularly indelible. .

For rain boots, the columnist suggests drilling large eyelets into them and tying them together with a rope that the child can carry over their shoulder or attach to their backpack. back.

“How many parents bought new rain boots and one came back! »

— Host Dominique Lajeunesse

As for the thin rubber mattress that you place under the sleeping bag, it is not a luxury. It allows to cut the humidity, in addition to making the camp more comfortable for our child, explains Claudette Lalonde.

Well-advised parents will also have taken care to slip a pillowcase pillow in their children's travel bag to put their dirty clothes in. Because washing, there will be a lot to do at the end of this stay in nature!

“So everything is labeled . It's relatively simple. Old clothes, children are not likely to lose too much. And then for the dirty laundry, a pillowcase and voila! »

— Host Dominique Lajeunesse

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