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An Outing All Fore Of Us Enjoy

Putting for an Eagle

Driving to Success

As we planned out our summer in May and June, my husband and I realized that nana (my mother in law) would not have the stamina to look after our boys for a number of weeks straight as she has in previous years. We had already registered our boys in 2 weeks at Kids Inc and another week at The Amazing Rainforest during the summer. We didn’t want to “overcamp” the boys so they were in something every single week and didn’t get some free play time. But we needed an activity that we thought the boys would enjoy and nana would be able to comfortably help us pick up and drop off the boys. That’s when we found Turnberry junior golf camp held at th

e Turnberry golf course on Bovaird in Brampton.

This past summer they offered 8 week individual weeks of golf camp for children ages 6 and up. Camp started at 8:30 and ran to 12:30 including lunch for a cost of approximately $250 each week. Rain or shine! If your child didn’t have clubs, the golf would lend them a set for the week. Neil and Joanne were the certified golf instructors who divided the group of children into two – junior and senior and spent each day working on different parts of the game. On the Friday, the campers were taken through a series of activities to demonstrate their learning over the week. Parents were invited to come for the last portion of the morning to see how their children were doing and enjoy a barbecue.

Each day our boys tell us what they were learning and how much fun they were having. They were always excited in the morning to go to camp and keep practicing. By the weekend after the week of camp, all 4 of us went to the driving range at Turnberry where the boys were able to demonstrate to me their skills. They weren’t shy to offer me tips as well!

Since the week of camp, we have been back to the driving range a number of times. I am hoping that in a few years all 4 of us will be able to play a round together. Maybe this will be a way we can spend time as a family – even during the teenage years.

An Added Bonus: On the Saturday of Thanksgiving weekend, in the beautiful Indian summer, we went back to Turnberry to show grandma and grandpa how the boys are doing. We also enjoyed dinner in the clubhouse. Finally a good restaurant in the neighbourhood that wasn’t super busy and had good food, amazing service and reasonable prices.

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Outstanding Day Camp- The Amazing Rainforest in Bolton

With both my boys needing more stimulation this summer than daily visits to the park and game time with their nana, we researched day camps to find some that had great activities,  a safe environment and wonderful organizers and leaders with good child to leader ratios.

Our elementary school sent home a flyer about The Amazing Rainforest in Bolton which looked promising. Its summer schedule offered a variety of themes that had appeal to young and older children – such as Lego, Photography, Gadgets and Gizmos – some were offered in French too! Their website didn’t offer very much information about their program and we asked our friends but no one seemed to know much about it so we stopped by their location in Bolton in the spring to talk to the owners.

I think our boys feel in love with it the moment we walked in. With a larger than life electronic race car track, a computer lab, arts and crafts (ie. wax hands and modelling) and live lizards, snakes, turtles to learn about as well, we felt our boys would have a lot of fun and possibly learn a few things as well. So we signed them up for Gadgets and Gizmos week along with a buddy. (I was thrilled to learn that lunch was provided in the cost and was delivered by the Italian restaurant around the corner – spaghetti and tacos were on the menu!)

For their week in August – the junior camp (ages 5 and 6) built robots out of recyclable materials and painted them. The senior camp (ages 7 to 12) constructed handheld fans with batteries, wires, electrical tape and a popsicle stick. Together both groups made origami. What blew my mind was near the beginning of the week the children paired up and prepared a speech about one of the animals in the rainforest. Little did I know that these presentations were videotaped and then played back to the parents on the last day of camp. My boys never tell me anything – for example it was only when I attended the open house on the last day of camp that I found out that my 8 year old son and his buddy along with the senior campers had learnt to play the drums – And they did an outstanding performance in the dark with just their hands glowing! And there was my just 5 year old making a presentation with his new 6 year old buddy about the lizard!

Cooperative learning and performing

While I was a bit concerned about signing my boys up for a camp that I knew nothing about – and was primarily held indoors, my worries were put aside at the end of each camp day when they came home and told me how excited they were to go back the next day. Plus on the last day of camp (having signed a permission slip on the first day), the leaders took the 20 campers to the Albion Conservation Area for the day – where they played soccer, capture the flag, hide and seek and splashed in the new splash pad.

 In speaking with the owners who are teachers, they are clearly well organized folks with a passion for working with children.  Their love for education was evident as they helped the children with their reptile presentations, explained how to build their fans, helped them learn new activities and led them through musical lessons. Poor behaviour  – including not listening – was not tolerated as my boys quickly found out. (I did hear about this as my youngest tells me most behavioural issues.)

We will definitely be sending our boys back to The Amazing Rainforest camp – they made new friends and had fun while learning a few new things. I hope the organizers will offer a program over spring break  and maybe something for children and their parents!

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