Town of Wolfville to partner with Acadia for summer camps

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Town of Wolfville

WOLFVILLE - The Town of Wolfville is making some changes when it comes to the delivery of recreation services.

“Previously we had an events coordinator position and a recreation position and now we’re going to have those two responsibilities come under one new position called a community development officer,” said Chrystal Fuller, the town’s director of community development.

Along with the staffing changes, there’s a proposal in the works that calls for changes to the way the town offers summer day camp programming.

The town is looking to step away from the “direct delivery model where we run the programs,” Fuller said. 

Instead, the Town of Wolfville is preparing to partner with Acadia University for summer camps this year.

The partnership, Fuller said, would result in cost savings for the town and improved facilities for summer camp participants. She said the town’s expectations of what the camps should offer would be articulated as the memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the two groups is finalized.

“We’re making sure that the camps will have the values that Wolfville wants to see in them. We think it’s a service improvement,” said Fuller.

The camps will be organized around activities that include arts, community building exercises, physical literacy, movement-based activities, free play and unstructured time.

Citizens seeking summer camp services can get a feel for how the partnership will pan out during March Break.

The March Break Adventure Camp for ages five to 14 will be held at Acadia from March 14-18.

Fuller said the cost of the camp is $150 compared to the $135 fee charged last year, but financial assistance is available if needed.

The Town of Wolfville held a recreation programming information session at the Acadia Athletics Complex March 2 to discuss the potential changes.

The feedback, Fuller said, has already led to a change in the age groups permitted to attend the March Break camps, and updates will be posted on the town’s website as new developments arise.

“The town is committed to following up and providing more information as we move forward. There’s a lot of detail that hasn’t been fully worked out,” she said.

Take the Acadia Camps Survey to add to the conversation regarding what the summer camps should offer this year.

Organizations: Acadia University

Geographic location: Wolfville, Acadia

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