Two years have passed since the summer camp schedule was changed by COVID-19. Lethbridge organizers were preparing for the first regular camp year since 2019, so inflation could not have been expected to be such a factor.
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The University of Lethbridge has been happy with the registration so far. Although not at pre-pandemic levels, certain flagship camps have surprised organizers with more demand than available spots.
“At our long-running adventure youth camp, we go to the Crows Nest Pass, one day hiking, another day climbing, another day mountain biking, and the last two days of the Lethbridge University Youth Program. Scott Whitside, who manages the Ascent Climbing Center and the village, said:
According to the Whiteside, the camp sold out almost immediately, and when L’s U added the second week, it also sold out.
The dramatic surge in demand for outdoor options says he didn’t expect the white side to come. Traditionally popular options like drama camps are lagging behind in terms of numbers.
“I think that’s all,” he said. “They aren’t trying to do everything they’ve done before. They’re a little hesitant because their finances are a little tighter.”
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According to Whiteside, knowing that inflation will affect many family choices this summer, the university was able to keep the community’s summer programming costs down.
The Lethbridge YMCA also strives to provide access to summer camps, even as all other prices rise.
Christina Larkin, director of the YMCA community program in Lethbridge, said:
“Low-income families can apply for supported membership for the whole family, adults or children only, which allows them to use summer camps, sports programs and swimming lessons for at least a week free of charge. And low cost to everything else. “
Of the approximately 10,000 local members of the YMCA, more than 1,300 are currently supportive members, according to Larkin.
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The YMCA also has a licensed child care camp funded by the state government, which says Larkin filled up very quickly.
“Subsidies have actually increased for many families and have increased the threshold for what is considered low income,” she said. “This year, more families have access to state funding to support access to summer camps.”
According to Larkin, in the summer of 2021 the demand was high even though the COVID-19 restrictions still existed, so YMCA added additional programming in 2022.
Both YMCA and the University of Lethbridge have many spots available for different camps. It’s a spot that last-minute registrants are hoping to fill as the summer progresses.
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