Children, Youth & Families
Crawford Bay Natural Playground is a project that seeks to upgrade the current dated playground equipment in the community playground and replace it with a newly designed and built Natural Playground. We aim to use natural elements and topography to affect great change to the playground and revitalize its use by families and children.
The East Shore Alliance for Early Years local group sponsored the Kindermusik Summer Program where 14 east shore families attended 5 weekly sessions comprised of a 60 minute class, led by licensed educator. The program brings many research proven developmental and musical benefits to our youngest residents, and offers a supportive social space for parents to meet and socialize and enjoy locally prepared food in a relaxed atmosphere. A catered lunch was provided for parents and children, followed by free play and social time. Kindermusik is an age appropriate music and movement program for young children offered in 70 countries around the world.
Contact: Ellie Reynolds
Kid’s SMART camp (Science, Movement, Art) was a new program run for four days following Starbelly Jam. Participate ages were five to twelve year olds and the event was help in the Learning Place at Crawford Bay School. Activities included zendela, felting, beading, mandala painting, and t-short painting. Given the success of the program there are future plans to include activities such as origami, beading, paper mache, hoola hoop making, wings, and drawing/sketching/life drawing. Children love to make things they can take the home! Contact: Jacqueline Wedge.
Our young families are included in community events that are fun and build friendships. Informal networks need to be strong in local communities as we have few programs or services. Grandparents and other care-givers are recognized and appreciated. Local businesses try to be more family friendly and we have an annual business award. Skill-sharing sessions encourage local people and parents to share skills with other parents in a fun, relaxed way. We advertise on local media and the community appreciates the activities available for young families.
2012, 2103, 2014
This is a significant four year program funded by Columbia Basin Trust. The challenges facing youth 12-19 years of age and living in a rural environment have never been greater. With the guidance of a local adult and youth based Youth Council and Youth Coordinator, this program develops, organizes, and conducts projects, events, and activities covering a wide range of youth development areas. These areas include broad employment and life skills training, wide engaging fun activities, small group or individual interest and learning support, outside community youth exchange, and youth leadership experience. To name only a few of dozens of projects run to date … many sports events, dances and drop-ins, health and food safety courses, avalanche training, exchange trips, camping and cave exploration, science projects, art and music workshops, and volunteer for job readiness. With group and youth input and experience, progress is continually evaluated and the team expects to see a high percentage of youth participation and ongoing increase in youth initiated programming.
Contact: Sharon Webster or Sandra Bernier