Summer literacy camps help prepare Aboriginal youth for school

November 20, 2013

Frontier College has issued its report on 2013 summer literacy camps, reporting a 44% increase in the number of children attending the camps over 2012. The summer camps provide “fun, educational activities with the goal of developing language, literacy and numeracy skills,” through individual and group reading exercises, games, arts and crafts, field trips, cultural activities, and guest speakers. 2013 saw the addition of 21 new communities, including the first-ever program in NWT, and the hiring and training of more than 240 staff members, many of whom were Indigenous youth from local communities. The summer literacy camps work to offset “summer learning loss,” which occurs when the routine of learning during the school year is interrupted by summer holidays. Students who take part in literacy camps are better prepared to start the new school year; 98% of parents surveyed said their child was more prepared for school after camp, 80% of teachers and administrators noted strengthened social skills in students who went to camp, and 77% said camp improved school readiness in their students. As part of the program, more than 27,000 books were donated to camp communities. Frontier College News | Report