That’s a Wrap!
Another active and adventurous summer at Bowen Island Community Recreation has come to a close. These endings are always bittersweet after spending months preparing for and anticipating summer camps, programs and lessons, selecting and training the exceptional staff, recruiting and scheduling the incredible youth leaders in training, working with our outstanding community partners (BICS, BCC, BISK, Cormorant Marine, Bowen bus drivers, BIM, Bowfest Volunteers, RCMP, BIVFD, TBCA, BIFC, BIGC), seeking out fun and exciting program ideas, advertising and communicating with parents. Then, after just eight short (sometimes long) weeks, it’s all over and we have one day to pack it all away. The work that goes into camp is intense but the memories and outcomes are unforgettable.
This summer, the BICR Playcare program was fortunate to have not one, but two very helpful and conscientious summer staff to help Sharon Sluggett out. Sadie Duffield and Casey Wright were thoughtful and caring with all the little people in Playcare.
Sophie Walters taught swimming lessons for the entire summer. The always popular aquafit program was co-facilitated by the dream team of Sophie and Billi Behm. Thanks to both instructors for keeping our swimming skills sharp. A few fitness classes continued at the fitness studio and BICS, thanks to all the instructors for their dedication to our health and wellness.
BICR’s summer specialty camps included the much-loved Legotown camps facilitated by Ryley McLeod and Tammy Sanhedrai. Both camps were sold out and the facilitators were once again blown away by the creativity and abilities of our young Lego builders on Bowen. Mme Devon McLeod, former BICR daycamp leader, Bowen library staff and West Vancouver teacher extraordinaire facilitated the French for preschoolers program. Lastly, the summer basketball and kindie sports camps, facilitated by Rebecca Lyne and her trusty volunteers, Greenlee and Keen Lyne, saw our island children learning new skills, gaining confidence and having fun each day.
Summer camps were a huge hit. Leader Evan Wynen returned and we had the addition of the talented former Bowen Island Yacht Club sailing camp leader, Emily Hauner. New camp leaders included Chloe MacKinnon, Teagan Hartwick and Sienna de Vries who impressed us with their kindness and enthusiasm.
Summer may be coming to a close but the memories from adventures on Bowen with old and new friends, while challenging ourselves and growing as individuals and a community will last lifetimes. We are truly fortunate to have staff, facilitators, partners and volunteers in our community who are willing to contribute to making this island a better place to live, work, play and grow up. Thanks to the parents who sign your children up for programs and let us get to know them. Lastly, many kudos to all of Bowen’s brave, talented, kind and adventurous children, you impress us and make our jobs fun and rewarding every day. Thank you to everyone for all you do.