–By Ottawa Sportspage, for Tumblers Gymnastics Centre
Dinosaurs, astronauts, scuba divers, lions and monkeys and butterflies, oh my!
If you thought gymnastics camp was only about practicing somersaults and walking on the balance beam, then you sure haven’t seen Tumblers Gymnastics Centre summer camps.
“Every week has a theme,” explains Tumblers Gymnastics Centre General Manager Christine Groleau. “I remember all the kids coming in disguised as superheroes and just being so excited to fly through the air and act like them during their superhero training. It’s really something special to see.”
Carnival, world tour & more!
For BACK TO THE FUTURE (Canada’s 150th) week, participants will travel back to 1867 when Canada was born, re-enact Montreal’s Olympic Games and rebuild Canadian inventions. Other examples of themes are LUAU LUAU, LEGO WORLD and WALK ON THE WILD SIDE.
Appropriate for beginners and seasoned gymnasts alike, children enjoy seeing the familiar faces of experienced Tumblers camp staff, who have all been trained by High Five – a leading organization in ensuring quality standards for children’s recreation and sport.
“Our staff are really part of our family,” underlines Groleau, noting many staff have been present for the bulk of the 10+ years Tumblers summer camps have been in operation.
It’s a bright atmosphere where campers can make new friends and progress their gymnastics skills on a daily basis. Crafts and outdoor play time are also part of the equation, not to mention the guest speakers and special events, which all take place on-site at the large Tumblers facility in Orleans.
The week always ends with Friday pizza day, which the campers will have earned after exercising all week.
Free pre- & post-camp care
The camps run for 10 weeks total. Half days are available for the youngest campers aged 3-5, while single-day rates are possible for parents who may need child care on a particular day.
“For us, it’s really about being there for the community and meeting their needs,” indicates the director of the not-for-profit club that has served the community for 25+ years.
Pre- and post-camp care is included with registration, with drop-off as early as 7:30 a.m. and pick-up as late as 5:30 p.m. for the 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. scheduled activities.
Oftentimes, convincing the campers that it’s time to go home can prove challenging.
“If the parents come early, it’s like, ‘Aww, c’mon, it’s not finished yet!’” Groleau smiles. “They love it. They’re never ready to leave.”