If you want to give your child (or grandchild) the best possible summer day camp experience, check out the Ottawa New Edinburgh Club (ONEC), where kids find summer fun, friendship and skill-building!
ONEC has operated summer day camps since the mid 1980s and offers tennis, sailing, rowing, big canoeing and stand-up paddleboarding. “Learning new sports with certified instructors in a great environment and team building are program hallmarks,” says ONEC President Brigit Knecht.
Another ONEC advantage is flexibility. Campers can select single or multi-sports in different combinations. Operating weekdays from July 2 to August 23, 2019 and from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, ONEC’s Summer Day Camps offer half- or full-day attendance for one to four weeks. Pre- and post-camp supervision is available from 8:00 am and up until 5:00 pm.
It also doesn’t matter if participants are taking a sport for the first time or if they have previous experience. On the first day, their abilities are assessed and they are then divided into groups that match their skills.
Sailing (for ages 9 to 17 years) is one of ONEC’s most popular programs. Campers are introduced to its many different elements, including seamanship and safety. ONEC’s Sailing Camp uses the CANSail progressive certification from levels 1 to 4. CANSail 1 may take a week or more; CANSail 2 takes two to three weeks; CANSail 3 and 4 each take four to six weeks. All participants must sign up for full-day sailing camps.
ONEC’s Watersports Camps (for ages 11 to 17 years) include rowing, canoeing and stand-up paddleboarding (SUP); all take place on the beautiful Ottawa River. ‘Rowing Adventures’ are offered in the morning. They follow Row Canada’s Journey 1-2-3 program, and Journey 1 and 2 certification may also be attained.
Paddling Adventures take place in the afternoons and follow Paddle Canada course material for Big Canoe Paddling and SUPs. Campers mastering the art of paddling a big canoe in the Ottawa River will also learn the concept of team work. Stand-up paddleboarding is great for strength and balance. Fun excursions take place every Friday for all watersports programs!
ONEC’s Tennis Camps (for ages 7 to 17 years) are a great way to get kids interested in tennis or build on the skills they already possesses. Participants learn stroke basics, game strategy, footwork and sportsmanship. Structured off-court activities are also organized, and campers will receive an ONEC Summer Day Camp t-shirt.
Book early and save! ONEC Summer Day Camps offer great value and are HST-exempt. Early booking discounts of 10% are offered for reservations paid by May 31, 2019.