Our Kids Camp Expo 2013 Recap

Thank you to everyone who made the 3rd annual Our Kids Camp Expo such a phenomenal success! Check out all the details below and don’t forget to register for next year’s event!

Peter Klose from Safari Zoo Camp introduces one of the Camp Expo's special guests to a potential camper! Photo Credit: Wendi Percival for Our Kids Media

When searching for summer, March Break or year-round camp programs, the Our Kids family understands that it can be a challenge to find support and answers.

With that in mind, the Camp Expo was created back in 2011 as a way to bring together a strong community of camps and families and share the experience of camp that every child deserves.

This year, the light snow and slippery roads couldn’t keep the overwhelming number of families and exhibiting camps from coming together for that very reason on Sunday, February 24th at Roy Thomson Hall.

From 12 PM right until the doors closed at 4 PM, parents and their children met with 58 different camps primarily from across Ontario and Quebec but also including areas in British Columbia, Florida, New York, Illinois, and even Switzerland.

Featured camp types ranged from traditional and educational, to sports and arts, to adventure and special needs. With more trends in debating camps, cooking camps, family camps, and trip camps on the rise, many of these kinds of camps attended this year’s Expo to chat with parents about their options as well as answer any questions and concerns they had (check out the full list of this year’s exhibiting camps for more information).

“I was surprised at how many different kinds of camps were available,” said one mother from Toronto who attended with her husband and two children.

Check out some of the highlights of the Camp Expo in this video!

With camp staff and directors on hand to speak about camp environment, fees, facilities and equipment, safety, and other topics such as special needs and bilingual programs, many families remarked that they came away from the Expo feeling relieved about all of the information they received and excited about their options.

“I initially came to look for day camps but after speaking with the staff I’m now considering an overnight experience for my daughter. The camp administrators really put me at ease about overnight camps,” added another father of a potential camper.

Activities at the Expo ranged from arts and crafts, ballerina demonstrations, and Movie-oke, to live animals such as a tortoise, tarantula, baby fox and lemur.

Families who attended the event were able to register online for free and all walk-in proceeds support the Kids in Camp charity, which helps to send underprivileged children to camp. Each family also had a chance to win $500 towards attending an exhibiting camp.

Our Kids Media would like to extend sincere thanks to everyone who attended this year’s event in support of the camp experience!

For more information about how to choose a camp, pay for camp, or other advice and tips please visit: http://www.ourkids.net/camp/why-go-to-summer-camp.php

For a full list of media partners and supporters please visit: http://www.ourkids.net/campexpo/sponsors-supporters.php

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Did you and your family attend this year’s Camp Expo? What did you think? We’d love to hear from you! Please share your thoughts in the Comment section below.


About Erin McLaughlin

Erin is the communications specialist for Our Kids Media and Comfort Life. Before joining the fun folks at Our Kids, she was a freelance writer, social media coordinator and editor. She has been fortunate to build on a lifelong dream of exploring by visiting parts of the United States, Canada, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and China, and hopes to continue exploring the world always learning, evolving, and writing about it. She invites you check out the Our Kids community for key resources and great conversations!

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