Historically, the phrase “go to your room” has held a negative connotation for generations of youngsters. But thanks to a new learning opportunity from RRC Polytech, working in collaboration with IKEA, this will no longer be the case for dozens of Winnipeg tweens and teens.
Design Your Dream Room, one of four new day camps the College will offer this summer, teaches campers the basics of interior decorating and room layout under the guidance of an RRC Polytech interior decorating professional.
Other youth can learn the art of photography or how to design and launch their own product, or deepen their relationship with their cultural identity.
“Our summer youth camps give young people a taste of what a polytechnic education looks like,” says Breanna Sawatzky, Manager of Campus Well-Being at RRC Polytech. “They’ll learn new skills in hands-on, experiential environments — guided by experienced RRC Polytech leaders.”
Aspiring shutterbugs will learn about composition, posing, exposure and light control under the direction of a professional photographer in Out and About Photography, while budding entrepreneurs will develop a product from idea to minimal viable product, and go through a design sprint in Entrepreneurship Camp.
The College’s Indigenous Cultural Exploration Camp, open to all youth ages nine to 11, will guide campers through experiential learning while incorporating cultural activities.
“We know the importance of introducing kids to technology, art, business, culture and creativity at an early age, as they’re beginning to think about their future careers,” says Sawatzky. “These camps are a fun, low-pressure opportunity for kids to start to explore their passions while familiarizing themselves with our campus.”
In addition to the four new programs, RRC Polytech continues to offer its popular Girls Exploring Trades and Technology (GETT) camp, now in its 17th year, as well as Camp Canon – Photo Foundations and Camp Canon – Beyond the Basics, where kids can enhance their creativity and build their photography skills online.
Open to youth ages eight to 16, the College’s summer youth camps run in July for one week each. For more information, visit rrc.ca/youth/camps.