After a two year break, we are bringing back our distinguished Solstice program. Created in 2010, Solstice brings a deepened awareness of our natural world to children through story, art, circus, and performance. Strewn throughout the week are interesting geographical facts about mountains, history of the areas, plus a look at endangered animals in each region. Children are also introduced to the cultural backdrop of the countries they visit - making for a well rounded experience indeed.
Majestic, mysterious, awe-inspiring... Our world's mountains are filled with amazing stories and myths. This December we will explore 4 incredible mountain places in Iran, Iceland, South Africa and Alaska. Please read on to discover more! This camp is for children 3 12 years. Other sections to explore for this Solstice: Calendar, Activities, Additional Skills (for children 7 12 yrs), Location, and Registration.
PERFORMANCE This is not necessarily a camp that seeks to train performers. Although we have had incredible feedback over the years from children who have come to our program, and are given the confidence to continue working on stage. The performance provides the community with a common goal that unites each and every group, and creates a supportive, lively experience for the children. We invite the parents to attend each Friday so that they too can enjoy all that has been explored and created! The children are also given an opportunity to experience performance throughout the week by working artists and professionals. This provides the children with inspiration and models tools and techniques that are being presented in the program.

ART AND CRAFT Working with our hands provides a wonderful contrast to the action/body activities the children do at Camp Magic. Art and Craft provides children with an inner place to reflect and ponder, and listen to their interior landscape a bit more deeply. The Art and Craft program activities reflect the story of the week, giving children the freedom to deepen their connection to the story, and their part in it.
STORYTELLING Story, as you've probably guessed, is at the very core of what we do. Each week a story adventure is introduced on Monday. Throughout the week, the story is woven throughout the camp in all the following categories below. Stories open a child's world to boundless opportunities, imagination, culture, and the inner workings of our minds eye. Children love story there is no doubt about that. And re-creating the story is not only exciting it allows the child to re-enter the landscape and learn new things each time. The form of storytelling we mostly work with at Camp Magic is interactive. This gives the children a platform to have voice throughout a story presentation, and gives them a place to further develop their own confidence speaking in public.

PUPPETRY Puppetry has made a come back at Camp Magic this year! We have not had a puppetry program in 10 years, and are excited to be re-integrating puppets into our week. A Playground Puppet Theatre is available to all children in our outdoor program. Within this space, there is also plenty of re-cycled materials for children to create their own puppets.
DRUMMING AND RHYTHM We have an incredible variety of drums and percussion instruments available to the children. While only one group will perform with drums and rhythm each week, all children have access to percussion instruments and drums at different times in the week.This year we will also be integrating body rhythm into the program. Children love body rhythms, as it can be done anywhere, anytime, and they can take it home and show off in the school playground!! Children are often very proud of their rhythmic achievements.
MUSIC Music is everywhere at Camp Magic. We play it in group rooms each morning, throughout story performances, and at end of week shows. There is no escaping music at Camp Magic!One group each week also has the opportunity to play the Uke in the end of week performance. We have used the Ukulele regularly for the past 6 years, as it is a perfect entrance instrument, and is fairly simple to pick up a few notes. Also the size makes it easy for children to hold and play!
CIRCUS Circus takes what seems impossible and makes it possible. It boosts confidence, utilizes movement, develops unique skills, increases hand/eye coordination to name only a few. We introduced circus to our program 10 years ago, and haven't looked back. It has continuously provided children of all ages with so much joy and enthusiasm for learning. This Solstice we are once again fortunate to have Shaheen and Shouniez back with us to help train the children with hoops, poi, acro balance and clubs. Spinning plates, juggling, stilt walking, unicycling, and diabolo are also regular features in our playground circus area.
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