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Summer CAMPS Guide: Get children back to sports, socializing & having fun safely at Rideau Sports Centre’s 4-acre ‘Downtown Playground’!

By Rideau Sports Centre

In the history of 100+ years of sports at 1 Donald St., 2020 was certainly a different and challenging one, but the Rideau Sports Centre is perhaps more eager than ever to get back to delivering fantastic Summer Camp experiences and memories in 2021.

Though full-day Summer Camps were a pandemic victim last season, high-quality Children’s Programming has continued successfully at RSC (whenever public health conditions permitted), with ZERO COVID cases throughout.

“That’s definitely given us the reaffirmation that we can deliver as safe an environment as possible these days,” signals Nicki Bridgland, CEO and Founder of the Rideau Sports Centre. “Certainly the excitement from all the children participating was as high as ever, and that was true for their parents and our staff too.”

While following all COVID-related protocols and capping each Camp group at no more than 20, RSC will resume its Summer Camps this year, and continue building on momentum from its first 2 seasons.

RSC’s Camp offerings proved popular from the start as soon as the beautiful 4-acre “Downtown Playground” was opened to the public under RSC leadership (after many years as a members-only club).

The spectacular site next to the Adàwe Footbridge on the Rideau River includes Tennis and Multi-Sport Domes, an Outdoor Pool (Camps include daily swims, weather permitting), a Dek Hockey facility, and lots of greenspace.

With programming for Ages 4-17, families can choose a dedicated Tennis, Basketball, Soccer or Ball Hockey Camp – or enjoy a variety in the Multi-Sport Camps. A lunch plan for the week is available from The Bridge Public House, RSC’s renowned onsite restaurant.

“We really strive to be as accommodating as possible to parents’ needs,” notes Bridgland, who hired a seasoned Program and Camp Manager to kickstart RSC’s programs in 2017. “Our Camp staff’s energy level and their experience working with children is phenomenal. I feel so proud of the team we’ve built.”

That enthusiasm was clearly shared by numerous participants who jumped at the chance to register for Summer Camps in the springtime, with many programs filling up quickly.

“We’re very grateful for the community’s support and the trust they’ve given us during these tough times,” underlines Bridgland. “2020 was a challenging year for everyone. There is no doubt children are eager to get back to playing games and socializing with their friends, and we can’t wait to give them that opportunity.”

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