By Jonathan Guignard
A popular summer camp for children came to an end last week in Magrath.
Family and Community Support Service’s Summer Adventure Camp wrapped up last Friday with a trip to Colleen Barton’s Sugar Dreams followed by a visit to the Gentle Giant Acres in Raymond.
The FCSS gave the kids a chance to stay busy all summer, including a trip to the Magrath Museum, a visit to the spray park in Raymond and even a paint day.
Each week the staff at FCSS put together a schedule of things for them to do.
Barton runs her baking business, Sugar Dreams, out of her home in Magrath. For the last three years she has hosted a baking lesson for the kids at the camp. On Friday, the kids got an inside look of how things are done at Sugar Dreams.
“I hope it helps them learn more about baking and making things from scratch. Today, everything in the world is made from boxes. I’m hoping it instills in the kids that you can make things from scratch and have fun with it,” said Barton.
She says it is a great program and is happy to give back to something that has been there for her and her children in the past.
“I love it, I used to take my kids (to camp) when they were little. We always went to the events they had going on and I think that was very important. They do a lot of good things,” said Barton.
Teesha Olson, camp co-coordinator, is really appreciative of Barton for opening up her home and teaching the kids a thing or two about what it takes to be a good baker.
“We are very grateful. I think she is really awesome at what she does and very talented. She’s very generous in offering her services and hasn’t asked for anything in return. I think what she does is very inspiring and it’s nice of her to let us come and visit,” said Olson.
Olson believes having a camp like this available to the children is good for them and she really sees the value in it.
“I think it provides a place for kids to learn cooperation and provides a place where they can have fun. It’s a way to get out and get active and interact with kids their age. I think it’s a fun experience and a great community program,” said Olson.
After they finished up Sugar Dreams, the kids headed over to Gentle Giant Acres in Raymond where they got the opportunity to visit the petting zoo.