Summer Camps in 2011 were a huge success. With the highest enrollment in over four years, the Vancouver Aquarium was filled with young people whose smiles matched those of the shark on their originally designed t-shirts.
A major part of what made Camps so wonderful this year were the 24 hand picked work experience students, or “WExers” as they are known to Aquarium staff and volunteers. The students ranged from grades 10-12 and were selected out of seventy applicants to work full-time for two weeks of camp. Most WExers were local Vancouverites but a few travelled from as far away as Kelowna.
Their primary roles involved organising groups of children, leading games and activities around the galleries, craft set up/clean up and being a good friend and role model to the campers. The Camps staff were continuously impressed throughout the summer by the hard work, dedication and enthusiasm of the WExers. Work experience students gain invaluable on-the-job skills at the Aquarium. They come in expecting to have a lot of fun learning about marine life and in doing so discover they’ve also learned a little more about themselves.
AquaCamps are great for all kids, whether they are campers or educators.