Two campers flip headfirst into the pool. As they swim along the bottom, they swirl and wave at the surface, a couple of mermaids on loan from the sea.
Spontaneous moments like these are actually an important part of these campers’ weekly routine: to get some relief from the summer heat, the town of Oromocto’s Adventure Day Camp hits the local outdoor pool each Thursday, an opportunity made possible in part by the generosity of the Canadian Forces Exchange System.
Kelly Gapp, Director of the Town of Oromocto's Adventure Day Camp
For Kelly Gapp, the Director of the Adventure Day Camp, fostering these relationships is central to what they do. Given the high cost of transportation, staying local is a necessity that they’ve turned into a strength.
“That’s really our strong suit, actually,” Gapp says. “Using the resources we have.”
This adaptability is also evident in their willingness to keep improving. To this end, Gapp and her staff make a point of revisiting their programs on a regular basis in order to ensure they are always meeting the needs of the community they serve.
“I think it’s easy for people to get caught in a routine, and sometimes we get complacent and we do things only because we’ve always done them that way.”