Free outdoor physical literacy camps for children will be run at Red Deer College. (Photo contributed)

RDC to run free sport camps for youth this summer

Outdoor Physical Literacy Camps start in July

Red Deer College is offering free outdoor physical literacy camps for six- to 12-year-old children throughout July and August to families impacted by the pandemic.

“The pandemic crisis means that children and their families may be struggling with financial and social issues. Through the re-envisioned sport camps RDC is offering this year, we will educate and encourage children on how to have fun through movement, all in a safe and healthy way,” said Trent Rix, RDC’s director of ancillary and sport services, in a statement.


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Camps will focus on fundamental movement skills such as hopping, skipping, throwing and jumping.

The majority of activities are planned for outdoors, but RDC has also prepared to safely deliver programming indoors in case of poor weather.

COVID-19 protocols and precautions will be employed across the camps, and group sizes will be kept small. The campers will engage in activities including orienteering, scavenger hunts, games, arts and crafts, and more.

“With all of the pressures of COVID-19, we are able to offer youth a fun, empowering and active camp experience during a time when they need it most,” said Rix.

“Our camp participants will have the opportunity to improve their physical health through movement, and this is also important for mental health and cognitive development.”

Parents or guardians interested in their children attending the camp can apply online.

Spaces in the camps will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information, email

The camps are funded by a grant from the federal government and Community Foundations of Canada.

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