Parents hunt for day camps not cancelled by floods
Last month’s flooding has left some Calgary parents scrambling to find new day camps for their children.
The Calgary Zoo and the Talisman Centre were among the popular organizations forced to cancel camps, which working parents of school-aged kids often rely on for summer child care.
"We were able to get refunds back to all the parents," said Calgary Zoo spokeswoman Trish Exton-Parder.
"So they were able to have the money back to be able to book kids into other camps in Calgary. And we have some pretty great connections in the city, as far as digests, to be able to look up other camps that are going on."
Some parents just showed up on Monday with their children hoping for a space, said Nicole Carrington, the lead supervisor at MRU Kids, a camp program on the Mount Royal University campus.
"I have spoken to parents coming into the office that have let me know that their kids have had to switch camps kind of last minute," she said.
"If we've reached a maximum capacity for a certain camp we have found them space in a different camp here."
Calgary's Child magazine and website publishes a long list of day camps, including camps that have room for last-minute registration. Publisher Ellen Percival said some camps have increased capacity to help out.
Calgary Zoo has cancelled camps for the summer, while Talisman Centre’s camps are closed until the end of the month, at least.