Caraquet's Jeux de l'Acadie offers more than fun and games
1,200 children to participate in this year's festivities, but not all are athletes.
The 37th annual Jeux de l'Acadie brings together 1,200 young Acadians from across the Atlantic provinces for a long weekend of sport, culture, and, starting this year, education.
"There's a part of the show that needs to be very formal, like the flame. We add an artistic element," said co-artistic director Allain Roy
"We take some youth singers, and so the entertainment is for youth by youth."
Jeux de l'Acadie is as much a cultural event as it is an athletic challenge.
The annual competitions offer opportunities for improvisation and singing groups.
"There are great singers here."
"We're going to give them the tools to be leaders"
A new program, based on Sherbrooke's Canada Games strategy, is being introduced during this year's games.
Fifty of the 1,200 delegates will participate in an education component of the Jeux de l'Acadie over the weekend.
"The other component is advocacy and leadership in your own community."
The children participating in the new segment are not participating as athletes in the traditional sense. They are learning to be community builders.
"We're going to give them the tools to be leaders in their own communities where either they live or in their school community and to increase awareness about healthy living, active living," said Dalpe.