Windsor

Free downtown summer camp teaches kids to cook, play and create

For the second year in a row, children and teens living in downtown Windsor will have a place to go during those hot summer days to play basketball, create art, or even learn how to cook.

Last year about 70 kids came to the YETY camp each day

Pastor Paul Riley said kids at the YETY summer camp can cook up some pasta and bake their own pies. (Sinan Sbahi/CBC)

For the second year in a row, children and teens living in downtown Windsor will have a place to go during those hot summer days to play basketball, create art, or even learn how to cook.

It's called 'Youth Embracing Today's Youth' summer camp — YETY for short.

The camp is free and runs every weekday afternoon starting today.

Camp funded by community group

The activities are all taking place at the old Water World building.

Pastor Paul Riley founded the program. He said these kids were even cooking up some pasta and baking their own pies.

"There's an old saying, if you give a person a fish you'll feed them for a day, but if you teach them how to fish you'll feed them for a lifetime. That's what we want to do," he explained. "It's better if the child knows how to cook as they're growing up so they can become independent." 

Last year about 70 kids came to the camp each day. Even though it's being held in a city-owned building, this program is entirely funded through a community group, led by Harrison Memorial Church of God in Christ.

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