1 December 2017 (Canada-wide) - Hot off the Press! Frontier College is pleased to share the 2017 Indigenous Summer Literacy Camps national report. The report is a summary of all the activities that took place at camps across Canada this year, as well as information on evaluation results and the impacts and outcomes that the Camps had for children and youth that took part in the program this summer.
Frontier College is grateful to all partner communities, the children, youth, parents and community members that took part, camp counsellors, as well as our invaluable funders and supporters, particularly the program's lead sponsor, TD Bank Group
. By working together, we were able to ensure that children and youth in the communities were able to access and benefit from enriched summer learning activities, cultivate a love of reading, develop and maintain their skills, and return to school better prepared to learn and succeed.
Here are some highlights from this year's report:
- 7,354 children and youth in 117 communities attended Camp. An additional 347 children attended Legacy Camps in 8 communities.
- Campers benefited from 5,377 visits by parents, Elders, community leaders and members who took part and shared their knowledge and skills with the children
- According to a national survey of teachers and educators, 85% said that Camps helped to increase students' academic readiness
- 11 communities hosted Camps for the first time this year. In 2017, Camps took place in 10 provinces and territories.
An evaluation of Camp data by external consultants, Cathexis Consulting Inc., made a strong case that Camps have a positive impact on participating children: "The camps are achieving their intended purpose. Survey results strongly indicate that campers make progress in a number of areas, including reading habits, academic readiness, school performance, attitude to school and learning, self-confidence, literacy/numeracy skills, and social skills. A review of research studies conducted on other populations suggests that these short-term outcomes will help campers to live more successful lives in the long-term
Read the national report here