The provincial government announced a $170,000 contribution to the Canadian Red Cross on Thursday morning to support the organization’s day camps.
The camps help promote swimming and water safety to Island children, said Minister of Health and Wellness, Doug Currie.
“Water safety skills are an important component of a fun, active and safe summer for Island children,” Currie said. “Through this investment, the Province of Prince Edward Island is ensuring that more Island children have affordable access to summer camps and these essential skills.”
Since 1946, more than 37,000 Islanders have participated in the Red Cross camps, which not only teach children how to swim, but also to be safe around water. Focuses include learning how to paddle small watercraft, becoming environmentally aware and developing leadership skills.
“The cornerstone of these camps has always been the safety of children and youth,” said Louise Castonguay, Atlantic director general of the Canadian Red Cross. “Through our partnership with the provincial government, we are able to maintain an accessible and low-cost summer day camp program with multiple locations and dates.”
For more information on the P.E.I.-specific camps, visit www.redcross.ca/pei.