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Founded by Joyce Fromson, the University of Manitoba Bison Children’s Camps began in 1979 as an outreach sports program for children in Manitoba. As part of the University of Manitoba’s “Outreach Program,” the UofM made facilities available to members of the community. Some of the rationales for offering these programs were:

  • To expose the participants to the expertise of the province’s top players, coaches and teachers from the Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management.
  • Children attending the camps would become familiar with the University, thereby helping them in the transition from grade school to university.
  • The programs would provide a much needed work experience for students in their chosen area of expertise.

Joyce continued to direct the programs until 1996 creating a model that has been emulated throughout North America. In its first year of operation, 70 children took part in programming. Today the programs serve approximately 12,000 children and youth annually. Thank you Joyce for giving children in Winnipeg and it’s surrounding communities the opportunity to experience these unique and positive programs.

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MINI U PROGRAM MISSION

Mini U Programs:

  1. Develops children and youth as educated leaders in physical activity for young people
  2. Provides a context for experiential education of students in degree programs to develop, disseminate and discover the benefits of working with children and youth in the promotion of physical activity.
  3. Provides excellent and inclusive recreation/sport and educational experiences to young people
  4. Promotes the Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management and the University of Manitoba as destinations for post secondary education
  5. Contributes to the creation and dissemination of physical activity knowledge.

MINI U PROGRAMS VISION

To be recognized locally and nationally as a leader in providing evidence-based programs while actively collaborating in the creation and dissemination of physical activity knowledge. Mini U Programs develops excellent, innovative leaders and provides stimulating, quality programs for children and youth that reflect the values of inclusiveness, fair play and healthy development.

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We Love What We Do

“Mini U is not just a workplace for me. It’s a place of growth and exploration, amazing memories, warm friendships and so much joy. Play and goofiness in everyday. I couldn’t ask for a better workplace. ” – Student Leader

An Outstanding Team

Mini U attracts amazing people. We hire passionate people who inspire children to be leaders. Each year, a team of one hundred and fifty people come together to create experiences for children that last a life time. Our staff have unique and exceptional backgrounds – university students, nationally recognized athletes, newly certified teachers and leaders in the community.

Learn more about our team

Supervisors, Leaders, Lifeguards, First Aid, Volunteers.

Training

We believe leadership takes practice. Each year we bring over one hundred and fifty staff together to share their experiences, learn from ours and prepare them for success. ‘Leader Week’ is our favorite time of the year. It’s a time where high fives are cool and nobody leaves until a team ‘slow clap’ sends us home...Mini what?. Staff spend the week sharing their creativity, ideas, knowledge and passion for working with children. Our training session include: diversity & inclusion, protecting children, supporting children, leadership facilitation, customer service, risk management and more!

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► Special Needs

► Subsidy Opportunities

► Busing

► Health Care

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Our campus is your playground! With our soccer fields, court sport facilities, hockey rink, swimming pool, indoor and outdoor tracks, multi-purpose studios and climbing wall, it’s easy to enjoy yourself at Mini U. Selected programs also have access to the University of Manitoba’s various arts, computer & fabrication labs including 3D-printers and state of the art classroom spaces. Our ‘senior’ participants also have the opportunity to explore university student spaces campus including restaurants such as Subway, Starbucks, Tim Hortons, and other University student lead businesses.

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