As many as 6,400 kids aged four to 16 will make their way to the University of Manitoba this summer to participate in this year’s version of Mini U.
Mini University is the University of Manitoba’s enormously popular play-study-work day program that has exposed more than 130,000 children to hundreds of physical activities, creative arts and innovative learning opportunities since it launched in 1979.
As always, kids can participate in one-day or long-program summer camps, which includes the always-popular sports camps as well as new camps such as Into the Wild, Mission Space Explorers, Kid-netic Energy, Video Game Designers, Culturama, Water Polo and Flag Football.
Janice Grift, director of children’s programs, Bison Sport and Active Living, says the benefits for Mini U kids go beyond the apparent. Aside from the pure enjoyment of taking part in the camps, participation improves confidence and self-esteem in kids, promotes long-term friendships, and exposes them to the university and its academic programs.
Around 130 university students also participate in Mini U as instructors, which can be valuable work experience for future educators and community leaders.
Mini U has also seen its international reputation rise in recent years, becoming a template for other universities around the world who are launching their own day camp programs.
For more information go to www.miniu.ca or call (204) 474-6100.
Janice Grift, director of children’s programs, Bison Sport and Active Living, University of Manitoba, can be reached at (204) 474-6584.