Lake Country arts camp draws an international crowd

With a successful opening year behind it, Summer Arts Scene for Youth Okanagan Society is gearing up to hold its second summer camp.

“Last year, at the end everybody was saying they didn’t want to go home,” said Claudia Kargl the founder, president and artistic director for the week-long camp.

Priced at just $150, with supplies, shuttle service (if applicable) and lunches included, the camp gives local, out-of-town and even out-of-country kids a chance to explore a wide variety of the valley’s artistic opportunities. And it also gives local artists, musicians and teachers some much needed work employing 14 people for the event.

This year Kargl says she knows she’s already got some kids coming from England and expects there will be others from well outside the area.

“The scope of the event was really mind-boggling because arts have no boundaries,” she said.

Multicultural, multi-aged and multi-talented, the group of young students who participated got exposure to a wide array of different learning experiences, which culminated in a chance to exhibit during the Lake Country Art Walk, spurred on by organizer Sharon McCoubrey’s enthusiasm for the quality of work she saw.

Courses are combined in multi-disciplinary segments. Students can either opt to take animation, mixed media, wood working and piano; or creative dance, guitar, photography and fashion design; or musical theatre, painting, hip hop and culinary arts. Selection for participants, who range in age from 9 to 15, are done on a first come first serve basis.

The program is held in George Elliott Secondary School where the camp has had access to Creekside Theatre. Responding to parent’s concerns from the previous year, Kargl says they are now offering a shuttle service from West Kelowna to ensure Okanagan kids who live quite far from the location have the means to get there. The shuttle is included in the price.

The week’s work culminates at the Arts Gala Extravaganza exhibition and concert held on the Saturday afternoon following the week of work.

To secure first choice workshops in each of the three segments it is highly recommended parents register their kids early since space is limited.

The camp runs Aug. 8 to 13. For more information and details on how to register, see, email or call 250-768-1404.


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