Nine-year-old Dale King didn’t wait for the reporter’s question when the interview began.
“You should ask me if they were the best brownies I have ever had,’’ King said. “I would say they are the first two brownies I’ve ever had that actually taste good.’’
Dale is one of about 30 day camp kids taking part in this summer’s Canes Summer Camp, run by Holland College. It’s a bit of a business experiment by the post-secondary institution, which has never operated a summer day camp before.
On Tuesday, the campers got to visit Canes Summer Camp where a professional chef was whipping up five different kinds of brownies for them to taste test in Canada’s Smartest Kitchen, a research and development centre that provides culinary creativity, food science and marketing services at the culinary institute.
The kids were asked to grade the brownies on a scale of 1 to 5.
“We’re taking the five days this week and sampling different aspects of Holland College’s program offerings,’’ said Nadine Moore, athletic and recreation facilities co-ordinator with the college.
The camp this week also included some heritage retrofit carpentry, a visit to the fire hall and a taste of the tourism and travel program.
Lori-Beth Dwyer, academy and camp co-ordinator for Holland College, presented the college with the business proposal to do the camp. She has past experience with day camps and is also a primary school teacher.
“We thought we’d go out and try to do some summer camps because we have this new facility and it was sitting empty a lot of the time in the summer,’’ said Dwyer, who also coaches volleyball at Holland College.
Dwyer came up with nine weekly themes for the 25 full-time day campers and those that just come for a day or a week here and there. About 30 to 40 kids take in the camp each week.
The most popular stop this summer has been the wet and wild water week at Shining Waters Family Fun Park in Cavendish.
Most of the counsellors at the camp are enroled in the college’s sport and leisure management program, and do get observed on how they get along with the kids and the program.
“It’s a good way to get people in the building and a good revenue builder as well. We thought we would give it a try.’’