Authors: Frontier College
Collection: Research Materials
The Lieutenant Governor’s Aboriginal Summer Reading Camps are offered annually in remote First Nation communities in northern Ontario. The camp program is implemented by Frontier College, a national literacy organization that works in partnership with others to provide learning opportunities for Canadians of all ages.
In 2009, a total of 2,228 children and youth attended the camps. That figure was slightly lower than the previous year because of the effect of the H1N1 influenza virus on two communities. Campers read and borrowed more than 11,000 books over the summer, an average of close to five books per camper and about two more books on average than the previous summer.
Educators and band council members in four communities reported that students who took part in the camps performed better in standardized tests; demonstrated better retention of reading skills; and exhibited positive learning habits and behaviours after the summer.
Parents and community members also became more involved in the camps in 2009. For instance, there were about 300 more visits to the camps by community leaders and parents than in the previous year.