Authors: Frontier College
Collection: Research Materials
The Lieutenant Governor’s Aboriginal Summer Reading Camps, managed by Frontier College, give young people in remote First Nations communities in northern Ontario a chance to enhance their literacy and numeracy skills in a fun setting.
This report describes the program activities for 2011, during what proved to be a very challenging summer. It was the worst forest fire season in northern Ontario in many years, forcing the evacuation of thousands of residents and shortening the season for the reading camps.
However, the authors note that despite the shortened season, campers read and borrowed more than 4,800 books during the summer and recorded strong levels of participation and engagement. Band council members, parents, and educators reported that students who participated in the camps were performing better in standardized tests; demonstrating better retention of reading skills; and exhibiting positive learning habits and behaviours.
The authors note that 1,410 children and youth attended the 2011 camps and, if the fires had not led to evacuations, the camps would have been on track to serve 2,800 children, a 27 percent increase over 2010.
Frontier College is a national literacy organization that works in partnership with others to provide learning opportunities for Canadians of all ages.