Syrian refugees boost enrolment at Calgary Bridge Foundation for Youth camp

CBC - A Calgary summer camp for kids new to Canada is in high demand this year, largely due to an influx of refugees from Syria.

The Calgary Bridge Foundation for Youth said it's been inundated with calls and has had to turn some children away.

Last year, 445 children were enrolled in the day camp. Of the 585 kids enrolled this year, 128 are Syrian refugees.

The Bridge Foundation helps subsidize camp costs for low-income families.

"The Syrian refugee children that have been here just about a year will not pay at all," said Umashanie Reddy, the foundation's executive director.

Camp co-ordinator Rodney Noel says simple things, like a soccer game on a sunny day, take on more meaning for kids at the camp.

"Being able to just go and play and be kids will make a huge difference on these kids' lives because of where they came from," Noel said.