Volunteer group launches summer camp aimed at refugee children

CBC News Ottawa - An Ottawa volunteer group is launching a summer camp for recently arrived refugee children so their parents can continue to take language classes.

The camp, which starts next week, will be run by Proactive Education for All Children's Enrichment, or PEACE. It starts next week, and will provide free programming from 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., five days a week. 

The Rideau-Rockcliffe Community Resource Centre agreed to provide space for the summer camp.

It will take any low-income children from the area, but most of the 60 spots are filled by Syrian children.

Brigitte La Rose, who runs children's programs at the centre, said she thinks the camp is a good way for the Syrian children and other children who are enrolled to interact with and learn from each other.

"What better way to do it than in a summer camp," La Rose said. 

The program, which will have a staff of six, will take the kids to neighbouring parks, as well as on longer trips with the goal of showing the children all the free activities available in Ottawa.