Senior’s Summer Camps
Last week, the media in Atlantic Canada was touting Senior’s Summer Camps as an innovative and entrepreneurial idea. According to the article, Halifax, Nova Scotia will be the sight of “The Heart and Soul Summer Arts Camp aimed at seniors experiencing physical, cognitive and financial challenges”. The camp will focus mostly on the arts along with physical activity.
Previously in this column I have talked about programs for seniors that communicate a child-like image for their participants, despite their intended benefits. For example, this program placed a Kindergarten classroom in the common room of a nursing home.
While the senior’s summer camps do not plan to serve seniors alongside children, I would argue that the “second childhood” role is attached to participants of the program though the language (i.e. “summer arts camp”) used to describe it. In most cases in our culture “campers” are children who embark on an overnight trip in a wilderness-type setting, engaging in various sport and outdoor activities. Increasingly, camp has also come to refer to a summer day-care program where children are sent in lieu of school. While there are countless day programs for seniors across North America (of which there are many SRV related issues), the use of the summer camp language and imagery in this program is particularly troubling.
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