The University of Waterloo's Arts Computer Experience (ACE) is an exciting alternative camp for children ages 7 to 12. The Camp's unique blend of classroom learning and outdoor activities has proven to be a winning combination for nearly 30 years. Now entering its 31st season, ACE continues to provide excellent learning opportunities in art, computers, drama, and music. In each of these areas, the children are encouraged to explore their creativity while developing new skills.
In addition to these special classes, a swim period and outdoor games and activities are included daily. The last Friday of every session is a Theme Day full of games and laughter. As always, the emphasis of the camp remains on fun.
During each session, the children are divided into groups of approximately 25 according to their age. Counsellors will accompany each group from class to class and throughout all daily activities. The counsellors will be assisted by the camp's instructors and counsellors-in-training.
With three instructional periods in the morning and one in the afternoon, your child will receive four hours of instruction per day with the exception of Theme Day. The remainder of the day includes one hour of swimming, group games and activities.
All activities take place on the University of Waterloo campus.
Camp runs from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday. Staff are available from 8:15 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. to supervise your camper.
Our instructors are carefully selected through the University of Waterloo's co-operative and regular programs. From this pool of qualified students we are able to choose mature, enthusiastic, and competent staff who have a keen interest in working with children and a thorough knowledge of their subject area.
Learning is an important aspect of ACE. Since time is limited, the instructors assess the children's level of ability in each discipline on the first day and arrange the curriculum accordingly.
Swimming takes place at the Swimplex, in the Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex on Father David Bauer Drive. We have a daily swim from 3:00-4:00. Campers who do not wish to swim will be supervised in the upper viewing area of the pool and will be provided with play materials. At the end of the swim period, your children will gather on the stairs at the back entrance to the complex. Parking will be available for you while you sign your children out.
Family Night, held on the second Thursday evening of each session, is one of the high points of each session. The children get the chance to talk about what they have learned and to demonstrate their new skills. Following a tour of the classrooms, campers put on a special performance that they have created. It is a proud event for both audience and performers.