A fundraising effort to create a free camp for kids this summer has paid off. The Artemis Youth Center will be hosting a free, six week, cross fit camp for kids and teens. CEO and co-founder of AYC, Andrea Di Tullio, says there will be both a junior and a senior camp.

The money raised will go into equipment, transportation, and snacks for the kids. The camp is looking into providing bus passes for those who can’t afford one, or can’t get to the camp in any other way.

“There’s definitely some gaps in the community,” says Di Tullio about the idea behind the camp. “For kids who don’t necessarily fit into the hockey genre, or the gymnastics, or the soccer. So those kids that don’t want to participate in organized sports.

“Kids, teenagers, they’re trying on a thousand faces to try to figure out which face is theirs. We felt we needed to create a place where those teens could come, in a safe and non-judgemental environment, where they could do that and basically find who they are, and grow into strong leaders at the same time.”

The youth center had a fundraising goal of $2500, but ended up with $3, 390.

The camp will run for six weeks, three days a week. The junior camp will run in the morning, and seniors in the afternoon. Specific dates haven’t been announced yet, but pre-registration is open now.

Pre-Registration

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The Artemis Youth Center has a mission statement to create a sustainable child and youth sports, recreation, and learning center in the Timmins and District area.