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Circus camp in the works for Chetwynd

Plans for an annual five-day circus camp in Chetwynd are underway, but the group says it is struggling to raise funds.
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Circus North held a workshop in Dawson Creek in December 2015. Chetwynd is hoping to hold a workshop this spring.

Plans for an annual five-day circus camp in Chetwynd are underway, but the group says it is struggling to raise funds.

The workshop, which will be put on by Circus North April 4 to 8, is designed to encourage youth ages seven to eight to be active and develop unique performance skills.

Similar events are held throughout the Peace. In Chetwynd, it is facilitated through the Chetwynd Social Planning Society.

It targets kids who are not drawn to sports or other activities that get them moving, organizers say.

"We bring in three highly-trained facilitators from Green Fools Theatre out of Calgary to put on (the) workshop," the group said. "The week of training finishes with an evening performance open to the community."

But organizers say the program is struggling to raise the necessary funds to keep the program going each year.

It costs more than $9,000 for instructors, plus additional fees for insurance, snacks and reserves.

So far, it has a received a $5,000 grant from the Peace River Regional District and $1,000 from the Chetwynd Arts Council.

On Monday, the group asked for $2,000 from the District of Chetwynd. The District says it is evaluating the request and will bring it forward at a future council meeting.

Organizers hope to have enough money in the bank to keep bringing the program back year after year. "The program reaches out to a diverse group of kids in a very unique way," they said. "The kids build positive relationships with each other as well as the (trainers)."

For more information, contact Dianne Bassendowski at dbassendowski@sd59.bc.ca.

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