High flying adventure at the Family and Community Centre

Roughly 17 children have started on an unique journey at the Sylvan Lake Family and Community Centre this week.

The children are learning the art of the circus under the direction of Bob Palmer.

Those signed up will learn balancing tricks, walk a tight rope – a safe distance from the ground, walking on stilts, how to ride a unicycle and even a bit of clowning over the course of four days at the Circus Arts Camp.

Youth Services Supervisor Krista Carlson says the camp gives the kids an unique opportunity that isn’t open to many.

“When they go back to school and are talking about what they did this summer they get to say they walked on stilts or learned to juggle,” said Carlson.

The program is partially funded by the Canadian Tire Kick Start Program which allowed the camp to be an affordable option for parents.

The acts the kids learn throughout the week will be brought together in one nearly hour-long show at the end of the week.

On Aug. 11, the children in the camp will display their new talents to the community of Sylvan Lake.

The show starts at 2 p.m. on Aug. 11 at the Family and Community Centre, everyone is welcomed to attend.

“I think this is a great way to show these kids that the community is behind them, while have tons of fun,” said Carlson.

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The children participating in the Circus Arts Camp from Aug. 8-11 will be learning a variety of different acts including balancing acts. Photo by Megan Roth/Sylvan Lake News

Who doesn’t want to walk on stilts? Bob Palmer is teaching children the art of walking on stilts with a guiding hand. When they are ready to walk on their own, as Aug. 8 is only their first day on stilts, the children will be outfitted with some safety gear. Photo by Megan Roth/Sylvan Lake News

High flying tricks and a bit of partner work is in store for the kids signed up to participate in the Circus Arts Camp at the Family and Community Centre this week. Photo by Megan Roth/Sylvan Lake News

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