Active Kids, Healthy Kids groups in Kings County receive funding

Published on April 18, 2014

Berwick & District School students Sophie Walsh and Natasha Kennedy, accompanied by Vice Principal Cindy Dickie, were on hand to receive funding to support a wellness room being created at their school.




Children and youth in Kings County will benefit from contributions to local physical activity initiatives as part of Kings County Active Kids, Healthy Kids.

A celebration was held April 15, co-hosted by the Eastern and Western Kings Active Kids, Healthy Kids Committees, bringing together 27 organizations who received more than $25,000 collectively in financial assistance. The funding will support physical activity programs including a therapeutic riding camp for children with exceptionalities, Valley Harvest Marathon Kids Fun Run and new equipment for the Berwick Young Naturalists Club.

“It’s great to be able to support so many great projects and programs. These initiatives offer kids a wide range of opportunities to have fun and make friends, while developing physical literacy skills,” said Steve Raftery, Kings County Active Living co-ordinator and chairman of the Western Kings Active Kids, Healthy Kids committee.

The Active Kids, Healthy Kids committees were established ten years ago, born out of the provincial Active Kids, Healthy Kids Strategy. The concept brings together community partners to create a fund to support local initiatives that provide opportunities for children, youth and their families to participate in physical activity that produces health benefits.

The Kings County committees and funding partners include representatives from municipal recreation departments, community health boards, Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness, the Western Kings Memorial Health Society and the Eastern Kings Memorial Health Foundation.

  The full list of recipients includes:

Eastern Kings Active Kids, Healthy Kids

Basketball Program Initiation Project (Valley Junior Axemen Basketball): To fill a gap in the local basketball programs being offered, maximizing strong skill development.

Valley Harvest Kids Run Marathon (Valley Harvest Marathon Association): To promote fitness amongst today’s youth and to generate interest in the sport of running.

Valley Minor Football Association Training Equipment Project (Valley Minor Football Association): To provide youth ages 6 to 17 years of age the opportunity to participate in the Sport of Football.

Tumblebugs Fun & Safe Basic Movement Activities (Kings County Family Resource Centre): An introductory modified gymnastic and basic movement program for 3-5 year olds.

Winter Snowshoe Program (Centreville Community Park Association): A new program to reach to youth and provide the opportunity to try a new activity, and increase physical activity levels.

Sparking Life at Landmark East (Landmark East School): A daily morning aerobic exercise program designed to help student and staff improve the academic environment as a whole.

LESES Swimming Project (L.E. Shaw Elementary School): To provide rural youth/students with swimming skills not readily available in their community.

Introduction to Yoga (Highbury Education Centre): To introduce students to the benefits of practicing yoga, offering new ideas for physical activity that can be used throughout their life.

KidsTRI Triathlon Program (Blomidon Multisport Club): To introduce youth to the FUNdamentals of swimming, biking and running at the introductory level.

All-Section Summer Camp (Wolfville Scout Group): To provide boys and girls with the experience of a two-night camp, focusing on active fun in the outdoors and skill development.

Brigadoon Playground (Brigadoon Children’s Camp Society): To incorporate more dynamic items into our play structure to help facilitate imagination and to encourage free, creative play. 

Western Kings Active Kids, Healthy Kids

3 D Archery Competition Training (Greenwood Archery Club): To purchase equipment for a youth 3D archery training program.

3 Day Summer Riding Camp (Free Spirit Therapeutic Riding Association): To offer a summer therapeutic riding camp for children with disabilities, challenges or exceptionalities.

Active and Involved Kids, Staff and Community (Berwick & District School): To support a wellness room, offering traditional and non-traditional physical activity exposure and opportunity.

Drop-in Volleyball Program (Eight Ball Teen Club): to offer a free drop-in volleyball program for girls 9 to 17.

Enhancing Outdoor Play (Count Your Blessings Child Care): To expand and enhance their outdoor play environment with a variety of features supporting physical activity and learning.

Scouting Equipment Project (2nd Berwick Scouting): To provide new equipment for safe canoeing and camping.

Hershey Track and Field Games (West Kings District High School): To host a track meet for valley youth aged 9 to 14.

Jumping Hoops Club (Cambridge District Elementary School): To introduce a rope and hula hoops program for students.

Learn to Bowl Program (Greenwood Bowling Centre): To offer a learn to bowl program for children aged 5 to 16.

Learn to Swim Program (Aylesford & District Lions): To offer a community learn to swim program at Klahanie Campground.

Supportive Skating Devices (Kingston Credit Union Centre): To purchase twentyskating supports for children to use during school and public skates.

Teach Tennis Program (Woodville Community Centre): To offer eight weeks of tennis instruction for children aged 6 to 14.

The “Berwick Oval” (Town of Berwick): To cover the building material costs of the outdoor rink project in Berwick.

Training Equipment Replacement (Valley Minor Football): To assist with the equipment costs of their football program for youth aged 6 to 17.

Yoga in the School, “Let it Go” Project (Somerset and District Elementary School): To offer instruction yoga and stress resilience techniques (breathing, meditation and mindfulness).

Young Naturalists Club (Berwick Young Naturalists): To purchase equipment to support activities of the young naturalists club.