More than 250 at-risk Winnipeg kids are spending their spring break learning to do circus tricks at Gordon Bell High School.
The fun is all part of the Circus and Magic Partnership (C.A.M.P.), where youth learn to juggle, walk on a tightrope and stilts, swing on a trapeze, aerial dance and other activities.
Spearheaded by the Winnipeg International Children’s Festival, school guidance counselors help choose eligible youth to participate, along with input from the Winnipeg Police Service, social service agencies, and inner-city drop-in and resource centers.
It’s the 16th year for the program, where children learn to become a well-rounded variety performer. The one-week camp culminates with a performance by the participants for their parents, peers, family and friends later this week.