Children can join the circus

CHILDREN who have dreamt of running away to join the circus won’t have far to go to do just that next week.

Circus Northwest, a community circus camp, comes to town to teach youths aged nine and up to high school age how to perform circus acts with a public performance at the end to finish off the week of learning.

Young people will have the chance to learn how to juggle, tightrope walk, walk on stilts, swing on the trapeze and clown.

Organizer Jennifer Alexander says it’s also hoped to teach how to ride a unicycle as several people in town have them and hopefully the instructors can have access to them.

Alexander came up with the idea to hold a circus camp here after doing the same in Chetwynd, which has had the camp for several years.

Thanks to a lot of fundraising and sponsors, the cost of the camp per child, which can run upwards of $300, is down to $60 for the week, and financial assistance is available for those who need it.

Children aged seven and eight can register if they have a parent or adult who will be at the camp with them the whole time, says Alexander.

Registration is on now and there are still plenty of spaces available, says Alexander.

Volunteers are needed to help out with the circus camp, and about five to 10 would allow the camp to have the maximum of 40 children.

People interested in volunteering can talk to Kim or Carmen at the Sportsplex.

Circus Northwest goes from 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. each day April 4 to 8 at the Caledonia Senior Secondary Gym.