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ParticipACTION recently released the 2018 ParticipACTION Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth. The report card found that Canadian kids need to move more to benefit their physical, mental and emotional wellbeing.


High Level Summary:

  • Only 35% of 5 to 17 year olds and 62% of 3 to 4 year olds are reaching their
  • 51% of 5 to 17 year olds and 76% of 3 to 4 year olds are engaging in more screen time than is recommended


Why Does it Matter?

In specific, the report card analyses the relationship between physical activity and brain health.. “There are important connections between the health of the body and of the brain, connections that must be fostered in order for kids to reach their mental, emotional and intellectual potential. Kids’ bodies have to move to get the wheels in their brains turning,” (ParticipACTION Report Card).


Here’s What They’ve Found:

  • Students who exercise before a test show higher brain functions than those who don’t
  • Children with poor aerobic fitness appear to have more difficulty solving problems
  • Sections of the brain associated with memory and learning are larger in active kids
  • Being physically active can boost memory
  • Active kids are better equipped to get creative
  • Active kids have longer attention spans and can focus longer
  • Kids who are active experience the mood lifting effects of serotonin
  • Physical activity may help lower feelings of anxiety


What Does this Mean to BSSC?

We’d like to help residents in the Burlington, Oakville, Hamilton and surrounding communities move more. We offer summer camps, recreational programs and competitive teams for swimmers as young as four all the way up to adult.


Synchronized swimming is a challenging sport that provides swimmers with many unique skills and opportunities that will last a lifetime. Our athletes develop a high level of fitness, flexibility, grace, stamina, confidence and pride in their club, their team, themselves and their sport.   As members of a team, swimmers also learn about commitment, sportsmanship, communication, time management and goal setting.


If you think your children may be interested in trying synchronized swimming, our summer camps would be a great place for them to “get their feet wet”! We will be offering thee exciting programs this summer:


Mermaid Camp

  • August 20-24 @ Centennial Pool 9-4pm
  • August 27-31 @ Centennial Pool 9-4pm
  • Ages 7 – 12 years old
  • Activities will include: swimming with mermaid tails, synchronized swimming basics, stroke correction, mermaid themed crafts and fun activities!

AquaSquirts Camp

  • August 20-24 @ Centennial Pool 9-12pm
  • Ages 4-6 years old
  • Activities include awesome crafts and lots of swimming fun!

Volunteer & Train Camp

  • for Competitive, Novice and Teen Swimmers – from any club!
  • August 20-24 @ Centennial Pool 9-4pm
  • August 27-31 @ Centennial Pool 9-4pm
  • Ages 12 +
  • Athletes will volunteer and assist with mermaid camp for half the time, and train for the synchro season for the other half (maybe even some of your own mermaid fun!)


Click here to learn more, or register for our summer camp programs.


Starting in September, we’ll also kick off our recreational, novice and competitive programs. These programs are for varying skill, interest and commitment levels. Click on the links to learn more about our programs, and click here to read more about the ParticipACTION Report Card.