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A local non-profit is planning on making many kids’ summers wetter and better.

Making Waves Winnipeg will be running its first weeklong summer camp at the end of August next year.

Cameron Krisko, president and founder of Making Waves Winnipeg, said the summer camp will most likely run from Aug. 25 to 29, but there is no guarantee at this early stage. The only thing certain right now is that the camp will take place at the West Portage YMCA (3550 Portage Ave.).

Krisko presented at the Assiniboia Community Committee meeting on Nov. 5 to councillors Paula Havixbeck (Charleswood-Tuxedo), Scott Fielding (St. James-Brooklands-Weston), and Grant Nordman (St. Charles), asking for some funding for the summer camp.

"The City of Winnipeg is trying to help us out a little bit with the camp in terms of space," Krisko, a Charleswood resident, said. "We’re still waiting to hear from them."

Krisko had applied for a community incentive grant specifically for capital purchases, but because Krisko didn’t apply for a particular capital purchase, the committee which reviewed his application recommended it be denied. However, at the meeting, Havixbeck and Nordman each gave $5,000 to the summer camp.

The application now needs to go through the city’s Protection and Services committee meeting, as well as before a future city council meeting, before a final decision will be made as to whether to approve or deny it.

"Coun. Havixbeck sounded like (the result) should be positive, based on the fact that she and Coun. Nordman supported it from the community level, so we’re very hopeful," Krisko said.

Havixbeck said she is unable to comment on the matter at this point.

Registration for the summer camp will begin in January 2014.

Making Waves Winnipeg started in February 2011. The organization’s core program is one-on-one swimming lessons for kids with disabilities, but Krisko said the mandate is simply "improving the lives of children with disabilities."

The program consists of two sessions a year, but Krisko is contemplating starting up a third session since it has gained so much recognition.

"A session is made up of 10 half-hour lessons, and it’s all one-on-one," Krisko explained. "Our goal with these lessons is to learn water safety, introduction to the water, and allowing it to be affordable to everyone from all classes of society. We charge only $20 for our full 10 lessons."

Like the swimming sessions, the summer camp will also offer one-on-one swimming lessons for kids with disabilities.

"We’ll also be keeping the costs as low as possible so that everybody is able to participate and afford the camp," Krisko said.

Other activities that are expected to be offered at the camp include various sports, movies, arts and crafts, and snacks.

For more information, contact Krisko at admin@makingwaveswinnipeg.org

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