We had a ton of fun with the Fort York Guard and Fife and Drum Corps yesterday at the Museum. These kids even wore matching outfits!
The event came together due a number of events happening at the Fort. Their soldiers are visiting various venues across the city in the mean time.
Thanks to everyone who came out!
Summer Club 2014 was ALREADY our largest camp ever in May (LONG before camp started), exceeding last year’s record set at the end of the summer. To help make this work we have a huge crew of great staff (many former campers!) including 117 volunteers, 42 assistants, and 21 instructors. Of course there’s also the rest of the Museum! Staff from all the over ROM take part in camp, through tours of collections, guest appearances, setting up spaces, or even just marveling at our campers amazing art. Shout out to ROM staff who also send their kids to camp too! You’ll see us throughout the Museum for the next 9 weeks, gaining inspiration from the amazing galleries, learning from our fantastic instructors and making friends to last a life time (I know I have!).
- To see more from Summer Club follow along at #summerclub2014 on twitter. We’ll also be posting quite a bit on Tumblr too!
We can’t wait to get back to our favourite time of the year!
Everybody go exploring! Also visit your local museum.
Royal Ontario Museum (ROM), Toronto
So much to see that one day just isn’t enough/ Es gibt soviel zu sehen das ein Tag nicht ausreicht
Pretty much the best description of the ROM.
Cherry Blossom Creations
Our very own Chris Miller came up with this awesome cherry blossom art project for Saturday’s Forbidden City Day. One of our best educators, Sudharshan Duraiyappah, will also be out with a selection of artifacts from our Chinese history collections. Should be a good one!
Learn more about our Forbidden City Exhibit HERE!
Summer Camp, Training Day & The Bucket List Experience
Today we ran our second annual Lead Day for our senior Summer Club staff. Our day of activities and brunch was attended by our four Lead Assistants (Will, Amna, Owen, Miranda), our Head of Ops- Madeleine & Head of Admin- Suzanne, as well as our general ROMKids staff including Engagement Assistant- Kim and our Studio Assistant- Chris.
Lead Day is an opportunity to get all our senior staff together and mesh prior to the start of camp. Honestly, we’re already a tight group, having worked together in some cases for close to a decade, but it’s important to make sure we’re on the same page. It’s a chance to have fun together and recall a few inside jokes and references. A chance to learn together, and fail (I did a spectacular job of ripping my shorts) and laugh through it all. It’s a chance to remember what we’re all here at the Museum and Summer Club for.
Working in a children’s camp carries the responsibilities of the health and safety of our campers and the delivery of high level content and programming. But perhaps, most importantly, all of this needs to be fun. Our leads develop our assistants and volunteers and work directly with our campers while our heads help ensure out instructors and the rest of our staff have the resources they need to run the best programs possible. But camp is a marathon and Lead Day allows us to strengthen the ties of our community and prepare us for the course of summer.
The Heart Of A Camp Assistant
At the heart of every camp assistant is a desire to be outside, so we braved the threat of rain and left the comfort and safety of the Museum. Part of doing this, ironically, is to actually leave the Museum and venture out into the city. Today we left for Ward’s Island, one of my favourite places in the city. Lead Day has to lead an activity. For example, Kim walked us though a teamwork activity over the hot lava of Wards Island Beach, Owen led us through some karate steps, Will helped us create chain link armour, Amna taught us how to make horror make up and Miranda showed us the secret art of Post-It Note origami. Madeleine, in true camp tradition, had us make friendship bracelets for each other (which I still need to make), and while we ran out of time to finish Suzanne’s reminder bookmarks and Chris’ animal beading activity (secretly a chance to create demos for his upcoming family program), there’s still plenty of time before camp starts to take a stab at it.
The Bucket List Experience
I opened up Lead Day at the Museum and spoke about the need to take in and remember the wonder happening all around during camp. I firmly believe that Summer Club has given me some of the best opportunities of my life and I feel so lucky to be a part of it. I’m cognizant that we’ll all move on at some point from the Museum, so we must make an effort to treasure this special place while we can. To help illustrate this, I brought our crew down to meet one of my favourite Museum staff- Earth Sciences Technician Katherine Dunnell, to get up close with some of the Museum’s greatest specimens. Katherine is wonderful and knew exactly what I wanted when I asked her to be our special guest- “Understood, you want the Bucket List Experience”. Today we received a once in a lifetime opportunity to hold a piece of the cosmos in planetary meteorites from the Moon and Mars. Of course we also got a tour of the Earth Sciences Department through their labs and vaults. We also got to hold a TON of gold, and even had a peek at some of the planning for our upcoming blockbuster exhibit (spoiler: involves history AND geology).
For us all, Summer Club is one of our favourite parts of the year, and really a gem that we’ll carry with us the rest of our life. We all can’t wait to get back to work on July 30th for the first day of #summerclub2014!
Written by @kironcmukherjee. Last update: June 3rd, 2014.
Oh, The Things You’ll Find In Storage
The ROM Studio’s storage room or more frequently referred to simply as “storage” is a wonderland containing a multitude of things dating back to several decades ago. As a ROM staff or volunteer you’ve either ventured into the mysterious world of storage to retrieve a cart or to find one of the many things. Storage is another dimension and walking into it feels like being led into a completely different world detached from the one you’re in.
Some of the things you’ll find are as follows:
Far back in storage is a wall full of envelopes in boxes with witty lines on the front of the boxes like…
“Write yourself a letter or something….”
“What is white and paper-y, and something that we’ve been trying to get rid of for years? (hint: its envelopes)”
Many things can be found in the miscellaneous small blue boxes in storage. They contain everything from rocks, insects in protective casing, an old coke bottle, dolls and dust.
Yes folks, there is a humongous roll of bubble wrap under a table in storage.
Storage is the home to many different costumes. Whether you’d like to dress up as a dinosaur or a possum… we got it!
At the back of storage you will find an overwhelming amount of bamboo sticks… yes, you might actually think a panda lives in there.
Yes, we got it all! Storage has a box full of socks!
In storage you will find a box cleverly labeled “FELT! FELT! FELT! FELT! FELT! FELT! EVERYBODY!” in memory of the LMFAO song “Shots.” Did I mention storage had felt?
Storage obviously did not get the memo that crocs are a fashion crime. But oh well, we still got ‘em.
Going into storage you will be transported into the Canadian Arctic. On the right wall of storage you will find a huge polar bear cut out hanging on the wall.
Of course, how could we forget? Probably one of the most iconic things you will find in storage is the broken dino egg lying under a big black beanbag and some foam. Nevertheless, it is still there and will catch anyones eye.
If you are ever fortunate enough to venture into the vortex of storage, you should definitely check these things out. As mentioned previously, storage is a different world, so brace yourself!