Reptiles, magicians make this summer chess camp a cut above

A Reptilia Cast Member visits a CIC camp with a friendly alligator friend. Photo: CIC staff.

Activities, tournaments, and outdoor time – the Chess Institute of Canada’s summer camp program provides a well-rounded experience for kids, couched in its Chess for Life blending of life skills and chess lessons. 

But this year’s camp experience has a few extras up its sleeve – in some cases, literally. Special guests will make these chess camps a little more special still.

“We like to go a little above and beyond with our camps,” says Nick Grachev, Sales & Outreach Manager for CIC – and also the coordinator of this year’s camps. “We’re all here because we love chess, but kids also love variety – and in our experience, a lot of them also love friendly reptiles and magic shows!” 

The Chess Institute is bringing a treat every week, be it Cast Members from Reptilia – Canada’s largest reptile zoo – with some friendly (and scaly) faces to meet the kids, or Bumbling Bert, professional magician. The goal is to provide entertainment beyond chess to attendees. 

“I’m a former camper – camp needs to be fun!” Grachev says. “We all love chess and chess studies here at the Chess Institute, but variety is also the spice of life. I’d like to thrill our attendees with great chess and life skills development – but ensure they stay engaged, excited and active through the whole experience with some bonus activities as well.”

Chess Institute camps are running in downtown Toronto in the first three weeks of July, and in Mississauga the first two weeks of August.