Juggling March Break in Bear River

Learning to juggle

From March 10 through March 14, 2008, OARA (Outdoor Adventure Recreation Association) and the Bear River Youth Development Centre held their first March Break Camp at the Oakdene Centre. Over the course of the week, thirty young people between the ages of 5 and 16 participated in games, sports activities, paper making and other crafts, and much more. The highlight for many was creating their own juggling balls from balloons and birdseed, and learning to juggle with special guest Axel Heubach.


In addition, the young people visited the Youth Centre (located in the basement of the Oakdene), to play air hockey and Dance Dance Revolution, an interactive video dance game that was recently acquired by the Youth Centre through a grant from Annapolis Community Health Board.

Joe Quercia, Director of OARA, designed the program and led the activities along with four teenaged youth leaders. Mr. Quercia has recently relocated with his family to Morganville from Yarmouth, where he served as Executive Director of the Boys and Girls Club, and launched successful youth-focused programs such as Peers n’ Gears. OARA is currently working with the local schools to offer Pathways & Trail Development Program.Special thanks to Annapolis Valley Health, Home Hardware for their generous donation of crafting supplies, Annapolis County’s Active Living Club 400, and the Oakdene Centre for their auditorium space and access to equipment, and Axel Heubach for juggling lessons.The Bear River Youth Development Centre looks forward to partnering with OARA soon on future programs and special activities. For more information on OARA, contact Joe Quercia at 467-0489, or oarainfo@gmail.com