The Vernon School District received a $5,000 Explorations grant to offer 14 summer camps in the arts, sport and recreation during the summer of 2005. More than 64 children, from age five to 12, enjoyed positive and healthy experiences in a structured environment, offering socialization opportunities for rural children during the summer months. Children took part in golf, pottery, drumming, batik, charcoal drawing, track and field, and more. The program exposed low-income and rurally isolated children to new skills and experiences. Funding enabled the group to enhance its existing program by including specialists in sport and arts and allowing for on-site training of existing staff, volunteers and other service providers. The summer of 2005 saw a 50 percent increase in overall program attendance from the previous year. There was a 40 percent increase in new participants, including children from outlying areas.