How many business owners can truly say they love what they do and feel like their businesses make a difference in the world? While, by trade, Rick is a lawyer and Ellen is a teacher, working with children both in our camps and swim school is our real passion. Seeing our caring, professional and kid-focused staff making a huge positive impact in the lives of our campers and swimmers is incredibly gratifying.
It All Started As A Dream…
Zodiac was a dream of Ellen’s that she made a reality in high school. In 1978, Ellen opened Zodiac Swim School and has been helping kids and adults learn in and love the water since 1978! While Zodiac has become one of the largest private swim schools in Canada, its focus on individualized attention and high-quality, low-ratio programs has never wavered. Our passion for working with kids and background in camping is what led to the creation of Zodiac Day Camp (formerly Zodiac Swim & Specialty Camp) in 1998. The same care and quality that Zodiac has become known for is found in all of our camp programs. We are proud that Zodiac Day Camp has developed its own identity as a leading summer home for kids from across Toronto.
And Has Grown Into So Much More
At Zodiac Day Camp, our goal was (and still is) to provide campers with a unique, nurturing specialized program. Our camp was the first to offer shorter (now, one week) sessions. Also, while younger campers in our Zodiac Day Care and Kid-Vantage programs enjoy a multi-faceted, variety-based, age-appropriate program, older campers get to experience our unique specialty program. Each session, 7 to 12 year old campers choose a focus area, while still getting exposure to a wide variety of other activities. Zodiac Swim School’s instructional swim program is a centerpiece of every camper’s day. Our renowned leadership program for 13-15 year olds provides a terrific training experience and transition to becoming a Zodiac staff member!
Many Zodiac families also enjoy an amazing experience at our beautiful Muskoka overnight camp, Camp Tamarack. With a large number of children participating in weekend introductory experiences at Tamarack and others becoming full-fledged campers, we are excited to have another unparalleled experience that Zodiac families can enjoy for years to come.
Camps, swimming and so much more…we love helping children (and adults!) develop skills, build self-confidence and make memories to last a lifetime. The confidence that Zodiac families demonstrate in us is never taken for granted and appreciated more than it is possible to express. We are parents of three amazing kids and plan for, care about and treat other people’s children as an extended part of our family. Some people wonder how we do what we do, how we sleep at night, etc. The answer is that we work and plan and hire an amazing team of people who make our dream a reality. This includes our multi-talented and amazing co-Director, Danny Goodman, as well as the rest of our leadership team. We truly love what we do.
Rick & Ellen Howard