The Greater Milford Boys and Girls Club began their annual Summer Fun Club last week. Boys & Girls Club staff members joined local kids to kickoff their yearly summer program held from June 11 to August 24.
The Summer Fun Club in Milford offers members an entertaining summer experience with their peers that is rooted in enrichment and educational activities. Led by professional summer counselors and staff members, children have an opportunity to interact and engage with other young adults on a daily basis.
A typical day at camp begins with open play and athletic activities while teaching kids health and life skills. Children then move to educational groups as they visit the computer labs and the literacy circle. They also develop social and artistic skills by engaging with other kids during youth development activities and arts and creativity time.
Tammy Karnes, Youth Development Professional and Art Teacher, inspires the children to unleash their creative side by working with recycled materials, performing puppet shows and encouraging self-expression through art. The first week children were asked to design a bag that they took home to fill with five items that best described them. Each child shared their items with their new friends, learning how much they had in common.
“The art room is a time for them to have a creative outlet and be more relaxed, not afraid of making mistakes,” commented Ms. Karnes. “There are no mistakes in the creative process. It also helps them develop social interaction with children their age.”
The Boys & Girls Club programs promote the development of young people by instilling four senses in each child: sense of competence, a sense of usefulness, a sense of belonging and a sense of power or influence. These four senses are fully implemented in the strategy for teaching kids during the Summer Fun Club.
This year Summer Fun Club kids are excited to visit the Salisbury Zoological Park, Planet Maze, Six Flags America and Adventure Aquarium. In addition to the art center, literacy center and gym, children have the opportunity to swim in the olympic-size pool 5 days a week and learn to swim through the Michael Phelps Foundation.
The 2012 Summer Fun Club at the Greater Milford Boys & Girls Club will be held from June 11 to August 24, Monday through Friday from 6:30 am to 6:00 pm. There will be three age-based programs at the Club; Preschool ages 3-4, Summer Fun Club ages 5-12 and Teen Program ages 13-16. The weekly rate for the program is $105.00 per child. Sibling discounts are available and scholarships are available upon application approval.
The Greater Milford Boys & Girls Club is located at 101 DE Veterans Blvd., Milford, DE and can reached at 302-422-4453 or online at www.bgclubs.org.