The Greater Milford Boys and Girls Club Summer Fun Club is in full swing as the annual program engages local youth both mentally and physically while students are on break from school until August. Offering members an entertaining summer experience with their peers that is rooted in enrichment and educational activities, the Summer Fun Club is led by professional summer counselors and staff members across the state of Delaware.
“The Summer Fun Club is a statewide focus by the Boys & Girls Club of Delaware to contribute our part to help minimize what we like to call summer brain loss,” said Greater Milford Boys & Girls Club Director Tod VanEyken. “We want to make sure that our kids are prepared for school in August and are ready to start leaning on day one.”
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. This year, the Club has a strong focus on reading as it has continued to challenge kids with classroom activities even after the final school bell rang in June.
As of July 1, the Greater Milford Boys & Girls Club has registered over 190 school-aged children and 26 pre-school children. A good challenge to have, VanEyken states that it has been exciting to see so many kids take full advantage of the mental and physical activities that the Milford Club has to offer. Celebrating six years in their new location this past January, the Greater Milford Boys & Girls Club includes a full-size gymnasium and the Richard Y. Johnson Aquatic Center, which is home to the Milford High School Buccaneers Swim Team, the Club’s own Milford Marlins Swim Team and is the only Boys & Girls Club in Delaware to offer swimming scholarships through the Michael Phelps Foundation. In addition to computer labs, art and activity rooms inside the Club, children enjoy the benefits of being located directly next to the Can-Do Playground, a playground that hosts children of all abilities, and the Tony Silicato Park, a City-maintained park that hosts several soccer fields and a frisbee golf course. This year Summer Fun Club kids are excited for their planned trips to Jungle Jims in Rehoboth, DE and Six Flags America and Adventure Aquarium.
The 2015 Summer Fun Club at the Greater Milford Boys & Girls Club is currently underway until late August, Monday through Friday from 6:30 am to 6:00 pm. There are 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 $117 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.