The Greater Milford Boys & Girls Club Summer Fun Club will be in full swing this month as the annual program engages local youth both mentally and physically while students are on break from school until the end of 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.
“For us a key component for the Summer Fun Club is to prevent summer learning loss and engage students in academic and physical activities,” said Tod Van Eyken, Director of the Greater Milford Boys & Girls Club. “[Kids] will have plenty of playtime but we also introduce Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), Arts and critical thinking into our curriculum.”
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 June 1, the Greater Milford Boys & Girls Club has registered over 164 school-aged children and 25 pre-school children. Director of the Greater Milford Boys & Girls Club Tod Van Eyken 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.
“For our working parents, they do not have to worry about kids being at home by themselves, sitting idle,” said Van Eyken. “Here they will be active and engaged by active adults that care about them.”
Celebrating nine 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.
“We want our kids to develop a sense of independence in a safe environment where they can build their confidence,” said Van Eyken. “
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. Field trips are also planned for the National Zoo in Washington DC, the Aquarium in New Jersey, Funland at Rehoboth Beach and the Freeman Stage to see live theatre.
The 2018 Summer Fun Club at the Greater Milford Boys & Girls Club starts on June 18, Monday through Friday from 6:30 am to 6:00 pm. There are three age-based programs at the Club; Preschool ages 3-5, Summer Fun Club ages 5-12 and Teen Program ages 12-18. The weekly rate for the school age program is $125 per child, preschool is $140 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.
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