Being at that 13-15 age is tough for young teens during the summer. Too old for most day camps, and too young to get a job, there isn’t much to do for a kid that can’t go to sports camps or sleep away camps. But this summer is going to be different for a dozen young teenagers. A new camp is coming to the area that can give them the chance to have fun and learn about arts, community resources, nutrition and sports.
Amorak Youth, an organization dedicated to helping youth overcome difficult pasts and realize promising futures, and Moreau Community Center in South Glens Falls have partnered to pilot a program for 13-15 year old teens. Scheduled to run from July 9 – August 17, the teens will spend from 10 am to 2 pm Monday through Thursday each week on a project that the group will choose. Lunch will be included, and the kids will be making it themselves at the Community Center.
“This is an age group that we have long wanted to serve” says Moreau Community Center’s Jennifer Abare. “We have a great day camp for the 5-12 year olds, but parents have approached us and asked what their kids can do once they age out of day camp. Now we have a program just for them.”
Best part of the whole program is that it is free! Supported by a Marigold Ideas for Good prize won by Amorak Youth, as well as by the administration and facilities of the Moreau Community Center, finances will not be an issue for the participants’ families. The program is available to children from any of the local schools in Warren, Washington or northern Saratoga Counties.
Applications are available on the Moreau Community Center’s web site www.moreaucommunitycenter.org, or by calling Jennifer at the center at 792-6007. On the application, parents or teachers are asked to write why they think the teen will benefit from the program, and the teen is asked to write why they want to participate.
Deadline for applications is July 1, but slots may fill up fast. For more information, contact Moreau Community Center.