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Summertime Youth Activities

Posted By Colleen Dougherty, NC Recreation & Park Association, Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Happy Memorial Day!

I hope everyone had an enjoyable and relaxing weekend. Today will be our next Wellness Webinar hosted by Toni Webb and Joseph Voska, from the Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources. The webinar will discuss youth program ideas for the upcoming summer months. The webinar will be a great opportunity to gather notes on youth activities and opportunities for summer camps or daycare programs.  

Personally reflecting on youth programs, I couldn’t help but to think of my time spent working at Camp Walt Whitman, a residential summer camp located in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Walt Whitman, offers sports, swimming, ropes course, and art activities. Furthermore, because this camp has ages ranging from 7 to 15 years old, the activities are catered to specific age groups to create an engaging, learning and fun atmosphere. One of the most memorable days of camp is celebrating the 4th of July with the children. The counselors lead special planned activities that the children partake in. I will briefly explain two of the more popular youth games at our camp.

Watermelon Roll Race is an amusing game to watch and participate in. Use baby oil or vegetable oil to grease up a large watermelon. Line up the children and their watermelons at the start line, after the starting whistle blows race the watermelons by rolling them along the ground towards the finish line! The baby oil makes it a bit more challenging, who likes an easy race anyways?

Another popular game is the Dodge Ball Obstacle Course. Create a race course with obstacles, such as cones, hula-hoops, gymnastic pads, jump ropes, and whatever else you may have on hand. Explain the course to the children, and split them up into teams; you can make it as creative or as easy as you want. The goal is for the children to get to the other side of the obstacle course. To make it more challenging for an older age group, you can add dodge balls! See how fast one team can make it through the obstacle course while the other group tosses dodge balls at them. Makes for an exciting obstacle course race.

These two games are just some of many youth games that can be incorporated into your summer program. Remember, the goal is to tap into their creative side, as well as encouraging them to actively participate.  Be sure to register for the Wellness Webinar today at 1:00pm, for more youth ideas regarding the summer months:

If you have any youth program ideas or activities, then please email us or submit them on the wellness site here: (,


Tags:  Physical Activity  Summer Camps  Summertime  Wellness  Youth Programs 

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