Happy Monday, is it June already? Last week Joseph Voska and Toni Webb, from the Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department, presented our latest Wellness Webinar discussing youth program ideas for the summer months. This webinar has important information for brainstorming and incorporating new youth program offerings in your own community. Even though this summer is right around the corner, the ideas presented by Joseph and Toni can help enhance your future summer programs!
Joseph and Toni talk about the variety of camp programs offered to meet the needs and wants of the Raleigh’s diverse youth population. It is important to remember each individual kid has their own interests, so the parent will register their child for the best fit program. Raleigh’s Summer X-Press Program is a high quality traditional camp experience. The program offers organized activities including: arts and crafts, recreational sports and games, field trips and much more. Day Trippin’ Camp is another idea that was discussed during the webinar. This program is extremely popular, mainly because it is not your typical summer camp. Day Trippin’ campers have the opportunity to go on two field trips each day, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. This way the campers have an opportunity to go swimming, fishing, boating, ice skating, bowling or visit museums and watch movies.
Joseph and Toni also discuss the challenges and successes of their programs. If you are still searching for unique program ideas, then please click the following link to view the webinar: https://vimeo.com/129028558
Lately the webinars have been discussing opportunities to help get kids actively involved in various programs, but do not forget about the healthy eating options! Even if your programs are set for the summer months, make sure to provide healthy snacks for your camp participants. It is not too late to change those chips to apples, carrots or celery! Check out NCRPA’s Wellness Activities and Education in After School and Camp Programs webpage. There you can read healthy snack guidelines and how you can incorporate it into your summer programs.
Your youth programs, whether it is summer or during the year, can become stronger by offering more opportunities to engage the youth, as well as providing healthy eating options. If you have youth program or healthy eating ideas, then please email us or submit them on the wellness site here: (firstname.lastname@example.org, http://www.ncrpa.net/?Wellnesssub)