It’s that time of year when students are getting antsy. They’re in the final stretch and can hardly wait to hear the bell ring on the last day of school. For them, that’s the official start to summer. For the staff at The Salvation Army Boys and Girls Clubs of Greensboro, it’s time to kick things into high gear for summer day camp at the clubs. They’re working hard to provide a summer camp experience that will last a lifetime.
There will be plenty of fun and games for the boys and girls club members at summer camp this year, but everything will have a purpose. All of the activities will align with The Salvation Army Boys and Girls Clubs three priority outcomes - academic success, healthy lifestyles, and good character and leadership.
We can’t forget about our focus on academic success while the club members are going to be out of school. Club staff will be focusing on retention and fighting the typical summer learning loss that many students experience.
Summer camp isn’t going to be all about academics, it’s also going to be about having a good time. That’s why you’ll find club members outside kicking the soccer ball around with the coaches from Greensboro United Soccer Association. They’re partnering with us again to provide soccer lessons this summer. Lacrosse, basketball and yoga will also be a part of the summer camp program.
Woodruff Family Law and Fred Astaire Dance Studios are teaming up for the 3rd year to provide dance lessons and healthy living tips as part of the healthy lifestyles program. At the end of the summer, the club members will show off their dance moves with a final performance before an audience at the Carolina Theatre.
Some campers will have the opportunity to spend a week at The Salvation Army’s Camp Walter Johnson. Located on High Rock Lake in Davidson County, Camp Walter Johnson, offers campers a chancegrow and develop socially and spiritually; all while having fun with new friends from all across the region.
Summer day campers will continue to get their hands dirty as they tend to their community garden with the help of Guilford County 4-H. They planted the garden last month and have been learning from it and watching it grow ever since.
The campers will take field trips to the North Carolina zoo, museums and go on scavenger hunts. The older club members will have the opportunity to tour several college campus and explore the possibilities that lie ahead for them.
We hope to help give our boys and girls club members a summer they will never forget. The activities and trips are just part of the camp experience, it’s the friendships and memories that are made at summer camp that will last a lifetime.
If you would like to send a kid to camp, you can sponsor a child. For $200, a camper can attend The Salvation Army Camp Walter Johnson for six days. Each day, campers build lifelong friendships, reconnect with nature, and participate in action-packed activities that help them face challenges, develop confidence, and learn valuable life lessons. Your donation makes a difference for children and their families - it can change lives. Click here to send a kid to camp.