and Teen Summer Program
Campers under eighteen participate in the Youth and Teen Program.
They are grouped according to age, maturity and interest.
A major focus of the program is to support campers in learning
to live and socialize outside of a traditional family setting.
The normal activities at the beach and the situations arising
in a group situation provide many opportunities for them to
improve their problem solving skills, to learn to enjoy each
other and to develop a sensitivity to making adjustments to
meet the needs and desires of the group.
The energy and enthusiasm of this age group is channeled into
a full schedule of age appropriate activities. The group leaders
swim with campers on their daily trips to the beach and the
pool. Crabbing, sailing, trips to the water park and sand
art projects are all part of the weekly schedule. Pickup games
of basketball and football are popular activities between
scheduled events. The girls in this age group enjoy manicures
and experimenting with hair styles.
The Youth and Teen Program offers most campers their first
opportunity to have some measure of independence. They especially
appreciate this during our evening trips to the boardwalk
because we are mingling with so many people, including preteens
and teenagers. Our group recognizes that they are doing many
of the same things their peers are doing.
Another feeling of achievement is gained when campers are
paid $5 per day for performing their household chores. The
accumulation of $10 or $15 in a very short period of time
often gives campers their first opportunity to make choices
completely on their own. The campers, individually and as
a group, can become very involved in deciding what to purchase
with their chore money. Basic lessons in budgeting are learned
in the process of deciding if the chore money should be spent
each day or saved for several days so that moneys can accumulate
to make a large purchase.
At the end of each day, everyone is usually very happy because
they have been so involved in the activities that make the
beach such a fun vacation.