Youth program at Maggie’s Place

Eric Sparling
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First of four age-specific day camps

AMHERST – It was the first day of first day camp being offered this season at Maggie’s Place.

“(It’s) fun, learning and adventure all in two to three days,” said Sarah Rushton on Tuesday.

The counselor-navigator said the 12 to 16 year olds at Maggie’s Place were taking part in a three-day program, running from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. each day.

The weather wasn’t cooperating. Rushton said the Tuesday itinerary focused on outdoor activities, but they only got to some of them – ‘Move your butt’ and ‘Ultimate spoons’ – before rain cut them short.  Playing ‘Minute to win it’ was an indoor alternative.

It’s a change from the previous year.

“We’ve done different (youth programs),” said Rushton.

Last summer Maggie’s Place offered a drop-in. With a day camp, organizers have a better sense of how many kids will show up (seven were there Tuesday)

An art day was planned for Wednesday, cooking for Thursday.

It’s important to engage kids and youth at all ages, said the counselor, and six hours over three days isn’t too big a commitment.

August will see day camps for other age groups. Three to five year olds will attend two days, while six to eights and nine to 11s will have three-day camps.

The programs are free. Parents can contact Maggie’s Place directly to see if there are spaces still available, and the centre will keep a waitlist.

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