Members Enjoying Fun As Summer Programs Begin

School is out for the summer, but summer programs are just starting at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Elkhart County.

Club members are taking part in a variety of activities, including projects in the arts, skill building in athletics, academic enrichment, games and other fun.

After a school year filled with on-line learning and isolation from friends, staff members are working hard to ensure that our young people are getting opportunities to safely reconnect, unwind and enjoy their summer.

Programs are designed to help with “summer brain gain” – making learning part of the fun. The goal is to help students catch up on any skills that may have been lost to the pandemic and to make sure that students are ready to return to classes in the fall.

In addition to outstanding summer programming at the Nappanee, Goshen, Middlebury and Elkhart clubhouses, some kids are taking part in a unique summer camp experience at Camp Koda.

Over nine weeks, they will spend time outside in a unique wooded area inside the city limits in Goshen. Camp Koda provides opportunities for theme-week activities all summer long and offers optional add-on experiences to enrich the fun.

Photos top from left to right: Members at the Nappanee Club prepare to enjoy a card game, a student works with a staff member on a word search, teens work on their summer “program mission statement”, young kids watch a movie, a member plays a game of Rubik’s Race, and a member works on learning how to play the keyboard.