Youth Enjoy New Opportunities at Summer Camp

The annual Full Circle Summer Camp was a great success! This summer, staff from the Lawrence-Douglas County Housing Authority took a group of 22 youth to Tall Oaks in Linwood, Kansas for a weekend of fun in the sun. Youth ranging from 7 to 14 years old spent three days and two nights at this year’s camp, making it the longest and largest to date. Activities included swimming, horseback riding, a challenge course and hayride complete with bonfire and s'mores.

Youth and staff on a hayride to the bonfire site.

Youth and staff on a hayride to the bonfire site. by DouglasCountyHousing

As an extension of Douglas County Housing, Inc.’s ZOMBIE Health Initiative, every aspect of camp was utilized to build confidence, teach new skills and instill healthy habits in youth. The weekend was spent “unplugged” as youth were discouraged from bringing cell phones and electronic devices and were encouraged to participate in a variety of interactive games and activities instead.

Youth enjoying an afternoon of swimming at the Tall Oaks pool.

Youth enjoying an afternoon of swimming at the Tall Oaks pool. by DouglasCountyHousing

The allotted swimming time each day ensured youth would be active and exercise while having fun. Horseback riding gave many youth the opportunity to branch out and experience something new. A challenge course allowed youth 12 and older to work together, use critical thinking skills and boost their self confidence while mastering challenges. Each of the six youth that participated in the challenge course shined in different ways. Youth learned that they could not only contribute, but were needed to complete each task.

Youth and staff playing Gaga Ball in the park.

Youth and staff playing Gaga Ball in the park. by DouglasCountyHousing

Youth also enjoyed the opportunity to spend several hours each day at a park and playground. Campers played games such as volleyball, basketball, soccer and tether ball. They also learned and fell in love with a new active and exciting game called Gaga Ball. During free time, several youth hiked some of the various trails around Tall Oaks and explored a memorial Labyrinth. Healthy meals and snacks were provided throughout the weekend. Guidelines of the ZOMBIE Health Initiative such as portion size, eating fruits and vegetables and drinking plenty of water were highlighted throughout the weekend.

Youth and staff taking a break from hiking and exploring trails.

Youth and staff taking a break from hiking and exploring trails. by DouglasCountyHousing

Staff from Douglas County Housing, Inc. and the Lawrence-Douglas County Housing Authority would like to thank the staff at Tall Oaks for helping make this summer camp an overwhelming success. Staff would also like to thank Larabar for their donation of snack bars.

Tagged: community, youth, summer camp, health

Comments

Marilyn Hull 1 year, 5 months ago

Glad the kids got to have a camp experience!

Chris Lempa 1 year, 4 months ago

Indeed, Marilyn! So many of the kids think that they are in the middle of nowhere.

Chris Lempa 1 year, 4 months ago

It was! Our overnight camp is consistently my favorite weekend of the work year. This time around was special as we were able to take a very large group AND add an extra night. We were all exhausted, but it was worth it!

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