Our View: Various organizations have fun summer activities
Sheila Brennise: Community representative
Chris Thome: Community representative
Renee Campbell: Newspaper representative
Noelle Leavitt Riley: Newspaper representative
Sheli Steele: Newspaper representative
In rural communities, it’s easy to say, “I’m bored.”
It’s a phrase parents often hear from children, especially during the summer months. Yet, sometimes, it only takes a moment to step outside such thinking and research the offerings in Northwest Colorado and beyond.
With the school year ending and the weather warming up, we thought it a prime time to highlight a few of the amazing summer activities offered for Craig’s youth.
Take the cover story of today’s paper, for example, which outlines opportunities for teens at the Boys & Girls Club. If you have an anxious teen looking for a way to get involved and give back, send him or her over to the Boys & Girls Club, where there are ample opportunities for involvement. The organization’s summer camp is offered to children 6 to 18 years old and gets underway June 6.
Colorado Northwestern Community College recently announced summer camps for kids age 11 to 18, and it also hosts College for Kids activities throughout the summer for age 5 to 15.
Participate in The Longevity Project
The Longevity Project is an annual campaign to help educate readers about what it takes to live a long, fulfilling life in our valley. This year Kevin shares his story of hope and celebration of life with his presentation Cracked, Not Broken as we explore the critical and relevant topic of mental health.
Such activities offered by various community organizations give youth an opportunity to stay safe and busy in the summer months.
Let’s not forget about Craig’s public pool and wave pool, which provide children and teens a place to hang out in the sun and swim. Craig Parks and Recreation does a fabulous job hiring teens each year, not only to work at the pool, but also to undertake various work across the city.
Many local businesses are hiring youth for summer jobs, and we encourage teens to take advantage of these opportunities.
The most important aspect of keeping kids busy is keeping them safe. Many youth like to float the river during the summer months, so we’d like to offer a friendly reminder: If your children are on the river, please make sure they wear life vests.
Also, it’s our responsibility as adults to make sure we slow our vehicles down, remind ourselves that kids are out and about on their bikes and on foot, and that we must be aware of our surroundings. In this day and age of smart phones and advanced technology, it’s easy to become distracted.
Please remember that in the five seconds you take your eyes off the road to read or send a text, a young child might step in front of your car.
Another great activity coming up every Friday this summer is Friday Fest, offered by the Downtown Business Association, where a famers market, live music and activities will be on hand at Alice Pleasant Park for the entire community.
Have fun, be safe and remember there’s much to do in Moffat County if you simply look for it.
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