Summer Day Camp
OVERVIEW: The Mathews-Dickey Summer Day Training Camp provides opportunities for recreation, education, cultural-awareness, entertainment and job skills for youth throughout the St. Louis-metropolitan area. It serves as a home-away-from-home for children while their parents work. The Mathews-Dickey Summer Day Camp was established more than 46 years ago under the name Earn & Learn. Initiated with a start-up grant from Anheuser-Busch Companies, the program's objective was to match neighborhood youths with adult role models while the youths earned money as umpires and referees during the summer months.
DESCRIPTION: The 2016 camp features two consecutive five-week sessions for children, ages 6 to 14. All campers receive one hour of health education per week and each participant is to select two of eight electives to take part in during his or her five-week session:
- At the Net (Tennis & Volleyball)
- Baseball (Softball)
- Math & Science
- Music Theater (Art, Dance, Drama and Music)
- Reading & Composition
- Field Games and Recreation
BENEFITS: Specialized classes; free breakfast and lunch; safe environment; experienced camp staff; on site emergency care; career and job opportunities for teenagers; and low cost.
SCHEDULE: Session 1 is held from May 31 to July 1, 2016 and Session 2 takes place from July 5 to August 5, 2016.
HOURS: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday- Friday
REGISTRATION FEES: $200 for the five- week Session 1; $200 for the five-week Session 2; or $350 for the full 10-week Session. All participants also must be members of Mathews-Dickey, a $50 annual fee. Payment in full is due prior to the beginning of each session.
NEED: The community need for this program is to provide a safe haven for youth and prevent them from participating in unhealthy behavior, while their parents work during the day hours. The program emphasizes the importance of interacting with others; encourages self-respect and responsibility to avoid destructive behavior. The program teaches youth social skills for them for positive peer interaction.
GOALS: We're focused on achieving the following outcomes:
- Assist participants with the acquired discipline necessary to retain newly developed skill set.
- Supply Children and youth with an improved knowledge base of athletics, arts and academics through instruction and participation in specialized classes.
- Offer youth the opportunity to interact with peers and adults, improving their social skills.
CONTACT: To enroll a student or become a volunteer for any of the above programs, please call LaJuan Williams at (314) 679-5242 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Download the Summer Day Camp Brochure.
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Mathews-Dickey Boys' & Girls' Club is a nonprofit 501 (c) (3) United Way member agency that annually provides educational, athletic and cultural enrichment programs to more than 40,000 young people from throughout the St. Louis metropolitan area. Since 1960 the Club has taught youth respect, restraint and responsibility so that they may obtain credibility, integrity and accountability. For more information, call Bill Fronczak at (314) 382-5952, ext. 228.