Teens ages 12 to 15 are at a delicate point in their lives. It is not uncommon for teens in this age group to feel peer pressure from friends or want to do what their friends are doing and not necessarily hanging out with younger children. For parents, it is our job to provide an outlet for entertainment as well as learning for teens so they do not wander down the wrong path or become disengaged.. An ideal option is to enroll your teen in a program that offers summer camp activities and leadership experience. Teens will be able to make new friends and have a focus on something more interesting to them and that provides new opportunities. Below are a few examples of summer camp activities for older children to stay busy and have fun.
Leadership programs are ideal for this age group as they allow the child to learn training in specific areas and begin to build skills that will be helpful in adulthood. At Zodiac, we offer Advanced Leadership Programing for teens ages 12.5 to 15.5. These programs are offered in each of our 7 one-week sessions but are best as a 7-week experience. These programs focus on training and workshop sessions where teens are trained in areas such as child development, quality programming, effective discipline and more. Teens will learn from the Leadership Coordinator and senior camp personnel with an opportunity provided to be an apprentice or participate in specialty areas or camper groups. These programs are a great way for teens to have the ability for future employment within the Zodiac summer programs.
The L.E.A.D. Program is for campers ages 12.5 to 14.5. Teens will spend half of their day taking part in group building activities and specialties as well as daily seminars. The other half-day is spent in a placement assisting with campers where the teens can learn from existing camp counselors.
This program is offered to teens ages 13.5 to 15.5 when the L.E.A.D. program is completed. Teens are placed in a cabin or specialty area for a full day with specific training and seminars provided with C.I.T. peers to help the teens be prepared to become staff members during the next summer schedule.
These opportunities are perfect for teens who wish to be involved in counseling positions during summer camp programs or work with kids in the future. Teens will be given the proper skills to become camp counselors and enjoy their role in leadership.
Teens can also take part in other programs that are geared toward leadership skills. Aquatic leadership classes are available so that young teens can learn first aid, CPR, lifesaving and eventually become certified as a lifeguard. Babysitting courses as well as home alone courses are offered at Zodiac year-round to provide your teenager with the appropriate skills to care for others as well as themselves.
Overall, Zodiac offers several programs for teaching leadership skills to youth and teens. Talk to your teen to see what they might be interested in and enroll in classes today. Many of the Zodiac Day Camp leadership programs lead into employment opportunities, building upon skills needed for adulthood. Check out the programs today to provide your teen with a learning experience as well as a fun opportunity this summer.