With Summer on everyone’s mind local organizations are gearing up to make it one for the books. ”It’s so much fun having them here. It makes summer fun, it makes each day different, and they are all over the place, and we love it,” says Christine Williams, Director of Community Recreation at Odessa College.
The Odessa College offers 30 Summer camp options focusing on a sport a week through the first week of august
”We have kids that have never done archery camp before, and they absolutely love it and same with golf, or tennis or volley ball,” says Williams.
The Director adding that it’s important for kids to learn these skills now in hopes that they will maintain healthy habits
”We want the kids to try new things, learn new skills and it starts now while they are willing to try new things.”
A similar approach for the Wonder Girls Program that focuses on self-confidence for young girls as they transition to adulthood.
According to the Prevention Services Director, Elizabeth Teixeira, ”we want to really inspire and empower them to continue to develop those stem skills especially if they enjoy that kind of thing.”
The week-long program in July is such a success that girls come back year after year.
Teixeira says ”you can really tell their confidence very apparent and you can even see some leadership skills among their classmates and them so that’s really exciting.”
According to the Crisis Center the things that the girls learn in camp go beyond middle school and high school. ”We invite women from many sectors in the community to come and talk to the girls about how they got the jobs that they got. How they chose to go to college or go to a trade school or the avenues they took to pursue their dreams.”