For Immediate Release:
February 28, 2013
Southcoast RAPPP to offer summer youth camps for children, teens
Camp sessions to include programs that promote leadership, the arts and survival skills
NEW BEDFORD, Mass. — The Southcoast Hospitals' Responsible Attitudes toward Pregnancy, Parenting & Prevention (RAPPP) Program is offering local youth the opportunity to take part in one, two or three different camp sessions this summer. Boys and girls ages 11 to 14 are invited to participate in a fun camp-style atmosphere.
The first session, "Leadership and Personal Responsibility," will run Monday, July 8, through Friday, July 19. This camp will focus on developing personal growth and leadership skills through teamwork, leadership roles and problem solving. Topics will include communication skills, values and core beliefs, goal setting, decision-making, relationship skills, leadership, character development, heroes, mentors, role models, health, wellness, unhealthy behaviors and violence prevention. Field trips and outdoor activities will include a field assessment of the city and youth vision for civic engagement and responsibility.
The second session, "Fine Arts Camp," will run Monday, July 22, through Friday, August 2. This session will offer campers the chance to discover their inner artist through music, art and theater. Campers will learn to create and edit music and videos with computer software, to write their own skits and gain knowledge of the various techniques used to create different works of art. Topics will include art history, abstract art, architectural art, theatre art, acting, bead making, oils, acrylics, music history and art from found objects. Join RAPPP for this new and exciting addition to the summer camp series.
The third session, "Survivor Camp," will run Monday, August 5, through Friday, August 16. This session will prepare campers on how to respond in an emergency and disaster situations. Participants will learn to set up a camp, how to use the stars as a "map" and determine what it takes to respond effectively in emergency situations. Topics will include severe weather, potential disasters, disaster response, and pandemic preparedness and response. Campers will also learn safety skills and will complete a first aid and CPR certification course.
The program is directed by RAPPP's experienced youth educators who are trained in adolescent health and youth development. All sessions will include two field trips, outdoor activities and two snacks per day. The sessions will not overlap, giving parents and guardians the option of enrolling their teens in any or all camp sessions.
The camps will be held Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the RAPPP Program Office, 1208 Ashley Boulevard in New Bedford. Doors will open at 6:30 a.m. each morning to accommodate working parents. The cost of each two-week session is $250 per person of which $100 will be refunded upon successful completion and full attendance at each session.
Brown bag lunches for participants are invited or parents may opt to purchase a meal plan for their teen at a cost of $25 per week (non-refundable). The meal plan will consist of sandwiches, pizza, hot dogs, hamburgers, chicken, fries/chips, fruit, water and juice. Registrations are now being accepted, but enrollment is limited. For more information, or to download a registration form, please contact the RAPPP Program Office at 508-995-0306 or visit www.southcoast.org/rappp/camps.html. Scholarships are available in limited quantity.
About Southcoast RAPPP
The Southcoast Hospitals' Responsible Attitudes toward Pregnancy, Parenting & Prevention (RAPPP) Program is an adolescent pregnancy prevention program designed to be used within the curriculum of the health or science department of high and junior high school systems. RAPPP also engages adolescents and young adults in the community through a number of outreach programs addressing youth risk behaviors.
Southcoast RAPPP has reached more than 84,000 teens and parents since its inception, including more than 50,000 teens through its in-school programs at area senior and junior high schools. Southcoast Hospitals Group — and specifically the Family Education Department at St. Luke's Hospital — developed, sponsors and administers the RAPPP Program in conjunction with school faculty and administration. All materials, models, staff support and training are free of charge to participating schools. Learn more about RAPPP at www.southcoast.org/rappp/ or call the RAPPP program office at 508-995-0306.