Summer camp season in full swing

School is out and that means summer camp season is in full effect and for the Boys and Girls Club of the Gulf Coast its day one.

For some kids, summer break means leaving the classroom and books behind and enjoying nothing but relaxation, but for others the summer means camp. Camper Justin Williams said, “It’s fun because I get to see new people and hope they go to my school next year.”

“I’m looking forward to field trips and basically that’s it and having fun.”

Research shows during the summer months kids are experiencing weight gain and learning loss. Summer camp programs like the one at the Boys and Girls Club Gulf Coast actively work to combat that. Boys and Girls Club of the Gulf Coast Communications Coordinator Morgan Bogolin said, “We actually have a field trip every single week. Our theme is ‘travel around the world with the Boys and Girls Club.’ So each week we’re focusing on a different continent and they’re learning everything there is to know about that continent so we have evidence-based programming like ‘KidsLit,’ which is reading summer enrichment. We have ‘Triple Play Body’ which gets them moving and active. We also do sports teams during the summer and some intramural games between our five locations.”

Kaiden Miller is on the Boys and Girls Club drumline. He says he is happy to be at camp to have the opportunity to feel like a rock star. “My experience from the drum line was a little thing to have a hobby and learn new stuff, meet with friends and we were able to travel around and see what it’s like to be a celebrity. It was just a really fun experience.”

It’s not all fun and games. The Boys and Girls Club hires certified teachers for its summer program to ensure the students are getting the help they need so technically class is still in session.

Forrest Heights sixth grade teacher Stacy Key says teaching at the Boys and Girls Club is how she would rather spend her summer. “So, when you see these children come in and they have their report cards or progress reports of any kind of report showing that they are actually retaining the information that part is rewarding.”

If you are interested in enrolling your student at the Boys and Girls Club of the Gulf Coast visit their website at

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