REACH CNY hosts Camp Green Teen

— Looking for a different kind of summer camp experience for your kids this summer?

Look no further than REACH CNY’s Camp Green Teen, a day camp for 10- to 15-year-olds based at Liverpool Community Church. The camp is aimed at helping teens make healthy decisions for themselves and their surroundings and making them aware of the many unique facets of the Central New York environment, according to program coordinator Christina Mills. The camp’s activities are almost too numerous to mention. They range from a visit to the Onondaga Lake restoration site to fishing to an egg drop to a zipline and ropes course to discussions about healthy eating and local food.

“We’re doing so much,” Mills said. “It’s all about having fun and learning, too. We’re going to be doing very active learning.”

All of that learning is central to he mission of REACH CNY, a nonprofit organization dedicated to making the community healthier. REACH is an acronym that stands for Resources, Education, Advocacy and Collaboration for Health. In large part, the mission of REACH focuses on maternal and child health. Camp Green Teen actually falls under REACH CNY’s Comprehensive Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention program.

“One of the pieces of what we do involves youth development, and this is one of those youth development aspects,” Mills said. “It’s great that you can go out and educate kids on how not to get pregnant, and this is really an essential piece of that. You have to give them lots of reasons not to get pregnant. Give them something to be passionate about. Give them adults that they can talk to. Camp is a way to do that.”

The idea for Camp Green Teen actually came out of a grant proposal that Mills and her supervisor wrote last summer when REACH CNY was competing for a Honda Foundation grant.

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