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Offering up a cure for “there’s nothing to do” lament

Summer can be boring for students who do not have pre-planed activities set up for them.

The Youth Centre at the Woolwich Memorial Centre has plenty of activities in store for pre-teens and teenagers.

Over the summer months youth will have the chance to take part in many activities in and around the centre and offsite, including trips to a driving range, batting cages and Bingemans in Kitchener where they can enjoy the water park, mini golf or go for a lap around the go-cart track.

Daily onsite activities will include pool tournaments, skateboarding events and a jewelry making night.

“We always have new plans for the youth in the summer,” said Kelly Christie, director of community support at Woolwich Community Services. “The youth can enjoy swimming or working out with a personal trainer at the gym, they can go rock climbing and even going to the movie theatre.”

Joining the Youth Centre is a great way for youth to spend a fun summer meeting friends and trying new things said Christie.

Prizes will also be given throughout the summer for participating in various activities.

“We are holding a summer Olympic-type event and we will have different challenges for the youth to participate in,” said Christie. “We will have a hockey shootout, a baseball throw, Frisbee golf, air hockey tournaments and even hippie horseshoes.”

In order to accommodate all the students taking part over the summer, the Youth Centre has hired a new summer youth worker, Brynna Wasylycia, who will assist with on and offsite activities at the centre. She’ll be working alongside the two other youth workers.

“She will help with the youth when we hold our Fun in the Sun event, and during our walking tours of downtown, trips to Gibson Park and our nature photography walk. All our events are always supervised.”

An annual membership to the Youth Centre is $30, and provides youth with a place to access the internet, pool tables, movies, books, gaming systems and a chance to participate in offsite activities. Offsite outings will cost youth an additional fee, ranging from $10 to $15 per activity.

“We are very accommodating. Whatever the youth have shown an interest in we try to make it happen.”

The summer program began on July 3 and the centre will remain open Tuesday to Friday from 1 to 10 p.m. The centre is geared for youth aged grade 6 to 19 years old. For more information on Youth Centre activities this summer, stop by the Woolwich Memorial Centre or Woolwich Community Services to get a calendar of events or visit www.woolwichcommunityservices.com for more info or you can visit the Youth Centre’s blog at www.woolwichyouthcentreblogspot.com.



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