Day one of camp, and the participants were out in the heat of the day, working through challenges at the Prairie View Adventure Course.
In all, 17 campers in grades seven through 19 are participating in “Xtremely Teen Newton.”
Each day this week the camp will visit local business leaders, engage in leadership sessions with younger youth and complete a community service project.
Activities this week will include a tour of Newton Medical Center, Newton Police Dept.. K-9 dog demonstration, planning a service project and spending time with two different Latchkey classes leading an anti-bullying program.
“We are very excited to have the Xtremely Teen Newton Camp joining us at on campus at Sunset Elementary School” said Sherry Dual, Sunset Latchkey Coordinator for USD 373. “These teens can help mentor our younger students with an anti bullying message and discussions about their own personal experiences as youth. The younger students really look up to the older ones and welcome their time and commitment to helping them on campus.”
Newton Medical Center will host a session and lunch on career development and opportunities in the medical field, and the Newton Public Library will help them begin work on a resume for their first job experiences.
“Students at this level are extremely full of energy and want to share in the community and become connected,” said Angela Vogelman of the Newton Public Library. “Often it just takes one local leader to engage a student and then the student finally has the resources and connections to have confidence as a local employee and leader. I look forward to working with the Xtremely Teen Newton Camp as we look into what Newton has to offer them.”
Other activities will include lunch with Sheriff T. Walton, reviewing teen games and movies at the library, a presentation on financial management, meeting with Westar Energy to hear about career development, a historical tour of Newton, touring the Harvey County Health Department and meeting with HCCP’s coordinators of the Drug Free Coalition and social norms teams.