Summer is officially here, which means our staff need to come up with activities for their boys and girls to keep busy. Many of our house parents are creative when it comes to planning activities.
They organize competitive sporting events like kick ball, bean bag toss and baseball to name a few. A volleyball net is set up during the summer months for the children to enjoy a challenging game with staff or peers. Our basketball courts are always available, and they are used by everyone. When you visit our campus, you will also see boys and girls riding bikes, skateboarding, roller blading, jumping rope, swinging on swings and playing all sorts of outdoor games.
Visiting the local parks and getting their feet wet in the creek looking for crayfish is one activity the boys enjoy, while others like taking a bike ride on campus and visiting the Farm Market.
A scavenger hunt was organized by our social worker that taught our youth some history about the Masonic Village campus, while also encouraging physical activity. They walked the entire campus to locate various landmarks and clues to answer the questions they were given.
A camp fire pit was just installed this year, and the children enjoy evenings around the fire toasting marshmallows and making s’mores. Many of our children have said this is one of their favorite things to do with their friends and staff. They enjoy the relaxing atmosphere and getting to know one another.
Our youth like reading over the summer, attending various camps that stretch their imagination, volunteering their time, working at various businesses and playing organized sports. Some kids are also learning to garden with Mr. Tarman, a resident of Masonic Village at Elizabethtown.
We are looking forward to a day trip to the beach in August, a visit to Hersheypark, Barnstormer’s and Phillies baseball games, and a trip floating down the Juniata River. These events are all due to the generous support of our donors.
Summer is an exciting time at the children’s home – full of new adventures and experiences. Let the fun begin!