Summer Program

Summer Program

Boys & Girls Club Launches 2016 Summer Program

The Boys & Girls Club of the Northern Neck (BGCNN), and the Northern Neck Coalition on Youth, expect that record numbers of young people – perhaps as many as 150 per day – will want to participate in this year’s 8-week summer program at the club in Kilmarnock. 

The program is open to those aged 6 to 18 and begins on Monday, June 27 and ends on Friday, August 19. Participating club members from Lancaster and Northumberland Counties will start to arrive at 7:30am and leave by 5:30pm each weekday. A hot breakfast, lunch, and a mid-afternoon snack will be provided to all who attend.

“Much of our summer program here in Kilmarnock is modeled on the national Boys & Girls Clubs of America initiatives designed to prevent delinquency through targeted outreach and developmental programs,” said BGCNN Executive Director Phillip Mumford. “However, with the help and support of the local businesses and organizations that are part of The Northern Neck Coalition on Youth, we have put together an expanded and enhanced new program with a local emphasis that will offer educational and fun activities for all attending.”

The club’s Operations Director Patrick Creed explained how in-house and field trip activities each week during the summer session support the club’s three core priorities: the development of academic success, good character and leadership skills, and a healthy lifestyle.

“These priorities remain paramount throughout the summer program whether members are learning new skills in reading, comprehension or spelling, playing games or team sports, swimming, involved in community service projects, or on field trips,” Creed said. “Much of our program is designed to help prevent summer learning loss to help ensure honor roll achievement in the next school year.”

Limited space available, call 804-435-9696 or 804-435-2422 for more information or send email to

Creed outlined some of the ways the member organizations of The Northern Neck Coalition on Youth are assisting the summer program this year:

  • Abilities Abound, and Carousel Physical Therapy, will strengthen this year’s healthy lifestyles programs through exercise, enhanced physical fitness, yoga and movement. A partnership with the Northern Neck YMCA will enable participants to use the Y’s swimming pool in Lively.
  • Empowering Youth for Positive Change (EYPC), the Rappahannock Area Office on Youth, 2nd Chance Ministries, the Lancaster & Northumberland Juvenile Probation Offices, and the Lancaster Sheriff’s Office, will each provide coaching, counseling and mentoring sessions. Representatives will also help determine if any youngster or teen is in need of any particular service, or a combination of services.
  • Lancaster/Northumberland Habitat for Humanity will work with teens to help them develop skills in the building trades, while also allowing them to give back to the community.
  • The Lancaster Players, Steamboat Era Museum, The Native Plant Society, Campbell Memorial Presbyterian Church, and the Prime Time Basketball Camp (hosted by Northumberland high school’s head basketball coach Mike Stevenson) will offer scholarships for teens and younger members to attend summer day camps, away camps, or summer workshops.
  • The Northern Neck Food Bank will provide some of the summer program’s meals and snacks, while also offering community service volunteer opportunities to club members.
  • Lancaster County’s Explorer Post will offer volunteer support, as well as first aid training for young members and refresher training for staff.
  • The Rappahannock Art League will provide volunteers to assist with arts and crafts programs, while the Rappahannock Garden Club (with the help of The Frightened Frog character) will teach younger members about nature, the environment and the importance of maintaining healthy wildlife habitats.
  • Tidewater Oyster Gardeners Association (TOGA) will continue to support the club’s oyster gardeners club where teens can learn about the ecology of the Chesapeake Bay and gain first-hand experience of growing and harvesting oysters.

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