Kids are out of school now and it’s not too late to register for summer camp programs. Nearby community centers such as Magnuson, Meadowbrook and Northgate still have openings. Browse the Seattle Parks and Recreation Summer Course Registration site to see the available programs.
Another great summer resource is the Aspiring Youth camps for ages 8 through 19. The camps emphasize development of social skills for any child or youth who has been perplexed, frustrated or withdrawn from social settings, with challenges including shyness, Asperger’s, ADHD, learning disabilities or other similar traits.
Aspiring Youth is a summer program of Ryther and is open to anyone. Ryther, whose main campus is at 2400 NE 95th Street in Wedgwood, is a nationally-recognized agency using effective therapeutic techniques to help children and families. The Aspiring Youth program leaders are Masters-level professionals who guide campers in strengthening self-esteem and developing tools for social growth. The social skills curriculum is paired with activities and field trips for campers to form strong connections and gain confidence.
Check out what’s happening at Ryther this summer, including Ride for Ryther: Seattle-to-Portland on July 13-14. You can donate to support the team which will ride to raise awareness and support for Ryther.