Summer Opportunities for Middle School Students

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  1. FutureCadet12

    FutureCadet12 Member

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    Does anyone know of any summer opportunities (volunteering, summer camps, internships, jobs, etc) for a rising freshman in high school (currently an 8th grader)? Looking around the Internet for something productive to do over the summer, but most of the summer camps I have found are pretty expensive. Any answers would be appreciated. Thank you!
     
  2. LongAgoPlebe

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    If you live within a reasonable drive of a college or university, check for summer camp-like experiences - you may have to dig a little on departmental websites. Our smallish college runs a summer week for middle-school girls interested in STEM, a robotics camp, a forensics camp, and one for creative writing (off the top of my head). These are all full-day experiences, not overnights. I know our public state universities offer such opportunities, too, including partial and full scholarships for families with demonstrated need.

    Depending on your DS/DD's preferences, you might check into him/her being a counselor-in-training for your Boy/Girl Scouts or YMCA camps nearby. High schools and rec centers offer sports camps, but I know those can vary widely. Final thing I might suggest for volunteering is to narrow possibilities down to two choices and try them both out. Be a dog walker at the Humane Society, or volunteer to read to seniors or stock shelves at your local food pantry - something that's meaningful to Kiddo.
     
  3. tekfhn1

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    Could be a golf caddy.
     
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    Sydney C. Member

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    See if there is a local Habitat for Humanity program locally. Many of them also have retail stores as part of their mission and they accept any number of high school students to volunteer. You'll be a high schooler in the fall....so sell it to them young man!
     
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    My son was a volunteer at a Y Day Camp his rising freshman year. It lead to three consecutive summers as a counselor at the same day camp... along with a lot of experience as a group leader.
     
  6. MaggieMae66

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    It may be too late for this summer but I would check into the Naval Sea Cadet program. Both my boys are in it and it is an awesome program.
     
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    what part of the country are you?
     
  8. FutureCadet12

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    don't know much about SW as we are in the NE.
    try 4H camps. they are usually affordable and have a wide range, not just farm related
     
  10. EOD/SEALmom

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    Definitely look into Sea Cadets! Also consider volunteering at a local vacation bible school. My teens did that every year before they were old enough for a job.
     
  11. ktnatalk

    ktnatalk Sailor. Shipmate. Parent.

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    NOT for rising Freshman (you get an extra year to prepare now):

    https://seap.asee.org

    Those selected receive a stipend.
     
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