Nine opportunities for students this summer


The 2020-2021 school year is nearly finished and it’s time for students to begin planning for their summer.  Here, we’ve collected 9 productive summer opportunities.

1. Teen Volunteering in Greensboro:

ENERGY at the Park: ENERGY at the Park is education, nutrition, exercise, recreation, and games for youth. The goal of the program is to provide children ages 5-15 with a location within their neighborhood to participate in active and passive activities during the day. Play is supervised by department staff from 10 am to 2 pm Monday through Thursday, from June 21 to August 5. Volunteers are needed at the following locations and must be at least 16 years old to participate. Volunteers should commit to at least one full week but can sign up for more. Space is limited to one volunteer per location.

Camp Joy: Camp Joy is an inclusive camp for ages 5 and up of all abilities. The camp is a program of the Greensboro Parks and Recreation Department, provided through the Adaptive and Inclusive Recreation (AIR) section. Camp Joy is located at Hagan Stone Park in Pleasant Garden and includes six outdoor cabins, activity building, art cabin, and picnic facilities.

iCan Swim Camp: Teaching people with disabilities to swim is not only a good idea, it’s essential. Creating an effective swimming program for people with disabilities takes a patient understanding of each swimmer as well as a well-thought-out plan for how the lessons can be adapted to each child. This is the foundation of the iCan Swim program. Volunteers are needed to partner with a camper for the entire week-long camp. Volunteers must be at least 15 years old and willing to commit to the same session for the whole week.

2. Service Learning Camp: 

The first part of the week is designed to provide the “learning.” We will spend the week gaining valuable background information on the topic, including virtual or in-person tours of community agencies and meeting with their staff.

The second half of the week is designed to provide “hands-on” service on the topic. For example, working in a community garden that has provided fresh food to a neighborhood.  At the completion of each session, participants will receive a certificate of service.

3. Outdoor Adventures of Color: Nature Photography: 

Outdoor Adventurers of Color is a monthly series exploring opportunities for outdoor recreation, socialization, and engagement. Capturing pictures of wildlife and plants can present its own challenges with issues of lighting, movement, and composition. Meet other photography enthusiasts while learning from local experts. Bring your camera or smartphone and we’ll provide some morning snacks. Registration is required for this event.

Date: 07/31/2021 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM 

Location: Kathleen Clay Edwards Family Branch Library 1420 Price Park Rd. Greensboro, North Carolina 27410

Cost: Free

4. NaNoGSO: Planning Your Novel | Writing Really Good Dialogue:

If you’re planning to work on a novel and looking for ways to write really good dialogue, this is the workshop for you! Using National Novel Writing Month’s Planning Your Novel Workbook, we’ll guide you through exercises to create engaging dialogue.  NaNoGSO offers monthly writing workshops and write-in sessions. These productive virtual meet-ups are a great way to meet fellow writers and pick up NaNoWriMo-approved advice for character development, world-building, and more.

Date: 06/05/2021 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM 

Location: online

Cost: Free

5. Benjamin Bards: A Poetry Workshop:

Join us for a free discussion-based workshop for poets of all skill levels from teens to adults. Share your own works for constructive criticism. 

Date: 06/17/2021 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM 

Cost: Free

6. African American Book Discussion Group: 

This book club is open to anyone who loves to read and wants to broaden their knowledge of the many African American authors and their writings and just have fun reading.

Date: 06/19/2021 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM 

Cost: Free

7. UNCG Summer Camps and Clinics: 

A variety of summer camps and clinics are offered on UNCG’s campus every summer: Soccer, Volleyball, Basketball, Softball, Baseball

8. Nova42 Speech and Debate Camps:—services—camps.html 

All Nova42 Speech and Debate Camps are online this year.

Introduction to Lincoln Douglas Camp (7th to 12th gr)

Grade level: Incoming 7th to 12th graders

Dates: Mon-Fri, June 28 – July 2

Time: 9:00am – 4:00pm (with two breaks and one hour lunch)

Description: This fun and intensive camp will introduce kids to the building blocks of traditional LD debate, from understanding how to build a framework and argument for a case, to understanding values, value criteria, argumentation, topic analysis, research skill-building, presentation and more. Although this is an introduction to LD debate, previous experience in debate or pre-approval of the instructor is required. The camp will culminate in a tournament and awards ceremony.

Real Parliamentary and Worlds Debate Camp (7th to 12th gr)

Grade level: Incoming 7th to 12th graders

Dates: Mon-Fri, July 19 – 23

Time: 9:00am – 4:00pm (with two breaks and one hour lunch)

Description: This camp will teach traditional 2-person parliamentary debate and worlds debate, which not only helps students develop quick research skills because of the intense, limited prep aspect, but also offers a great balance of argumentation and presentation training. This camp also gives students a head-start in understanding NPDA and common debate formats at the college level. It will also give them a competitive edge at the local and national level and culminate in a tournament and awards ceremony.

Nova 42 Entrepreneurship Camp (7th to 12th gr)

Grade level: Incoming 7th to 12th graders

Dates: Mon-Fri, July 26 – 30

Time: 9:00am – 4:00pm (with two breaks and one hour lunch)

Description: This is one of Coach Mike’s favorite camps, and one of our most popular camps! Students have an opportunity to use their creativity, presentation and other skills to develop an innovative product/service and create a powerful pitch on such product or service. Key fundamentals of business and entrepreneurship as well as self-empowerment are taught and emphasized.

Interactive US Government (8th to 12th gr)

Grade level: Incoming 8th to 12th graders

Dates: Mon-Fri, July 5 – 9

Time: 12:30pm – 3:30pm

Supplies (if needed): will be provided

Description: This course will change the perception that students have of a Civics course.  It will fully immerse students into the world of the U.S. Government using world-building and character development from the critically acclaimed Dungeons and Dragons role-playing game.  Students will develop their own Congressional Representative and attempt to navigate the inner workings of the U.S Government. Students will run their own local election, establish their platform and attempt to pass legislation once they reach the halls of Congress. They will learn the intricacies of the U.S. Government by actively participating in it instead of memorizing its various aspects.

9. Free Online Music Courses with Alison:

Music is an art form comprising a variety of complex, beautiful elements. Alison’s free online music classes include study in music theory, melody, harmony and much more. Whether you are seeking a better understanding of music for personal enjoyment or to boost your career, Alison’s online music courses are a great place to start.  Courses include Diploma in Music Theory, Music Producer Masterclass: Making Electronic Music, Music Theory: Instruments and Rhythm.  An account is required, but courses are free.