It’s time to get a head start on your summer fun planning. Here are a few resources to get you thinking and planning ahead.
Does your child love the outdoors? If so, check out the National Park Service Youth Programs. Youth ages 15 years old and up can volunteer or get an internship with a National Park. Many of these developmental opportunities and jobs are filled at the park level (so contact the park that interests you), but other opportunities are advertised by the National Park Service or other youth organizations.
Younger kids can check out the Junior Ranger Program. This activity-based program is conducted in almost all state and national parks. Participants complete a series of activities during their park visit, share their answers with a park ranger, and receive an official Junior Ranger patch and Junior Ranger certificate. Junior Rangers are typically between the ages of five to 13, although kids of all ages can participate.
If you or your family member needs specific accommodations to explore and experience the park, the National Park Service is committed to ensuring that people with disabilities have equal opportunity to benefit from their facilities, programs, services, and activities whether they are indoors or outdoors.
If you prefer some indoor fun, check out your local installation library. Libraries aren’t just about books anymore, but community centers that offer access to everything from books and movies, to Makerspace and local activities. Check with your local library to see what they’ll be offering this summer.
Check out your installation MCCS programs, activities, and services. Many programs offer free or low-cost activities, resources, events, and summer programming to help keep your kids and family entertained all summer long.
Volunteering has adapted to fit the COVID-19 social distancing guidance and you can now volunteer in-person or virtually. Each installation has information on a variety of programs that are looking for volunteers for the summer months.
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The summer months are perfect for having fun and keeping the family thriving while waiting for your Marine to return.