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Youth Programs Newsletter | May 2009 | VBgov.com/Parks
Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation is gearing up for a busy summer!  Check out our new Youth Programs Catalog before it even hits the streets!  Registration for new programs begins Saturday, June 6th.
Summer Camp Registration is Underway!
 
Make sure your son or daughter has a summer packed with a variety of fun activities, special events, field trips and more. Enroll them in Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation Summer Camps! Most camps are offered 7:00 am - 6:15 pm, Monday - Friday, June 22-August 28, 2009.  We offer school-based camps, recreation center-based camps and specialty camps including sports, fitness, adventure and therapeutic recreation.
 
View our camp listings and then narrow by location or age group. 
Family Fishing ClinicJoin Us for the Family Fishing Clinic
Saturday, June 6th at Munden Point Park, 2001 Pefley Lane
 
Help your child tackle the basics of angling Virginia's waters by coming to our Family Fishing Clinic. You and your child will team up with experienced fishermen for guided instruction on beginning fishing skills. Fishing related games and activities will also be held through the morning. This event is $5 per child and limited to the first 150 youth ages 5-14 to register (advance registration is required). A parent or guardian must be present for every four children. Fishing poles, tackle, and bait will be provided, if needed. Free hot dog lunch and prize giveaway will be held at 12 noon. The event will be held rain or shine; check-in is 8:45 - 9:30 am.
Out-of-School Time Policy Change
 
Beginning with the 2009-2010 school year, all Out-of-School Time school year participants will be provided a recreation center membership which can be used at any of our 6 community recreation centers.

Why? We want to make it easier for children to lead a healthy lifestyle and want to show our commitment to their physical fitness and well being.

How will this work? These memberships will be valid September 1, 2009 through August 31, 2010. If your child's membership will expire before September 1, 2009, you may wish to renew at the 6-month rate.

Registration for the 2009-2010 Out-of-School Time programs starts Saturday, July 11, 2009.
"Bee Movie" at Mount Trashmore Park
 
Mark your calendar for June 19th and bring the whole family out to Mount Trashmore to enjoy "Bee Movie" under the stars!  Our movie night series kicks off with the DreamWorks animated comedy that will change everything you thought you knew about bees.  Fun, family activities start at 7:30pm and the movie begins at dusk.  Free admission and on-site parking available.  Movie snacks will be available for purchase.  Just bring your own chairs or blanket and join us in the park! 
 
View other upcoming events
Green TeenIs Your Teen Feeling Green? 
 
This spring, the Youth Opportunities Office, in conjunction with Parks & Recreation, started a group for environmentally-aware teens who want to make a difference in their community.  The group has been meeting twice a month since February and is hard at work on their first exciting project. They developed a checklist to determine how environmentally responsible their schools are and are in the process of compiling the results.  We can't wait to see how the schools rate! 
 
We're still looking for other teens, ages 11-17, who would like to participate in activities that will make a difference in our schools, parks, and Virginia Beach as a whole. For more information, please contact Caryl Thompson (cthompso@VBgov.com or 385-4871).
What Kids Need: Youth Developmental Assets 
 
Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation has lots of programs for kids, each one meeting a different need. When we develop our programs, we base them on the Search Institute's 40 Developmental Assets. Developmental Assets reflect relationships, opportunities, and traits that youth need to become caring, responsible adults.  According to the Search Institute, "Studies of more than 2.2 million young people in the United States consistently show that the more assets young people have, the less likely they are to engage in a wide range of high-risk behaviors and the more likely they are to thrive. Assets have power for all young people, regardless of their gender, economic status, family, or race/ethnicity. Furthermore, levels of assets are better predictors of high-risk involvement and thriving than poverty or being from a single-parent family."

But we can't do this alone. We need you, as parents and leaders, to help us. For specific tips and parenting ideas, please visit http://www.mvparents.com.
We welcome your comments and questions.  Feel free to email us at fun@vbgov.com.
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