Girls on the Run, a life-changing, experiential learning program for girls ages 8 to 13 years old, will hold three summer camps for girls in third through fifth grade.
The program combines an interactive curriculum and running to inspire self-respect and healthy lifestyles in pre-teen girls. The core curriculum addresses many aspects of girls' development - their physical, emotional, mental and social well-being. Lessons provide girls with the tools to make positive decisions and to avoid risky adolescent behaviors.
Each camp will run from 8:30 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday. No more than 30 girls will be accepted at each camp; girls will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.
RALPH WILSON/Sun-Gazette Correspondent
The St. Boniface chapter of Girls on the Run was one of 41 chapters nationwide that held 5K runs on May 19. Shown here, runners take off from the starting line at the South Williamsport Recreation Park.
Camps will be held June 11 to 15 at Myers Elementary School, Muncy, and Lyter Elementary School, Montoursville; and June 18 to 22 at Rommelt Middle School, South Williamsport.
A fee will be charged for the program, which includes snacks at each session and a T-shirt. No girl will be denied participation because of financial need; scholarships are available. To request a scholarship application, contact Michelle McElwee, council director, at 322-7873 or email mcel firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications and payments are due by June 4. According to McElwee, spaces fill up fast, with a waiting list last year at some sites.
Adult coaches and volunteers also are needed. For more information about volunteering, contact McElwee.
Girls on the Run has touched the lives of more then 1,700 girls in Lycoming County since 2004. During the school year, the program is offered as a 10-week after-school program.
At the end of the program, girls are encouraged to complete a running event in their community with their team members. The program is a part of Diakon Family Life Services.
For more information about Girls on the Run, visit www.diakon.org/gotr.