Standing under the sun’s rays on the hottest day of the summer, Emily C. smiled and didn’t skip a beat when posed the question, “Have you thought about not coming to camp because of the heat?”
“No,” said Emily, who started the fifth grade at Tubman Elementary School two weeks ago. “I never have second thoughts when it comes to summer camp.”
And that was that.
Emily wasn’t in the minority, either, this summer on Tubman’s hot turf field. Despite the triple-digit temperatures, the DC SCORES soccer camp continued on — with many precautionary measures and water breaks — because participants kept coming, eager each day to learn new soccer skills whatever the weather.
The Tubman camp was one of three summer camps ranging from soccer instruction to a combination of soccer and arts that DC SCORES offered throughout the city. Campers learned new soccer skills, practiced various types of art, and went on field trips. From the end of June through early August, our three camps served 200 youth representing nearly 40 elementary, middle, and high schools.
Each summer, there is a lack of free programs for low-income youth. With our three free summer camps, DC SCORES was able to provide DC youth with a positive, organized environment where they can get exercise, learn new skills, and make new friends from schools throughout the city.
“It’s better than doing nothing at home,” said Christian L., who began the sixth grade this fall. “You’d just rather come outside and play.”
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