How I Spent My Summer More Meaningfully

That’s the composition more and more kids will be able to write next school year.

As the end of the school year fast approaches, and families search for ways to keep their students occupied in the summer, many will choose from a variety of hobby-focused camps and summer programs. But in recent years, more teens have been opting for a different kind of experience.

And not only because their high schools make volunteer hours a graduation requirement. As classroom lessons increasingly emphasize civic responsibility, and colleges look for students whose applications stand out, officials at nonprofit organizations and schools have seen a steadily growing interest in service-oriented summer programs.

One director pointed out that parents looking for camps should consider not just the project worked on, but whether the program helps their kids see the bigger picture. 

“I think the service feels more meaningful when there’s an academic component to it, where it’s not, ‘Let’s just go make a meal in a food pantry,’ but, ‘Let’s talk about why this is necessary,’” [Vinita] Ahuja said. “The reflection piece is really key, because it allows the students to be really clear about what their expectations were going in and how maybe their thinking has changed, or what questions they have remaining.”

Now I’m off to research some of these camps . . .

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