The Summer Outreach Club – 26 years and growing!
This year marks the 26th anniversary of the Counseling Center’s Summer Outreach Club. The Summer Outreach Club is a free, recreational, motivational and educational, 9-week day camp for children ages 5 – 12. It is one of the longest-running prevention programs in the state of Ohio and enrollment is open to all in the community. Campers are served free breakfast and lunch thanks to the Community Action Summer Feeding program, and most activities take place at the 14th Street Community Center. There are also weekly field trips to the Portsmouth Public Library, Southern Ohio Museum and Cultural Center, Cirque d’Art Dance academy, Shawnee State Forest and the McKinley Public Pool. As a collaboration and mentoring project with many contributing partners, the support of the community is what gives this program so much heart. Funded in most part by annual fundraisers like the Celebrity Chef Dinner and the Natural High 5K Fitness Festival, generous community members are keeping this program going and growing. Thank you to everyone who makes this happen for our kids – program director Clarence Parker and his staff are giving their all to make this summer a lasting memory for campers.