TAC Ideas On Summer Activities For Teens
The TeenHealthFX Teen Advisory Committee (TAC) has several ideas about how to spend the summer:
· Summer job. Summer jobs can provide you with some extra spending money, help you save towards college expenses, help build a sense of responsibility and autonomy, and be a great way to meet people
· Local volunteer work. Hospitals, animal shelters, soup kitchens, local parks – there are so many options in every community in terms of ways to help out and give back. Volunteering helps you to stay productive, helps others in need, and looks good on a resume – how can you lose?
· Volunteer work with an organization that will allow you to travel. Some organizations travel with their volunteers to help people in other areas of the country or even in other countries.
· Day camp or sleep away camp. Depending on how old you are, this could mean being a camper, CIT (counselor-in-training), or counselor.
· Special-interest camps. There are camps for various sports, band camps, dance camps, theater camps and more.
· Teen adventure trips. There are many companies out there that run adventure trips for teens throughout the U.S. and abroad. You can meet new people, be a part of some very exciting adventures, and learn about other areas of the country or the world.
· Shadow someone who works in a field you might be interested in. This might be a particularly good option for someone going off to college or starting to think about which colleges to apply to. Shadowing someone in their workplace can help you to get an idea about what exactly is involved in a field you may have interest in to help you determine whether or not it is truly the best career option for you.
· Internship. Again, a good option for those soon off to college.
· Day trips with friends and/or family members. It’s easy to focus on far-off places we would someday like to visit and to forget about the treasures that lie just around the corner. So if more extensive travels are not an option, check with friends and family about local day trips that might be of interest.
· Try something new. With time on your hands, the summer can be a great time to explore new ideas and interests. Whether trying out a new musical instrument, playing a new sport, getting a workout plan together for yourself, or whatever else – the summer may give you the time you need for something new and fun.
If you need information on finding volunteer work, teen adventure trips, summer jobs, or whatever else, talk with your parents as well as a school guidance counselor – they may have lots of useful information for you and ideas on how to get started in finding something that will work for you.