Longview Parks & Recreation Awarded $100K for Youth Summer Camps

Longview Parks & Recreation Awarded $100K for Youth Summer Camps

The City of Longview Parks & Recreation Department announced that they have received
two (2) $50,000 awards from the Summer Experiences & Enrichment for Kids (SEEK) Fund,
a program dedicated to supporting school-aged youth by promoting social connection,
encouraging physical activity, supporting families who are struggling with childcare needs,
and assisting those most impacted by the isolation of the COVID-19 pandemic in Washington
state.

The first award will provide elementary-aged participants of the Summer Kids Day Camp and
Summer Kids at Archie Anderson programs with diverse recreational and outdoor activities.
Parks & Recreation’s Access Adventure Program will provide fishing, kayaking, archery, and
other outdoor activities, as well as bringing in “mobile field trip” providers, which in previous
years have included the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, the Reptile Man, and a
traveling ropes course.

The second $50,000 supports the creation of a new summer camp for middle school-aged
teens to be offered this year. Historically an underserved age group that has often aged out of
traditional childcare programs, participating youth will enjoy outdoor recreation opportunities,
field trips, arts projects, and enrichment activities such as tie dye, wood working, cooking, and
gardening, as well as a focus on leadership skills development.

“We have seen the impact the last two years has had on the physical, social, and emotional
health of the children in our community.” Says Jennifer Wills, Parks and Recreation Director,
“Creating safe spaces for kids to go to recreate and be active is critical to their well-being, and
addressing these needs is urgent for us.”

The City of Longview Parks & Recreation Department’s mission is to build a healthy
community by providing high-quality recreation and park services for everyone. In addition to
maintaining Longview’s parks and urban forest, they offer Adult Sports Leagues,
Before/After School programs, Summer Camps, multiple Run/Walks, Community Events, and
a wide variety of education, enrichment, and recreation classes for all ages.

Summer programs will be available for registration May 1, 2022. To register or for more
information please call Longview Recreation at 360.442.5400 or online at
https://mylongview.com/196/Recreation.