Preventing Summer Boredom
By Stephanie Lynn, age 22, Massachusetts
It's important to have plenty of organized and social activities throughout your summer, so you don't end up spending too much time camped out in front of the television. There are tons of possibilities for this summer vacation, so get out there and get active!
Summer JobsThere are several possibilities out there for your summer job, like working an ice-cream stand, lifeguarding at your local beach, waitressing, or chilling in an air-conditioned fashion store. If you're too young to get these types of jobs, then be entrepreneurial! Besides babysitting, you can also help adults with odd jobs like petsitting, mowing lawns, gardening, and house cleaning. I'm sure your mom and dad know plenty of adults who could use the extra help!
Volunteer WorkThere are tons of opportunities to help out in the community. Grab a group of friends and help someone who has some needs.
Elderly - Help an older person by doing their grocery shopping once a week or assist with some yard work. You can visit the elderly in nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Most of the time they just want someone to talk to. So go with open ears. Children - Serve in the church nursery or with Vacation Bible School.
For other volunteer possibilities, go to VolunteerMatch.com
Summer CampsIn your teen years, there are many options for summer camps. Experience the freedom of being a camper with others your age or become a camp counselor. Several children's camps allow junior counselors as young as 12. If you're not the overnight camp person type, check out day camps in your area.
Try Something NewPlay the sport you've been waiting for all school year long by signing up for a community program. Challenge yourself by learning a musical instrument, or by learning to cook, knit, or design your own jewelry.
Give Yourself a ProjectIf you like art, then work on a series of paintings or collages. Even if you're not very artistic, start a scrapbook of your favorite pictures. If you're into fashion, design and sew your own clothing - even sell it on Ebay. All your friends will be dying to know where you got your gorgeous new shirt! Cleaning and redesigning your room is another possibility.
Whatever you choose, be sure to work on it a little bit each day.
Read a Good BookSee Christina's article.
Also, you can find a local library at: http://nces.ed.gov/nceskids/tools/