Children's Discovery Museum offers a nationally-recognized Summer Day Camp SOS for youth entering Grades 7-10
Each year families are challenged to find activities to
engage youth in for the summer. Responding to the needs
of young teens, Summer of Service (SOS) at Children's
Discovery Museum of San Jose is a unique and innovative
summer program where youth entering 7th through 10th
grade in the fall of 2016 can have fun, make friends, meet
new challenges, and make a difference in the community.
Studies show that students who participate in servicelearning
programs do better in school, are more likely to
graduate high school and go to college, and are more likely
to become active, engaged citizens.
Participants of SOS can serve on one of five teams, each
with its own unique theme of service. Themes include environment,
early childhood education, museum and media,
outreach and leadership. Youth in SOS perform projects
while learning about their environment; serve as role models
while assisting at a local preschool; work with families
at the Museum while building digital media skills through
photography and film production; work in shelters and
senior centers, and build leadership skills while planning
and facilitating programming for SOS. Youth are given the
opportunity to give back to the community while they
build leadership and teamwork skills that they will use for
the rest of their lives. In addition, youth learn to value their
community and to see themselves as a vital asset to it.
A parent recently wrote about her experience with
Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose and the SOS program:
"SOS is a wonderful idea. This is my daughter's
second year. The benefits of my daughter's
involvement in SOS is being with kids her age,
working together to improve and give back to the
community. It gives her an idea of what's out
there while under supervision. And, she's seeing
what the community is like on her own terms
without the input of her parents. In addition,
she's getting community service credit."
SOS is an ongoing part of many young lives. Service in
the community has a deep impact on participants, who
express the desire to continue working to benefit their community.
Many SOS graduates have developed an enduring
bond with the Museum, and continue as volunteers, SOS
staff, and Museum staff.
Participants also have the opportunity to build friendships
and have fun as they start each morning with active
group games, and travel to a different Bay Area field-trip
destination each session, as a reward for all their hard
SESSIONS OFFERED FOR 2018
Session 1: June 25 - June 29
Session 2: July 2 - July 4
(with programming on July 4)
Session 3: July 9 - July 13
Session 4: July 16 - July 20
Session 5: July 23 - July 27
Session 6: July 30 - August 3
Register your child today for a Summer of Service with
memories that will last a lifetime.
For more information or to register go online at
www.cdm.org/sos or contact the Youth Programs
Educator at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 408-673-2833.
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