Community Connections: an incredible race at The ROCK


For the team at the ROCK Center for Youth Development, a local nonprofit serving teens, summer is when our creativity really shines.

We organize themed weeks of summer camps, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday to Friday. That’s a lot of time we spend with our campers, and much more than the typical two to three hours at our extracurricular sites. As such, our staff love to provide fun activities for our Grades 6 to 12 campers.

From August 2 to 6, we are organizing an ambitious Amazing Race Week! Throughout the week, our teens will participate in games and challenges that will earn them team points. These games will test their strengths, push them out of their comfort zone and help them work as a team. A real “Where’s Charlie” hunt, Minute To Win It style games and a variety of relay races are just a few of the activities we have on the schedule.

On Wednesday of this week, our teens will hit the road, visit various businesses, take on challenges and find clues to get them to their final destination. There might even be a visit with none other than Lou E. Loon! When we asked local businesses in the city to participate, we got a lot of enthusiastic and enthusiastic responses. One stop on our menu is Pop-Pop’s Gourmet Popcorn; Not only were owners Gene and Patty excited, they immediately took on the challenge, offering their own little ride!

ROCK summer camps are an important opportunity for young people, helping them to stay in touch with friends and mentors while having fun and new experiences! To learn more about our remaining camp weeks or to register, please visit; write to us at [email protected]; or call us at 989-835-2542.

Kylie Anderson is the Director of Development for the ROCK Center for Youth Development.


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