For the last three years, the Mason City campus has run a summer-long program called Summer Games. Structured to have the kids work on their social skills in a fun, and competitive setting, each team is scored on five different categories: sportsmanship, respect, teamwork, participation, and the overall winner of that day’s game.
At the start of the summer, all of the kids are divided into five different teams. Each team has two staff for captains who are there to encourage and give tips to use their social skills. The games are held twice a week, on Tuesdays and Thursdays, with a different game each week. Some examples of these games include: tug of war (round robin tournament style), capture the flag (round robin tournament style), a maze where they find pieces of a phrase, then have to put the phrase together, a variety of relay races, and food relay challenges. At the end of the summer the kids are taken to the public pool for a celebration of doing a good job during the activities.
Staff report that the kids do an excellent job of encouraging their teammates and members of other teams. Each Tuesday and Thursday they look forward to seeing which team is in the lead, and working hard to get as many points as they can that day. “We plan to continue this tradition as it is fun for the kids, staff, and a great way for the kids to work on their skills,” said Angela Kragelund of the Mason City campus.
Nice work, Mason City, is making a difference in the lives of kids!