2003-10-10 / Community

The RDRC Community Update

By Curtis Archer, Executive Director
The RDRC Community Update By Curtis Archer, Executive Director


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Well, hello everybody! I hope you enjoyed your summer. Let me start my fall by telling you the good news about our summer program. The RDRC Beacon Summer Camp Program ran for six weeks during the summer, from July to August and we enrolled 100 campers into the free program.

Reports from both campers and staff were that this years’ summer camp program was a lot of fun. The campers got to go on trips that were both educational and fun. In one trip aboard the Intrepid, they learned about the size and scope of the Navy’s aircraft carriers and the various campaigns that the Intrepid fought in. In addition, they learned about how life is on board a navy battleship and submarine.

This summer included trips to the Bronx Zoo, Splish Splash Water Park, Camel Beach Water Park and Hershey Park just to name a few. Our campers also played outdoor games like kickball, steal the bacon, and line basketball as well as many other outdoor games and activities. One important aspect of the program was that when the campers weren’t on trips or outside playing games they were in the classroom learning math and reading comprehension. The educational component is one of the most important aspects of the program.

As always we ended the summer program with our annual "End of Summer Luncheon" at the Beach Club. At the luncheon, campers perform musical, dance and drama skits for their parents. When campers and parents were asked, "if they enjoyed their summer;" they all replied with a resounding, "it was great!"

On final note about the summer, the RDRC Beacon Program along with the Reverend Thomas Mason Community Center Youth Council held their
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