Downeast Teen Leadership Camp July 24-28

Healthy Acadia is now accepting applications for Downeast Teen Leadership Camp to be held July 24-28, 2017 at the University of Maine at Machias. Now in its 17th year, Downeast Teen Leadership Camp (DETLC) is five-day, overnight summer camp experience for youth entering grades 7, 8 or 9. The program emphasizes development of strong coping skills - decision-making, goal setting, self-confidence, assertiveness, etc. - that will help prevent teen involvement with alcohol, tobacco and other drugs.  Program staff serve as positive role models and provide a strong support network of peers and adult allies.  DETLC creates a safe and fun environment for teens to be themselves, connect with peers and supportive adults, and form long-lasting friendships.

Students will participate in mini-workshops, team-building activities, and interactive group sessions that increase awareness of substance use issues, promote self-esteem and encourage ownership through individual involvement in project selection, planning, and implementation.  Nationally recognized motivational speakers Ed Gerety (www.edgerety.com) and Harriet Turk (www.harrietturk.com) will further emphasize the power and consequence of personal choice.  The week will also include a mix of recreational activities – swimming, crafts, games, and a dance, pizza party and bonfire – to help create a fun and memorable experience for campers. FMI DETLC, contact Terri Woodruff at 255-3741 or email twoodruff@healthyacadia.org. Find DETLC applications and program information at www.healthyacadia.org.