Monday, June 8, 2020

Certificate Training Program Offered for Local Teenagers

Despite making the difficult choice to suspend Summer Camp programs this year, Camp Beech Cliff, with the generous support of Healthy Acadia, is offering a free one-week virtual certificate training program for high school-aged teenagers in Hancock and Washington counties. Focused on youth leadership and development, the program will also address safety precautions during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We’re aware that there will be a significant gap in childcare options this summer, and we wanted to find a way to help bridge that gap, while also providing a service to our local High school students.”  Camp Director, Matt Cornish stated.  “We hope to help them work directly with local families to meet the need that will be very apparent this summer, as well as prepare them for future employment opportunities.”
The program, Filling Your Leadership Toolbox, will be offered the week of June 29 – July 3, 2020, and consist of three hours of training per day, either in the morning or afternoon.  Training will cover topics including creating activities outdoors, behavior management and conflict resolution, resilience in the face of challenging situations, and more. At the end of the week, participants will walk away with a certificate of course completion, as well as a $100 stipend for their time and dedication to the work.  Sara McConnell of Healthy Acadia said, “We love [this] new, creative way of reaching youth during these times.”
Interested young people between the ages of 13 and 18 should contact Matt Cornish,, for more information, or register at                       
Enrollment is limited, so register by June 24, 2020.