Darien Youth Commission

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Darien Youth Commission Mission Statement
Youth Commission Members 2019-20

2020 Meeting Schedule

Agendas & Minutes

SUMMER CAMP 2020 REGISTRATION BEGINS FEBRUARY 10, 2020

Click here for FAQ regarding Summer Camp registration (dates, fees) and program information.  Registration information (downloadable registration forms, online links) are located below in the summer Camp Program section of this website

SUMMER CAMP EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES -- See below                                       

                       


TOPS The Teen Options Program (TOPS) is sponsored by the Darien Youth Commission. It is endorsed by MMS and made possible through the generous involvement of the TOPS Board and many other volunteers. TOPS is committed to offer affordable, safe, fun, drug and alcohol-free activities for Darien students in 6th, 7th or 8th Grades (both public and private school students). There is a charge for each TOPS event. Participants must be registered and can either pay at each event, or for your convenience, a pre-paid discounted option is available covering entrance to all TOPS events. Events are grade-level specific with the exception of four events together which are for both 7th & 8th Grade TOPS members.  

THE 2019-20 TOPS GROUP IS EXCITED ABOUT THE UPCOMING TOPS ACTIVITIES -- 5 EVENTS FOR GRADE 6; 6 EVENTS FOR GRADE 7; 6 EVENTS FOR GRADE 8.   

 REGISTRATION BEGINS MONDAY, AUGUST 19, 2019

 

PARENT VOLUNTEERS:  As a reminder, the TOPS program is 99% reliant on parent involvement and support.   We would not be able to provide these fun activities for your children without the parent help.  Please check-out different volunteer opportunities with our grade-level sign-up genius links:

 


SPECIAL FAMILY, YOUTH & COMMUNITY EVENTS

 

  • COMMUNITY FESTIVAL OF ARTS & SCIENCES  --   2020 FESTIVAL OF ARTS & SCIENCES IS SCHEDULED FOR SATURDAY, MARCH 7, 2020 (1:00 - 3:00 P.M.) IN THE TOWN HALL GYM. THIS IS A FREE EVENT AND INCLUDES HANDS-ON ARTS & SCIENCES PROJECTS, FACE-PAINTING, PERFORMANCES, CARICATURISTS & MORE!  IMMEDIATELY PRECEDING THE FESTIVAL, JOIN US IN THE TOWN HALL AUDITORIUM FOR CASEY CARLE'S REMARKABLE:  BUBBLEMANIA PERFORMANCE.  DOORS OPEN 12:00 NOON; SHOWTIME 12:15; COST IS $4 PER PERSON FOR THIS EVENT.  CLICK HERE FOR DETAILED FLYER!

  • DARIEN DASH -- COMMUNITY-WIDE SCAVENGER HUNT!  -- SATURDAY, MARCH 14, 2020
  • ANNUAL FAMILY CONCERT SERIES  Every Wednesday in June @ 6:30 p.m. @ Weed Beach, this is a terrific way to enjoy family-friendly entertainment at one of Darien's greatest resources. (There is a per person/vehicle cost per concert , payable at the beach entrance...beach stickers are not required to attend these events.) 
  • COMMUNITY MOVIE @ WEED BEACH  Co-sponsored by the Darien Parks & Recreation and the Darien Youth Commission, movies at the beach take place the last Friday in June and the Friday of Labor Day weekend.  Start-time at dusk (varies based on time of year). ALWAYS free admission
  • ANNUAL FAMILY DAY DINNER @ THE DARIEN YMCA   Annual dinner sponsored by the Darien YMCA, the Thriving Youth Task Force, Darien's prevention council (and a subcommittee of the Community Fund of Darien) & the Darien Youth Commission, this free, fun-filled family event promotes the concept that families who regularly dine together minimize future risk factors. Modeled after CASA's Family Day, this is a great opportunity for families to engage with one another in conversation, fun and relaxation. Typically takes place 3rd or 4th Friday in September.

  • Darien's Thriving Youth Task Force -- Involving all sectors of the community, Thriving Youth is Darien’s coalition of concerned youth, community and civic organizations, businesses and individuals working together to provide meaningful relationships, experiences, skills and opportunities to benefit all our children. (For additional information on Darien's prevention council, visit the Community Fund of Darien's Thriving Youth Task Force website.)

 

SUMMER CAMP PROGRAMS


TRADITIONAL SUMMER CAMP...the DYC sponsors the Town Camp program, offering two, three-week day camps servicing children who have successfully completed grades K-5.  Three programs based on grade level:  kids who have successfully completed kindergarten (entering grade 1); kids who have successfully completed grades 1 & 2 (entering grades 2 & 3); kids who have successfully completed grades 3, 4 & 5 (entering grades 4, 5 & 6).  Camps run daily from 9:00 a.m. - 3;00 p.m. (with an Early Drop-Off option from 8:00 a.m.).  CAMP SELECTION IS BASED ON GRADE LEVEL IN FALL OF 2020.  Program includes a variety of sports, arts & crafts, field trips and entertainers.  Please note, children must be appropriate grade in our system to register online.  REGISTRATION FOR THIS PROGRAM BEGINS MONDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2020.


MIDDLE SCHOOL SUMMER ACTIVITY PROGRAM (MSSAP)

  • For students who have successfully completed grades 6, 7 & 8 (entering grades 7, 8 & 9), this program runs Monday's through Thursday's weekly.  Affectionately dubbed "Camp Menace," students may sign up weekly or for all 6 weeks at an adjusted fee (i.e. registration options are either weekly or for all 6 weeks). $100 per week; $550 for 6-week option.
  • There is a fee for some field trips which must be paid on the day of the trip.  REGISTRATION BEGINS IN EARLY MARCH 9.

 

SUMMER EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES:

SUMMER CAMP COUNSELOR OPPORTUNITIES

SUMMER CAMP COUNSELOR APPLICATIONS WILL BE AVAILABLE 2/20/20

2020 SUMMER CAMP COUNSELOR JOB DESCRIPTION

2020 SUMMER CAMP COUNSELOR  -- FAQ

2020 SUMMER CAMP COUNSELOR --  APPLICATION

 


COUNSELOR IN TRAINING (CIT
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DETAILED INFORMATION ABOUT THE YOUTH COMMISSION'S CIT PROGRAM WILL BE AVAILABLE IN MID MARCH, 2020

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