Norwich Youth Bureau Provides Alternative Free Summer Activities

By: Catherine Sasso

Norwich Youth Bureau provides alternative free summer activities Norwich Youth Bureau is providing free weekly summer activities, such as tickets for Animal Adventure and bags filled with themed activities, to help keep kids active during the summer. (Photo from City of Norwich Youth Bureau)

NORWICH – The City of Norwich Youth Bureau has organized a medley of new summer activities for residential youth in Norwich and surrounding townships.

In years past, the youth bureau would be responsible for activities such as swimming lessons or hosting a competitive swim team at Kurt Beyer Pool, educational bus trips, and afternoon playground groups. But due to COVID, these activities are not currently feasible.

Youth Bureau Director Robert Mason said he and Recreation Coordinator Jill Kraft have been working together to find alternatives to keep kids active this summer.

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"We're trying to keep youth involved in summer activities the best we can and give them an option with limited things to do," said Mason.

So far, the youth bureau has had three successful weeks of providing activities for families with children to do together.

During the first two weeks, the organization gave out 50 tickets to Wolf Mountain in Smyrna and Animal Adventure in Harpursville.

"We got such a great response from the Animal Adventure tickets that we will be purchasing another 50 tickets which we will be giving out in the next few weeks," said Mason.

For the third week, they took a different approach by organizing take-home kits with supplies for projects they could do at home. This first bag's theme was movie and game night and included a DVD, popcorn, and a game to play.

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