Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer.
It’s a little different for school kids in Volusia County. For them, the unofficial start of summer is the first day of June without school. That day was June 4.
With no classes, homework, or extracurricular activities to keep them busy, what can a child do to stay bored in July?
If they are old enough, they can look for a summer job. There are a few exceptions, but basically the legal working age starts at 14. Exceptions include the entertainment industry, newspaper delivery (age 10+), being a page in the Florida legislature, and working in a relative’s business, as long as it’s not dangerous.
Recently, Indeed.com listed 331 jobs for teens in Volusia County. Almost half of them were in the part-time or temporary employee category, with salaries ranging between $12.50 and $17.50 an hour. Almost all of the jobs were in the retail or restaurant sectors.
Part-time and temporary work is a great way for a teenager to learn the value of money while giving them purpose throughout the summer months.
It also allows time to pursue interest beyond a paycheck. For example, getting involved in the community or playing a sport.
Although a handful of summer programs are already booked, plenty of entertainment opportunities are still available for kids of all ages.
The Volusia County Parks, Recreation and Culture Division offers weekday summer camps featuring games and day trips for ages 5-12. The camps run until the end of July. There is a $20 non-refundable registration fee and an $80 weekly fee. Income-based scholarships are available. Requests can be made via [email protected]
Volusia County 4-H has two of its three original summer camps still open. Photography at the end of June for 11-18 year olds and Marine Sciences in July for 11-13 year olds. You do not need to be a 4-H member to participate. Please contact 4-H Youth Development Officer Chelsea Woodard at (386) 822-5778 for more information. Or sign up for photography at tinyurl.com/3phjp8c2 and marine science at tinyurl.com/vuw4ch4d/.
The Volusia County Public Library offers many programs for children and teens, such as “story times, crafts and educational activities,” said Pat Kuehn, County Community Information Specialist. Volusa.
For more information, visit volisialibrary.org/slp/.
Towns in the county offer camps to engage children during the summer months. Camps run through August and cater for a variety of interests, such as the environment, many different sports, and for children with special needs. Some cities open their camps to residents and non-residents alike. Registration fees ranged from $4 per day to $378 per week. Camp ages start at five and go up to 19.
Contacting the city through the parks department, sometimes called the recreation department, is the best way to get prices and dates. But hurry because all the camps are filling up fast.