Earlier this month, Backyard Sports Cares coordinated an extended weekend to Brant Lake Camp in the Adirondacks for 12 teen residents from the Youth Shelter Program of Westchester. For many of these at-risk young men, it was their first time officially camping, and for others, it was their first foray out of an urban environment and into nature.
The Youth Shelter Program of Westchester is a residency program that serves as an alternative to incarceration for young men between the ages of 16 and 21. The shelter provides residents with the critical support they need to turn their lives around, including schooling, mentoring, and counseling. The average stay is 12-18 months. Upon successful completion of the program, participants are given a second chance to rejoin their community as citizens with new coping skills and without the long-term stain and disadvantage of a criminal record.
Boys slept in bunks and participated in a variety of activities, such as hiking, swimming, community building, and organized sporting events, including hockey, basketball, and softball. Their free time was filled with leisure activities, such as ping pong and GAGA. One of the highlights of the weekend was a hike up Mt. Stevens, where the boys were treated to a magnificent view of the Adirondacks.
In just a few days at the camp, the boys and their chaperones developed a new appreciation for the outdoors and the beauty of a world outside of their urban environment. Elijah, one of the participants in the program, shares his experience in the video above.
Brant Lake Camp is a private boys camp located approximately 200 miles north of Westchester. The owner directors generously offered their property to host this event. Backyard Sports Cares has been running special summer camp programs for disadvantaged youth with Brant Lake since 2012.
Once again Backyard Sports and the White Plains Youth Bureau collaborated to provide a Summer Field Day for nearly 200 youngsters who are part of the Bureau’s Bits and Pieces Camp. Activities included soccer, gaga, basketball, project adventure, golf, and a tug of war. Assisting with the program were Scarsdale high school students, Josh Wasserman, … Continue reading “Backyard Sports/Bits and Pieces Summer Field Day”
For the fourth year in a row, Backyard Sports Cares hosted a group of kids from Mt. Vernon’s NewFlex Youth Program at Brant Lake Camp for a weekend of fun camp experiences and activities. It was another fabulous camp experience for the NewFlex Youth Program kids who participated in lots of activities and made new … Continue reading “Backyard Sports Brings NewFlex Youths to Brant Lake”
In recognition of the enriching multi-sport afterschool programming that Backyard Sports Cares (BYSC) provides for the White Plains Youth Bureau and the organization’s Bits and Pieces summer camp, Backyard Sports Cares was honored with a video presentation, including heartfelt testimonials of admiration and appreciation for its programs. “After five years of working together with the White … Continue reading “White Plains Youth Bureau Honors Backyard Sports Cares at 45th Anniversary Gala”
By Danny Bernstein Once again, I had the good fortune of spending a portion of my summer with dozens of campers from the Edward Williams School and the New Flex Foundation in Mt. Vernon. While camp holds many nostalgic moments in my heart, new and profound experiences were created over the three days in which … Continue reading “A very special summer camp experience”
The White Plains Youth Bureau Bits N’ Pieces Summer Camp wraps up its 6-week session on August 14th at the Church Street Elementary School in White Plains. Students entering 1st through 5th grade came together from 8:30am to 5:00pm for camp fun and sports activities. Backyard Sports runs a program in collaboration with the White Plains … Continue reading “BYS Brings Fun & Sports to Bits N’ Pieces Day Camp”
Third through eighth grade campers from the City School District of New Rochelle’s Camp Shape took to the soccer field to scrimmage with their coaches, comprised of high school and college students from Backyard Sports. The day camp runs throughout July from 9am-12pm at New Rochelle High School. The kids enjoy a variety of … Continue reading “Players vs. Coaches: Soccer Fun At Camp Shape”
This summer, in collaboration with the White Plains Youth Bureau, Backyard Sports’ coaches are providing daily sports and recreation to nearly 200 campers at the White Plains Youth Bureau Bits N’ Pieces Camp, located at Church Street Elementary School. On July 22, BYS held its annual field day giving campers a chance to … Continue reading “BYS Coaches 200 White Plains Youth Bureau Day Campers”
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