Remember warm summer afternoons biking? Or being soaked head to toe in a water fight? Or how happy you were when you made your first friend at camp?
These experiences are what make summer so fun for a kid; these are experiences that our youngsters don’t often get.
Last year, one of our Recreation staff taught an 18-year-old to ride a bike. Can you imagine being an adult and never having ridden a bike? It happens more often than you would expect.
Participating in recreation, play, sports, outdoor activities, and community events is vital for healthy childhood development.
The reality is that many vulnerable families within our community struggle to give their children these opportunities, due to financial limitations or other realities.
It isn’t just about fun and games, it’s also brain science.
For the kids at Hull who have experienced significant trauma, the impact of play has healing powers – literally.
Play allows a child’s brain to build over negative pathways and get to a place where they can better access problem solving capabilities and learn new skills. It also creates a sense of community and belonging, develops boundaries, allows for choices, and teaches kids to be good sports and good friends.
Our Therapeutic Recreation staff say that the young people we serve at Hull often have not had a chance to be kids. Perhaps they played the role of adult in their homes, caring for a sibling; perhaps they were always put in front of the TV.
We hope the warm months ahead will give you the chance to feel like a kid again, too. We hope you get to dip your toes in some water or sit by a campfire roasting a marshmallow or two. Recreation is good for us all!