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Dundalk PAL

Dundalk PAL

Summer Program 2018

 

Dundalk PAL Center

Baltimore County Police Athletic League

15 Commerce Street

Dundalk MD 21222

Phone: 410-887-7229

Website: http://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/Agencies/recreation/programdivision/pal/


Dundalk PAL Staff

PAL Coordinator                Mike Palmere

PAL Leader                   Ed Wallace

Activity Specialist             Vickie Banks

                                            Alaysia Felton

                                           Mike Cornias

Extended Hours Staff

Ext. Hrs. Coordinator       Dennis Pope

       Ext.  Hrs. Leader           Ronnie Murphy



PAL MISSION STATEMENT:

Baltimore County Police Athletic League (PAL) Centers provide a safe, positive and developing atmosphere for youth ages eight to 17. Through a variety of programs offered at each center, our focus is on helping youth develop various aspects of their lives including, but not limited to academics, athletics, social interaction, nutrition, life skills, the arts and community service.

 

PAL OVERVIEW:

The Baltimore County Department of Recreation and Parks PAL Centers are after school and summer drop-in programs that are designed to meet the needs of registered PAL members between the ages of eight to 17. A variety of fun as well as enriching programs are scheduled daily. The programs help to develop strength of character, respect toward others and the community, affirmative behavior and camaraderie with peers.

PAL creates a safe atmosphere where youth can be exposed to athletics, creative activities and enrichment programs. Programs are supervised by PAL Coordinators, PAL Leaders, and includes police and community volunteer involvement, working together to provide positive role models for the members.

  

 Dates and Hours of Operation

The summer program for children ages 8-12 will run for nine weeks beginning Monday, June 25, 2018 and ending on Friday August 24, 2018.  The program is open from 9:00am through 3:00pm, Monday thru Friday. 

Extended Hours teen program for ages 13-17 will operate from 4:00pm-8:00pm, Monday through Friday, beginning Monday June 25, 2018 to Friday, August 17, 2018. 

 

Important Dates


Tentative Daily Summer Schedule Sample

TIME

MON

TUE

WED

THUR

FRI

9-10

Breakfast
FREE PLAY

Breakfast
FREE PLAY

Breakfast
FREE PLAY

Breakfast
FREE PLAY

Breakfast
FREE PLAY

10-11

Board Games, Video Games, Art & Crafts

Board Games, Video Games, Art & Crafts

Board Games, Video Games, Art & Crafts

Board Games, Video Games, Art & Crafts

Board Games, Video Games, Art & Crafts

11-12

LUNCH

LUNCH

LUNCH

LUNCH

LUNCH

12-1

Sports / GYM

Sports / GYM

Sports / GYM

Sports / GYM

Sports / GYM

12:30-2

SWIMMING @ Dundalk "Y"

Art & Crafts
Banner Contest

SWIMMING @ Dundalk "Y

Art & Crafts Banner Contest

SWIMMING @ Dundalk "Y

2:30

snack

snack

snack

snack

snack

2:45-3

Clean up/dismissal

Clean up/dismissal

Clean up/dismissal

Clean up/dismissal

Clean up/dismissal

 

 

EXTENDER HOUR SCHEDULE

TIME

MON

TUE

WED

THUR

FRI

        4-5:30

GYM

GYM

GYM

GYM

GYM

5:30-6:30

DINNER

DINNER

DINNER

DINNER

DINNER

 

6:30-8

Choice of Gym
Video Games, Pool Table, Board Games, Art & Crafts

Choice of Gym
Video Games, Pool Table, Board Games, Art & Crafts

Choice of Gym
Video Games, Pool Table, Board Games, Art & Crafts

 

Choice of Gym
Video Games, Pool Table, Board Games, Art & Crafts

Choice of Gym
Video Games, Pool Table, Board Games, Art & Crafts

 



** Programs and activities are subject to change. Factors such as weather, scheduling conflicts and staff discretion may cause activities to be rescheduled and/or replaced with another suitable activity. **

 

PAL PROGRAMS OVERVIEW

The Dundalk PAL Center offers unique programming to children ages 8 to 17 in a safe environment. Trained staff monitor and aid youth in making healthy choices and serve as positive role models. PAL Staff encourages all PAL members to participate in new programs that break their own norms, challenge themselves and help them achieve individual goals while making and maintaining healthy relationships.  Programs will include team participation as well as individual application that will allow the participants to be creative, disciplined, individual critical thinkers, display & build upon leadership skills and develop and/or enhance their sense of self-worth.  Some of the programs will include Athletic Activities, Life Skills, Crime Prevention/Gang Prevention, and Environmental Education & Character Education. These programs are designed to supply these youth with the tools necessary to handle everyday life situations. These programs will prove especially beneficial to our teenage population as many of them are in the most vulnerable stages of human matriculation, when they are susceptible to peer pressure and other negative outside influences.  Our goal is to ultimately create an atmosphere that is conducive of fun, but also fosters support. 

 

Programs and Activity Descriptions/Curriculums

 

Program:  Arts and Crafts

Description:  Arts and crafts take place every Thursday, as well as other various times throughout the week at the Dundalk PAL Center.  Arts and crafts is designed to introduce members to different styles and types of art while allowing them to express their own personal creativity. Themes can revolve around upcoming holidays or seasons. Projects range from painting and drawing to beadwork, jewelry & creating custom clothing.

Location:  Arts & Crafts Room

Targeted Audience:  All PAL members between the ages 8-17.

Associated partnerships:  None

Objectives of program:  To teach, serve, nurture and develop each members understanding and passion for art.

  

Program:  Sports Activities

Description:  Sports and athletic activities play a huge role in center programming. These activities are conducted on a daily basis during the summer program. PAL staff will organize a variety of sports and athletic activities including, flag football, basketball, tennis, floor hockey, kickball, soccer, softball, volleyball, dodge ball, and whiffle ball. All sporting activities are conducted in a structured environment promoting safe and inclusive play.

Location:  PAL Gym

Targeted Audience:  All PAL members ages 8-17.

Associated partnerships: None

Objectives of program:  The goal of the athletic activities is to teach the members the importance of teamwork and to promote physical fitness.

 

Program: Girl Scouts

Description:  Girl Scouts is design to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, through activities in science and technology, business and economic literacy, outdoor and environmental awareness.

Location:  Dundalk PAL Meeting Room 1

Time: TBA

Targeted Audience:  Female members ages 8-17.

Associated partnerships:  Girl Scouts of America

Objectives of program:  Our members will develop their leadership potential “through activities that enable them to discover their values, skills, and the world around them; connect with others in a multicultural environment; and take action to make a difference in the world.”

 

Program:  Center events and activities

Description:  All staff members participate with PAL members in a variety of activities that take place daily.  Some activities are educational and some are purely for entertainment and fun.  Inside the Dundalk PAL center we have video game systems:  Play station, X-box, Game cube, and Nintendo 64 just to name a few.   There is also a pool table, a plethora of board games, and a large selection of movies for our members to choose from.

Location:  Gameroom

Targeted Audience:  All PAL members between the ages of 8-17.

Associated partnerships:  None

 

Program: Library Visits

Description: This program affords PAL youth the opportunity to have on site reading material delivered directly to the center from our local Sollers Point branch. PAL members will be able to tell the library staff which books they would like to have delivered. During these visits, art and crafts activities will also be offered. This program will be continued throughout the school year.

Location: PAL Meeting Room 1

Time: TBA

Targeted Audience:  All PAL members ages 8-17.

Objectives of program:  To give PAL members access to books during the summer, and to provide new and different arts & crafts projects.

 

Program:  Swimming Club

Description:  PAL participants will have the opportunity to attend the YMCA’s pool up to three times a week.  Those days are Monday, Wednesdays & Fridays.  Free swim for participants as well as competitive opportunities in the water will be had.  These activities include “keep up” (how long can you keep the beach ball in the air), “Biggest Splash Competition” (self-explanatory), and for our advanced swimmers (those who have successfully completed swim test), we will have our deep sea diving competition and treading water competition.  A certified Lifeguard will always be on duty during scheduled swim times.

Location:  YMCA Pool, first floor of the Dundalk Community Center

Time: 12:30pm-2pm, Mon/Wed/Fri * time & days could change

Targeted Audience:  All PAL members

Associated Partners:  YMCA

Objectives of program:  This program is offered to get the kids physically active and comfortable and familiar with water. 

 

Program:  Inside Games

Description:  Inside games are conducted on a daily basis during the summer program. These games are typically held near the end of the day.  These activities cover a variety of games that the children like to participate in.  Some of the games include bingo, board games, card games, trivia games, and UNO. 

Location:  PAL Gameroom

Targeted Audience:  All PAL members

Associated Partners:  None

Objectives of program:  Inside games are fun and keep our members engaged and entertained at the same time.  Inside games also help with direction following, as well as developing listening skills.

 

Program:  Outdoor Activities

Description:  Outdoor activities are conducted on a daily basis during the summer program.  These activities get the members active and involved in fun games outside.  We play various tag games and hold relay races, compete in obstacle courses, and have scavenger hunts around the PAL Center. 

Location:  Dundalk Elementary School Fields are under construction this year but we will use the small fields at Heritage Park across the street from PAL

Time: Various

Targeted Audience:  All PAL members

Associated Partners:  None

Objectives of program:  To help get PAL members active and involved in fun games outside. 

 

Program: Life Skills

Description:  Life skills programs are conducted throughout the PAL summer program.  These programs offer members a hands-on educational experience.  These topics include hand washing, staying active and fit, depression, stress relief, domestic violence, bullying, nutrition, anger management, smoking, and food allergies. All of these programs give members the tools to grow into healthy, mature, and responsible young adults.

Location:  PAL Meeting Room 1

Time: TBA

Targeted Audience:  All PAL members

Associated Partners:  None

Objectives of program:  Life skills lessons are designed to give members the tools to grow into healthy, mature, and responsible young adults.

 

Program: Active Games

Description:  Active Games is an activity that promotes physical fitness, as well as team building & leadership skills. Active Games will mostly be held in the gym, but will also be held outside as weather allows. Some Active Games may include games such as Categories, Simon Says, Ship/Sea/Shore, Toss the Chicken, Capture the Flag and Sharks and Minnows.

Location:  PAL Gym, Outside

Targeted Audience:  All PAL members

Associated Partners:  None

Objectives of program:  To promotes physical fitness and team building & leadership skills. Active games allow members to compete, have fun and exercise/burn energy at the same time.

 

Program: Educational Programs

Description:  Educational programs are conducted weekly throughout the summer program.  The educational programs are designed to inform and teach PAL members about various social and health issues that may affect them.  Some topics that are discussed are bullying, drugs and alcohol, gangs and healthy eating.  Discussion forums will be held where members can set the topics based on their concerns and current events.   Guest speakers from a variety of backgrounds will also be featured. 

Location:  PAL Meeting Room 1

Time: TBA

Targeted Audience:  All PAL members

Associated Partners:  None

Objectives of program:  To give youth participants the opportunity to engage with industry professionals aiding in career planning, goal setting & higher achievement. This program is designed to help youth achieve an overall healthier lifestyle, both physically and mentally.



PAL SUMMER FIELD TRIPS & SPECIAL EVENTS

 
Hershey Park - Date TBD

Dundalk PAL will be one of the three centers this summer to join up with Baltimore County Police, School Resource Officers.  We will have daily assistance from the SRO's this summer and cap it off with a potential field trip to Hersey Park.  There will be no fee for this trip. 

 

Marshy Point Nature Center Visit – Date TBD

Naturalists from the Marshy Point Nature Center will bring animals to the PAL Center for PAL members to experience and learn about.

 

PAL Summer Picnic at Rocky Point Beach – July 20, 2018

PAL members attend Rocky Point Beach for a day of fun. PAL members will have the opportunity to swim, do an arts & crafts project, play active games and enjoy a cookout for a full day of summer fun. Limited availability. There is no fee for this activity.

 

Orioles Game – TBA

Limited participants. PAL members will attend an Orioles Game at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. There is no fee for this activity.

 

PAL Basketball & Flag Football Tournaments/ Time – Date TBD

PAL members have the opportunity to participate in a one day tournament among the Baltimore County PAL Centers. There is no fee for this activity.  A in house Basketball League /Tournament is TBA, the Flag Football Tournament in on July 27th.

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