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Mars Estates PAL

 Mars Estates PAL 

Summer Program 2018


                               

Mars Estates PAL Center

 

Baltimore County Police Athletic League

1498 East Homberg Avenue

Essex, MD 21220

Phone: 410-887-6422

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

 

Wade Henninger-PAL Coordinator

Monterey Sosa-PAL Leader



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 PAL Summer Program will run for eight weeks beginning Monday, June 25, 2018 and ending on Friday August 17, 2018.  The program is open from 9:00am through 4:00pm, Monday thru Friday. 

 

Important Dates

Monday, June 25 – PAL Summer Program Begins – PAL Open 9:00am-4:00pm                                                                                             

Wednesday, July 4 – PAL Closed (Independence Day)

Friday, July 20 – PAL Closed (PAL Summer Picnic)

Friday, July 27 – PAL Closed (PAL Flag Football Tournament)

Friday, August 3 – PAL Closed (PAL Field Day)

Friday, August 17 – PAL Summer Program Ends

  

 

Daily Schedule

TIME

MONDAY

TUESDAY

WEDNESDAY

THURSDAY

FRIDAY

9:00-10:00

CENTER ACTIVITIES

PAL GAMES

CENTER ACTIVITIES

PAL GAMES

CENTER ACTIVITIES

10:00-10:30

ACTIVE
GAMES

ACTIVE GAMES

ACTIVE
GAMES

ACTIVE GAMES

ACTIVE
GAMES

10:30-11:00

BREAKFAST

BREAKFAST

BREAKFAST

BREAKFAST

BREAKFAST

11:00-12:00

CENTER BEAUTIFICATION

GIRLS
SCOUTS

LIBRARY
VISIT

JOHN HOPKINS PROGRAM

TOURNAMENTS

12:00-1:30

LIFE SKILLS

CENTER ACTIVITIES

LIFE SKILLS

CENTER ACTIVITIES

1:30-2:00

LUNCH

LUNCH

LUNCH

LUNCH

LUNCH

 

2:00-3:00

 

SPORTS ACTIVITIES

ARTS & CRAFTS

SPORTS ACTIVITIES

ARTS & CRAFTS

TOURNAMENTS

3:00-3:55

DODGEBALL

BASKETBALL/
FLAG FOOTBALL

DODGEBALL

BASKETBALL/
FLAG FOOTBALL

DODGEBALL

3:00

DISMISSAL

DISMISSAL

DISMISSAL

DISMISSAL

DISMISSAL

 

** 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 Mars Estates 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 Mars Estates 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:  PAL Arts & Crafts Room

Time:  10am-11am

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: John Hopkins Heart Health Education Program

Description:  Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center will hold a six week heart health education program. The program includes hands on and physical activities related to the importance of heart health. The following lessons will be featured: introduction to the heart, healthy snacks, exercise, MyPlate, and the effects of smoking.

Location:  PAL Classroom

Time: 11am-12pm

Targeted Audience:  PAL members ages 8-12

Associated Partners:  None

Objectives of program:  To teach PAL members the importance of heart health, and educate them about the ways proper diet and exercise can keep them overall healthier.

 

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/Athletic Fields

Time: 10am-11am

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:  PAL Classroom

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 Mars Estates 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

Time:  2pm-3pm, daily

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 Classroom

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:  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

Time: 2pm-3pm

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:  Athletic Fields

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 Classroom

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

Time: 9:30am-10am

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 Classroom

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 AND SPECIAL EVENTS

 

SPLASH Program –TBD

Special guest presenters come to the PAL Center to provide live entertainment that features participation from the audience. Programs such as magic acts, singing groups and caricature artists are a few of the presenters that have been featured in the past.

 

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 to 20 participants. There is no fee for this activity.


PAL Flag Football Tournament at Northwest Regional Park (ages 8-14) – July 27, 2018

PAL members ages 8-14 have the opportunity to participate in a flag football tournament against the other eight PAL centers from around the county. There is no fee for this activity.

 

PAL Field Day – August 3, 2018

Limited to 15 participants. PAL members will compete in a variety of track and field events against the eight other PAL Centers. There will also be a dodgeball tournament in the afternoon. There is a $10.00 cost for each participant for this activity.

 

Orioles Game –TBD

Limited to 15 participants. PAL members will attend an Orioles Game at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Bus will depart at approximately 5:00pm. There is no fee for this activity.


PAL Basketball Tournament at Randallstown Community Center (ages 13-17) – Date TBD

PAL members ages 13-17 have the opportunity to participate in a 5-on-5 basketball tournament against the other eight PAL centers from around the county. There is no fee for this activity.

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