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Tipton-Haynes seeking youths as volunteers for summer

Jennifer Sprouse • May 5, 2012 at 9:47 PM

If you’re looking for a chance to get involved in a nonprofit organization and also need to rack up some volunteer hours, then the Tipton-Haynes Historical Association wants to hear from you.

The summer season is getting closer and Tipton-Haynes’ Summers Past program is looking to recruit three to four Junior Board helpers to volunteer during their six week summer camp.

“They will work with the children of our camp, along with those of us adults supervising,” Penny McLaughlin, Tipton-Haynes executive director, said.

The Junior Board is for youths ages 14-18 who will assist in various volunteer opportunities year round, along with the Summers Past summer camp.

She said the Junior Board members usually commit to work two to three weeks for the summer program.

Tipton-Haynes will host three historical themes every two weeks this season –– Native Americans, Pioneer Life and The Civil War.

Junior Board participants will dress up in time period appropriate costumes and will help teach, exhibit and interact with kids ages 6 to 12 participating in the sessions.

Some of the activities the Junior Board volunteers will help with include an archaeological dig, Indian bread weaving, candle dipping, basketry, ice cream making and blueprint pictures.

“It puts them in a slightly different environment,” McLaughlin said. “They learn while they’re doing it. Not only do they learn crafts and stories, but in a way, they’re not quite participants, but they’re still picking up and learning.”

Accepted members are expected to work Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“We do have a really good turnover in terms of these young people who come back year after year. We feel it’s important to the future of our community that these kids understand what their heritage is,” she said. “There is less and less of our local history in the (school) curriculum, so this supplements our educational program and the state’s.”

If selected Junior Board members are expected to complete 100 hours of volunteer services with Tipton-Haynes for the year. For those interested in working with the summer program, applicants must be able to attend a mandatory training on May 19 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

“I think it’s a really good program and I hope this year we can expand it a little more,” McLaughlin said.

For more information on applying for the Junior Board or participating in the Summers Past program, contact Tipton-Haynes at 926-3631, tiptonhaynes@embarqmail.com or visit the site at 2620 S. Roan St.

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