Summer is almost here. Classes are almost done for the year—the kids are just waiting for the freedom bell. Waiting to ride bikes with friends, go to the beach, and enjoy the nice weather. But we all know that idle time can lead to unhealthy choices for youth, particularly teens.

Keeping your teen busy in the summer can be hard, but we have a few tips:

Send them to summer camp

Summer camp isn’t just for kids. At the Y, we have multiple options for teen camps. At Chingachgook on Lake George, we have overnight camp for teens ages 13-15. And once a camper turns 16, they are able to participate in our Counselor in Training (CIT) and Leadership Programs (LIT). The CIT and LIT programs are also available at the majority of our YMCA locations. It’s a great way for teens to build their resume, learn new skills, and make new friends!

Get involved with the community

What is your teen passionate about? Reading? Sports? Get them involved! They could volunteer as an assistant soccer coach, host a poetry night at the local coffee shop, or help with a park cleanup! Volunteerism looks great on a resume and will teach them the value of giving back to their community.

Keep them moving

Make sure they stay active for the summer—whether that’s joining a sport’s team, joining the gym, or going for a morning jog—keep them moving. The Y has a ton of fun group exercise classes from Zumba, HIIT, and Bodyscultping, to boot camp.

Build a summer bucket list

If you teen struggles to stay focused on one project, make them a list of things to complete this summer. Things that could be on your list are: volunteer, do a good deed, attend a sporting event, read a book, etc. Anything that gets them out and about!