The Value of Service Learning

According to the National Summer Learning Association, youth experience a “Summer Slide” during the summer months, in which, they may fall behind on skills learned throughout the school year. Research indicates that high-quality summer programs can improve math and reading skills and build critical social and emotional skills of youth. By creating opportunities for summer learning, a passion is ignited in youth that promotes creativity and leadership.  


of families not participating in a summer program say they would if one was available to them


of educators spend at least three weeks re-teaching content at the start of the school year


of youth in grades 3 to 5 participating in summer programming maintained or increased their reading levels over the course of the summer

National Summer Learning Week 2020

National Summer Learning Week is a celebration dedicated to elevating the importance of keeping kids learning, safe, and healthy every summer, ensuring they return to school in the fall ready to succeed in the year. This year, NSLA is bringing back themes you can use to highlight activities during the celebration such as Literacy, STEM, Arts, College & Career Readiness, and Nutrition and Wellness. To learn more about the National Summer Learning Week, click HERE.

Summer Activity Guides

To support the hard work of providers statewide, NC CAP and the 50 State Afterschool Network, under the leadership of the Georgia Statewide Afterschool Network, has developed a suite of fun and engaging activities and challenges designed for the summer amid COVID-19.

Within the Summer Activity Guides, providers can expect 150 activities and challenges that are organized by age groups, adaptable for in-person and virtual instruction, and designed to build skills and social-emotional learning. This resource also includes supplemental materials for professional development and enhancing family engagement. This resource will be released gradually over the next 10 weeks (beginning the week of May 25th to August 14th). Activity batches will be provided every two weeks with supplemental materials t to support providers in implementation.

Summer Activity Guides units include: (1) Who I Am, (2) Healthy Life, (3) Purpose & Passion, (4) Invention & Imagination, and (5) Exploring My World. 

Unit 1: Who I Am

Unit 2: Healthy Life

Unit 3: Passion & Purpose

Unit 4: Invention and Imagination

Unit 5: Exploring My World

Comprehensive Supply Lists 

Supplemental Resources

Creating a Plan to Start and Operate a Virtual Summer Camp

For over 100 years, summer camp programs have spent the months leading up to June preparing to operate on-location programs for youth. In this unprecedented and uncertain time, things have undoubtedly shifted and plans have needed to be altered, moving what’s normally a live experience to computer screens and tablets.

Camp directors across the country are now wondering what a virtual or remote summer camp is—and how could they go about starting one. Thankfully, the American Camp Association, a nationwide leader in the camp industry for close to 25 years, has made available a step-by-step guide for creating a plan and operating a virtual summer camp.