Langdon’s FREE Summer Drop In is starting July 4th, and will run until August 25th!
AGES 10 & UP are welcome to join us every weekday from 1-4 pm at Langdon Park.
Be active, get crafty, or challenge your brain. Our Youth Interns offer structured programming to help build new connections, foster healthy relationships and development, and most importantly, to HAVE FUN!
Here’s what’s going on at Langdon Drop In this summer:
Free Library Memberships!
Langdon Drop In has teamed up with Chestermere Public Library, who are generously offering free 3-month memberships to make reading a little more accessible to Drop In participants and their families! One membership can be used by the entire family.
Ask your Drop In leader for an application – all applications must be returned by August 18th in order to receive your membership before the summer is over! Once the 3-month period is up, you will be offered a discounted renewal price – only $20 for a full year’s membership! This offer will be valid until October 31, 2017.
Chestermere Public Library will be visiting Langdon Drop In three times throughout the summer, for reading fun and games. They have also left us a selection of books, which can be read during drop in hours or signed out from drop in leaders to be taken home for a couple days. Big thank you to Chestermere Public Library!
Langdon Days Parade
Make tracks with Langdon Drop In! The Parade Float team will be meeting July 22nd at 9:15 am in the Buy-Low parking lot. Youth must have a signed permission form to join us in the parade.
Please note that the parade ends around the bottle depot – please have a plan to retrieve your child after the parade. We hope to see you at the parade!
Synergy would like to give a big thanks to Centripetal Force Baton, Dance, & Acro Club for coming down to Langdon Drop In to teach our participants some cool tricks! We had an absolute blast!
We welcome community participation of all kinds! If you have a skill, idea, sport, craft, or other you’d like to come share with our team, connect with firstname.lastname@example.org.
Langdon Community Garden
On Fridays, Langdon Drop In helps out with the Langdon Community Garden by watering the plants! We will continue to water the garden at Langdon Drop In all summer to make those plants grow!
Q: How long has Synergy been running Langdon Summer Drop In?
A: This is the fourth year that Synergy has run a formal drop in program coordinated by Christy Redl. Previous to that, YELL ran a drop in program through the Town of Chestermere.
Q: Do I need to register my child for this program?
A: Drop in is a FREE program and does not require registration. However, parents can provide us with some important information to help keep their children safe, such as emergency contact information, allergies, or medical conditions, by filling out a pre-registration form. Participants who do not have a form are still allowed to attend at their own risk. They will be asked to provide an emergency contact on their first visit if they are not pre-registered. Pre-registration also allows parents to record their wishes regarding photo consent.
Q: Who is onsite and responsible for supervision?
A: Synergy Program Coordinator, Christy Redl, is always onsite and available to support the Youth Interns and provide supervision. Synergy Youth Interns facilitate the activities and provide mentoring for the kids. This year, Trey Zimmerman is our Youth Intern Team Lead and will be onsite daily. On any given day, Christy and Trey will be joined by 1 – 2 additional Youth Intern Volunteers.
Q: What kind of training and qualifications do the Interns have?
A: All of our staff and Interns have current First Aid and CPR C with AED certification. Additionally, all of our Interns have taken High Five recreational standards training and have had mental health and safety orientations. Program Coordinator, Christy Redl, B. Ed., B.A. Hon., also has certification in Red Cross – Beyond the Hurt: Preventing Bullying and Harassment, Red Cross – Healthy Youth Relationships, Distress Centre Crisis Intervention training, and ASIST Suicide Prevention training.
Q: What happens if the weather is bad?
A: We watch the weather daily. Often times there are severe weather warnings throughout the summer and it rarely reaches us. In the event of severe weather, we occasionally do cancel program. Cancellations are posted on our website, our Facebook page, and shared onto the Langdon Good Luck Town Facebook as well. We also send out emails to parents who provide us with an email contact. We have tents on site for shelter during light rain and in the case of dangerous weather conditions we can take shelter in the Field House.
Q: How many youth attend drop in?
A: We have over 60 youth attend drop in each summer. Some come daily while others are very occasional. On any given day we can experience between 5 – 20+ youth onsite. Should our numbers grow, we will bring out additional volunteers as needed to ensure a safe Intern/participant ratio.
Q: The program says ages 10+. Can my younger children attend?
A: Drop In is designed for the healthy development of pre-teens. We do often accept 9 year olds into the program after a discussion with parents to ensure they are ready for it. The program is very specific in its goals to provide a safe place for youth who are old enough to stay home on their own but would still like peer interaction and a healthy adult or mentor to have a positive summer experience. Drop In is not intended to be a substitute for child care, daycare, or babysitting. In order to maintain the integrity and purpose of the program, we are unable to accept anyone 8 years of age or younger.
Q: How is drop in planned?
A: We use the Search Institutes Developmental Assets for healthy childhood development to help us develop and assess our program. See image below for the goals we work towards daily. We do this through games, sports, crafts, fun, and mentoring.
Langdon Drop In is also a leadership development opportunity for local teens. They apply to become Synergy Interns and then take some extensive training so they can effectively mentor and role model for the participants. We welcome community participation!
ASSUMPTION OF RISK AND RELEASE OF LIABILITY (please read carefully)
Activities taking place during the Summer Drop In Program may involve certain risks of physical activity and possible injury and that staff and volunteers will provide each participant with reasonable care, but Synergy cannot guarantee that participation will remain free of injury. Synergy, its staff, volunteers, board, and partners are not responsible for any injuries that may occur during this program/event and therefore cannot be found liable.
During activities, a photograph may be taken of children/youth participating in the activities, for program promotional purposes. The names of children and youth participating in activities, will NOT be released in any promotional materials. Parents may OPT OUT of this by contacting email@example.com or by pre-registering as described above.
For more information about Summer Drop In, please contact Christy at firstname.lastname@example.org,
or call 403-207-7048.