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Darien Youth Commission Mission Statement
Youth Commission Members 2019-20

2020 Meeting Schedule

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SUMMER CAMP 2020 REGISTRATION BEGINS FEBRUARY 10, 2020

Click here for FAQ regarding Summer Camp registration (dates, fees) and program information.  Registration information (downloadable registration forms, online links) will be located below in early February in the Summer Camp Program section of this website

SUMMER CAMP EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES -- See below

 

2019 TOPS MISTLETOE MAGIC MEMORIES

 

Mistletoe Magic 2019

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Mistletoe Magic, 2019

Mistletoe Magic, 2019

Mistletoe Magic, 2019

 

TOPS The Teen Options Program (TOPS) is sponsored by the Darien Youth Commission. It is endorsed by MMS and made possible through the generous involvement of the TOPS Board and many other volunteers. TOPS is committed to offer affordable, safe, fun, drug and alcohol-free activities for Darien students in 6th, 7th or 8th Grades (both public and private school students). There is a charge for each TOPS event. Participants must be registered and can either pay at each event, or for your convenience, a pre-paid discounted option is available covering entrance to all TOPS events. Events are grade-level specific with the exception of four events together which are for both 7th & 8th Grade TOPS members.  

THE 2019-20 TOPS GROUP IS EXCITED ABOUT THE UPCOMING TOPS ACTIVITIES -- 5 EVENTS FOR GRADE 6; 6 EVENTS FOR GRADE 7; 6 EVENTS FOR GRADE 8.   

 REGISTRATION BEGINS MONDAY, AUGUST 19, 2019

 

PARENT VOLUNTEERS:  As a reminder, the TOPS program is 99% reliant on parent involvement and support.   We would not be able to provide these fun activities for your children without the parent help.  Please check-out different volunteer opportunities with our grade-level sign-up genius links:

 

 

 

 

SPECIAL FAMILY, YOUTH & COMMUNITY EVENTS

 

  • COMMUNITY-WIDE MOVIE TO BENEFIT DARIEN HUMAN SERVICES HOLIDAY GIFT DRIVE    Annual event benefiting the Human Services Holiday Gift program. Free entry to feature movie @ the Darien Playhouse typically taken place late November/early December. In lieu of payment, movie-goers brought new, unwrapped gift, toy or gift card, minimum value $15 per donation.  This event was a terrific opportunity for the community to support the needs of locals right here in Darien and is sponsored by the Darien Youth Commission, Darien Human Services & Darien Playhouse.  2019 feature presentation which took place on Monday, December 2 FROZEN 2.  Close to 100 patrons enjoyed the film while supporting this popular gift-giving program.


    2019 Community Movie -- Youth Commission Elves


    2019 Community Movie Gift-Givers

    2019 Community Movie Gift-Giving

    2019 Community Movie Friends

 

  • 22nd ANNUAL HALLOWEEN WINDOW PAINTING CONTEST --What a fabulous event for the 30 teams of high school & middle school kids who participated on Saturday, October 26.  Click here for list of winning (and honorable mention) windows!
  • FIRST PLACE:  Johnny's Cuts (old location)
  • SECOND PLACE:  Kumon
  • THIRD PLACE:  Papa Joe's 

 

  • COMMUNITY FESTIVAL OF ARTS & SCIENCES  --   2020 FESTIVAL OF ARTS & SCIENCES IS SCHEDULED FOR SATURDAY, MARCH 7, 2020 (1:00 - 3:00 P.M.) IN THE TOWN HALL GYM.   
  • DARIEN DASH -- COMMUNITY-WIDE SCAVENGER HUNT!  -- SATURDAY, MARCH 14, 2020
 
  • ANNUAL FAMILY CONCERT SERIES  Every Wednesday in June @ 6:30 p.m. @ Weed Beach, this is a terrific way to enjoy family-friendly entertainment at one of Darien's greatest resources. (There is a per person/vehicle cost per concert , payable at the beach entrance...beach stickers are not required to attend these events.) 
  • COMMUNITY MOVIE @ WEED BEACH  Co-sponsored by the Darien Parks & Recreation and the Darien Youth Commission, movies at the beach take place the last Friday in June and the Friday of Labor Day weekend.  Start-time at dusk (varies based on time of year). ALWAYS free admission
  • ANNUAL FAMILY DAY DINNER @ THE DARIEN YMCA   Annual dinner sponsored by the Darien YMCA, the Thriving Youth Task Force, Darien's prevention council (and a subcommittee of the Community Fund of Darien) & the Darien Youth Commission, this free, fun-filled family event promotes the concept that families who regularly dine together minimize future risk factors. Modeled after CASA's Family Day, this is a great opportunity for families to engage with one another in conversation, fun and relaxation. Typically takes place 3rd or 4th Friday in September.

Darien's Thriving Youth Task Force -- Involving all sectors of the community, Thriving Youth is Darien’s coalition of concerned youth, community and civic organizations, businesses and individuals working together to provide meaningful relationships, experiences, skills and opportunities to benefit all our children. (For additional information on Darien's prevention council, visit the Community Fund of Darien's Thriving Youth Task Force website.)

 

SUMMER CAMP PROGRAMS


TRADITIONAL SUMMER CAMP...the DYC sponsors the Town Camp program, offering two, three-week day camps servicing children who have successfully completed grades K-5.  Three programs based on grade level:  kids who have successfully completed kindergarten (entering grade 1); kids who have successfully completed grades 1 & 2 (entering grades 2 & 3); kids who have successfully completed grades 3, 4 & 5 (entering grades 4, 5 & 6).  Camps run daily from 9:00 a.m. - 3;00 p.m. (with an Early Drop-Off option from 8:00 a.m.).  Program includes a variety of sports, arts & crafts, field trips and entertainers.  Please note, children must be appropriate grade in our system to register online.  REGISTRATION FOR THIS PROGRAM BEGINS MONDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2020.

 

 


MIDDLE SCHOOL SUMMER ACTIVITY PROGRAM (MSSAP)

  • For students who have successfully completed grades 6, 7 & 8 (entering grades 7, 8 & 9), this program runs Monday's through Thursday's weekly.  Affectionately dubbed "Camp Menace," students may sign up weekly or for all 6 weeks at an adjusted fee (i.e. registration options are either weekly or for all 6 weeks). $100 per week; $550 for 6-week option.
  • There is a fee for some field trips which must be paid on the day of the trip.  REGISTRATION BEGINS IN EARLY MARCH 9.

 

SUMMER EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES:

       

                     

SUMMER CAMP COUNSELOR OPPORTUNITIES

SUMMER CAMP COUNSELOR APPLICATIONS WILL BE AVAILABLE 2/20/20

2020 SUMMER CAMP COUNSELOR JOB DESCRIPTION

SUMMER CAMP COUNSELOR 2020 -- FAQ

 

 


COUNSELOR IN TRAINING (CIT) DETAILED INFORMATION ABOUT THE YOUTH COMMISSION'S CIT PROGRAM WILL BE AVAILABLE IN EARLY MARCH, 2020

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