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Help a Mom: Summer activities for 13-year-olds

Posted April 24, 2012

Along a similar vein as last week's Help a Mom question about summer jobs for teens, this mom is wondering what to do with her 13-year-old son this summer:

I'm wondering what other moms do with 13-year-old boys for the summer. The 14-year-olds can work at certain parks, etc., but 13-year-olds are too old for track out camps that are designed for the younger crowd. Since he's headed to high school, I have him home for about eight weeks rather than the usual four with our year round schedule. We're in Holly Springs and I do work, although I'm in real estate with a flexible schedule. I'm already paying almost $500 for a week of Boy Scout adventures and the other sleep away camps are almost twice that per week. I'm dying to find out what others do when money matters. Leaving them home alone all day is not an option. Video and TV all day is not the responsible choice.

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  • alscott77 Apr 25, 2012

    Oops! I almost forget, also try some local churches in your area that you are familiar with because a lot of them also offer camps/activities for kids as well!

  • alscott77 Apr 25, 2012

    Hi, The City of Raleigh Parks and Recreation offers camps for 13 year olds for the summer and so you might give them a call!

  • TeenDad2electricboogaloo Apr 25, 2012

    If you send your 13 year old to vacation bible school be prepared for him to hate you for the rest of his life.

  • Bklyn2Raleigh Apr 24, 2012

    I watched my 13 year old niece for the summer last year. My 9 year old was signed up for the Parks & rec I signed her up for the "Teen" component of it. It was awesome. Very affordable. They had structured activities and field trips. You may have already looked into it, but I found info on Holly Springs Parks & rec:

  • mbglbenn Apr 24, 2012

    If you are working it might be hard to transport him to various places, but i do know there are several places that will welcome 13 year olds to volunteer-church programs over the summer (vacation bible school, art and music camps, mission week (that's fun combined with service and a FULL day for only about $100). Also some Y programs will allow that age group to volunteer at camps as well. As a rising high schooler, it is important to build a "resume" of places he can get recommendations from for future job opportunities so i would highly recommend some kind of volunteer work, even if it's only for half a day.