What do you do with 15 year olds during the summer months to keep them busy and out of trouble?

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Melodie - posted on 05/28/2009

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In Tennessee we have something called the work core program and they pay kids to pick up trash around the city and also to take different courses in the the classroom. You can be 12 and older in this program. Check to see if you have one in your state.

Chris - posted on 05/28/2009

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I've got 14 & 16 year old boys. The younger will be volunteering as a counselor in training at a local boy scout camp for about 4 weeks. The older wants a job but can't find one in this economy. So for their downtime- YMCA along with SAT prep class for the older one and online HS class (FLVS.net) for the younger. They'll still have some time to be couch potatoes or game junkies- but the more busy you can keep them the less trouble they'll get in. Good luck :)

Ashley - posted on 05/28/2009

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Find something they enjoy (hobby wise) and see what your community offers during the summer. Mine are only 10 and 11, but i work and so does my husband so we have to find things like this. Most of it's not very expensive. One of my daughters is into music and plays piano so I send her to a workshop for music at our local college and the other is very much a book worm so she volunteers at the library 3 days a week and read to the younger children. It helps them get out and do! Good luck!

Bonnie - posted on 05/28/2009

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My son is actually traveling this summer with a DCI drum and Bugle Corps competing all over the NE US. He will be gone from June 5th until Aug 9th. I might get to see him a couple of time and he will actually turn 16 while he is gone. Might not actually answer the question but I would look into what the 15 yos interests are and see if they are interested in pursuing it over the summer. Camps, events and other things can keep them busy as well as getting them interested in volunteering to help in sports camps if they play one. Little League is always looking for help with the teams and it is a good chance to see what being on the other side of the base is like. Same with Summer Soccer leagues and even the local marching bands usually have summer activities.

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