CLINTON – A new youth day camp at the Alverno Health Care Facility gives youth an opportunity to have fun and spend time with residents there.
The first Camp Alverno was held June 15. Alverno activities director Becky Schmidt said, “Intergenerational activities benefit both the older adults and the youth involved. With school being out for the summer, we thought it would provide a great opportunity to create a one of a kind ‘camp’ to further promote this type of interaction.
“The camp offers youth participants (age 8 to 14) the chance to get to know our residents while they work together on projects and play games.”
Activities include exercises, creating mosaic pictures, playing bingo and getting to know the facility’s residents.
Resident Don Rus said, “I was a grandpa for the whole day.” Resident Mary Lord said, “It was wonderful to have them at bingo. They were all well-behaved and I enjoyed their company.”
The Alverno is offering the camp once a month during the summer break. It is currently open only to children and grandchildren of Alverno employees. The next camp date will be July 13.