Campers enjoy Summer Blast activities

Campers enjoy Summer Blast activities

By Ariana Rimbach

Editor’s note: This is the first of a series of articles written by kids about the Boys & Girls Club Summer Blast program.

GARDNER — Since the start of the Summer Blast program on July 2, the campers have been having a great time participating in many different activities.

In the STEM sports program, the campers have been learning how to track their heart rate when playing games such as kickball. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Most of the activities we do at the Boys & Girls Club are STEM-focused.

During the warm and sunny mornings, campers were able to ride bikes outside, and even learn how to fix them when a few broke! Special guest Donna Silberstein, who is on the board of directors at the Fitchburg and Leominster Club, visited and helped us make T-shirts by placing leaves with soft-scrub bleach. The bleach created a chemical reaction, leaving an imprint of the leaf on the shirt.

Some of the other activities have been making kinetic sand, learning similarities and differences between moths and butterflies, observing caterpillar growth, and creating bookmarks for our book club. One afternoon, the campers were invited to attend a fundraiser at the middle school. We were given a book and ice cream!

Each Thursday, we have been going on field trips to Camp Collier right in town. The camp is on Lake Wampanoag, so campers can enjoy swimming and canoeing. On July 19, we had a special visitor, Glenn Davison, who led a kite-making and flying workshop.

Summer Blast at Gardner Middle School has three more weeks left. If you are interested in registering your child/children, please call 978-534-8358 or visit for more information.

Ariana Rimbach, counselor in training, is an eighth-grader at Gardner Middle School.