Ideas for Summer Service Projects

(June 6, 2011)  We’ve got some great ideas to help kick off our “Raising Responsible Kids” Summer Series, compliments of Merrilee Boyack, author of 52 Weeks of Fun Family Service.  Her sons are all now adults, but she and her husband fostered a family culture of serving others and set positive examples for their kids from early on.

By developing a family culture of service, Merrilee points out that you are helping your own kids as well as those you serve. The sense of pride and confidence gained from helping others will make your kids feel great.  It’s an opportunity to learn new skills and meet new people.  It will give them a new perspective and help them realize that the world does not revolve just around them.

Merrilee advises parents to let their children take the lead on the types of projects to pursue as a family, whether it leads to international work or environmental projects.  And remember that these opportunities are chances for your kids to lead, plan and organize—it’s a chance for them to develop skills that they will use their whole lives.  When you get your kids involved at an early age with volunteering and serving, they become lifetime volunteers and grow up to teach their own children to give back and be thankful.

And she’s not kidding about the 52 weeks in the title either.  This book is chock-full of 52 different ideas that can be modified depending upon the ages of your children.  A few of my favorites:

From Week # 21—Making Birthday Cards for Kids

From Week # 27—Having a Rock Art Sale (A great fit for my own daughter who loves to collect and then paint rocks)

From Week #17—Gardening for the Hungry

Merrilee Moyack has kindly donated her book 52 Weeks of Fun Family Service to be given away to one lucky winner. To enter, leave a comment on any of our “Raising Responsible Kids” posts.  You must do this to enter the giveaway.

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8 Responses to “Ideas for Summer Service Projects”

Betty says:

I’m looking for ideas for my 2 kids. We’re going to be doing some projects with our youth group at church but always need new ideas! Looks like a great book!

I was just talking about the idea of modeling “being of service” for our kids today. It’s so hard to find projects to do with little ones (my twins are 4) – this book looks like it’s got some great ideas!

Julia says:

The book is great and includes modifications on several ideas for kids of all different ages -I think you will love it

Marla Rosner says:

I have a teenage son who I would love to engage in service projects. I’m open to ideas!
Look forward to reading the book!
Author: Digital Manners & House Rules for Kids: A Parent Handbook

Julia says:

You’ll find lots of ideas for teens in the book- think the key is finding a good match for his interests so he’ll make a connection. Let us know how it goes!

Marie says:

We’re signing up with Hands On Atlata to do service projects in our community as a family. Ck out similar organizations in your city for groups to volunteer with.

Laura says:

I’m serving on a charity auction committee, and I have my two children help me. My son accompanies me when I pick up donated auction items, and my daughter helps me catalog them. They both know what the auction is about and what the money raised will be used for.
When they were younger, we had an Earth Day project: we took our wagon, the 2 kids and a neighbor child and walked up and down our street picking up litter. We filled a huge trash bag and had to go back for another! Afterwards we celebrated with ice cream. I think it helped to show them that service projects can be right outside your front door.

FamilySummit says:

Great Ideas! And good point about service projects being right outside your front door-there really are opportunities all around us. I bet your kids felt great about their participation!

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