• Chicago- Architectural River Cruise

In May CCS sponsors an Architectural River Cruise in downtown Chicago for students in 7th and 8th grades attending schools of our sharing parishes.  We charter the boat and a bus for them and treat them to a McDonalds lunch after the cruise.

  • Atlanta- Elizabeth’s Garden

CCS volunteers developed and maintain the Elizabeth’s Garden at the Elaine Clark Center for Exceptional Children.  CCS volunteers work with the children in planting, maintaining and harvesting fruits, vegetables and aromatic herbs that are grown in a handicapped-accessible, organic and sensory garden designed and built as an Eagle Scout project.  The design of the garden in an “E” shape it not only honors past Christ Child president, Elizabeth Huffner, but the design allows children in wheelchairs access to the planting beds.

  • Omaha –Summer Camp

CCS funds the operation of a full day, 10 week summer camp program for elementary and secondary students. The goal is to provide a summer camp experience that includes lunch, crafts, gymnasium activities, aquatics, and field trips. The summer camp is staffed by paid counselors and coordinators. We have between 70 and 85 campers.

  • Washington D.C. - Sophisticated Ladies Summer Camp

CCS sponsored The Sophisticated Ladies Summer Camp, a program designed to provide self-esteem, enrichment and recreational activities to young girls at risk, ages 7-13 who reside in Southeast, Washington DC.

The Girls in Real Life Situations (G.I.R.L.S): Group Counseling Activities for Enhancing Social and Emotional Development curriculum was used to work with the 23 girls. The curriculum provided girls with a safe place to share and work through issues, as well as helping them develop self-esteem, social and life skills, improve daily problem solving skills and make healthy decisions as they grow up. Weekly themes were: Who Am I? Self-Discovery, My Sassy Self: Positive Body Image, This or That? Making Choices, Talk it Out: Communication, Feeling Feelings: Understanding Emotions, and Who I Am! Self-Identity.

Girls were also exposed to a number of different activities and organizations including:

  • Taste of Girls Scouts
  • Dance Place~ Step
  • Self Defense workshop
  • Parade to Puberty
  • Etiquette and Self Image
  • Healthy Eating
  • Health, Wellness and Beauty
  • Creative Writing, Self Expression
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Flower Pot Design and Planning
  • Field Trip Thursdays

This was a pilot program conducted for 23 girls using approximately 15 volunteer hours  combining CCS volunteers as well as other volunteers from the community. While program evaluation has not been completed, the impact of the program was instantly apparent and positive: Attendance was at nearly 100% for the summer; the girls went from having difficulty expressing themselves and their goals to conducting daily affirmations; the girls went from not participating in any outside events to fully participating in the organizational offerings through the camp. The girls were exposed to Girl Scouts, step classes, etiquette and hygiene training, self-defense workshops and community-based field trips.   In addition, two of the girls have joined an outside Girl Scout troop as a result of their participation in camp and two girls have joined a pep squad as a result of their step class from camp.

  • Pasadena- Crown Jewel Club

Our CCS Chapter partnered with the Crown Jewel Club, anonprofit organization that empowers at-risk girls with basic etiquette and social skills essential to building self-esteem and self-confidence for academic achievement and overall success in life.  The seven week core program teaches young girls how to make introductions, basic manners, how to write thank you notes, grooming and personal hygiene, table manners, and correct place settings.  Surveys have shown that girls who participate in the Crown Jewel Club Program are less likely to join a gang, do drugs or agree to sex since they now have a greater sense of self- worth.


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