Madison Neighborhood Centers Prepare for Return to Normal Summer Activities | Neighborhoods

Timothy Hall, organizer of the Life As a Boy group, gives instructions to group members before they deliver pantry boxes to community members last summer.


Children will start at beginner level and go up to Vera Expert. Children who get Vera Expert will have their name engraved on a plaque displayed at the center and will be honored at an awards ceremony at the end of the summer.

The Goodman Community Center, located just off Atwood Avenue on the east side, also offers its usual array of summer programs, but with caution.

Amie Hoag, director of communications at Goodman recalled that young children have not been vaccinated and that Goodman must take this into account in its programming.

“I think we’re still working on the differences,” Hoag said, comparing last summer’s lineup to this summer’s lineup. “We will always maintain our sanitation practices. We will determine if the children should be masked on the outside and will always be inside. We are planning to increase our capacity from last summer and add a few more children than we had last summer.

Hoag said there are still openings for children to participate and anyone can still to register.

“Last year we had to cut it down, but we like to take the kids on field trips and give them things they never had access to,” Hoag said. “So in the past, for elementary to middle school students, there were field trips to the Milwaukee County Zoo or the Natural History Museum. The favorite trip for children is usually the Wisconsin Dells. There are trips to go fishing in local parks, hike Devil Lake.

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