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Decatur Parks & Recreation begins “MAN UP CAMP”
There are more children being raised by single mothers today than at any time in our nation's history. The creators of Decatur Parks & Recreation’s new “MAN UP CAMP” are actively looking to help teach life lessons to young men entering manhood.
Matthew Smith is passionate about this new program developed in which he passes on the “guy” things young men ages 10-16 need to know in a fun learning environment.
“This is a benefit to the community’s quality of life. One of our goals is to help our young men better themselves. Statistics show that the lack of masculine discipline and leadership effect many areas of society. “
Here are a few statistics concerning teens without a father or masculine leadership:
According to published reports, 63% of teen suicides come from fatherless homes, 90% of all runaways and homeless children come from fatherless homes, 80% of rapists come from fatherless homes, 85% of children with behavioral problems come from fatherless homes, 71% of all high school dropouts come from fatherless homes, 75% of all adolescent patients in chemical abuse centers come from fatherless homes, and 85% of all youths in prison come from fatherless homes.
“We understand that we cannot “fix” all these statistics but will strive to improve our community’s quality of life and invest in today’s youth.”
Smith believes there are many things that boys don’t know how to do, some are outdoor related while others are etiquette related. These days many fathers aren’t around to teach their boys those “guy” things all boys should know, whether it’s because of long work hours or other reasons. After researching it is safe to say that the vast majority of fatherless families are the result of choice, not circumstance.
Smith has a plethora of knowledge concerning life lessons, discipline, and leadership. He teaches the majority of the classes and there will be several guest speakers throughout the Man Up Camp. The cost is also very reasonable just $15 per session. There are two sessions: 1st session is June 18, 2012-July 16, 2012 and the 2nd session is July 18, 2012-August 8, 2012. All classes meet on Mondays and Wednesdays from 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. Parents are more than welcome to stay with their son.
“This program is an important part of accomplishing the Decatur’s Park and Recreations mission because it is a high quality program that is fresh and exciting to the citizens who reside in Morgan County. Sometimes the young men suffer from not knowing the basic things of life and we want to equip them. We feel this is an area that has lacked in programming and we believe this is the perfect program to fill that need."
“Over 32% of boys in America are now growing up in a fatherless home. Man Up Camp will address a real crisis for today’s adolescent boys. We want to provide these young men with healthy role models.”