The impact of intergenerational connections benefit every generation. Garden Spot Village residents participate in programs like Grands & Kids Camp that allow them to impact their own grandchildren and great-grandchildren. In addition, they freely give of their time and resources to connect with school-age children by sponsoring clubs with the New Holland Elementary School and living history lessons at Garden Spot High School.
Grands & Kids Camp
Grands & Kids Camp is an annual, intergenerational camp for Garden Spot residents and future residents and the grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews or other children in their lives. The weeklong camp offers incredible opportunities to make lifelong memories together as “grands” and “kids” complete service projects, attend sporting events, compete at mini-golf and more.
Woodworking, Metalworking & Baking Clubs
Through a unique partnership with New Holland Elementary School, Garden Spot Village residents offer afterschool clubs for children interested in learning more about woodworking, metalworking and baking. The clubs run for three or four consecutive weeks and offer an opportunity for intergenerational relationship building.
Throughout the school year 5th graders from New Holland Elementary School and Garden Spot Village residents forge friendships through letters. For residents, it is the opportunity to share the wisdom of life experience and speak into the lives of young people, providing an enriching experience across the generations.
History in the Classroom
Each fall Garden Spot Village residents participate in an American History class at Garden Spot High School. Volunteers share real-life experiences of events in American history. Through conversations, stories and laughter, residents bring events in the students’ textbooks to life.
Tutoring with CrossNet
Through CrossNet Ministries, residents volunteer to tutor a middle or high school student weekly throughout the school year. These opportunities create an opportunity to encourage a young person and build a lifetime relationship.