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THE GREATER LOWELL Y W C A:
ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF SERVICE AND ADVOCACY 1891 -1991
 
 
I am really excited about being able to give something back to the kids and camp.  I wish the kids as much fun, adventure, and discovery as I had in my many years at Camp Weetamoo.
Letter from a campership fund donor, and 
former camper, July 18, 1990


One of the best-known programs of the YWCA is its day camp.  Successor to three earlier camping programs, Camp Weetamoo, located on Long-Sought-for Pond in Westford, was a camp for girls until it became co-educational in 1978. 

     Although Camp Weetamoo is seasonal, YWCA services to children and teens continue year-round. As part of Fresh Start Youth Services, 35 young people are currently enrolled in the neighborhood-based Green Acre Project on land adjacent to the Western Canal on Suffolk Street.  The children plant and tend vegetable gardens.  They also celebrate a Wake Up the Earth Day each Spring.  They pursue a wide variety of other interests and have submitted award-winning entries to the Lowell Youth Film Festival for the past three years.

     The YWCA's City Streets Teen Theatre, created in collaboration with City Stage Company of Boston, invites teenagers to become engaged with all aspects of theatrical production.  Members of this repertory company create original plays, act, design costumes, and build scenery.  Past productions have included an original play about the issues of adolescence and an interactive drama in which members of the audience participated by assuming the role of immigrants. Milling Around in a Summer's Dream, their most recent production, involved 14 members of this racially diverse company in an adaptation of A Midsummer Night's Dream by Larry Coen of City Stage Company. 

     CHOICES, a new youth activity for children living in foster homes, provides a wide variety of after-school activities.  In 1991, the YWCA also offered summer enrichment workshops to teens enrolled in a federally-funded jobs program, and a training program in horticulture to Acre teens interested in the revitalization of neighborhoods.

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