The Aroostook Teen Leadership Camp (ATLC) program is a leadership development and drug prevention program of Aroostook Mental Health Services, Inc. serving Aroostook County teens in grades 5-9 in Northern Maine. Teens in grades 6th-8th attend a five-day residential summer camp program in late July, and can then participate in a variety of follow-up programs during the school year.
ATLC held an extremely successful camp of 53 campers on July 24th-28th at Northern Maine Community College in Presque Isle. Registrations for ATLC 2017 will be available in February-Stay Tuned!
BIG BROTHER/BIG SISTER APPLICATION:
Applications have been sent to those who have requested one. These are due into Amber before Dec. 8th!! The interviews will be held on January 22nd (Snow date: January 29th). Amber will be in touch with those in the running for Big Brother/ Big Sister once the applications have been received.
Camp 2016 DVDs- These gems are ready to go! By sending in your $15, you could have yours mailed to you too! See contact information for mailing address. All checks made payable to ATLC.
“HAPPY BIRTHDAY”: Happy Birthday to our following special friends with a birthday during December :
~ Katelyn White
ATLC 2017-FAMILY GROUP CO-FACILITATORS & FACILITATORS:
We are looking for folks who are interested in being Family Group Facilitators or Co-Facilitators at ATLC-2017! Facilitators should be 18 or older (although exceptions are sometimes made), and have been either a Co-Facilitator and/or a Student Staff member. Co-Facilitators must have at least one year’s experience as a Student Staff member. You need to e-mail Amber by Dec. 15th at the latest if you want to be considered for either position.
_______________________________________________________________ ATLC REGIONAL WEEKEND PROGRAMS:
The 4 regional Weekend Programs will be held:
-Saturday, October 15th at Mill Pond School in Hodgdon (for Houlton, Mill Pond, Southern Aroostook, Katahdin, and GHCA 5th -8th grade students) Cancelled due to low registration.
-Saturday, October 22nd at Fort Kent High School (for FKES, Valley Rivers, Wallagrass, MELS, Madawaska Middle School, Dr. Levesque and Wisdom 5th -8th grade students)
The Northern Weekend team held a Very successful program in Fort Kent on October 22. A total of 35 students in grades 5-8 from 5 different schools attended. Congratulations to the Northern Weekend
Team for a job well done!!!
-Saturday November 5th (Snow date 12th) at Limestone ( for Limestone, Caribou, New Sweden, Woodland, Caswell, and Van Buren schools) Cancelled due to low registration.
-Saturday December 10th ( Snow date 17th) at Presque Isle Middle School- (Presque Isle, Mars Hill, Washburn, Easton, Fort Fairfield, Ashland- Central Team)
School Presentation Teams–
A couple students from each school will be asked to represent ATLC in their school within the next few months. These students will be trained (on January 22nd (Snow date: of Feb.4) on how to present what ATLC is and represents to their peers/ teens in 6th -8th grade. They will work with the ATLC School Contact in their school with scheduling when this presentation (s) will take place. This will be an effort for these teams to demonstrate their leadership skills learned through our program but also to recruit new campers to come to ATLC 2017.
Student Staff Applications:
Interested in being a student staff at ATLC-2017? Any teen who completed an ATLC summer camp program and has not graduated from high school can apply. Email Amber a request for an application any time after Dec. 27th. Once you’ve received an application, it must be filled out completely and sent into Amber NO LATER than February 1st. Must be emailed or postmarked by the 1st to be considered! If you have already been Student Staff one year, you may apply again. Remember, you can only be a Student Staff for two years. Please do not wait until the last minute! Each application needs to be accompanied by 3 letters of recommendation (refer to your application for details on who can write these letters). This means you need to give the people you are asking to write your letters of recommendation enough time to write them for you. Thank you!
ATLC Facebook Page–Please like our NEW ATLC Facebook page!! This will help you to stay on top of what’s going on in with ATLC. Tell your friends and family to like it too! Our prior Facebook account is now inactive. Help to spread the word and stay connected with us!
ATLC PLANNING COMMITTEES:
There are four ATLC Planning Committees: Activities, Finance, Program, and Public Relations. Please check the “Events, Deadlines, and Cancellations” tab to see when your Committee is meeting this month.
Camper Survey and Reunion Survey :
Before ATLC 2016 campers attended summer camp this year, they agreed to fill out Camper surveys 4 times a year so we can confidentially see how all of the campers do throughout the year as far as staying away from drugs and alcohol and what their attitudes are about using, if their peers use, etc. All teens filling out surveys are anonymous as we track the group as a whole.
At reunion held on November 19th, all campers who attended completed the 3rd of 4 camper surveys. Those not present, were mailed a camper survey as well as a “Reunion Attendance Survey” (to help us understand why those missing could not attend). It is really important that we get both the Camper Survey and the Reunion Attendance Survey back from those who missed the Reunion, ASAP! We use this data to measure how effective our program is and if there is anything we need to put more focus into. We can’t effectively do this without the ATLC 2016 camper’s assistance. Please, be sure to mail your surveys! Thank you so much!
The Activities Committee is planning a “Winter Fun Outing” in early March, “Maple Syrup” outing in early April, and a “Tie-Dye and Fun Day Outing” in May! These outings are for any former ATLC camper that would like to attend.The Details are still being worked out. Be looking for more information in the months to come!
BE THE DIFFERENCE!!
Amber Stedt, ATLC Program Coordinator
Aroostook Teen Leadership Camp
Phone: 207-498-6431 ext. 156
Mailing Address: ATLC
PO Box 1018
Caribou, ME 04736