WellesleyWeston Magazine

SPRING 2017

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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"community initiatives that call upon dramatic skills" family matters largest youth organizations in the country. Girl Scouts was founded only two years later after its male counterpart. While many meetings and events are held on weekends, there are self-guided fulfillments and requirements that can be done either at home or outdoors after school. Kids and teens learn important life skills such as survival techniques, orienteering, and fire awareness and prevention education. There are also project-based events like camp- ing (which teaches kids how to pack and plan); and cookie or popcorn selling, which forms the basis of excellent business and money-man- agement skills including budgeting and forecasting. Just as importantly, scouting also fosters team-building and collabora- tion in working toward a common goal. Scouts also learn the importance of giving to others through a wide variety of community service projects. For the drama-inclined, look no further than Wellesley center. The Wellesley Theatre Project is a nonprofit musical theater company that offers everything from short-term afterschool workshops to master classes, full-fledged productions, and community initiatives that call upon dramatic skills. Because these "add-on" programs are so popular, the Town of Wellesley recently hired a full- time staff person solely dedicated to managing these afterschool offerings. According to Fitts, once online registration opens, classes can fill up in under one hour. "The activities are very popular and sought after, and Wellesley's PTOs have been great about getting the word out about them, too," he says. "Parents have told us they're so thrilled that their kids are getting enrichment, and an extra hour of supplemented learning in a place where they know where their children are." Afterschool events at the Wellesley Recreation building are also enjoyed by schoolkids from Weston, Needham, Newton, and Natick, although residents are prioritized during the registration process. The same is true in Weston—while the programs are open to all, Weston residents get the first signup privileges. Scouting and Drama and Coding, Oh My! When it comes to scouting in the United States, everything old is new again. Boy Scouts have been around since 1910, and it's one of the W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s p r i n g 2 0 1 7 166 P H O T O S B Y J O H N H A R M O N

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