The Andover Townsman
---- — Andover Youth Services has kicked off the 20th season of its summer program for students entering seventh through ninth grades.
Titled True Grit, the program features more than 80 activities and clinics, plus visits to prime destinations across New England.
Some of the offerings include a trip to Boston to experience Codzilla on July 15, a fishing trip July 31 and kayaking on Walden Pond Aug. 7.
A girls-only spa day, rock climbing and outings to Martha’s Vineyard and a Maine farm are also planned. At least one excursion is scheduled every day.
Clinics will be held in a variety of areas, including golf, wrestling and skating, as well as an Ultimate Clinic or Summer League.
Three high school trips for AYS alumni are also planned. They include a weeklong Conquest Colorado trip to camp, explore and rock out and a white-water rafting outing in Maine.
To help support the programming, AYS has been awarded a $3,000 grant from the Betty Beland Greater Lawrence Summer Fund, a fund of the Essex County Community Foundation.
The Betty Beland Greater Lawrence Summer Fund was started in 1990 by Betty Beland, administrator of the Stevens Foundations in North Andover. ECCF took over the fund in January 2011. The fund aims to raise as much money as it can to serve as many local kids during the school summer vacation months as possible. Visit www.eccf.org for more.
To register for any AYS program or for more information, visit www.andoveryouthservices.com, stop by the office at 37 Pearson St. anytime Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., or call 978-623-8241.