Community Service Experience

Gardens Gives Back Community Service Experience

Court-ordered community service hours are not offered in this program.

Register online or in person at any Recreation service desk.

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Give your teen the gift of a positive, rewarding and enlightened experience that they will remember for a lifetime! This award-winning program allows each participant a hands-on experience helping local non-profit agencies with community service projects. Teens will encounter positive, rewarding and enlightened experiences that they will remember for a lifetime! Services could range from helping the homeless, landscaping and park beautification to cleaning the environment, helping the hungry, assisting the blind or helping in an animal shelter. It is highly recommended for each participant to bring sunscreen and a hat, as many projects will be outdoors. 

Each day begins and ends at the Burns Road Recreation Center. Upon completion of one week of GGBCSE, selected campers may be eligible to be a Counselor-in-Training (CIT) depending on their performance evaluation. We cannot guarantee space for all campers for a CIT position due to limited space and times. Please verify with your school that community service hours completed during the summer will be accepted towards your school requirements.
  • Age: 14-17 (age as of the first day of the program week)
  • Dates: Monday - Friday, 7:30 am - 6 pm
  • Location: Burns Road Recreation Center
  • Pack a lunch, snack and beverages daily.
  • Most trips leave BRRC by 8:30 a.m. and return at approximately 4:30 p.m. 
Week 2  June 11-15  $190/$238  TBA  221505-2 
Week 4  June 25-29  $190/$238  TBA  221505-4 
Week 6  July 9-13  $190/$238  TBA  221505-6 
Week 8  Jul 23-27 $190/$238 TBA 221505-8 

Gardens Gives Back Counselor-in-Training (C.I.T.) Program

Palm Beach Gardens Recreation is proud to offer a Counselor-in-Training program for teens who have attended at least one week of the Gardens Gives Back Community Service Experience (GGBCSE). The CIT program is only offered to eligible participants. Participants are selected depending on their performance evaluation during GGBCSE camp. Evaluation criteria may include but not limited to dependability, helpfulness, positive attitude, respectfulness to others, ability to follow directions etc. There is no fee for these weeks.  Since this is a volunteer opportunity, community service hours will be awarded. Please verify with your school that community service hours completed during the summer will be accepted towards your school requirements.

C.I.T. Program is available weeks 3-9, starting June 18, 2018 and ending August 10, 2018:
  • Week 3: June 18-22
  • Week 4: June 25-29
  • Week 5: July 2-6 (no camp Wednesday, July 4)
  • Week 6: July 9-13
  • Week 7: July: 16-20
  • Week 8: July 23-27
  • Week 9: July 30-August 3