STAND UP camp offered to high-schoolers

By Gary Budzak

March 4, 2014

Delaware County high school teens interested in developing leadership skills are invited the 2014 STAND UP Leadership Training Camp at Recreation Unlimited on March 22-23.

“It originally just started as STAND, but a number of years ago they moved it into STAND UP,” coordinator Matt Brooker told The Gazette. “STAND was just the tobacco initiative, and then we they started tackling other issues.”

Activities include workshops, fitness sessions, group bonding activities and a dance with a disc jockey. The camp will educate teens to make positive choices to remain alcohol, drug, tobacco and violence free.

“It’s very good for a support system, to see that there other alcohol, tobacco and drug-free students across the county,” Brooker said. “They can go back to their school armed with facts to help with maybe changing the culture or even if they’re just impacting their friends or their peers, they feel like they’re doing something to help their community.

“Sometimes we hear back that they’ve impacted their family or their friends outside of school,” Brooker continued. “You never know how it’s going to impact their life, but they definitely are armed with those facts or statistics and tools to really go back and make a difference in their own lives and everybody else around them.”

A group of high school teens trained to serve as mentors, along with adult leaders from the community serves as the STAND UP Leadership Team. Brooker said there are a lot of returning students who become mentors.

“We have a lot of people who can’t wait for their siblings when they get old enough to sign on, because we do limit it to just high-schoolers,” he said. “It is popular among friends and family – they will recruit and bring in lots of other people.”

Brooker said last year 60 students attended the camp, and the cutoff is 78 students.

STAND UP is coordinated by the Delaware General Health District and Helpline of Delaware and Morrow Counties, with funding assistance was also provided by the office of Delaware County Prosecutor Carol O’Brien.

The camp runs from 9 a.m. March 22 to 11:30 a.m. March 23 at Recreation Unlimited, 7700 Piper Rd., Ashley. Meals and a T-shirt are included. The registration fee is $15, or $70 non-residents. For more information or to register, contact Brooker at 740-203-2084 or