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The Summer Activity Guide is a suite of fun and engaging activities and challenges designed specifically for this atypical summer.

Youth development and summer learning providers across Nebraska and the country are preparing for a summer filled with uncertainty and stepping up in innovative ways to support youth, families, and communities. We have heard your concerns about how to maintain engagement throughout an atypical summer, and we understand your anxieties as you navigate these uncharted territories. 

Beyond School Bells is providing this free Summer Activity Guide, developed in partnership with the 50 State Afterschool Network and the Georgia Statewide Afterschool Network, to engage and support children and youth in summer learning. Based in skill building and social emotional learning, the suite of fun and engaging activities and challenges was designed specifically to accommodate COVID-19 summer. We hope that as you read this, you will feel that planning for summer just got a whole lot easier.

Activities You Can Expect:

  • 150 Activities and Challenges
  • Segmented by (5-9) (10-12) (13-15) (16-18)
  • Adaptable for in-person and virtual instruction, or a hybrid of both, as well as sent as take-home packets
  • Based in skill building & social emotional learning

Quick Guides for Providers:

  • Strategies to Implement Activities in Different Settings
  • Safety Considerations for Virtual Facilitation
  • How to Recognize Signs and Symptoms of Stress & Trauma in Youth
  • How to Manage Staff Stress and Self-Care

Quick Guides for Families:

  • Supporting Youth at Home
  • Supporting Virtual Summer Programming in the Home
  • Recognizing and Managing Stress in Youth


  • Implementation Videos for each unit, including how to modify lessons and support families at home.
  • Getting to Know the New Summer Activity Guide 
  • Keeping Youth Engaged this Summer