Summer is a busy time at the the Cheyenne River Youth Project® in Eagle Butte, South Dakota, especially for the 4- to 12-year-olds who spend countless hours at the Billy Mills Youth Center, known affectionately as “The Main.”
From 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday, the Cheyenne River reservation’s youngsters can enjoy healthy snacks, a hot evening meal, a fully equipped playground, a variety of arts and crafts in the activity room and special events arranged by CRYP’s long-term volunteers and visiting service groups.
And they enjoy two of The Main’s most popular, long-running summer programs: Summer Literacy and the Garden Club. During Summer Literacy, participating children each select four books to read, and they write book reports on their chosen titles. Those who complete their reports during each four-week session may participate in a special event; past rewards have included sleepovers, dinner-and-a-movie outings and even camping trips.