1. Can children outside Needham join the Summer Program?

Answer: Yes. Last year, we had children participate from Wellesley, Dover, Natick, Weston, Medfield, Dedham, West Roxbury, Newton, Sharon, Millis, and other towns.

2. What are the responsibilities of a parent volunteer?

Answer: We welcome all parents to become volunteers - at either or both of the regular evening sessions and at our special events. No track and field experience is required. Program volunteers may travel around with their child's age group and assist in the event logistics. Other jobs for volunteers include first aid, refreshments, scoring, and information table. We ask all program volunteers to commit to help out at least 6 nights. Special event volunteers (Great Bear Run, Needham Youth Classic, Home Meet, All-Star Meet) are welcome to help out at running or field events or at awards or registration tables. Volunteers must join the USATF, pass a background check, and take an on-line safety course.

3. Are guests allowed in the program?

Answer: Yes, there is a nightly fee for guests and guests may only attend two sessions as a guest without signing up for the program.

4. My child is in high school and too old for the Summer Program. How do they become a Counselor or a CIT?

Answer: Counselors are high school or college age children to help in the logistics of the nightly sessions and work the summer track meets to earn community service credit or scholarships. Coaches-in-Training (CITs) are those who have completed 8th grade and work as volunteers. See Counselor / CIT Program

5. What's the difference between age groups and teams?

Answer: For pre-school and Cyclone children there is NOT this distinction. In the Young Runners program, children belong to both a team and an age group. They spend most of their evening with their age group where children are very close in age to each other. This promotes fair competition in the events. Teams are made up of children of all ages and play a role in certain relay events and in the team scoring.