University of Florida ‘Adulting’ camp will teach teens life skills

An “Adulting: Are You Ready” summer camp hosted by the University of Florida will teach teens skills to prepare them for living alone in college and beyond.

Gayle Whitworth, an instructor with the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences extension facility in Cocoa, said the camp was started four years ago to teach practical knowledge students aren’t learning in high school.

“We came up with the idea, partly from other states that we heard of who had similar programs, but, basically, we understand that the youth of today are leaving home without some of the skills that are really necessary to help them be successful, because it’s not in the schools anymore,” Whitworth said.

Students learn to sew at an 'adulting' camp hosted by the University of Florida.

Students will learn how to make basic clothing repairs like sewing on buttons and automotive upkeep like checking oil.

A culinary unit will include teaching students knife skills and how to use basic cooking equipment. Students will learn basic nutrition using the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s MyPlate recommendations. They will be given a food budget and told to come up with meal ideas.

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