Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Victor Richard

Now that the Mardi Gras season is over and warmer weather is on the horizon, school-aged children from around the city will begin their official countdown to summer fun.

NORDC will host its Summer Camp Expo from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 7, for parents and guardians to explore a variety of recreational, cultural and academic programming provided by schools, nonprofits and faith-based organizations that partner with NORDC to provide quality summer programming for youth and teens.

The expo will be held at the following locations: Gernon Brown Rec Center, 1001 Harrison Ave.; Behrman Rec Center, 2529 Gen. Meyer Ave.; Treme Rec Center, 900 N. Villere St.; and Joe W. Brown Rec Center, 5601 Read Blvd.

Youth summer camps, available in the five Orleans Parish districts, provide youth with free breakfast, lunch and swimming lessons. To register for summer camp, parents or guardians must provide proof of Orleans Parish residency, proof of income for one full month in 2015 and a copy of a 2014-15 report card. Registration fees will vary per camp and can be paid by cash or money order.

The Summer School Expo also will be a great place to learn about upcoming NORDC activities for children and adults of all ages. Activities include aquatics, athletics, piano lessons, adult exercise, NOBA/NORDC Center for Dance classes, Fit NOLA Parks classes, Casa Samba classes, Senior Choir and the popular Movies in the Park events.

For those unable to attend the expo, registration will be available directly through each summer camp partner. Information is available at Camps usually fill up quickly, so early registration is advised.

NOLA YOUTH WORKS: NORDC provides teens with an exceptional summer experience developed in partnership with NOLA Youth Works, the Mayor’s Summer Youth Employment Program. Teens who participate in any of the five summer programs are given the opportunity to earn paychecks while exploring career options that help define and advance their professional goals.

NOLA Youth Works will provide all who are interested with information at the expo, but registration must be completed online by visiting

Victor N. Richard III is the Chief Executive Officer of the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission. For more information, visit