Local children getting ready to enjoy a bioluminescent night paddle around Castine Harbor this summer with Castine Kayak Adventures. Karen Francoeur Photo

Fund expands kids’ summer horizons



BROOKSVILLE — While many area programs were canceled this summer, the Hatch Community Youth Fund was able to provide opportunities for Brooksville, Castine and Penobscot youth to remain active and engaged.

The Hatch Fund awarded a variety of recreational scholarships to fund individual youth interests such as kayaking, horseback riding, gymnastics, basketball, snorkeling, volleyball and more. The fund also provided grants for COVID-safe programs hosted by Castine Kayak Adventures and the Castine Golf, Yacht and Tennis Club.

The organization’s Program Committee also approved support in a partnership with the Castine Arts Association to assemble and distribute art kits, as well as the funding of exploration kits distributed by Blue Hill Heritage Trust.

“Whether local children enjoyed time on the water learning to kayak or ventured out on a healthy walk to look for kindness rocks hidden along their route, we are glad to support activities that gave this summer some sense of normalcy to children whose lives have been thrown into chaos brought on by the pandemic,” said Andrea Hatch, board president.

The fund recently fielded a request to fund a canopy for outdoor learning at the Adams School as well as the purchase of equipment to support socially distanced recreation for students.

The Hatch Fund continues to offer scholarships to individuals and grants to area program leaders who are committed to promoting sports and fitness through instruction.

Established in 2012, the Hatch Community Youth Fund serves resident children of Brooksville, Castine and Penobscot by providing financial support for athletic and recreational programs that include physical activity in order to foster teamwork, connection, gratitude, self-reliance, resilience and health. For more information, visit thehatchfund.org.