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The First Tee of Shawnee County

We are a proud chapter of The First Tee national initiative using the game of golf to instill area youth with positive life values.  The program is open to Shawnee County kids, ages 7 – 18.


Enrollment is now open for summer sessions at Forbes Golf Course and no experience is required to begin!

Program participants learn to:
Properly introduce themselves;
set step-by-step goals;
plan for the future;
manage emotions;
appreciate diversity;
transfer lessons learned to the classroom and to everyday life experiences.

thefirstteephoto500Coaches and volunteers build rapport and establish positive relationships, empowering participants in a nurturing and fun learning environment.

Most area youth get their first exposure to The First Tee through school assemblies or community clinics. There are opportunities to participate in The First Tee programming in many USD 501 elementary school gym classes and after-school programming. Summer camp registration is now open.

Equipment is provided and there is little or no cost to participants.


A recent academic study and parent interviews have shown that The First Tee participants have exhibited a 52% improvement in school grades, a 66% improvement in social skills, a 74% improvement in communication skills, 76% improvement in confidence and 74% improvement in responsibility.

40 percent of Community Action’s The First Tee participant families are living in households with annual incomes at or below the Federal Poverty Level.



7 – 18 years old


Programming through USD 501 serves children enrolled in each partnering school.  Summer camps are open to age-eligible youth able to attend the sessions for which they enroll.


The majority of Summer Camp participants are eligible for free or significantly reduced enrollment fees.  Regular enrollment for each summer camp session costs $50 per child.


Equipment is provided at no cost.