After the bowling alleys closed around 11 p.m., Ronald Schroers and his teen-age friends had nowhere to go on Saturday nights a decade ago in Carroll.
"To be honest with you, we just drove around with a case of beer and drank. Then you got dropped off on your front lawn,"said Schroers, now 25, and program director at Four Seasons Sports Complex and Fitness Center near Hampstead.
Now that he's in a position to do something about the dearth of teen activities, Schroers has extended Four Seasons' all-night teen parties at the center beyond the after-prom events he has sponsored forthe past three years.
On Saturday, high school students and youngadults up to age 20 can attend a "lock-in" party sponsored by the Department of Parks and Recreation and Four Seasons.
The teens checkin starting at 9 p.m., and they have to stay until 6 a.m. Sunday, said Lisa Sasala, special program coordinator for Parks and Recreation.
That way, parents can know where their youngsters are, and the teens can have fun, said Shirleen Hinsche of Sam's Creek Road in Winfield, whose son Tim is going to the party.
Hinsche and her husband also are going as one of several adult volunteer chaperons. Anyone else who wants to volunteer as a chaperon can call Sasala.
Although Tim, 14, and his friends will be at the party all night, his parents are volunteering only for the 9 p.m.-to-midnight shift.
"We're not used to all-nighters," Hinsche said.
She said the lock-in party allays parents' biggest concerns about their teen children's weekend night life -- the concerns about driving or riding with other teens andhaving access to alcohol or drugs.
For teens, the motivation for planning the party was primarily to have something fun to do, Sasala said. In addition to using Four Seasons' indoor courts and fields foreverything from soccer to racquetball, they can watch movies on a big-screen TV, dance to music provided by a disc jockey, soak in the hot tub and even take a short nap on the padded aerobics floor to recharge.
"There's not a whole lot in this town on a Saturday night, soI think a lot of kids will be happy for something to do," said Bob Sedlak, 17, a senior at Westminster High School who will be going to the party with his 16-year-old brother Matt.
To attend, teens must get applications from Sasala's office or from branches of the CarrollCounty Public Library. Applications must be returned to Sasala by 5 p.m. Friday at her office in the county's Winchester Building on Court Street.
Teens who show up at the party without having preregistered must have a parent with them who can sign the application in front of Sasala.
The $15 admission cost includes soft drinks, snacks and pizza and all lock-in activities.