Pagosa Youth Center to open, summer day camp a possibility

Pagosa Springs Youth Center is becoming a reality.

In January of this year, the Power House board of directors made a commitment to have their building reopen as a Teen (young adult ) Center once again. This opportunity would help support the needs of 13-18-year-olds in Pagosa Springs who have only a few activities available to them outside the school district. This center could become an answer to many of the youth’s ideas and help fill some of the voids they have experienced in this age group.

During our planning for the 13-18-year-olds, it became apparent that we also couldn’t satisfy the needs of 5- to 13-year-olds during school vacations. This was a bigger project, and now state licensing is required. We are looking to obtain a license and open up as Pagosa Extreme Day Camp for this summer.

Everyone is working hard to meet all the requirements, inspections, programming and qualifications. This is no easy task, but the need is great. Karen Carpenter has been working to put together a day “camping” experience that will include recreation, socialization, education, team work, responsibility and growth. If we secure our license, Carpenter will be the program director for the Youth Center.

In anticipation of obtaining a license by the state, we will need counselors and junior counselors, volunteers and supporters for the camp.

From 5-7 p.m. Friday May 15, and 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, May 16, from we will host a camp “Job Fair.” You can come to the Youth Center (formerly the Power House) to apply for employment. As we know if we are approved, we are ready to open up. If you are a parent and would like to see what Karen has planned, or need this summer camp to help supplement daycare for your children, you can stop by or call Joanne Irons at 946-7545 for more information.

Pagosa Springs needs this center for our young people. Research shows that children are less likely to engage in risky behavior if they have alternative positive activities. This Youth Center has a great deal of potential.

We also need financial support; we are applying for grants and soliciting private donations. Recently, Big Brothers Big Sisters let us join in on the silent auction at their bowling event to help support the center. Our community collaborative partners are many. So, please come by and fill out an application for a camp job, or call and talk more about what your needs are, and how we can work to meet them.