Summer X-treme Day Camp ready for first season

Pagosa Springs Youth Center will soon accept registrations for a fun Summer X-treme Day Camp for children ages 5-13.

An application for childcare has been submitted to the state for licensing and a site visit has been scheduled.

Registration forms can be picked up at the Youth Center (formerly the Power House) on Thursday and Friday, June 18-19, between noon and 3 p.m. or can be taken off the Web site As soon as the state approves the license we will be ready to start.

The camp was designed to take the place of the Parks and Recreation Park Fun program, which served as an alternative daycare situation for the summer. The town of Pagosa Springs opted not to run the camp this summer and the need for childcare alternatives allowed the Pagosa Springs Youth Center to apply for the necessary licensing.

Camp is scheduled to start Monday June 22, and will run from 8-5 p.m. Monday through Friday until Aug. 14.

The Pagosa Springs X-treme Day Camp will be under the direction of Karen Carpenter, who has put together a great program. Campers will be divided into appropriate age groups and activities will coincide with those groups.

Children may be registered for as many weeks as needed. We also offer rates for a two- or three-day week. The cost is $125 for one full week, $60 for two days a week and $90 for three days. A discount is provided for families with more than one child attending.

The program will consist of fun extra activities with outside specialists and field trips. Arts and crafts, swimming, library, sports, games, reading, outdoor exploration and fishing are some of the planned activities.

Many organizations and individuals have helped get all the necessary paperwork and inspections done to make this happen. The Power House was originally going to reopen as a teen center until the need for childcare became apparent. Families that need help with childcare may be eligible through the Department of Human Services; they may apply, but will need to make an appointment for eligibility. For more information regarding childcare help, call 264-2182.

The Pagosa Springs Youth Center is still in need of volunteer carpentry work and manpower to complete the necessary compliance issues. If you are interested in donating time and materials, we could use your help. To get a copy of the list of items needed or repairs needed, call Joanne Irons at 946-7545.