ELIZABETHTOWN - The Elizabethtown-Lewis Youth Commission summer program is gearing up for another season with its six-week program from July 6 to Aug. 13.
Any student up to age 12, or having just completed sixth grade, may enroll. Last year, approximately 50 youth participated.
"The focus is on social interaction and cooperative play," explained Paul Pulsifer, one of the board members for the youth commission.
One change from previous years is the elimination of baseball and softball from the program's athletic activities.
"It just frees up more time for different activities that we haven't seen in the past," Pulsifer explained, noting that soccer, volleyball, and tennis were among some of the new games planned to be added this year.
Another change is the age requirements. In previous years, the minimum age was six, or students who had completed first grade. This year, that is extended to 5-year-old students or those who have completed kindergarten.
As in past years, there are weekly field trips planned for participants with activities including miniature golf, sightseeing at AuSable Chasm, roller skating, and swimming. The youth will also visit more local facilities like the Adirondack History Center Museum and Cobble Hill Golf Course.
"That way, the children can realize what's in the community," said program co-director Brian Gay.
The enhanced arts and crafts program returns this year, as well as a photography program led by Wadhams artist Laura Sells-Doyle. The photography program has limited spots available with preference given to older participants.
Though program organizers are looking to provide more educational opportunities like reading sessions, they stress that the program is designed for fun.
"Hopefully they can leave at the end of the summer wanting to return, and taking some of these skills with them into school," Pulsifer said.
Registration sessions are scheduled at the Elizabethtown Town Hall June 8 and 10 from 6-8 p.m. and at the Lewis Town Hall June 16 and 17 from 6-8 p.m. A one-time activities fee of $20 will be due at registration, and a calendar of planned events will be provided.
For more information, contact Pulsifer at 873-2682 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org,