Rowen Bechtold and Jack Stormer have fun at the beach during the Ticonderoga summer youth recreation program. The program offers a variety of activities along with a free breakfast and lunch program.
The town here wants to help local children answer the annual problem of finding a good way to spend summer vacation.
The Ticonderoga Youth Program will open for the season Monday, July 7, and run the next five weeks through Aug. 8.
To help parents get ready for the summer early, the program will be hosting a registration session Tuesday, June 24, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Armory building.
“We want to try and encourage people to plan ahead by coming to sign up on the 24th,” Deputy Town Supervisor John Bartlett said. “There is a max of 200 children and while we do not have a hard minimum, we would like to have over 100 children enrolled.”
The cost for the program is $10 per day. Children who are entering kindergarten through age 13 can attend up to five days a week from 7:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Discounts are available for families with more than one child attending the program. In addition, scholarships are available to income eligible families. These scholarships are limited and will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.
“You can go for the entire week, only on Tuesdays and Thursdays, it is all about what works for the children and the family,” Bartlett said. “We have organized a scholarship fund that is available and information can be found at the town clerk’s office.”
“The program will be similar to the program we’ve had in previous years,” said program director Angie MacAlpine.
Children who sign up for the program will also be able to enjoy a wide range of organized activities which include basketball, track meets, arts and crafts, soccer, bike rodeo, and trips to the Arts Trek childrens’ programs.
Bartlett said through the summer program, the town can also offer a free breakfast and lunch program through the USDA.
“It gives free breakfast and lunch to all children in town and not just those who are signed up for the program,” he said.
Children who enjoy free breakfasts and lunches during the school year can also come to the elementary-middle School cafeteria for free meals from July 7 through Aug. 12. Transportation to and from the site is not provided.
The program, based at the school, includes trips to the town beach, Arts Trek program and daily activities.
Registration forms for the summer program are available at the Town Clerk’s office. Registration will continue until July 2. Parents can register their children for some or for all of the days within the five weeks of the program. For more information, call the town clerk’s office at 585-6677.