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Summer youth camps and family programs

Published 3:13 pm, Wednesday, June 13, 2012
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The Darien Parks and Recreation Department offers a variety of programs for the residents of Darien. Registration for programs takes place online at www.darienct.gov/parkrec, at the Parks and Recreation office located in Town Hall, or through the mail. For more information call 203-656-7325.

Family Programs

Movie at the Beach

The Darien Parks and Recreation Department and the Darien Youth Commission will co-sponsor a free movie night at Weed Beach on Wednesday, June 27. "Kung Fu Panda 2" will start at approximately 8:30 p.m. and beach permits are not required for entry to the movie. Uncle's by the Shore will be open selling popcorn, soda, and other refreshments. The Darien Youth Commission will also sponsor a sand castle building contest starting at 4 p.m. and family concert starting at 6:30 p.m. Visit www.darienct.gov/yc for more details, including fees.

Safe Boating Classes

Connecticut Safe Boating comes to Darien to offer this eight-and-a-half hour course that will meet the requirements to obtain a Connecticut Safe Boating Certificate. This class will meet on Tuesday, July 10 and Thursday, July 12 from 6 to 10:15 p.m. at the Darien Town Hall. Participants must attend both dates and all hours to be considered for certification. The fee for this program is $115/Darien residents; $138/non-residents. Pre-registration is required.

Youth Programs

Guitar Lessons

Want to be the next American Idol? Lean chords, scales, theory and learn to play your favorite songs. Classes meet each Wednesday in Town Hall starting June 20 through Aug. 1. Beginners meet from 4:45 to 5:45 p.m. while intermediates meet from 5:45 to 6:45 p.m. This program is for children ages 8 to 15. The fee for this program is $165/Darien resident; $198/non-resident.

Youth Camps:

Blue Wave Kickers Soccer Camps

The focus of these camps will be on skill improvement and fun. Jon Bradley, head coach of the DHS boys' varsity soccer team, will direct these camps for kids ages 3 to 12. Camps will be held at the Darien Town Hall fields the weeks of June 18, June 25, July 9, July 16, July 30 and Aug. 20. Camp the week of June 18 is an International Pro Soccer Camp for children ages 5 to 18. Participants of these camps will receive a soccer ball and T-shirt. Check the website for more specific ages, times and fees.

All Star FC Soccer Camps

These camps for children ages 3 to 12 will be directed by Leigh Parsons, Darien High School's girls' soccer coach. These camps will begin with stations specifically designed to improve all aspects of a soccer player's game and end with scrimmages to practice the skills and techniques they have learned. Camps will be held at the Darien Town Hall fields the weeks July 23 and Aug. 6. Check the website for more specific ages, times and fees.

New Level Tennis Camps

Summer tennis camps are an opportunity for participants to learn the game of tennis and have a good time. Camps meet from 9 a.m. to noon at Darien High School in one-week increments starting June 18 through the week of Aug. 13. The fee for one week of tennis camp is $195/Darien resident; $234/non-resident. These camps are offered for children between the ages of 6 to 15 and participants will be grouped by age and level.

Flag Football Camp

The emphasis of this camp (for ages 6 to 12) is placed on rules, teamwork and fair play. Games and scrimmages occupy the majority of the camp day. The camp meets from 9 a.m. to noon at Cherry Lawn Park the week of June 18. The fee for one week of flag football camp is $205/Darien resident; $246/non-resident. This camp is offered by Overtime Athletics and is geared towards beginner football players. An additional camp will be offered in August.

Future Stars Basketball Camp

This camp, for children ages 5 to 12, stresses excellence, education, practice, and discipline. Camp will meet the week of June 18 at the Darien Town Hall. Camp hours are 9 a.m. to noon. The educational "Lessons of Life" program is included in this camp and each participant will receive a Future Stars jersey. The camp fee is $180/Darien resident; $216/non-resident.

Overtime Athletics Sports Camp

This variety sports camp for children ages 5 to 12 includes instruction in the fundamentals of traditional sports as well as utilizing Overtime Athletics signature curriculum incorporating non-traditional sports. Camp meets from 9 a.m. to noon at Cherry Lawn Park the week of June 25. The fee for this one week of camp is $165/Darien resident; $198/non-resident. Additional camps will be offered in August.

Horsemanship Camps

Mead Farm (Stamford) and Darien Parks and Recreation will offer group camps for kids ages 4 and older. Each camp includes riding, horse care and stable management. This program is designed for riders who did not attend the 2011 Horsemanship Camps at Mead Farm. One-week camps run through mid-August starting the week of June 18. Camps for ages 4 to 6 will run from 1 to 4 p.m. and the fee is $475/Darien resident; $570/non-resident. Camps for ages 7 and older will run from 8 a.m. to noon. The fee is $550/Darien resident; $660/non-resident.