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 the office at 203-656-7325.

Family Programs

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 Tuesday, June 5, and Thursday, June 7, 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 resident; $138/non-resident. Pre-registration is required.

Youth programs

Guitar lessons: Classes meet each Wednesday in Town Hall starting June 20th through August 1st. 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 -- 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.

Tennis camps

Summer tennis camps are an opportunity for participants to learn the game of tennis and have a great time. Camps meet from 9 a.m. to noon at Darien High School in one-week increments starting June 18 through 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 and 15 and participants will be grouped by age and level.

Flag football Camp

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. 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. Check the website for more information.

Basketball Camp

This camp, for children ages 5 to 12, stresses excellence, education, practice and discipline in a fun-filled environment. 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. Check the website for more information.

Horsemanship Camps -- Mead Farm (Stamford) and Darien Parks and Recreation will be offering group camps for youth ages 4 and above. 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 18th. 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 & up will run from 8 a.m. to noon and the fee is $550/Darien resident; $660/non-resident.

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