Youth Programs

The Lake County Recreation Department offers year-round sports, activities, and events for children and teens. These programs are designed to expose youth to a variety of recreational activities in a supervised and safe environment. Our focus is on teamwork, sportsmanship, skill development, self-esteem and most of all, having fun! For additional youth programs not sponsored by the Recreation Department, please see our Recreation Links page.
 
Click HERE for a registration form - this can be used for all programs.
  
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If you love climbing to the highest point or are just interested in trying climbing for the first time, this is the program for you. Gear is provided and pre-registration is required as class space is limited. 
 
Dates: October 4 - November 8
Times: 5-6:00pm, Wednesdays
Location: Colorado Mountain College
Cost: $35
Ages: 6 and up
Max # Participants: 10
Registration Deadline: September 27
 
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Accepting kids as young as 5, experienced swimming instructor Cheryl Talbot, will help your child feel more comfortable in the water by introducing skills one-by-one, customized to each student's level. You will be amazed at the progress each week, as Cheryl's unique approach teaches them that "yes you can!" Days and times will be determined just prior to classes, and are based on the ages/skills of those who register. Be sure to express your preference for either Wednesday or Saturdays, if you have one and we will do our best to accommodate you!
 
Session 6: November 1 - December 13, Wednesday (no class 11/22)
Session 7: Cancelled
Time: Wednesdays between 4:15-5:15pm 
Location: Lake County Aquatic Center
Ages: 3+
Cost: Pass Holder $35 OR Non-Pass Holder $45
Registration Deadline: October 20
 
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The Lake County Recreation Department is excited to continue the programming of youth basketball in Lake County. Boys and girls in grades K-5 will have the opportunity to improve their skills in a fun, safe environment. Participants will practice once per week and have games on Friday evenings. Registration will begin in November and games/practices will start in January and run through March.
 
Date: Registration begins November 1, practies begin the week of January 8
Cost: $40
Location: TBD
Time: TBD
Grades: K-5
Registration Deadline: November 30
 
Beginning Diving I
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Have you ever wanted to learn how to do a proper front dive off the diving board? Or to increase your height when jumping? If so, consider signing up for our beginner diving class. Accomplished diving coach Justin Richardson will teach you the basics to help improve your technique no matter what your age! All students must pass a swim test to enroll!
 
Session 1: November 6 - December 16
Session 2: March 24 - April 28
Times: 8-9:00am, Saturdays
Location: Aquatic Center
Cost: Pass Holder - $50 OR Non-Pass Holder - $60
Ages: 8+
Max # Participants: 8
Registration Deadline: S1 November 3 & S2 March 16
 
Beginning Diving II
So you've mastered your approach and front half-somersault and you're ready to take it up a notch. In this class you'll learn how to do a front 1 and 1/2 somersault. This class will also teach you how to do a proper backwards line up. After you have become proficient with back line-ups, you'll start to learn how to do back dived and inward dives. Accomplished diver (all-American & Missouri all-state) and experienced diving coach, Justin Richardson, will teach you the basics and help you improve your technique, no matter what your age. 
 
Dates: January 20 - February 24
Times: 8-9:00am, Saturdays
Location: Aquatic Center
Cost: Pass Holder - $50 OR Non-Pass Holder - $60
Ages: 8+, with instructor approval
Max # Participants: 8
Registration Deadline: January 12
 
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This fun program focuses on basic skill development, including skating, stick handling, passing, and shooting. The Recreation Department does provide some equipment on a first come, first serve basis. Please note that helmets and shin pads are required, and the hockey sticks are not provided but can be purchased in the skate shack.
 
Dates: December 21 - February 15, Thursdays (weather permitting)
Ages: 4-15 years
Time: 5-5:45pm (ages 4-6) 5:45-6:30 (ages 7-10) 6:30-7:15pm (ages 11+)
Location: Huck Finn Ice Rink
Cost: $35
Registration Deadline: December 14
 
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Climbing Club allows participants to climb in a supportive and motivating environment. Challenging but not overwhelming, this program will accommodate individual needs while helping develop teamwork and leadership skills. Participants must have taken On Belay or have prior climbing experience.
 
Date: February 7 - March 21 (no class 3/14)
Cost: $45
Location: Colorado Mountain College
Time: 4:30-6:00pm, Wednesdays
Ages: 6+
Registration Deadline: January 31
 
Take Aim
The pull of  bow, the "thunk" of the arrow... bulls eye! The LCRD youth archery program will provide participants with the basic skills and techniques necessary to become successful beginner archers. All equipment is provided; however, students who own bows are welcome to bring them to class.
 
Date: March 6 - April 17, Tuesdays (no class on 3/20)
Cost: $35
Location: TBD
Ages: 5+
Time: 4:15-5:00pm (ages 5-7) & 5-5:45pm (ages 8-10)
Registration Deadline: February 27
 
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Join us for this great program to learn the fundamentals of volleyball. Participants will be divided by grade level to work on passing, serving, setting, hitting, and court positions through a variety of drills and games. Participants who are ready will also work on base/free ball and rotations. Players will have the opportunity for game play by attending a CARA tournament.
 
Dates: March 15 - May 10, Thursdays (no class 3/22)
Time: 4-5:00pm (grades 2-4) and 5-6:00pm (grades 5-6)
Location: 6th Street Gym
Cost: $50 (includes a t-shirt and tournament fee)
Grades: 2-6
Registration Deadline: March 8
 
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Jane Harelson is teaming up with the Recreation Department to lead a gymnastics camp during Spring Break 2018 for ages 6 and up. Participants will learn and practice all basic floor skills including rolls, cartwheels, head and handstands as well as skills on the uneven bars and balance beam. Jane welcomes participants who are new to gymnastics, as well as those with higher level skills. 
 
Dates: January 20 - February 24
Time: 8-9:00am, Saturdays
Prerequisites: Age 8+, with instructor approval
Location: Aquatic Center
Cost: $50 PH & $60 NPH
Max # Participants: 8
Registration Deadline: January 12
 
Spring Youth Soccer
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Join us as we continue to bring Lake County youth spring soccer. Participants is this league will practice 1-2 times a week depending on their age and play games on Saturdays against Buena Vista, Salida, and Fairplay. This coed league provides the opportunity to learn and develop fundamental skills in a safe, fun environment. Participants will receive instruction on basic skills and rules of the game during practice sessions and be offered game time to utilize these techniques.
 
Dates: March 26 - May 19
Registration Deadline: All age groups are full and we are no longer accepting registrations.
 
Ballet

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All classes will include an age appropriate introduction to ballet technique and dance terminology. Classes are structured for learning and fun with a focus on appreciating the performing arts. Students will be grouped by age.
 
Dates: March 26 - May 14, Mondays
Times: 4:30-5:15pm (ages 6-8) & 5:15-6:00pm (ages 9-12)
Location: 6th Street Gym
Cost: $35
Ages: 6-12
Registration Deadline: March 19
 
Spring Tennis 
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Join us for our spring session of tennis, held in the 6th Street Gym. This program will introduce the skills of tennis including; how to use a racquet, the different strokes (lob, volley, backhand), serving technique, and basic rules. Learn new skills and a game you can enjoy for life!
 
Date: March 27 - May 15
Times: 5:30-6:15pm, Tuesdays
Location: 6th Street Gym
Cost: $35
Ages: 5+
Registration Deadline: March 20
 
 

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