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.
Spring Swim Lessons
Session 3: Full - please contact Judy to be placed on the waiting list at 719-486-6874
Time: Mondays/Wedesdays between 4:15-6:15pm (time/day will depend on your child's level)
Location: Aquatic Center
Ages: 3+
Cost: $35/pass holder and $45/non pass holder
For more information, or if you'd like to be contacted about swim lessons please contact Judy at 719-427-7892 or
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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.

Dates: May 30 - August 1 (no class 6/27 or 7/4)
Times: 4:15-5pm (ages 5-7), 5-5:45pm (ages 8-10) and 5:45-6:30pm (ages 11-13)
Location: Rocky Mountain Bowman Archery Range
Cost: $35
Ages: 5-13
Max # Participants: 10
Registration Deadline: May 23
Back for the summer of 2017 is the Let's Go Fishin' program! Participants will fish at various locations around Lake County while learning to bait hooks, cast, land/clean fish and identify various species. All equipment is provided as well as transportation. 

Dates: June 2 - July 7
Times: 9:00am - 12:00pm, Fridays
Location: Lake County Courthouse
Cost: $35
Ages: 6+
Registration Deadline: May 26
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Get comfortable in the water and have more fun! Our Learn-to-Swim Program teaches participants ages 8 and up, how to swim skillfully and safely. Each level includes training in basic water safety with a defined skill progression between levels. Each session is limited to 6 students for better individual attention and maximum improvement.

Session 1: June 3 - July 1
Session 2: July 8 - August 5
Time: 9-10:00am, Saturdays
Ages: 8+
Cost: Pass Holder $40, Non-Pass Holder $50
Registration Deadline: May 26 & June 30
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Improve your swimming skills with this intense 5-week program. Participants will work on stroke development and flip turns to become faster, and more efficient swimmers. Team building and fitness will also be part of the fun! Must be able to swim 25 yards (one length) of either front crawl or breaststroke to enroll.

Session 1: June 6 - July 6 (no class 7/4)
Session 2: July 11 - August 10
Time: 8-10:00am, Tuesday - Thursday
Ages: 8-17
Cost: Pass Holder $50, Non-Pass Holder $60
Max # Participants: 12
Registration Deadline: May 30 & June 29
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With the Huck Finn Skatepark in it's fourth season, we are excited to continue running programs that teach interested kids how to make the most of it! Your child will learn the basics of skatebaording in a group environment geared towards beginner skateboarders, including how to push and roll the skateboard through proper technique and foot placement. Watch their confidence soar, learning proper form while using the right equipment.

Dates: June 7 - July 19 
Time: 9-11:00am, Wednesdays
Location: Huck Finn Skatepark
Cost: $35
Ages: 6+
Max # Participants: 10
Registration Deadline: May 30
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Join the summer fun with the Arkansas Headwater Recreation Areas Jr. Ranger Program. Kids are invited to investigate habits, habitats, and have fun! Those who attend at least 5 classes are eligible to participate in a free rafting trip the first week in August. Class titles include Amazing Amphibians and Camouflage Craze. Click HERE for more information on class titles and content. 

Dates: June 8 - August 3 (no class 6/15)
Times: 1-2:30pm, Thursdays
Location: Ice Palace Park
Cost: $5
Ages: 5-11 years
Max # Participants: 25
Registration Deadline: June 1
Revived for the summer of 2017, are youth golf lessons with the Lake County Recreation Department. In partnership with the Mount Massive Golf Course and Michael O'Leary, we are pleased to be providing lessons for both beginner and intermediate golfers. Mr. O'Leary has over 29 years of experience coaching golf, including several State Championship winning individuals. Those in grades K-6 with no previous golf experience should register as beginners, while those in grades 7+ or having taken golf lessons in previous years should register for the intermediate session. Private lessons are also available by contacting Mr. OLearly at 913-449-1464.

Dates: June 13 - August 8, Tuesdays (no class 7/4)
Times: 8:30-9:30am Beginners (grades K-6) and 9:45-10:45am Intermediate (grades K-8)
Grades: K-8
Location: Mount Massive Golf Course
Cost: $40
Registration Deadline: June 6

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Join us as we bring you Run Jump Throw. This great program is a product of USATF and will give youth, ages 5+, an introduction to running form, jumping activities and throwing technique. Participants will also be given the opportunity to use their skills at a real track meet in July. 

Dates: June 14 - July 26
Times: 5:30-6:30pm, Wednesdays
Location: Federico Field
Cost: $35
Ages: 5+
Max # Participants: 25
Registration Deadline: June 7
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Come try out the new tennis courts at Huck Finn Park! 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!

Dates: June 22 - August 10
Times: 5:30-6:15pm (ages 5-7) & 6:15-7:00pm (ages 8-11), Thursdays
Ages: 5+
Cost: $35
Location: Huck Finn Tennis Courts
Max # Participants: 10
Registration Deadline: June 15
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The Red Cross Junior Lifeguard Course is designed to help participants develop the swimming skills required to pas that Lifeguarding course prerequisites. In addition to swimming skills, the course also introduces participants to lifesaving skills, such as in-water rescues, how to use a rescue tube, first aid, CPR and an AED. Participants will also have the opportunity to shadow lifeguards at the Lake County Aquatic Center, to gain job skills which will help them be ready to apply as lifeguards. Participants who successfully complete the course will earn a free 15-visit pass to the Aquatic Center. Please contact Judy for more information on class prerequisites. 

Dates: June 23 - August 18
Times: 10:00am-12:00pm, Fridays
Ages: 11-15
Cost: $30
Max # Participants: 8
Registration Deadline: June 16
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Hone your skills, get some exercise, make new friends and get a chance at making a big play! In the league, kids will get the chance to throw passes, make catches, pull flags, run for touchdowns, and maybe even get a Pick 6. Teams will be separated by the players grade for the 2017 school year and all teams will be coached by volunteers. 

Dates: June 28 - August 9 (no class 7/5)
Times: TBD by enrollment, Wednesdays
Location: Community Park Field
Cost: $35
Grades: K-5
Registration Deadline: June 14
Challenger Soccer Camp

Challenger Sports run over 4,000 professionally staffed summer camps and year-round coaching programs for players of all ages and abilities. Conveniently located in our community, Challenger makes high quality soccer coaching affordable and available to everyone!

In addition to helping develop your child’s core soccer skills and understanding of the game, Challenger's camp philosophy encourages children to: become independent learners; to develop socially; and to better understand the meaning of respect, responsibility, integrity, sportsmanship and leadership. Our innovative curriculum will engage, educate and entertain your child and will make this one of their most treasured soccer memories.

Challenger’s British Soccer and TetraBrazil summer camp programs include a free ball, t-shirt, poster, on-line learning subscription, plus campers registering 45 days or more prior to camp will immediately receive a replica game jersey!

Dates: July 10 - 14
Times: 8-8:45am (ages 3-4), 9:00am-12:00pm (ages 5-14) and 1-3:00pm (ages 5-14)
Cost: $93 - $142
Ages: 3-14

Click HERE for the link to the registration page.


Fall Youth Soccer
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: August 28 - October 14
Registration Deadline: August 16
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Accepting kids as young as 3, 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 1: September 6 - October 11, Wednesdays
Session 2: September 9 - October 14, Saturdays
Time: Wednesdays between 4:15-6:15pm & Saturdays between 9-11:00am
Location: Lake County Aquatic Center
Ages: 3+
Cost: Pass Holder $35 OR Non-Pass Holder $45
Registration Deadline: August 30
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: September 7 - October 26, Thursdays
Times: 4:30-5:15pm (ages 6-8) & 5:15-6:00pm (ages 9-12)
Location: Aquatic Center Party Room
Cost: $35
Ages: 6-12
Registration Deadline: August 31
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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! Contact Judy at 719-486-6874 to enroll and receive details about days and times as they firm up. All students must pass a swim test to enroll!

Dates: Starting mid-September
Times: TBD
Location: Aquatic Center
Cost: Pass Holder - $35 OR Non-Pass Holder - $45
Ages: 12-17
Max # Participants: 8
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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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