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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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!
 
Dates: TBD 
Location: Lake County Aquatic Center
Ages: 3+
Cost: Pass Holder $35 OR Non-Pass Holder $45
 
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Learn how to do a front 1/2 somersault off the 1-meter springboard and increase the height you get when jumping off the board. You could also learn to dive off of the board backwards, inwards, reverse or in a twist! The Beginning Diving class is designed to teach the basics of 1-meter springboard diving. Class will cover everything from stretching and dryland position work, to approaches and presses on the board. Throughout the class divers will learn the difference between a 101A and a 403C, as well as other diving-related terms and what it takes to become a competent diver. Accomplished diver (all-American and 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: June 16 - July 21
Time: 8:00 - 9:00am, Saturdays
Ages: 8+
Cost: $45 PH or $55 NPH
Location: Aquatic Center
Registration Deadline: June 8
 
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 will 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 dives and inward dives. Accomplished diver (all-American and 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: August 4 - September 15 (no class 9/1) 
Time: 8:00 – 9:00am, Saturdays 
Cost: $45 PH or $55 NPH
Ages: 8+
Location: Aquatic Center
Registration Deadline: July 28
 
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This 6-week course has a strong focus on developing swimming skills to help participants meet the Lifeguarding course prerequisite. The course also introduces participants to lifesaving skills, such as in-water rescues, use of a rescue tube, and first aid, CPR and AED. Taking this course does not obligate participants to become lifeguards.
 
Dates: June 22 - July 27
Ages: 10+
Cost: $35
Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm, Fridays 
Location: Aquatic Center
Registration Deadline: June 12
 
Summer Swim Club
Improve your swimming skills with this intense 2-day-a-week, 5-week club. We will work on stroke development and flip turns to make you a more efficient and faster swimmer, and team-building for fun and fitness! A great way to start your day, Tuesday through Thursday. Must be able to swim 25 yards (one length) of either the front crawl or breast stroke, to be enrolled.
 
Dates: July 3 - August 8 (no class 7/4)
Time: 8:00 - 10:00am, Tuesday and Wednesday 
Ages: 8 – 17
Cost: PH $45 or NPH $55
Location: Aquatic Center
Registration Deadline: June 26
 

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Use the new 12-foot climbing wall to increase your confidence and improve your upper body strength in a safe, fall-friendly environment! Staff will coach you through the most efficient moves to get you to the top, before you let go and splash into the water. Hand-holds will be changed out regularly to keep the climb challenging. No registration necessary! 
 
Dates: June 16 - July 21 (no climbing 6/23)
Time: 9:00 – 10:00am, Saturday
Ages: 6+
Cost: $6/class
Location: Aquatic Center 
 
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Challenger Soccer will once again be returning to Lake County this summer.  Join us in this week-long camp where participants will learn soccer skills including; dribbling, passing, receiving, agility, balance, coordination, teamwork, and so much more!  To register visit www.challengersports.com
 
Dates: July 9 - 13
Time: 8:00am - 3:00pm
Ages: 3 - 14
Location: Community Park Field
Cost: $59 - $148 (depending on option selected)
Registration Deadline: June 26
 
Junior Rangers
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 of August.
 
Date: June 7 - August 2 
Time: 1:00 - 2:30pm, Thursdays    
Location: Ice Palace Park
Cost: $5
Ages: 5 - 11 
Registration Deadline: May 31
 
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Hone your skills, get some exercise, make new friends, and get a chance at making a big play!  In this league, kids will get a 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 2018 school year and all teams will be coached by volunteers.
 
Date: June 20 - August 1
Time: TBD by enrollment, Wednesdays 
Location: Ice Palace Park
Cost: $35
Ages: 5 - 11 
Registration Deadline: June 14
 
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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. O’Leary at 913-449-1464.
 
Date: June 5 - August 7 (no class 7/17 or 7/24)
Time: 8:30 - 9:30am (beginners grades 2-6) and 9:45 - 10:45am (intermediate grades 2-8)
Location: Mount Massive Golf Course 
Cost: $40
Ages: 5-11 years
Registration Deadline: May 29
 
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Join us as we bring you Run, Jump, Throw.  This great program is a product of local track coach Amy Peters and will give youth ages 5+ an introduction to running form, jumping activities, and throwing technique.
 
Date: June 6 - July 18
Time: 11:00am - 12:00pm, Wednesdays
Location: Federico Field
Cost: $35
Ages: 5+
Registration Deadline: May 30
 
Skateboarding
With the Huck Finn Skate Park in its 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 skateboarding 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 sore, learning proper form while using the right equipment.

Date: June 6 - July 18
Time: 9:00 - 11:00am, Wednesdays
Location: Huck Finn Skate Park    
Cost: $35
Ages: 7 and up
Registration Deadline: May 30


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Come and try out the tennis courts at Huck Finn Park!  This program will introduce the skills of tennis including how to use a racquet, the difference strokes (lob, volley, backhand) serving technique and basic rules.  Learn new skills and a game you can enjoy for life!
 
Date: June 5 - July 10 
Time: 5:30 - 6:30pm, Tuesdays
Location: Huck Finn Tennis Courts
Cost: $35
Ages: 5+
Registration Deadline: May 29
 
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The pull of the bow, the “thunk” of the arrow… bulls eye!  The Lake County Recreation Department 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: May 31 - July 5
Time: 4:15 - 5:00pm (ages 6-8) and 5:00 - 5:45pm (ages 9+)
Location: Rocky Mountain Bowman Archery Range
Cost: $35
Ages: 5-13
Registration Deadline: May 24
 
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Back for the summer of 2018 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.

Date: June 1-July 20 (no class 06/22, 06/29)
Time: 9:00am-12:00pm, Fridays
Location: Lake County Courthouse
Cost: $35
Ages: 6+
Registration Deadline: May 25
 
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The Lake County Recreation Department is excited to be taking on the oversight of Skyline Baseball.  Boys and girls ages 4-15 will have the opportunity to learn and improve their skills in a fun, safe environment.  Participants will practice one per week.  Registration will begin in April and games/practices will start at the end of May and run through mid July.
 
Date: June 2 - June 30
Practice Time: TBD, Monday - Thursday
Game Time: TBD, Monday - Saturday 
Location: Lake County Courthouse
Cost: tball $35, minors $45, majors $45 and juniors $55
Ages: 5 - 15
Registration Deadline: May 2
 
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Back for the summer of 2018!  This summer we will be rolling out the mats for more tumbling fun!  Participants will be divided into groups and rotated through instruction on the balance beam, bars, floor, and vault.
 
Date: June 11 - July 30
Time: 4:30 - 5:15pm (ages 4-5), 5:15 - 6:15pm (ages 6-8) and 6:15 - 7:15pm (ages 9-13), Mondays
Location: 6th Street Gym
Cost: $50
Ages: 4 and up
Registration Deadline: June 4

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Join us as we continue to bring Lake County youth fall soccer.  Participants in this league will practice 1-2 times a week depending on age and play games on Saturdays against Buena Vista, Salida, and Fairplay.  This coed league provides 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 27 - October 13
Practice Time: Between 4 - 8:00pm
Cost: $35 without jersey or $50 with jersey
Ages: 4 - 11
Practice Location: Community Park Field or Skyline Field
Registration Deadline: August 8
 
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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.

Date: September 10 - October 29
Time: 4:30 - 5:15pm (ages 6-8) and 5:15 - 6:00pm (ages 9+)
Location: 6th Street Gym
Cost: $35
Ages: 6+
Registration Deadline: September 4

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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 3 - November 14 (no class 10/31)
Time: 5 - 6:00pm, Wednesdays
Location: Colorado Mountain College
Cost: $35
Ages: 6+
Registration Deadline: September 26
 
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The Lake County Recreation Department is excited to bring youth basketball to Lake County.  Boys and girls will have the opportunity to learn and improve their skills in a fun, safe environment.  Participants will practice 1-2 times a week depending on their age and play games 1 day a week.  Registration will begin in November and games and practices will start in January and run through March.  
     
Dates: January 7 - March 9
Practice Time: Between 4 - 8:00pm
Cost: $40
Grades: K - 5
Practice Location: 6th Street Gym or Westpark Elementary 
Registration Deadline: December 4

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This fun program focuses on basic skill development, from skating to stick handling, to 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 hockey sticks are provided or can be purchased at the Huck Finn Warming Hut. 
 
Date: December 20 - February 7 
Time: 5 - 5:45 pm (ages 4-6) 5:45 - 6:30 (ages 7+), Thursdays
Location: Huck Finn Ice Rink
Cost: $35
Ages: 4 - 15
Registration Deadline: December 13 
 

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