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Summer Youth Programs at the Upper St. Clair Community & Recreation Center

By Kevin Brown

Summer will soon be here in Western Pennsylvania. The Upper St. Clair Community and Recreation Center (C&RC) in Boyce Mayview Park is ready bring people back together.

Parents will want to take note of the extensive youth programming offered at the C&RC including art, science, sports, swimming and camps.

“We do have adult and senior programs, but a significant number of our summertime programs are for children,” says Melissa Mattucci Lindberg, M.S., Marketing/Membership Supervisor for the C&RC.

A sampling of the C&RC summer youth programming is listed below. To see a complete listing and to register for all programs, activities and events at the C&RC, visit their website at www.twpusc.org/crc/registration and click on the image of the 2020 Spring and Summer Program Guide. Registration is currently open.

”If you are interested in any of the programs, register as soon as possible,” Melissa advises. “If we don’t have enough enrollment a week or so prior to the start of a program, we may cancel the program. I strongly suggest that you register a minimum of two weeks ahead, if not sooner.”

Enrichment Programs

Family Art in the Park 
Take an hour to relax in Boyce Mayview Park, enjoy the surroundings and spend quality time together. Each evening features a different art project in which families can express their creativity together. 
Babysitter Basics
This full-day course for ages 11-13 covers skills necessary to provide safe and responsible care for younger children. Kristine Locke, a certified American Red Cross instructor, will teach basic rules, first aid and safety, handling emergencies, characteristics of children by age, age-appropriate activities, and business development skills. 

Earth and Space Lab 
Taught by experts from EcoExplorers, participants in grades 1-6 will take on the role of space explorers, discovering planets, stars, black holes, light, and space-time through hands-on activities, games, labs and crafts.

“We’ll also explore our own little corner of planet earth with guided tours of our local flora and fauna in Boyce Mayview Park,” Melissa notes.

Held August 10-14, Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to noon each day. $190 for members and $195 for non-members. All materials included. 

Red Hot Robots II Camp 
Instructors from Mad Science conduct this camp for kids in grades 3-6 to let them experiment with sound-sensing robots, line-tracking robots, amphibious robots, and robots that can even play soccer. They build their very own working robot to take home.

“This program is intended for children who have completed grades 2-5, and who have experience building a robot from a kit,” Melissa says.

Held July 6-10, Monday through Friday, from 1 to 4 p.m. $185 for members and $195 for non-members. Includes materials for assembly of robot.

Dance Explorations
Children ages 3-4 and 5-7 will enjoy every minute moving to music, learning rhythm, and body discipline and awareness. Combining ballet, jazz, and tumbling, our fun classes led by the staff of Janet Hays and Company will develop positive self-esteem and a desire to learn more.

Allow our highly skilled Bicycle Safety Instructors to teach you all facets of safe bicycle operation and trail riding. Parent participation in the program is encouraged for children ages 5 and up, so grab a lawn chair and your cell phone to capture these truly magical moments.

Sports Programs

Mini Kicks Soccer
Children ages 4-7 will cover the basic skills of soccer, such as passing, dribbling, and shooting.  Each day, a new move and an aspect of sportsmanship will be presented to the players. Players will be encouraged to be supportive teammates and expand upon their soccer knowledge. Please bring a snack and water bottle.

Mini Hoops Basketball
Staff will provide instruction and fun for campers in grades 1-3 with an emphasis on fundamental skills and appropriate age level play. During the week, players will go through stations and drills focusing on different facets of the game. Participants will also get a chance to compete in games and mini competitions.

Aquatics Programs and Events

American Red Cross Swim Lessons 
Swimming lessons are available for parent and child, preschool, youth, and adult. See the online recreation guide for more information.

Lifeguard Courses
American Red Cross lifeguard certification and instructor courses are also available at the C&RC. See the online recreation guide for more information.

Don’t forget to register early! For more information and to register for all programs, activities and events at the C&RC, visit their website at twpusc.org/crc/crc-home and click on the image of the 2020 Spring and Summer Program Guide. You can also reach the C&RC at (412) 221-1099.

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