Boys and Girls Club provides summer fun

The Boys and Girls Club of Ponoka is always welcoming more youths to take part in its summer activities program.

Kids from the Ponoka Youth Centre pose with paralympic champion Vivian Forest to cheer on Canada’s Olympic athletes.

Summer’s only half over, leaving plenty of time for fun.

The Boys and Girls Club of Ponoka is always welcoming more youths to take part in its summer activities program.

“I think they’re having a great time,” said Morgen Chernick, program director, referring to those who attend the summer program. “They go out and tell their friends.”

The program is an opportunity for children to have fun without a big commitment. They’re able to pick and choose the days they want to register, whether it is all week or certain field trip days.

Chernick said field trips take place Tuesdays and Thursdays. In the past the Telus World of Science was one. Future field trips include the Calgary Zoo, the Ukrainian Village and the Tyrell Museum.

The youth are transported with the program on the Lions Club bus. “Which we’re very grateful for,” said Chernick.

Mondays, Wednesday and Friday are community activity days such as swimming and the splash park, once it opens.

The program also hosts themed days. Friday will be an Olympics day to kick off the Summer Olympics in London.

To help with themed days and other aspects of the program, such as field trips, Chernick says parent volunteers are always welcome.

Volunteers will be required to fill out a form and a criminal records check, which the programs will cover the cost of.

On days lacking in volunteers the children still have a good time and are well cared for. “We have excellent staff working for us this year,” Chernick said.

The program started July 2 and will continue until Aug. 24, Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Children ages six to 13 are accepted and because of the age differences they’re split into age groups; the activities mature as they do and are designed to hold their interest.

For more information about the summer program and event calendars, visit the Boys and Girls Club website at http://ponokayouthcentre.com.

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