Dylan Stitt (left) and Kayla Chamberland (right) share a floating mat during one of the last days of Ponoka Youth Centre’s summer programming. The children spent the morning bowling and the afternoon at the Ponoka Aquaplex

Dylan Stitt (left) and Kayla Chamberland (right) share a floating mat during one of the last days of Ponoka Youth Centre’s summer programming. The children spent the morning bowling and the afternoon at the Ponoka Aquaplex

Youth Centre summer programs conclude

Although it feels like they just began, Ponoka Youth Centre’s summer programs are already coming to a close.

Although it feels like they just began, Ponoka Youth Centre’s summer programs are already coming to a close.

“I can’t believe they’re over already,” said program director Morgen Chernick during one of the program’s last days, spent at the Aquaplex.

Each day, the Youth Centre could service up to 55 children, ages six to 13, and the summer programs seemed popular among them. “Some days we had 50 kids attending,” said Chernick.

“It was probably one of the highest attendances we’ve had,” she added.

Many local excursions were made to locations such as the bowling alley, library and swimming pool. Other days were spent at the Youth Centre playing games such as The Amazing Race or Fear Factor.

Field trips were also taken to Fort Edmonton Park, Shakers Fun Centre and The Jungle Farm.

“It was an awesome summer, the kids had a blast,” said Chernick. “We’ve had many amazingly qualified, supportive staff who really care about the kids.”

Fall programming begins Sept. 2 — the first day of school — and the Youth Centre provides fully licensed and accredited after school child programming.

Registration will be held during the town’s mass registration night, Sept. 3 at the Kinsmen Community Centre, and at Ponoka Elementary School’s back to school barbeque, Sept. 4.

“We accept registrations on an ongoing basis,” Chernick explained.

Fall programming includes teen drop-in and after school programs. The Youth Centre will also be open on most school PD days.