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Programs abound for out-of-school kids

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Students at the Prescott Valley Boys and Girls club work together on an art project Thursday. The artistic creation is part of the arts and crafts program put on during the club’s summer programming.

Patrick Whitehurst/The Daily Courier<br> Students at the Prescott Valley Boys and Girls club work together on an art project Thursday. The artistic creation is part of the arts and crafts program put on during the club’s summer programming.

Kids won't lack for things to do in Prescott this summer while school is out, thanks to a number of programs offered in the quad-cities area by the Prescott YMCA and the Prescott Boys and Girls Club.

The Boys and Girls Club begins their summer program for kids aged 6-18-years old this week. The program runs Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Cost for the program is $50 a week, according to Executive Director Gerald Szostak.

"That's all based on the income of the parent," he said. "We're able to work with parents to be able to provide some scholarships as well."

Prescott children are currently being bussed to the Prescott Valley Boys and Girls Club location off Robert Road until enrollment increases.

"We're still trying to build the program, but we're confident that we're going to get the amount that we need to open up the Prescott summer program," Szostak said. "We're still accepting signups over there."

Breakfast and lunch is provided to children enrolled in the program. The summer program includes outside activities, arts and crafts, a computer lab, learning center and other activities designed to curb "summer learning loss." Field trips, which include movies, bowling, swimming, hiking, educational trips and more will also be included in the summer program. The program concludes Thursday, July 31.

Another summer activity at the club, for older kids, is the Keystone Club.

"That's our community service program," Szostak said. "It's a leadership program we started with the teens, where they learn leadership skills and also help out in the club with other staff members."

The organization is also coordinating a community garden club, which Szostak said would be up and running soon.

"We've already got about 30 kids interested in that. The Prescott Valley Community Garden donated two plots for us," he said.

Call the Prescott Valley Club at 928-237-1377 or the administration number at 928-776-8686 to learn more.

Michelle Blevins, spokesperson for the Prescott YMCA, said the 750 Whipple Street facility is currently offering a variety of structured day camps for different age groups as well. Openings are still available.

"We have a preschool camp, aged 2 to 5, where they do different activities like crafts, group games, swimming, field trips, music, play in the gym, free time and exercise," Blevins said. "The YMCA day camps are for those entering grades one through five. It's the same kind of program. They go on field trips every week, they have group games, swimming and the schedules vary weekly, but they always have that core curriculum."

YMCA Adventure Corps camps are for older students. Adventure corps is offered for students entering grades six through eight. All camps will be offered until Friday, Aug. 1.

"It's called 'corps' because they focus on survival skills, drills, physical challenges, relay races, but they still have science and swimming and crafts and art and games too," Blevins said.

All programs run Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Each camp will also offer a weekly theme. Cost for the day camp is $19 a day for those with a YMCA membership and $21 a day for those without a YMCA membership. Visit the group online at prescottymca.org and look for the childcare link. Call the Prescott YMCA at 928-445-7221 for more information.

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