2011 Minerva Youth program set to begin day after Fourth

MINERVA-The 2011 Minerva Youth Program will begin on Tuesday, July 5. The program takes place at Donnelly Beach on beautiful Minerva Lake from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday for six weeks, ending on Friday, Aug. 12. During rainy days or times of severe weather, Program campers will be transported by bus to Minerva Central School, where fun indoor activities will be available.

Campers should arrive between 9:45 and 10 a.m. at the Donnelly Beach pavilion, prepared for fun with a backpack that holds a sweatshirt, towel, quart water bottle, sunscreen, and lunch. Bathing suits can be worn beneath regular clothes or can be brought in the backpack.

Morning activities will generally include group games, hiking, canoeing, arts and crafts, and other similarly fun activities. Afternoon adventures will include Red Cross sanctioned swimming lessons, free swim time, and sailing lessons provided by Ron Bruce of North Creek.

All kids who are residents of the Town of Minerva/Minerva Central School students may attend the program at no charge. Campers from out of town are welcome also, but there will be a tuition fee associated with their attendance. Campers who are going into kindergarten this coming fall are eligible (of course, older kids are eligible, too!).

Parents/guardians are encouraged to volunteer their time and share talents that would contribute to the campers' having a great summer. Several day outings and campouts are planned for each of the camper groups, and parent/guardian volunteers are very welcome and encouraged to attend these activities.

Staffing this summer for the Minerva Youth Program includes - director, Mike Corey; assistant director/water safety instructor, Selina Lemay-Klippel; water safety instructor/arts and crafts coordinator, Lisa Fabin; medical director/counselor, Cameron Dubay.

The counselors will be; Stephanie Ovitt, Irek Malikowski, Lance Paradis, Emily Smith, Chris O'Conner, Nicole Wardwell, Massena Green, Katrina Dubay, and Brianna Hammond.

The bus drivers will be Bev West and Ken Smith.

The Program is looking towards a great summer that will be both safe and fun. Contact the Minerva Town Hall at 251-2869 for more information about the program.

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