■ For more information about the Boys & Girls Club, call the club at 871-3160.
■ For more information about the city’s Adventure Bound in Steamboat Springs summer program, call the Parks, Open Space and Recreational Services Department at 879-4300, or visit http://steamboatsprings.net/rec.
Steamboat Springs Heather Martyn still can’t believe local youths enjoy spending time at the Boys & Girls Club of Steamboat Springs.
The club, which celebrates its one-year anniversary today, has grown to 769 members, Martyn said Monday. She’s the club’s unit director.
Located in the Eighth Street Gym at the George P. Sauer Human Services Center on Seventh Street, the Boys & Girls Club provides activities from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. for youths ages 6 to 18.
“There’s always plenty of stuff to do,” 11-year-old Oscar Brown said Monday in between games of pool in the club’s rec room. “You never run out of stuff to do.”
Oscar has been coming to the Boys & Girls Club since it opened last summer. So has 12-year-old Erik Rudolph.
“I think it’s awesome,” he said. “The counselors are so nice, and they make everything fun.”
Boys & Girls Club activities include sports and recreation, arts and crafts, and educational programming. The rec room includes pool, air hockey, foosball, table tennis and a Nintendo Wii. There is a computer lab with 25 computers. And middle school-aged students have their own space called “The Attic.”
This summer, the club will open a learning center, a quiet space for youths to read or have down time, Martyn said. Another new space the club is sharing with the Yampa Valley School will provide additional room for games.
Martyn said daily field trips each week take youths to Old Town Hot Springs, Strings Music Pavilion, Snow Bowl, Amaze’n Steamboat, the Alpine Slide, Bud Werner Memorial Library or on a hike in town or at Steamboat Ski Area.
“It’s structured,” Martyn said, “but kids can really just be kids here. They’re safe, and they have fun.”
The city’s licensed summer program, Adventure Bound in Steamboat Springs, kicked off its 2010 summer season Monday.
Alexis Wolf, youth program coordinator for the city’s Parks, Open Space and Recreational Services Department, said kindergartners through sixth-graders are split into three groups for daily activities.
The kindergarten through first-grade and the second- through third-grade groups operate out of Soda Creek Elementary School. The fourth- through sixth-grade group operates from the Igloo next to Howelsen Ice Arena. The city provides services from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Adventure Bound in Steamboat Springs also offers daily field trips, which include “just about anything you could do in the Yampa Valley,” Wolf said, mentioning visits to Steamboat Lake State Park, Stagecoach State Park, the Craig Wave Pool, Snow Bowl, Old Town Hot Springs, Strawberry Park Hot Springs and hiking, biking and overnight camping trips.
She said the older group’s two-night camping and rafting trip to Denver is planned to include a day at Elitch Gardens and a Colorado Rockies game.
Wolf said the daily summer enrollment is down from previous years. She expects the younger groups to average about 30 children a day and the older group to have between 10 and 20 children a day.
“We have as many kids as we’ve had in the past,” she said. “They’re just signing up for less days.”
The city’s summer program costs $30 a day. Wolf said the city provides scholarships for any families that might need some financial assistance. For more information, call 879-4300.
The Boys & Girls Club costs $1 an hour, $10 a day or $350 for the entire summer with a $25 membership fee. Scholarships also are available. For more information, call the club at 871-3160.
Steamboat resident Stephanie Timlin enrolled her 6-year-old daughter Charlotte Brooks in the Boys & Girls Club on Monday. Timlin, an obstetrician tech at Yampa Valley Medical Center and a full-time nursing student, said the club is convenient and affordable.
“I’m relieved that I found this program,” she said. “I would have been in trouble for the summer.”
Dana Duran, the executive director of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Northwest Colorado, oversees the Steamboat and Craig clubs. Since it opened last summer, Duran said the Steamboat club has come a long way in getting the community’s support and retaining members.
Now, she said, the club just has to maintain that.
“I think Boys & Girls Clubs are critical to the success of a community,” she said. “Educating youth and giving positive adult role models is the only way the community can grow and thrive.”