Oak Creek plans summer program for South Routt youths

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Oak Creek drop-in summer camp

The camp runs from June 3 to Aug. 16.

This 11-week program is open to children 6 to 18. Lunch will be provided Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The per-child daily fee is $5, or $10 on field trip days. The registration fee is $15 per child, and the first month of camp fees are due at registration. Part-time and full-time options are available. The camp is an open campus and is not regulated by Colorado Child Care Licensing. For more information, contact Sarai Cox, recreation coordinator, at 970-736-8231 or sarai@townofoakcreek.com.

Week 1 Soccer

Week 2 Kickball

Week 3 Flag football

Week 4 Volleyball (No camp June 28)

Week 5 Dodgeball (No camp July 4 and July 5)

Week 6 Capture the flag/fishing

Week 7 Bike week (helmet required)

Week 8 Whiffle ball

Week 9 Roller hockey and skateboarding (helmet required)

Week 10 Basketball

Week 11 Splash week

Teen and tween sports nights

Teen nights

June 4 and 18

July 9 and 23

Aug. 6

Tween nights

June 11 and 25

July 16 and 30

Aug. 13

— Students aren’t quite excused from classes for the year, but summer days aren’t that far off for South Routt youths.

Oak Creek is sponsoring a program to make sure kids and teens who might’ve been without plans have a place to go this summer. The town budgeted for a recreation coordinator and has received funds from LiveWell Northwest Colorado to help start a three-month summer camp.

Sarai Cox comes to Oak Creek from Granby to head up the drop-in program this summer.

Registration is ongoing, and as of Monday afternoon 27 children were registered for the camp.

“We offer a very flexible schedule,” Cox said. “Parents can kind of cherry-pick days that work.”

Even though the camp, which starts June 3, has room for only 30 children daily, not all of those 27 who are registered will attend every day, leaving room for drop-ins throughout the summer.

The cost is $5 per day, or $10 for days when there are field trips. Those days and trips have not yet been scheduled. There also is a registration fee of $15 per child.

Funds from LiveWell allow the camp to offer a healthy lunch and a snack on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Cox said she has a list of people who’ve volunteered to help and will be starting a counselor training program for 10th-grade students to get involved.

The camp will partner with LiveWell for a summer version of the organization’s 5210 Challenge to track healthy choices throughout the week.

Cox also will host “teen and tween sports nights” for $2 every other Tuesday during the summer. The proceeds will go directly toward fundraising for the summer program.

“I want to see this grow into a really successful program,” Cox said.

Activities during the camp will “include arts/crafts, science exploration, and camp songs in addition to sports skills.” There also will be a “bike week.”

“A big focus of our summer program is going to be character,” she said.

Cox is the daughter of Bobby Rauch, who joined the newly reformed Oak Creek Police Department in October.

She’d driven through the town before Rauch moved to South Routt, Cox said, and had been taken with the area. With experience starting a summer program in Frederick, Md., Cox applied for the position after finding it posted online.

“I am truly excited to make Oak Creek my home and to have the opportunity to make a positive difference in South Routt County,” she wrote in an email.

To reach Michael Schrantz, call 970-871-4206 or email mschrantz@SteamboatToday.com

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