New Online Program Enrollments for the Houlton Recreation Department

The Houlton Parks and Recreation Department has a new online program registration site for Houlton area residents.

HOULTON, Maine – The Houlton Parks and Recreation Department has a new online program registration site for Houlton area residents.

Families should go www.houltonrec.com to create an account and from there they can register for all upcoming summer programs.

A summer brochure was distributed to all school systems in the Houlton area detailing the list of summer program offerings. The brochure can be collected from Rec. office at 128 Main Street or can be downloaded from the city’s website www.houlton-maine.com.

The programs offered this summer are:

The Just for Kids playground program is open to youth ages 5-13. Youth must be 5 years old by June 15 and have completed kindergarten for 2021-2022. The full day program runs from 9am to 4pm, Monday to Thursday and Friday from 9am to 11am. This program will run from June 20 to August 4.

The Just for Kids program is limited to the first 150 children to register. The cost of the program is $200 per child for Houlton residents and $350 per child for non-residents. The program takes place at the Community Park on sunny days and at the Houlton Recreation Center/Millar Civic Center on rainy days. The RSU 29 catering service will provide a free lunch to all attendees.

The “Just for Kids” program was developed to keep children happy, busy and safe throughout the summer.

“Just for me” program – This playground program is open to 4 to 5 year olds. Young people must be 4 years old by June 15 and have completed pre-kindergarten for the 2021-2022 school year.

This program will run Monday through Friday, June 27 through August 4, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and is limited to 12 children. A parent’s manual can be found online. The cost for this program is $100 for Houlton residents and $150 for non-residents.

Pine Tree State Athletics – This program is open to girls and boys aged 7-14. Age groups for competition will be determined by the person’s age as of December 31, 2022. This program will introduce youth to the basics of track and field events. Youngsters must attend weekly practices in order to compete in the state track meet in June.

Practices will take place on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:15 p.m. to 4 p.m. for 7-8 year olds; and 4.15-5 p.m. for 9-10 year olds; and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:15 p.m. to 4 p.m. for 11-14 year olds. Practices will take place outside the Millar Civic Center. The start date is May 23. No crampons are allowed for this program, wear sneakers and bring a bottle of water. The cost for this program is $50 for Houlton residents and $75 for non-Houlton residents.

T-ball and first pitch – The T-ball is for ages 5-6 (must be 5 by June 30). This program will introduce baseball with the use of a batting tee. The first throw is for children aged 7 to 8 (they must be 7 by June 30). This program is designed to teach the basics of baseball and introduce batters to a pitch.

Both programs will begin the week of July 5 and will last four weeks. Practices and games will take place Monday through Thursday evenings at the community park baseball diamonds. The cost is $40 for Houlton residents and $60 for non-Houlton residents.

Science Fun for Toddlers – This program will take place on Monday, August 15 or Wednesday, August 17 from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Rec Center. Children entering Kindergarten through Grade 1 in the fall of 2022 are invited to participate in this activity. There is a limit of 12 children. Owen Gallop will be the instructor. Mornings will be filled with fun science experiments with hands-on projects. The cost is $50 for Houlton residents and $75 for non-Houlton residents. Be sure to wear gaming clothes as some experiments can be messy.

Scientific fun for all – This program will take place on Tuesday August 16 and Thursday August 18 and parents to choose one of the following sessions (9am-10:30am or 11:30am-1pm) in the fall of 2022 are encouraged to register for this camp. The limit is 12 young people per time slot. Owen Gallop will be the instructor. Come explore the world of science through hands-on STEM activities and projects. The cost is $75 for Houlton residents and $115 for non-Houlton residents. Play clothes are a must because some projects and experiments can be messy.

Youth Floor Hockey Camp – This camp will take place on Tuesdays August 12, 19 and 26 at the John A. Millar Civic Center. The age groups and times are as follows: 7-10 years old from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.; and 11-14 years old from 5:45 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. Participants must wear sneakers. if the players have a helmet with a cage and hockey gloves, they can bring their own. Otherwise, the program will provide them. Shin guards, elbow pads and poles will be provided for camp.

There is a limit of 20 youth per timeslot and the cost is $40 for Houlton residents and $60 for non-Houlton residents. Maddie Grant and the recreation staff will be the instructors for this camp. Participants are encouraged to bring their own water bottles.

Tennis lessons for young people – This summer, youth tennis lessons will be held at the Houlton Community Park Tennis Courts from June 28th to July 26th on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Maddie Grant will be the instructor. The ages and times are as follows: 7-8 years old from 8:30 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.; 9-10 years old from 9:30 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.; 11-12 years old from 10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.

Each age group is limited to 12 students. Maddie Grant will be the instructor for this camp. Snowshoes can be provided if needed this year by the Parks and Recreation Department. The cost is $50 for Houlton residents and $75 for non-Houlton residents. This camp will introduce beginners to the game of tennis and intermediate players to the more advanced skills and drills of the sport. Youth are reminded to bring a bottle of water.

Youth Soccer Clinic – This fun week of soccer will take place from Monday August 8th to Thursday August 11th at the community park. Both sessions are for K-2 grades, 8:30-10am; and Grades 3-6 from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Each session is limited to 30 participants.

Marina Cameron will be the instructor for this clinic. The cost is $40 for Houlton residents and $60 for non-Houlton residents. Youth are asked to wear comfortable clothing, shin guards, bring a bottle of water and a soccer ball. Plastic cleats and mouth guards are optional. This clinic will include soccer skill drills, mini-games and contests.

Youth Basketball Camp: will be held August 8-11 at the Gentle Memorial Building. The age group and timings are as follows: youth entering grades K-2 will run from 1-2:30 p.m. and youth entering grades 3-6 will run from 3-4:30 p.m. This camp is set up to focus on the fundamentals of basketball through drills, fun games and competitions. The instructor will be Marina Cameron. The cost is $50 for Houlton residents and $75 for non-Houlton residents. Young people must wear sneakers, bring a basketball and a bottle of water.

LEGO camp – This camp is co-sponsored with the Cary Library. It will be held August 15-17 at the Houlton Rec Center. Parents can register their child either for the session from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. or for the session from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Each session is limited to 20 children. Young people must be between the ages of 6 and 12 to participate. This camp is free for all registrants. Each session, young people will use their imagination to build their own creations. Legos will be provided.

Houlton Hikers – This new program will introduce young people to hiking and the outdoors. Children in grades 5 to 8 are invited to participate. The program is limited to five people. It will take place on Wednesdays July 13, 20 and 27. Day hikes are planned and more information will be given at the mandatory preparation session on Tuesday, July 5 at 6 p.m. at the Houlton Rec Center. This is a free program thanks to the generosity of the Pierce family donation.

Registrations for the fall soccer program will also be taken at this time. The soccer divisions are: Coed Grades K-1; 2nd-3rd year; Girls only 4th and 5th grade; Boys only 4-5. A practice will be held on August 22 for students in kindergarten to grade 2 and on August 23 for students in grades 3 to 5. The cost is $50 for Houlton residents and $75 for non-Houlton residents. Classes K-1 and Classes 2-3 will be limited to 60 youths and Classes 4-5 will be limited to 48 youths. Youth are encouraged to wear shin guards and a mouthpiece. Youngsters will need to bring a water bottle and plastic cleats are optional.

For more information on these programs, call the Recreation Department at 207-532-1310.

Karen O. Fielding