2017 Recreation Forms for Fall, Winter and Spring Programs. (please click link below!) (For Summer Camp forms please click the links under Summer Camp)
Registration Form Barkhamsted Recreation (Fall, Winter, Spring) Summer camp has a seperate registration form. (Summer Camp info will be posted after April 30. The camp week will be held July 17-21, 2017)
Medical Forms (including form for Epi-Pen use)
Mark your Calendars-Barkhamsted Summer Camp Week will be held July 17-21, 2017.
Summer Camp Applications are now being accepted for Camp Counselors-(16 years and older) and volunteer Junior Counselors (14 and over) Please submit complete applications by Wed. May 3.
Employment Applications for Camp Staff, Instructors, Counselors, Junior Counselors and Volunteers and seasonal staff are available at the town hall and on the links below. If you want to work Summer Camp 2017-Please send in your application early! The deadline this year will be Wed. May 3, 2017. Please get your application in early as each qualified candidate will be interviewed.
Click here for : EMPLOYMENT APPLICATION
Click here for: Junior Counselor Application (Volunteer Junior Counselors must be 14 years old)
SUMMER RECREATION CAMP
will be held the week of July 17-21, 2017. It will be a fun filled, action packed interactive camp. The registration forms are available on the links below and at Town hall. The Barkhamsted Summer Recreation camp is for children ages 4 to entering Grade 8! The children will be divided up into three separate groups for some of the activities during the day.
Children ages 4 to entering Grade 1 in the fall can attend camp from 9:00 A.M. until 12 noon. The campers will have a fun filled and active morning while playing a variety of interactive games, making arts and crafts, singing songs, enjoying story time and creative play! Parents are asked to pick their children up beginning at 11:45 and no later than 12:00 p.m. at People's Forest Pavilion.
At noon the children in Grades entering 2 to 8 are then bused to EAST or West Beach for lunch, games, crafts and supervised swimming. The Early Bird cost of camp is $170.00 for full day (Grades 2 to 8) and $95.00 for half day ages 4-entering Grade 1. with registrations received before June 1st and $180.00 for the full day and $105.00 for the half day camp for registrations received on June 2-12, 2017. The full day camp is from 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Pick up will be at 3 p.m. at West or East Beach.
If your child has any allergies/medical concerns or food sensitivities please indicate this on the emergency card and also additional paperwork will be required for Epi-Pens that need to be completed before Monday, July 3, 2017.
Payment is due upon registration. The final deadline will be Monday, June 12. (In order to have the best possible experience for your child and proper planning, equipment and supervision-PLEASE REGISTER PRIOR TO THE DEADLINE! Please make checks out to: The Town of Barkhamsted. If you have any questions, please email Donna Bastrzycki-Recreation Director
email@example.com (The children’s groups are formed and staff hiring is decided by the attendance of the campers-Please Register Early!!)
In case if inclement weather, Summer Camp can be cancelled with no make-up day or refund. However, we still try to run camp rain or shine!
Please send the completed Registration form/emergency card with payment to:
Donna Bastrzycki-Recreation Director
Barkhamsted Town Hall- 67 Ripley Hill Road
Pleasant Valley, CT 06063-0558
Or Drop off at the Town Hall in the Recreation Office. You can also drop your forms in the white mailbox in front of town hall if you are arriving after town hall is closed for the day. All forms must be complete with payment in order for your child to be registered.
Join us for a fun meetup on West Hill lake on Saturday, July 8, 2017 Please meet at 7:00 pm at the state boat launch on West Hill Lake for the meet time as that should get us on the water by 7:30, sunset is around 8:22. Please bring your own boats, life jacket, beverages, and snacks. Rain will cancel event. . To confirm you will attend please email Donna Bastrzycki at firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, June 30-Please indicate how many people will be attending. For more info please call Peter Bakker at 860-491-4417
Nature Camp 2017
The Barkhamsted Recreation Department's Nature Camp 2017-
Come spend some time in the woods, observing and enjoying the natural world. We will meet at three different locations in Peoples State Forest. The children will go on hikes, discover the treasures to be found in the wild and learn to identify some of what they see. Each child will create a nature journal, including their own sketches, photographs and data collected by the group. Snack will be provided. This camp runs rain or shine, so please dress appropriately.
This camp is for children ages 3- 8 (older returning campers are welcome)
July 5, 6 & 7 - Pavilion at Matthies Grove, East River Rd
July 11, 12 & 13- Big Spring area, top of Greenwoods Rd.
July 25, 26 &27 – Whitemore Grove, East River Rd
Each week there will be a morning session from 9-12 . Enrollment will be limited to 17 children per session.
Cost $40 per week
Please make checks payable to Barkhamsted Recreation Commission and return with completed registration form to:
Molly Sexton Read
48 Taylor RD
Barkhamsted, CT 06063
Registration deadlines are the week prior to the start of the camp week.
Call 738-1559 or e-mail email@example.com for more information.
New Class-Time Saving Supper and Meal Planning for Families
"Time Saving Suppers & Meal Planning" with Shana Griffin, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist at the ShopRite of Canton presents to you quick and healthy tips and tricks for getting dinner on the table in a flash. Looking for new fun and delicious recipe ideas the whole family will love? She's got you covered and will be cooking up a quick meal that the audience will get to try!
Date-Wed. July 12 from 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Location: Barkhamsted Community Room on Route 44 at the Town Highway Garage.
Registration Deadline-Wed. July 5. Please email Donna Bastrzycki at barkhamstedrec.barkhamsted.us to reserve your spot.
Barkhamsted 5K River Run
Barkhamsted Recreation Programs
Spring KARATE (NEW!)
Thursday, March 23, 30, April 6, 20, 27, May 4, 11 and June 1, 2017 as a possible snow make up day at the Barkhamsted School in the Gym from 6:00-6:45 p.m. White Belts (Beginners ages 5 to 12)-
Little Dragons-(ages 5 & 6)-Basic Karate skills, Basic Kata, target drills and exercise, simple self defense
Mighty Tigers (ages 7 & 8)-Stronger Karate basics and Kata, Stretching, exercise, target drills and self defense
Karate Rangers (ages 9-12)-Karate Basics, including kicking, kata, self-defense, exercise to level, target drills $75.00 per 8 week sessions
Family/Teen and Adult Karate
White Belts (Beginners ages 13 and up)-7:00 to 7:45 p.m.
Teen/Adults-(Ages 13 and up)-Kenpo Karate Forms and Self Defense Techniques, Basic kicking drills.
This is a great opportunity to learn karate with family members or solo.
$85.00 per 8 week sessions New-$5.00 discount for each additional family member that signs up for Karate!
***Note***New students are white belts and receive uniform
Fee includes: Belt and/or Stripe, Belt or Stripe Test and Certificate
(Note: Promotion to higher belt levels will require multiple sessions)
Registration Deadline is Tuesday, March 14, 2017
For more information contact: Charlotte Silkey Phone-860-830-7178 Emailfirstname.lastname@example.org Please stop by town hall to pick up a registration form or download the form at the top of this page the (Recreation Department's) website at www.barkhamsted.us Please mail the registration form to Barkhamsted Parks and Recreation Department -67 Ripley Hill Road- PO Box 558-Pleasant Valley, CT 06063
MARK YOUR CALENDARS!!!!
Earth Day 2017
4th Annual Barkhamsted Earth Day Nature Festival -Sunday, April 30th from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Matthies Grove in Peoples State Forest near and in the Pavilion off East River Road. Come and enjoy a fun filled day and be sure to stop by the Recreation Commission booth! Summer camp registration forms will be available at Earth Day at the Recreation booth!
Volunteer Opportunities and Fun Community Events!
- Want to help keep the Farmington River Beautiful and a Fun and Safe Place to Recreate? Consider giving some time as a volunteer assistant River Steward or a volunteer for the Recreation Department. There are many opportunities to become invloved. We have several fun joint events throughout the year and are always looking for new volunteers! For more Recreation program info email-Donna Bastrzycki-Recreation Director- email@example.com
Get Involved in helping the River
Are you passionate about the Farmington River? Do you enjoy being outdoors and making a difference in the community? Consider offering a few hours of your time to help a great cause. What can you do?
There is a new team of 'Assistant Stewards' for the summer They will help spread the word about proper etiquette on the river and provide a presence during the busier times. This could be a great learning experience for students majoring in environmental studies/conservation, or just someone who enjoys interacting with others. If interested in learning more please contact-Stephan Bastrzycki-River Steward at firstname.lastname@example.org
Periodically there are river cleanups held on specific stretches of the river. A few people volunteering a couple hours of their time can make a big difference. Check our calendar of events on the home page of the Farmington River Steward website-http://farmingtonriversteward.org/ when the next cleanup become scheduled.
Consider 'adopting' a small stretch of river and help keep it clean.
If you do not want to actually commit to any hours, be our eyes on the river. The next time you are out on the Farmington and see something that needs reporting, let us know via email at email@example.com
Maybe it is a downed tree creating a hazard in the water or an area of trash that needs to be cleaned up.
Check out the great programs offered at the Beardsley and Memorial Library
40 Munro Place, Winsted, CT 06098 (860) 379-6043 www.beardsleyandmemorial.org
FALPS Events- (Friends of American Legion and People's State Forest)
Remember to regularly check our Facebook page. You do not have to be ‘on-Facebook’ to get onto the site. Simply type ‘Friends of American Legion and Peoples State Forests’ in the search box and it will bring up a link to our Facebook page. The actual address is: https://www.facebook.com/ctfalps.
Friends of American Legion and Peoples State Forests Offer An All Trails-All Seasons Challenge
BARKHAMSTED, CT—Like to hike or spend time outdoors in nature? Would you like a fun challenge that will last a year and afford you the treasures of nature? Then join the Friends of American Legion and Peoples State Forests (FALPS) for its All Trails-All Seasons Challenge.
The All Trails-All Seasons Challenge require that you hike all trails—which comprise 12.6 miles—in American Legion and Peoples State Forests in each season of the year, beginning on June 1, 2016 and ending on May 15, 2017. You can do the trails individually or as a group and, at the end or your challenge, be congratulated with a tee shirt and a picnic on June 4, 2017 at the Whittemore Recreation Area in Peoples State Forest.
We ask that participants pre-register before they begin the Challenge. To get your pre-registration form please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or send us a message on our Facebook page at http://www.facebook/ctfalps.
Besides pre-registration, the only other qualifications are: Hike all trails identified on the official map in their entirety in each of the four seasons, submit one photo per season along a trail within the challenge area and, when you’re all finished, submit the Official Completion Form with a check for $20 after all hiking is completed. This will help defray the costs of tee shirts and the luncheon. Please e-mail FALPS at email@example.com for your Completion Form or send us a message on our Facebook page at http://www.facebook/ctfalps. Feel free to share photos and comments documenting your progress on our Facebook page as you take the Challenge!
Following are the time frames for each season:
Summer- June 1, 2016 – August 31, 2016
Fall- September 1, 2016- November 30, 2016
Winter- December 1, 2016- February 28, 2017
Spring- March 1, 2017- May 15, 2017
Special awards will be given out at the picnic, including prizes for the oldest and youngest participants.
“We’re excited to present the All Trails-All Seasons Challenge in hopes that it will encourage folks to get out into nature but also expose them to the beauty of American Legion and Peoples State Forests,” said Ralph
Scarpino, President of the FALPS board. “There may be only 12.6 miles of hiking trails in our forests but they are packed with natural and historical wonders as well as beautiful and fascinating flora and fauna.”
As Henry David Thoreau said of his forays throughout New England, “When we walk, we naturally go to the fields and woods: what would become of us if we walked only in a garden or a mall?”
For more information please e-mail FALPS at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Ralph Scarpino at 860-921-1756.
For more Information, please click the links below:
FALPS has a lot of plans for the upcoming months and we hope you can be with us as we appreciate all the forests have to offer us. These forests are a great place to relax, learn and enjoy.
The All Trails-All Seasons Challenge is just about complete. Our ‘spring’ season started March 1 and the hiking must be over by May 15th. Our events schedule includes hikes for those that like the group hike. Everyone is welcome. See listing below.
Also take note of are canoe raffle fund raiser. There are several opportunities to check out the canoe and buy tickets. Tickets will make a super mother’s day gift or father’s day gift.
Scheduled events: Inclement weather cancels or postpones hikes. Check Facebook page.
- Saturday, May 6, 2017. Peoples State Forest. Group hike on the Agnes Bowen Trail. 10:00am until noon. Meet at the main Peoples State Forest parking lot- Matthies Grove.
- Sunday, May 7, 2017. Peoples State Forest. Group hike on the Walt Landgraf Trail 1:00pm to 3:00pm. Walk with Ken Fedor as he leads this hike to the Soapstone Quarry and discusses Native American use of soapstone. Meet on the Park Road trail head for the Elliott Bronson Trail
- Saturday, May 13, 2017. American Legion State Forest. Group hike on the Turkey Vulture Ledges Trail 10:00am-noon. Meet at the entrance to Legion Road off of West River Road.
- Sunday, May 21, 2017. Presentation on “A year in the Life of a Chickadee’’. 1:30pm to 3:00pm. Meet at the Barkhamsted Highway Garage Community Room on Route 44 (33 New Hartford Road)
Don’t forget FALPS Tee shirts are available at the Riverton Store- Another great mother’s day gift!
We have bluebirds nesting in at least one of our boxes and another pair that are thinking about nesting!
FALPS Fundraiser. Over this past winter a 1938 Wood / Canvas canoe has been restored and is being raffled as a fund raiser by FALPS and the Friends of Goodwin Forest (FGF). This canoe was owned by James L. Goodwin who was a leading conservationist during the last century. His legacy in part was his donation of the James L. Goodwin State Forest in Hampton and the Great Pond State Forest in Simsbury. Tickets are selling for $20. and only 500 have been printed. Tickets will be available at many FALPS events and the canoe will be on display at the Barkhamsted Nature Festival on April 30. Plan to buy a ticket to support programing for FALPS and FGF. Tickets are also available at the Riverton Store and Collinsville Canoe & Kayak. Canoe valued at $4,000 comes with new paddles!
FALPS Fundraiser: Over this past winter a 1938 Wood/Canvas canoe has been restored and is being raffled as a fund raiser by FALPS and the Friends of Goodwin Forest (FGF). This canoe was owned by James L. Goodwin who was a leading conservationist during the last century. His legacy in part was his donation of the James L. Goodwin State Forest in Hampton and the Great Pond State Forest in Simsbury. Tickets are selling for $20. and only 500 have been printed. Tickets will be available at the Riverton Store, Collinsville Canoe & Kayak and many FALPS events. The canoe will be on display at the Barkhamsted Nature Festival on April 30. Plan to buy a ticket to support programming for FALPS and FGF. Canoe valued at $4,000 comes with new paddles!
FUN EVENTS TO ATTEND IN TOWN AT THE BARKHAMSTED Historical Society
The Barkhamsted Historical Society is working to preserve and share the history and cu lture of the Connecticut town of Barkhamsted. In these pages we hope to share with you information, sights and flavors of Barkhamsted, past and present.
Barkhamsted Historical Society Events
Barkhamsted Historical Society
Barkhamsted Historical Society Program
On May 12th, 2017 at 7PM at the Barkhamsted Senior Center, 109 West River Rd., Pleasant Valley, the Barkhamsted Historical Society presents CT State Historian and Associate Professor of History at UCONN, Walt Woodard speaking on “The Burning Question about Nathan Hale”. There are some unanswered questions remaining about Nathan Hales’ death and his involvement in some incidences just prior to his hanging. Walt will explore these as well as the possible “Barkhamsted Connection” found in Consider Tiffany’s journal. Admission is free and refreshments will be served.
Questions call: Noreen Watson 860 738-1152
Old Barkhamsted Day 2017
Our Annual Old Barkhamsted Day will be held at the Tavern on Saturday May 20th beginning at 12 noon with food and soft drinks for sale. Join us for a variety of live demonstrations featuring some of the domestic skills our ancestors used in their daily lives.
We will have a blacksmith with his portable forge showing how a number of iron items were produced that were needed around the farms, as well as craft demonstrations including: weaving, spinning, candle making, basket weaving, rush chair seat weaving, corn husk dolls, and old hand tools and games to try.
This year we will again have a sheep shearing demonstration and some friendly goats roaming around.
Returning this year will be an encampment on the grounds by the Lebanon Towne Militia. We will be able to see how they lived while being ready to defend their town. These activities will take place on the Tavern grounds and the Tavern will be open for touring. Questions call: Noreen Watson 860 738 1152
The Barkhamsted Historical Society's one room schoolhouse, the old Center School on Center Hill Road (Rt. 181) in Barkhamsted
Hello Parks and Recreation Friends!
Barkhamsted Recreation Summer Camp
Below is the link to the Album created on Flickr from the Recreation.Summer Camp ~ We hope your child had a wonderful time.
album by Barkhamsted Recreation Department
on Flickr. Photos by: Donna Bastrzycki
For Parks and Recreation Programs- Please be sure to fill out the Registrationform with the link below.
Parks and Recreation registration form or click here to download the form and mail the payment/form to Barkhamsted Parks and Recreation Department -67 Ripley Hill Road- PO Box 558-Pleasant Valley, CT 06063 Pre-Registration is required. (No onsite registration for programs) Please register before the deadline to ensure your spot.
Employment Applications for Camp Staff, Instructors, Counselors, Junior Counselors and Volunteers and seasonal staff are available at the town hall and on the links below. If you want to work Summer Camp 2017-Please send in your application early! The deadline this year will be Monday, April 3, 2017. Please get your application in early as each qualified candidate will be interviewed.
Click here for : EMPLOYMENT APPLICATION
Click here for: Junior Counselor Application (Junior Counselors must be 14 years old)
Junior River Ranger Program! 2017
The Wild and Scenic Rivers program of the National Park Service along with the Farmington River Coordinating Committee is offering the Junior River Ranger Program for youth. Children are able to pick up an activity booklet at the Farmington River Coordinating Committee's office at Squires Tavern, The Stone Museum at People's State Forest, Barkhamsted Town Hall in the main office. All children that attended the Barkhamsted Recreation Commission's Summer Camp will recieve a booklet during camp and complete fun lessons throughout our camp week. Once your child completes their book and has it signed off at one of the above locations, they will receive their badge and award.
The Junior River Ranger program is modeled after the Junior Rangers program found in many national parks. The program allows youth to explore the Wild and Scenic Upper Farmington River and provide them with opportunities to protect and learn more about the river. The River Rangers will be given an activity booklet that teaches them about Wild and Scenic Rivers, the rivers’ special attributes, and how they can help be ambassadors for our incredibly beautiful river.
The booklet has activities that get youth and families out on the river and participate in hands on exploring and learning. The program is geared for children aged 6-12 years old, but all youth are encouraged to participate if they want to. Once the youth complete the booklet, they can hand it in, have it checked, and receive a badge and certificate stating they are now a Junior River Ranger.
For more information on the program, contact Stephan Bastrzycki, River Steward at the Farmington River Coordinating Committee- riversteward@farmington river.org, or check out the committee’s website, www.farmingtonriver.org. If you would like to help with the program or as an volunteer assistant river steward, volunteers are always welcome!
Employment Applications for Camp Staff, Instructors, Counselors, Junior Counselors and Volunteers and seasonal staff are available at the town hall and on the links below. It's never to early to apply! Please fill out and drop off all completed applications by: Monday, April 17.
Click here for : EMPLOYMENT APPLICATION
Click here for: Junior Counselor Application
ATTENTION ALL GOLFERS:
Burlington Golf Center offers discounted golf lessons for Barkhamsted residents. Call (860) 675-7320