Parks & Recreation

Director:  Donna F. Carney-Bastrzycki

Phone: (860) 738-4695
Fax: (860) 379-6262

Email-barkhamstedrec@barkhamsted.us

     

RECREATION NEWS

 27th Annual Farmington River Clean UP!!     

When-Saturday-September 27, 2014 from 10-2 p.m.

The Parks and Recreation Department is teaming up with the Farmington River Watershed Association and The Farmington River Coordinating Committee for this event.  Come lend a hand and help clean up our beautiful river!   Gloves, Bags, Breakfast and Lunch will be provided.  Clean up will be at various sites.  To find out more and register, call 860-658-4442 EXT. 0 or visit www.frwa.org     Thanks in advance for your help!

Junior River Ranger Program!
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 and at Rose's Kitchen in Riverton.  All children that attended the Barkhamsted Recreation Commission's Summer Camp received a booklet during camp.  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.

 

 SUMMER CAMP IN REVIEW!

 Hello parents, I wanted to take the time to say Thank you for enrolling your child in the Barkhamsted Rec. Camp for the Summer of 2014. I hope that your child had a wonderful time at camp. The staff and I worked very hard at providing a fun and safe camp that hopefully provided a memorable week for your child. Below is a highlight of our special camp guests and visits at camp in addition to the crafts, games and swim time the children participated in. Monday- Animal-Palooza Theme- Visit to the Stone Museum with Janet Bumstead,  Special Guest from Girl Scouts of America- Rosemary Dresser-Water Safety Review with all Campers          Tuesday-Sports Mania -Karate with Kim Janak -Fishing Lessons at the Waterfront with Paul Beauchene                  Wed. Nature! (even though it rained we still had camp!) -Jr. River Ranger Program with activities from the River Ranger Book -Guest Speakers- Ella McPhearson and Stephan Bastrzycki-Farmington River Coordinating Committee -Karate with Kim Janak -Adventures in Leadership Group had Vivian Irwin give a First Aid/Safety lesson -Fishing in the afternoon with Paul Beauchene        Thursday- Hometown Heroes -We had a visit from the Police, Fire Department, and EMS-- they even brought the police dogs, and much more! --Squires Tavern Museum Visit with Paul Hart and the children learned about our Barkhamsted Heroes and History Friday-- Halloween in July and Minute to Win It with Camper Awards. Luau and Community Pot Luck from 5-8 pm. with games It was a fun filled week.

If your child completes the River Ranger booklet throughout the summer,  please let me know and I will be sure that they have their book signed off on and they will receive their badge and award certificate. If you need another book or two for the family, they can be picked up at Squire's Tavern, Stone Museum, Rose's Kitchen and Town Hall. I hope your child had a wonderful time at camp and I will see you and your family at upcoming Recreation Programs and Events. Have a great rest of the Summer! Donna Bastrzycki Recreation Director Barkhamstedrec@barkhamsted.us

Registration form

Camp Information & Policies

Parental Waiver form

 EMPLOYMENT APPLICATIONS
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.  

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

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