Parks & Recreation

Director:  Donna Bastrzycki

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

Email-barkhamstedrec@barkhamsted.us

     

RECREATION NEWS

 
 

 SUMMER CAMP 2015

The Barkhamsted Summer Recreation camp will be held on July 20-14, 2015.  The camp is for ages 4 to entering Grade 8!  The children will be divided up into three separate groups for some of the activities during the day.  Please click on the link below for camp info and forms.  (Registration page contains 2 forms)

Registration Form with Emergency Card and Camp Info- (Click the blue link to the right for the Registration Form, Emergency Card and info!) LinkClick.aspx  

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 noon the children in Grades entering 2 to 8 are then bused to West Beach for lunch, games, crafts and supervised swimming. The cost of camp is $165.00 for full day (Grades 2 to 8) and $90.00 for half day ages 4-entering Grade 1. 
 
If your child has any allergies/medical concerns/special needs or food sensitivities please indicate this on the emergency card and also additional paperwork will be required for Epi-Pens.  
 
Payment is due upon registration. The deadline is Monday, June 22, 2015 unless the program meets its maximum before this date. (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 payable to: The Town of Barkhamsted Recreation Department.  If you have any questions, please email Donna Bastrzycki-Recreation Director 
barkhamstedrec@barkhamsted.us  or call (860) 738-4695
 
Please send the completed Registration form/emergency card with payment to: 
Donna Bastrzycki-Recreation Director
Barkhamsted Town Hall- 67 Ripley Hill Road
P.O. Box 558
Pleasant Valley, CT 06063-0558
Or Drop off at the Town Hall in the Recreation Office-All forms must be complete with payment in order for your child to be registered.

 

 

 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.   Application Deadline is Wednesday, May 27, 2015 

Click here for : EMPLOYMENT APPLICATION

Click here for: Junior Counselor Application

 Nature Camp Summer-2015  

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)
June 30, July 1,2 - Pavilion at Matthies Grove, East River Rd
July 7, 8, 9- Big Spring area, top of Greenwoods Rd.
July 14,15,16 – Whitemore Grove, East River Rd
Each week there will be a morning session from 9-11:30 and an afternoon session from 12:30-3. 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:    click here to download the form    
Molly Sexton Read
48 Taylor RD
Barkhamsted, CT 06063
Registration deadlines are the Friday prior to the start of the camp week.
Call 738-1559 or e-mail msexton-read@charter.net for more information.

 

 

 

 

BARKHAMSTED HISTORICAL SOCIETY MAY PROGRAMS


The Barkhamsted Historical Society presents the 3rd program in their series: “ Farming: From then to now” on Friday night,May 8th @ 7PM at the Barkhamsted Senior Center,109 West River Rd., Pleasant Valley ,CT.

Paul Hart, BHS Vice President will offer a look at farming in Barkhamsted and how it changed over time from subsistence to market farming to virtually no farms in 2015.

Admission is free and refreshments will be served. Questions call : Noreen Watson 860 738 1152.

BARKHAMSTED HISTORICAL SOCIETY EVENTS - JUNE 2015

June 12, 2015 - Architectural Styles in Barkhamsted through the Years -

New Hartford Town Historian, Anne Hall, will discuss the changing styles in architecture in Barkhamsted through the years.  Anne is widely known for her educational articles that appeared in the New Hartford Independent Newspaper. This event will be held at the Barkhamsted Senior Center, 101 West River Road, Pleasant Valley at 7:00 PM.

This talk will have a follow up bus tour on June 20th at 10:00 am covering Pleasant Valley and Riverton.  There will be a sign up sheet at the Barkhamsted Senior Center or you may call Noreen Watson at 860 738 1152.  There is a $12 fee for the bus tour.  You may contact Noreen Watson with any questions.

 SPRING KARATE!    (NEW!!)

Starting Monday, April 20 at Barkhamsted School in the Gym
*Monday classes-

April 20, 27, May 4, 11, 18, June 1, 8, 15 (No Class on May 25
 Little Ninjas (grades K-1):  6:00 – 6:40 p.m.  (-a wonderful way to introduce this age group to karate through the use of drills and games while teaching focus and self control)
Youth/Family: (grades 3 and up) 6:45-8 p.m.    (-a great way for adults, youth and families to work out together)
FEE:  $65.00 per person,  $10 discount for each family member that registers! (2nd family memb
er-$55, 3rd family member $45, etc)


For information on the class email instructor Kim Janak-kjanak@att.net or for info about registration email Donna Bastrzycki-Recreation Director-barkhamstedrec@barkhamsted.us  Please stop by town hall to pick up a program 
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  by Monday, April 6.  Pre-Registration is required.  (No onsite registration)  Please register before the deadline to ensure your spot!

 

Nature Camp Summer-2015

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)
June 30, July 1,2 - Pavilion at Matthies Grove, East River Rd
July 7, 8, 9- Big Spring area, top of Greenwoods Rd.
July 14,15,16 – Whitemore Grove, East River Rd
Each week there will be a morning session from 9-11:30 and an afternoon session from 12:30-3. 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:    click here to download the form 
Molly Sexton Read
48 Taylor RD
Barkhamsted, CT 06063
Registration deadlines are the Friday prior to the start of the camp week.
Call 738-1559 or e-mail msexton-read@charter.net for more information.

BIG NEWS!
THE EASTER BUNNY WILL BE HOPPING INTO BARKHAMSTED!
    (THANKS TO ALL THOSE WHO ATTENDED!  WE HOPE YOU HAD FUN!)

When:          Saturday-March 28, 2015
Where:         Meet In Front of Rose's Kitchen in Riverton
What time:      2:30 p.m.
What to Bring:  Your Easter Basket to join in on the Easter Egg Hunt and a camera!  The children will be broken up into two separate age groups for a candy and toy filled Easter Egg Hunt sponsored by the Recreation Commission.  The event will be held rain, snow or shine!!)

WINTER KARATE!    (NEW)  (THANKS TO ALL THOSE WHO ATTENDED WE HOPE YOU HAD A GREAT TIME!

DUE TO THE SNOW CANCELATIONS-Karate has begun on Monday, FEB. 23 and will be extended to April 6 due to the snow cancelations.  (extra time has also been added to both sessions of classes. 
at Barkhamsted School in the Gym
*Monday classes from 2/23-4/6/2015 with
no class on 2/16/15
Little Ninjas (grades K-1):  6:00 – 6:40 p.m.  (-a wonderful way to introduce this age group to karate through the use of drills and games while teaching focus and self control)
Youth/Family: (grades 3 and up) 6:45- 8 p.m.    (-a great way for adults, youth and families to work out together)
FEE:  $65.00 per person,  $10 discount for each family member that registers! (2nd family memb
er-$55, 3rd family member $45, etc)


For information on the class email instructor Kim Janak-kjanak@att.net or for info about registration email Donna Bastrzycki-Recreation Director-barkhamstedrec@barkhamsted.us  Please stop by town hall to pick up a program
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  by Thursday, January 15.  Pre-Registration is required.  (No onsite registration)  Please register before the deadline to ensure your spot. 

Christmas in Riverton!    (THANKS TO ALL THAT ATTENDED-WE HOPE YOU HAD A GREAT TIME!)

Join us as we attend  the fun Friday festivities on December 5th starting at 5:30-8:00 p.m.,  We will take part in the the Candlelight Walk Through Town, enjoy Holiday Shopping, The Festival of Trees and the Wine Tasting tour.  If you would like to meet up and join in on the fun, please email-barkhamstedrec@barkhamsted.us by Wed. December 3

 

For more information about the Christmas in Riverton Events visit-rivertonct.com/Events/Christmas.aspx

CREATIVE CRAFTERS Christmas Workshop    (THANKS
 TO ALL THOSE WHO ATTENDED-WE HOPE YOU HAD A GREAT TIME!)


Let your little ones join in on the fun and decorate a creative Christmas card, craft and ornament for the family. The class is geared for ages 3-grade 4. We provide the crafts, cookies and cocoa.   This workshop is held in conjunction with Christmas in Riverton.

DATE: Saturday, December 6, 2014
TIME: 12:00-2:00 p.m.
COST: $5:00 per child.  Please reserve a spot for your child by pre-registering by Wed, December 3.  (In order to prepare for the class and have all the necessary supplies, please register before the deadline!) Email Recreation Director-Donna Bastrzycki-barkhamstedrec@barkhamsted.us  Please specify what age/grade your child is.
WHERE: Riverton Grange

Thanksgiving Feast!   (THANKS TO ALL THOSE WHO ATTENDED-WE HOPE YOU HAD A GREAT TIME!)
Where:      The Riverton Grange
When:        Friday, November 21
Time:         6:30 p.m.
Cost:         A dish to share  *(Reservation only)
 
Join us as we take part in the The Riverton Grange's Thanksgiving Feast.  It will be an enjoyable evening as we share an old fashioned Thanksgiving meal with friends and family. Please bring a dish to share. (Coffee, tea. Hot chocolate and milk are kindly provided by The Riverton Grange)


Email Recreation Director-Donna Bastrzycki barkhamstedrec@barkhamsted.us to
Reserve a spot for your family.
Please note how many people in your family will be attending by Tuesday, November 18 and what you plan to bring)  Please Pre-Register early!)

Best decorated centerpiece wins a prize!  Please bring a centerpiece to enter!


27th Annual Farmington River Clean UP!!        (THANKS TO ALL THAT ATTENDED!)

Many thanks to all the volunteers that helped at the Farmington River clean up on Sat. Sept. 27.  We plan on being part of the Clean Up next year and hope you will be a part of it!

Halloween Sock Hop  (THANKS TO ALL THOSE THAT ATTENDED, WE HOPE YOU HAD A GREAT TIME!)

Many thanks to all those that attended the Sock Hop on Friday, October 24!  There were over 130 participants with incredible costumes.  Congrats to all the costume contest winners.  Hope everyone had a fun evening!

FALL KARATE!    (THANKS TO ALL THOSE THAT ATTENDED, WE HOPE YOU HAD A GREAT TIME!)
Starting Monday, October 20th at Barkhamsted School in the Gym
*Monday classes from 10/20-12/15/14 with no class on 11/24/14
Little Ninjas (grades K-1):  6:00 – 6:40 p.m.  (-a wonderful way to introduce this age group to karate through the use of drills and games while teaching focus and self control)
Youth/Family: (grades 3 and up) 6:45- 8 p.m.    (-a great way for adults, youth and families to work out together)
FEE:  $65.00 per person,  $10 discount for each family member that registers! (2nd family member-$55, 3rd family member $45, etc)
 
For information on the class email instructor Kim Janak-kjanak@att.net or for info about registration email Donna Bastrzycki-Recreation Director-barkhamstedrec@barkhamsted.us  Please stop by town hall to pick up a program
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  by October 14Pre-Registration is required


The Barkhamsted Rec. Ski Program 2015

Registration Forms are available below,

at Town Hall and at the Elementary

School.    

All registration forms must be completed and paid for by Thursday, November 6.
 (Please register on time to help ensure a safe and fun program!)  
WHERE: Ski Sundown    
WHEN: Wednesday afternoon for 5 weeks (after school)   (January 7, 14, 21, 28, February 4)
TIME:              4:00 until 7:00 p.m. (with one hour lessons starting @ 4:30)
AGE GROUP:       3rd - 6th graders
COST:  Lesson and Lift + bus: $240.00
Lift Only + bus: $171.00
Pass Holder Lesson + bus: $150.00
Equipment Rental: $120.00
Please make checks out to the Town of Barkhamsted  and fill out the both the Recreation Department Registration form and Ski Sundown Forms

*Helmets required!        
Safety Talk at Ski Sundown Thursday, November 13 at 7 p.m

2014/2015 Group participant Information

Helmet/Goggle offer

Weekly Group Info Packet

 

Join the Rec Dept for a fun filled night at The Barkhamsted Historical Society's Tavern Night! 

(THANKS TO ALL THAT ATTENDED, WE HOPE YOU HAD A GREAT TIME!!)

When:  Saturday, November 1 at 7 p.m.

 During the annual Tavern Night you can experience what life when the Tavern was "open for business".  There will be contra dancing in the ballroom, period food and beverages, old fashioned games, as well was conversation among the visitors as it might have been in the mid-1800s.  Guests are encouraged to dress in period clothes.  This is optional but it would make it more fun!  Tickets are $10 per person (children are free) and may be purchased at the door in advance at the Tavern, open Wed 9 a.m.-noon and on Sun 1-4. 

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 2014 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 year,  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.  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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