The park board is seeking a director and volunteers for the summer.

By Virginia Ross

The park board is seeking a director and volunteers for the summer.

NORTH LIMA — Spending five or 10 days in Woodworth or Memorial parks is becoming an annual event for many Beaver Township youths.

Scott Conway, Beaver Township Parks administrator, said that last year the township had to turn away at least a dozen youths looking to attend the summer day camp program at the parks, and this year the park board doesn’t want to see that happen.

“We want as many area youths to come out and enjoy the program and the parks as possible,” Conway said. “We just didn’t have the resources to accommodate the number of kids wanting to participate last year. So this year, we’re hoping to expand the program to get more kids involved.”

The park board initiated the summer day camp program two years ago. Township children in grades one through eight are invited to participate in the camp. Registration forms will be available at the township administration office within the next few months, and there is no cost to participate.

Meanwhile, officials are accepting applications through Feb. 20 from people interested in serving as this year’s summer day camp youth director. The pay rate for the part-time position will be determined by experience and qualifications, Conway said. Once a new director is hired, the township likely will enlist his or her assistance to hire an assistant, if one is needed.

“Based on last year’s interest in the program, we’re looking at the possibility of needing to hire someone to help the director with the program,” Conway said. “Of course this will be easier to determine once we see how registration goes this year, but we’re really look at that possibility pretty closely.”

Conway said officials are also asking parents and other area folks to help with the program on a voluntary basis. Last year, program enrollment was limited to 50 children, with 25 participating each week.

Criminal background checks will be conducted on all individuals working with the youths, Conway said.

The day camp has been operated Mondays through Fridays for two weeks in June or July. One week the camp is held at Woodworth Park on Luther Avenue, between Market Street and Southern Boulevard. A second camp is held at Memorial Park behind the South Range High School football stadium.

This year’s hours will be set once the new camp director is hired and he or she has an opportunity to develop this year’s program and schedule, Conway said. Day camp activities have included team building, arts and crafts, sports instruction, animal/nature presentations, movies, community service opportunities and scavenger hunts.

More information about the summer day camp program, applying for the director’s post or volunteer opportunities is available by calling (330) 549-9552.

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