While the two-month summer break can seem like salvation for kids, it can be a nightmare for parents who have no idea what to do with their sugar and sunshine stimulated progeny. However, parents in Okanagan Falls can breathe a collective sigh of relief, as new summer programming will give their kids a chance to get some exercise, meet others and most importantly, get out of the house.
The Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs has started its new summer programming, with four days a week of fun, games and activities for Okanagan Falls youth.
Charlotte Singh, one of the organizers of the program from the Boys and Girls Clubs, said the program will offer a wide range of activities, such as T-shirt craft days, night volleyball, capture the flag, water balloon competitions and much more.
The program, which runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. between Monday and Wednesday, and 2 p.m. until 9 p.m. on Thursday, is drop-in based and, aside from a few events, will be completely free.
The program came as a result of the Boys and Girls Clubs, as well as Okanagan Falls parks and recreation, noting a serious lack of youth programming in the community, and teaming up to fill this void. The Boys and Girls Clubs will provide the volunteers, and parks and recreation will provide some supplies and Kenyon Park for the program to take place.
“This is an area that we recognize Okanagan Falls is lacking, youth and teen programming, so one thing we’re hoping is this will be a catalyst for continuing teen programming in the fall that we’ll take on,” said Janet Black of Okanagan Falls parks and recreation. “So they’re going to get it rolling basically, they can build up the momentum.”
Those interested in attending can drop in at any time between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. between Monday and Wednesday, and anytime between 2 p.m. and 9 p.m. on Thursday in front of the Kenyon beach house.