Colebrook Recreation Department Report
In 2012 the Colebrook Recreation Programs offered a variety of programs to the community of Colebrook and surrounding areas. The Recreation Department was able to host, conduct, sponsor or attend 81 different programs for the residents of Colebrook up from 72 in 2011. Here is a list of those programs offered with new programs in italics:
Family Programs and Special Events: Mascot Moose Program, Cookie Decorating, Patchwork Players, Teddy Bear Clinic Session, Scooper Bowl, Story Walk, Surf & Turf, Letters to Santa, Letters from Santa, Birthday Wishes Program, Movie Matinee, Winter BINGO, Candy Cane BINGO, Holiday Matinee, Super Hero Night, Easter Egg Hunt, Turkey Trot, Eve of the Eve Party, Family Game Night, Group Ski Day, Trek Club, PJ Date Night, AMC Canoe Trips, PJ Fright Night, 4k on the 4th, Pizza & BINGO night, Halloween Walk, PJ Party Night, Mom & Me PJ Night, Elf Workshops, Holiday Dinner & a Movie, Candy Cane Scavenger Hunt, Christmas Chaos
Camps: Camp Monadnock, Camp Mini-Monadnock, Hikes Bikes Trips & Flips camp, Basketball Camp, Drama Camp, Sticks For Kids Golf Camp, RW Advanced Soccer camp, RW Soccer Camp, Drama Camp Junior, Camp Monadnock II, Mardi Gras Vacation Camp, Early Release Day Camp
Adult Programs: Book Discussion Group, Recreation Advisory Board, and Swap Box; OWL programs- Monthly Mid-day Matinees, Tea, Weathervane Theater Trip, Littleton shopping Trip, Holiday party, Apple Orchard Trip, Health Awareness Day
Sports Programs: Recreation League Basketball-beginners 1 & 2, Recreation League Basketball- intermediate 3 & 4, Recreation League Basketball- advanced 5 & 6, Grade 3 & 4 Basketball Tournament, Grade 3 & 4 Travel Team basketball (girls & boys), Grade 5 & 6 Tournament Teams (boys & girls), Seven Basketball Tournaments attended, Recreation League Majors Soccer, Recreation League Minors Soccer, Recreation League Rookies Soccer, Travel Team Soccer (coed & boys), One Soccer Tournament attended, Dribblers Club, Aquafina Pitch, Hit & Run
The recreation department is in its ninth year of membership in the New Hampshire Recreation and Park Association (NHRPA), and New Hampshire Association of Physical Education Recreation and Dance (NHAPERD). Continued membership in these organizations has opened opportunities to grant funding and recreation networking.
The 2012 Summer Camp enjoyed great weather. The summer day camps saw a small drop from 103 to 100 different children signing up to attend Camp Monadnock. Over the course of the six weeks Camp Monadnock had a daily average of 68 kids which was up from 2011, while Hikes Bikes Camp averaged 13 participants a week. The summer was full of trips, games, crafts and adventures. We are looking forward to our turn hosting the annual Recreation Round-up in 2013. The Round up entails summer camps from Franconia, Littleton, Bethlehem and Lancaster taking part in a day of activities with the campers from our summer program.
For the second time the Drama Camps produced two great shows at the Tillotson Center. The Drama camp put on two shows of Seussical Jr. while the Drama Junior camp did Winnie the Pooh. Thirty-three kids participated in the drama camps and we look forward to working with the Tillotson Center in 2013 for another summer of drama camp.
For several years the department has been hosting the Grade 3 & 4 Basketball Tournament to raise money for the Summer Camp Assistance Fund, providing financial assistance for Colebrook children to attend summer day camps. Over the course of the last two years we have added the Turkey Trot and in 2012 the 4k on the 4th Road Race. In 2012 the two running races have raised over $1000 for the summer camp fund. Thank you to all the parents and community members that have donated baked goods for these events.
The Older Wiser Lively adult program remains a collaboration of the Colebrook Recreation Department, the Indian Stream Health Center, Upper Connecticut Hospital, and the North Country Community Recreation Center. Programs offered are open to any adult over the age of 55 that are from Colebrook and the surrounding communities. The program is in a transition phase of acquiring a new director but is continuing to offer quality programs to participants.
Over the course of 2012 the Recreation Department received support from the following organizations and community members. Thanks go out to
* Canaan Key Club members for their assistance with the Halloween Walk and the Letters from Santa program.
* Recreation League Coaches- Justin Siewierski, Ronnie Crawford, Gina Brown, and Philip Shaw
* Recreation Advisory Board members
Some of the Recreation Department highlights of 2012 include-
*Receiving the NHRPA Fab Photo First place winner in “Fabulous Fall” category
* Receiving a grant from Golf Course Builders Association of 3 replacement golf bags & clubs for the Sticks for Kids program offered at the Colebrook Country Club
*Offering the Pitch Hit & Run in the spring that sent 4 kids to the State competition
* Partnering with AMC for Teen Camp Out and four Canoe Trips
* Camper receiving a full scholarship to Camp Monadnock from the ForMatt Foundation
* Receiving $2,280 in materials donated to the department from Sharon Pearson
* Hosting the first July 4th 4k raising $630 towards the Summer Camp Assistance Fund
* Drama Camp shows raising $526 for future play rights
* Northern Tire, along with Michelin Tire, donating $238 towards soccer programs
* The Children’s Literacy Foundation that awarding Camp Monadnock visitation from a storyteller and every child in camp received 2 books
Programs are continuing to be advertised via Facebook, through emails, and flyers through the Colebrook Elementary School. The recreation department now has a
It is the hope of the Recreation Department that it can maintain the quantity and quality of the available programs during 2013.
Colebrook Recreation Director