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Rutland Recreation and Parks Dept. programs begin

RUTLAND—The Rutland Recreation and Parks Department has a few camps beginning this week, and is announcing more summer camps to come for the rapidly approaching summer vacation.

Counselor in Training (CIT) program will be offered in a two-day program, June 1 and 3. Looking for a great summer experience working with children? The CIT program is a wonderful opportunity for teens who are entering grades 7-12 who want to further develop their leadership and communication skills as well as gain experience in planning and instructing activities for young children. Those who successfully complete the program will have the opportunity to put their new skills to work as a volunteer at the summer day camps offered at the Rutland Recreation Department. This is not a requirement, just a great chance to interact with children and other day camp staff. This two day program is Thursday, June 1, 4-6 p.m. at Giorgetti/Pine Hill Park and Saturday, June 3, 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Saturday will be spent in White River Junction at the annual Summerama Staff Training event. Transportation is provided. The fee to participate is $63 for Rutland city residents and $74 non-residents.

Registration is open for the Majors Softball program. The softball recreational program is a great way for young women to learn about this team game and build friendships. As with other team sports, softball teaches the value of teamwork and respect for others and is also an excellent way to exercise and socialize. The Rutland teams are part of the Rutland County Girls’ Softball Association. This is a travel league for girls in grades 6-8, that runs mid-June to end of July with games played on Monday and Wednesday evenings with some Saturdays as needed. Once teams are formed, coaches will notify players of practice and game schedules. Fee to participate is $50 for city residents and $61 for non-residents, plus a $10 late fee after June 2.

Summer camps at the Rutland Recreation Department

Summer is loaded with many sports and day camps for all ages. Coming up is Tennis Summer Nights held on Tuesdays, June 20-July 18, 5:30-6:30 p.m. for ages 5-14. Learn a lifetime sport from the professionals at Vermont Sport & Fitness down at Meadow Street Park. Fee to participate is $20 for city residents and $31 for non-residents. There is limited enrollment.

Basketball camps will be offered for boys and girls. Boys camp is open to those entering grades 3-9; grouped according to grade. Grades 3-6 camp will run 9 a.m.-12 p.m.; grades 7-9 will run 12:15-3:15 p.m.; June 26-30. Rutland High School boy’s coach Mike Wood will lead the week of basketball skills, games and fun competitions. Fee to participate is $68 residents and $79 non-residents, plus a $10 late registration fee after June 16.

The girls skills sessions is open to those entering grades 4-8 and will run Wednesdays, June 21-July 19, 6-7 p.m. Rutland High School girl’s coach Nathan Bellomo will lead the girls in fundamentals, team play and sportsmanship. Fee to participate is $33 residents and $44 non-residents, plus $10 late fee after June 10.

Many other camps start the week of June 26 including skateboard camp, first week of day camp, swim team, Hands on Minds On art camp, and track and field.

For more information or to register to any of the camps, visit or stop by the office at 16 North Street Extension, Rutland.

Photo courtesy of Rutland Recreation and Parks Dept.
A group of girls are geared up and ready to ride in a skateboard camp at Gioretti’s Flipside Skate Park.

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