“There’s nothing to do!” and “I’m bored!” won’t work this year in Peters Township. Community leaders and organziations have lots of great activities planned for the summer. Here are 7 people and places with ideas of things to do in Peters Township.
1. Peters Township Public Library kicks off its children’s Summer Reading Program “Fizz Book Read” with a sign-up party on Saturday, June 14. The program runs for 8 weeks through the summer. The library offers daily activities for teens including open gaming sessions in the Teen Room, crafternoons, movie nights, and monthly book clubs. Adults can participate in the many clubs offered at the library – from cooking, couponing, stamp collecting, writing workshops, Go Green, and a variety of lively book groups.
Coming this summer we will present screenings of environmentally-focused films, programs with Civil War-related themes, and weekly computer classes on a variety of topics. We can also help with technology questions at our drop-in service on Monday evenings or Saturday afternoons. To learn more about all that your library has to offer, visit us at www.ptlibrary.org, like us on Facebook, check out our mobile app on your phone, or stop by in person and speak with a staff member. Our hours are Monday-Thursday, 9am-9pm; Friday, 9am-5pm; Saturday, 9am-4pm. We are closed on Sundays from May 25 through September 1. We look forward to your visit!
– Pier Lee, Peters Township Public Library
2. Summer Fun and Academic Fitness Classes from the Peters Township School District are offered for students during the summer break. Classes range from ceramics to sports fun and are available for a variety of age groups. Details on course offerings, costs and registration information can be found on the District website.
– Shelly Belcher, Peters Township School District
3. Peters Township Parks and Recreation has a number of special events throughout the summer: our 36th Annual Community Day and Fireworks, Touch a Truck, Fishing Derby and Summer Concert in the Park Series. As always, we have a variety of session classes and programs for all ages. We also have summer camps for kids.
There are 10 youth sports associations that we work closely with all of their websites are linked to the Parks and Recreation page of the Township website.
There are 6 parks including a lake in the Township with a total of 5 playgrounds, 7 picnic shelters, 11 diamond fields, 7 multi-purpose fields, 1 lake and 1 amphitheater. Other facilities include a Tennis Center with 4 clay courts and 5 deco courts, a Community Recreation Center (with rooms available to rent) and a skate park. One very well used and appreciated asset to the community is the Arrowhead Trail. These parks and facilities offer a variety of both active and passive recreation opportunities.
– Michele Harmel, Parks and Recreation
4. Peters Township Youth Soccer Program offers the opportunity for children from the age of 5 to 15 to get involved this summer. Children are able to start playing soccer at the age of 5 in the under-six (grasshoppers) program. In the grasshopper format, small sided games are played with boys and girls playing on the same team. Boys and girls then become separate in the under 8 age group. At the age of 10, players are able to try out for travel soccer teams. Each travel team has professional coaching in the spring and fall season. The fall instruction is through the Riverhounds and the spring instruction is by the boy’s high school coaching staff. The travel teams play other local teams usually within a one hour drive of Peters township. The travel teams go up to the age of fourteen. For those not wishing to play travel, recreational play also exists up to the age of fifteen. The majority of practices and games occur on the recently turfed soccer complex located in Peterswood Park. Due to the turf, games and practices are rarely canceled. Coaches are volunteers with a wide variety of soccer experience and knowledge. Additional information about the soccer program and volunteer opportunities can be found on the soccer association website.
– Jim Massucci, Peters Township Soccer
5. Golf Coaches Association of Peters Township (GCAPT) offers exceptional developmental programs in a focused learning environment to help each student maximize their potential. Whether a student is just being introduced to the game or is preparing to play competitively in high school or beyond, our goal is to offer them the best instruction and guidance available for them to reach their goals.
We typically offer a winter session from January to March, a spring session from April to June, and a summer session from June to early August. Also, we run a comprehensive Competitive Developmental program for advanced junior players that are preparing for HS and college competition. Our sessions are held at the Kuhn Golf Learning Center (a private facility that I run – where we hold our winter classes) and Frosty Valley Golf Links.
– David Kuhn, GCAPT Coach
6. Peters Township Summer Camp is a full-day camp from 7am to 6pm for kindergarden through 7th graders. Camp activities include pool days, field trips around town, summer sports, arts and crafts, and scholastic sessions like reading and math. Camp runs June through mid-August at McMurray Elementary School. More information is available at on the Extended Day website.
– Jennifer Roberts, Extended Day
7. Peters Township Swim Club (PTSC) has two summer programs, Summer Introduction to Club Membership and Learn-to-Swim. For those swimmers who are Club-ready, for example swimmers capable of swimming freestyle, PTSC offers an Introduction to Club Level swimming with its Summer Membership program. This program is designed to allow swimmers to experience competitive swimming without making a “full-year” commitment to the sport. The program is available one time to any swimmer and only after the swimmer has been evaluated by the Coaching Staff and deemed ready for Club level swimming. Evaluations are currently being conducted and if successful, swimmers may begin their summer training with the Club beginning on Monday, April 14, 2014 when our swimmers return to the pool from Spring Break. This program concludes at the end of our Long Course season which is about August 1, 2014.
The Early Summer is a Learn-To-Swim program designed for children ages 4 and up. Groups are kept small for lots of individual attention and are supervised by certified coaches. Children must be 4 years of age (and potty trained) on the first day. More information is available on our website and we encourage any parent interested in this program to visit our website at www.ptsc.org to find out more about the program, including upcoming dates for this program.
– Todd Clark – PTSC Head Coach