FCSS Summer Youth Program has fun, interesting activities and trips planned through the holidays

Kids enjoying last year’s FCSS Summer Youth Program.

Tom Henihan
Express Staff

FCSS “Summer Youth Program” designed for kids 6 to 12 years of age began its first week at the Log Cabin in Falher on Tuesday, July 3.

The seven-week program takes place two weeks in Falher, two in McLennan and one week each in Donnelly and Girouxville.

The weeks in McLennan are sponsored by ATB and are free to all participants.

The week following the August long weekend, August 7, 8 and 9 is the “Exciting Adventure trips,” for children age 10 to 16 years of age.

The first week’s theme was Emergency Services Week, offering kids a chance to “Pretend to be Firefighters,” which was an hour long session at the Falher Fire Hall.

Subsequent sessions during the first week included Police officers visit at the Falher Pool and a visit to the EMS in McLennan.

The following week, held at the Elks Hall in McLennan started out with a trip to O’Mahony Conservation Area with Mark Hecbert, followed by a visit to Winagami Lake in the afternoon.

The week’s activities also include a Birdwalk tour and a trip to High Prairie Pool.

The week of Tuesday July 17 is “Animal Planet Week,” held at G.P. Vanier School in Donnelly, which has the kids making handmade dog treats for a Wednesday visit to the SPCA.

Along with a stop at the SPCA, July 18 also has a visit to Cecil Thompson Park and Peace River Pool on the schedule.

The Thursday session is “Cooking Day,” with the children helping to prepare lunch and snacks for the day.

For the week of July 23 to July 26 the Youth Program is back in Falher for the “Amazing Race / Fear Factor” week, which begins with a trip to Tangent Park and Bridge View Gardens on Monday.

Other activities during the week are the “Amazing Race,” a visit to Falher Pool and Thursday is Fear Factor.

“Science Exploration/Myth Busters week begins July 30 at McLennan Elks Hall.

The week involves a science day, a Birdwalk tour and a visit to High Prairie pool.

Exciting Adventures Week designed for an older youth group from ages 10-16 offers a trip to Spirit River splash park and the museum on August 7 from 9am-4:30pm with lunch provided by FCSS.

Wednesday has a trip to Whitecourt Rotary Park river slide from 8:45am-5:30pmand Thursday has a 9am to 5pm trip to Grande Prairie’s Jump Yard an indoor trampoline park and also a visit to Trapped rooms.

The final “Fiesta” week of the Summer Program take place at Girouxville Community Hall.

Fiesta week offers Print Making on Monday August 13.

A trip to Peace River pool is on Tuesday’s schedule.

Wednesday is for piñata painting and decorating and the final day August 17 has a potluck lunch and dance party.

The weekly camps accept a maximum of 17 kids and pre-registration is required.

FCSS provides free lunch for all Thursday sessions.

For more information regarding fees and a detailed schedule drop in at the FCSS office in Falher or call 780- 837.2220. Subsidies are available for parents who might find the fees difficult to manage.

Kids enjoying last year’s FCSS Summer Youth Program.
Kids enjoying last year’s FCSS Summer Youth Program.


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