Darien Parks & Rec summer programs include boating, sports, tech and music camps
The Darien Parks and Recreation Department offers a variety of programs for the residents of Darien. Registration for programs takes place online at darienct.gov/parkrec, at the Parks & Recreation office in Town Hall, or through the mail. For more information, call 203-656-7325.
Safe Boating classes : Boat Safe Connecticut, LLC comes to Darien to offer this eight-hour course that will meet the requirements to obtain a Connecticut Certificate of Personal Watercraft Operation with Waterski endorsement from the CT DEEP. Class will meet on Tuesday, Aug. 7 and Thursday, Aug. 9
Blue Wave Kickers International Pro Soccer Clinic – This clinic is for players ages 5 to 18 (players divided by age). It will be led by DHS boys varsity coach Jon Bradley along with current and former international professional players and coaches on Friday, June 22, from 10 to 3 at the Town Hall fields. Two female players from the Italian Champions Juventus will be coming to be guests at this one-day soccer opportunity. This clinic will allow players to sharpen their game with this unique and special approach. It is designed to help players achieve a higher level of technical proficiency and ball-handling creativity and learn things to sharpen their game. The day will end with a world cup style tournament. All players must bring lunch. Participants of this clinic will receive a soccer ball and t-shirt. Fee is $110/Darien resident; $132/non-resident.
Blue Wave Kickers soccer camps – Jon Bradley, head coach of the DHS boys varsity soccer team, will direct these camps for youth ages 3 to 15. Camps will be held at the Darien Town Hall fields the weeks of July 9, July 23, Aug. 6, and 20. Participants will receive a soccer ball and t-shirt. For more specific ages, times, and fees, check the website.
All Star FC soccer camps – These camps for children ages 3 to 12 will be directed by Leigh Parsons, Darien High School’s girls soccer coach. These camps will begin with stations specifically designed to improve all aspects of a soccer player’s game and end with scrimmages to practice the skills & techniques they have learned. Camps will be held at the Darien Town Hall fields the weeks of July 16, July 30, Aug. 13. There’s a three-day camp Aug. 27 to 29 for ages 5 to 8. For more specific ages, times, and fees, check the website.
New Level tennis camps – These camps meet from 9 to 12 at Darien High School in one-week increments starting June 25 through the week of Aug. 20. The fee for one week is $195/Darien resident; $234/non-resident. These camps are offered for children between the ages of 6 to 15 and participants will be grouped by age and level.
Flag Football camp – Emphasis of this camp (for ages 6 to 12) is placed on rules, teamwork, and fair play. Games and scrimmages occupy the majority of the day. Camp meets from 9 to 12 at Cherry Lawn Park the weeks of June 25 and July 23. The fee for one week is $210/Darien resident; $252/non-resident. This camp is offered by Overtime Athletics and is geared towards beginner football players.
Future Stars basketball camp – These camps, for children ages 5 to 12, stresses excellence, education, practice, and discipline. Camp will meet the week of July 16 at the Darien Town Hall. Camp hours are 9 to 12. The educational “Lessons of Life” program is included in this camp and each participant will receive a Future Stars jersey. Fee is $180/Darien resident; $216/non-resident.
Overtime Athletics sports camp – This camp for children ages 5 to 12 includes instruction in the fundamentals of traditional sports as well as utilizing Overtime Athletics signature curriculum incorporating non-traditional sports. Camp meets from 9 to 12 at Darien Town Hall the weeks of July 30 and Aug. 13. The fee for this one week is $165/Darien resident; $198/non-resident.
Horsemanship camps – Mead Farm (Stamford) and Darien Parks and Recreation will be offering group camps for youth ages 5 to 14. Each camp includes riding, horse care, and stable management. This program is designed for riders who did not attend the 2017 horsemanship camps at Mead Farm. One-week camps run through mid-August from 8 to 12 for ages 7 to 14 and from 1 to 4 for ages 5 to 6. Fee is $700/Darien resident; $800/non-resident for ages 7 to 14 and $600/Darien resident; $700/non-resident for ages 5 to 6.
Techstars technology camps – TechStars by Computer Explorers are a series of technology classes designed to facilitate STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) learning. The educational materials and equipment that is used in the curriculum came from various sources like Lego Education, MIT Media Lab who emphasize STEM education and 21st Century Skills. All camps run from 8:45-11:45, Monday to Thursday at the Darien Town Hall. Lego in Motion (ages 6 to 9) will be held the week of June 25, Minecraft Space Adventure (ages 7-10) meets the week of July 23, Lego Robotics (ages 6-9) meets the week of July 30th and Coding in Minecraft (ages 7-10) is held the week of Aug. 6. Fee is $245/resident; $294/non-resident.
Rock Out music camp – This camp is for aspiring musicians, ages 8 to 15. Beginner students will learn the basics of their instrument, while more experienced musicians will have opportunity to fine tune their skills and get to the next level. Weekly camp meets from 9 to 12 at the First Congregational Church the weeks of July 9 to Aug. 6. The fee for this one week is $410/Darien resident; $492/non-resident.