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Read the 2018 Spring/Summer Rec Newsletter: Play Mascoma Valley!

To have your local organization or community event added to the next newsletter, please email: mvalleyrec@gmail.com. Our goal is to provide the community with a comprehensive guide of all the great activities and events happening in the Mascoma Valley.

To learn more about local events and attractions, go to the VISIT CANAAN Page.

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beach sceneSwim Lessons

Canaan Recreation's Summer Swim Program is taking registrations for kids seeking swim lessons.

Registration will be first come-first serve. Use the links below to assure registration.

Click here for a Downloadable PDF application, and then either mail it to:

Town of Canaan PO Box 38 Attn: Recreation Canaan, NH 03741


email the completed form to townadmin@canaannh.org


Register online at:Mascoma Valley Parks & Recreation

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2018 Canaan Summer Camps

Camp for K-3rd Grade Students

The Canaan Recreation Department is excited to offer another year of summer camp at Canaan Elementary School. Summer camp will be available for 5 weeks, starting July 2nd and ending August 3rd for children entering K – 3rd grades.

Please click here for a Camp Request Form and Calendar for the K- 3rd grade camp.

You can e-mail your camp request to Bev Chapman bavchpmn@msn.com or drop it off at Canaan Elementary School, attention Bev Chapman.

Once we have determined that we have space for your child we will send you a registration packet.

Questions? Please call Bev Chapman at 677-6813 or e-mail bavchpmn@msn.com

Camp for Students in 4th-6th Grade

Mascoma Valley Parks and Recreation and Canaan Recreation are sponsoring a camp for students entering 4th through 6th grade at Indian River School. Online Registration: https://mvpr.recdesk.com/community Contact: mvalleyrec@gmail.com

Soccer Camps

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Multi Sports Camp

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Theatre Camp

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MVPR is hosting Children's Stage Adventures (CSA) again this summer. Register your child for a unique learning opportunity to discover talents & strengths through participation in a live theatre experience!

CSA’s two Tour actor/educators audition and cast students, ranging in age from kindergarten through grade twelve, in a full-length original musical production - ”The Sword Called Excalibur”. CSA actor/educators lead the cast members through a concentrated five day rehearsal schedule when all songs, dances and lines, are learned. Three enrichment workshops are conducted in a wide variety of theatrical topics, such as mime, Shakespeare, puppets, improvisation etc.

Two public performances culminate the week of rehearsals when your children take the stage in a full musical production with professionally designed scenery, costumes, lighting and make-up. Students who do not want to get on stage and perform will be “cast” as Assistant Directors (ADs). ADs will help with set, stage, lighting and sound!

Dates: Monday, August 6 - Saturday, August 11, 2018
Times (M-Th): 9am-4pm, Friday 9a-End of Show & Saturday 1pm-End of Show
Location: Mascoma Valley Regional High School, Canaan, NH
Cost: $150* (early bird pricing. Multiple child discount available)
Minimum # of participants: 22 Maximum # of participants: 50
Performance Dates & Times: Friday, August 11 @ 2PM and Saturday, August 12 @ 2PM

Register early to take advantage of the early bird pricing! (after July 1st the registration fee increases to $180 for Mascoma District residents)

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Canaan Afterschool Program 2018-2019

CASP provides a structured environment for kindergarten through fourth grade students to be active, safe and to have fun after their school day at Canaan Elementary School. Homework will also be supported by CASP staff at parent’s request. Children will participate in outdoor/indoor play, arts and crafts, games and special activities.

CASP is not in session during school closings or snow days.
Monday – Friday, 3:15 – 6:00 pm
Cost: $10:00 day for regular school days Early Release Day Charge: $15:00

Drop-In Policy: Parents may request afterschool care for an unexpected need. Student must be already registered and there must be available space.

You can download a Canaan Afterschool Program Application on here. You can also pick up an application at Canaan Elementary School or at the Canaan Town Office.

Contact Bev Chapman at rec@canaannh.org for more information or call at 677-6813.

Ongoing Programs:

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Click this link if you need a Mascoma Valley Parks & Rec General Recreation Application Form.

Click this link to check if Online Registration is available.

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Recreation Commission 2017 Report

The Canaan Recreation Commission continues to provide programs for youth during the school year as well as during the summer.

  • Canaan Afterschool Program
  • Canaan Street Beach and Swim Program
  • Canaan Summer Camp

The Canaan Recreation Commission provides afterschool care for students K through 5th grade at the Canaan Elementary School. A site supervisor and staff provide care for 22 – 28 children Monday through Friday during the school year. Our afterschool program is currently at capacity and has a wait list for requests for care. We are looking at ways to accommodate these requests for care by looking at other possible sites outside of the Canaan Elementary School. The Commission also is exploring the feasibility of providing ways to support youth academically through tutoring and study groups.

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The Canaan Recreation Commission along with the invaluable support of Town Maintenance and the Canaan Street Lake Association provided a safe, well maintained beach front and bath house for the public. Swim lessons were also provided for over 40 area children by two Red Cross certified swim instructors.

children in swim lessonsA special thanks to Christina Jones who took on the job of Beach Supervisor; overseeing life guards, swim instructors and the daily maintenance of the beach and bath house providing a safe and well maintained waterfront. Thanks to Kati Jopek, Canaan and Enfield youth interested in maintaining their current guarding and swim instruction certifications or youth interested in pursuing first time certifications were able to take advantage of classes at Colby Sawyer College in the spring.

Working closely with Lenny Angelli, lifeguards participated in trainings to refresh their skills and knowledge in First Aid and CPR along with trainings to update current practices in water safety. The commission purchased a new rescue/backboard, along with safety rescue tubes. We had a well maintained waterfront supervised by a trained and professional staff!!

Canaan Recreation offered many youth afterschool activities for children, kindergarten through fourth grade; Chess Club, Fall Arts and Crafts, Holiday Arts and Crafts. Game Club, and sewing. We are always looking for adults interested in offering students opportunities to try something new, classes usually run from four to six weeks, one day a week from 3:15 until 4:30. Many children have expressed an interest in a lego club, photography, and outdoor games. Let us know if you are interested in running a class!

children working in gardenThe Canaan Recreation Commission provided a summer camp for 40 area youth, kindergarten through 5th grade this summer, our fourth year housing our camp at Canaan Elementary School. We were able to rent a 10 passenger van in order to bus camp kids to swimming lessons and to provide opportunities for afternoon swimming. Once a week we were able to use the Town Meeting House as a base camp and spend the day up on Canaan Street offering arts and crafts, outdoor play and of course, plenty of swimming and digging in the sand at Canaan Street Beach! Campers used the Canaan library every week selecting books for quiet reading or for whole group reading. We are currently reaching our capacity to house Canaan Summer Camp at the Elementary School. We are looking at other sites to support the growing numbers of requests for camp opportunities for children. We would also like to expand our camps to include middle school aged children.

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The Canaan Recreation Commission continues to support Finding Our Stride, a running program for boys and girls at Canaan Elementary School, theater Camp which is organized and run by Katie Jopek and Christmas in Canaan. Marcia Littlefield stepped down as the Chairman of Canaan Recreation at the end of the year. We would like to thank her for her years of service on the Canaan Recreation Commission.

Marcia LittlefieldMarcia was vital in helping to revive Canaan Street Beach Programs and the Canaan Summer Camp. Marcia planned, supported and directed many community events recruiting Honor Society students to support these event.

She worked hard to make the Williams Field playground a reality. Marcia was also instrumental in organizing the recreation non-lapsing account to fund recreation through user fees. She has a great love of community and dedicated many hours toward bringing people of all ages together.

We are still in need of members for our commission. Our meetings are every third Wednesday of the month at 7:00 at the Selectman’s Conference Room. Please contact Bev Chapman if interested in supporting recreation: Bev Chapman at bchpmn@msn.com

Sincerely, Canaan Recreation Commission