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Read the 2019 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.

Regional Recreation Updates:


Be sure to check out the FUN SUMMER PROGRAMS!!

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Summer Social will be a fun opportunity for youth entering 4th grade through entering 6th grade to come together and catch up with peers over the summer.

The event will be supervised by Canaan Recreation Staff. Pizza, soda, water and light snacks, games and other activities will be provided. The cost for these events is $5

If your child is interested please Call or Email Chelsea Martin at Canaanrec@gmail.com or (603)359-6926.

Location: Indian River Grange (Senior Center)
Time: 6:00pm-8:00pm
Dates : Friday June 28th, Friday July 26th, and Friday August 23rd.

Summer Swim Lessons

New Week Added
August 5 - 9

We are excited to announce that youth swim lessons will be taking place at Canaan Street Beach! Canaan Recreation was able to successfully hire a swim instructor for the 2019 season and registration is now open for lessons!

children in swim lessonsLessons will take place on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays the weeks of July 8th and the week of July 15th. Each group's lesson is approximately 30 minutes long.

Canaan Recreation is offering multiple levels of swim lessons! Registration and more information is available online: https://mvpr.recdesk.com/Community/Program

Depending on instructor availability, there may be a second session of lessons available in August.

For questions about the swim lessons, please contact Canaan Recreation Director, Chelsea Martin at canaanrec@gmail.com

2019 Canaan Summer Camp
Registration STILL Open

Camp will run Monday June 24th to August 2nd. Camp will run Monday through Friday 7:30am-5:00pm with the exception of Thursday July 4th. Location for Canaan Summer Camp will be Canaan Elementary school.

The Canaan Summer Camp experience will be full of fun summer camp activities,  small adventures as well as enriching opportunities. Each week will be inspired by a fun and unique theme.

6/24-6/28: Gardening
7/1-7/5 (no Camp 7/4) Red, White, and Blue
7/8-7/13: For the Love of Arts and Crafts
7/16-7/20:The Great outdoors
7/22-7/26:Science Week
7/20-8/2: Games Galore

Online Registration is available at Mascoma Valley Parks and Recreation website https://mvpr.recdesk.com/Community/Home
If you have question please email Chelsea Martin at Canaanrec@gmail.com orcall at (603)359-6926.

flag"Grown-Up" Field Trips

Why should kids have all the fun? Grab some friends, a seat in our van and let MVPR do the driving. Take a field trip and have some fun and adventure this summer!

Saturday, July 13th, 9:30am-5:00pm:
1766 Brewing Company, Museum of the White Mountains and the Artisan Fair in Waterville Valley

Saturday, July 20th, 1:00pm-5:00pm:
Haunting Whisper Winery & Distillery

Saturday,July 27th, 11:00am-5:00pm:
Farmer’s Table Cafe & Polyculture Brewing Company

For details and to register, go to: mvpr.recdesk.com/Community/Home

MVPR Volleyball Clinic

for Students Entering Grades 6-9

Bump, set, spike!

Clinic Dates: July 22-July 26

Time: 3:00pm to 6:00pm

Location:Mascoma High School Gym



Join MVPR for a fun, volleyball skills camp. We will cover basic passing, serving (underhand and overhand), spiking and diving skills. Each skill will be taught separately and then put together in a combination to work together as a team and use the basic 3 step principal of volleyball (bump, set, spike!).

For those who have played before this will help players strengthen their skills and learn to anticipate the next move, and how to use the combination to successfully perform on the court.

Register online:
By Clicking Here


basketballsMVPR Summer Skill Sessions

for girls entering grades 6-8
(2019-2020 school year)

Dates: Wednesdays in July & August
7/10, 7/17, 7/24, 7/31, 8/7 and 8/14

Time: 6:00-7:30 PM

Location: Mascoma High School Gym

Players can expect approximately one hour of skill work (dribbling, shooting and passing, as well as individual and team defense) and approximately 30 minutes of scrimmaging. All players should bring a water bottle and their mouth guard.

Indoors shoes only on the gym floor!

Sessions coached by: Kati Lary Jopek, Rob Bennett, Mike Seiler and Kristen Casale

Contact: mvalleyrec@gmail.com

Sponsored by Mascoma Valley Parks & Recreation

Challenger International Soccer Camps

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Challenger Sports International Soccer Campers will enjoy a fun packed week of skill building drills, games, skill challenges, daily coached scrimmages and even extra practices to work on at home!

For more information and to find a camp near you please visit:

Contact: 800-878-2167 ext 280 info@challengersports.com

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Canaan Recreation Commission

Please consider joining the Recreation commission for our monthly meeting Wednesday July 17, 2019 at 6:30. The meetings will take place in the conference room located in the town office building. Meetings are regularly held the third Wednesday of the month. Canaan Recreation Commission is seeking support and feedback from community members regarding current programs and several new programs and events that will be added during 2019 and 2020.

In 2019 we have restarted after school arts and craft programs, started an introductory Cheer leading program, hosted a science fair including a performance by Science Tellers, hosted an Easter egg hunt, held an ice cream social and games in the park, offered swim lessons and extended the Canaan Recreation Summer Camp program hours as well as added an extra week to the schedule and continue to run a successful after-school program hosted at Canaan Elementary school .

There is a tentative plan for adding more after school activities for the Canaan Elementary School youth including a fall and spring theater club, monthly arts and crafts sessions September-April, a Garden Club, as well as other interest area activities. We are planning on hosting Group Hikes this fall at The Canaan Town Trail and Cardigan Mountain, Halloween event and Vacation Camps for the 2020 February and April School Vacation weeks.

We are in need of more ideas for adult activities and of course any other ideas and suggestions.

Chelsea Martin
Canaan Recreation Coordinator

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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 the program diretor, Tammy Daley, at tdaley@mvrsd.org for more information.

Ongoing Programs:

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Recreation Commission 2018 Report

In 2018 Canaan Recreation commission continued to run the Canaan After School Program (CASP), Canaan Summer Camp, swim lessons at Canaan Street Beach. The Canaan recreation Commission partnered with Mascoma Valley Recreation to launch a new summer camp hosted at the Mascoma Valley High School.

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children playing in gym

Canaan After school programs: The Canaan After School Program is run by a small group of very dedicated staff that provide a wonderful program that is fun, safe and structured. While attending CASP the students get outside and moving in every season. While down time and fun are a large part of the the program; scheduled homework and reading time is considered equally important. In 2018, the After School program continued to be hosted at Canaan Elementary School. We are continuing to look for additional space to use to grow this and other program. We are also working on expanding the program to possibly include February and April vacation weeks for the 2019-2020 school year. Other enriching activity options continued to be explored.

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Summer Camp:Summer of 2018 brought with it several changes to the Canaan Summer camp. The Regional Coordinator worked with Canaan Recreation Commission to create and launch a camp for students entering fourth grade to sixth grade. This program was hosted at Mascoma Valley high School.

Canaan Street Beach and Swim Programs: Canaan Street Beach hosted another year of very successful swim lessons. This year there was a state wide shortage of Lifeguards and instructors. The Canaan Street Beach Swim lessons were offered in coordination with the Enfield Recreation. Swim instructors provided a great opportunity of quality Swim instruction at both Canaan Street Beach and Shacoma Beach.

Christmas in Canaan: The Canaan Recreation had a station set up on the common with glow in the dark candy cane fishing, glow ring toss and a snowball toss game. The station was well attended. We appreciate all the folks who took the time to fill out the surveys.

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child making craft

Arts and Crafts program ran on Fridays for three weeks after school in December. Canaan Elementary students participated The program was a huge hit with 18 students participating and still more interested.

Canaan Recreation Commission
Bev Chapman, Out-Going Town Recreation Coordinator
Chelsea Martin, Town Recreation Coordinator