Charlotte Recreation Spring Programs & Summer Camps

By Nicole Conley | Contributor

Youth lacrosse

It’s time to register your child for Spring Lacrosse! Participants in grades 3-8 must have a current US Lacrosse membership valid through June 30, 2016. Visit the US Lacrosse website ( to register or renew a membership. Please record your child’s US Lacrosse number along with the expiration date and place it on the rec registration form. Complete the registration form and return the form and payment to the Charlotte Rec Dept. Registration fee: $80 ($25 late fee applied after March 18)

Mini lacrosse

Mini Lacrosse practices will be offered to 1st and 2nd graders on Saturday mornings at Charlotte Central School. Each participant will get a chance to learn more about the game while having fun.

Date: April 30–May 28 Time: 9 a.m. Registration fee: $35 by April 11  Equipment needed: Lacrosse stick

Afterschool junior golf 

Players will learn all aspects of the game, including long shots, pitching, chipping, sand shots and etiquette. There will be some on-course play, including a mini-tournament on June 3, along with a snack and beverage to celebrate all they learned throughout the month. This is a great opportunity for young golfers to learn the game and improve on their abilities.

Who: Grades 1–8 When: Tues. and Fri. May 3–June 3 (10 lessons) Where: Cedar Knoll Golf Course Time: 3:30–4:30 p.m. and until 5:30 p.m. on June 3. Cost: $149

After-school tennis 

After-school youth tennis lessons are back! The program is open to 1st–8th graders, and age groups will be split into different time slots listed below. Tennis lessons will be held at the tennis courts at the Charlotte town beach. Student-to-instructor ratio will not exceed 6:1. Space is limited, and spots will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. You may sign your child up for both sessions. Parent volunteers are welcome.

*Please note: Depending on roster sizes, those in 4th and 5th grade may be assigned to either group.

Groups and session times

Grades 1–5, 3:30–4:30 p.m.

Grades 4–8, 4:30–5:30 p.m.

Session 1: Mondays and Tuesdays, May 2–May 17 (6 lessons)

Cost per session: $70 (6 lessons). Make-up/rain days the following Friday

Session 2: Mondays and Wednesdays, May 23–June 8 (6 lessons)

Cost per session: $70 (6 lessons). Make-up/rain days the following Wednesday

Things to bring: Please bring a tennis racquet (junior racquets are recommended for 1st–4th graders). All participants must wear sneakers. Make sure your child has a water bottle.

After-school horseback riding at Livery Stables

Kim Johansen has been running horse camps and lessons for 22 years. Her philosophy while instructing youth is “learning by doing.” Participants are encouraged to do their very best while feeling comfortable in a safe and noncompetitive environment. You will learn the basics of horse care, including how to groom, feed and manage on foot, as well as how to ride and show. All levels welcome.

Dates: Thursday afternoons, May 5–June 9 Location: Livery Stables (601 Lavigne Hill Rd. Hinesburg) Grades: K-8 Time: 3:30–5 p.m. Cost: $120

Champlain Valley track and field

Charlotte is proud to be a part of this three-town track and field program, which includes Charlotte, Hinesburg and Williston. After several successful track seasons, the program will continue its affiliation with the Parisi Speed School. Participants will learn the basics of running, jumping, throwing, and relays. In addition, there will be some casual meet options with other rec programs. All participants will receive a t-shirt.

This program is for children ages 7 to 14 as of 12/31/16.

Dates: Mondays and Wednesdays, June 15 – July 20 Location: CVU Time: 6:15–7:45 p.m. Cost: $50 (Scholarships are available)

Tim Serrell Tennis Clinic

Tim Serrell was a summer resident of Charlotte who loved to play tennis. When he died, he left money in a trust fund to provide free tennis lessons to the children of Charlotte. The program began in 1989 and has become a Charlotte summer tradition. Younger children will play during the early time slot. Your child will be assigned a time once registration for the clinic is complete. Please fill out a Charlotte recreation registration form so we can account for numbers and ages. Space is limited

Grades: 1–8 Date: June 20–24 Time: 8:30–9:30 a.m. and 9:30–10:30 a.m. Location: Charlotte Beach Cost: Free (please consider a donation to help cover the costs of the tennis balls, nets, and instructors)

Charlotte Green Thumbs summer camp

Get dirty. Have fun. Make friends. Outside.

Your thumbs will turn green after a week in Charlotte’s school gardens this summer! Play and work with friends to deepen knowledge and boost excitement about vegetables, fruits, seeds, pollination, decomposition and garden ecosystems. Learn the jobs of a farmer during our walking field trip to visit the animals at Philo Ridge Farm. Each afternoon, transform into a chef to prepare a daily snack using ingredients just harvested from the garden. Don’t forget to save some energy for playing on the playground, yoga, creating garden-themed art and hiking Pease Mountain! The world is your garden. Come DIG it!!

Week 1: June 20–24. Half day: 9 a.m. to noon. Grades K–3. Cost: $125

Week 2: August 1–5. Full day: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Grades K–5. Cost: $250.

Week 3: August 8-12 Full Day: 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Grades K–5. Cost: $250

Location: Charlotte Central School Garden

*Sign up for both weeks in August and get $50 off the second week!

Camp Hoopla!
Let’s put on a show!

Play with the pros in music and circus arts. Develop talents in music, theatrical clowning, juggling, and improvisation with Mr. Smith and WOODHEAD!

Dates: June 20–24. Time: 10a.m.–3 p.m. Ages: 10–14. Cost: $250. Location: Charlotte Central School

British Soccer camp

The British Soccer camp will be held the week of July 11–15 at Charlotte Central School. The camp staff is selected and trained in the UK exclusively to work in these camps. They have a genuine interest in helping each player’s development and providing memorable positive experiences. Please see the four camps offered below:

First Kicks: Ages 3–4. 8–9 a.m. Resident $67, nonresident $77. Young players are introduced to game basics through fundamental activities, games and fun soccer challenges. One hour a day for 5 days (parents invited to stay)

Mini-Soccer: Ages 4–6. 5–6:30 p.m. Resident $90, nonresident $100. Fun games, competitions and skill building activities are designed to enlighten and develop a budding player.

Half-day player development camp: Ages 9-12. 9 a.m. to noon. Resident $138, nonresident $148. Emphasis is placed upon skill development and mastery of core techniques through individual and small group practices and coached games.

Full-day player development camp. Ages 7–15, 9–3 p.m. Resident $190, nonresident $200. A more advanced camp for serious players. Full-day camps focus on game-related techniques, tactical development and coached match play.

*Host a coach! It’s a great experience for your family and there is an $80 rebate on your registration! Registration MUST be completed online at

TetraBrazil Soccer Camp

The TetraBrazil Academy provides players with authentic Brazilian coaching. TetraBrazil Soccer Camp combines learning Brazilian techniques, footwork, moves—and fun! This camp will be held at Charlotte Central School the week of July 18-22

Three-hour camp from 8 a.m. to noon. Ages 6–16. $160. Nonresident $170

Six-hour camp from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Ages 8–18, $210. Nonresident $220

Registration MUST be completed online at

Summer horseback riding camp at Livery Stables

All levels welcome.

Week 1: July 25–29, 8 a.m.–3 p.m. Cost: $350

Week 2: August 8–12, 8 a.m.–3 p.m. Cost: $350

Location: Livery Stables, 601 Lavigne Hill Rd. Hinesburg.

Voltage Soccer Camp

Professional soccer academy invites young soccer enthusiasts, ages 5–18, to be a part of a challenging educational experience. The academy offers an opportunity to learn and enjoy many aspects of the game of soccer in a competitive environment from current professional players. Emphasis is placed on the development, improvement and refinement of basic playing skills. Attention is given to the instruction of good ball-control habits and movement techniques in challenging drills and simulated match situations. All participants receive a ball, T-shirt and tickets to a voltage game.

Date: August 1–5 Time: 9 a.m.–noon. Cost: $115. Location: Charlotte Central School

Registration MUST be completed online at below

Summer sailing camp

Come learn the lifelong sport of sailing! Campers will learn the basics of rigging, point of sail, sailing maneuvers, safety and recovery in a safe, fun environment designed to promote comfort and independence in the boat.

Dates: July 25–29. Time: 9 a.m. to noon. Ages: 8–10 and 11–15. Cost: $210. Location: The Community Sailing Center Burlington, Vt.

Junior players golf camp

The junior golf mini-camps at the Ultimate Golf-School are the best around, and the kids play on the course every day! The camps are limited to four players, and with a 2:1 student teacher ratio, it allows us to provide the best learning environment for your young golfer. They learn the skills of the short game and long game so that they will be able to navigate the golf course by themselves. Rules, safety, etiquette, and fitness are taught in a fun and interesting manner. Each player receives a ball mark repair tool, junior golf instruction book, achievement golf towel, and a golf hat.

Dates: August 8–11 (Monday-Thursday). Time: Noon–3 p.m. Ages: 8–15. Cost: $220. Location: Cedar Knoll Country Club

Adult Programs

Boot Camp. Get fit with boot camp instructor Kristin on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 6–7 a.m. at Charlotte Central School. We hope to see you there!

Pickle Ball. Adult pickle ball is held indoors until summer arrives. All levels are welcome on Wednesdays from 6–7:30 p.m. at Charlotte central school.

Mat Pilates. Come flow through a series of dynamic movements that restore balance to core muscles of the lower back and abdominals. Class is held every Friday at Charlotte Central School from 6–7 a.m.

Fly Fishing Class. Have you ever been interested in fly fishing but didn’t know where to start? In this three-hour session we’ll cover equipment and how to use it, basic fly casting techniques, why fish take a fly, and several important knots. Equipment for the session will be supplied, although if you have a fly rod, please bring it. Sheila Reid is the VT/NH Program Coordinator for Casting for Recovery™ and Rhey Plumley is an International Federation of Fly Fishers certified casting instructor. All profits from this course will benefit the Central Vermont Trout Unlimited chapter, whose mission is to conserve, protect and restore local trout and salmon fisheries and their watersheds.

Date: May 7 (rain date: May 8) Time: 9 a.m.–noon. Cost: $70. Location: Charlotte Beach.

Full and partial scholarships are available for all youth recreation activities.

You can find additional information on all of our programs as well as registration forms online at under the ‘Recreation’ tab, or email Nicole Conley,, or call 425-6129 ext.204.