YMCA opens registration for spring, summer programs

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Excess snow days push back planning

The Cassville YMCA has opened registration for several of its spring and summer programs.

According to Rick Ragsdale, YMCA program director, the after-school care program will be offered again this summer for area children, as well as activity-filled summer day camps, spring soccer, a tumbling class and lifeguard training to prepare for the opening of the pool.

After Summer School Care

The After Summer School Care program provides care for kids grades kindergarten through sixth grade after their day concludes at summer school, through 5:45 p.m.

Not only is care provided to keep children safe and occupied while their parents are at work, but fun activities like trips to the city pool are included, too.

This year will be the second year the program has been offered. Previously, after-care was only offered during the school year, but because parents still need somewhere for their child to go over the summer until the end of their work day, the YMCA decided to extend the program, which was welcomed by grateful parents.

"It went really well," Ragsdale said about last year's first program. "We had 12 kids and were able to take them swimming three days a week. It's a really good program for the community. We want to add value, and help parents by providing a place for kids to go after school."

The specific dates and activities of this year's program, however, hinge on receiving a green light from the school.

"I don't know what the dates are yet," Ragsdale said. "But, we will have tentative information on the dates and activities soon. The school is waiting on funding approval and until they have that and know what hours they are approved, we can't make a plan."

As with any organization, advance planning makes everything go smoother, but this year, that has been more of a challenge, with excessive snow days and the school makeup days that will be required interfering with that planning.

"The snow days keep pushing everything out," Ragsdale said.

Spring soccer

Spring soccer registration is now open, for ages 4-12, with practices beginning the first week of March. The first games are on March 31, and the season runs through May 19.

Summer Day Camps

Registration opens March 1, with the first camp beginning the week of June 18.

Tumbling

Tumbling class registration is now open, and it starts April 18. The class, which goes for 12 weeks, is for ages 18 months through 10 years.

"Tumbling is basically floor gymnastics," Ragsdale said. "It's all of basics from summersaults to handstands to cartwheels."

Aquatic Center and Pool

The Cassville Aquatic Center is slated to open May 26, and to help keep swimmers safe over the summer, lifeguards will start extensive training for their duties on March 28.

"They have to go through a 40-hour training, and to get through that and pass is a big process," Ragsdale said.

To register for programs or for more information, people may call the Cassville YMCA at 417-846-1535. The YMCA is located at 408 Hwy. 248 in Cassville.

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