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Youth/Teen

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At Greater Elizabethtown Area Recreation & Community Services (GEARS), we are very proud to be recognized by the National Youth Sports Strategy as a NYSS Champion.

The National Youth Sports Strategy aims to unite U.S. youth sports culture around a shared vision: that one day, all youth will have the opportunity, motivation, and access to play sports.

The Strategy is based on research and best practices from the scientific community and successful youth sports programs across the United States. It offers actionable ideas for parents, coaches, organizations, communities, and policymakers to support youth sports participation for all.

Indoor Beginner Tennis Lessons

Children of any skill level will learn the fundamentals of tennis using the larger ORANGE balls and smaller courts. Through the use of fun games and drills players will learn proper technique of forehands, backhands, serve and volleys. Taught by Carley Furlow, Level I Certified Tennis Instructor. Ages 6-11

  • Tue   Feb 6-27 (I)    March 5-26 (II)
  • 6:45-7:30 pm (ages 6-8) (A)
  • 7:45-8:30 pm (ages 9-11) (B)
  • CC Gym
  • $65 ($75 NR) 

Beginner Tennis

Children of any skill level will learn the fundamentals of tennis using the larger RED balls and smaller courts. Through the use of fun games and drills players will learn proper technique of forehands, backhands, serve and volleys. Taught by Carley Furlow, Level I Certified Tennis Instructor. Ages 6-11

  • Tue May 7-28
    • 6-6:50 pm (A) (ages 6-8)
  • 7-7:50 pm (B) (ages 9-11)
  • HS Tennis Courts
  • $65 ($75 NR) 

Beginner Tennis (Pre Rally Skills Only)

Children of any skill level will learn the fundamentals of tennis using the regular tennis balls. Through the use of fun games and drills, players will learn proper technique of forehands, backhands, serve and volleys Taught by Brenda McBride, PTR Certified Instructor. Ages 12-16

  • Tue May 7-28
  • 6-7 pm
  • HS Tennis Courts
  • $65 ($75 NR) 

Intermediate Tennis (Ready to Rally)

Class is for players that have completed two or more sessions of beginner tennis lessons Instruction will focus on continuing to develop tennis skills, footwork. These lessons will prepare you for playing matches. Great for players planning on playing in high school. Taught by Brenda McBride, PTR Certified Instructor. Ages 12-16

  • Tue May 7-28
  • 7-8 pm
  • HS Tennis Courts
  • $65 ($75 NR) 

Donegal Beginner Tennis

Children of any skill level will learn the fundamentals of tennis using the larger ORANGE balls and smaller courts. Through the use of fun games and drills players will learn proper technique of forehands, backhands, serve and volleys. Taught by Carley Furlow, Level I Certified Tennis Instructor. Ages 6-11

  • Thu April 11-May 2
    • 5:30-6:20 pm (A) (ages 6-8)
    • 6:30-7:30 pm (B) (ages 9-11)
  • Legion Park Tennis Courts
  • $65 ($75 NR) 

Find Your Sweet Spot (Tennis for Beginners)

Children of any skill level will learn the fundamentals of tennis using the larger RED balls and smaller courts. Through the use of fun games and drills players will learn proper technique of forehand and backhand focusing on hand/eye coordination. Taught by Pam Kaylor, DHS Assistant Tennis Coach. Ages 8-14

  • Thu May 16-June 6
  • 5:30-6:20 pm
  • Legion Park Tennis Courts
  • $65 ($75 NM) 

The Grand Slammers (Tennis for Players with Experience)

Class is for players that have some experience playing tennis. Instruction will focus on continuing to develop forehand and backhand and introduce players to serve and volley. Taught by Pam Kaylor, DHS Assistant Tennis Coach. Ages 8-14

  • Thu May 16-June 6
  • 6:30-7:30 pm
  • Legion Park Tennis Courts
  • $65 ($75 NM) 

Movie Favorites

Join us for a magical adventure through the world of animated movies in this Snapology program using LEGO® Bricks! Your child’s favorite characters from The LEGO® Movie 2, Encanto, Trolls, and Toy Story will come to life as they embark on creative STEAM challenges. In this program, your student will not only have a blast but also develop their problem-solving and imaginative skills while building and re-imagining iconic scenes and characters from these beloved films. From
the vibrant Madrigal family to the whimsical trolls, the heroic toys of Toy Story, and the imaginative LEGO® characters, this program will ignite your child’s creativity and love for the magic of animation. Let’s make movie magic together with LEGO® bricks! Ages 6-10

  • Tue Feb 6-27
  • 6-7 pm
  • GEARS Community Center
  • $140 ($150 NR)

Foundational Engineering: Machines that Work

Is your young engineer ready to explore the world of machines that make work easier? This Snapology program is the perfect fit! Using LEGO® Technic® Bricks, kids will dive into the world of machines that people use to help them do work. They’ll gain hands-on experience and a deeper understanding of mechanical and engineering concepts. These hands-on projects will ignite their creativity, encourage interactive learning with their peers, and fuel their passion for engineering and innovation! Ages 6-10

  • Tue April 9-30
  • 6-7 pm
  • GEARS Community Center
  • $140 ($150 NR)

PJ Story Hour - Animals in Winter

Enjoy stories, craft time and snack in our cozy cabins. Come dressed in your winter pajamas, relax and listen to stories that take you owling and howling. Stories: Wolf in the Snow by Matthew Cordell, The Snowy Nap by Jan Brett and Owl Moon by Jane Yolen Craft: Make a snowy scene and include your favorite winter animals. Snack: Cookies and milk or juice. Ages 4-10

  • Fri Jan 26
  • 6:30-8 pm
  • Winters Heritage House
  • $6 ($12 NR)

PJ Story Hour - Bears

Bears are not hibernating tonight! They will be at Winters Heritage House enjoying a special pajama story night! Bring your favorite teddy bear to our cozy cabins and enjoy stories, a craft and a snack together. Stories: Where’s My Teddy by Jez Alborough, Old Bear by Kevin Henkes and The Three Snow Bears by Jan Brett Craft: You will make polar bears using white felt. Then make an igloo using a white paper plate, a cup and cotton balls. A variety of construction paper and other craft materials will also be available for you to make and decorate a teddy bear shape. Snack: Teddy Grahams and milk or juice. Ages 4-10

  • Fri Feb 23
  • 6:30-8 pm
  • Winters Heritage House
  • $6 ($12 NR)

PJ Story Hour - Spring Time

Time for flowers, birds, bunnies and eggs! Spring into our cabins and listen to stories, enjoy a craft and eat a bunny snack as we celebrate Spring together! Stories: When Spring Comes by Kevin Henkes, The Good Egg by Jory John and The Easter Egg by Jan Brett Craft: Using a variety of materials you will decorate egg shapes to display at your house for Spring. Snack: Bunny cupcakes and milk or juice. Ages 4-10

  • Thu March 22
  • 6:30-8 pm
  • Winters Heritage House
  • $6 ($12 NR)

Afternoon Kids Program

Be a part of Winters Heritage House Wednesday Afternoon Kids Program and
create seasonal decorations for the cabins, activities for exhibits, learn colonial inspired
games and work on a variety of hands-on Maker activities in our rustic cabins. Ages 4-10

  • Wed Feb 28-May 29 (no 3/27)
  • 4:30-5:30 pm
  • Winters Heritage House
  • $40 ($48 NR) 

Indoor Field Hockey Clinic

Introduction to field hockey for beginner players. Clinic will focus on teaching the basics of field hockey through a variety of drills, fun competitions and small games. Hockey sticks and balls will be available for use. Shinguards are recommended. Fee includes a t-shirt and mouth guard. Clinic run by Elizabethtown Youth Field Hockey coaching staff. Grades K-5.

  • Sat Feb 10-March 16
    • 8-9 am Grades K-2 (A)
    • 9:15-10:15 am Grades 3-5 (B)
  • GEARS Community Center Gym
  • $60 ($70 NR)

Youth Indoor Soccer

For girls and boys in grades 1-3. Led by E-town College soccer players. Designed to be instructional and provide an opportunity for youth to participate in low-key games. Fee includes a t-shirt.

  • Sat Feb 3-March 9
  • 11:45 am-12:45 pm
  • CC Gym
  • $60 ($70 NM) 

Youth Soccer Program

Instructional and low competitive soccer program for boys and girls in grades 1-3. Fee includes a t-shirt.

  • Sat April 13-May 18
  • 9-10:30 am
  • HS Field 3
  • $60 ($70 NM) 

Volleyball Skills Program

Coaches will teach the fundamentals of volleyball using skill specific drills and fun games. This is an instructional only program that will focus on player development. Grades 5-8

  • Tue Feb 20-April 9
  • 6-8 pm
  • Bear Creek Gym
  • $60 ($70 NM) 

After School Basketball Skills Clinic

6 weeks of basketball skill work. Each day incorporates a variety of basketball-specific skill stations, fun games and game play in 3v3 and 5v5 environment. Ball handling, shooting
fundamentals, dribble moves, moving without the ball and offensive footwork will all be
stressed.

  • Boys & girls grades 3-5
  • Tue March 12-April 16
  • 3:45-4:45 pm
  • Bear Creek Gym
  • $85 ($95 NR) 
  • DONEGAL LOCATION!!
  • GIRLS & BOYS GRADES 3-6
  • Thu March 14-April 18
  • 3:45-4:45 pm
  • Donegal Intermediate School Gym
  • $85 ($95 NR)

Trail Riding

One hour guided trail riding. Ride horses through the 275 acres of woods and farmland on the ranch. Horses are well mannered and trained to work with riders that have little or no experience. For your own safety and safety of the horses, we do not trot or gallop through the trails. All children must be 8 or older and there is a strict weight limit of 250 pounds.

  • Wed   April 24 (I)   May 22 (II)
  • 5-5:45 pm
  • Ironstone Ranch (1 Hollinger Lane, E-town)
  • $60 ($70 NR) 
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Call: (717) 367-0355

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