Lunch, Learn & Play


Summer is just around the corner…Click here for an updated Registration Form and here for a Cover Form, which highlights additional forms needed for registration packet.

We need applications in by May 31st to ensure admittance on July 2nd


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Do you know where your children or grandchildren will be this summer? Do you want their days to be active, enlightening and just plain fun?  Please read further to learn about the program we offer Monday through Friday, 11:30am-5:30pm at the Courthouse from July 2 through August 9.

Lunch, Learn & Play is a free summer program for all area youth, kindergarten through sixth grade.

Happy Faces

This six-week program (five days per week and six hours per day) serves about 150 children in Salem and surrounding towns. Combined with the Town of Salem’s morning Swim Program, it gives working parents a safe, healthy, and educational place for their children to enjoy for the entire day. (The daily, morning Salem Swim Program at Lake Lauderdale is not a part of Lunch, Learn & Play, but busing is available from Lauderdale to the Courthouse in time for LL&P.) LL&P takes place in the Youth Barn and on the side yard of the Courthouse. Offsite venues include field trip sites to places like the Georgi, Merck Forest, SAW, Bancroft Library and many community walks to visit local businesses.

Campers enjoy a nutritious lunch and snack each day prepared in the Battenkill Kitchen. They visit the Courthouse Community Garden and local farms to see where their food comes from. They spend most of their time outdoors in the fresh air with great teachers and counselors, making new friends and practicing good social skills. Local individuals and organizations present over 80 educational, creative, informational, fun activities for the children over the summer.


Kindergarten Program

In coordination with Salem Elementary School, two Salem teachers and several local artists will provide hours of activities for only entering kindergarten children. It will be a unique and separate experience with counselors and teachers concentrating exclusively on them. Salem kindergarten teacher, Paula Bourgeois and Salem literacy teacher, Valeda McLenithan will guide LL&P teachers, counselors and local artists as they present activities to raise socialization and literacy capabilities.

Several artists and teachers arrive to offer a variety of  programming in the areas of music, math, puppetry, book-making, painting, literature and science. One special focus will be a nature study with Paul Krieg. We are excited to offer this program this summer. This is a great opportunity to help the kindergartners get ready for the beginning of the school in the fall.

1st-2nd and 3rd- 4th Grade  Program

There are strong and varied programs for our 1-4th graders. Many art and literacy activities continue – designing with math, Music from Salem concerts, daily visits to the Bancroft library, book-making, murals, creative writing, puppets, etc. Also, classes in archery, fly tying, nutrition, Native American influences in our area, managing money, dance and movement and working with ASA on farm photography. We look forward to this year’s farm tours, sports games, visiting pets, floral designs, lip balm making and so much more! Many Salem business owners and local residents provide super experiences for our kids.

5th and 6th Grade Initiative

There is a separate program for our older youth in grades 5 and 6.  Most of their experiences will be off-site. A river study, along with art and nature projects will take place at The Georgi on the Battenkill. Science director Chris Hubbard and staff will provide a two-week study and work project (along with an overnight camp-out) at Merck Forest & Farmland Center. Salem Art Works artists will again provide a program each week, which will be on their campus.

7th Grade Art and Agriculture Program

Incoming seventh grade students will have the opportunity to apply and be interviewed for entry into a free, six-week program designed around art and farm interests in their local community and county. Only 12 applicants will be accepted. The will be supervised by two paid counselors, resident artists, staff at various destinations and community volunteers. Students will need to obtain an application and then once accepted will need to fill out the registration form that is provided on this page. This program has been funded by local businesses and individual donors.

8th Grade Art and Environmental Program

Incoming eighth grade students will have the opportunity to apply and be interviewed for entry into a free, eight week program designed around art and environmental interests in their local community and county. Only 12 applicants will be accepted. They will be supervised by two paid counselors, resident artists, staff at various destinations and community volunteers. Students will need to obtain an application and then once accepted will need to fill out the registration form that is provided on this page. This program has been funded by LARAC (Lower Regional Adirondack Community) as well as local businesses and individual donors.



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