Lunch, Learn & Play is canceled for 2020 season due to COVID-19 concerns. Please check back in next summer.

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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 below to learn about the program we offer Monday through Friday, 11:30am-5:30pm at the Courthouse from July 6 through August 7. Please note this is now a 5 week program! Any questions, please send an email to

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

Happy Faces

This FIVE-week program (five days per week and six hours per day) serves over 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 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 Paula Krieg. This is a great opportunity to help the kindergartners get ready for the beginning of the school in the fall. Only twenty children are accepted into this program.

1st- 2nd & 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 fifth and sixth. 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 & 8th Grade Art and Agriculture &/or Environmental Program

Incoming seventh & eighth grade students will have the opportunity to apply and be interviewed for entry into a free, five-week program designed around art and farm (and or 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. Each week, campers will spend three days at the Salem Art Works learning sculpture design, glass blowing, welding and print making. Campers will convene at 11:30 am at the Historic Salem Courthouse for lunch. At 12:15 they will walk up to Salem Art Works. For the other two days, campers will take field trips (by bus ) to local farms such as Woody Hill Farms, Gardenworks, or local business, Salem Tractor Supply. They also take a field trip to the Washington County Fairgrounds. Campers learn all the ins and outs of farming. This program rotates every other year. For the 2020 year, the focus will be on Art and Environment. Campers will have the same experiences at SAW but the focus will be Environmental Studies instead of Agricultural Studies. Campers will visit Hudson Crossing, Hedges Lake and Merck Forest. This program has been funded by the Lower Adirondack Regional Arts Center (LARAC).

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