Spring/Summer 2021 PROGRAMS


As of 6/1/21

**  We do require masks for ALL CLASSES, just in case a class needs to be held indoors and social distancing is not possible.  Classes are for participants only!  If parents choose to remain on site you must do so outside of the building so we can conduct the classes with social distancing measures in place.


** To register, for any of the programs, please download a registration form (under the form link) and mail it it, fax it or drop it off.


Spring/Summer Programs:

Safe Sitter Babysitting Course


WHO: Boys and girls 11-15 years old

WHEN :  Monday, August 9

TIME: 7:45am-1:00pm

WHERE: Van Buren Park Lodge (Connors Road)

FEE: $65.00/participant (Town of Van Buren Residents);   $75.00/participant (Non-Residents)

(Min. for class= 3; Max. # in class = 6)

Safe Sitter® teaches young teens everything they need to know to be safe when they're home alone, watching younger siblings or babysitting. Participants will learn life-saving skills such as how to rescue someone who's choking, basic first aid, how to handle situations that may occur, how to prevent injuries, how to seek help when serious issues arise and helpful information like what to do if there is severe weather.

Students will need to remain on site for the entire time so each participant will need to bring the following items to class: a lunch, drink, snack, notebook and a pen/pencil.

A mask must be brought to class.  We will try to hold the class outdoors, if the class is held inside a mask must be worn, no exceptions. We will give the students plenty of breaks for them to take their masks off, if needed.

Beginner Dog Obedience


 WHO:     Dogs (at least 4 mos. old) and their handler (at least 14 years old)

WHAT:  A beginner dog obedience class

WHEN:    Session I:  Mondays, June 7-July 5

Session II:  Mondays, July 19-August 23 (canceled)

TIME:     6:30pm-7:15pm                

WHERE:  Van Buren Park Lodge

FEE:        Beginner - $60.00/participant (Town of Van Buren Residents) ;  $65.00/participant (Non-Residents)  (Min. in class = 3,  Max. in class = 5)

BeginnerThis class will cover basic obedience training, so handlers can have fun with their dogs!  Includes: heeling, stand, come, sit-stay and down-stay.

NOTEThose registered need to bring proof of Rabies, DHL and Parvo inoculations to first class.  You will also need to bring a six-foot lead and training collar to class (beginners) and a 10 foot lead to the advanced class.  Please bring treats for reinforcements.

Science Camp

WHO:  Children 8-12 years old

WHEN:  Tuesday - Friday, July 6-9

TIME:   Session I: 9:00am-11:30am

Session II:  1:00pm-3:30pm

**  This is the same class, so please pick one time slot

WHERE:   Van Buren Park (Pavilion B)

FEE: $95.00/child (Town of Van Buren residents)

$105.00/child (Non-residents)

(Min # of kids = 5, Max # of kids = 10)

If you're looking for some fun science experiments for kids then you've come to the right place.  Learn interesting science facts by experimenting with different materials that react in surprising ways. You'll find a lot of experiments can be done using simple ingredients found around your house (with adult supervision of course). Basic materials can help you perform experiments that are simple, safe and perfect for kids.

Some of the experiments that we will be doing will include dancing raisins, elephant toothpaste, lumpy liquids/squishy solids and more!

** Kids will need to bring their own pair of goggles to the class! 

Camp Kindergarten - FULL

WHEN:  Mondays-Fridays, July 19-July 30

TIME:   9:30am-11:30am

WHERE:  Elden Elementary School, room 101

FEE:   $100.00/participant  (Minimum for class=10;  Max for class=20)

Do you have a child coming to Kindergarten in September? This 2-week camp will focus on the necessary skills that will help ensure a smooth transition into Kindergarten. Campers will participate in fun and engaging reading, writing, numeracy, and fine motor activities.

Instructors are Lisa D’Andreano, Baldwinsville Kindergarten teacher and Lynn Pinard, Baldwinsville teaching assistant.

Reading and Writing Camp

WHEN:  Mondays-Fridays, July 19-July 30

TIME:   12:00pm-2:00pm

WHERE:  Elden Elementary School, room 101

FEE:   $100.00/participant  (Minimum for class=10;  Max for class=20)

This 2 week reading and writing camp is for children who are entering 1st & 2nd grade. This program will focus on reinforcing reading and writing skills in a fun and engaging way. This program will culminate in a short reader’s theater performance on the last day of camp!

Instructors are Lisa D’Andreano, Baldwinsville Kindergarten teacher and Lynn Pinard, Baldwinsville teaching assistant.

Camp Crayola

WHO:  Kids 3-5

WHEN:  Monday-Friday, July 12-July 16

TIME:   Session I:  9:30am-11:30am

Sesson II:   12:00pm-2:00pm

WHERE:  Elden Elementary School, room 101

FEE:   $85.00/participant  (Minimum for class=10;  Max for class=15)

A pre-school camp for your 3-5 year old. Each day will have a different theme. There will be lots of fun games, crafts, and activities to do.  The instructor for this program is Lynn Pinard. We are also looking for a couple Big Brothers/Big Sisters to help us out during this program, you must be at least 12 years old. Camp materials will be the same during both morning and afternoon session please register for one session.

POUND Rockout Workout

WHO: Anyone 10 and up

WHEN:  Session I:  Wednesdays, July 7-August 4

Session II:  Mondays, July 12-August 9

TIME:   6:00pm-6:45pm

WHERE:  Van Buren Park, Pavilion B lawnspace

FEE:   $35.00/participant  (Minimum for class=10;  Max for class=30)

POUND is a full body drumming workout that combines cardio, conditioning, and strength training with yoga and pilates inspired moves. What is so great about POUND is that it keeps your body in constant motion with drumming while using slightly weighted (1/4lb) drumsticks called Ripstix. POUND produces continual instability throughout the entire body, causing you to activate and engage muscles that you may not necessarily use every day! Not only does it improve your rhythm, timing, coordination, speed, agility, endurance, and musicality, but the engagement of the core, mixed with the drumming thoroughly targets and works all of the large muscle groups in the body! In addition, you can burn up to 900 calories per hour while rocking out to your favorite music!
**  You will need to bring a yoga mat and water!
Martial Arts in the Park

WHEN:  Tuesdays and Thursdays, August 17-31

TIME:   12:00pm-12:30pm

WHERE:  Van Buren Park, basketball courts

FEE:   $25.00/participant  (Minimum for class=10;  Max for class=30); t-shirt included

Join Mr. D from DeSimone's Martial Arts Dojo for a fun beginner class to martial arts.   The class is an introduction to martial arts and teaches the basics to succeed in and out of the dojo.   Grab your friends for this great class!   T-shirt is included, so please specify t-shirt size on registration form!

**We will continue to update this page as more programs become available.  Please check back!


The Town of Van Buren Parks and Recreation Department offers recreation programs for all ages! These change seasonally; all are listed in the Parks and Recreation Department program brochures. These are published 3 times per year (December, April and September) and distributed to schools in the Baldwinsville School District, the banks in the Baldwinsville area and the Baldwinsville Public Library. They can also be found at the Van Buren Town Hall, and at the Parks and Recreation Office.

Please do not wait to register for a program! There is a point – usually 5 business days prior to start date – when we need to make a decision whether to cancel a program due to lack of participation. Invariably, we get many telephone inquiries on a program after we’ve cancelled it!

Registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis, and are accepted:

  • Until the business day prior to the program start date,
  • By a specified registration deadline (will be listed with the program, if applicable), OR
  • Until the program fills to capacity!

Fill out a registration form (one per person). These can either be downloaded from this website, or found in the Recreation Departments program brochures. Mail the form(s) with payment to the Parks and Recreation Department, or stop by during office hours (8:30am.-4:00pm., Monday-Friday).

Payment is accepted in the form of cash, check or credit cards (with a minimal fee)! Please do not send cash through the mail. Completed registration form and payment must be received by this office prior to participation in a program.

** Due to budgetary and time constraints, you will NOT be sent a confirmation of your registration, OR be contacted by telephone! You will ONLY be contacted if we are unable to fit you into the program requested, or in the event of a program cancellation. So, if you do not hear from us, simply report to the program the first day it meets. You are certainly welcome to contact this office to check on any registrations.

Most of the activities listed in our brochure are the result of interest on the part of an individual or group of people. If you would like our department to expand on any existing programs or create new ones, we would welcome your suggestions! Either mail or email your ideas, call us, or visit the Parks & Recreation office during business hours. We’d love to hear from you!