Youth Programs

*Select the underlined start date to register for the class online

STORYWALK

Location: Downtown Park
Co-Sponsored by: Christiansburg Library and Christiansburg Recreation Dept.
Additional Information: This is a nationally – known program that promotes reading
and exercise in the outdoors for children. A new book is put in the story boards each month.
Come exercise, read and enjoy the fun!

BALLET

Eligibility: Ages 4-7
Location: Christiansburg Recreation Center – Multi-Purpose Room 1Additional Information: Introduction to ballet. Participants will need to have ballet slippers. Parents are asked not to stay during class time. The last class will be Parents Day.
Minimum: 5 Maximum: 8


Class
Reg. Begins
Reg. Ends
Starting Date
Day of Week
Time
TR/NR
Weeks
Fall
June 1
Sept. 6
Sept. 10
Monday
5 – 5:45 p.m.
$20/$40
6


BEGINNING JUNIOR FIRST LEGO LEAGUE

Eligibility: Ages 6–9
Location: Christiansburg Recreation Center – Classroom 1

Additional Information: The Junior First Lego League captures children’s curiosity and directs it toward discovering the wonders of science and technology. This program features a theme–based concept to be explored through research, teamwork, construction and imagination. Lego bricks are used to build a model that moves using simple machines. Teams will develop a “Show Me” poster to illustrate their journey.

Minimum: 4 Maximum: 6

Class
Reg. Begins
Reg. Ends
Starting Date
Day of Week
Time
TR/NR
Weeks
Session I
June 1
Sept. 7
Sept. 13
Thursday
4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
$40/$60
8


ADVANCED JUNIOR FIRST LEGO LEAGUE


Class
Reg. Begins
Reg. Ends
Starting Date
Day of Week
Time
TR/NR
Weeks
Session I
June 1
Sept. 7
Sept. 12
Wednesday
4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
$40/$60
8

BEGINNING HORSEMANSHIP 

Eligibility: Ages 8-17
Location: 866 Silver Lake Road, Christiansburg

Additional Information: Have a great time learning how to ride a horse during this four-week program. Participants will learn all about the horse, the tack, how to mount/dismount, trotting, etc.
Maximum: 2

Class
Reg. Begins
Reg. Ends
Starting Date
Day of Week
Time
TR/NR
Weeks
June
March 1
May 30
June 6
Wednesday
7:30 – 8:30 p.m.
$125/$145
4
August
March 1
Aug. 1
Aug. 8
Wednesday
7:30 – 8:30 p.m.
$125/$145
4

   

BLACKSBURG BOXING TEEN FITNESS CAMP

Registration
Date
Day of the Week
Time
Fee
April 2 - June 1
June 11 - June 15
Mon - Fri
9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
$45


AMERICAN RED CROSS BABYSITTING COURSE

Eligibility: Ages 10 ½ and older
Location: Recreation Center – Classroom 1
Additional Information: Class is designed for students 10 ½ and older. The course provides the knowledge and skills necessary to safely and responsibly care for and infants and children as well as how to manage a babysitting business. Participants need to bring a bag lunch, teddy bear, pencil/pen and paper. Also, this course satisfies many Girl/Boy Scout rank/badge requirements.
Minimum: 5 Maximum: 15

Registration
Eligibility
Date
Time
TR/NR
April 2 - May 24
10 1/2 and older
Tuesday, May 29
8:30 - 4:30 p.m.
$40

TEEN POLICE ACADEMY

Eligibility: Christiansburg High School Students or other High School students with a valid one year Recreation Center membership.                 Current Grades 9-12
Date: June 5-9
Location: Recreation Center and Police Dept.
Co-Sponsored by: Christiansburg Police Dept. & Christiansburg Recreation Dept.
Maximum: 9

Additional Information: Each summer, new candidates will be selected to attend the week long “Teen Police Academy.” To receive information and to be placed on the potential candidate list, please call Pam at the Rec. Dept. at 382-2349 or email. Participants are subject to background screening and approval. Christiansburg High School students will receive first priority in selection for the academy.


TEEN FIRE ACADEMY

Eligibility: Christiansburg High School Students currently in grades 9-12
Date: July 17-18
Location: Christiansburg Fire Dept.
Co-Sponsored by: Christiansburg Fire Dept. & Christiansburg Recreation Dept.
Maximum: 15
Additional Information: Teen candidates will be selected to attend the Teen Fire Academy. To receive information and to be placed on the potential candidate list, please call Pam at the Rec. Dept. at 382-2349 or email. Participants are subject to background screening and approval.

MERIT BADGE PROGRAMS


CITIZENSHIP IN THE COMMUNITY

Location: Recreation Center – Classroom 1

Additional Information: Living in a community means more than residence. In order to be productive citizens, children need to learn more about their neighborhoods, town and counties as well as become knowledgeable in the governments and organizations within those borders. This is an Eagle-required merit badge for Boy Scouts.

Minimum: 4 Maximum: 15

Registration
Eligibility
Date
Time
TR/NR
April 2 - May 24
Ages 10-17
Wednesday, May 30
9 a.m. - 12 noon
$12/$22


AMERICAN HERITAGE

Location: Recreation Center – Classroom 1
Additional Information: A better understanding of American heritage, the ways in which the past has led to our present nation, is key to truly knowing what it means to be an American and how to be a better citizen. This is NOT an Eagle-required merit badge for Boy Scouts but a great one to earn.
Minimum: 4 Maximum: 15

Registration
Eligibility
Date
Time
TR/NR
April 2 - May 24
Ages 10-17
Wednesday, May 30
1 - 4 p.m.
$12/$22


EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS

Location: Recreation Center – Classroom I
Additional Information: Learn to be prepared by learning the actions that can be helpful and needed before, during and after an emergency. This is an Eagle-required merit badge for Boy Scouts.
Minimum: 4 Maximum: 15

Registration
Eligibility
Date
Time
TR/NR
April 2 - May 24
Ages 10-17
Thursday, May 31
9 a.m. - 12 noon
$12/$22


JOURNALISM

Location: Recreation Center – Classroom 1
Additional Information: The media keeps us informed of what is happening in our community and why the First Amendment’s freedom of the press is so important. Review different media types, learn the 5Ws and learn ways to write the news. This is NOT and Eagle-required merit badge but a great skill to learn.
Minimum: 4 Maximum: 15

Registration
Eligibility
Date
Time
TR/NR
April 2 - May 24
Ages 10-17
Thursday, May 31
1 - 4 p.m.
$12/$22

 

PERSONAL FITNESS

Location: Recreation Center – Kitchen

Additional Information: Personal fitness is an individual effort and desire to be the best one can be. Take a physical fitness test to mark a starting point to a 12-week program. Start a lifelong healthy habit to be in better shape, feel better about yourself, have more energy and gain self-confidence in your overall ability. Wear exercise clothing and shoes. Bring your own water bottle, lunch and snacks.

Minimum: 4 Maximum: 15

Registration
Eligibility
Date
Time
TR/NR
April 2 - May 24
Ages 10-17
Friday, June 1
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
$12/$22



YOUTH GYMNASTICS 

*For information regarding classes and inclement weather,
 please contact VA Techniques at (540)381-5151 or 
visit their website

 LEAPING LIZARDS GYMNASTICS 

Eligibility: Girls and Boys Ages 5-7
Location: Virginia Techniques Gymnastics
         1550 Roanoke Street, Suite C, Christiansburg

Additional Information: No Virginia Techniques membership fee required.
Children should wear comfortable clothing, bare feet, no jewelry, and long hair should be
pulled back. Class Description: Basic through intermediate gymnastics skills,
 coordination, agility, and balance are the main components of this class. Also
 expect increased self-esteem, confidence building and working through fears.
 An emphasis of developing strong and flexible bodies will be through
 repetitions of chin ups, rope climbs, splits, standing bridges, handstands
 and cartwheels. Students in this class will spend time perfecting their
 basic skills while learning safe progressions into more intermediate skills.
 All students will grow at their individual pace with encouragement and positive reinforcement.


Class
Reg. Begins
Reg. Ends
Starting Date
Day of Week
Time
Fee
Weeks
June
April 2
May 31
June 5
Tuesday
6:45 - 7:45 p.m.
$73
4
July
April 2
June 28
July 3
Tuesday
6:45 - 7:45 p.m.
$73
4
August
April 2
July 26
Aug. 7
Tuesday
6:45 - 7:45 p.m.
$73
4
Sept.
April 2
Aug. 30
Sept. 4
Tuesday
6:45 - 7:45 p.m.
$73
4


LEAPING LIZARDS GYMNASTICS

Eligibility: Girls and Boys Ages 5-7
Location: Virginia Techniques Gymnastics
1550 Roanoke Street, Suite C, Christiansburg
Additional Information: No Virginia Techniques membership fee required. 
Children should wear comfortable clothing, bare feet, no jewelry, and long hair should be
pulled back. Class Description: Basic through intermediate gymnastics skills,
coordination, agility, and balance are the main components of this class. Also
expect increased self-esteem, confidence building and working through fears.
An emphasis of developing strong and flexible bodies will be through
repetitions of chin ups, rope climbs, splits, standing bridges, handstands
and cartwheels. Students in this class will spend time perfecting their
basic skills while learning safe progressions into more intermediate skills.
All students will grow at their individual pace with encouragement and positive reinforcement.

Class
Reg. Begins
Reg. Ends
Starting Date
Day of Week
Time
Fee
Weeks
June
April 2
May 31
June 6
Wednesday
6 – 7 p.m.
$73
4
July
April 2
June 28
July 11
Wednesday
6 - 7 p.m.
$73
4
August
April 2
July 26
Aug. 1
Wednesday
6 - 7 p.m.
$73
4
Sept.
April 2
Aug. 30
Sept. 5
Wednesday
6 - 7 p.m.
$73
4



KARTWHEELING KOALAS GYMNASTICS

Eligibility: Girls 3rd - 5th grade
Location: Virginia Techniques Gymnastics
1550 Roanoke Street, Suite C, Christiansburg
Additional Information: No Virginia Techniques membership fee required.
Children should wear comfortable clothing, bare feet, no jewelry, and long hair
should be pulled back. Class Description: Basic through intermediate gymnastics
skills, coordination, agility, and balance are the main components of this class.
Also expect increased self-esteem, confidence building and working through
fears. An emphasis of developing strong and flexible bodies will be through
repetitions of chin ups, rope climbs, splits, standing bridges, handstandsand cartwheels.
 Students in this class will spend time perfecting their
basic skills while learning safe progressions into more intermediate skills.
All students will grow at their individual pace with encouragement and positive reinforcement.

Class
Reg. Begins
Reg. Ends
Starting Date
Day of Week
Time
Fee
Weeks
JuneApril 2May 31June 4Monday
7:15 - 8:15 p.m.
$73
4
July April 2June 28July 2Monday7:15 - 8:15 p.m. $734
AugustApril 2July 26Aug. 6Monday7:15 - 8:15 p.m. $734
SeptemberApril 2Aug. 30Sept. 10Monday7:15 - 8:15 p.m.$73 4


TUMBLING TIGERS

Eligibility: Boys 1st-5th grade
Location: Virginia Techniques Gymnastics
1550 Roanoke Street, Suite C, Christiansburg
Additional Information: No Virginia Techniques membership fee required.
Children should wear comfortable clothing, bare feet, no jewelry, and long hair
should be pulled back. Class Description: Tumbling Tigers is designed for
 school aged, beginner level boys. It’s not only great for boys interested
 in learning gymnastics, but also for those trying to stay in shape
 during the off season of other sports. With an emphasis on learning
 skills such as balance, coordination, agility, flexibility, and strength,
 this class is sure to help any athlete reach their full potential in any
 sport they wish to pursue. Tigers introduce boys to equipment
 designed specifically for boys, as well as other standard gymnastics
 apparatus. All students in the Tumbling Tigers class will grow at their
 individual pace with encouragement and positive reinforcement.

Class
Reg. Begins
Reg. Ends
Starting Date
Day of Week
Time
Fee
Weeks
JuneApril 2May 31June 7Thursday
6:45 - 7:45 p.m.
$73
4
JulyApril 2June 28July 5Thursday6:45 - 7:45 p.m.$734
AugustApril 2July26Aug. 2Thursday6:45 - 7:45 p.m.$734
Sept. April 2Aug. 30Sept. 6Thursday6:45 - 7:45 p.m. $734


TUMBLING AND TRAMPOLINE BEGINNER

Eligibility: Girls and Boys 1st grade and up
Location: Virginia Techniques Gymnastics
1550 Roanoke Street, Suite C, Christiansburg
Additional Information: No Virginia Techniques membership fee required.
Children should wear comfortable clothing, bare feet, no jewelry, and long hair
should be pulled back. Class Description: This class is designed to help any
 child learn how to flip! From boys to girls, cheerleaders to dancers, or
 just anyone who likes to go upside down, tumbling specific classes
 use aids such as skill cushions, incline mats, back handspring trainers,
 spring floors, trampolines, and foam pits. Children will focus on core
 body strength, coordination, flexibility, and body awareness to safely
 accelerate learning time. Experienced spotters are available to help
 athletes maintain, develop, and improve handspring and aerial skills. 

Class
Reg. Begins
Reg. Ends
Starting Date
Day of Week
Time
Fee
Weeks
JuneApril 2May 31June 2Saturday
11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
$73
4
July April 2June 28July 7Saturday11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.$734
AugustApril 2July 26Aug. 4Saturday11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. $734
Sept.April 2Aug. 24Sept. 1Saturday11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.$734