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City offers summer camp, aquatics programs
summer camp swim pic
The City of Turlock offers summer swim lessons at the Columbia Pool and the Turlock and Pitman high pools. Registration begins May 3. - photo by Journal file photo

As the school year and after school programs are coming to a close, the City of Turlock’s Summer Break Camp and aquatics program will begin. The City of Turlock Parks and Recreation is providing a Summer Break Camp and Aquatics Program to help provide a safe environment for children to attend while school is out. Registration for these programs begin May 1, for the Summer Break Camp, and May 3 for swim lessons.

“In addition to filling that time when a kid is typically in school, their parents know that while they are there, they are supervised, and in a safe environment,” Karen Packwood, Recreation Supervisor for the City of Turlock said.

The Summer Camp offers different indoor and outdoor activities including crafts, educational projects and games. Campers will also have a chance to participate in recreational swim. A staff member will go with them to the pool during that time.

The Summer Break Camps program are held from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday at Pitman and Turlock High School for kids in TK through 6th grade. Families must pay an annual enrollment fee of $12 and then $93 for a full day week, $50 for a half day week or $100 for a five-day punch card.

The City of Turlock also offers an aquatics program, which includes swim lessons, and recreation swim, that is open to the public. The aquatics program promotes a safe environment around the pools with properly trained staff.

“All lifeguards must successfully complete a lifeguard training course and obtain a certificate in Lifeguarding, CPR/First Aid for the Professional Rescuer as well as Title 22 for Public Safety Personnel,” Alissa Kelting, the Aquatics Coordinator stated.

Financial assistance is available for those who qualify. The maximum award is $125 and, if granted, the scholarship will cover 80 percent of the cost and participants will be responsible for paying the remaining balance.

These programs not only help provide Turlock’s youth a safe environment to attend but helps create meaningful memories.

“Many of our local and returning patrons become very close with our staff and build friendly relationships with them. Our staff, as well as our youth, look forward to our pools opening up every summer,” said Kelting.


For more information or to register, visit or call (209) 668-5594.