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Recreational opportunities returning for Turlock youth
Summer camp, swim lesson spots begin to fill
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Summer recreation activities, like swim lessons, are back after being cancelled due to the pandemic (Photo contributed).

As life begins a return to normalcy amid the easement of COVID restrictions and vaccine success, parents in Turlock have the opportunity to keep their kids busy this summer with the return of two popular activities. 

The City of Turlock’s Parks, Recreation and Public Facilities department is once again hosting a summer camp for children in kindergarten through sixth grade, but due to the max capacity of 50 children there is currently a waitlist to sign up for the program. It will be held from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 7 through July 30 in the cafeteria at Pitman High School for $110 per week and an annual fee of $15. 

“We understand many families are working hard to find options for their children while they are at work during the day so we are glad that we can provide a safe place for them at our summer camp,” Parks department supervisor Karen Packwood said. “We also recognize this camp may not be the solution for all families but we are eager to support those who choose to participate.”

Swim lessons will also return to Turlock this year after the coronavirus pandemic put a stop to them last summer. According to Packwood, there are still spots left in the first four sessions of swim lessons, which run from June 7 to July 1. Sign ups for sessions five through eight, July 5 through July 29, will open on June 25. 

Swim lessons will be hosted at the PHS pool and include five different class levels available at six different times throughout the day. 

According to Packwood, the City will be following all public health guidance during these offerings and will adhere to a strict protocol including daily health screenings for participants and staff, regular hand washing, social distancing, the wearing of face coverings and regular cleaning/disinfecting.

The City’s after school programs will also return to schools later this year and interest cards are currently being accepted for those interested in working for the programs at

Packwood said that the return of youth activities and recreation programs is yet another way for Turlock to connect during these times.

“The recreation programs that we offer facilitate relationships and growth that make our community strong. Our recreation leaders, lifeguards, and swim/sports instructors are passionate about providing excellent customer service and an excellent product,” she said. “We are excited to play a part in the ‘new normal’ being the superior Turlock life.”

To sign up for the summer camp waitlist or swim lessons, visit For more information, call 209-668-5594 or email