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Aqua Zumba

Once a month on Saturdays at the Beacon High School Pool

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Swimming lessons at Beacon High School

Splash of Confidence

Swimming Lessons at Beacon High School

Brought to you by Beacon Recreation & YMCA of Middletown

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After School Program

Program sessions will be 10 weeks. Each day of the week will have a different theme.

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Camp at the Camp 2017

Beacon Recreation is offering five weeks of camp designed to deepen children's relationship to our local ecology, nourish their own creativity, build community, and simply play outdoors. The rich legacy of the Settlement Camp lives on and provides the backdrop for a fun filled summer! Join us! Rain or shine, children ages 5-11 will play outside and get creative! Every week, regardless of the theme, we will;

  • Swim/ swim instruction
  • Play field games
  • Sing, write songs, perform
  • Design, make art
  • Explore The Camp
  • Tell stories and grow camp community spirit.

The Camp is located at the Settlement Camp, 724 Wolcott Ave. Camp day runs Monday-Friday, 8:30a.m- 3:15p.m. Daily snacks will be served, and children will bring their lunch from home. Our group size will be about 8 children, with at least one grown-up per group, so we can provide individual attention and opportunities for collaboration between campers. The children will be placed in age-appropriate activity groups. Registration is required and space is limited. Tuition for a full week is $175 per child, including materials and snacks, until April 30. Beginning May 1, weekly tuition is $195. Extended Day program is available until 5:00 pm for an additional $50 per week. Tuition assistance is available. Contact the Recreation Department to discuss your needs.

Counselors In Training (CIT) Program: For youth ages 13 to 16. The Counselor-in-Training Program at Camp @ the Camp is designed to offer qualified young people an opportunity to prepare for positions as camp counselors or recreation leaders. Emphasis is placed upon developing leadership skills, sensitivity to children, and program skills. Participation in the CIT program is by selection. Those interested in the program must complete an application process, which includes an application, references, and an interview. Tuition is $75 per week with a one-time $30 First Aid/CPR fee. The CITs must also attend additional training days.

Dates and Themes:
*Week 1, July 10-14 ~ Great Group Games - Get out and play! Embrace the Olympic spirit through cooperative play. We will be travelling around the world and beyond, playing age-old games and new ones, too!
*Week 2, July 17-21 ~ Can You Dig It? Archeology Then & Now: Who used The Settlement Camp property before us, who might use it in the future, and how will it be used? Become archaeologists and examine the treasures of the Settlement Camp by digging up the past and imagining the future!
*Week 3, July 24-28 ~ Home Sweet Tree ~ Woodland Dwelling: From root tips to branch tops, trees are homes, too. Together, they form an intricate life-sustaining system! Who calls them home? How can humans survive in the woods? We’ll investigate the mosses, fungi, and animals that call trees home, and we’ll build shelters from fallen branches. Let’s get to know the trees and tell the stories of the understory!
*Week 4, July 31-August 4 ~ Hidden Kingdoms - Get close: No, closer. CLOSER, STILL! What wonderful little worlds await when we zero in through proximity? What critters have their habitats there? What if there were worlds within worlds and the inhabitants needed help from their giant friends (us!)? We’ll recognize that regardless of size, everything has a place in this world!
*Week 5, August 7-11 ~ That’s Where Beacon Lives -Between the Mountain and the River: Our camp sits in the shadow of majestic mountains along the mighty Hudson River. We will let our imaginations soar on the wings of the turkey vultures and bounce along on the flood tide. Inspect the rocks and contours of the hills, create trails in the woods with a designer’s eye, hike, and discover the inhabitants of the Hudson Valley.

Registration begins Monday March 20th. Click here for forms


Multi Sport Camp 2017

Multi Sport Camp 2017

A multi-sport camp for grades 4th to 8th, designed to provide children an opportunity to develop good character, learn valuable life skills, discover new interests, and make new friends. 

Tennis Camp 2017

Our Tennis Camp with Coach Ryley returns this summer. Classes will be designed to meet the needs of the individual group. Groups will be determined based on age and experience. Instruction will include everything from basic strokes and rules for beginners, to match play and strategy for more advanced players. No experience is necessary.
Week 1 June 26-30
Week 2 July 10-14

Wilderness First Aid

Beacon Recreation is pleased to host Prime Paddlesports SOLO Wilderness First Aid Course at the Settlement Camp Park. Cost per person is $175. April 24-28, 2017- 6:30 PM-9:30 PM. For more information click here.

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Introducing Dance Xross Fitness

For Boomers & Beginners! With Licensed DXF Coach Meg! Come #MIXITUP for only $3
Wednesdays at 2:30PM Starting in November!
Beacon Community Center
23 W. Center Street Beacon, NY

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Zumba Gold with Meg Foster

For boomers, seniors & beginners!

Mondays 8:15 am to 9:00 am
Join us at the Recreation Center

23 West Center Street
$3 per class.

Perfect For Active older adults who are looking for a modified Zumba®class that recreates the original moves you love at a lower-intensity. How It Works The design of the class introduces easy-to-follow Zumba®choreography that focuses on balance, range of motion and coordination. Come ready to sweat, and prepare to leave empowered and feeling strong. Benefits Class focuses on all elements of fitness: cardiovascular, muscular conditioning, flexibility and balance!
Call Meg 845-656-0530 for more information.

Help Wanted

After School Program

Who: City of Beacon Recreation
What: Hiring Enthusiastic People
When: Ongoing
Where: 23 West Center Street, Beacon, NY
Why: To Enrich the lives of Beacon's K-5 Students
How: Download the Recreation Department Applications here or stop by the Recreation Center

Hours of employment are 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm Monday - Friday when school is in session. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age & pass a criminal background check. If you have any questions, please call: 845-765-2470


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Imagination Playground Block Party

The large, foam Imagination Playground blocks encourage unstructured, child-directed free play while allowing children's imaginations to run wild.

Where: Beacon Recreation Center (Gym): 23 West Center Street
When: Mondays 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Who: Children up to age 4, accompanied by an adult (older siblings welcome with the understanding this is a play time geard towards young children)

Wee Play: Lori Mehrige, Director of Events  -


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Community Tai-Chi

Intro to Tai Chi
Sunday Mornings
9:00am to 10:30am
Beacon Recreation Center
23 West Center Street
Fee $25

This 8-week course teaches the first eight movements of the Yang family Tai Chi form. The class will cover warm-ups, stretching, silk reeling exercises, and energy work. Instructors Michael Sibilia and Marc Sabin.

Winter Adventures

February 16 UPDATE-Program Full

The Beacon Public schools are closed on Friday, February 17th. The City of Beacon After School Program is offering a full day of winter themed activities at the Rec Center located at 23 West Center Street. Join us for a day of fun and educational games, and projects that focus on snow and the season.

Drop Off – between 8:30 and 9:00 am
Pick Up - between 3:00 and 3:30 pm
From 9:00 am to 3:00 pm? FUN!

$25.00 if the child is currently enrolled in our 3rd session
$40.00 for all others
Children must bring their own lunch. Snack will be provided
Registration and waiver must be signed the day of program
For more information or to reserve a space for your child please contact Nate or Heidi at: 845-765-2470

Registration form click here

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Learn to Ski or Snowboard

Beacon Recreation has partnered with Thunder Ridge to offer Beacon residents six deeply discounted ski or snowboard classes. Lessons are for skiers and snowboarders, ages 6 to 60 (first grade and up). Pricing includes all six classes! To take advantage of this program you MUST register through the Recreation Department by contacting Nate Smith at or calling 845-765-2470.