Yvonne Richardson Community Center - YRCC
Spring Break Camp
This one-week camp provides kids with a fun and active way to spend their spring break. The camp is one of the YRCC's free programs, but space is very limited. Children must be between 6-12 years old to participate. The 2017 Spring Break Camp, "Games Galore," will be from March 20th to March 24th from 10am to 3pm. Play life sized board games, compete in fun challenges, create your own games, and more! We will also play favorites like dodgeball and basketball!
Sign up starts January 17th, 2017, and a refundable camp fee is required. Sign up and pay fee at the YRCC to reserve your space. Contact us with any questions.
Summer Fun4Kids and Teens Camp
Join us at the Yvonne Richardson Community Center for a fun-filled summer at our Summer Fun 4 Kids Camp! We have seven weeks of themed day camps (see below). Every week we go on field trips, play games, swim, exercise our inner ‘Picasso,’ and explore the world around us. Lunch and afternoon snack is provided for all campers by Fayetteville Public Schools Child Nutrition Department Summer Lunch & Snack Program.
NEW this year our teen camp will be exclusively for Middle School students. In addition to our regularly scheduled field trips middle school campers will go on a unique adventures to Beaver Lake, the Escape Room, Teen Programming at the Library and more! All ages will also have the opportunity to give back to the community every week through service projects with area organizations, such as Meals on Wheels, Beaver Watershed Alliance, Fayetteville Senior Activity & Wellness Center, and 7Hills.Space is limited to 50 children per week, ages Kindergarten through 8th grade. Camp registration will begin March 1st, 2017 at the YRCC. A refundable camp fee ($2 per week, per camper) is due at sign up to secure your spot. Camp orientation in June 2017 is required for parents.
2017 Camp Dates (9:30am-4:30pm)
Week 1: June 12-16
Week 2: June 19-23
Week 3: June 26-30
Week 4: July 3-7 (closed July 4)
Week 5: July 10-14
Week 6: July 17-21
Week 7: July 24-28
2017 Camp Flyer
2017 Camp Session Info.
Summer Fun4Kids Junior Counselor Program
Our Junior Counselor program will premiere during the summer of 2017. This leadership opportunity is for teens that have completed at least one year of high school. An application, interview, and reference are required. Limited spots for each week are available! Online applications will be available March 1st, 2017.
Mandatory Junior Counselor Orientation: June 7th-9th from 10am-3pm.
Chess Wizards Camp (Summer 2017 Partnership)
The YRCC will be hosting a Chess Wizards day camp in August 2017. Join us for tons of challenging chess lessons, exciting games, and cool prizes. You’ll improve your chess skills, meet new friends, and work out your most powerful muscle- your brain! Our camps include fun team chess games (like bughouse), recess time (of course), snacks, tournaments, and puzzles. Each camper receives a Chess Wizards T-Shirt, trophy, and puzzle folder. Unleash your brain power and spend some of your break time with Chess Wizards! Price is $280/student per week. Scholarships are available.
2017 Chess Camp Dates (9:00am-3:00pm)
Week 1: July 31- August 4
Week 2: August 7-11
Kids' Nite After School Program
Monday through Friday from 3:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. during the fall and spring semesters we offer an after school program for ages 6 years to 8th grade. We provide fun and structured programming that includes educational enrichment and homework assistance. Youth are fed a meal on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday by Promise Land Food Program and snacks on Tuesday and Thursday from Ozark Natural Foods. Additional activities include field trips, cooking, gardening, games, crafts, computer coding, and so much more!
X-Factor Home School Physical Education
The YRCC offers a free weekly physical education class for children enrolled in home-school to ensure that participants receive training in Health and Fitness as part of their studies. Classes teach the fundamentals of warm-up, physical activity, teamwork, health education, and nutrition all while partnering with local organizations to enhance and expand learning opportunities. X-Factor is scheduled on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30am - 11:00am during the spring and fall semesters.
Teen Open Gym
Teen Open Gym is for middle school and high school kids, ages 12-18. Come out and shoot some hoops with your friends or use other available recreation equipment. Teen open gym time is currently held during school breaks. Check the YRCC calendar for the next teen exclusive gym time!
Home School Families' Open Gym
This is an unstructured time to bring together home school families. This gym time is open to ALL ages, however, parents will need to stay to supervise. No need to sign up- just show up and spend some quality time with your friends!
Kid Crops Gardening
The ARPA award-winning Kid Crops program gives children the opportunity to learn about gardening and nutrition, while planting and harvesting their own crops with Parks and Recreation Horticulturists. Kid Crops is offered seasonally throughout the school year as a part of our after school program on Wednesday evenings from 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. at the garden located on YRCC’s premises. YRCC's summer gardening program is available from 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. to youth registered for Summer Fun4Kids Camp.
The YRCC hosts a multi-age level Girl Scout Troop (Daisies through Seniors). Girls in Kindergarten through 10th grade participate in age appropriate programming that includes includes first aid, camping, cooking, sewing, marketing, STEM, and more! Our troop participates in both fall product and cookie sales to teach the girls financial literacy and to support troop expenses. We currently have spots available for girls in grades 4th through 10th grade. Troop meetings are all Fridays except the last Friday of the month during the school year from 5:30pm to 7:00pm. Financial assistance is available.
On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. the YRCC offers two courts for adults to play pickleball. YRCC invites players of all ages and all skill levels to join. Equipment is provided.
Lunch Break Basketball
On Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. the YRCC invites players seeking quick game play during their lunch hour. Come all who wish to break a sweat during lunch!
Annual March Madness Bracket Challenge
YRCC offers a free bracket NCAA Basketball Tournament Bracket Challenge. The top 3 winning scores win prizes! The Bracket Challenge is only open to persons aged 16 and up and is easy to enter.
Open Family Gym
Please check our calendar for Open Gym times, it can change depending on rentals and programming! During family gym everyone is invited to come and be active. Basketballs and other athletic equipment available.
Annual Easter Egg Hunt
Each year, prior to the Easter holiday, YRCC organizes a large Easter Egg Hunt for families to experience: food, fellowship, fun, thousands of eggs, and prizes for youths are provided. Pre-registrating for the event will help get you in the door faster! All information we collect is anonymous and helps us keep YRCC programming and events free!
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Saturday, April 15, 2017 @ 11am-1pm
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YRCC Speed Networking Meeting
This meeting invites local non-profit organizations and varying community oriented organizations seeking opportunities to learn about some of the neighboring organizations within the area and hopefully provide opportunities and/or discover resources available by bridging the gap among community organizations to increase out impact as service providers. RSVP by emailing email@example.com. !
Monday, March 13, 2017 @ 10am-11:30am
Annual Thanksgiving & Christmas Bingo
Each November and December, the YRCC offers an event where adults ages 18 and up can enjoy Bingo! Several games will be played for the chance to win all sorts of prizes including: gift cards to restaurants, movie passes, toys, etc. We welcome all to join us and be merry.