Blackwell Youth Center to hold Summer camps

by Charles Gerian

The Blackwell Youth Center will hold its Arts and Crafts Summer Camp June 17 - 21 and June 24 - 28. A science camp is set for July 1 - 5 and July 14 -19. 
he camps cost $25 per week per student, according to Youth Center Director Denise Hindman, and they last from 9 a.m. - 12 noon.

Scholarships are available for qualifying students. 
We don't want to turn anyone away,” Hindman said. “Parents or guardians can come up here and talk to me if they feel like they can't afford that for their little one. We have 48 kids signed up right now in our art camp, and we make things like airplanes, dragon flies, painting on canvas, and rock art. … It's so much fun to do,” Hindman said the youth center will be open 7 p.m. - 11 p.m Friday, June 14 for students who are in the fifth grade and up.

The admission charge is $1.

“We will be playing basketball or watching a movie, it’ll be a fun night to just hangout and visit,” said Hindman.

A “Movie Day” is scheduled tomorrow, Thursday June 12 – from 1 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. The admission charge is $1 or a bag of cat litter to be donated to Blackwell Animal Shelter.

A full schedule of BYC events can be found at the Youth Center, and those interested can find out more through their Facebook page
he youth center will hold an auction Friday, June 21 at 6:30 p.m. Proceeds from the auction will be used to fund Youth Center events.

It will be a silent auction and they will sell Indian Tacos and “have fun things for all ages”

Last month, the Blackwell Youth Center's building – built in the mid 1950s – suffered heavy damage to its roof. Hindman went before the Blackwell City Council to ask for assistance in repairing the roof which, she said, is the least of the youth center's problems. 

The rain coming in from the roof ended up causing the floor tiles to pop up,” Hindman explained. “There's an unpleasant mildew smell in areas. … The roof is in desperate need of being fully replaced and repaired, but we simply can't afford that.”

The Blackwell City Council meeting last week, the Council agreed to start on repairs to the roof

Hindman said that the youth center, which is owned by the city of Blackwell, is a “last chance” for some of Blackwell's youth that have “fallen through the cracks.” 
I know people in this community who will fight with me for the future of this place,” said Hindman.