Friday, June 8, 2007

Rec District hires new youth coordinator

Wood River grad Piers Lamb returns home

Express Staff Writer

Piers Lamb

The Blaine County Recreation District has a new member of the team, a Wood River Valley native who is excited to return and contribute to the same activities that nurtured him as a child.

"As someone who grew up participating in Rec District programs as a kid, I feel fortunate to find myself in a position to coordinate programs for the next generation," said Piers Lamb, the district's new HUB Youth Center and summer program coordinator.

Lamb will also direct the district's Recess From School program, focusing on the development of healthy, active teen workshops and activities.

Lamb is an alumnus of Wood River High School and the University of Idaho. For the past four years, he has lived in Boise, working as a youth activity coordinator for the Treasure Valley YMCA. He also worked as a trip leader for the River Rock Community School.

"Piers is an excellent fit for the position," said Dave Keir, recreation director for the district. "He has experience, enthusiasm and a desire to enhance our youth and teen programs in a meaningful way."

Lamb returns to the valley with his wife, Kirsten, and their young son, Charlie. He said he is excited to be back in the valley and begin his tenure with the district.

His first order of business is coordinating the extensive Summer Youth Program. The program is open to children ages 6 to 12, and is designed to give them an opportunity to participate in healthy activities all summer long.

Since last year, the Summer Youth Program has added introduction to golf, climbing and archery. Fridays are reserved for field trips to area attractions with the Mountain West Friday Fun Day. Keir said the program is funded through program fees, sponsorship from Mountain West Bank and generous donations from the community.

"Community support has enabled the program to remain affordable while still offering kids a quality day camp experience," Keir said.

The HUB Youth Center will be home to the Summer Scene, a program geared for youths 11 to 14 throughout the summer. HUB will reopen this fall with a full menu of program offerings. A calendar of events will be available in August.

To learn more about the district's youth and teen programs, contact the Blaine County Recreation District at 788-2117.

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