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Recreation Department

Social Programs

The Social Programs Division provides Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community families with activities throughout the year, as well as different programs that they may need from health care to outdoor and individual needs in order to learn and experience necessary resources to develop the skills, habits and motivation that enhance their lives. Programs emphasize cultural awareness, social skills, life skills, teamwork, leadership, good citizenship, self-confidence, self esteem, decision making, good sportsmanship, and experiential learning throughout all programs offered.

Salt River After School Program

The program runs Monday through Thursday:
3:15pm - 1st through 6th grade pick-up
5:00pm – Program ends
1:15pm - 5:00pm on early release days

Participation is highly encouraged in the program. Participants must attend 2x per week, please keep all belongings at home. Recreation is not responsible/liable for any lost or stolen items. At 5:15 pm any children still waiting for rides will be directed to the Recreation office for their safety. Parents/guardians must come upstairs.

Kevin Riding In: 480-362-7374
Sera Gould: 480-362-7334

Girl Scouts of America – Salt River Girl Scouts

This national program for girls runs during the school year, September through May. The girls work on earning badges by participating in neighboring events, community service, money-makers, outdoor field trips, and parades. End of year trips are planned for the older girl scout troops planning incentives for participating during the year. Bi-weekly meetings are held on Tuesdays. This program is for Community girls 5 to 17 years of age or grades K-12. Register at the Recreation Department office.

Contact: Teresa Masayesva (480-362-6602) or Sera Gould (480-362-7334) or Diedre Goodluck (480-362-7409)

Teen Center Activities

The teen center monthly group activities are scheduled throughout the year. Scheduled events will be posted on a monthly calendar for all activities for the teens of SRPMIC. The teen center is open to all Community Members ages 13-18.

Staff and Contact Information:
Kevin Riding In: 480-362-7473
Diedre Goodluck: 480-362-7409
Recreation Department office: 480-362-6360

Special Interest Classes – Recreational Hobbies

The Recreation Department offers various classes for people of all ages in the Fall and Spring seasons. The classes are designed to introduce new recreational hobbies and interests to children and adults at little or no cost. The classes are for enrolled Community members.

Contact: Erin Abrahamson (480-362-5613)

Super Kids Club

Contact: Kevin Riding In (480-362-7473) or Sera Gould (480-362-7334) or the Recreation Department office (480-362-6360)

Young Eagles Program

This program is for Community boys from age 8 to 13, with a focus on culture, leadership, good citizenship, good life choices, could sportsmanship and brotherhood. There are weekly meetings and some weekend outings throughout the school year.

Contact: Kevin Riding In (480-362-7473)

Headstart - Tiny Tots Program - Exercise Programs

A beginners exercise program is provided for child care, pre-school and 3 year old classes, teaching fundamental skills using balance and coordination. This program helps young children recognize the benefits of exercise as part of a healthy lifestyle. Community Children in the Childcare Headstart and Tiny Tots Programs are eligible.

Contact: David Willis (david.willis@srpmic-nsn.gov / 480-362-5795)

Aquatics Program

This program is offered during the summer months of May through September, facilities include the Salt River and Lehi pools. The program provides open swimming hours, private party usage, swimming lessons, and special group sessions for child care, Salt River Elementary School and Summer Day Camp children of Salt River and Lehi districts.

Golf Program for Youth

This program is held in conjunction with a local golf pro instructor at local golf courses. The program helps teach fundamental golf techniques, rules and etiquette of the game. For more information, contact the Recreation Department office (480-362-6360).

Outdoor Adventure

This program is available for the first twenty kids that register, ages 6 to 17 years old. Registration takes place at the Recreation Department office, starting August 31, 2011. Community Members will have first preference. For more information, contact the Recreation Department office (480-362-6360).

Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community Traditional Dancers

This program teaches the traditional songs and dances of the Akimel O'odham. There are practice sessions and performances within the Community and other events in and out of the state. It is the goal of the group to teach the younger children traditions and culture through song and dance. All Community youth are welcome.

Contact: Vickie Andrews (480-362-5740) or Ricardo Leonard or Kathy Toney

Summer Day Camps for Youth

Summer sessions run Monday through Thursday, 8:00AM to 4:00PM. The day camp offers activities such as arts and crafts, swimming, gym games, ice-skating, roller-skating, trips to local amusement centers (ex. Sun Splash Water Park), and trips to major movies.

Lehi Summer Day Camp – Program held in conjunction with the Boys and Girls club of Scottsdale.

Teen Camp – Offered to young adults of the Community and includes field trips, youth conferences, and other recreational activities around the valley in a day camp setting. Lunch is provided in the Day Camps/Rec. Ed in partnership with the State of Arizona summer food service program. Registration takes place during the month of May at the Recreation Department office. For more information, contact Mike Douglas (480-362-5770) or Rebecca Makil (480-362-7336).