We strive to offer a full range of programs and services for Vegreville and area children and youth. Together we can encourage growth based on the core principles of child and youth development and the emerging needs of residents. We’re sure we have a program and/or service that both you and your children will enjoy
The Babysitters Course teaches youth the “ins and outs” of being a responsible babysitter. We are certified to provide the Canadian Red Cross Babysitting Course whose curriculum covers everything from first aid, managing difficult behaviours, leadership, professional conduct as a babysitter, and how to give care in the event of an emergency. This course is open to any youth ages 11 and up.
There are lots of different events and activities around town for children and youth during school breaks. Many organizations like FCSS, Vegreville Centennial Library, and MHCB take this opportunity to partner together to put on fun and exciting events. In previous years, we have brought in a Mobile Escape Room and even A Day at Hogwarts! The Babysitters Course is also run at least once during each school break.
FCSS works hard to have a comprehensive, one-stop-shop, calendar for your family to plan out your spring, winter, and even summer break.
The Junior Leaders program gives youth ages 12 and up the opportunity to meet new friends, learn new skills and make a difference in the community by volunteering with the Sizzlin’ Summer day camp program.
Participants attend a two-day training session that covers basic first aid, childcare, and leadership skills. If the training is completed and the participant shows signs that they are ready to be a Junior Leader, they can then volunteer for 1-4 weeks during the summer. Junior Leaders are expected to be present every day in the weeks they are scheduled to volunteer unless prior arrangements have been made.
Any youth who show strong leadership skills and enjoy spending time with children are encouraged to apply.
After Hours is for students in grades 7-12 and it’s all about food, fun, and friends! Together we will do activities that make youth feel good about themselves and help strengthen their ability to get along with others. Past activities have included: swimming, game nights, billiards, archery, photography, painting, and filmmaking.
Time & Cost
The program is free of charge and is held on Wednesdays from 3:15 PM to 5:00 PM using Zoom or in person. When required, taxis will be available to transport students at no cost.
Inspire & You is for students from Kindergarten to grade 8 along with someone in their life who is an inspiration to them. During the program we have a guest speaker, read a book, and do a craft that focuses on self-esteem and relationship building.
Time & Cost
This is delivered virtually or in-person by FCSS, Mental Health Capacity Building (MHCB) project, Family Resource Centre and the Vegreville Centennial Library every two months. This program and the materials are free of charge. To register email the MHCB project Kirstin.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sizzlin’ Summer is a day camp for children ages 6-11 and runs from Monday to Friday, for 6 weeks during July and August. As with other FCSS programming, Sizzlin’ Summer focuses on the 40 Developmental Assets, which are supports and strengths that young people need to succeed in life. We strive to make our programming a beneficial learning experience for the children who pass through, as such, we’ve developed the program to focus on the following assets:
- Asset #4 Caring Neighborhood (Child experience a friendly neighbourhood)
- Asset #9 Service to Others (Child has opportunities to serve in the community)
- Asset #33 Interpersonal Competence (Child builds friendships and learns about self-control)
- Asset #38 Self-esteem (Child likes themselves and feels valued by others)
All programming and crafts are carefully selected to not only be fun and exciting for our campers but to also provide the children with the strengths and supports needed to succeed in life.
100% of registration fees go to covering the costs of running the program, including paying our summer students. While we try to keep costs as low as possible ($20/day), there is a slight influx for out of town trips to help cover additional costs ($25-$30/day).
For financial assistance, please reach out to us and we can connect you with Jumpstart and KidSport.
The Vegreville & District Youth Making A Change (YMAC) program is supported by the Rotary Club of Vegreville and is intended to inspire, equip, and mobilize youth to take action to make changes in their community and themselves through service. Any students in grades 10-12 who have an interest in leadership and community engagement, are encouraged to join YMAC.
What the program includes:
- Skill and knowledge building in areas such as public speaking, understanding how board meetings are run, dealing with conflict and teamwork, and communication are covered through interactive sessions.
- Taking action! Together youth will tackle a social issue they see or are experiencing in the community.
- Youth will be matched with a local non-profit organization and become a board member for 6 to 12 months.
- A team-building field trip, too!
"It's inspiring to have young people be interested in not only being a part of their community but also giving back to it. It's great to see them being involved in such an impactful way." - Joanna Karczmarek, Board Mentor at Vegreville Food Bank.
Afternoon Fun is an after school program that provides ice breaker games, a main activity, and a light snack for elementary students at A.L. Horton Elementary School. The program runs for 6-week segments during the school year and registration forms are required.