Boys and Girls Club of the Alma Area will run a summer program with fun and engaging activities for area children beginning June 11.

Alma’s club will hold its summer program for six weeks from June 11 through July 27, with the club closed July 2-6. The club is open to all area children ages 5 to 18.

“We provide this program to give children a safe and nourishing environment during the summer months,” said Elaina Damante, Boys and Girls Club of the Alma Area chief executive officer. “It’s important that children have a place where they feel safe, have hot meals, and can participate in fun activities that are educational and engaging.”

Club hours during the summer program are from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Cost per child for the summer program is $25 for membership and $150 for programming, totalling $175.

Registration is open online at AlmaBGC.com. There are a limited number of spots available in the summer program, and all memberships must be paid by June 15, Damante said.

Children who take part in the Alma club’s summer program will have the opportunity to take archery classes for ages 9 and above provided by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission; internet safety classes provided by the Morgan Nick Foundation and the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department; healthy cooking classes; DIY STEM programs; self esteem and citizenship programs such as Passport to Manhood and SMART Girls; fitness and yoga classes; and arts and crafts projects to be entered into the county fair.

“Educational programs such as DIY STEM and access to the library in our learning center help prevent summer learning loss, and our members often test better at the beginning of the next school year than those who stay home in the summer,” Damante said.

A Center for Art and Education Summer Art Camp will be held at the Alma club for members June 18-20, and the Alma Public Library will provide special STEM projects throughout the summer, Damante said.

Visitors will include Smokey Bear from the Arkansas Forestry Commission, members of the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department SWAT, search and rescue, and mounted patrol, and various speakers from around the area, Damante said.

A special water day provided by the Alma Fire Department will take place on the final day of the summer program on July 27.

A full schedule of events will be posted to the club website and Facebook page in the upcoming weeks.

For questions or information, contact the club at (479) 632-2070 or email taniah@almabgc.com.