Chautauqua’s programs for youth present a diversity of activity, in settings varied and historic. From pre-school to day camp, from sports instruction to informal youth centers, from enrichment classes to entertainment, and from reading to experiences in the arts, these

programs offer opportunities to explore the Chautauqua experience. At the same time, youth are encouraged to grow in independence, make choices, take responsibility and celebrate family time, all in the safe and supportive community that is Chautauqua.

Children's School

Childrens SchoolBuilt in 1921, the Chautauqua Children's School pioneered the concept of nursery school education. Additions made in 1926, 1947 and 1969 were followed by a full renovation and expansion in 1994 to its present size and capacity.

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Group One

ChildrensSchool ArtDay bg MASTER 07.31.15 004Begun in 1997, Group One is a program designed for children who will enter first grade in the fall and serves as a transition between Children's School and the Boys' and Girls' Club.

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Boys' & Girls' Club

BandGCThe Boys' and Girls' Club is considered the oldest day camp in the United States. With most buildings dating from the 1890s and the turn of the century, the Boys' and Girls' Club grows out of a Chautauqua tradition of excellence in sports and physical education.

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Youth Activities Center (YAC)

YAC poolThe Youth Activities Center (known as the YAC) is a drop-in center for junior and senior high school students. Located on the south lakefront at Heinz Beach, and adjacent to the Boys' & Girls' Club campus, the YAC features a bustling snack bar (with daily lunch specials at "kid" prices), a friendly staff, televisions, games, table tennis and pool tables.

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Pier Club

pierclub thumbnailLocated in the Pier Building near the Miller Bell Tower, the Pier Club is a non-alcoholic gathering spot for young adults age 17 and up. The Pier Club offers recreation, education and entertainment opportunities for Chautauqua's college-age youth.

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Classes

Special Studies YouthChautauqua’s Special Studies program provides youth the ability to experience Chautauqua as their parents do in an age-appropriate learning environment. The Special Studies curriculum offers a wide variety of subjects from computer skills, art, dance, music, writing, language and many more interactive courses that engage youth to begin a path to life-long learning.

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Young Readers

YoungReadersThe CLSC Young Readers Program encourages the enjoyment of good reading. The books have been chosen for their quality, the variety of styles and subjects, and their appeal to young adult readers.

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Youth Recreation

YouthActIn addition to the plethora of activities young people will find within the framework of the Boys' & Girls' Club, Children's School and Group One, there are a variety of other activities for them to enjoy—from tennis and golf to swimming and sailing and more.

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Family Entertainment

072214 Kaboom MB8. MasterjpgThis series appeals to family members of all ages providing fun, interactive entertainment.

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Babysitting

GreatAmericanPicnic5071815 RW masterThe Youth Services Office coordinates a babysitting list that provides information to help families with young children connect with available babysitters in Chautauqua and the local area.

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