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Sports & Recreation

Sandy Beach Swim lesson Sign-ups 
Saturdays, June 3 & June 10 ~ 10am–1pm
@ Sandy Beach
East Shore Rd., Morris
Swim sessions:
l – June 26– July 7
(no lessons on July 4)
ll – July 10 – July 21
lll – JULY 31  – Aug 11
Lessons are taught by Red Cross certified instructors. Lesson fees are $10 per child per session. Families must have a current season’s pass to sign up for lessons. Beach passes are available at the Morris and Litchfield Town Halls and at the beach.
Sandy Beach Opens for Weekends
Memorial Day Weekend ~ 9am-7pm
Sandy Beach Opens Daily for Summer
Saturday, June 24 ~ 9am-7pm
(Operated by Sandy Beach Commission
from Towns of Litchfield & Morris)
Sandy Beach on East Shore Road in Morris will be open weekends starting Memorial Day weekend and daily for the summer beginning Saturday, June 24th.  Beach hours are 9:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.
Beach fees:
$65. - Resident Family
$85. - Non-Resident Family
Sandy Beach Triathlon
Friday, July 28 ~ 5:00 p.m.

27th Annual Litchfield Open
Golf Tournament
Monday, June 12 ~ 1:00 p.m.
@ Torrington Country Club
The 27th Annual Litchfield Open will be held Monday, June 12, 2017 at the Torrington Country Club. The tournament will be played using a “Scramble Format.” There will be a shotgun start at 1:00 p.m.. Buffet lunch is available starting at noon and dinner will follow golf at 5:30 p.m..
Prizes will be awarded for team low gross, team low net, mixed team low net, senior team low net, closest to the pin and longest drive.
Fee for the tournament is $130.00 per player and covers greens fee, cart, prizes, lunch and dinner. Checks should be made payable to the Litchfield Lions Club.
The Litchfield Open benefits the Litchfield Sports Booster Club and its efforts to fund sports-related projects above and beyond the scope of the Litchfield Schools’ budget. For information call or email Jon Torrant (860-567-4044);
Litchfield Hills Summer Lacrosse Registration
Registration is now open for Litchfield Hills Lacrosse’s Northwest Corner Summer Lacrosse for Men's U30, Men’s Over-30, and Women’s starting June 14. Please visit for more information.
Litchfield Soccer Club Fall Registration
Deadline ~ June 19, 2017
The Litchfield Soccer Club is now accepting registration for the Fall 2017 season.  The club has teams for kids from the ages of Pre-K to 8th grade.  Interested families should register on the club’s website:  On-time registration closes on June 19. Additional information on the program can be found on the website as well.  The club supports kids from the Litchfield and Wamogo school systems.
Litchfield Park and Recreation Summer Camp
If you are looking for a fun, safe and exciting place for your son or daughter to spend their summer days, look no more! It’s the Litchfield Parks and Recreation Summer Fun Camp beginning June 26th.
Why send your kids to some expensive summer camp where it costs more for their “uniforms” at camp than it does to send them to our camp for the summer?
We have a trained and veteran staff of councilors on board to set a fun tone. We have lots of fun things happening at the camp which goes Monday–Friday at Litchfield’s Community Field, from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Early drop-offs and late pick-ups (within reason) are also available for an additional fee, but for $28 a day, your children will have fun with their friends, learn new things and have great experiences. All they need is a lunch, juice, snack and a water to get them through a fun-filled day.
Some of the things coming to camp are “Music Mondays,” 4-H Club, and Game Show Guy. The kids are also busy with sports of all kinds, board and memory games, arts and crafts…and more. We take the camp swimming to Sandy Beach on Tuesday afternoons for some water fun and we are going to many other places on field trips.
The field trips range from $15 to $50 depending on where we go, but we have plans on going to Thomaston Lanes for Bowling; R&B Sports for mini-golf, go-carts, pitching machines and ice cream; Quassy Amusement Park; Mount Tom; Lake Compounce; and more! And we didn’t even mention “Game Show Guy!” who will be coming to our camp!
Doesn’t it sound like a fun camp? Well, it is! We are signing campers up now. Call (860) 567-7569 for more information. You can also visit our website at, go to departments, then click on “recreation” and then to registration forms for the summer camp registration. Sign your child up today!
The daily camp is for children 6 and up with a weekly cost of $140. For the younger children aged 3-5, we offer a three-hour camp (9 a.m. – 12 Noon) Monday through Thursday for a cost of $110. 
Litchfield Parks and Recreation
Swimming Lessons 2017
Litchfield Parks and Recreation will again be offering swimming lessons this summer, with two 3-week long sessions at the Wisdom House pool, located at 229 East Litchfield Road in Litchfield. Hurry to sign up as these spaces are limited. Your check reserves you child’s spot for the lessons. The first class on the first session will be on Monday, June 26th.
The second session will begin on July 17th and run through August 4th. The fee for each three-week session is $90. Space is limited in each class, so please contact the Parks and Recreation office as soon as possible. Your paid entry will save you a spot in the class. NO ONE MAY SIGN UP AT THE POOL!!! Only pre-registered swimmers will get space in the pool as the classes are small. All registrations must go to Litchfield Parks and Recreation at P.O. Box 12, Bantam, CT 06750.
The swimmers will have a 30-minute lesson Monday through Friday, weather permitting. The classes will be at 9:00 a.m. until 9:30 a.m. for children 8 and over. Swimmers aged 6-7 years will take their lessons from 9:45 a.m. until 10:15 a.m. and then children aged 4-5 will have their class from 10:30 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. The toddlers in class must be accompanied by a parent.
For more information or for other programs run by Litchfield Parks and Recreation, please contact (860) 567-7569.
For a downloadable registration form, go to, then go to departments, then recreation, then to registration forms and print out the “standard form.” Fill the registration out and return it with your check as well as to which session you wish to enter in order to reserve your spot for this popular program.
Bantam Lake Yacht Club to Offer Sailing Lessons
for Children and Adults
The Bantam Lake Yacht Club is sponsoring a junior and adult sailing program this summer to teach children 9-18 years old and adults to learn to sail and/or race sailboats.  The program is suitable for beginners as well as more experienced sailors.
Junior group lessons are on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 1:00-3:00 p.m. and from 3:30-5:30 p.m..  There will be 2 series of lessons, each of 4 weeks.  The first series will begin Tuesday, June 27 and run through Thursday, July 20 (except for July 4). 
The second series begins Tuesday, July 25 and runs through August 17th.  A lesson series costs $250.  Junior sailors must pass a swim test. Private junior lessons and adult lessons are also available. Additional information is at:  For an information package or to enroll please contact the club secretary at
Lake Compounce Tickets
Litchfield Parks and Recreation
Summer is almost here and Litchfield Parks and Recreation is again selling discounted tickets for Connecticut’s biggest and best amusement park, Lake Compounce. You can enjoy the park without having to wait in a long line to get in and save money to boot!
Regular admission price into Lake Compounce is $48.91 at the gate. You can buy your tickets at the Litchfield Parks and Recreation Office located in the Bantam Annex at 80 Doyle Road paying only $29.50 per ticket, which is a savings of $19.41 on each. The tickets are good any day the park is open. These tickets are non-refundable.
Call the Litchfield Parks and Recreation Office to make arrangements to pick up your tickets at (860) 567-7569. We take cash, check or money orders only. 
2017 LRWC Summer Camp Programs
Livingston Ripley Waterfowl Conservancy
This July, LRWC is offering three week-long, day camp sessions for children entering grades 3 - 6 in the fall of 2017. Programs are full-day from 9am to 3pm.
LRWC Camp days are interactive, educational, and lots of fun! Get ready for exciting outdoor adventures where you'll learn about our birds, wetlands, and more. Each session includes outdoor exploration, hands-on activities, experiments, games, and crafts, and lots of interaction with our amazing flock of over 450 birds from around the world!
Camp Sessions
Budding Biologists ~ July 3 – 7
Join LRWC in the study of nature! We will explore all living things from big to small and how they fit together to create the wild world around us. From microbes to mallards to mammals, we won't leave any stone unturned. Campers will get to explore what it means to be a biologist and learn to be a real scientist! We will be actively investigating LRWC’s local habitats looking for microorganisms, plants, and animals. Campers will conduct experiments, create crafts, and get their hands dirty, all while outside investigating the natural world.

Dinosaurs to Ducks ~ July 10 – 14
Ever wanted to meet a dinosaur up close? Well now you can! During this session campers will investigate the story behind the world’s modern dinosaurs, birds! With the help of the living dinosaurs that call LRWC home, we will follow the evidence to discover how dinos transformed into modern birds, the origin of feathers and flight, and more. Along the way, we will dig up fossils, learn what it takes to be a paleontologist, and discuss the many diverse dinos that came before the birds we see today. We will then do some modern dino watching and discover the many birds around us here in Connecticut. So come dig into dinos with LRWC! 
Duck Detectives ~ July 17 – 21
There is something fowl afoot at LRWC this week and we are going to get to the bottom of it! Come help us investigate the world of birds so we can get to the truth behind all the conservation clues. 
How exactly do birds fly? What are feathers for? How do a duck’s feet stay warm in the icy, winter water? We will put on our detective caps to search out the answers to the many mysteries that make birds unique. This program is all about birds and along the way campers will learn about how LRWC raises, cares for, and helps rare and endangered species from all across the globe.

Litchfield Parks & Recreation
Tennis Camps
Monday, July 31 - Friday, August 4, 2017
Looking for a fun way to learn the basics of tennis? Are you a player with some experience looking for ways to improve your game and get some time on the courts this summer?
Litchfield Parks and Recreation is offering Level I and Level II Tennis Camps from July 31 through August 4 with instructor, Dan Porri, LHS Varsity Girls’ Head Tennis Coach at the Litchfield High School Courts.
Level I Tennis Camp is best for beginners. Participants will learn the fundamental skills of tennis (groundstrokes, volleys, serve, scoring, basic strategy) through group and individual drills and fun activities and games.
Level II Tennis Camp is perfect for players who have a basic understanding of tennis and are looking to take their game to the next level. Participants will improve their fundamental strokes and explore singles and doubles tactics through group and individual drills and fun activities and games. Players will also have a chance to test their skills in full ladder matches against other camp participants!
Both camps are open to Grades 4 and up. 
Level I Tennis Camp will run from 8 to 10 a.m. on the Litchfield High School Tennis Courts, Monday through Friday July 31 - August 4. Level II Tennis camp will run from 10 a.m. - noon. $130 for these camps.
To register you can print up a standard form from the web and mail it in. You may register the first day of camp but slots are filling up and you don’t want to get left out! Checks should be made out to Dan Porri and sent into Litchfield Park and Rec, P.O. Box 12, Bantam, CT 06750.
The fee for the week-long campis $130. Please contact Litchfield Parks and Recreation at (860) 567-7569 with any questions. The website is and go to departments and then to Recreation. Go to “Registration” forms and select “Standard Form.”
Warren Park & Recreation
Daytrips, Warren Community Events, Senior Trips
Fitness Classes, Outdoor Activities & Events
Walking Program
Litchfield Parks and Recreation
Monday & Tuesday ~ 9:30-11:00 a.m.
Bantam Gym
There is a new Walking program at Litchfield Parks and Recreation's home in the Bantam Gym, Monday and Tuesday mornings from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. The program is free!
The program is great of adults and seniors as well! Come and enjoy indoor walking in the winter. Stay fit during those cold winter months! Walk for your health and meet some great new friends! The program has begun, but is welcoming new members every session. Please contact Diane Whitehouse (860) 567-9139 for more details.