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SPARC (School-Parks Are Reaching Communities) is a partnership between the Springfield-Greene County Park Board and Springfield Public Schools, promoting opportunities for youth and families through after-school and recreational enrichment, summer camps, intramural sports and more. Most SPARC programs are conducted at school-park sites. Scholarships may be available. Visit ParkBoard.org/Scholarships for details.

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Sports

 
SPARC offers sports leagues in basketball, soccer and volleyball. Visit our sports page for information and registration forms on current leagues offered.

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SPARC Summer Camps


  1. Summer Adventure Camp


    An action-packed traditional summer camp experience with weekly themes, crafts, games and more. Drop off and pick up campers at Disney Elementary. View the Summer Camp Guide for more information on themes, locations, etc. View scheduleSPARC 837-5737

    For ages 5-12 yrs.
    June 1-Aug. 13
    7-8:30 a.m. & 4:30-6 p.m.
    (Camp activities 9 a.m.-4 p.m.)
    $100/Week





  2. Summer Quest Day Camp


    “Too old” for day camp? Summer Quest is designed for older kids with weekly themes, crafts, games and more, held at Glendale High School. View the Summer Camp Guide for more information on themes, locations, etc. View calendarSPARC 837-5737

    For ages 11-14 yrs.
    June 1-Aug. 13
    7-8:30 a.m. & 4:30-6 p.m.
    (Camp activities 9 a.m.-4 p.m.)
    $105/Week




  3. Before & After Explore


    Join us before and after Springfield Public School’s Summer Explore program, for a fun camp-like experience with games, crafts, sports, teambuilding and more. Harrison, Truman, Watkins, Field, Westport and Carver schools. Space is limited. View the Summer Camp Guide for more information on themes, locations, etc. View schedule. SPARC 837-5737

    For students going into grades K-8
    Session 1: June 7-30
    Session 2: July 7-30
    Before Explore: 6:30 a.m.-School begins
    After Explore: School Dismissal-6 p.m.
    Before Explore: $20/Week or $5/Week with Free/Reduced Lunch status
    After Explore: $40/Week or $15/Week with Free/Reduced Lunch status





  4. Ritter Springs Day Camp


    Love the outdoors? If so, join SPARC as they spend most of the day outside experiencing creek walking, canoeing, swimming, cook-outs and more! Drop off and pick up campers at Glendale High School, Disney Elementary and Bowerman Elementary. View the Summer Camp Guide for more information on themes, locations, etc. View calendarSPARC 837-5737

    For ages 5-12 yrs.
    June 1-Aug. 13
    7-8:30 a.m. & 4:30-6 p.m.
    (Camp activities 9 a.m.-4 p.m.)
    $100/Week




  5. SmALL Stars Youth Sports Camp


    Enjoy a week-long sports-focused camp adventure! Campers travel to a different facility each day for an exciting sports experience. The goal is to introduce each camper to various sports in a safe, fun and positive learning environment. Campers learn basketball, soccer, tennis, golf and rock climbing. Campers receive a camp T-shirt and take part in an end-of-camp celebration with pizza, prizes and more! Pick-up and drop-off at Cherokee Middle School. View the Summer Camp Guide for more information on themes, locations, etc. SPARC 837-5737

    For ages 5-12 yrs.
    Aug. 9-13
    7-8:30 a.m. & 4:30-6 p.m.
    (Camp activities 9 a.m.-4 p.m.)
    $100/Week





  1. Before and After School Programs


    SPARC Before and After School Program is a licensed child care program that provides a great opportunity for your child to learn and grow both before and after school through a variety of clubs, sports, enrichment activities, homework help, and mentoring. The program provides:

    • Snack Time: A healthy after school snack and 100% Juice are provided.
    • Social Time: A chance for friends to catch up, talk about their day, and unwind.
    • Games and Activities: Every day provides a different activity, or choice of activities that work on a core physical, mental, or enrichment element. SPARC focuses on teamwork, sportsmanship, strategy, critical thinking, and more!
    • Homework Time: We give the students a chance to work on any homework from the day, study for any tests, or ask the staff for any specific help with an assignment.
    • Special Events: Movies, pizza parties, and cookouts!
    SPARC Before & After School Care is only available for days your child is receiving in-person instruction. Reduced rates available; proof of free/reduced meal status required. View flyer.

    AGE
    Grades K-6
    TIME
    6:30 a.m.-School Begins; School dismissal-6 p.m.
    BEFORE & AFTER SITES
    Harrison, Truman, Watkins, Westport, & Wilson’s Creek
    AFTER ONLY SITES
    Carver, Cherokee, & Williams
    FEE
    BEFORE SCHOOL: $20/Week/Child; AFTER SCHOOL: $40/Week/Child

     

  2. Ritter Springs Challenge Program


    The Ritter Springs Challenge program will inspire your team to effectively communicate, support each other, solve problems together, and develop stronger relationships. Individually, we will build everyone's self-confidence, awareness of strengths and limitations, trust, stress management skills, and respect for each other. The highlight of our program is our Challenge Course set in the quiet and natural setting of the 245-acre Ritter Springs Park. Our Challenge Course provides a low risk, but challenging element to our teambuilding program that will have your group walking cable ropes, negotiating obstacles, and balancing on elements built close to the ground. Call to schedule for your team or group 874-2412

    View Participant Information Letter | View Registration Form | View Liability Waiver and Medical Release Form

    Ages 5 yrs. and up
    By appointment, year-round
    Time varies, call for details
    $50 non-refundable deposit
    $15/ person for 3-hour session
    $25/ person for 6-hour session

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Effective July 1, 2017, the Springfield-Greene County Park Board shall discontinue accepting Electronic Checks as a payment option for program payments. Credit card & debit cards will continue to be accepted.

For those patrons paying by credit card or debit card: Should funds not be available during the withdrawal process the $20 insufficient funds fee will be assessed and due at the time of payment failure and will be collected with any outstanding program fees. Program privileges will be suspended until all delinquent fees, charges and costs are paid in full. We apologize for any inconvenience. If you have any additional questions, please see the Administrator or Coordinator.