Adult Bocce Ball League

Does your team have what it takes to be crowned the 2019 Amherst Bocce Ball Champion? Find out in our fun and relaxed Bocce Ball league. No experience will be necessary for this league.

Here is the deal:

Register for the league

Your team of 2 will be scheduled to play your opponent at some point each week at a time decided by you.

Results must be sent to the ARD by no later than 9pm on the Sunday night of each week.

Playoffs will happen at the end of the summer.

If you are on vacation for a week, no problem, schedule your match at a different time.

We will use official Italian sized Balls.

Only one person from each team needs to register. Bocce Balls are provided for those who do not have their own.

Who: Adults 18 and up

Where: Buchanan Park on Middle Street

When: Matches start the week of July 1 (Mandatory team meeting on Monday June 1, 6pm at Buchanan Park.)

Registration: Register before June 26th

Fee: $15 Residents; $20 non-residents (Proceeds will go towards the Champion's Prize.)

Minimum 6 teams required for league.

Baboosic Lake Town Beach Information

Baboosic Lake Beach hours are:

6am – 9pm

Baboosic Lake Beach staffied hours:

Saturday & Sunday: 10am – 7pm

Weekdays: 9am – 7pm

Save Time:

If you are planning to rent a boat from us this season, please fill out the boat waiver form online before going to the beach.

New in 2019:

On Weekends and Holidays; Baboosic Lake Town Beach will be open only to Amherst Residents and their guests and Season Pass holders and their guests. Guests are required to pay either the resident or the non-resident gate fee and must also be accompanied by an Amherst Resident or Season Pass holder for the duration of their visit.  All Amherst Residents are welcome to use the beach but must provide some form of proof of residency to gain access.

Baboosic Lake info and Season Pass Options

Baboosic Lake Town Beach opened on Memorial Day Weekend. Season Pass options for both the beach and boat rentals are available online.

Youth Programs

Fall Youth Soccer

Register for Fall Soccer with Amherst Recreation and your player will learn and develop soccer skills, sportsmanship and team spirit! All teams are volunteer-coached- please consider offering your time and talent. We offer various levels of soccer based on age groups. Boys and girls will play together in all leagues. Shin guards are required at all levels.

Who: Ages 3-13

When: Games/practices begin 9/7

Where: Wilkins Field

Baboosic Lake Swim Lessons

Take advantage of our American Red Cross swim lessons. Our lead instructors are ARC Water Safety certified.

Swim lessons are scheduled for a 30 minute time period between 10am-2:00PM, Monday - Thursday at Baboosic Lake. Classes will be held in the rain but not during a thunder storm. Friday will be the makeup date in the event classes are canceled Monday-Thursday.

Private Swim Lessons: One on one in water instruction will be provided and our instructor will work with you to meet your swimming goals. We will NOT be able to split a lesson between 2 students. This program is available for all ages and abilities. Space is limited and will be available on a first come first serve basis, based on the availability of instructors. Private lessons will be offered each of the three sessions at both 9:00am-9:30am and 9:30am-10:00am.

Swim Lesson Sessions:

Session 1 - June 17 - June 27

Session 2 - July 1 - July 11 (No class July 4th, Make-up held Friday July 12)

Session 3 - July 16- July 25

Session 4 - July 29- August 8

In case of cancellations due to severe weather, Fri will be the make-up day

Baboosic Lake Swim Team

Join the Baboosic Lake Swim Team!!

Our team is a seasonal swim team offering coaching, technique and instruction for all ages and abilities. Swimmers do not need to have a season's pass in order to swim on the Baboosic Lake team. The goal of our team is to provide every member an opportunity to improve swimming skills in order to achieve success at his or her level of ability, make new friends and have a great deal of fun!

Swim Team is open to all ability levels ages 4 to 19. Participants must be able to float on their front.

Swim team opens with the first practice on June 18th. Practice is 9am -10 am Monday through Friday at Baboosic Lake. The meet schedule will be put on line as soon as it is finalized. Team swim suits can be ordered the first week of practice.

NEW this year!! Every participant will be receiving a Baboosic Lake Swim Team tshirt, and a Baboosic Lake swim cap as part of your registration fee.

Please call the office if you are registering for a Season Beach Pass- Swim team families are eligible for a one-time $15 discount, available through the office.

Mountain Biking Trips

Adult Trip to Kingdom Trails

Enjoy the some of the best mountain biking in the country while spending time with fellow riders both on and off the trail. Accommodations will be at the Kingdom Farm Lodge where you will be able to relax, shower, and clean/fix your bike after a long days ride. We will take care of breakfast and Saturday Night’s dinner.

Riders can arrive anytime on Friday and ride. Or come up after work. Friday night we will have a meet up at Mike’s Tiki Bar located in the heart of East burke and eat at one of the many food trucks located in the parking area.  Saturday and Sunday will be all about riding. Many of us have a lot of riding time at Kingdom so if you need some advice on where to ride or where to have lunch, we will be sure to guide you in that direction.

After Breakfast on Sunday, we will plan to get one last ride in and folks can head home when they need to.

Who: Adults 21 and older

When: September 20-22, 2019

Where: Kingdom Trails, East Burke VT

Fee: $185pp Residents, or $205pp Non-Residents

Fee includes: 2 nights lodging, breakfast (Saturday and Sunday), riding fees, bike shuttling, & Saturday Night Dinner.

If you would like to rent a bike for riding at Kingdom Trails, please contact

Youth trip to Kingdom Trails

Welcome to your 3 day adventure! This trip will consist of some of the best mountain biking in the northeast, camping in northern Vermont and three full days of adventure with co-riders. Amherst Parks and Rec will be heading to Kingdom Trails for another year. This trip will consist of two leaders and a maximum of 13 participants. All participants must have trail riding experience and be able to ride long distances without many breaks.

Camping will be at Camp Kent. We will be taking over all of Camp Kent and have direct access to the Kingdom trails from our campsite. We will also be close to swimming holes near East Burke and the ice cream shop.

The trip fee includes riding admission, transportation, camping fees, and meals (excluding lunch on the first day).

Trip Details:

Who: Rising 5th graders and up

When: June 18-20

Where: East Burke, VT

Departure: 7am on June 18th from Birch Park (11 Baboosic Lake Road)

Return: Around 5pm at Birch Park

Fee: $85R; $105NR

If you have a season pass to Kingdom Trails, please call the recreation office for a $15 discount on the trip.

Only a few spots remain for this trip.

Summer Camps

Outdoor Discovery Mini Camp

Sparking joy, creativity and curiosity through exploring the natural world. Hands-on discovery through the senses for ages 4-5. Nature based crafts each day. Campers will take part in various activities, sports, crafts, and water play geared around a new theme each week!

Who: Ages 4&5

What: 8:30am-12:30pm

Where: PMEC

When: Week 1 6/17-6/21

      Week 2 6/24-6/28

      Week 3 7/1-7/5

(NOTE: There is No Program on July 4th)

      Week 4 7/8-7/12

      Week 5 7/15-7/19

      Week 6 7/22-7/26

Half day and Full Day options available.

Softball Summer Camp

Batter Up!! Who's ready for another year of Summer Softball Camp? If you have ever wanted to try softball or want to hone your skills, this is the camp for you!

Join your favorite AMS softball coaches, AMS players, and Souhegan players for a week long camp this summer. Coaches will work with players on positioning, batting, pitching, catching, and agility while focusing on the foundations. Players from all skill levels are welcome.

What to Expect:

Players will be divided by age, skill level, and/or position during different drills

Players are encouraged to try new positions

Player must bring their own glove and are strongly encouraged to wear cleats

Camp Details

Who: Girls Ages 5-13

What: Summer Softball Camp

Where: AMS 1 (Softball Diamond)

When: August 19th- August 23rd, from 9 am-12 noon

Fee: $70R; $80NR




UPDATED: June11, 2019




4 Cross Rd, Amherst, NH 03031

603 673-6248

Peabody Mill Environmental Center

66 Brook Road

603 673-1141

Outdoor Discovery Camp

This summer, Outdoor Discover Camp is excited to offer a fun-filled camp focused on exploring the great outdoors and encouraging an appreciation for the natural environment. Amy Hull, PMEC Coordinator and her fun, creative staff is looking forward to making 2019 the most memorable summer ever!

Outdoor Discovery Camp is committed to exploring and creating lots of outside fun! Each day, campers will take part in various activities, sports, hiking, crafts, and water play geared around that week's theme.

Who: Entering grades 1-8

What: Outdoor Discovery Camp, M-F 9-4pm (extended care is also available)

Where: Peabody Mill Environmental Center

When: June 17th - August 9th

Baboosic Lake Summer Camp

Are you ready for a summer of craziness, memories and laughs. Each day campers will be greeted by our energetic counselors and have the opportunity to play a variety of games, swim and make a craft with their friends. Special events are planned in conjunction with our weekly themes to round out the summer of fun. Whether it be building a cardboard boat, cooking pancakes over and open fire, weaving a friendship bracelet or a camper/counselor tug o war match, be prepared for goofy, super fun, days with high-energy activities at Baboosic Lake Summer Camp!

Who: Grades 1-8

When: June 17-August 9th

Where: Baboosic Lake Town Beach

Time: 9am - 3pm (extended day options available.)

Adventure Teen Camp

Our ever popular Adventure Teen Camp (ATC) is back for its 4th year! This time with the addition of even more adventures!

New this summer we will be offering 2 week sessions, each session providing a unique experience. The sessions will be offered to rising 7th, 8th & 9th graders. Sign up for 1 session or BOTH! Campers will have fun with friends, all the while enhancing their community service skills, building stronger relationships, and being a part of a rewarding camp experience. This camp is based on leadership and management skills that will prepare teens for the future.

Who: Rising 7th - 9th graders

Where: Based out of PMEC


Session #1 July 22 – August 2

Session #2 Aug 5 – Aug 16

Leap Up! Dance Camp

Step out of the sunlight and into the spotlight…get ready to dance with us this summer! During this week-long dance camp, campers will be introduced to various styles of dance including Funky Jazz, Contemporary, Hip/Hop, Classic Jazz, Modern/Improv and more. Every day will consist of a morning warm up, technique, and choreography. Campers will end each day with a new fun routine! Daily options are also available as space allows. Campers should arrive by 9am ready to move. Pick up is promptly at 1pm. Please have your camper(s) wear comfortable clothing that they are able to move in with hair pulled back. Jeans/baggy clothing should be avoided. Layered attire recommended.

Campers of all skill level welcome!

Who: Boys and Girls Rising Grades 1-5

What: Leap Up! Dance Camp

When: July 8-July 12

Time: 9am-1pm

Where: AMS Café

Fee: Daily: $40R; $50NR

       Weekly: $135R; $145NR

Challenger British Multi Sport Camp

Motivate, Activate and Energize your child with Challenger Sports' Multi Sports Program. Challenger's team of British coaches will provide your boys and girls, with a memorable week of nonstop action, fun and competition- All with a British Twist!

Children will learn new British sports and develop new skills with team-building activites that include more than just running, jumping, catching, kicking and throwing! They will also learn about Respect, Responsibility, Integrity, Sportsmanship and Leadership, while playing hard, having fun, and making new friends.

Sports covered may include tag rugby, cricket, soccer, rounders, kickball, netball and handball.

Details Include:

Half day Option: 9am- 12noon

Full Day Option: 9am- 4pm


Who: Ages 6-16

What: MultiSport Camp

Where: AMS flat field at 14 Cross Rd

When: July 22- July 26

Fee: $139 Half day

    $196 Full day

Young Hacks Academy- STEM Camp

Does your child have what it takes to lead in the 21st century? Young Hacks Academy is a summer camp that uses technology to develop real-world leadership skills. Blending computer programming, problem-solving, and teamwork, YHA teaches kids to build cool video games about big challenges facing the world today, such as climate change, homelessness, and endangered wildlife. As serious as we are about exploring technology, YHA is also committed to having fun away from the screen, moving campers outside each day for unplugged games like treasure hunts and riddle relays. No programming experience is required. For more information, visit

Beta Masters for Grades 7-9 (Beginner-Intermediate)

Imagine a small indie game studio that has 5 days to pitch, design and build a new video game. Following a real-world production cycle, YHA Beta Masters work in teams to develop an innovative game prototype from conception to completion. The program culminates with a beta release party in which friends and family act as investors.

Camp Details:

Who: Incoming Grades 7-9

What: STEM, Young Hacks Academy Camp

Where: Amherst Middle School; Room TBA

When: M-F, 9am-4pm. July 15-19

Fee: $375R: $385NR

Cheer Camp

Are you ready to jump, cheer, dance and stunt? Have fun learning and improving on the fundamentals of cheerleading at the Amherst Recreation Cheer Camp.

This camp is for boys and girls who want to learn more about cheer as well as current cheerleaders. Local staff teaches creative dances, cheers, partner stunts, proper safety and technique, and more! Instruction is age appropriate with a focus on fun. This spirited camp provides the participants with camp T-shirt, cheer bow and a certificate of completion if registered by June 1st. Join the fun and cheer it up!

Who: Campers: entering grades 1-6/ CIT's: entering grades 7-8

Where:  AMS Flat Fields #4

When: June 17-June 21 from 9am-2pm

Fee: Campers: $125R; $135NR/ CIT: $75R; $85N

Next Level Youth Developmental Basketball Camp

The Next Level Youth Developmental Basketball Camp is coming to Amherst this summer! Join us for a week of non stop basketball to tone your skills in the off season. Camp will take place inside the Amherst Middle School Gym.

Campers should expect a high energy, fast pace and fun agenda for the week. Campers will be challenged and engaged. The camp will focus on overall skill development through instruction and positive competition. The camp will also include fitness and agility development. Sessions will be Monday-Friday 9am-2pm. Free shoot/drop off will be open at 8:30am. Campers will need lunch, snacks and water, and a clean pair of gym shoes. A Camp tshirt will be provided.

Camp Details Grades 3-5

Who: Boys Entering Grades 3-5

Where: Amherst Middle School Gym

When: July 8-12 from 9am-2pm

Fee: $150R; $160NR


Camp Details Grades 6-9

Who: Boys Entering Grades 6-9

Where: Amherst Middle School Gym

When: June 24-28 from 9am-2pm

Fee: $150R; $160NR


Min of 12/ Max of 30 per session

Saber Hoops Basketball Camp

For Boys

The 16th Annual Saber Hoops Basketball Camp is being run by Mike Facques (coach of back to back SHS Championships '03 and '04) and Will Facques (coach of a runner-up Amherst travel team, former SHS athlete and student at Virginia Military Institute).

The major goal of the camp is to help kids develop a passion for the great game of basketball and help them increase their skills.  We will create a positive environment with the proper balance of instruction, competition, and fun.

In addition to teaching the fundamentals of the game, each day will feature time for game play.

Who: Boys in Grades 5-8

When: July 8th-12th

Time: Mon-Thurs, 9am-2pm

Fri, 9am-12pm

Fee: $195 R, $218 NR

Players may be dropped off for open free shoot at 8:30am.


Eagles Basketball Camp

for Girls Grade 4-9

Join Amherst Middle School's own Coach Rodon in this all-around skill development camp for girls entering grades 4th through 9th. This unique camp utilizes decision training drills to help players improve their ball handling, shooting, decision making, and all around offensive & defensive skills. The camp is challenging yet fun for all skill levels. Players will gain valuable insight on what is to be expected in order to perform at the middle school and high school level.

Who: Girls entering Grades 4-6

When: July 15th-19th. 8:30am-2:00pm

Where: Amherst Middle School Gym

Fee: $195R $205NR


Who: Girls entering Grades 7-9

When: July 22nd-26th. 8:30am-2:00pm

Where: Amherst Middle School Gym

Fee: $195R $205NR

Adult Exercise

Barre & Pilates

PILATES is a full body-conditioning program comprised of a series of approximately 500 designed movements performed primarily on a mat. Pilates improves strength, flexibility, balance, control and muscular symmetry. The rhythmic exercises promote elongated and toned muscles, and are noted for developing abdomen, lower back and buttocks strength, and create a strong body core.   This pilates mat class fuses classical principles and a more contemporary athletic approach to produce noticeable results through more challenging moves. You’ll leave feeling accomplished, energized and worked head to toe.

When: Tuesdays 9:30-10:30am

Where: PMEC, 66 Brook Road


POWER BARRE is a ballet inspired fitness class that strengthens and tones the entire body. This hour class will be high intensity with low impact choreographed to fun music.NO dance experience is required and modifications can be made for all levels. Barre targets those hard to reach problem areas while leaving you feeling strong and healthy, and  is a great addition to any cardio regiment and very beneficial to runners looking to strengthen their leg and core muscles.

When:  Thursdays 9:30-10:30am, Saturdays 8:30-9:30am

Where: Peabody Mill Environment Center (66 Brook Rd)

Choose the Barre/Pilates Combo and receive a two class discount!

True Potential

TRUE POTENTIAL is a program designed specifically for women which encompasses nutrition, result-based workouts and mindfulness. The workout is a high-intensity interval-based total body workout, which uses a cardio/strength/core format, ending with a moment of quiet reflection.

Three class times:

7:45-8:45am at PMEC on M/W/F

9:00-10:00am at PMEC on M/W/F

7:00-8:00pm at SHS on T/Th

New Sessions starting 1/7/19

Paddle Board Yoga

"Learn to ride the waves of life and not be knocked off by the turbulence that comes to us."

Paddle Board Yoga is an incredible experience. You can enjoy being outdoors, connecting with nature and getting mood-boosting vitamin D. Because it requires balance and stability to stay on the board, it will strengthen your core and build muscles in places you didn't know existed.

NOTE: ALL participants must be able to swim; what this means is you must be comfortable if you fell off your board that you can make it back to your board and get back on. PDFs will be provided to all participants with your registration.

Who: 18+

What: Paddle Board Yoga at Baboosic Lake

Where: Baboosic Lake Town Beach,

When: Sundays,9am-10am

Date: July 14-August 18th (August 25th held for rain make-up)

Fee: Choose 5 out of 6 classes: $65R; $75NR

Daily: $15R/$20NR per class

Beach Yoga @ Baboosic Lake

Start your weekend off with a relaxing and rejuvenating yoga class on the sand with a beautiful view of Baboosic Lake. Practice yoga at the edge of the water with plenty of sun or shade, depending on your preference.

Strengthen and stretch in this class as you build your mind-body-spirit connection. The benefits of yoga and meditation include increased strength, flexibility and focus; and decreased stress and tension. This 75 minute class includes gently flowing sun salutations, breath work, meditation and relaxation. NOTE: This class will be held in the pavilion if raining.

Two registrations options:

1) Choose the full session and attend the 8/10 dates that work for you!

2) Register by individual class (the day before is appreciated)


Who: 16 and Up

Where: Baboosic Lake Town Beach, 25 Broadway Circle

When: Saturdays in the summer, 6/15-8/31 8:00-9:15am (no class 6/22 or 7/9)

Fees: Full Session: $80R/$90

Per Class: $13.00R/$15.00NR

Yoga for Adults

We offer three class options for Adult Yoga with long-time instructor, Leslie Formby. Make time for yourself with exercise and mediation and choose the one that works for your schedule!

Tuesdays at PMEC, 8am-9:15am

Wednesdays at SHS, 6:30-7:45pm

Thursdays at PMEC, 8am-9:15am


Zumba® is a dance fitness program designed for all level of group exercise participants. All moves will be kept simple and engaging to keep you sweating and having fun.

Our instructor is Cheryl Sturt-Vail. She has 25 years experience with group exercise training and 10 with Zumba. She is able to break down all types of dance styles to make it easy for all people to enjoy and master.

Adult Programs

Ukulele For Adults

Why let the kids have all the fun?

Robert Allwarden, Music Specialist at Wilkins Elementary and local performer, will introduce adults to the basics of Ukulele!

Participants will learn the basic chords and receive sheet music with simple songs to begin playing. No prior knowledge is necessary, but if you have a beginning knowledge of ukulele, you are welcome to join us!

All materials will be provided, including ukuleles. If you have one, bring it along, but if you do not, he has plenty to lend. If you wish to practice at home, you will need your own instrument.

Instruction will take place at Souhegan High School. Please meet him in the Annex Conference room, located on the second floor of the Annex, room number #222.

We need a minimum of 5 students, with a maximum of 15.

Who: Adults

When: Tuesdays, 3/26-4/30

Time: 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Fee $75 R, $85 NR

Tabletop Miniature Wargaming

Welcome to a collaborative effort between tabletop gamers and makers in their element. Join us for a day of gaming!

Morning session 10am-1pm

Break for lunch 1pm-2pm

Afternoon session 2pm - 5pm

(Price includes both sessions)

Definition of Tabletop Miniature Wargaming:

Miniature wargaming is a form of wargaming which incorporates miniature figures, miniature armor and modeled terrain as the main components of play and which was first invented at the beginning of the 19th century in Prussia. Like other types of wargames, they can be generally considered to be a type of simulation game, generally about tactical combat, as opposed to computer and board wargames which have greater variety in scale.


Game masters will have larger than life “board” games setup depicting History, Fantasy and Science Fiction. Many of the terrain elements you will see on these boards can be (and some were) made right here in the Makerspace! If this event gains popularity We may add some workshops, round tables and presentations at future game days.

Who: All ages

When: Saturday, March 30th, 2019

Where: Amherst Makerspace at the Amherst Middle School

Fee: $5 residents, $10 non-residents

Fee Includes: Admission to both the morning and afternoon gaming sessions, tours of the Makerspace, all materials, knowledge from game masters

Amherst Makerspace

What is The Amherst Makerspace?

Amherst Makerspace is a collaborative project with the Amherst Recreation Department and the Amherst Middle School. An entire wing at the Amherst Middle School, is open to the surrounding communities during non-school hours. We provide the ultimate workshop for paid members, to use State Of the Art tools, share knowledge, work on projects, network, and build things. Our goal is to foster a highly collaborative learning environment that is excellent for individuals who learn best by doing and making, with like-minded people or self-directed.

Repair Cafe

The Amherst Makerspace is hosting people with skills, to help you repair a broken item that you may treasure or something you wish to save from the trash heap. We will have woodworkers, welders, electricians, computer techs and general handymen/women on hand to help you fix your item. Broken furniture, bicycles, toys, toaster, vacuum cleaners, lamps or electronics. If we can fix ain't broke.

When: Third Thursday of every month, from 6-9pm


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