SYCC director Debra Brockleman / My Buckhannon file photo

Stockert Youth & Community Center is now accepting signups for summer camp

BUCKHANNON – Registration has opened for the Stockert Youth and Community Center’s annual summer camp program.

SYCC executive director Debora Brockleman broke down currently occurring and future programs at SYCC and other projects during the April 6 SYCC board meeting.

“Everything’s going pretty well; we still have about 100 kids in the after-school program registered, and we get 50 to 55 children a day,” Brockleman said. “Every weekend, we have room rentals and party rentals. We’ve had some bigger organizations want to use our facility, and we tell them to check back with us because eventually, we’ll have space. Our basketball program wrapped up on the 26th of February; we had 350 players, 22 cheerleaders and 37 volunteer coaches.”

The SYCC Rec Desk program can now accept credit card payments.

“That’s working out really well; we’re getting a lot more money a lot quicker,” Brockleman said. “We have also begun planning for summer camp, and we’re getting our field trips scheduled, activities planned, and the required trainings done and set up. Our first day of camp will be June 5, and it will go through Aug. 4. We opened registrations on April 1, and as of [Thursday, April 6], we had 80 campers signed up.”

SYCC has also started updating its kitchen so staff can provide meals to children in their various programs.

“We were waiting for the contractor to begin, and he was supposed to be there this week, but he ran into some things, so he promised he’ll be there Monday morning (April 10), and he needs to run the gas to make sure the stove and the oven works,” Brockleman said. “We’ve taken old cabinets down and moved another cabinet out; we’re repurposing them, but they needed to be replaced. We’ve also been painting and fixing the walls because of some damage from years ago. We have our closets ready as a pantry, so we have a lot of things done with the kitchen.”

This summer, craft shows will return to SYCC during the 2023 Strawberry Festival and the World Association of Marching Bands Championship.

“The Strawberry Festival Craft Show will be in our gym again this year, and I think they’re going to use some of our outside areas for a kids’ fun night on Tuesday of the Strawberry Festival week; they did that last year, and it was it was very, very well attended,” Brockleman said. “During the week of WAMSB, there will be another craft show, which will also be in our gym.”

To learn more about what SYCC offers or sign up for programming, please visit Rec Desk at

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