Classes & Programs

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There are so many ways to PLAY with Lacey Parks, Culture and Recreation with our classes and programs. From hobby exploration to high adventure into the back country, we’ve got you and your family covered! Kids will be active and entertained all summer long with our youth camps and adults will love exploring new sights on a trip out of town.

Check out our current offerings!

More For Teens

Lacey Teen Late Nights

Friday Night Fun Returns February 2024!
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Lacey Teen Late Nights provide 6th, 7th, and 8th graders in the North Thurston Public Schools District a fun-filled night of activities that just about every teen is bound to find something they enjoy. Activities include dancing, listening to music, contests, 3-on-3 basketball, video games, karaoke, snacks, inflatable interactive games and special guest performances.

The programs takes place on Friday evenings once or twice per month, rotating among each of the middle schools: Chinook, Komachin, Salish, and Nisqually. About 600 students attend this popular event and about 200 adult and 30 teen volunteers help out throughout the school year.


Late Nights are available only to 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students living or attending school within the North Thurston Public Schools district, including private and home-schooled students.

$10 admission, pre-registration and student ID required

We Need You!

This event is not possible without the help from so many outstanding volunteers, including parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, coaches, civic groups, college students and other members of the community.

Please contact us at least one week prior to the date you’d like to volunteer to allow for completion of paperwork.

Counselor-in-Training (CIT) Program

Learn valuable leadership and confidence-building skills, make new friends and make lasting camp memories as a Counselor-In-Training (CIT). This popular program is designed for teens ages 13 to 16 who are enthusiastic, responsible, hardworking and love everything camp!

Candidates for the CIT program will apply, interview, and if selected, asked to participate.

Level I Certificate

CITs will spend 20 hours of classroom training to earn their certificate. Goals of the training include:

  • Gaining leadership and teamwork skills
  • Learning classroom management skills
  • Obtaining First Aid/CPR certification
Level II Certificate

Teens who have successfully completed Level I will have the opportunity to gain on-the-job training at our highly popular Summer Day Camp. CITs will choose two weeks from the summer camp schedule to work at one of our camp sites working hands-on with campers.

CITs will put skills learned from Level I certification to use while working side-by-side with a camp counselor to mentor campers.  Not only will CITs be working onsite with campers, but also accompanying them on a variety of different field trips throughout the summer. 

Summer 2024

Applications available now!

Lacey Teen Leadership Committee (TLC)

Join the Lacey Teen Leadership Committee (TLC) and be a voice for youth in our community! TLC promotes a community where teens are valued and involved. As a program participant, teens will learn valuable leadership skills, plan teen events, serve as an advisory group for their community and make great friends along the way.


The mission of the Lacey Teen Leadership Committee is to empower teens with the core values of leadership, accountability, and a heart for service. TLC accomplishes these goals by providing volunteer opportunities, leadership experience, establishing high standards for behavior, and promoting teens to effectively communicate while learning to manage their time.

Learning Goals
  • Leadership
  • Confidence Building
  • Life Skills
  • Teamwork and Commitment
  • Communication
  • Self-Awareness
  • Interpersonal Relationships
  • Consistency

Members of Lacey TLC will participate in community events and volunteer service projects, and they will vote on upcoming teen programming and conduct team-building outings. All meetings are student-led so that teen voices and points of view are prioritized.

Lacey Teen Leadership is returning in 2024!

The first meeting will be on January 24, 2024.