Raymond Recreation Programs & News

Creative Dance - May 10 - June 14.

Does your little one love to dance around the house? Creative dance classes are open to children ages 2 to 5. In this 45-minute class, children will learn the primary fundamentals of dance through creative movement while playing games, singing songs and meeting new friends! You can drop in each week from 9:00 - 9:45 am March 22-May 3 for $10 a week. Classes are held at the Raymond Baptist Church Ministry building (the old white building- 143 route 27). There will also be another class from May 10 - June 14. The Creative Dance students will put on a performance during our Summer Concert Series on Thursday, June 29.

Archery Program

Discover the world of target archery – a sport that you can enjoy on your own or with the whole family. Archery is an activity that is flexible and adaptable to individual physical and emotional needs. Each child can choose to shoot with the light or heavy bows, from short or long distance, at indoor ranges or in their own back yard. This program is ideal for children & adults. Children must be at least 7 years old.

The instructor for this course will be Robert Schmidt, certified National Archery Association Level III instructor. This 4-week program will be held on Thursdays, July 6, 13, 20, & 27 for 2nd – 4th grade and on Mondays, July 10, 17, 24, & 31 for 5th – 8th grade. The class will run from 9 to 10 am each day. The fee for this course is $50, which includes all equipment you will need. The last day we will accept registrations is 9:00 am Wednesday, July 5th. Space is limited to 12, sign up today!


Zentangle is “Creating beautiful images using patterns”. These patterns are repeating designs that anyone can make. It is deliberate doodling to create art. Zentangle is fun, easy to do and simple to learn! “One stroke at a time” you will produce a unique Zentangle tile. It is an exciting way to let your creativity flow. No drawing ability is necessary.
Cyndy Pinard, is a retired elementary school teacher with a degree in Education and art. She has continued studying different art methods and continues to take classes using a variety of mediums. Cyndy first started with Zentangle by taking classes to learn this new form of art and then became a Certified Zentangle Teacher in 2010.

Cyndy will be teaching this 3-week Zentangle class. Classes will be Thursday, June 8th, 15th and 22nd from 6:00 to 7:30 pm.

The Class cost $25.00 which includes all materials. Non-residents pay an additional $5.00. Class is limited so sign up today at Raymond Recreation or call 895-7031 for more information.


August 7th – 11th

2 – 5 year olds

New this summer! Raymond Recreation along with AMC Dance will be holding a Dance Camp for kids 2 – 5 years old.
Introduce your child to dance movement with this week- long camp. Your child will learn the primary fundamentals of dance through creative movement while playing dance games, arts & crafts, singing songs and meeting new friends!

The instructor of Creative Dance is Amy Carlson. Amy is the owner of AMC Dance. She has been teaching dance since 2013. Amy teaches Creative Movement, Hoop Dance and Mommy and me classes. She has danced at both University of New Hampshire and Keene State College. Amy has been dancing since she was three and strives to introduce children to the world of dance through creativity and joy.

This camp will start Monday, August 7th and rounding the week out with a performance on Friday, August 11th from 9:00 – 10:00 am. The fee for the camp is $60. Price includes class, t-shirt for the performance and crafts. Non-residents pay an additional $5. Please bring a water bottle.

Grad Night Supporter

Here we are again! In June, the class of 2017 will be leaving Raymond High School and moving on to college, employment and the military. Raymond Recreation will again be sponsoring Grad Night with the support of the Raymond Police Department. This is a very important program that affects our graduating youth and the community of Raymond.

The Annual Chemical Free Graduation Party for the Raymond High School Class of 2017 is scheduled for Friday, June 16, 2017. This safe, fun event is provided to graduating seniors as an alternative to celebrations that could lead to drinking and drug use. This is our 17th year hosting this memorable event. With the support of local business and organizations like yours we continue to increase student participation.

According to the 2015 YRBS, 6% of the Raymond High School students reported using Heroin. This is alarming to us since the state average is 2%. 24% of Raymond High School students report using alcohol and marijuana within the past 30 days. When asked during a RCFY focus group why youth use, they state “there is nothing to do” and “everyone is doing it”. Grad night adds a “fun” substance free night with positive activities.

We are hoping to reach our goal by making this event something that everyone will want to attend. In order for us to provide this event and pay for the entire night’s activities, we need your support. If you have helped us in the past, we sincerely thank you. If not, please consider coming on board to support this special annual event.

We’ll plan the activities, we’ll find the chaperones, we’ll even organize the entire event but… we do need some help. Donations of any size will be very much appreciated. We need to raise enough funds, prizes and gift certificates to entice as many graduates as possible. We even have commemorative t-shirts for all of the participants. For a donation of $400 or more your business or organization name will be printed on our shirts. Checks or prizes may be sent to Raymond Recreation. We are hopeful that you will want to help us with this very worthy cause.

Please give us a call if you would like to volunteer or for any additional information. Contact Tammy at Raymond Recreation, 895-7030. Thank you for your consideration and continued support


Babysitting Course – July 17 & 19

Why is a babysitting course so important? Families in our community need responsible babysitters. These babysitters need to learn how to safely care for younger children before they offer to babysit. Safe Sitter is designed to help provide safe and secure care for young children while empowering young adolescents to become tomorrow’s workers and parents. The Babysitting Course will provide youth who are planning to babysit with the knowledge and skills necessary to safely and responsibly give care for children and infants. This training will help participants to develop leadership skills; learn how to develop a babysitting business, keep themselves and others safe, and learn about basic child care and basic first aid. Babysitting classes are offered to student’s who are age 11 and older. The instructors for this course are all SAFE SITTER® Certified.

This 6-hour Babysitting Course will be held on Monday, July 17th from 9:00 – 12:00 pm & Wednesday, July 19th from 9:00 – 12:00 pm. A completion card is given to students who pass the verbal and hands –on sessions. The fee for this course is $55. Non-residents pay an additional $5. Class will be held at the Raymond Middle School.

Isles of Shoals Cruise Thursday, June 8th

Join Raymond Rec on Thursday, June 8 for a beautiful 2.5-hour cruise to the beautiful Isles of Shoals! Our Cruise will take you through nearly 400 years of local and American history, from the settlement of the region in 1623 to Portsmouth Harbor’s modern day role in the economy and defense of our country. We will even get to discover the nine legendary islands located six miles off the coast. Settled by Captain John Smith, the Isles of Shoals have had a diverse history in the Seacoast. This trip offers some wonderful photo opportunities of lighthouses, mansions, submarines and forts, so bring a camera.

We will begin our trip with lunch at the Galley Hatch in Hampton. Lunch includes choice of entrée: Baked Haddock, Sliced Top Sirloin, Chicken Parmesan, Tuna or Chicken Salad Sandwich; side and Chocolate Mousse Cake for dessert. Lunch also includes choice of soda, coffee or tea.

The coach bus will leave Raymond at 10:29 am and return at approximately 4:58 pm. The cost of this trip, which includes coach bus transportation, lunch at the Galley Hatch, Isles of Shoals Cruise and all gratuties is $65.00 for Raymond senior citizens (age 60 or over), $70.00 for adult Raymond residents and non-resident seniors. Non-resident adults pay $75.00.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Raymond Recreation is going to Foster’s Downeast Clambake in York Harbor, Maine on Tuesday, July 18th. Foster’s clambake features prize-winning chowder, cultivated mussels, freshly-dug steamed clams, one 1 -1/8 lb Maine lobster (or BBQ Chicken), fresh corn on the cob, roasted red bliss potatoes, roasted onions, rolls, hot drawn butter, and if your still hungry Maine blueberry crumb cake.

In the morning, we will make a quick stop at a store, a bakery or the beach to work up an appetite. Our clambake also features live entertainment; there's a little Downeast humor and a lot of laughs. Following our amazing lobster bake we will take a scenic drive up to the Seashore Trolley Museum. Visitors learn about, and gain a new appreciation for, the role of public transportation. Vehicles represent the evolution of public transportation, including the omnibus, electric streetcars, buses, light rail vehicles, and rapid transit cars, we’ve got them all. We even get to ride on a private railroad, in antique streetcars with the uniformed crew.

The coach bus will leave Raymond at 9:55 am and return at 5:58 pm. The cost of this trip, which includes coach bus transportation, all gratuities, clambake, and trolley museum is $60 for Raymond seniors (are age 60 or over), $65 for non-resident seniors and adult Raymond residents. Non-resident adults pay $70.

Swim Program
July 7 - August 4, 2017

Raymond Recreation is offering a five week summer swim program for children ages 4 and up. Swim lessons will be held at Envy Sports in Manchester. Classes will be held on Fridays, from July 7th through August 4th. The bus will leave the Middle School at 10:15 am and return at 12:40 pm (swim from 11-12 pm).

The price for this five-week session is $50. This fee includes lessons, free swim time and bus transportation. Certified water safety instructors from Envy Sports will be teaching our swimming lessons this year. Space is limited. Non-residents may register for an additional $5.

American Sho-Ken

American Sho-Ken Karate is based on the styles of Shotokan (Japanese) and Kenpo (Hawaiian) Karate. Both styles are taught to develop discipline and strength of the body, mind, and spirit in a progressive manner. This is a non‑contact karate class.

Your instructor, sensei Maria Eanes, is a 5th degree black belt. She has taught martial arts for the past ten years. She has also judged at national and world karate tournaments throughout the United States. Sensei Eanes has also spent several years as an event coordinator for mixed martial arts shows in Revere Massachusetts.

This 4-week program for 1st – 4th grade will meet every Thursday, July 6, 13, 20 & 27 from 12:30 – 1:30 pm. 5th - 9th grade will meet every Monday, July 10, 17, 24 & 31 from 12:30 – 1:30 pm. The cost for this program is $25. Non-residents pay an additional $5.00. Please wear loose clothing.

Raymond Soccer Club
Fall Registration

Raymond Soccer Club’s fall registration will be held on the following dates: Wed, June 14th, 5-7 pm at Middle School, rm 192

You may also register at the Recreation Office. Registration ends on Friday, June 23rd. Children ages four to eighteen (born October 1, 1999 through September 30th, 2013) are encouraged to participate. After June 23rd there will be a $10 late fee and children will be placed on a waiting list. All first time players need to bring a birth certificate to register. The registration fee for the developmental league is $45 for U6 players, $50 for U8 players and $55 for U10 & U12 players. All U14 & High School players will pay $20 for pick up style soccer.

Competitive Soccer
The 2017-18 Raymond Soccer Club Competitive Season begins in August and ends in June 2018. The soccer club will hold tryouts for our competitive teams the week of June 5th.You must pre-registered with a $15.00 fee prior to tryouts.

Track & Field
Raymond Recreation will offer Track & Field for ages 9 to 14 starting in May. The highlight of the season is to participate in the Granite State Meet. Look for more information in the spring. Raymond Recreation is also seeking a Track & Field coach. If interested, contact Recreation at 895-7031.

Friends of Recreation SUMMER CONCERT SERIES on the Common

Join us for a Free Concert at the Raymond Town Common from 6 PM to 7:30 PM. Bring your dancing shoes, a lawn chair or blanket, bug spray and plan on a great evening! Food will be for sale by Raymond Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts & Crew 795. Hosted by The Friends of Recreation and Raymond Recreation Department.

Thursday - June 29

Summer Concert Series: Conway Music - Raymond

Thursday - July 6

NO Summer Concert on the Raymond Common Tonight, Thursday July 6

Thursday - July 13

Summer Concert Series: Dan the Singing Trooper - Raymond

Thursday - July 20

Summer Concert Series: By Request - Raymond

Thursday - July 27

Summer Concert Series: B-Sides - Raymond

Thursday - August 3

Summer Concert Series: October Revival - Raymond

Thursday - August 10

Summer Concert Series: Blue Heartache- Raymond

Thursday - August 17

Summer Concert Series: Two Tined Fork - Raymond

Thursday - August 24

Summer Concert Series: Knock On Wood- Raymond


Instructors Wanted
Raymond Recreation is seeking people who are interested in teaching a course; contact Tammy at 895-7030. 


Recreation Department Hours:
Monday - 8 am to 6 pm
Tuesday - Wednesday and Thursday 8 am to 3 pm
Friday - 8 am to 5 pm

Michelle Weaver, Recreation Director
Rec. Office 895-7031
4 Epping St. Raymond, NH.