Community Programs

Community Programs

The Virgil Henson Activities Center offers two community programs, Camp Tatanka and Splish Splash Academy as well as membership to the activities center for community members.

Camp Tatanka (an all day summer camp only) - Registration begins April 1, 2019 (space is limited)

Community ProgramsThe City of Canyon and West Texas A&M University offer children an exciting summer program. The summer recreation program has evolved into a day camp for children who are between the ages of 7 to 11 years old. Camp Tatanka’s camp schedule provides parents with a carefully planned and supervised program Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.


Campers should plan to stay until activities are completed to maximize activity coordination and supervision. Parents can enroll their children in any or all of the 6 weekly sessions (Term 1 and/or Term 2). Possible activities include archery, bowling, crafts, sport skills, swimming and weekly museum and library visits.

The majority of scheduled activities are in the Virgil Henson Activities Center on the campus of West Texas A&M University. We will be traveling to Palo Duro Canyon on Fridays. There are plans for other exciting activities in the future. Parents will be notified in advance for any field trips or activities away from the Activities Center. Please, consult your weekly activities schedule for all planned activities.

For more information, call 806-651-2353 or email

You can pick up a registration packet at the information desk of the Virgil Henson Activities Center or use the printable PDF Registration Packet that is available by clicking here. (Can be filled in on your computer or handwritten legibly to turn in) (When PDF document is downloaded, click on OPEN with Adobe Acrobat in order to fill in the forms on the computer.)

All-Day Recreational Camp - Summer 1 and Summer 2

Space is limited so to reserve your child's place you will need to pay in advance the full tuition for camp.

7:15 a.m.- 4 p.m., Monday-Friday
Summer Term One:   June 10 - 14, June 17 - 21, June 24 - 28 - $525/child
Summer Term Two:   July 8 - 12, July 15 - 19, July 2 - 26 - $525/child
Weekly: $175/child 

Scheduled activities begin at 8 a.m. Price includes all activities and lunch. We will need a 24 hour advanced notice in writing if your child will not be able to attend camp for the day or will need to be picked up early from camp.

Schedule of daily activities

Splish Splash Academy - Registration begins April 1, 2019 (space is limited)

Community ProgramsWest Texas A&M University is excited to begin another year of our learn to swim program at Splish Splash Academy! All 30-minute lessons will be in the Virgil Henson Activities Center pool on the campus of West Texas A&M University, Monday - Thursday.

There are two group sessions to choose from. There are two Baby Buff sessions to choose from as well.

Group lessons begin at age three and up. Baby Buffs is available for children ages six months and up. This one-week class requires parent participation and a swim diaper, if necessary.

For more information, call 806-651-2364 or email

You can pick up a registration packet at the information desk of the Virgil Henson Activities Center or Printable registration Packet is available online:

Click here for to download Registration form. You will need both forms to attend Splish Splash.  

Group Lessons
Monday through Thursday
Session One:  June 10 - June 27

Session Two:  July 15 - August 1

Class Times
9-9:30 a.m.
9:30-10:00 a.m.
10-10:30 a.m.
10:30-11 a.m.

Baby Buffs
Monday through Friday
Session One: June 3 - June 6
Session Two:  July 8 - July 11

Class Time
11:15 a.m.-11:45 a.m.