Located in Galax, Va., the Galax Parks and Recreation Department is a public agency that is a member of the Southwestern District of the Virginia Recreation and Park Society. It has a staff of after-school program leaders, summer playground leaders, recreation aides, lifeguards and summer youth employees. It maintains the Parks & Recreation Advisory Commission, which represents the citizens of the city of Galax and provides citizens with a unified voice in planning recreation and parks programs, activities and services. The department operates the Galax Recreation Center, which provides supervised programs and care for children between the ages of 6 and 12 during summer school vacations. Its activities include games, crafts, swimming and special trips. The Galax Parks and Recreation Department supports a hunter education certification course and various fishing programs.