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This fun-filled blog provides updates and information and Montgomery County Recreation programs and activities. Please send comments, questions, and anything else you would like to share to T.Recs@montgomerycountymd.gov. Be sure to check back often; you never know…your comments or pictures could be posted next!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Summer Camps Are Fun and Educational!

     Montgomery County Recreation is the perfect place for parents who are creatively thinking of ways to keep their children actively engaged this summer. Whether kids love the tried and true traditional camp activities such as games, sports, skits, and swimming, or the less conventional summer camp activities such as magic and math, Montgomery County Recreation is the place to find the perfect camp. From building robots, to twirling batons there are plenty of amazing activities to ensure that children have oodles of fun this summer! 
     Summer camp is a time for friendships, fun, and being a kid. In the past, summer camp meant going away from home to spend a week in the woods at a sleep-a-way camp. However, as family dynamics have changed, so have summer camps. To effectively serve today’s families, most municipal recreation agencies offer summer day camps. Everyone knows that summer camps are fun, but a well-kept secret is that summer camps are quite educational. The valuable life lessons learned at camp will not be found in textbooks or classrooms, but rather on playgrounds, swimming pools, and art studios. Conflict resolution, teamwork, and development of interpersonal skills are a few of the important lessons children actively learn while involved in summer camp programs.
     Summer camp is the perfect place for children to learn life skills lessons that parents desperately try to teach. Miracles seem to happen at summer camp, as the kid who seems incapable of picking up clothes off the floor, can astonishingly put their things away and keep their clothes off a swimming pool locker room floor. Picky eaters that won’t eat anything other than macaroni and cheese, will often inhale eyeballs, worms, brains and blood, the foods that adults commonly refer to as grapes, gummies, cauliflower, and tomato juice. There is something magical for a child that rounds third base and heads for home plate, after working hard to hit a homerun. The life lessons may not help the math grades, but I bet if you ask most 11-year-old girls to add the  number of humps on Camel Alice, the age of Justin Bieber on March 1, and the number of days that kids are out of school on summer break, they will quickly come up with sum of 98.
Montgomery County Recreation offers hundreds of affordable programs throughout the summer. The Summer Programs Guide is available on the Montgomery County Recreation website at www.montgomerycountymd.gov/rec. Families have the option of half-day, full day, and extended day. Convenient on-line registration is available. Register today, after all, you don’t want to be the parent of a kid that has missed out on the annual summer renditions of Duck Duck Goose, Doggy Doggy, Where is Your Bone, and Little Bunny Foo Foo!  
POSTED: 9:05:00 AM |

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Recreation Is Good For You!

This unseasonably warm winter has left snow lovers clinging to the hope of at least one big storm, but many others are keeping fingers crossed that the mild winter will continue. Numerous adults see snow synonymously with shoveling, scraping, slippery roads, messy floors, and pinches with childcare arrangements. Many of us yearn for a simpler time when snow meant school is closed so we can sleep late and then hit the sleigh-riding hill! The snow reminds us that sometimes it is hard for highly achieving adults to balance all of the “have to do” responsibilities with taking time to relax and have fun.
Truth be told though, recreation is an extremely important to health and well-being and should be on the “have to do” list rather than on the “get around to it” list. According to research from the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), health costs are the largest single expenditure in the United States. Numerous studies substantiate the correlation between active involvement in recreational activities and increased health benefits. It may be that we need to include our local Recreation Community Centers right along with our local pharmacy when looking for relief from our ailments. 
For find out more information about County Community Centers, or any Montgomery County Recreation program please go to www.montgomerycountymd.gov/rec.  
POSTED: 1:41:00 PM |

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Spring Guide is Available!

Montgomery County Recreation will begin accepting registrations for its spring classes on Monday, February 13. Registration for swim lessons opens on February 15.
The Spring Guide for Recreation and Parks Programs offers a wide variety of classes and programs designed to help participants stay active and have fun. Among the many programs are aquatics, classes, sports, therapeutic recreation services and active adult senior programming.
Registration is available in one of four ways: by mail or fax, online or in person at the Montgomery County Recreation Administrative Offices located at 4010 Randolph Road, Silver Spring.
Copies of the Spring Guide are now available at public libraries and community, recreation, aquatic and senior centers around the County. To view the Guide online, and/or to register, go to www.montgomerycountymd.gov/rec.
POSTED: 3:55:00 PM |
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