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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!

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Polar Bear Family Swim!

Montgomery County Recreation and Leisure for Individuals with Disabilities and their families and friends can have fun together on Saturday, March 2nd at the POLAR BEAR FAMILY SWIMMING POOL PARTY at 7:30 pm. All are invited.

Swim a few laps, streak down the water slides, shoot baskets or relax in the leisure pool/hot tub at the Germantown Indoor Swim Center. $4.00 per person; $6.00 for non-residents, bring your swimsuit, towel and backpack to keep your belongings in. All attending must register and come in swim attire. Register under course #344096. The Germantown Swim Center is located in the South Germantown Recreational Park, 18000 Central Park Circle, Boyds. Pick up time is 9:30 pm.
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Thursday, February 07, 2013

Summer Camp Will Be Here Before We Know It!


Photo: Summer Camp

Hard to believe, but it’s time to start thinking about summer camps and programs. Aquatics, dance,nature, robotics and sports are just a few of the summer camp options available for tots to teens and all skill levels at hundreds of locations around the County.

Choosing the perfect summer camp can sometimes be overwhelming, with so many factors to consider, and having a strategy can make things easier. A good way to begin is to determine programs that will be interesting and stimulating for your child and that work in the scheduling for the whole family. The following checklist may make it a little easier when determining the summer camps that best fit your family’s needs.

Determine your child’s preferences for summer programs

  • Loves outdoors or indoors
  • Thrives in small group or large groups
  • Likes structured activities or prefers unstructured free-play
  • Prefers active sports or less physical
  • Outgoing and enjoys the spot-light or quieter, more reserved
  • Has multiple interests or focused interest
Hint: Sports, creative arts, history, computers, science, math, or traditional camps and summer fun centers are a just a few of the options..

Does it fit the family schedule?
Morning and afternoon rush hours can cause havoc when traveling in Montgomery County, so it is important to have drop-off and pick-up locations that are convenient. Some factors to consider:
  • Work schedule

  • Carpooling schedule
  • Siblings’ schedules
Hint: Montgomery County Recreation has locations throughout the County. Extended hours can be a lifesaver for families with scheduling challenges and offer supervised play activities before and after camp hours.

Does the program fit the family budget?
  • Consider the number of children you will be sending to camp
  • Determine a budget for the entire summer
  • When looking at costs, it is often helpful to weigh the benefits of a more expensive program. The quality of a program is not determined by the cost of the program, but rather by the staff training, staff-to-participant ratios and adherence to guidelines and safety standards.
Hint: Summer Fun Centers are a great option for budget-minded families. The $350 registration fee covers six weeks of summer programming at locations throughout the County.

Registration for Recreation Department camps and programs opened on January 22. Early registration is encouraged, as many programs will fill early. The new 2013 Summer Camp Guide is available at: www.montgomerycountymd.gov/rec.
POSTED: 9:00:00 AM |

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Congratulations to Montgomery Recreation Participant On her 103rd Birthday!

Photo: Rita DiLazzaro Celebrates Her 103rd Birthday

Montgomery County Recreation participants may have the secret to living a full and vibrant life! Just ask Rita DiLazzara who celebrated her 103rd birthday with a special party given by the Clara Barton Community Recreation Neighborhood Senior Program on January 23.
The birthday celebration included residents of the community, members of Clara Barton Senior Sensations and invited guests including County Executive Ike Leggett and Montgomery County Recreation Director Gabe Albornoz. The County Executive wished Ms. DiLazzara a happy birthday and presented a commemorative certificate honoring her special day. Rita spiritedly reassured Leggett that she was looking forward to many more birthday celebrations.
The Clara Barton Community Center Senior Neighborhood Program is one of the 11 Montgomery County Recreation Active Adults Programs across the County. The Department also features five Senior Centers which offer dynamic, five day-a-week programming dedicated to serving the interests and needs of active adults ages 55 and older.
For more information on senior programming go to www.montgomerycountymd.gov/rec.
POSTED: 8:39:00 AM |

Friday, February 01, 2013

Recreation Is Good For You!

It is often a struggle to balancing all of our responsibilities with the importance of taking time to keep healthy. Recreation is extremely important to health and well-being and should be on the “must do” rather than the “get around to it” list.

According to research from the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), health care 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 a healthy dose of art, dance or swimming should be shelved right next to the other prevention products found at your local pharmacy.

Aquatic facilities, community recreation and senior centers are located conveniently throughout Montgomery County to provide easier access to programs and activities. The Spring Recreation and Leisure Guide, which is available on line at www.montgomerycountymd.gov/rec has hundreds of programs and activities for all ages, abilities and interests. Find your passion today!

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