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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!

Friday, May 31, 2013

Water Safety Day is Today at the Gaithersburg Water Park - Stay Safe at the Pool this Summer!

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     As you and your family prepare to beat the heat with a day at the pool this summer, don’t forget to stay safe! Learn all about staying safe at the pool or lake at Water Safety Day, happening Friday, May 31, from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. The free swimming event will take place at the Gaithersburg Water Park, 512 S. Frederick Ave., Gaithersburg. Presentations will be available every 30 minutes on such topics as drowning prevention, proper use of life jackets, water rescue skills, skin cancer prevention and even swim lesson evaluations. Food will be available for purchase. The event is co-sponsored by the City of Rockville, the City of Gaithersburg and Montgomery County
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Saturday, May 25, 2013

Summer Camps

There are still options available for summer programs. This video featuring Recreation Department Director, Gabe Albornoz tells you what the Recreation Department has planned to keep the kids active and involved this summer.

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Thursday, May 23, 2013

Pools Open this Weekend!

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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Montgomery County Recreation offers Discounted Tickets to Local Amusement Parks!

Montgomery County Recreation has discounted tickets to local amusement parks including Busch Gardens, Kings Dominion, Sesame Place, Six Flags and more. The discounted tickets are available for any day the park is open to the public.
Tickets are available at the Recreation Administration Headquarters 4010 Randolph Road, Silver Spring.
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Friday, May 17, 2013

Water Safety Day!

outdoor poolsMontgomery County Recreation is joining the Recreation departments of Gaithersburg and Rockville to host a free Water Safety Day event on Friday, May 31 from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Water Park at Bohrer Park, 512 S. Frederick Avenue, Gaithersburg.

The free event will include information stations that provide resources on a variety of topics, including swim level testing, the importance of personal flotation devices, how to safely reach and assist someone struggling in the water and the importance of sunscreen to prevent serious skin damage. “Coastie the Safety Boat” and “Sammy the Otter” will be on hand to promote the Youth Education, Boating and Water Safety Program, of Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 24-08.

Anyone attending Water Safety Day who visits the various information booths is welcome to stay and enjoy a free swim. Anyone under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult.

For more information about the event, call Carrie Headen at 240-777-8060.

CATEGORIES: Water Safety Day
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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Summer Teen Escapes Offers Teens Summer Fun!

     Summer Teen Escapes is the perfect program for teens that have outgrown the traditional day camps for younger kids. Teens can seek thrills at Hershey Park and Kings Dominion, enjoy the beach, or cool off at Splash Down or Chesapeake Beach Water Park.  
     The program begins on July 1 and offers four, one-week sessions. Each session is $395 for residents and $405 for non-residents. The cost for the first one-week session beginning July 1 is
$345/$355, because there will be no regular recreation programs on Thursday, July 4. Pick-up locations are White Oak, Marilyn Praisner, Potomac and Germantown community recreation centers and Olney Manor Recreation Park. Summer Teen Escapes is open to anyone between the ages
of 13 and 16 (must turn 13 by August 31).
Families should register early as slots are limited and are filling quickly!

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Monday, May 13, 2013

Looking Forward to Summer Fun!

It is the time of year to shift thoughts from snow shovels to sand shovels, heavy boots to flip flops, and hot chocolate to lemonade. Summer is coming and it is the perfect time to plan summer fun for the whole family.  
The summer issue of the Montgomery County Guide for Recreation and Parks Programs is filled with activities such as aquatics, arts, sports, therapeutic recreation services and active adult senior programs for all abilities and ages.
Registration for summer classes opens today, May 13 and for swim lessons on May 15. To see everything the Recreation Department has planned go to: www.montgomerycountymd.gov/rec.

Summer Camps



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Friday, May 03, 2013

Montgomery County Recreation's Ironman!

     Now that our charming, superhero Tony Stark has returned to save us, again, from the dastardly evil doers who aim to overthrow our world with riotous intentions of worldly destruction, we are reminded that Iron Man rocks! And, what also rocks is that Montgomery County has its own Iron Man…a.k.a. as Jonathan Smink. Jon spends his working hours, along with his colleagues Jeremy and Larry, keeping the Germantown Indoor Aquatic Center running smoothly.

     However, outside of work, Jon is the Montgomery County Recreation Ironman! Becoming an Ironman is not a simple feat; in fact, the rare athlete that makes it to the finish line has trained hard, remained dedicated and persevered to become Ironman. Spoken plainly, becoming an Ironman is real hard work! Ironman is a grueling intense competition only accomplished by the most dedicated athlete. An athlete that completes the Ironman Triathlon will swim 2.4 miles, bike 112 miles, and run 26.2 miles. Worth mentioning, is that this takes place in a meager 17 hours, not a full day, not a full year.

     Jon achieved the ultimate goal of becoming Ironman in November 2011. Now that Jon has reached the goal, accomplished the intense training regiment, and pushed himself to exceed normal limits, when asked what Jon is working toward he said, “I am going to try for it again.
All of the luck to Jon as he trains for the Lake Placid Ironman competition in July 2013!
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Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Excel Beyond The Bell - End of the Year Celebrations!

Please join us at one of the year-end celebrations featuring activities that highlight the year-long student accomplishments, a proclamation presentation, and a recognition and award ceremony scheduled for Wednesday, May 1, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Germantown Community Recreation Center, 18905 Kingsview Drive, Germantown and the Mid-County Community Recreation Center, 2004 Queensguard Road, Silver Spring on Tuesday, May 7 at 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Laugh. Learn. Achieve.
When science, English and math subjects are connected to exciting and entertaining after school programs, such as Excel Beyond the Bell, the sky is the limit,” according to an 8th grader at Argyle Middle School and Excel Beyond the Bell (EBB)participant. Through a public-private partnership of Montgomery County Recreation Department, Montgomery County Public Schools and the Montgomery County Collaboration Council for Children, Youth and Families, Inc., EBB is committed to creating an exemplary out-of-school time (OST) system that sets standards of excellence, advances professional development, creates and recognizes quality programming and secures sustainable funding investment. Considerable emphasis is placed on assisting students with engagement in positive youth development activities that increase academic and community successes, and build positive relationships within the school and communities.    
Excel Beyond the Bell was introduced in Fall 2011 as part of the County Executive Isiah Leggett’s Positive Youth Development Initiative. EBB is currently located in five County Middle Schools: Argyle in Wheaton, Roberto Clemente and Neelsville in Germantown. County Executive Leggett has proposed that the program be extended to include summer programming and an additional school in fiscal year 2014, and is looking forward to eventually expanding it to all middle schools in the future.   Here are just some of this year’s EBB highlights:
·         767 youth from these five middle schools participated in out-of-school time activities such as designing and building cars and lie detectors, drawing their favorite heroes and heroines, participating in cooking contests, performing on stage through dance and theatre, developing team spirit through sports and more. 
·         On February 7th, in recognition of providing quality STEM afterschool programming in Maryland, two Argyle Middle School students involved with EBB were invited to be youth ambassadors and present on Capitol Hill about the importance of after school at the “Breakfast of Champions” hosted by the Afterschool Alliance. our Excel Beyond the Bell program to be their special guest and youth ambassadors at the “Breakfast of Champions” at the Russell Senate Office Building--an annual event celebrating Afterschool Champions from across the country and highlighting the importance of afterschool program.
·         Over 100 families from Clemente Middle School recently participated in the IBM sponsored Family Night for children and families to learn more about cyber bullying. 
·         36,810 hot meals have been served so far this year to these and other students participating in out-of-school time programs. 
Another major component of the EBB out-of-school time system is the professional development of youth workers. Research shows that the professional development of staff leads to better practice with youth, improves program quality, and increases the positive outcomes of youth.  From August 2012 to April 2013, 624 youth workers participated from over 30 organizations in 29 trainings such as structure and clear limits, reframing conflict, cultural competency, and a 30-hour Advancing Youth Development (AYD) certificate program.  Regular networking sessions for youth workers have been established, and a sub-committee is working with Montgomery College to initiate a youth worker credential or certificate program that will begin in Spring 2014. 
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