The new summer course guide is out and is filled with all sorts of fun! Whether you are looking to cool off in a pool (swim lessons, water exercise classes, and scuba), learn a new dance move (Did you ever want to try salsa, urban line dancing, or the waltz?) or try your hand at cooking, painting, or the piano, we have a class for you!
Pick up a Summer Guide at any of our Montgomery County Recreation centers or pools, a Montgomery County library, or download a PDF version on MontgomeryCountyMD.gov/rec and start browsing.
The county’s outdoor pools opened Saturday May 24 and the water feels just fine. Pre season hours are in effect from May 24 to June 13 where the pools are open on weekends only from 12 – 6 pm. The regular, summer season starts June 14with pools opening at noon or 1:00 pm on weekdays as well as being open on weekends. For a complete listing of area pools and hours see http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/rec/resources/files/aquatics-files/2014-outdoor_pool_hours.pdf
This is the year to get a summer pool pass for your family. You will have access to seven outdoor pools, each with its own unique features including a lazy river at MLK, a very tall water slide at Upper County, and a 'river crossing' area at Germantown pool.
Join for the season and you will enjoy it every weekend and during the week when you cool off after work and camp.
We offer the most value for your membership. See rates below for individuals, families, and seniors.
What are you waiting for?
Summer Fun Center at East County Community Recreation Center
Need a safe, organized, affordable camp for kids 5-12 in the Silver Spring area this summer? Check out the Summer Fun Centers which begin June 23, 2014 and end on August 1, 2014. The time is 8 am to 6 pm, Monday through Friday; except the 4th of July. The cost is $350 per child, and activities include dance, theater, swim instruction, arts & crafts, field games and more. Your child can go every day or take some days off! Flexible, convenient, and affordable – Summer Fun Centers are the perfect camp!
372159 6/23 – 8/1 at East County Community Recreation Center from 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Additional Summer Fun Center information and locations can be found on pages 32 and 33 of the Summer Camp Guide.
Ground Breaking Ceremony for the North Potomac Community Recreation Center
Date: June 14, 2014
Time: 10:30 am
Location: 13860 Travilah Road, Rockville, MD
Join Montgomery County Executive Isiah (Ike) Leggett, Department of Recreation Director Gabriel Albornoz, Department of General Services Director David Dise, and Montgomery County Council Members for the groundbreaking of the new North Potomac Community Recreation Center. The center will feature a gymnasium, fitness room, classroom, art/pottery room, game room, in addition to ball fields and courts outside!
First Ever Employee Excellence Awards
On Monday, May 5, 2014, Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett presented the first Montgomery County Recreation Employee Excellence Awards, on behalf of the Countywide Recreation Advisory Board, to three of our most deserving employees, Morris Buster, Marco D’Ottavi, and Trish Gill. The presentation took place at the White Oak Community Recreation Center.
First, a little background. The Countywide Recreation Advisory Board expressed an interest in recognizing our hardworking staff. Each Montgomery County Recreation manager was asked to make recommendations to the Board in the following categories: Fulltime staff, Seasonal staff and Volunteer. A sub-committee of the Board then reviewed the recommendations and forwarded three to the full Board for a vote.
The plaques read as follows:
Morris Buster began his career over 30 years ago with Montgomery County Recreation as a seasonal staff, followed by his service as a Recreation Coordinator at Good Hope Community Center, and now is the Director of the Long Branch Community Recreation Center. Long Branch serves the most diverse community within the County. Morris volunteers to help at other centers and covers for other Center Directors when they are on leave. He is a liaison for the Department in the Long Branch community. Morris shows everyone that approaching his work with serenity and professionalism, while working in a collaborative manner, is the best way to achieve teamwork.
Marco D’Ottavi is a seasonal staff person who coordinates all of the volunteers and mainstreaming companions for the Therapeutic Recreation Team, as well as Montgomery County Recreation. He spends many hours on the phone with parents and participants, listens to their needs and then matches them with a volunteer companion for a successful recreation experience. Marco does outreach to schools and youth groups to recruit volunteers into this program. Marco puts in long hours beyond the workday, and always has a smile on his face and is willing to go the extra mile to accommodate the needs of our participants.
Trish Gill is an amazing employee who always gives 120 percent and rarely says no to any request for assistance. Trish is called upon by Montgomery County Recreation staff, the County Executive’s Office, Police, Fire and Rescue, Montgomery Parks, the Public Information Office, the Regional Government Centers, and more, to provide assistance with events. In addition, Trish coordinates 300+ youth basketball teams, adult softball teams, senior softball teams, the Miracle League programs for individuals with disabilities, and all of the Montgomery County Recreation’s Community Use of Public Facilities. Montgomery County Recreation is indeed lucky to have such a dedicated and hardworking employee.
Congratulations Trish, Morris and Marco!
Celebrate July 4th!
Germantown Glory at the South Germantown Recreational Park
Always a crowd pleaser, Germantown Glory kicks off at 7:00 pm with live music including In Gratitude, a Tribute to Earth, Wind & Fire. Bring your chairs, blanket, and snacks or feast on any one of the delicious food vendors who will be present.
Location: 18041 Central Park Circle, Boyds, MD
Mid-County Sparkles at Einstein High School
Join us July 4th for fun and festivities starting at 7:30 pm with a terrific lineup of live music. Bring your camp chairs, picnic blanket, and dinner or purchase food from the Wheaton Fire and Rescue. Fireworks start at 9:15 pm!
Location: 11135 Newport Mill Rd., Kensington, MD
Shuttle Bus at Westfield Wheaton Plaza- JC Penney, and the Metro parking garage
Practice, practice, practice. We have our kids practice their instruments, their multiplication tables, their spelling skills. Children need to practice their social skills, too and summer camp provides a safe, exciting environment in which to do just that. The best way to learn how to make new friends is to practice! Camp gives kids a chance to leave their regular school friends for a few weeks and broaden their horizons.
We have all experienced it. You see one of your child’s friends who has been away all summer and he/she is suddenly 3 inches taller! What happened? Most likely the answer is… CAMP (and maybe some sunshine and vitamin D). We offer camps that give kids the opportunity to swim, run, climb, jump, dance, play sports, and explore the outdoors all summer long. All that activity, fresh air, and sun has been known to transform kids in positive, healthy ways.
Explore New Interests
Kids are overbooked during the school year with homework and their afterschool activities. Summer is the time to dig deeper exploring other interests. Camp gives kids a week to really learn about and enjoy art, Lego engineering, horseback riding, fashion, or a sport they have always wanted to try, without the commitment of joining a team or taking a year-long course.
Summer camp is a place where kids continue their education, yet they learn through hands-on experiences instead of classroom discussions. In addition to math and reading skills, children have the opportunity to develop engineering and computer skills, problem solving skills, leadership skills (some kids assume leadership roles in camp where they may be resistant to do that in school), and many children learn how to swim, which is a life-saving skill, because of camp!
Take on a New ChallengeWhether it’s perfecting that dance spin, learning how to cradle a lacrosse stick, bravely diving off the 3-meter diving platform, adding a unique element to a computer game, or making the audience laugh, for several reasons, summer camp drives kids to work toward a goal and test their inner strength in ways they never have before. Parents are not as invested in what they are learning at camp so the pressure is off. Kids are motivated by new friends and encouraged by the other campers to push themselves a little more. There is no failing at camp; there are no grades; camp does not go on your school record; so why not try?
To register for summer classes, camps and trips visit RecWeb or call 240-777-6840.