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Summer Camp Does Amazing Things for Kids!

Summer is a time of growth, especially for kids, what with all the time they spend outside, being active and getting fresh air and vitamin D. It’s no wonder they start back to school a few inches taller! Summer camp is also a time to grow emotionally. Camp gives kids the opportunity to explore new interests, practice their socialization skills, and find new confidence. It’s nothing short of magical!

Watch this video to take a peek inside Montgomery County Recreation camps. Share it with your friends and then sign up together. Continue reading for a closer look into just a few of the camps we offer! 

Aqua Sports Camp
This camp is all about fun in the water! Campers will enjoy swimming, diving, Jr. lifeguarding, water polo and more. PLUS we’ll have fun on dry land with trampoline, soccer, kickball, crafts, and games. Campers are separated by age: ages 7 - 11 in the junior camper program, and ages 12 - 15 in the teen camper program. All campers should be able to swim 25 yards and must be comfortable in water over his/her height.  Campers should bring a bag with their swimsuit, towel, cap and goggles as well as a lunch. Ten one-week sessions available starting June 17. Program fee is $245 and before and after care is available for $25 each week. For more information visit or call Mike Tober at 301-873-8411.

Multi-Interest Camp for Ages 5 to 8
Let your imagination soar!  Campers will love the variety of activities at these camps which include exploring nature, playing games, doing experiments, creating skits, outdoor play, crafts, and swimming at a Montgomery County Recreation outdoor pool twice a week. Some sessions include a field trip once during the week. There are three camps to choose from and all run weekly sessions starting June 18 and ending August 2 from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm. Extended camp is available at all locations.
Camp Breezy Hollow at Bells Mill Elementary School
Camp Little Creek at DuFief Elementary School
Camp Patowmack at Potomac Community Recreation Center

For a detailed list of sessions including camp fees and registration code see page 22 of the Summer Camp Guide or www.montgomerycountymdgov/rec.

Explore Inner Creativity with Art Camp
Whether your child is into bugs, pirates, or the great outdoors, we have camps that engage campers to explore art through another interest. All of these camps give kids the opportunity to work with a variety of materials, including paint, sculpture, recycled materials and more.  These camps often fill up quickly, so register today!

Bug Me! Art Camp by Abrakadoodle (Ages 6-10)
#349397 6/17 - 6/21 at Meadowbrook Local Park from 12:30 - 3:30, $190

Camp Art in the Park (Ages 5-10)
#349207 7/1-7/5 at Norwood Local Park from 8:30 am - 3:30 pm, $200

Pirate Island by Abrakadoodle (Ages 6-10)
#349447 7/29-8/2 at Luxmanor Elementary School from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm, $190

Spring is the Best Time of Year to Add Something New to Your Fitness Routine!

Congratulations! You made it through the long, cold, dark winter and you are still on track with your exercise routine…give or take a few days here and there. Spring is here and we feel rejuvenated! It’s the perfect time of year to add something new to your exercise routine to fight boredom or boost your workout before swimsuit season.

Try one of these classes on for size. Learning a new skill not only keeps our brain entertained, it can be challenging physically.

BOSU Workout
12 sessions (T, Th) starting 4/2 6:00 - 7:00 pm
#351369 at Germantown Community Recreation Center ($120)
What is BOSU?  A BOSU balance trainer looks like half of a large ball stuck onto a platform. BOSU is actually an acronym for “both sides up” because you can use both sides in a work out. In this class you will perform familiar exercises like leg raises, lunges, abdominal crunches, push-ups and stretches, but you will use the BOSU to do them. The BOSU immediately adds a balance challenge to any workout, which means not only will you improve your strength, but you also will improve coordination and balance. For more information contact Fred Mosby at: or 240-552-2227.

Here’s one short clip of a typical workout move adapted for the BOSU balance trainer:

Ultimate Boxing Workout for Youth and Adults
8 sessions, $83 at various locations (see page 56 of the Spring Guide)
This class will help youth ages 10-15 and adults ages 16 and up learn self-defense moves as well as a basic boxer’s workout. From beginners to advanced students, this course will challenge participants physically as they build self-confidence and improve boxing skills. Taught by a professional kickboxing champion, there will be opportunity for light sparring with the instructor only and all protective equipment is provided.

HYPE! The Workout
8 sessions starting 4/9 7:15 – 8:15 pm
#350549 at Bauer Drive Community Recreation Center ($64)
Join with a friend or your teen and push each other a little further in your workout. This class can accommodate youth ages 13-15 if accompanies by a parent or guardian. What a great way to reinforce fitness with your kids!  This is a high-energy workout that includes a mix of boxing and body sculpting movements that can be done at your level. Basic moves can increase in intensity and tone your arms, abs and legs. Increase resistance with optional weighted gloves. See a sample of HYPE in video. Bring a mat and contact with any questions.
Karate/Jujitsu for Adults (pgs 62-63)
9 or 11 sessions starting in April
Multiple locations and times – see page 63 of the Spring Guide for details
Adding martial arts classes like Karate and Jujitsu to your fitness routine has many benefits. First, it’s great for coordination, balance and agility. In addition, kids, men and women experience a boost in self-confidence and self-esteem after learning a new skill and they often leave class feeling calm and centered. This class accommodates kids and adults ages 13 and up, so feel free to sign up multiple family members. Participants will practice Tang Soo Do style of Korean Karate and Jujitsu including drills, exercises, belt tests and competition if desired.

Fitness Success Meet Marlene – ACT the Workout Helped Her Recover after Major Cancer Surgery

 Image credit: E. Chait

Her team of doctors was nothing but shocked when just three weeks post surgery, Marlene Chait was back to her ACT the Workout class.

She explains, “They kept asking me, do you feel pain? Are you in pain? And I said no! I need to get back to Marie and my workout class!”

68 year old Chait has been taking ACT the Workout three times a week for over 15 years and working out with ACT instructor Maria Castellucci for over 25 years. Last summer she was diagnosed with dangerous uterine cancer and within weeks had a complete hysterectomy.

According to Marlene her doctors told her she was very lucky that it was caught early. She shares, “They said everything is fine now, and that I recovered so quickly because I’m in shape and I take care of myself.”

Chait credits ACT the Workout for her physical strength and positive outlook.
“Marie is so upbeat and we sing and dance during part of the workout. It doesn’t feel like exercise because we are having so much fun!”

ACT the Workout is a fitness program that incorporates weights, floor exercises and aerobics to help you strengthen and tone all of your muscles including your cardiovascular system! ACT passes can be purchased in 3-month increments with 12 to 36 passes. Use the passes as they fit into your schedule! One week you might go twice a week, another week you might only go once a week. Class times vary and are held at the following community recreation centers: Bauer, Potomac, Praisner and Wheaton.  For more information see page 52 of the Spring Guide or contact instructor Marie Castellucci at

Tiny Tots Benefit in Big Ways from Art Programs

Research has shown that the benefits of introducing art in early childhood far outweigh the mess these little ones can make! Importantly, children who are exposed to the arts learn to think creatively and with an open mind. They learn how to observe, describe and analyze as well as to express feelings. Children in art programs see multiple points of view, gain experience with collaboration, and gain confidence. Montgomery County Recreation offers a wide selection of art classes including programs designed especially for our littlest artists!

Abrakadoodle: Mini Doodlers (Ages 3-5)
6 sessions, $84 at White Oak or Coffield Community Recreation Centers
These lessons are carefully designed to help little ones explore with their imagination while developing new skills and finding their own creativity. Children will have a chance to work with paints, watercolors, pastels, as well as other materials. A $40 materials fee is due to the instructor on the first class.
#352673 starting 4/10 at White Oak from 10:15 – 11:00 am
#352674 starting 4/12 at Gwendolyn Coffield from 10:15 – 11:00 am

Tiny Hands Crafts (Ages 2-6)
7 sessions, $72 at various locations
Give your child the opportunity to get messy where you don’t have to worry about the mess in your home! Children will explore with paint, glue, glitter, foam, fabric, wood and more, completing at least 2 projects in class. Bring a smock and an adult to participate. A $28 materials fee is due to the instructor.
#351775 starting 4/8 at Potomac Community Rec Center from 10:15 – 11:00 am
#351776 starting 4/9 at Germantown Community Rec Center from 10:15 – 11:00 am
#351777 starting 4/10 at Bauer Drive Community Rec Center from 10:15 – 11:00 am
#351780 starting 4/11 at Jane E. Lawton Community Rec Center from 10:15 – 11:00 am
#351784 starting 4/12 at Mid County Community Rec Center from 10:15 – 11:00 am
#351783 starting 4/13 at Bauer Drive Community Rec Center from 9:30 - 10:15 am
#351785 starting 4/13 at Germantown Community Rec Center from 10:15 – 11:00 am

Sunday Studio with CREATE (Ages 4-6)
8 sessions, $109 at CREATE Arts Center
In this class little ones will explore color, shape and texture through two and three-dimensional projects. Kids will have the opportunity to work with a variety of media including pencil, marker, paint, clay, paper, and recycled materials. A $20 materials fee is due to the instructor.
#351767 starting 4/14 from 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Basketball Clinics Can Help Kids Master the Complexities of the Game

Basketball is not only great physical exercise, it is great for your brain! Kids who play basketball develop the ability to assess a situation and react quickly as they learn game strategy and how to execute a play. Clinics can help children build on these fundamental skills so they are ready come game time.

One on One After School Hoops (Ages 6-12)
8 sessions, $100 at various locations
Experienced and positive One on One instructors will take kids through exercises and drills that build on basic player skills. Participants will also learn important aspects of basketball including the value of hard work, respect for authority and how to function as one part of a team.
#352067 starting 4/8 at Wisconsin Place Community Rec Center from 4:00 – 5:00 pm
#352072 starting 4/9 at Rosemary Hills ES from 3:45 – 4:45 pm
#352068 starting 4/10 at Wayside ES from 3:30 – 4:30 pm
#352065 starting 4/11 at Greenwood ES from 3:05 – 4:05 pm

Coach Rick Basketball (Ages 8-10)
10 sessions, $130 at Damascus Community Recreation Center
Boys and girls of all abilities will benefit from this clinic. Each one-hour class is broken up into two, 30-minute sessions. In the first half, participants work on a specific component with drills and activities. In the second half, kids will have the chance to apply what they just learned in real game scenarios.
#351134 starting 4/9 from 5:30 – 6:30 pm

MD Sports Hoop Start Clinic (Grades K-5)
6 sessions, $90 at various locations
Kids will learn the basics of how the game of basketball is played through drills and controlled scrimmages. The goal is to create a fun, safe, and educational environment that teaches more than basketball. Participants will learn life skills, too, including respect, commitment and teamwork.
#352058 starting 4/8 at Bells Mill ES from 3:30 – 4:45 pm
#352056 starting 4/10 at Olney ES from 3:30 – 4:45 pm
#352057 starting 4/12 at Kensington ES from 3:05 - 4:20 pm

Player Development Program (Ages 6-8 or 8-10)
6 sessions, $125 at White Oak Community Recreation Center
Progressive skills clinics are broken up by age and ability to ensure kids are participating at the proper level. Kids are motivated to master certain skills and receive personal evaluations as they progress.
#352074 starting 4/13 from 12:00 – 1:00 pm
#352075 starting 4/13 from 1:00 – 2:00 pm