YMCA Corner

Everyone wants their children to learn how to live a healthy lifestyle; it's the goal of every parent. You want the best for them. Being healthy means lots of things - growing up strong and fit; making connections and building positive relationships with others; learning to be responsible, self-reliant and able to make good decisions. That's a tall order for any parent. But don't forget you have lots of help in the community - your child's school, your church, your library and of course, your YMCA.

When April rolls around, we at the Y start thinking about healthy kids and what we can do to keep them that way over the summer. We kick off the month with Healthy Kids Day on Saturday, April 14 at the Sherwood Regional Family YMCA. On that day we will have a variety of fun activities that promote healthy kids. The festivities run from 10 a.m. to noon. On that day we will also waive the joining fee from 9 to 4 p.m. on any new membership. It's worth a visit and the price of membership is never as low as it is on that day. We will also begin registration for summer day camps at that time.

Summer can offer unique hurdles, particularly for working parents. It's wise to talk to your child about planning how they would like to spend their summer months - with emphasis on activities rather than just "hanging out". We will be offering a wide range of programs for kids from age 3 up through high school. This year our Youth and Family department is expanding their format in a new and exciting way. You asked for more age appropriate activities in our summer programs and we heard you. This year we will have three levels of day campers. Children age 3-4 will be welcomed into our Little Campers units. Children entering kindergarten through second grade will be Day Campers and kids entering third through sixth grade will be participating in Tweener Camp. All programming will now be curriculum-based and age appropriate. Day Camps, besides being curriculum-based and age-appropriate, will continue to be theme-based with favorites like Water Week and Survivor Island making return appearances. Sports camps will be handled in the same manner. Skills taught in the Sports Camp will be age appropriate. Our new Tweener Unit is designed to help those new sixth graders ease through the transition of being a teen in the Y system. They get the best of both worlds. They will not only be able to participate in Tweener Camp, but the Teen Center will be open to them on an ongoing basis.

The Teen Center this summer will continue to be open from noon until 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and open until 7:30 p.m. on Fridays. Saturday hours will be from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Aaron at the Teen Center is looking forward to leading Field Trips to Multnomah Falls, Seaside, Bullwinkle's and Oaks Park to name a few. The Teen Center is open to all kids in the community entering sixth grade and up through 12th.

It looks to be a fantastic summer with lots of fun activities here at the Y. You can get a jump on that summer planning beginning Saturday, April 14 at Healthy Kids Day. Plan on spending some time with us that day and embrace being healthy. Remember, you are what you do! Come do it with us at the Y.

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