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Summer full of fun, learning slated for Youth Center

by Nick Stubbs
Thunderbolt staff writer

The dog days of summer are fast approaching but so is the cure for the summertime blues, at least for MacDill's youths.

The base Youth Center has mapped out a summer schedule of activities designed to keep the minds and bodies of kids active, and at a price any parent could love.

For just $15, the cost of the summer enrollment is covered. Optionally, there is a $2 day fee for those who don't want to commit to the whole summer.

"It's a great program with something for everyone," said Eva Mitchell, a youth activities aide at the Youth Center. "It's always a lot of fun for the kids and it's great for the parents who want something nice and safe."

In the pursuit of keeping young minds stimulated, there is a music room with a piano and students who play instruments are encouraged to bring them and it's not unusual for several new "bands" to crop up during the summer, said Mrs. Mitchell.

Chess play and tournaments are organized for the cognitive crowd and arts and crafts for those with a creative flair. Public speaking is offered to promote confidence and a competition is held to test the new skills of the young orators. Even math and reasoning skills are addressed in regular sessions.

But there also will be lots of play. From pool, volleyball, basketball, gymnastics, karate, indoor soccer, swimming and even a jump rope challenge.

"We try to give them a variety of things to do, from learning and thought stimulating to activities and play," said Mrs. Mitchell. "Between everything, anyone usually can find something they like."

The center also has a computer lab with internet access for study and recreation. The system is closely monitored to ensure browsing is safe and appropriate, said Mrs. Mitchell. Movies are another big part of the summer sessions and only those rated for everyone are played.

For more information on the summer program, call the Youth Center at 828-7957.

Summer Youth Center schedule

In addition to the following schedule, the Outdoor Recreation will be offering summer swimming classes for tots and parents and from preschool to advanced. Classes are $30 per session.

Swim sessions
Tue-Fri June 1-11
Tue-Fri June 15-25
Tue-Fri July 6-16
Tue-Fri July 20-30

Youth Center Summer Schedule - June 2004

Monday
Taekwondo - 5-7 p.m.
Tuesday
Gymnastics - 5-6 p.m.
Sit-ups 3:30-4 p.m.
Wednesday
Taekwondo - 5-7 p.m.
Push-ups 3:30-4 p.m.
Thursday
Indoor Soccer 3:30-4 p.m.
Gymnastics - 5-6 p.m.
Fridays
Power Walking Bayshore Trail 3:30-4 p.m.
Taekwondo - 5-7 p.m.
Saturday
Volleyball

Youth Center Summer Schedule - July 2004

Monday
Taekwondo - 5-7 p.m.
Tuesday
Movement Fitness Aerobics - 3:30-3:45 p.m.
Gymnastics - 5-6 p.m.
Wednesday
Movement Fitness Aerobics - 3:30-3:50 p.m.
Gymnastics - 5-6 p.m.
Thursday
Movement Fitness Aerobics - 3:30-3:55 p.m.
Gymnastics - 5-6 p.m.
Friday
Movement Fitness Aerobics - 4-4:30 p.m.
Taekwondo - 5-7 p.m.
Saturday
Volleyball

Youth Center Summer Schedule - August 2004

Monday
Taekwondo - 5-7 p.m.
Tuesday
Movement Fitness Aerobics - 3:30-3:45 p.m.
Gymnastics - 5-6 p.m.
Wednesday
Movement Fitness Aerobics - 3:30-3:50 p.m.
Taekwondo - 5-7 p.m.
Smart Start Soccer (ages 3 and 4) 5-6 p.m.; starts Aug. 4
Thursday
Movement Fitness Aerobics - 3:30-3:55 p.m.
Gymnastics - 5-6 p.m.
Friday
Movement Fitness Aerobics - 4-4:30 p.m.
Taekwondo - 5-7 p.m.
Saturday
Volleyball

Note: some programs require additional fees.

 

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