GET IN TO THE SPRING OF THINGS
BY HEATHER WOOD
After one of the wettest winters in decades, it is FINALLY that time of the year again. The temperatures are rising, the flowers are coming into bloom, and the days are getting longer, letting us know that summer is just around the corner. For travel, spring can mean taking that long-awaited vacation to a tropical locale or even a cross-country road trip with the music up and windows down.
If you can’t get away, here are some fun ways around your own town to welcome the start of this blooming season.
THINK WARM THOUGHTS
Summer Camp Registration Begins Early. When beginning the camp selection process, consider your child’s interests. It is important to know a child’s personality and identify what camp programs will benefit him or her most. With a variety of programs and activities, summer camp offers fun and meaningful adventures to match a child’s interests and maturity level.
Be certain to include your child in the decision-making process. Together with your child, explore the camp options and examine the materials the camps provide. In addition, many camps have web sites that include photos, sample daily schedules, and information about the directors and key staff. As children become better acquainted with the camp experience and more involved in the decision-making process, they will have less anxiety about going away to camp.
Registration for the 2019 summer camps offered by Kernersville Parks and Recreation will begin Wednesday, March 12 at 9 a.m. with an Early Bird Special available. Visit our website for full registration details at www.kvparks.com.
The complete 2019 Summer Camp Guide will be available online at www.kvparks.com and contains a list of themed weeks, daily excursions, and field trips. This camp is a weekly full day camp that will run from June 17- August 16 and is offered to children 6-12 years of age.
What about the counselors? This is one of the best parts of the camp. Counselors are chosen because they love kids and respect them and listen to them. It is their job to make sure that the kids are having fun, making friends, doing lots of different activities, and are safe. They spend a lot of time before camp begins in learning to do all these things for campers. And they love to have fun, too!
If you or someone you know is interested in becoming a Summer Camp Counselor, we are accepting applications until March 6. Apply online in just a few minutes by visiting www.jobs.toknc.com.
JOIN A TEAM
Registration for all other spring and summer programs, including events, classes and leagues is available now through April 2019. Come out to Fourth of July Park for Mentor Tennis and improve your tennis skills with Coach Rod Pearson! Mentor Tennis is in its 9th year of serving Kernersville with group tennis lessons every Saturday morning for 8-weeks starting March 9. These classes are for Beginners and Intermediate tennis players. Class sizes are limited, so please send your registration ASAP to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 336.459.0647.
If you are an adult looking for a fun, social sport look no further than our summer Kickball leagues. Foster your inner child, grab a group of friends and register now!
HELP THE COMMUNITY
Kernersville Parks and Recreation is always striving to meet our communities’ needs. Our department has partnered with the University of North Carolina at Greensboro the past year, really focusing on the Therapeutic Recreation aspect. As many of you know, last spring we revamped Fourth of July Park with ADA accommodations on the playground and throughout the trails. In an effort to continue, residents of the 27284 zip code will be receiving a survey in the mail. We need your help to improve our adaptive programs and inclusion services for people of all functioning levels. Your responses will be used to design fun activities for children and adults with disabilities, veterans, and older adults. Please take a moment to Survey Your Senses and let us know how we can better serve our community.
We know all the exciting activities going on around us, but what is going on in the honeybee colony when this exciting new time blooms? Activities that occur in the colony vary with the seasons, and spring is the most important time of the year for honeybees. The bees have survived the cold winter months by living off their storage of honey from the previous year. They now are in need of a new supply.
Kernersville is a very strong supporter of the honeybee and what better way to celebrate our state insect than with a one-day annual event! Mark your calendar for this year’s Honeybee Festival Saturday, August 17. We are now accepting applications for authentic arts and crafts, and food truck vendors. Apply online visit www.kvhoneybee.com and submit your application.
Don’t stick inside this month, get out and enjoy the sights and smells of spring!