Activities for All Abilities

By Heather Wood

It is the time of year when you can start making summer-camp plans for your child. We are excited to announce registration for our 2022 Summer Camp is now open!  

The Kernersville Parks and Recreation Department will host a full-day camp, and our goals are simple: to provide positive experiences for the development of leisure skills, good sportsmanship, positive self-esteem, respect for others, teamwork, self-discipline, and most importantly, FUN!

Over the past two years, we have begun to develop a camp experience that encompasses all of our campers’ favorite activities! Our camp format this year will allow us to bring back Tuesday’s TRY SPORTS where contracted instructors lead and teach kids on Tuesday mornings, Wednesday’s Pool Day and Enrichment, and Friday field trips! As always, throughout the week we will fill the empty spots with games, activities, park play, and other scheduled visits.

This camp is specifically designed for youth ages 6-12. The camp will run for 8 weeks from June 13- August 12. Camp will meet from 7:30AM (Early Drop-off) to 5:30PM, Monday-Friday at the Kernersville Community Recreation Center.

We take each child’s well-being seriously. Our facility has very strict guidelines in place to keep our campers and staff safe during these unfamiliar times. Masks are NOT required at this time and it is at your discretion whether to wear one or not. Our staff will continue to stay on top of current guidelines and keep parents aware of changing developments as the safety of campers remains the most important focus.

We are also happy to provide Inclusion Support for campers with physical, cognitive, communication, or behavioral needs. Inclusion Support includes modifications, adaptations, behavior support plans, therapeutic recreation services, and the addition of inclusion staff when needed due to a disability or concern. Please contact Heather Wood at 336-996-6421 or hwood@toknc.com for more information.

You can register online, by phone, or in person (appointment only). Be sure to take advantage of our Early Bird 5% discount by registering before April 10. Call our office at 336-996-3062 to learn how to receive our sibling discount. For more information, visit www.kvparks.com.

We look forward to welcoming you and your kid/s this summer! Now let’s get moving and get outside to play!

Our Adaptive and Inclusion Recreation division is gearing up for another spring season of Challenger Soccer and Cheer! Our objective is to foster, promote, and encourage good sportsmanship, teamwork, and friendship by providing adaptive programming for people with both physical and intellectual disabilities. We have partnered with Greensboro and High Point Parks and Recreation to increase awareness within our communities about adaptive sports and our program offerings for people with disabilities.

Our Challenger Soccer season practices will be held Wednesdays May 18 – June 22 at Ivey M. Redmon Sports Complex. While on the field, all athletes will focus on developing their skills. Each week the team will focus on the basic fundamentals of soccer by focusing on one particular skill. In addition, we will break up into teams to create game simulated situations to provide a competitive atmosphere. Most importantly, these activities are held in a safe and fun environment designed for athlete success. 

We’ve got spirit, how about you!? Every team needs a cheer squad on the sidelines encouraging them along the way. Our Challenger cheer season will begin on May 17 and continue through June 21 with practices taking place on Tuesday evenings at the Kernersville Recreation Center. Cheerleaders will have the opportunity to learn new cheers and develop a dance routine to perform for their team!    

Registration for both programs will open April 11 – May 11 at www.kvparks.com for ages 8+ and girls and boys are welcome. All necessary equipment will be provided. For any questions or more information about the programs, please contact Emily Crisco at 336-564-2241 or ecrisco@toknc.com.

Kernersville Adaptive and Inclusion Services is also looking forward to more spring activities by partnering with High Point Parks and Recreation to host our second annual FishAbility event! The event will take place on Wednesday, May 18 from 10-12 at the Oak Hollow Lake Marina. This event is for adults with disabilities who enjoy and/or want to try out fishing! Adaptive equipment will be provided and trained staff will be present to provide support. Pre-registration will be required. Registration opens on April 1. To register, please visit the High Point Parks and Recreation website. For any questions about FishAbility or other upcoming events, please contact Emily Crisco at ecrisco@toknc.com or 336-564-2241.

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