By Moazama Rafiqzad
As the summer approaches, grownups and children alike are ready to get active and have some summer fun.
Local Parks and Recreation Department programs are promising just that. Whether in Winchester or in Frederick County, summer camp is the place to be -- and there is a camp for every interest.
Winchester and Frederick County Parks and Recreation program directors are working hard to meet the needs of the community for their summer activities, planning fun events for children, youth and adults.
The city of Winchester is offering summer camps for all ages from all-day camps to athletic camps highlighting activities such as basketball, volleyball, cheerleading and much more to fit the needs of all age groups and interests.
Aside from the many fun-filled activities, they also are planning big events for the community. The concert series that was offered last summer did not make it onto the schedule this year, because the Old Town Development Board has many music events planned. Friday Night Live, for example, gives the community a variety of options to pick from.
Lisa Hamaker, assistant director of Parks and Recreation for Winchester, said she's really excited for the Salute to Our Troops event.
"It is a great time to not only recognize the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice of the Korean War, but also the 100th anniversary of the Buffalo soldiers coming and encamping in Winchester," said Hamaker. "Those two major events along with being able to take a day to recognize all troops who have supported and continue to support our country is a great thing."
Other events to mark on your calendar for this summer:
June 1 and 2 -- Jack Walker Memorial Horseshoe Tournament. Information:
June 22 -- International Festival and World Explorer Obstacle Course.
July 3 -- Rockin' Independence Eve: Winchester City and Old Town Winchester partners up for family entertainment, live music and fireworks.
July 19 and 20 -- Salute to Our Troops Event: A Candlelight Vigil, Korean War Memorial dedication, parade, fun family activities and The Shenandoah Moonlight Ball.
"Whether it is taking a program, participating in an exercise class, enjoying the playgrounds and walking trail or general scenery, we have something to offer the entire family," Hamaker said.
Frederick County is kicking off its summer programs with its signature Youth Triathlon on June 16. The county is still offering all of the fun activities that it offered last year, but it added summer camps this year for children and teens.
FCPRD's new camp additions for all ages include Art Camp and Drama Camp for aspiring artists and Hip Hop and Teen XTreme for aspiring dancers. Preschoolers get to enjoy the summer and stay active with a camp designed especially for them called Fun in the Sun.
Said Chris Konyar, superintendent of REC for Frederick County, "We've added a new camp called Camp A.M.P. -- Active Middle School Program -- which is a camp specifically designed for the middle school aged child."
Camp Basic-REC is still being offered in three area schools -- Greenwood Mill, Evendale and Apple Pie Ridge Middle School -- for the convenience of families and at $110, a lower price from last year, and "with fun field trips, and a great staff." added Konyar.
The best-loved sport camps remain on the schedule such as football, soccer, tennis, volleyball, golf, baseball, softball, cheerleading, wrestling and Nike Basketball Camp.
"Swim lessons is huge every summer so we want to encourage parents to register for them early, as they are constantly full and our swim teams at both Clear Brook and Sherando are fast approaching," Konyar said.
The Youth Triathalon will take place June 16 and Youth Golf Tournament will be Aug. 9, with community track meets, at James Wood High School Thursday nights in July.
"The FCPRD staff has worked hard this year to put together a comprehensive and diverse package of summer programs for parents to choose from and we are hoping the area will look to us first to ensure their child has a memorable summer in 2013," said Konyar.
For more information on programs and events offered, call Frederick County Parks and Recreation Department at 540-665-5678. or visit www.fcprd.net to download the summer brochure.
For more information on programs and events offered call Winchester City Parks and Recreation Department at 540-662-4946 or visit winchesterva.gov/parks. Click on activities for 2013.