Take On Summer At the YMCA

Looking for summer programs to keep your kids active, happy and creative? Then look to the YMCA for all your summer fun opportunities. The Y offers a variety of programs for all ages including, Day Camp, Teen Camp, Sports Camps, Performing Arts Workshops, Gymnastics Workshops, Youth Wellness Camp, and much more. Session begin June 4 and continue throughout the summer.

All YMCA programs promote healthy spirits, minds and bodies and consistently teach Judeo-Christian principles. The Y is a special place where each participant learns values that last a lifetime. Guided by the core values of honesty, respect, responsibility, caring and faith, character development is integral to all YMCA programs. Available to all in the community, the YMCA strives to not turn anyone away because of an inability to pay. Limited financial assistance is available to families that substantiate a need.

 

Summer Day Camp – It’s the Summer to Re-Discover Nature: This summer at the South Montgomery County YMCA, the Summer Day Camp Program will be located at the Creekside YMCA Outdoor Adventure Center. Reconnecting kids with nature, the Creekside YMCA Outdoor Adventure Center features a 50 foot alpine tower for climbing and challenging your inner self, 30 foot Giant Swing,  12 themed treehouses, 9 colorful authentic tipis, archery, hiking, misting station, outdoor chapel & amphitheater, inflatable water slide and a boardwalk system 8 – 20 feet off the ground. Campers, ages 5 – 12, will have the ultimate outdoor experience with mother-nature as the backdrop. Additional activities include canoeing, outdoor education, songs and skits, team building, swimming, biking, and special events. Each weekly session features a theme and special activity. The centerpiece of the Creekside YMCA is the beautiful 14,000 square foot lodge for indoor activities and inclement weather options. The YMCA Outdoor Adventure Center is located in Creekside Park Village, 6464 Creekside Forest Drive, The Woodlands. Care is available 7:00am – 6:30pm, Monday – Friday.

 

New this summer, Specialty Camps: The Y will be offering specialty camps in addition to their Day Camp Program. Specialty camps will include Mad Science for ages 6 – 12; Adventures in Art Camp for ages 6 – 12; Rocketry & Robotics Camp for ages 6 – 12; and Princess Camp for ages 5 – 8.


Y Teen Camp – Get Energized
, is for teens ages 13 – 15 years. Each themed week features up to 2 field trips, field sports, team building and service learning projects. Teens will also enjoy climbing wall, alpine tower challenge course, swimming, group games and more. Teen camp is filled with exciting trips, so your teen won’t feel like they are in a summer camp but like they are hanging out with friends. The YMCA Teen Camp is based on site at the South Montgomery County YMCA on Shadowbend Place. For more information please call 281-367-9622. Care is available 7:00am – 6:30pm, Monday – Friday.

Summer Sports Clinics provide kids, ages 3 – 13, the opportunity to learn new skills and improve current skills. Each session is unique and dynamic with a different sport and drills introduced weekly. The weekly sessions begin June 4.  Most Sports Clinic sessions run 3 hours daily, Monday – Thursday. Clinics include Tennis, Cheerleading, Baseball, Soccer, Volleyball, Basketball, and Football. For the pre-schoolers, Tiny Tots Soccer, Basketball, T-Ball and Y World of Sports is available. Tiny Tot clinics meet for 90 minutes.

Summer Sports Clinics at Oak Ridge North Park: The YMCA will be offering weekly sports clinics in the evening at the City Park in Oak Ridge North expanding its programs and activities to the communities located on the east side of  I-45.  For ages 3 – 13, the clinics will begin at 6pm. Sports offered will include soccer, baseball, flag football and cheerleading.  Tiny Tot Clinics, for ages 3 – 5, will include soccer and t-ball. The weekly clinics begin June 4th.

Youth Wellness Camp: For ages 7 – 15, the YMCA is introducing a weekly summer camp wellness program that focuses on physical conditioning and weight management specifically designed for youth. Participants will work towards improving fitness and a healthy body image through daily scheduled physical activity and daily learning modules. Campers will participate in three daily rotations including walk-to-run, strength training and swimming. The new wellness camp will meet Monday – Friday, 9:30am – 1:00pm beginning June 4th.

Performing Arts Workshops: The summer program is comprised of unique weekly workshops that brings out a child’s creative personality. All students are involved in acting, dancing, singing, props and costuming in a team environment.  The workshops meet Monday – Friday, 1:30 – 4:30pm for students K – 12th grade.  Each workshop will focus on a different musical production with a live performance every Friday including Beatles Week, Michael Jackson Week, High School Musical 1,2 and 3, Grease, Beach Week, Taylor Swift Week and Justin Bieber Week. The YMCA also has summer ballet classes for ages 2 – 8.

Gymnastics Workshops: For ages 3 – 10, our gymnastic workshops are offered in 2 week sessions. The 45 minute class meets Monday – Thursday, beginning June 4. The workshops are for beginners, Level 1 and Level 2. Students will learn basic gymnastic skills on the floor, balance beam, bar and spring board.

For more information on summer programs, summer membership and financial assistance please call 281-367-9622 or visit www.ymcahouston.org/south-montgomery-county/.  

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Chuck Briese, Oak Ridge Now

[avatar user="cbriese" size="thumbnail" align="left"] Chuck Briese has been a resident of South Montgomery County since 1988. He and his lovely and patient wife, Leslie, have six sons, with only one left to finish high school. Chuck has been a Cub Scout leader, a Little League baseball coach, a church youth leader, and a general troublemaker over the course of the past 25 years. He is obsessed with his lawn, and likes restaurants that serve food that fills up the plate. He has a tendency to tilt at windmills, which may explain why he started Oak Ridge Now.

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Keep Those New Year’s Resolutions

An estimated 45-50 percent of Americans made resolutions earlier in the month, because we all saw an opportunity for a fresh start.  We hoped to become healthier and “better” people in the New Year.  More than 37 percent of us will have given up by March 1 and more than half by the end of June.

According to a recent survey the Top Ten New Year’s Resolutions for 2011 are:

1. Spend More Time with Family & Friends

2. Fit in Fitness

3. Tame the Bulge

4. Quit Smoking

5. Enjoy Life More

6. Quit Drinking

7. Get Out of Debt

8. Learn Something New

9. Help Others

10. Get Organized

The Y can help you achieve the majority of the top 10 resolutions. Now more than ever, with the added stress to family life, as a result of the economic downturn, it’s important to make sure exercise is part of our daily routines.  Research has proven again and again the important role of exercise in combating stress and reducing the symptoms of depression and anxiety which can cause smoking and drinking.  Even moderate physical activity can produce mood-boosting endorphins, clear the mind, improve focus and positively affect blood pressure and other symptoms of stress which will allow you to enjoy life more.

The YMCA knows a lot about staying healthy in “spirit, mind and body” and offers these suggestions to make physical activity a priority and help you achieve your healthy living resolutions in 2011:

  • Keep it manageable. To stay on track, focus on only three resolutions.
  • Make an “exercise transition” between work and family time. Take a short walk after work or before kids get home from school to clear away the stress of the day and get a positive boost.
  • Find an enjoyable physical activity that requires some mental focus to steer the mind away from worries – a pick up game of basketball, swimming laps in the pool, an indoor cycling class or joining your kids in the climbing center.
  • Don’t be too ambitious, but stick to it. With exercising—or other resolutions—start with an easily achievable goal and work up to a regular routine. As you become more physically conditioned, you’ll be able to gently increase your intensity level by picking up the pace or adding new goals to your routine.
  • Vary your resolutions, not focusing solely on the body. Maintain your emotional health as well by volunteering an hour per week, reading a book a month, writing a friend or family member.
  • Line up a support network. Accomplishing your goal can be easier with the support of family, friends and coworkers. And tell them how they can help!
  • Visit your local YMCA for a variety of affordable membership options and activities for everyone in the family.

“And remember,” says Roxanne Davis, YMCA North Group Marketing Director, “Now more than ever, it’s important to make sure exercise is part of our daily routine and focus on your health & well-being. The key to success is confidence. Goals are accomplished through a series of small steps and the hardest step to take is the first one.  Perseverance and commitment to change are the key elements to turning resolutions into reality.  At the YMCA, we’re here to help you keep your New Year’s Resolutions all year long.”

The help available at the YMCA includes Y Personal Fitness, an 8 week program designed specifically to meet your own personal needs and goals. If you are new to exercise or if you have a difficult time sticking with an exercise program, Y Personal Fitness is specially designed for you. As a participant you will receive:

– Four appointments with a YMCA Personal Fitness Coach

– Develop and maintain a more active lifestyle that meets your own personal needs and goals

– Receive individual instruction on the use of the cardiovascular equipment and strength training equipment.

– Learn how to become successful by starting off at the right level and becoming committed through the routine of a structured but manageable program.

Also available is FitLinxx, an interactive fitness program that takes the guess work out of exercise. Why get linked to FitLinxx?

–          Tracks range of motion to ensure each repetition is effective

–          Tracks your progress making for a successful workout program

–          Records the # of repetitions completed

–          Records how much weight you are lifting

In addition, the YMCA offers personal fitness consultation, weight management programs for adults and kids, small group fitness classes, large group fitness classes, water exercise, nutritional counseling, small group training classes, nutrition seminars, and much more for all ages, all levels of fitness and  for all interests.

YMCA’s have been helping families and individuals grow in spirit, mind and body for more than 160 years, both in good times and challenging times. The YMCA is committed to being available to all, regardless of financial resources, striving to turn no one away for inability to pay. For more information on YMCA Membership and current promotion, Healthy Living programs, Youth Development Programs and Financial Assistance,  please call 281-367-9622 or stop by the South Montgomery County YMCAs, located at 6145 Shadowbend Place, 8100 Ashlane Way and 6464 Creekside Forest in The Woodlands. For families living in the Conroe area, please call 936-441-9622 or visit your local Conroe YMCA located at 10245 Owen Drive.

Refresh, Renew, Rediscover. Join the Y in 2011. The Y is a non-profit like no other. Be a member of something special.

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Chuck Briese, Oak Ridge Now

[avatar user="cbriese" size="thumbnail" align="left"] Chuck Briese has been a resident of South Montgomery County since 1988. He and his lovely and patient wife, Leslie, have six sons, with only one left to finish high school. Chuck has been a Cub Scout leader, a Little League baseball coach, a church youth leader, and a general troublemaker over the course of the past 25 years. He is obsessed with his lawn, and likes restaurants that serve food that fills up the plate. He has a tendency to tilt at windmills, which may explain why he started Oak Ridge Now.

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Holiday Activities Continue at the YMCA

Amongst all the holiday excitement, shopping, decorating, cooking, baking and other activities associated with the holiday season, the YMCA has many holiday events and activities planned to assist you in your holiday plans, gift giving, keep the kids busy and active and keep your family healthy during the busy and tempting holiday season. The South Montgomery County YMCA will be open on Christmas Eve and New Years Eve, 5am – 4pm. The YMCAs are closed on Christmas Day.

Holiday Gift Ideas: Struggling with last minute gift ideas? Give the gift that keeps on giving all year long . . . The gift of Health and Wellness. What a better way to show you care than a gift of good health, so easy to share. YMCA gift certificates are available for membership, personal training, pilates group reformer classes, programs and more. There is a Holiday Special on Personal Training: Buy 5 sessions, get one Free. Buy 10 sessions and get two Free. Offer ends soon. Our certified Personal Trainers and Registered Dietitian will design a workout and nutrition plan specific to your needs and goals.

Holiday Performing Arts Workshops: Students, K-12th grade are invited to join us for informative, interactive and creative workshops in the field of performing arts. The workshops will focus on 3 key areas related to performance: Auditions, Basic Dance for Musical Theatre and Broadway, and Triple Threat – Sing, Dance and Act. Each of the workshops will be offered numerous times throughout the holidays at different times on different days, Dec. 4th – Jan. 15th. Most workshops are 90 minutes in length. For more information please call 281-367-9622. Pre-Registration is required.

Holiday Private Swim Lessons: The water is always warm at the Shadowbend YMCA Pool. Private swim lessons, offered in 40 minute blocks, will be available in December for children and adults of all ages and all levels including beginners. You can purchase as few as 1 lesson or as many as you would like. A great opportunity to brush up on skills, learn new skills and stay active during the holidays. For more information please call 281-367-9622. Pre-registration is required.

Holiday Pilates Reformer Classes: Continue your workout during the holidays with an opportunity to sample a Pilates Reformer Class. What a great way to de-stress and relax and strengthen your core during the busy holiday season. Normally offered in 4 week sessions, registration is available for single classes, December 20 – December 30. Limited space available.

Holiday Adventure Camp: Holiday vacation begins December 20th for the school age children. Holiday break camp is available at the Creekside YMCA Outdoor Adventure Center for children ages 5 – 12 years.  Each day is a special theme providing campers an opportunity to experience the fun of summer day camp. Themes include Weird Science, Creature Feature, Around the World, Props Performing Arts, Studio Arts Camp, Dinosaur Day, Treasure Hunters and Time Warp. Outdoor activities will include hiking, archery, canoeing, treasure hunts, games, and more. Children experience a full day of camp fun! Holiday camp hours are 7:00am – 6:30pm and is available Dec. 20 – 23 and Dec. 27 – 30. All campers must be pre-register. For parents convenience, a drop off and pick up location is available at the Shadowbend YMCA. Campers will then be bused over to Creekside YMCA. Limited Space available on bus. For more information please call 832-698-1283. Registration is available at www.registerymca.org.

Holiday Climbing Wall Clinics: Young climbers will learn how to choose the appropriate harness and helmet, climbing techniques and play games. The older age group will learn how to choose appropriate equipment, tie knots, improve climbing skills, learn new skills and play games. Parents must accompany climbers, ages 5 – 9. The holiday climbing clinic is offered at the Branch Crossing YMCA. For more information call 281-367-9622.

Dec. 21: Ages 5 and older, the clinic is offered 1:30 – 2:30pm for beginners.

Dec. 21: Ages 10 and older, the clinic is offered 3:00 – 4:00pm

Dec. 28: Ages 5 and older, the clinic is offered 1:30 – 2:30pm for beginners.

Holiday Burn Out Mega Workout Christmas Eve: Burn off those extra calories at our Holiday Burn Out Mega Workout on Christmas Eve, 9:00am – 11:00am at the Shadowbend YMCAGym. Featuring 5 instructors, the 2 hour mega workout will include BodyCOMBAT™, Boot Camp, Zumba® and Pilates.

New Years Day Resolution Workout: Join us for the annual New Year’s Day Resolution Workout at the Branch Crossing YMCA, 9:00 – 10:30am. Two different workouts will be available including a sneak preview of the new Les Mills choreography featuring BodyCOMBAT™, BodyPUMP™ and BodyFLOW™.  For the cyclists there will be a 90 minute indoor cycling class. The Resolution Workout is free but donations to the YMCA Partners Program would be appreciated. For more information please call 281-367-9622. The Branch Crossing YMCA, located at 8100 Ashlane Way in The Woodlands,  will be open 8:00am – 1:00pm on New Years Day to get a jump start on your New Years Resolutions! The Shadowbend Bend and Creekside YMCAs will be closed on New Year’s Day.

Join the YMCA and Receive a Holiday Gift – a $50 Market Street Gift Card! Maintain – Don’t Gain – Get started Early on your New Year’s Resolution. For more information on our Holiday Membership promotion please call 281-367-YMCA. Gift card offer ends December 24, 2010.

Pre-registration is required for all Holiday Clinics and Camps. To register, please stop by the South Montgomery County YMCAs, 6464 Creekside Forest Drive, 6145 Shadowbend Place or 8100 Ashlane Way in The Woodlands or register online at www.registerymca.org.

At the YMCA – We’re All About You. Take that first step toward a healthy spirit, mind and body. The YMCA offers hope and help to families through programs that teach values, builds self esteem and reinforces our mission as well as the five core values of respect, responsibility, honesty, caring and faith. For more information call, 281-367-9622 or visit www.ymcahouston.org/south-montgomery-county/ for a holiday schedule. The Y: We’re for youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.

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Chuck Briese, Oak Ridge Now

[avatar user="cbriese" size="thumbnail" align="left"] Chuck Briese has been a resident of South Montgomery County since 1988. He and his lovely and patient wife, Leslie, have six sons, with only one left to finish high school. Chuck has been a Cub Scout leader, a Little League baseball coach, a church youth leader, and a general troublemaker over the course of the past 25 years. He is obsessed with his lawn, and likes restaurants that serve food that fills up the plate. He has a tendency to tilt at windmills, which may explain why he started Oak Ridge Now.

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Santa is Coming to the YMCA

Santa Claus is coming to the YMCA! The South Montgomery County YMCA invites everyone to join them at their annual Holiday Open House and Pictures with Santa, Saturday, December 4, 10:30am – 1:30pm at the Shadowbend YMCA.

Fun for the entire family, activities include Pictures with Santa, holiday arts/crafts and games, face art, indoor climbing center, holiday refreshments, open swim, moonwalk, letters to Santa and much more . . .  Admission is Free and YMCA membership is not required so bring family and friends!

Parents are encouraged to bring their camera and capture the magical moment!

The Shadowbend  YMCA is located at 6145 Shadowbend Place in The Woodlands.  For more information please call 281-367-9622 or visit www.southcounty-ymca.org.

Chuck Briese, Oak Ridge Now

[avatar user="cbriese" size="thumbnail" align="left"] Chuck Briese has been a resident of South Montgomery County since 1988. He and his lovely and patient wife, Leslie, have six sons, with only one left to finish high school. Chuck has been a Cub Scout leader, a Little League baseball coach, a church youth leader, and a general troublemaker over the course of the past 25 years. He is obsessed with his lawn, and likes restaurants that serve food that fills up the plate. He has a tendency to tilt at windmills, which may explain why he started Oak Ridge Now.

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YMCA Youth Basketball Coming to Oak Ridge Area

YMCA Youth Basketball is coming to the Oak Ridge area. The program is designed specifically to serve the families living in Oak Ridge, Imperial Oaks, Benders Landing and surrounding neighborhoods. For your convenience, all games and practices are held at Tom Cox Intermediate School.

Registration is now open for the Rayford Road YMCA Winter Basketball Program.  Youth ages 5 – 13 are eligible to register.  (Age eligibility as of September 1, 2010.) Early Registration Deadline is November 7th. Late Registrations received Nov. 8 – 13 incur a late registration fee. Practices begin the first week of December.  Season dates are December 11 – February 5.

In all YMCA sports, every child is a winner. The Y is turning sports skills into life skills by offering youth sports programs that combine the YMCA philosophy of fair play, teamwork and inclusiveness to build healthy spirit, mind and bodies. Y Youth Sports help young people to become better players by emphasizing skill development not competition. At the YMCA, Everyone Plays and Everyone Wins. Each athlete is treated as an equal and plays in every game regardless of skill level.

The YMCA is a volunteer based organization. We strongly encourage parents to be more than spectators by getting involved as volunteer coaches, team parents and officials as well as being your child’s biggest fan. If you are interested in volunteering please call Rose Lawhon, Youth Sports Director, 281-367-9622. Coaches training is available prior to the start of the season.

The YMCA is a charitable not for profit community organization that provides programs and services that strengthens the community. The YMCA strives to no one away due to inability to pay. Financial assistance is available to individuals and families who substantiates a need, so that YMCA programs are accessible to every person in our community regardless of age, gender, religion, ethnicity or income level. Lives are impacted everyday thanks to the generosity of members and donors to the Partners Annual Giving Campaign.

To register please stop by either YMCA location in The Woodlands: 6145 Shadowbend Place,  8100 Ashlane Way or 6464 Creekside Forest Drive.  On line registration is available at www.registerymca.org. For more information please call 281-367-9622.

Chuck Briese, Oak Ridge Now

[avatar user="cbriese" size="thumbnail" align="left"] Chuck Briese has been a resident of South Montgomery County since 1988. He and his lovely and patient wife, Leslie, have six sons, with only one left to finish high school. Chuck has been a Cub Scout leader, a Little League baseball coach, a church youth leader, and a general troublemaker over the course of the past 25 years. He is obsessed with his lawn, and likes restaurants that serve food that fills up the plate. He has a tendency to tilt at windmills, which may explain why he started Oak Ridge Now.

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Workout for Pink at the YMCA

YMCA Staff Pumping Up for Pink: Back Row: Levitia Simmons, Shellee Eudy and Catherine Irvin. Front Row: Chris Rall

The South Montgomery County YMCA is launching “Work Out for Pink”, an exercise incentive program that takes place in October, during “Breast Cancer Awareness” month. Work Out for Pink encourages everyone to become more active and at the same time workout in support of all those that have been affected by breast cancer. Participant’s packet is filled with breast cancer awareness articles, resources, exercise log form, YMCA T-shirt and thermal sling bag.

The program encourages everyone to track their workouts during the month of October. At the end of the month, participants’ names will be entered into a drawing for some great prizes. The more you workout the more entries you earn into the drawing!

Work Out for Pink not only benefits the individual by encouraging them to get more active, but a portion of the registration fee will benefit the YMCA Restoration Rehabilitation Program. Launched in the spring of 2009, Restoration, is a Pilates based exercise recovery program. Restoration helps breast cancer survivors to restore mobility, improve circulation, regain energy and rebuild strength in a safe and relaxed environment. In addition this relaxed form of exercise will improve self confidence and quality of life while reducing emotional stress. This program, which strengthens the mind-body connection during the recovery process, is available to all breast cancer survivors, whether they are eight weeks or eight years post op.

In addition to Work Out for Pink, the YMCA is offering Free Restoration Classes for Breast Cancer Survivors: Oct. 11, 2pm; Oct. 15, 7pm; Oct. 18, 2pm; Oct. 20, Noon; and Oct. 25, 2pm all at the Shadowbend YMCA in The Woodlands. The free classes are open to the community but pre-registration is required. To register please contact Shellee Eudy, 281-364-0258 or shellee.eudy@ymcahouston.org.

Shellee Eudy of The Woodlands, a Pink Ribbon Program Certified Instructor and veteran YMCA Fitness Instructor is the Restoration instructor. Her professional credentials include ACE Certified Personal Trainer, Certified Pilates Professional and Post Rehabilitative Exercise Specialist.

Pink Ribbon Program Certified Instructors understand the importance of working in alignment with medical professionals in program assessment, exercise guidelines, protocols and implementation to assist the breast cancer survivor in lowering the risk of lymphedema and other complications, both long and short term.

The next session begins October 25th but participants can join the class anytime in mid-session.  Class days will be Mondays at 12:30pm or Tuesday evenings, 5:30pm. The program includes a private personalized patient assessment, 6 weeks of specialized exercise in a relaxed small group format and an exercise booklet. Participants must have a doctor’s release prior to entrance into program. Private sessions available upon request.

For more information on Work Out for Pink or Restoration, please contact Shellee Eudy, 281-364-0258 or Michelle Hill, YMCA Wellness Director at 281-367-9622.  To register, please stop by the South Montgomery County YMCAs, 6145 Shadowbend Place or 8100 Ashlane Way in The Woodlands.  Get pink at the YMCA.

Chuck Briese, Oak Ridge Now

[avatar user="cbriese" size="thumbnail" align="left"] Chuck Briese has been a resident of South Montgomery County since 1988. He and his lovely and patient wife, Leslie, have six sons, with only one left to finish high school. Chuck has been a Cub Scout leader, a Little League baseball coach, a church youth leader, and a general troublemaker over the course of the past 25 years. He is obsessed with his lawn, and likes restaurants that serve food that fills up the plate. He has a tendency to tilt at windmills, which may explain why he started Oak Ridge Now.

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