- Swim team is lifelong, family affair
- Venturing out of the comfort zone for a good cause
- Creating a tradition of giving
- Information overload
- More than a class, Stacie's Otters is a life lesson
- Learning the Ropes and other hints at the Y
- What gets your moving?
- Learning a life skill
- Fitting it all in during the holidays
- Trying to get it all done
Celebrating Spirit Week - July 4
- Ronda Graff
As a teacher, my husband doesn’t like to talk about summer break or how many days until school resumes or how it will be impossible to complete his “honey-do” list by the first day of school.
Summer really does seem to fly by fast on its own without talking about it. Instead, we just try to enjoy every minute of summer break, cramming it full of activities and trips, sometimes making our heads spin…but we wouldn’t have it any other way.
It’s no different next week, as the YMCA celebrates the Fourth of July holiday with Spirit Week. Plus, there is a 5K/10K road race smack dab in the middle just to keep people moving.
Spirit Week at the YMCA is Monday, July 2 through Friday, July 6 and will include a host of activities throughout the building for kids of all ages.
Water Olympics - Water Olympics will take over the pool every afternoon at 3 p.m. with a different activity each day, including:
- Monday, July 2: Cardboard boat races. Build your own boat of corrugated cardboard, bring it to the Y at 3 p.m. and see who can make it across the pool – and hopefully back – the fastest
- Tuesday, July 3: Water games - Walk on Water, Sponge Toss and Noodle Races
- Thursday, July 5: Inner Tube Races, Cannon Ball Challenge and Swim with a Brick
- Friday, July 6: Water Mania (a variety of games in the pool) followed by root beer float (not in the pool)
Arts and Crafts - In the lobby throughout the week, the kids will be able to take part in chalk drawing, painting, Fourth of July-themed crafts, coloring and games. Just stop by the front desk to pick up the activity.
Summer Adventure Camp, All-American Week - For those who have completed kindergarten through sixth grade, Live Yers day care will be celebrating with All-American Week with games, snacks, crafts, pool time and contests. Call the YMCA to sign-up your child.
Nerf Wars - Round up those Nerf guns as part of two weeks of Nerf Wars. Registration is due today, Friday, July 29 and participants will be separated into the following divisions and play on the following days:
- 4-year-olds through entering 1st graders: July 2 and 9, 3:15-4:30 p.m.
- 2nd-4th graders: July 2 and 9, 4:30-5:45 p.m.
- 5th and 6th graders: July 5 and 12, 4:15-5:30 p.m.
- 7th and 8th graders: July 5 and 12, 5:45-7 p.m.
Nerf bullets will be provided by the YMCA. Participants need to bring protective eyewear and their own Nerf gun, although extras will be available…even if just from my own household’s personal stash as my not-so-subtle way of cleaning out my house.
The annual Freedom Run in Culbertson is Wednesday morning with plenty of lengths to choose from. The day begins with a 1/3-mile free fun-run before the 5K and 10K walkers and runners take off. Race-day registration begins at 6:45 a.m. in the Culbertson Park with the fun-run at 7:30 a.m. The 5K/10K participants all begin together at 8 a.m.
And don’t worry…we will be done with the race, snacks and awards in time for the traditional Culbertson Fourth of July parade at 10 a.m. I must note that we have contemplated having the runners and walkers finish as part of the parade, but didn’t know if they could throw candy and run at the same time.
Finally, the YMCA will be closed Wednesday for the Fourth of July. The entire YMCA staff wishes everyone a safe and happy holiday.