‘Youth Programs’

GF4 Summer Camp Sale

March 6th, 2018

        

Warm temperatures, fun classes that feel nothing like a WORKout, great friends, messy and exciting activities, silly songs and cheers, goofy counselors, splashing around in a pool until you are worn out in that oh so good summer day kind of way…..are you feeling all the childhood feels now? Flashing back to childhood memories long gone? All of these things are the best parts of summer that we strive to bring your kids at GF4 Summer Camp each year.

Registration for this year’s summer camp program just opened up on Monday and will continue on as spots remain available. If you register by end of day Friday, March 9, you’ll get the 2017 summer camp prices AND be able to save up to 15%. Read through this year’s camp packet for all of the info you need and register today!

         

Youth Programs Change- Letter from Susan

February 6th, 2018

There’s some changes coming to the Youth Programs Department in the next few months. Read the note below from our Youth Programs Director, Susan Bayer.

February 6, 2018

Dear GF Families and Friends,

I wanted to write you and let you know what’s stirring in my heart as you will undoubtedly hear that I will be resigning from my position as Youth Programs Director later this year. First of all, it’s all good news for me and my family. I am choosing to leave our incredible program in order to find out what God has in store for my family and me. For years, I’ve thrown my life and full energy into this role with so many other aspects of who I am being pushed to the back burner in the process. It has gotten to the point where I have to choose whether or not to continue bearing this awesome weight of responsibility or take a step back and figure out what the next phase of my family’s life is going to look like. This was one of the most difficult decisions of my life. I love Granite Falls Swim and Athletic Club, the Youth Programs in particular, and I love your kids. I’m so sad to go, but I’m honored to have been a part of such a special place that has always felt like family. My desire is to see the program continue to grow and for those who remain and come after me to build upon all the good we have experienced for years.

Since even before opening day of the Club in July 2009, I’ve been an employee of the Youth Programs Department and have seen the Department, along with the Club, grow in unimaginable ways: from just a handful of kids in KidZone to an average of over a hundred per day, 20 kids each month at Parents’ Night Out up to 50, a Junior Camp Counselor program that strives to build the Youth Programs team of the future, a handful of small summer camps to 52 weeks of camp per year.…it has all been absolutely indescribable with amazing staff, epic memories, fantastic parents, and the best kids from around this area all being a part of it. God has been SO faithful in how he has blessed the Youth Programs Department and my life through it and it has been my privilege to play a small role and have a front-row seat to a place that is so unique in how it epitomizes loving and caring for each other. I now understand the word “bittersweet” a little more deeply than I could ever have before.

I also wanted to reassure you of the future of the Youth Programs Department. We already have been and will continue to work hard to make sure all aspects of it do not miss a beat in the transition. It is my desire for all the programs this year to be the best ever. I am confident that the Youth Programs team will remain as committed as ever and I will, if asked, be available to assist with anything the new Youth Programs Director and team may need.

I hope that Granite Falls Swim and Athletic Club will continue to be my family’s center of community in the years to come and I hope to run into you all and share with you my excitement for the future. Thank you for your support as I’ve tried to provide a safe, fun, and engaging program for your kids over the past 9 years.

With much love,

Susan Bayer
Youth Programs Director
Granite Falls Swim and Athletic Club

Spring into Movement with Spring Track Out Camp

January 24th, 2018

Ok, so, yes, we are in the midst of some of the coldest temperatures of the year but just as we were not too long ago saying we couldn’t believe how fast Christmas came, we’ll be saying the same about spring. The spring season in this area is beautiful (minus that whole pollen period) with temperatures pretty much perfect and the hint of summer just around the corner. With the water-filled pool, lake, and beach season of summer coming, before we know it, you may start to think about swim lessons for your kids.

Here at Granite Falls we believe swimming to be a vital skill for all kids so we’ve incorporated daily lessons (in addition to open swim) into each child’s camp day. Each week our campers are split into ability level groups with swim instructors Ms. Allison and Ms. Geraldine guiding our least experienced swimmers through the basics of swimming while challenging those who are at a much more advanced level with individual medleys (IMs), hundred kicks, ironmans, and tombstones.

The camp kids also get four fitness classes each week. Kidz Fit, an upbeat mix of exercise and games with the elementary age child in mind, with Ms. Geraldine is on Mondays and Wednesdays. On Tuesday afternoons, Ms. Tammy brings the fun for Kidz Funk – 45 minutes of high/low impact cardio dance with sass. Wrapping up our week we have 30 minutes of Kidz Yoga (pajamas optional), designed just for kids, with Ms. Cheryl.

      

Throw in our park visits and active games in the fitness room and campers are guaranteed to have moved their bodies in a large variety of ways that ensure hungry stomachs and sleepy heads at the end of their camp day! Don’t worry – we’ve built in rest, recovery, and down time with our crafts, hands-on activities, journal time, morning meetings, and post-lunch hang out time.

     

If this camp experience sounds like something your child would enjoy then make plans to join us this spring (winter camp spots are still available as well). Registration for our spring camps opened this Monday, January 22, with special first week of registration discounts happening through Friday January 26.

Don’t be THAT Parent

January 23rd, 2018

You’ve started off the New Year with a bang when it comes to your workouts. You’re sticking to a schedule and showing up. You’re making progress…seeing old clothes fit again, watching the number on the scale drop, feeling energetic and able to keep up with your kids…speaking of kids…there goes a sneeze…wait for it…nose being  blown…aaaaannnnnddddd…

”MOM!  I don’t feel so good!” OH NO! Panic sets in as you realize you won’t be able to go to the gym because your child has to go to the KidZone while you work out and you can’t possibly bring him since he is sick. But, wait, you think, is he really that sick…it’s only an hour…he’ll be fine…right?

OK, PAUSE.

Don’t be THAT parent. You know the one. The one who forgets to think about how quickly germs can spread to other kids, not to mention staff, from shared toys, shared spaces, and shared bodily fluids. (Don’t get all grossed out.  I’m only, mostly, talking about sneezes, noses wiped on arms, fingers and toys in mouth type of shared bodily fluids.) Your workout can wait or you can be creative and try an at-home workout (Google is your best friend for this).

In case you are unsure, here is an excerpt from the KidZone Parent Manual to guide in you in your “should I bring my child to the KidZone when sick” decision. Please decide wisely.

When should I keep my child at home?

Please be sure to use good judgment if your child is demonstrating any signs of sickness. We want to keep our other children and staff healthy. Please do not bring your child if he/she are exhibiting signs of the following as you will be asked to take him/her home for the best interest of all parties:

  • A fever at or over 100.0 degrees F within the last 24 hours
  • A continuous runny nose or cough that is not allergy related
  • Diarrhea or vomiting within the last 24 hours
  • Undiagnosed skin rashes, sores or other conditions
  • Sore throat
  • Any other contagious symptoms within the last 24 hours

Carolina for the Kids

December 26th, 2017

 

Tuesday January 2nd will be KidZone Carolina for the Kids Coin Collection Day – All KidZone kids (AM and PM) are encouraged to bring in any spare change they have and donate in the container Isabella will have in the KidZone. Let’s see how much money KidZone kids can raise in one day!

Please click here to go directly to the Go Fund Me page.

Carolina for the Kids Homepage