Camps, clinics, classes keep summer chaotic


August 04, 1994|By JONI GUHNE

Think summer's a time for relaxing? Think again.

Little sister's swim team practice begins in 15 minutes; brother's soccer camp starts at 10:15 a.m. Big sister can't be late for computer camp; the library plans a special event this afternoon; and the videos have to be returned before dad can take the family fishing, as he promised.

With schedules that include camps, clinics and classes for every imaginable interest or requirement, parents are ready to define those "lazy, hazy days" as just plain "crazy days" of summer. This, of course, is the opinion of the chauffeur, not the kids.


For two weeks this summer, Arnold Summer Music Camp was a haven for young musicians. Most campers wished it could have lasted much longer. William A. Sharkey, a county music teacher and camp director, said a well-run summer camp takes weeks to prepare.

For information about next year's camp, call 647-5594.


Central county communities with swimming pools offer their young residents a healthful summer activity: swim team.

Eight communities belong to the Eastern Severna Park League: Oakleigh Forest, Berrywood, Whitehurst, Fair Oaks, Chase Creek, Ulmstead, Bay Hills and North Cape Arthur.

"The emphasis is on the children, not the team standing," said Sheryl Bond, mother of two Oakleigh Forest swimmers, Eric, 14, and Sarah, 11. "There are so many things that are competitive, but these kids go to school together, they are friends, and this is not a matter of who beat whom, and who won."

The league has two divisions. Division 1 includes the top teams from the previous year; Division 2 matches teams that had weaker records.

Although the league follows the U.S.A. Swimming Inc. rules and regulations, a local committee is allowed to ease the strictest rules. Under official rules, a swimmer would be disqualified for a false start. Local rules give swimmers two chances to try again.

"This is a learning league," said Bond.

Some of the pools have teams for 6-year-olds and under. A few 4-year-olds swim competitively. During competition, ladder relays use swimmers ages 8 to 18 on each team, allowing the young athletes to compete with their older counterparts.

When a small club swims against a team that is more than twice its size, the smaller team is given more opportunity to score points.

A clinic held at the start of each season helps adults learn how to officiate. About 35 volunteers are needed to run a meet: timers, recorders, score keepers, stroke and turn judges, plus a referee who is in charge.

Bond has refereed for several years.

"It isn't an easy job being the person who has to disqualify a child," she said.

It's never too early to learn to swim, or too late. The YMCA has two two-week session for 6-month-old infants, one in progress and the other beginning Aug. 15.

Van Vandenberg leads a two-day afternoon class for seniors who never learned to enjoy the water. Information: 647-3800.


If your young teen-ager is looking forward to summer's end and the return to school, you may be ready for two YWCA workshops. "Surviving Middle School: A Guide For Parents" will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 16 and 23. "How To Help Your 10- to 14-Year-Old With Study Skills" will be held Sept. 20, 27 and Oct. 4.

Information: 626-7065.

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