Sum­mer rec ends

Fun and struc­ture for kids.

The Gulf News (Port aux Basques) - - FRONT PAGE - BY MIKE MERCER mike­[email protected]­look.com

The time be­tween the last bell in June to the first day of school in Septem­ber can be an in­ter­est­ing time for kids and their par­ents.

The tran­si­tion from one school year to the next can be a chal­leng­ing time – a time that should be pos­i­tive and ac­tive, and keep youth in the right frame of mind dur­ing their sum­mer break.

The lo­cal sum­mer recre­ation pro­gram in Port aux Basques seems to work very well to­wards these goals. This year’s Bruce II’s Sum­mer Recre­ation Pro­gram re­cently fin­ished again for this sum­mer. The pro­gram was filled with a broad sched­ule of ac­tiv­i­ties, in­clud­ing events and theme weeks that were sec­ond to none.

The play­time group ( 4- 6 years), as well as the sum­mer sports group (7-12 years) gath­ered to­gether at the Bruce II Sports Cen­tre through­out each week­day to play, so­cial­ize and de­velop re­la­tion­ships. Ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing reg­u­lar swim­ming and bowl­ing, theme weeks such as Wiz­ardry and Su­per­hero week, a Gi­ant Sum­mer Sleep­over in the rink, curl­ing club, Fri­day Field trips all around the re­gion, and a fi­nale fea­tur­ing a Bike and Scooter Rodeo had many of the kids want­ing more.

As the say­ing goes, “all good things must come to an end,” and this year’s pro­gram has suc­cess­fully com­pleted an­other run to much laugh­ter, fun times and even some good­bye tears. A tremen­dous job and ef­fort by the Bruce II Sports Cen­tre and its sum­mer staff in keeping many lo­cal kids en­gaged and bring­ing many mem­o­ries back to school to tell their teach­ers when school soon opens.

MIKE MERCER/SPE­CIAL TO THE GULF NEWS

In the wa­ter and un­der the sun, kids in this year’s Sum­mer Recre­ation Pro­gram had a lot of fun while off from school.

MIKE MERCER/SPE­CIAL TO THE GULF NEWS

On land and play­ing in the park, many happy faces were on dis­play this sum­mer dur­ing events with the lo­cal sum­mer pro­gram.

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