Sunday, September 19, 2021

Home-Grown Staff: From Volunteer to Camp Director

Summer Camp Mania is a Southlake staple and one of our most beloved recreation programs. Today, we celebrate one of the special Community Services Staff Members that make it all happen: Meet Emma Blight!

 

Emma is currently going into her junior year of college at the University of Oklahoma majoring in Public and Non-Profit Administration. She is kind-hearted, selfless, and brings a smile to everyone around her. Emma’s story is just one example of our staff’s commitment to creating life-long memories for our residents.

 

Emma has been a crucial part of the Parks and Recreation team for six years. She initially made her mark as a Summer Camp Mania volunteer for two years in a row. During her first year, she was even honored with the Junior Volunteer of the Year award. Having enjoyed her volunteer experience so much, Emma took her commitment to the department to the next level by becoming a Camp Counselor. During her time with Camp Mania, Emma developed positive relationships, environments, and games for kids of various ages.

 

When the opportunity to become this year’s Camp Director became open, Emma knew she had to jump on it! Camp is only a few weeks in, but she has already exceeded expectations for the role! When your child comes home thrilled from a fun-filled day at Camp, make sure to thank Emma for her passion and dedication to Camp Mania.

 

Emma’s career within the Community Services Department is just one example of the career growth that’s possible when you have the right attitude. From volunteer to counselor to Camp Director, we are very excited to see what comes next for Emma’s future with our department.

 

“Working for the City of Southlake helped me find a job that I truly care about, as well as exemplified what it truly means to be a part of a team!”—Emma Blight, Camp Director.

 

We are happy to have Emma be a part of our team!

May 26 Day Break Camp Mania

Is your child out of school on Friday, May 26?  The City of Southlake Community Services is hosting another one day camp for children looking for fun activities on their day off!

Children can spend the entire day from 9:00AM – 4:00 PM with the City of Southlake Fire Department and learn what it takes to be one of Southlake’s finest!  Participants will need to bring a sack lunch and wear sunscreen and tennis shoes.

The cost is $35 per child. Participants must be currently enrolled in Kindergarten in a public or private school equivalent.

Spots are filling up quickly!  Register here.

For more information, contact the Southlake Parks and Recreation Office at 817-748-8019.

 

Youth Athletic Camps Available this Summer

Want to stay active but still have fun while doing it? No problem! The Southlake Parks and Recreation has tons of great camps and activities going on to keep you busy this summer and improve your athletic skills.

TGA Premier Jr. Golf Camp (Ages 6-12): TGA makes golf accessible by bringing our unique curriculum to the schools and community. We hope to instill confidence, build life values and offer a fun education experience. All equipment is provided but students are welcome to bring their own clubs.

Speed Sports Camp (Ages 7-12): This camp features a tough, but fun curriculum developed by our training coaches at Bowmen Sports. All drills are age appropriate. We teach proper technique and coach with positive reinforcement. Improve your speed and over all conditioning for the next level of play. Take home your 5-10-5 agility and 40 yard time on a certificate. Groups divided based on ages. Please bring a snack, water and gym shoes.

Dodgeball Camp (Ages 7-12): Our ultra-popular program that includes several versions of Dodgeball. The emphasis is on fun, teamwork and exercise. We will play many different versions of the classic game using the new coated foam balls. These balls are perfect for safe FUN play! Groups divided based on ages. Please bring a snack and gym shoes.

Beginner Basketball Camp (Ages 5-7): A super-fun clinic designed for players of all skills and abilities. Program time will focus on dribbling, passing, shooting and rebounding. This is a skill-based program which utilizes drills and games to reinforce the skills being taught. Part of each class time will be used for game scrimmages. Bring a snack, water and gym shoes.

Basketball Tech Camp (Ages 6-12): A super-fun clinic designed for players of all skills and abilities. Program time will focus on dribbling, passing, shooting and rebounding. This is a skill-based program which utilizes drills and games to reinforce the skills being taught. Part of each class time will be used for game scrimmages. Bring a snack, water and gym shoes.

Volleyball Camp (Ages 8-15): This all-skills volleyball camp will ignite and excite students about the fun competition of volleyball. Players develop fundamental skills including serving, passing, setting and hitting. Skill based drills, as well as 3 vs 3 and 6 vs 6 wave competition drills, will be used to apply these skills at a fun pace. Players can demonstrate all these skills in game situations during scrimmage style games at camp.

Lacrosse Camp (Ages 8-15): Interested in learning the game of lacrosse? This camp is perfect for beginner and intermediate players looking to learn all the fundamentals of stick handling, cradling, passing, and shooting, all in a fun and friendly environment. Our staff of current and former players will ensure that campers not only learn the sport of lacrosse, but also important life skills such as respect, teamwork, and discipline. Every athlete will come away with a deep understanding of the game and its traditions.

If you are interested in signing your child up for any of these programs, you can register online or at the Parks and Recreation office located at 1400 Main St, Suite 210.

For more information please contact (817) 748-8019 or visit www.SouthlakeParksandRec.com.

Southlake Parks and Recreation Introducing New Registration Software, CSI

Although it’s still awhile away, Southlake Parks and Recreation has already started to prepare to move into The Marq Southlake Champions Club with a switch in registration software to CSI. The new software will replace the current registration software, Active Network, and is expected to go live in a few months.

When participants go to register for programs they will notice the website looks a little different. Now, instead of having to search for an activity, you will be able to select a category to begin the search process.

One important transition note to keep in mind: All users will have to create a new account. Account information will NOT carry over from Active Network.

What does this mean for me?
Before actually registering for a program, you will be prompted to create a new account. Because CSI will also be used once Champions Club is fully operational, it will look like you are registering for a membership. Don’t worry, when you are asked to select your membership type, simply select the “Patron” membership and Parks and Recreation as the site. This will allow you to register as you normally would.

For more information about CSI and step-by-step instructions to help you navigate CSI visit www.SouthlakeParksandRec.com or call us at (817) 748-8019.

Fall 2016 Southlake Scene is now available!

Looking for family activities coming up? Curious about what events The Marq has in store? Is your child interested in a camp or team sports? Then check out the Fall 2016 edition of The Southlake Scene!

The most recent edition of the Southlake Scene is now available online to Documenthelp plan your family’s activities in the city! From Youth Camps and sports, to the Monster Mash, the Southlake Scene has all your need-to-know information on all of Southlake’s major up-coming events.

In addition, registration for Team Sports, Youth/Adult Camps, and all other programs is open to the public. Don’t forget to sign up as soon as possible, as available spots can fill up quickly!

Planning your own big event? Facility rental information is also included in the Southlake Scene for your convenience.

For registration, all this information and more, Check it out here, The Southlake Scene!

For more information go to www.SouthlakeParksandRec.com or Call (817) 748-8019

 

Southlake Hosts Youth Lacrosse Camp!

Southlake is offering Lacrosse as part of their Youth Camp recreation programs. Sign your child ages 8-15 up for Southlake’s Youth Lacrosse camp today!

The camp is tailored especially to those interested in exploring the sport of lacrosse, as no previous experience is required. Students will learn the basic techniques of playing the game, a clear understanding of the rules as well as the valuable team building skills needed play at the recreational level.

To sign up, and for more information, call (817) 748-8019
or go to SouthlakeParksandRec.com

Teen Programs and Camps offered this Summer

School’s out for the summer! Now what? Here is a list of all the programs and camp that the City of Southlake Parks and Recreation department offers for teens.

Teen Scene (Ages 12-15): Join our family friendly staff as they take your teenager to some of the most fun and interesting places DFW has to offer. We will meet at Durham Intermediate School where we can shoot hoops, play cards or just hang out and meet new friends before heading out for the day. Only limited weeks are available. 

Leadership Development Workshop (Ages  15-22): The leadership development workshop is targeted towards assisting our youth in gaining exposure to principles in leadership, understanding styles of influence and building trust. Through a highly interactive format this workshop supports a more prepared transition into: interviews and internships, leading and participating in group projects, creating and portraying a positive image, and preparing for attending college. Please note the dress is business casual.

If you are interested in signing your teen up any of these programs, you can register online or at the Parks and Recreation office located at 1400 Main St, Suite 210.

For more information please contact (817) 748-8019 or visit www.SouthlakeParksandRec.com

Join Us For Youth Summer Programs in Southlake

There are so many fun and new programs, for both girls and boys, available in Southlake this summer. From designing and making your own make-up to building your own video games! Don’t miss out and sign up fast before the classes fill up.

Adventures in Art Camp (Ages 6-13): Finally an art camp that teaches fine art and creative thinking, not simple crafts. Your artist will create 8 masterpieces using oil, watercolor and acrylics while learning, fine art principles and color theory. Subjects include land and seascapes, still lifes, florals and animals. All supplies furnished. Wear an old t-shirt and bring paper towels and a snack.

Glamour Girls (Ages 6-12): Spend a week creating your own beauty products! You will learn to make your own lip balm, nail polish, fancy soap, bath bombs and more. Students will create their own specialized shades and scents, even adding glitter. Students will also learn three creative nail polish techniques

Pre-Engineering: Minecraft, Build Using Lego (Ages 5-7): Bring Minecraft to life using tens of thousands of LEGO®! Build engineer-designed projects such as a motorized Creeper, a portal to the Nether, and a moving Minecraft! Create your favorite Minecraft objects with the guidance of an experienced Play-Well instructor. Whether you are new to Miinecraft and LEGO or a seasoned veteran, you’ll be hooked on the endless creative possibilities.

Engineering Funamentals: Minecraft, Build Using Lego (Ages 8-12):  Bring Minecraft to life using LEGO! Build a motorized walking Creeper, a terrifying Ghast, and a motorized Minecraft! This project-based camp, designed by Play-Well instructors, combines the basic format of our core engineering-themed programs based on the world of Minecraft. Students will explore real-world concepts in physics, engineering, and architecture while building their favorite Minecraft objects. Students will have a blast, even without any prior experience with Minecraft or LEGO.

Jedi Engineering With Lego (Ages 5-7): Young Jedi will explore worlds far, far away and engineering principles right in front of them. Defeat the Empire by designing and refining LEGO® X-Wings, R2-units, and settlements on far-flung edges of the galaxy. Imagination and engineering combine to create motorized and architectural projects such as energy catapults, shield generators and defense turrets.

Jedi Master Engineering With Lego (Ages 8-12): The Force Awakens in this advanced engineering course for young Jedi! Discover key engineering concepts such as gear trains, worm drives, pneumatics, and eccentric motion. Build LEGO XWings, AT-AT walkers, Pod Racers, Star Destroyers, Cloud Cities, Settlements, Fortresses, and other complex machines and structures from a galaxy far, far away.

Stop and Go Animation (Ages 7-14): Focused around the popular LEGO piece sets and characters, students are shown the proper way to capture their still images and how to maintain organization to make the film editing easy and straightforward. At the end of the course, students will have a master edit uploaded to our Youtube channel to share with friends and family.

Minecraft Architects (Ages 8-14): Minecraft Architects presents students with different construction challenges and students must plan, design, and construct buildings meeting specific guidelines. Through experimenting and working together, students will develop skills in creative thinking, math, geometry and team building.

Animation (Ages 10-17): In this class students will learn the basics of animation and digital design. Students who enjoy going to various sites to see fun interactive animations will love this course. This class will utilize Adobe’s award winning animation software in Adobe Flash. Students will create fun interactive animations that they can share with the world.

Video Game Design (Ages 10-17): This course provides students with a fun, interactive look at the world of video game design and development. Students enrolled in this camp will learn the basics of video game design and produce several different interactive video games to share with their friends and family.

iVideo Game Design (Ages 6-10):Want to create video games? This is an introductory course for younger students who want to learn to build simple video games. This course combines the art of video game design and animation to create interactive characters that fly around the screen. Amaze your friends and family with your fun interactive games.

Beginner Guitar Lessons (Ages 7+): Learn to play the guitar from a professional guitar instructor at your own pace. This class will teach you the basic chords hand positions, picking, and much more. Students will be given an opportunity to perform at the quarterly local concert events. Participants must bring their own guitar.

If you are interested in signing your child up for any of these programs, you can register online or at the Parks and Recreation office located at 1400 Main St, Suite 210.

For more information please contact (817) 748-8019 or visit www.SouthlakeParksandRec.com.

Holiday Camp Mania returns this November and December!

The City offers Holiday Camp Mania during traditional breaks from school for kids. Join the City during this Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years for fun, friends and excitement. The first week of camp will begin Monday, November 23rd. All camps will be held from 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM with after care offered at no additional cost from 7:30 – 9:00 AM and 4:30 6:30 PM.

Here is the full Holiday Camp Mania schedule:

Thanksgiving: Monday, November 23 – Wednesday, November 25

Winter: Monday, December 21 – Wednesday, December 23

New Year’s: Monday, December 28 – Thursday, December 31

Children are invited to have fun and meet new friends in a safe environment during their time off from school. Holiday Break Camp Mania will offer games, crafts, movies, field trips and much more!

Children must be ages 5 – 11 as of September 1, 2015 and must currently be enrolled in Kindergarten.

Click here for more information and to register.

You can register your child online or at the Community Services office located at 1400 Main St, Suite 210. Please contact 817.748.8019 if you would like more information.