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Celebrate National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

September: National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month


September has been my favorite month of the year for as long as I can remember. I love the unpredictable weather that brings in the fall colors, I get to celebrate my wedding anniversery, looking back over our summer program and realizing just how many kids, families and patrons we were able to serve makes my heart happy & best of all - it's vacation time! This year, I have one more great thing to celebrate - healthy kids!

I am a mom of a 2 and 4 year old. Dispite my best efforts they both crave goldfish crackers, fruit snacks, jelly beans and marshmallows. As I watch my daughter pop handfuls of crispy, salty, fun-shaped carbs into her little mouth I wonder how she can so easily navigate around the raisins and the multi-grain cereal also in the cup. My son did a primal yelp and fist pump over a small bag of cheese puffs his aunt gave him this weekend. After dinner he picked this 'treat' for dessert while I dished up sliced apples and greek yogurt for mine. Three puffs in he stops. "Mama, I have an idea. I will give you my dessert and then I can have yours." My faith in my parenting skill swoops back in with this tiny victory.

It's a tough job looking out for the kids in our lives - family members, students, friends and/or participants. As we all struggle together to win the battle of Broccoli vs The Great Gummy Bear I am glad to see the health and wellness of our children get the spotlight during this beautiful month. The time is now! Make a list, talk with your kids, sign up for a class, or just go for a walk. Take a minute to take a small action... and hope it will lead to a bigger victory down the road.


Find Out More About Childhood Obesity:


Get Out & Play at SWCC!

SWCC has fitness and fun waiting at the ready for the young, and the young at heart. We have a bushel of brand new programs and classes that can help break a sweat, bust a move, stretch our bodies or test our limits. Look for the Jump Start Icon by the activities in our catalog and know that each program is designed to inspire even the youngest children to eat well, learn about their bodies or be active!

We Want to Hear From You!

Introducing the Camp Counselor Allstar Award! We had 93 energetic and lively camp staff supporting programs this summer and we need your help choosing the best of the best! Click here to nominate that special counselor and take a quick survey. Your feedback is invaluable – we want to offer the programs that you want! We are accepting nominations through September.

Thank you for being a part of SWCC Summer Camps 2013! We had a blast this Summer and put together a 2013 yearbook with some of our best shots of each of the camps! Everyone can view the book, if you have a Shutterfly account you can use this link to save the yearbook to your own page. Feel free to post and share!

All the best,

~Laure Butera, PreschoolCampManager

~Craig Ward, YouthCampManager

~Jamie Sandness, Sports Camp & Jr Leader Manager

Click here to take survey 


Sports Madness - EPIC Game of Legends & Dodgeball

Sports Madness & Sports Specialty Volleyball Camp joined forces today for an EPIC game of Dodgeball set to the soundtrack from Inception. Teams of two attempted to successfully navigate the Legends Maze.


Thank You Jr Leaders!

SWCC is so thankful to have an amazing team of Jr Leaders that volunteer in our camp programs! 140 Youth ages 12-16 donated more than 6,000 hours of time to keep the smiles coming in camps so far this summer! We thank you!!!

Top 5 reasons Jr Leaders are AWESOME:

  • Sing silly songs, tell stories and create memorable moments for campers.
  • Help prepare for the day, get activities ready and wrap up the clean up.
  • Look out for campers, get to know them and help them be good friends.
  • Great energy! Play (and play and play) games with campers!
  • Campers LOVE to spend time with Jr Leaders!

Jr Leaders - Please join us for the SWCC Jr Leader Celebration on Wednesday, August 21 7-9pm! RSVP to


SWCC Jr Leader Home Page