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Old 04-26-2015, 03:08 PM
Location: Colorado Springs
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I will be relocating to CS in late June, having bought a house in Briargate. The schools here in the East get out in late June, which does not coincide with Colorado's.

Here in the East, most neighborhoods, including ours, have a swimming pool, and my kids have been on the swim team for the last few years (they're twins turning 13 this summer).

So I am sort of wondering how I can keep them busy this summer with activities. They won't really meet any new kids until school starts back up, so I am hoping to get some advice from the locals on activities for the summer. I guess 2 months won't kill them, but it would be nice to keep them occupied with something, and meeting some friends before school resumes.

They kinda got burned out on scouting - they thought it was lame and nerdy, at least back East here. Maybe Colorado is different.

Thanks for any help.

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Old 04-26-2015, 04:50 PM
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There are pools with open swim times - since they like swimming you can get in on that and don't have to worry about team/league start/end dates. I think once you get here if you pay attention to the newspaper you'll find lots of things for them to do.
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Old 04-26-2015, 05:08 PM
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Places near Briargate with pools are the YMCAs, LifeTime Fitness (which has a "summer camp" program for kids), Villa Sport, and perhaps some private clubs or community centers that I'm not familiar with.
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Old 04-26-2015, 06:03 PM
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The city parks department runs a bunch of recreational facilities and programs for both kids and adults, including swimming pools:


If your kids are interested in ice skating, the city-owned Sertich rink has the most programs aimed at recreational skaters, but the rink in Monument has learn-to-skate too and is probably a lot more convenient to Briargate:

Colorado Sports and Events Center
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Old 04-26-2015, 09:09 PM
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Your neighborhood might also be crawling with kids.

As for scouting, Colorado is perfectly situated for it. There are different troops that cater to different interests. I understand that several of the troops here are more about climbing fourteeners than about picking up trash.

My kids are younger, and I have to admit I've found cub scouts to be a little tedious, but we're looking forward to joining a more high adventure BS troop.
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Old 04-27-2015, 07:35 AM
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Scouting has changed a lot over the years but a good troop leader makes a world of difference. Have you ever looked at the original 1911 boy scout manual? Reprints are on Amazon.com. The things they did back then are pretty amazing. A lot of it we wouldn't do today for various reasons (for example, the fireman's badge - they had to learn how to run into burning buildings to save people trapped inside) - but there are some things we can adapt and get good ideas for today, in the scouts or not....
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Old 04-28-2015, 10:50 AM
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
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I'd encourage your kids to give Scouts another try. [Full disclosure....I've been a Scout Leader for over 20 years, and a Scoutmaster since 2002.]

What might have seemed lame back East might be a little different here. My Scouts have white water rafted, backpacked (Summer and Winter), climbed mountains, and we've visited over 30 National Parks and Monuments. We've done things that I could never have imagined when I was a Scout years ago in New Jersey.

If you move here in June, you might be able to find a Troop with vacancies for Summer Camp (the local Camp Alexander is a great setting), which could be a chance for them to make some friends before waiting for school to start up.
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