Painesville – Lake County YMCA, currently enjoying its 150th year of serving the Lake County community to learn, grow and thrive, has as one of its goals to have families come together to spend quality time with each other.
Elsa Hennies, youth development director, said that activities are heating up for the annual Pinewood Derby at 5:30 pm on February 25 at the Central Y, 33 Mentor Ave., Painesville. Anyone age 6 and up may enter a special racecar made from a block of wood. Participants may pick up a racecar kit, consisting of the wood block, 4 axels and 4 wheels. Design and paint are then up to them within certain requirements.
Before the Derby, each car is presented for inspection and weighed in. Then it is every driver for him or herself, backed by an enthusiastic cadre of friends and relatives.
The YMCA has a special two-lane track for the heats, which are run by age classes, until a final winner is identified. One year the final heat was between a father and son, but a girl was right behind.
Hennies said cost is $10 for members and $15 for non-members. Cheering section members pay $3.
There will be plenty of prizes, medals and pizza.
Hennies suggested contestants register on the website or at 440-352-3303 by February 22 to give time to work on cars.
Hennies said these are just two of the many activities at the branches of the Lake County YMCA including classes, programs, health activities and many more. Actually, one in five Lake County families are involved in the myriad programs and activities.
With summer just around the corner, The YMCA has a series of excellent summer camps and resident camps beginning May 29 and continuing through August 11. The summer camp creates an environment where campers can be themselves. There are four levels – Kindergarten 5 and up; Pioneers entering first and second grade; Adventurers entering third and fourth grade; Challengers entering fifth and sixth grades; and teen camp for 4, 5, and 6 graders. All offer programming focusing on the YMCA core values of honesty, caring, respect and responsibility. For more information, including dates, content, locations and costs, visit the website.
Hennies added that they are hiring staff for the camps by Febr. 24. Applicants must be 18 years of age. Experience is not a requirement. Jobs are full-time at 40 hours a week.