”Camps-a-Cooking” was the theme for the recent Girl Scout Day Camp at Camp Butternut Springs in rural Valparaiso. Over 110 Daisy, Brownie, Junior, and Cadette Girl Scouts from Valparaiso and surrounding communities spent a week learning how to cook their lunch over a campfire, as well as typical camp activities such as hiking, fishing, archery, canoeing, singing, crafts, and making new friends. Forty adult volunteers were also at camp during the week to help the girls have a safe and fun week.
Troop 30148, 4th and 5th grade Junior Girl Scouts from Parkview Elementary have spent this year working toward completion of the Bronze Award. One June 4th they earned their Bronze Award by cleaning upgrading Brownie Land at Girl Scout Camp Butternut Springs. Each girl spent more than 20 hours planning, securing supplies, and working on Brownie Land, including building custom benches for the area.
The Gary SouthShore RailCats and the Northwest Indiana McDonald’s Owner/Operators have teamed up to bring special Sunday ticket vouchers on McDonald’s Family Sundays along with a special first pitch opportunity every Sunday.
One of the region’s largest canine friendly events took place this past Saturday, Lakeshore Paws 6 th annual Pup Crawl fundraising event. And it was a pup paradise! So many new scents, new friends, plastic pools of water for puppy playtime and cool downs, a puppy photo booth, and a parade to show off downtown!
The Whiting-Robertsdale Chamber of Commerce and the city of Whiting joined forces to put on a special Superhero Saturday. Captain America, Thor, Iron Man and Spider-Man were the stars of the show on 119th Street.
With every holiday comes family traditions and for many families of Northwest Indiana, the Necktie 5K has become a Father’s Day affair. Centered around a necktie theme, participants are asked to sport their favorite tie along with all their running gear.
Inspired by a Mother’s Day sermon over 100 years ago, Sonora Louis Smart Dodd wondered why there was no similar holiday for fathers. One of six children, Dodd’s father was a single father and she felt he and others deserved to be honored. After securing support from ministers in Spokane, Wash., her idea came to fruition with the first Father's Day celebration at the Spokane YMCA on June 19, 1910. Many years passed before the day became a national holiday, but today we use the day to honor the fathers and father figures in our lives.
Sign your kids up now so they can join the fun too! The Duneland Y kicked off its summer day camp program, Camp Shorwau, on Monday June 6th. The camp has already started to engage the children in learning opportunities, sports and confidence-building to ensure that this is the best summer of their lives! Camp Shorwau offers children a way to make lasting friendships, gain confidence and try new experiences all within the safe comforting environment of the Duneland Family YMCA. Campers go on fieldtrips such as Lakeland Park, Medieval Times, Silver Beach, Potawatomi Zoo and more! The children also participate in activities such as gardening, cooking, acting, reading as well as sports so that they can have fun and learn new skills!