This week at the pool...

7/2- 7/8/2018

Coming Up: Fourth of July at the Pool

We'll be celebrating Independence Day on Wednesday (7/4) with fun family-friendly activities from 1 p.m.-5 p.m.

We need some adults to help our socials director, Sherri Spritzer, with the crafts and games. Please contact her at to volunteer.

Here's what she has planned so far:

11:00 a.m. – Pool Opens

12:00 noon – July 4th craft in the grassy area – we will be making firework decorations – no explosions! Parent volunteers are definitely needed for this.

1:00 p.m. – Water balloon games in the grassy area. Parent volunteers are needed.

2:00 p.m. – Loose Change Scramble in the pool – we will throw coins into a designated area of the pool. Most coins will be American. Find the foreign coin(s) and win a prize! Keep the American coins you find!

3:00 p.m. - Ice Cream Social – Ice cream/popsicle treats (kosher) for all patrons.

4:00 p.m. – Cannonball Contest – Prizes for the top 3 cannonballers! Parent volunteers needed!

5:00 p.m. – Donut Float Relay in the lap lanes.

6:00 p.m. – Pool closes for the evening so everyone can go watch the fireworks!

The grill will be hot and we'll be selling kosher and non-kosher ice cream treats for $2.00 while they last.

No swim team practice on Wednesday.

Water Aerobics a Hit

We had at least 30 women for our first Water Dance Fitness class in the pool last week (photos below)! The workouts continue MONDAY (7/2) at 7:30 p.m..

Every woman we spoke with was thrilled with the level and variety of exercises, the music, and the energy and enthusiasm generated by our instructor, new pool member Miriam Lasar (photo left).

The classes will continue on the following Mondays, all at 7:30 p.m.:

  • July 9
  • July 16
  • July 23
  • July 30
  • August 6

NO CHARGE to KMSC members.

Nonmembers pay $5 per class at the front desk. But we'll reimburse those payments to any nonmember who subsequently joins the pool!

See the 'Roos Swim at Home This Week!

The weather may have been rainy when our swim team's season began (first photo below), but what's a few raindrops when you're already in the water? Nothing to a Kemp Mill Kangaroo!

The team's ~45 swimmers have been working hard to represent the Kemp Mill Pool well in our community (see photos below), particularly this past week when they've had meets on multiple days in a row, including their annual rollicking Relay Carnival.

They're a small team, but they're tough. And as you can see from the photos, they are learning to swim fast but with precision.

Please come out to the pool and SHOW THEM YOUR SUPPORT at their next home meet, which is THURSDAY, JULY 5 when the Rockville Rays will be in 'Roo waters.

The pool will close to non-team patrons at 4, to give the team's parents time to set up for the meet.

But you can buy some dinner from the Kangaroo Kafe (Ben Yehuda's pizza will be available!) and claim a seat with a good view while you wait for the first relay squads and the 8&Under swimmers to start the meet! And wear light blue to show your spirit!

Photos courtesy Monica Kitts, Alyssa Parness and Amie Wohlfarth.

Sunday Fun on the Green

We've got Giant Kerplunk and Cornhole now among our Yard Games at the Pool!

Our socials director, Sherri Spritzer, is making all the magic happen -- but she could use some helping hands to help set up the games, explain the rules, keep bean bags out of the pool, etc., from 3 p.m.-4:30 p.m. on Sundays (because she's also the person handling our Pizza Nights!).

Just mosey on over to the green at about 3 p.m. or send her an email at to let he know you'll be helping out.

Pool Fun Planned for July

It’s July! Here’s how you can spend all weekend, every weekend at the pool:

Sunday, July 1st – No Pizza Night (Jewish Holiday).

Sunday, July 1st – Raft Night – 5:00 closing.

Wednesday, July 4th - Annual Fourth of July Family Fun Day – 1:00-5:00 p.m. Pool closes at 6:00 p.m. for the holiday. Joins us for crafts and games which may include relay races, diving for washers/quarters, water balloon toss, cannon ball contest and/or others to be determined. Ice cream treats (both kosher and non-kosher) for all while they last. Adult volunteers will be needed to help with crafts and games. Contact Sherri Spritzer at

Sunday July 8th – Yard Games at the Pool - 3:00-4:30 p.m. Come join us for yard games. Games to include Yard Twister, Yardzee, Giant Dominoes, Giant Kerplunk, Cornhole, and other games yet to be determined. Volunteers needed. For more information, contact Sherri Spritzer at

Sunday, July 8th - Pizza Night at the Pool – 5:00-7:00 p.m. Pizza from Ben Yehuda will be available for purchase by the slice or by the pizza while it lasts. Soft drinks will also be available for purchase. Volunteers are needed to pick up the pizza and to help sell it poolside. Please use our Signup Genius to volunteer.

Sunday, July 8th – Raft Night – 5:00 closing.

Sunday July 15th – Yard Games at the Pool - 3:00-4:30 p.m. (see previous description).

Sunday, July 15th - Pizza Night at the Pool – 5:00-7:00 p.m. (see previous description).

Sunday, July 15th – Raft Night – 5:00 closing.

Tuesday, July 17th - Ladies Night - 7:00-10:00 p.m. The pool closes to non-party goers at 8:45 p.m. Cost: $5.00 for pool members, $7.00 for guests. Bring and salad, appetizer or dessert to share. Soft drinks will be provided. Bring your own wine or beer. Door prize raffle. No free coupons accepted. Need at least 15 people to have event. Wanted: 1 or 2 ladies to plan and host this event. Two guest pool passes for the hostess or hostesses. Contact Sherri Spritzer at

Sunday, July 22nd – No Pizza Night at the Pool (Jewish Holiday)

Sunday, July 22nd - Raft Night – 5:00 closing.

Sunday July 29th – Yard Games at the Pool –3:00-4:30 p.m. (see previous description).

Sunday, July 29th - Pizza Night at the Pool – 5:00-7:00 p.m. (see previous description).

Sunday, July 29th – Raft Night – 5:00 closing.

Pool Advice for This Week's Scorcher

It’s going to be VERY hot this week, with temperatures that feel as high as 105 degrees F. Even if you’re cooling off at the pool, you need to take some precautions:

  • Drink LOTS and LOTS of water -- not soda. If you’ve got swimmers on our team, send them to practice and the meet this week with a water bottle!
  • Limit outdoor activities during the hottest time of the day. Come to the pool instead of weed your garden or cut your lawn!
  • Cover up! Wear light-colored and light-weight clothing, including a cover-up while you’re at the pool.
  • Lather sunscreen all over yourself and the kids – even under your cover-ups.
  • Know the symptoms of heat exhaustion, such as heavy sweating, muscle cramps, weakness, headache, nausea or vomiting and dizziness.
  • Warning signs of heat stroke may include an extremely high body temperature, unconsciousness, confusion, hot and dry skin (no sweating), a rapid, strong pulse, and a throbbing headache. If symptoms of heat stroke occur, immediately call for medical assistance from the lifeguards!

About us

Kemp Mill Swim Club is a private pool in the Kemp Mill Estates neighborhood of Wheaton, Md. Inquiries: 240-389-KMSC (5672).

From June 16th through September 2nd we open:

  • Mon.-Thurs., 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  • Friday 12, noon to 9:00 p.m.
  • Sat./Sun., 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

To stay on top of all our events this summer:

Make sure has your email address for the weekly emails!

And join the Kemp Mill Pool group on Facebook.

We also post on Pinterest, Google+, S'more and Instagram, Next Door, and as @KempMillPool on Twitter.

Or just check for our messages in the Twitter feed on the Kemp Mill Swim Club website.

Lounging Dads:

Have you recognized any of the lounging dads? Let us know!

Photos: Mary Crowley, Monica Kitts, Alyssa Parness and Amie Wohlfarth.