In the past several years, many of my friends have joined the Mays Chapel Swim Club, off of Padonia Road.
With a membership of 450 families, it is apparently the place to be in the summer and for the past five years, there has been a wait list to join. I thought it had been around for some time but as it turns out, Mays Chapel Swim Club opened only seven years ago. When I stopped by last week, the managers were preparing for movie night, which occurs twice every summer and shows a family-friendly movie on a huge outdoor screen. In addition to movie night, the swim club provides members with a teen night, Fourth of July celebration with games, as well as a couple adult nights, with live music for the over-21 crowd.
According to one of the owners, David Watts, Mays Chapel Swim Club "provides 101 days of summer fun for the same price as a weekend at the beach." He and his two brothers, Rick and Allen, employ more than 50 lifeguards and staff and they are open seven days a week. David explained that the Watts family business, DRD Pools has been in the pool management business in the Baltimore metro area since 1965. The business was started by their father, Dick Watts. David is proud that their company employs more than 1,500 young people in the community each summer.
The facilities are extensive: they have four different pools: a competition pool, an activity pool with a water slide, a pool designated for toddlers and an adult pool. There are tennis and basketball courts, and a snack bar. My kids are always glad when friends invite them to swim at Mays Chapel, not only because of the amenities, but because they are bound to know kids from the area which keeps them busy for hours.
Earlier this summer, the Church of the Resurrection, near Kelly Avenue, ran a Vacation Bible School Camp for one week only for children 3 to 11. Camp Director Clair Trainor said that the camp started four years ago with less than 20 children and this summer, they had close to 80 children enrolled with 20-plus teen helpers. Ms. Trainor has been the ResKidz children's ministry director of the church since November of 2009, when they bought the location that formerly housed the United Methodist Church. The camp attracts children from all over the Baltimore area and more information can be found on their website Resbalt.org.