October has FALLen

Here we go! The beauty of Fall is upon us and we are so fortunate on Bowen to witness nature’s cycle in full spectrum, experience the clean, crisp smells first-hand and cozy up on rainy nights on our little island in the sea. But what’s the best part of Fall? Community Recreation has plenty of program/class options for you and your family to resist the urge to “Fall” off your health and wellness routine!

Let’s Get the Monsters Mashing!

A couple of years ago, Community Recreation set out to add some Spooktacular, active fun for kids to the already epic Halloween festivities on Bowen. So, we dreamt up “Spooky Trails” (2017 & 2018), a fun evening where Grades 2-5 toured the trails around the school that were hauntedly transformed into a graveyard, a human trap, flying ghosts and a gigantic spider web; followed by a story-telling of Bowen’s own spooky stories; and ending with a visit to a mad scientist’s laboratory. The amazing and talented Helen Wallwork and Jared Brown joined us in making the evening both authentic, professional and fun!

This year we have taken a new route and are presenting a Monster Mash Halloween Dance on Thursday, Oct 24 in the BICS Gym that will surely spook the socks off the Grades 5, 6, & 7s! Dancers are encouraged to come in costume, community members who are NOT parents of the dancers will help chaperone the evening and fun and (fake) blood will likely be abundant by-products!!! If you are interested in helping decorate or want to volunteer to chaperone, we would love to hear from you!

Register your Grade 5, 6, 7 child(ren) now here!

Halloween Party Ideas to Keep Kids Moving

Ask a handful of people what their favourite part of Halloween is, and you will get a handful of answers. For those who say the “Halloween Parties for the Kids”, Active for Life has come up with some great ideas for kids’ parties to get the little ghosts and gobblins moving. 

Visit here for some fun, imaginative and energetic ideas to get the blood pumping at this creative time of year!

Explaining Health & Physical Literacy to Children

The International Physical Literacy Association defines physical literacy as "the motivation, confidence, physical competence, knowledge, and understanding to value and take responsibility for engagement in physical activities for life." The Canadian Center for Disease Control and Prevention defines health literacy as "the degree to which an individual has the capacity to obtain, communicate, process, and understand basic health information and services to make appropriate health decisions." Both of these highly discussed concepts are becoming imperative in a world where healthy activity is declining at a steady pace.

If explaining the concepts of physical and health literacy to your children has you stumped, check out this easy-to-follow video provides a general overview of both terms in order to help children and youth build the ground-level knowledge needed to lead a healthy and active life every day. Next step? Get out and get moving!

Pickleball a Hit with Islanders 55+

On Sunday, September 29th, BICR hosted a special event to encourage island folks over the age of 55 to play some pickleball! We had a great turnout, awarded some high-quality Bowen prizes, and our special guest volunteer mentors made every minute enjoyable and accessible for all of our participants. Thank you to all who attended and made this a memorable day of pickleballing!

This fun, free event was made possible thanks to a grant BICR received from the Give It A Try! program, which is dedicated to increasing community engagement and recreation programming for BC seniors. Give It A Try! is part of a collaboration between BCRPA and the BC Seniors Games Society, and is generously funded by the Province of BC and the Government of Canada.

For those who missed out and would still like to give it a try, BICR runs drop-in pickleball with Sharon Sluggett on Monday evenings from 6:30-8pm in the BICS Gym, for ages 16+. Drop in for $6.50, one Fitness Ticket, or register online for a full session here

Come join us for this great weekly program!

SportMedBC Run Clinics Start in January

Whether you're a runner or a walker, the SportMedBC 10K InTraining program will help you reach your goals in a safe and supportive environment led by Amanda Ockeloen! Designed to prepare you for the Sun Run’s 10K Event in April, this 13-week program will gradually develop your strength and endurance so that you can train injury-free, track your progress, and make the most of Bowen’s amazing running routes and trails. Please note that this year, the program registration fee does not include your registration in the Sun Run - you will need to register separately if you wish to participate.

Register online to book your spot

Click below to register for some of our newly added programs.