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Camp Rossmoor coming next month

Residents can sign up to take part in wide range of activities during weeklong program

By Mike Wood

Staff writer

Bursts of creativity can happen when you don’t expect them. That’s how the concept of Camp Rossmoor came to be.

A widely encompassing array of Rossmoor activities, with a strong dose of sports and fitness, comes to life the week of Aug. 21 through 25.

It’s the realization of what Fitness Center General Manager Kristine Drinovsky imagined in a creative awakening – literally.

“I woke in the middle of the night with the idea, and then I had to take notes,” she said. “Then I thought, what the heck, why have I not done this before?”

Think of this as a massive camp, like ones that highlight many youngsters’ summers – but for adults that’s within their own community. No bus trip is required. In a community that often has the vibe of summer camp, this crystallizes that sentiment.

“We’re thinking, ‘Why should kids get to have all the fun?’” Drinovsky said.

There’s a significant element of Fitness Center activities and staff involved, but this broad event encompasses several clubs and GRF departments. Those include the Trails Club, Lawn Bowling Club, Recreation, Golf, Pickleball Club and Aquatics.

The plan is for this to be an annual event, with a different mix of clubs each year, Drinovsky said.

The variety of activities is far from limited. There are three sets of hour-long sessions each of the first four days, starting at 10 a.m., 11 a.m. and noon, with three to four options each hour. The fifth and final day, on Friday, Aug. 25, is a celebration and picnic at Dollar Picnic Grounds.

For $20, those who sign up can access all camp activities, a custom-made T-shirt and fun, games and picnic food that Friday.

Sign-ups began July 11 at the Fitness Center. Drinovsky strongly urges early sign-ups, as space is limited.

Sign-ups and registration take place at the Fitness Center front desk. Upon registering, participants are provided with a registration packet to select their activities.

For instance, on Monday, Aug. 21 at 10 a.m., there’s a cooking class with Kelly Berto, senior manager of resident services. Other choices at that time are a nature walk with members of the Trails Club, or basketball fun with Richard Bergstrom, Ash Harrison and Drinovsky of the Fitness Center management team.

Most classes are offered multiple times, so if someone wanted to take circuit training, they could opt for a class at 10 a.m. that Tuesday or that same time two days later.

Most Fitness Center activities will take place in the gymnasium, Drinovsky said. “On Monday, we’re having Yoga for All with Ballu (Singh) in the gymnasium, since that holds more people,” she said.

Fitness-centric activities include circuit training, yoga, kickboxing, barre, Pilates and more. However, the golf putting green, trails around Rossmoor, and the lawn bowling and pickleball courts will also see activities.

For questions about Camp Rossmoor, email Drinovsky at