As we reached the middle of summer here in Kingston things definitely started to heat up, literally. Last month, temperatures got higher and higher, and didn’t drop for quite awhile. It was great for the teens around here, who seem to be spending a lot, if not all, of their time busy and outside.
Beaches at Indianola and Point No Point have become very popular places to hang out. Sunbathing, bonfires, dock jumping, and going to the country store are definitely all favorites.
Those who aren’t at the beach, have been over at Kingston High School preparing for their first ever sports season. The cheerleading squad practices daily and was spotted performing in the Kingston Fourth of July parade. Right behind them was a group of eager Buccaneers holding different signs to show their support for the anticipated sports and activities.
High school football has also started off. The team has been weight lifting and had a few passing camps for select positions as well. Even without much practice Kingston played a successful “one-hand touch” scrimmage against North Kitsap High School who has been practicing for over a month. Players also said that their new coach is great and very helpful, but at the same time strict and he means business.
Many KHS students have also been enrolling and participating in camps around the county. North Kitsap had various sport camps for volleyball, basketball, sailing, soccer, football, tennis, and many more.
Churches around town also had many camps. One that seems to be quite interesting to the local teens is “Coram Deo” of the Bayside Community Church (Kingston) and Christ Memorial Church (Poulsbo). This camp is held in Wenatchee for students entering sixth grade up to college-aged adults.
Summer may seem all fun and carefree, but everyone has been quite busy so far. When they’re not hanging out with friends or being active in sports, many teens have jobs. If it’s not around the house for parents, KHS students have been spotted everywhere from the Indianola Store, to local coffee shops, grocery stores, and fast food restaurants.
Summertime is also a great time to get community service and volunteer hours in. Local churches and small businesses have been doing fund-raisers and collecting clothing. Relay for Life was also held this summer. Together the community walked around Kingston Middle School’s track for 24 hours straight to raise money for cancer while supporting survivors.
As you can tell, this summer is quite packed with activities for all the teens around here. Let’s hope that the rest of summer is just as fun, and that you are just as excited as I am for the first ever opening of Kingston High School.
Kayla Campbell is a ninth-grader at Kingston High School, participating in soccer, track and volleyball. The Kingston Community News will publish a monthly column written by local teens. Submissions are welcome. Send queries to Editor Rebecca Pirtle, email@example.com.