YONGSAN GARRISON, Republic of Korea - With our July Fourth celebration just around the corner, it's time to talk more in-depth about summer activities on and around Yongsan.

People who say they have nothing to do in their spare time definitely need to read this commentary - there are so many choices, some would argue too many choices!

Besides the slew of events we have to celebrate Independence Day, there's more ... much more. We've got bowling, putt-putt golf, batting cages, music and theater, library summer reading programs, arts and crafts classes at premiere facilities on South Post and K-16 Air Base - just to name a few.

Our Seongnam 18-hole golf course is one of the nicest in the Army, and our pools offer a refreshing break from the normal hustle and bustle on post. Our Community Connection magazine lists endless activities for the entire month of July, so I ask you to pick up a copy and map out your leisure time for the first full month of summer.

Travel plans could include a white water rafting tour, a day-trip sightseeing on the Yellow Sea, or a night touring Seoul city. Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation offers tours through our Community Activity Centers at Moyer and K-16 Air Base, and the Seoul USO offers additional tours in Korea, as well as throughout Asia.

Yongsan's Child and Youth Services program offers summer activities for youth of all ages with the Camp Adventure program, a vibrant 10-week program sponsored by the University of Northern Iowa.

Additionally, our Yongsan youth sports programs include a wide variety of options for most ages throughout the summer.

Finally, the Yongsan Better Opportunities for Single and Unaccompanied Soldiers program is one of the best in the Army, and sponsors trips and activities. I encourage you to participate, and know BOSS has some great plans for this summer.

Remember, your tour in Korea will go by quickly, and you need to take advantage of the great community and travel opportunities we offer. A good friend who is departing Korea this week shared with me his regret that he hadn't fully taken advantage of the programs we offer nor had he travelled while in Korea. Don't make the same mistake!