YMCA summer camps keep youth moving, learning and exploring

  • Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Provided The YMCA offers a host of fun summer camps and activities.

The Summerville Family YMCA is offering all-day camp to give kids and teens in Summerville an adventurous, active and healthy summer.

YMCA camp programs offer youth fun and unique experiences with an opportunity to explore the outdoors, meet new friends, discover new interests and create memories that last a lifetime.

Summer is the ideal time for kids to get up, get out and explore. But for some kids, summer means no access to recreational and educational activities. As a result, some kids can experience learning loss and gain weight twice as fast than during the school year. Attending Summerville Family YMCA summer camp is a wonderful opportunity for kids to keep their minds and bodies active.

“YMCA summer camp supports the social-emotional, cognitive development and physical well-being of kids,” says Hayden Smith, Summer Camp Director at YMCA at The Ponds. “In our All-Day Camp Discovery, kids are in a welcoming environment where they can belong, build relationships, develop character and achieve – discovering their potential. We really encourage parents to give their kids the gift of camp so that every child can benefit from the experience.”

Smith says there are five reasons why children and teens should attend summer camp: • Adventure: Summer camp is all about a wide variety of fun adventures and new experiences, and especially exploring the outdoors. YMCA camps have a new adventure for every child and teen. Visit www.summervilleymca.org/camp for details.

• Healthy Fun: Day and resident camps offer fun, stimulating activities that engage the body and mind, and also help children and teens learn the importance of nutrition to help improve their healthy eating habits.

• Personal Growth: While being away from the routine back home, youth have a chance to learn new skills, and develop confidence and independence by taking on new responsibilities and challenges. Camps offer cognitive learning and social-emotional development opportunities for achievement.

• New Friendships: Amidst the fun of camp games, songs, swimming, canoeing and talent shows, campers meet new friends and strengthen existing friendships. The relationships formed at camp are important and lasting for many youth.

• Memories: Summer camp is an unforgettable experience that will give each camper memories (and camp traditions) that will last a lifetime. Youth return to school with plenty of camp stories to share!

The Summerville Family YMCA offers: All-Day Camps, Sports Camps, Specialty Camps, Overnight Camps and more all starting June 4. And, to ensure that all youth have the chance to experience camp, the Summerville Family YMCA offers financial assistance to those in need.

Visit www.summervilleymca.org/camp or contact YMCA @ The Ponds Camp Director, Hayden Smith at 771-2934 or Oakbrook YMCA Camp Director, Andrea Dorman at 871-5011.

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