Do you remember your best summer ever? Did you stay all day with your friends at the local pool? Did you head to the local park and play basketball? Or was your best summer when you discovered your favorite literary heroes and followed their adventures from the comfort of your own backyard? For most, your best summer ever was probably a combination of all of these - some exploration, activity and education.
Summer is the ideal time to get children out and exploring but for some, the end of the school year means no access to recreational and educational activities to help them learn, grow and thrive. Studies show that children can experience learning loss and even gain weight twice as fast than during the school year. For parents and caregivers looking to keep their children’s minds and bodies active, the YMCA of Central Kentucky has once again, partnered with White, Greer and Maggard Orthodontics to offer summer camps to give youth an adventurous, active and healthy summer.
YMCA camp programs offer a unique experience that gives children the opportunity to have their best summer ever - by meeting new friends, exploring nature, discovering new interests, being physically active and creating memories that last a lifetime.
Summer Day Camp has been a long-established YMCA program, encompassing many skill areas such as environmental education, leadership, team building, character development and sportsmanship. Weekly activities will include field trips and swimming, as well as an opportunity to participate in a variety of outdoor and indoor activities. At YMCA Summer Day Camp, each day is a new journey! With the careful guidance of our trained staff, campers’ eyes are opened to an exciting summer! They learn core values that will last forever. They explore. They grow. They have fun. And isn’t that what being a kid is all about?
“Attending camp is one of the most rewarding childhood experiences”
said YMCA of Central Kentucky’s Vice President of Youth Development, Jessica Berry. “This collaboration with White, Greer and Maggard Orthodontics brings together the expertise of two organizations that are committed to youth engagement and development. Their gift helps us to ensure that all youth have the chance to experience camp. Together, we are building a better us. Dr. White even joins our campers sometimes to play gaga ball, fish for crawdads and engage with today’s youth!”
Berry says there are five reasons why children and teens should attend summer camp:
1. Adventure: Summer camp is all about a wide variety of new experiences and exploring the outdoors. YMCA camps have a new adventure for every child and teen. Visit ymcacky.org/camp for details.
2. Healthy Fun: Day 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.
3. Personal Growth: While in the welcoming environment of camp, 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.
4. Friendships: Amidst the fun of camp games, songs, swimming and talent shows, campers meet new friends and strengthen existing friendships. The bonds formed at camp are important and lasting for many youth.
5. 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!
To ensure that all youth have the chance to experience camp, financial assistance is available. If you’re interested in helping send kids to camp this summer, you can donate to the Y at ymcacky.org/camp.
A leading nonprofit committed to nurturing the potential of youth, the Y has been a leader in providing summer camp for over 130 years. The YMCA of Central Kentucky continues to give youth an enriching, safe experience with caring staff and volunteers who model positive values that help build their kids’ character.
Registration for the upcoming camp season is open and the YMCA of Central Kentucky encourages parents to give their kids the gift of camp.
For more information about YMCA of Central Kentucky summer day camps, visit ymcacky.org/camp or visit your nearest Y.
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