Programming keeps kids moving, exploring and learning
Wilmington De, April 10 2018 – The “best summer ever” is right around the corner and the YMCA of Delaware is offering day camp to make sure kids and teens throughout the state of Delaware are adventurous, active and healthy this 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. Day Camps are offered statewide at YMCA locations in Wilmington, Bear, Middletown, Newark, Dover and Rehoboth.
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 to help them learn, grow and thrive during out-of-school time. As a result, some kids can experience learning loss and gain weight twice as fast than during the school year. Attending YMCA summer camp is a wonderful opportunity for kids to keep their minds and bodies active.
“Summer camp is an excellent way to ensure kids stay engaged socially, physically, and academically throughout the summer,” says Courtney Hoy, Senior Child Development Director at the Bear-Glasgow YMCA. “In all of our camps throughout Delaware, kids are in a welcoming environment where they can belong; they’re building relationships, developing character and discovering their potential. We really encourage parents to give their kids the gift of camp to keep them active and engaged all summer long.”
Hoy says there are five reasons why children and teens should attend summer camp:
- 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 www.ymcade.org 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 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.
- FRIENDSHIPS: Amidst the fun of camp games, songs, swimming, canoeing and talent shows, campers meet new friends and strengthen existing friendships. The bonds 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 YMCA of Delaware offers: Kindergarten through 10th Grade Programs: And, to ensure that all youth have the chance to experience camp, the YMCA offers financial assistance to those in need. In 2017, 1,126 children were able to attend Summer Camp and After School Care thanks to financial assistance. If you’re interested in helping send kids to camp this summer, you can donate to the Y at www.ymcade.org
A leading nonprofit committed to nurturing the potential of youth, the Y has been a leader in providing summer camp for over 131 years. YMCA Camps continue to give youth an enriching, safe experience with caring staff and volunteers who model positive values that help build their kids’ character.
For more information about summer camp at the YMCA, visit www.ysummercamp.org or contact Courtney Hoy at [email protected].
About the YMCA of Delaware
The YMCA of Delaware is Delaware’s largest non-profit organization committed to strengthening the citizens of Delaware through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. With seven branches statewide, a youth resource center, and an overnight camp and conference center in Worton, Maryland, the Y has developed long-standing relationships and a physical presence in Delaware so it can deliver lasting personal and social change. We are committed to serving everyone – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of every child and teen, improve Delaware’s health and wellbeing and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. www.ymcade.org.