YMCA Summer Camps Keep Youth Moving, Learning and Exploring
Dane County, March 2015 – This summer, the YMCA summer camp programs are offering kids an enriching, learning experience to help them get more out of summer break – more friendships, more accomplishments and more belonging. Through a mix of fun and educational activities aimed at improving well-being, kids will experience new adventures, learn and master new skills, share and trade interests with friends, exchanging plenty of high-fives along the way.
Nearly 50 percent of U.S. parents say technological distractions, such as television, cell phones or video games make it difficult to maintain a healthy lifestyle for their children, according to the latest findings of the YMCA’s Family Health Snapshot, a survey that gauges children’s activity levels during the school year. With more free time in summer, ensuring that kids practice healthy habits could be a greater challenge. The Y encourages parents to help their kids unplug from technology and explore all the Y’s summer camps have to offer.
“With school out during the summer, many kids don’t get enough physical activity or learning—a critical gap the Y is addressing,” says Carrie Wall, President & CEO, YMCA of Dane County. “In our summer camps, kids are in a safe environment with nurturing adults where they feel welcome, develop character and explore new talents and interests to reach their potential. We want to ensure that kids in our camp program go home with so much excitement for all they’ve accomplished and enjoyed that they can’t wait to come back the next day.”
The Y’s summer camp activities focus on impacting the social-emotional, cognitive and physical development of all kids and offer a variety of activities ranging from arts & crafts, cooking, literacy, science, swimming, character development and non-stop summer fun!
When kids are out of school, they can face hurdles that prevent them from reaching their full potential, related to hunger, water safety, academics, safe spaces to play, and health. Through summer camp and other youth development programs, the Y helps over 8000 youth achieve more, providing a safe to place to learn, stay healthy and build friendships.
The YMCA of Dane County offers: Discovery Day Camp, Club Wannago, Sports Day Camp and Summer Day Camp. To ensure that all youth have the chance to experience camp, the Y offers financial assistance to those who qualify. To learn more about the YMCA of Dane County’s camp programs, visit any one of our 3 branches or our website at ymcadanecounty.org