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YMCA offers summer programs for kids

 


When the final bell of the school year rings, children run home, eagerly anticipating the freedom of summer. A week (sometimes even days) later, parents hear the dreaded two-word phrase: “I’m bored.”

Parents need not fear as the YMCA of Snohomish County is making sure that local children have their best summer ever by offering a wide variety of programs and activities that stimulate both mind and body.

“It’s important for children to have an outlet to play and learn throughout the summer,” said Scott Washburn, president and CEO, YMCA of Snohomish County. “From summer camp to swim lessons, the Y supports all children in the community and helps them discover their potential."

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

A wide range of summer programs are available for campers ranging in age from preschool through high school. Camp offerings vary by branch and prices vary by camp.

Ready, Set, Go! camp focuses on educational enrichment and social skills, getting younger children ready for the school year.

The YMCA offers full-day licensed enrichment programming and care for school-age children during summer months. Activities include crafts, games, sports, swimming, and weekly field trips.

A variety of mini camps provide younger campers with social interaction, hands-on activities, exploration and fun.

Sky-Y camp provides campers an outdoor day camp experience held at Hole in the Sky Park.

The Y partners with experts to provide a number of exciting specialty camps: art, theatre, jump rope, cooking, science, and magic.

Other specialty camps include horseback riding, skateboarding, and sports camps.

During teen camps, youth will join friends and ride, slide, explore, and climb their way through summer.

Xtreme Adventures overnight camping trips provide a week of fun with opportunities for hiking, river rafting, surfing, horseback riding, and outdoor camping.

Here 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 http://www.ymca-snoco.org/camp for details.

2. Healthy Fun: Day and overnight 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, canoeing 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.

For more information on YMCA of Snohomish County summer programs or to reserve your space online, please visit the website at ymca-snoco.org/camp or contact the Marysville YMCA family branch at 360 653 9622.

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