There are very few simple statements that can cause a wide range of emotions in people - joy, excitement, dread, stress. Try this one - summer is coming. For kids, it's a break from the everyday routine of school, teachers and homework. For parents that work, it can mean the headache of juggling activities, work and babysitters. Or, if you are a stay-at-home parent, finding activities to entertain the kids for the extra hours in the day. There is a solution to the hectic juggling and the mid-summer "I'm bored" - summer camp! Harry Smith, of CBS' Early Show , writes, "Was it the best experience he ever had? Well something like it. The kids clearly enjoyed their freedom, the camaraderie. And I think more than anything else, the sense that this is their experience. It's not the world through their parents filter, it's camp. And often, the friends you make there and the confidence you gain last a lifetime."
The Y130 program, a division of the YMCA, is offering summer camps for children from age 2 up to age 15 this year. For the first time, they will have a Pre-K camp that will explore everything from the Artic to Outer Space, learning how to cook some simple lunches, and meeting local community heros and animals. Field trips include a trip to a farm and to Wal-mart to buy supplies for our Chef Y130 camp.
White Oak Campgrounds will be buzzing with the sounds of the 5-10 year old campers throughout the summer. Campers will have fun swimming, crafting and building friendships. Field trips are planned for fishing, sporting events and more.
Another exciting addition to the Y130 Summer line-up is "TeenUP!". Building on the momentum of the successful Mission: McDuffie that takes place through community churches every year, the Y130's goal is to involve teens in their community, to make them realize that they have the power to make Thomson thrive for them if they work for it.
Anyone that attends all the sessions of TeenUP! will get a certificate for 80 hours of Community Service - perfect for those college applications! Projects include beautifying downtown with art installations, financial literacy programs and more. Field trips and character building exercises will expand horizons this summer for the teens as well.
Michael Eisner, of Disney fame, credits summer camp with teaching him leadership skills that served him into adulthood and his career. The Y130 wants to make this type of experience possible for all children in the McDuffie County and surrounding areas and to do so, they provide scholarships to attend camps and programs throughout the year. In addition, government programs this year will further reduce the cost of camps for those that qualify. More information is available to anyone that needs assistance.
Ten million kids a year go to summer camp - will your child be one of them?