Summer Camp is a great way for your child to spend the summer. They spend time outside, soaking up the sun, and playing with friends in a fun, safe environment. Still on the fence? Here are a few reasons you should consider sending your child to summer camp:

They’ll stay physically active

Whether they’re swimming, rock climbing, zip-lining, or testing their skills at archery, we always keep our kids moving at the Y. While Gaga may be a favorite, we also have a number of sports, crafts, and various activities to choose from!

They’ll gain independence

While your child may know some kids at camp, there will be a ton of people they don’t know–from campers to counselors! This is a great opportunity for them to branch and and learn how to handle themselves in a new environment.

They’ll unplug from technology

At our YMCA camps, we have a strict, no technology policy. At our camps, children are encourage to try new activities and makes new friends instead of having their eyes glued to a screen.

They’ll try new things

Each of our summer camp locations offers something different and we’re always implementing new activities. Your child will get the opportunity to try things they never even considered!

They’ll find new mentors

We work diligently to hire the best summer camp staff. Throughout the summer, they will engage with your child, teach them new things, and help them solve problems. Who knows! Maybe your child will want to become a camp counselor some day too!

They’ll become one with nature

We do our best to spend the majority of our days outside. They will have the opportunity to learn more about their surroundings and do various environmental activities.

They’ll get out of their comfort zone

This is especially important for first-time campers. This is a brand new environment, surrounded by kids and adults that they may not know. This is a great exercise for younger kids as it can make them more successful as adults.

They can surpass summer-learning loss

It’s common for children to lose information over their summer vacation. We work hard to keep their brains as active as their bodies, keeping them ready to start the new school year!

Camp builds confidence

Everyday your child will succeed in something new. Whether they finally make it to the top of a rock wall, pass a swimming test, or win a game of four-square–all of these successes build a confident child.

They’ll make lifelong friends

Your child will make lifelong memories at camp. They will share experiences that can only happen at camp. They will laugh, play, and make memories with their new friends that will last a lifetime.