Kids, Summer and Camp
Like us, we know that many parents of school-aged children are faced with the enormous task of finding safe, engaging, quality care for their children in the summer months. We decided to do a blog post regarding the YMCA Day Camps and are experiences.
The YMCA has a long history of providing camp programs that offer a safe and valuable experience for campers. We purposely chose the YMCA because we loved how they are Christian based and focus on strengthening the community.
We had our kids attend Week’s 2 and 5 this year.
WEEK 2: TOURIST DELIGHT
Week 2 allowed the kids to tour everything that this wonderful state has to offer and experience a variety of activities. They went to Splash Universe, The Michigan Theater, Binder Park Zoo, and Lake Lansing.
WEEK 5: CYCLONE VOYAGERS
Week 5 was an exciting week of riding the wild waves of adventure into many fun and WET activities! This water week took the kids on an amazing and slippery ride! Every day is a new learning experience. This week they went to Cascade’s Splash Pad, Michigan Adventure and Full Blast. Our daughters who are 7 were able to go to Michigan Adventure which was Alivia’s favorite as she was able to enjoy both the Amusement Park and the Water Park, Shop for gifts and was able to have Dippin Dots Ice Cream. The younger kids went to Full Blast which was Garrett and Mahlyn’s favorite part of the week.
Here are 7 reasons why the YMCA is well-equipped to give your child their #BestSummerEver!
As one of the largest providers of day camp in the country, the Y operated over 1,850 day camps last year in the U.S. All of the YMCA day camp counselors are trained in CPR/AED, First Aid, Bloodborne Pathogens, and extensive emergency and safety procedures.80% of the YMCA day camp staff are ages 18+. More experienced staff = higher quality of care for your child.YMCA day camp program focuses on helping campers accomplish skills, make new friends and feel welcome.YMCA day camps are accredited by the American Camp Association. This means we fulfill up to 300 health and safety standards to provide best practices in all our camp management areas.YMCA day camp program offers bi-weekly swim instruction and weekly field trips.YMCA has low supervision ratios. For children ages 6-8, we have one staff member for every eight campers. For children ages 9-13, we have one staff member for every 10 campers.
The YMCA Day Camp is offered to kids ranging in ages 4-14. There are divided into smaller groups based on their ages and each day the activities are planned according to their level of abilities. Which is super great because the kids get to be separated from their siblings
YMCA Summer Camps help kids grow and have fun through exploring the outdoors, building self-confidence and independence, learning core Christian values, developing life skills and - most importantly - being active.
Each week, imaginative themes and activities provide an engaging atmosphere for hands-on learning and exploration. And, while camp is packed with fun activities. The YMCA also makes sure to supply enough undirected play time that gives kids the chance to build new friendships or simply hang out with their favorite counselor.
In conclusion, we are very pleased with our experience at the YMCA this summer. The activities and staff were wonderful and the kids thoroughly enjoyed their experiences.
Camp builds self-confidence - By removing academic, athletic and social competition kids experience at school, camp helps kids build self-confidence! There’s an accomplishment every day!
Campers make new friends - Counselors help children create new connections and reach outside of their comfort zones to meet and play with children they may not have known during the school year. Our kids still ask to go play with their favorite Counselors and to go see their new friends they made. Out of all the kids Adeline had the hardest time adjusting to camp. Adeline was out of her comfort zone being surrounded in a new environment with new kids and struggled finding her footing in this larger group of kids instead of a smaller group atmosphere she was used to. She however did a great job pushing through with the support of the counselors and was able to make new friends and fun memories.
We loved that the campers had to unplug from technology – Camp is full of games and organized activities that give children an opportunity to enjoy doing instead of just watching. Outdoor activities encourage them to commune with nature, realizing their roles in the stewardship of the land.
Our kids were able to learn new skills - Camp activities help children develop skills like swimming, horseback riding, sports and art (to name a few) and social/emotional things like teamwork, creativity, and self-confidence.
Camp is fun! - With non-competitive activities and diverse opportunities to succeed, camp life is a real boost for kids. Geared toward the interests of every child, camp activities are made to be fun – no tests required!
Day Campers Come Home for Dinner –In the evenings, the kids were completely exhausted from their busy day and ready to just relax. It was nice that the kids were home to sit down together and discuss the events of the child’s day. We enjoyed sharing in our kid’s successes. We were able to work through any obstacles that our kids may have had and helped shape their solutions.
In our opinion day camp can be a child’s first independent experience away from mom and dad. A child can strengthen emerging skills of making new friends, taking care of their own belongings, trying new activities, and taking risks.
*All facts and statements were provided by the YMCA per their Website*