[Lebanon, OH] – At the end of the summer, families want to hear their child had “the best summer ever.” To help make that happen YMCA Camp Countryside, which was recently voted as the Hulafrog “Most Loved All-Around Camp" winner, is offering day camp, keeping kids and teens in Warren County adventurous, active, engaged and healthy all summer long. Registration opens March 2 for these YMCA camp programs which offer youth fun and unique experiences with an opportunity to explore the outdoors, meet new friends, discover new interests and create memories that last a lifetime.
Summer is the ideal time for kids to get up, get out and explore. But for some kids, summer means no access to recreational and educational activities to help them learn, grow and thrive during out-of-school time. As a result, some kids can experience learning loss and engage in far less activity. Attending YMCA Camp Countryside summer camp is a wonderful opportunity for kids to keep their minds and bodies active.
“It’s imperative that kids stay engaged socially, physically and academically throughout the summer. Summer camp is a wonderful way to ensure that,” says JaMarcus Gibson, Camp Director, Countryside YMCA. “In our day camps, kids are in a welcoming environment where they can belong, they’re building relationships, developing character and discovering their potential. We really encourage parents to give their kids the gift of camp to keep them active and engaged all summer long.”
Gibson says there are five reasons why children and teens should attend summer camp:
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 https://countrysideymca.org/camp for details.
HEALTHY FUN: Day camps offer fun, stimulating activities which help kids stay active and try new activities that can become lifelong ways to have fun.
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.
FRIENDSHIPS: Amidst the fun of camp games, songs, swimming, and more, campers meet new friends and strengthen existing friendships. The bonds formed at camp are important and lasting for many youth.
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!
YMCA Camp Countryside offers a variety of camps for preschools through age 15. We have camps for sports, aquatics, arts, gymnastics, cheerleading, outdoor adventures, Leader-In-Training and so much more. From half day to full day offerings, we are looking to develop all types of skills and offer lots of ways for our summer campers to have a great time. We are proud to offer summer camps that will actively encourage play, skill building, and creativity all summer long.
And, to ensure that all youth have the chance to experience camp, YMCA Camp Countryside offers financial assistance to those in need. If you’re interested in helping send kids to camp this summer, you can donate at www.countrysideymca.org.
A leading nonprofit committed to nurturing the potential of youth, the Y has been a leader in providing summer camp for over 131 years. YMCA Camp Countryside continues to give youth an enriching, safe experience with caring staff and volunteers who model positive values that help build their kids’ character.
About Countryside YMCA:
Countryside YMCA- one of the world’s largest YMCAs – is a nonprofit dedicated to strengthening the Warren County community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. For more than 40 years, Countryside YMCA has embodied the Christian principles that help people achieve a balance of spirit, mind and body. All are welcome to experience the unmatched facilities, outreach, and varied programs available only at the Y. www.countrysideymca.org