At the end of the summer, families want to hear their child had “the best summer ever.” To help make that happen, the YMCA of Greater Boston and the East Boston YMCA are offering day camp, keeping kids and teens throughout Boston adventurous, active, engaged and healthy all summer long. YMCA camp programs 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.
“It’s imperative that kids stay engaged socially, physically and academically throughout the summer. Summer camp is a wonderful way to ensure that,” says Lance Kennedy, Executive Director, Child Development & Summer Camps.
Kennedy 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 www.ymcaboston.org/eastbostoncamps for details.
- HEALTHY FUN: Day and resident 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.
- 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, canoeing and talent shows, 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!
The East Boston YMCA offers hands-on activities such as swimming, art, dance, science, literacy, teambuilding, healthy living, and character education. And, to ensure that all youth have the chance to experience camp, the East Boston YMCA Camps offer financial assistance to those in need. If you’re interested in helping send kids to camp this summer, you can donate to the Y at ymcaboston.org/give.
A leading nonprofit committed to nurturing the potential of youth, the Y has been a leader in providing summer camp for over 131 years.
For more information, visit ymcaboston.org/camps or contact Karen Lyons Clauson at [email protected] or 617-569-9622.