March is Michigan Y Camp Month
Tuesday, March 17, 2015
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MARCH 17, 2015 Anne Brand
March is Michigan Y Camp Month
Lansing YMCA summer camps ensure kids get more out of summer
LANSING, MI – Trading stories and sharing a favorite book or song with a new friend. Being greeted with smiles and high-fives from staff and team-mates after scoring the winning point. Always fitting in, just for being you. This is what the YMCA of Metropolitan Lansing’s summer camps are all about—ensuring kids get more out of their summer break. The YMCA encourages parents to get a head start in signing up their children this March during Michigan Y Camp Month - a celebration of YMCA camping throughout the state that gives families a taste of the camp experience and how it can benefit youth of all ages.
The YMCA’s summer camps offer a mix of fun and learning through activities aimed at improving kids’ well-being, such as canoeing, arts and crafts, high ropes courses, sports and more. The program centers on three areas proven to impact kids’ development: friendship, accomplishment and belonging.
“With school out during the summer, many kids don’t get enough physical activity or learning—a critical gap the Y is addressing,” says Ricky Wright, executive director, Mystic Lake YMCA Camp. “In our camps, kids are in a safe environment with nurturing adults where they can develop character and explore new talents and interests to reach their potential. We want to ensure that kids in our camp program go home with so much excitement for all they’ve accomplished and enjoyed that they can’t wait to come back.”
The YMCA’s camp activities focus on impacting the social-emotional, cognitive and physical development of all kids. Their goal is to make sure that each child makes new friends, learns new skills and makes memories that will last a lifetime. This is done through progressive, age appropriate programming that allows children to gain confidence and challenge their abilities, all while in the comfort of a safe and nurturing environment.
When kids are out of school, they can face hurdles that prevent them from reaching their full potential, related to hunger, water safety, academics, safe spaces to play and health. Through summer camp and other youth development programs nationwide, the YMCA helps over 9 million youths to “hop the gap” and achieve more, providing a safe to place to learn, stay healthy and build friendships.
To learn more about the YMCA of Metropolitan Lansing’s summer camp programs visit ymcaoflansing.org and mysticlakecamp.com.
About the YMCA of Metropolitan Lansing
The YMCA of Metropolitan Lansing has six operating units, including Mystic Lake Camp near Clare, and branches downtown, on Lansing’s west side, in the Oak Park area to the south, in East Lansing, and DeWitt. The YMCA employs nearly 500 individuals, and serves nearly 16,000 memberships throughout the community. A volunteer board of directors provides leadership to the association, a member of the national organization – the YMCA of the USA. The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits, strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Across the U.S., 2,700 Ys engage 21 million men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Anchored in more than 10,000 communities, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but also to deliver lasting personal and social change. www.lansingymca.org and www.ymca.net