Why we all need camp in our lives!

Waking up while it’s still dark outside. Turning on the news and seeing another single digits forecast. When will the two hour delays end!?!?

It feels like it’s been winter forever. It’s hard to remember those warm, sunny summer days. Well, we can’t change the forecast. And make can’t make the sun come up any faster. But at the Y, we can make summer feel just a little bit closer.

Registration for our 2018 Summer Day Camps is now OPEN! We’ve been busy planning for the BEST SUMMER EVER, and we want you and your family to be a part of it. For more reasons than you might think…

Research shows that the average American child spends 7.5 hours per day on some kind of electronic media- television, computers, phones, video games. Kids are also spending less than half of the time outside that their parents did as children. Let’s face the facts: kids need camp more than ever.

Summer camp allows your child to connect with nature, with other children, and with themselves in a way no other youth program can. At the Y, every child will experience a program that focuses on 3 important concepts:

  • Building Relationships: In today’s technologically advanced world, many kids struggle with how to build and maintain relationships with others. Summer camp provides an environment where creating friendships, while learning to be a good friend to others at the same time, is fundamental.
  • Learning Something New: We want every camper to go home with the feeling that they tried and learned something new that day, something they never would have tried without camp. This could range from learning how to shoot a bow and arrow to learning how to play the greatest game in the world- gaga. Every child should feel that sense of accomplishment.
  • Feeling a Sense of Belonging: Camp is a place where EVERYONE belongs, and our programs strive to make sure every camper feels connected and safe. There aren’t a lot of places that give kids the freedom to be themselves, but when even the staff are singing silly camp songs at the top of their lungs, you better believe our kids are singing right along with them.

With over 25 camp locations this summer, and a ton of new and exciting camp themes, we promise you- there’s a camp for your kid. But no matter what camp you choose, we know your camper will come home tired, dirty, and ready to do it all over again the next day- with the new best friend they made that day.

Take a sneak peek below at what we’ve got in store for this summer. Check out our 2018 Summer Day Camp Guide. Give us a call if you have questions at (317) 484-9622. And don’t wait another minute to take one more step closer to summer!