These are the memories made at YMCA summer camps. Beyond happy memories, kids learn skills like teamwork and leadership along with values like caring, honesty, responsibility, inclusion and respect – characteristics that prepare children and youth not just for play but for life.
Unfortunately, there are many children in our community who may miss out on these experiences because of economic circumstances.
That’s why each your YMCA reaches out to ask for help in sending kids to camp.
Summer camps help children develop in five key areas. These are: social integration and citizenship, attitudes toward physical activity, self-confidence and personal development, environmental awareness, and emotional intelligence. (University of Waterloo, 2017).
While there have been a number of studies on the “summer learning slide” (a phenomenon that disproportionately affects youth living with lower income) what isn’t as well known is that the social and emotional aspects of summer learning are every bit as important as academic supports.
We see so many children blossom over their time at camp. The YMCA provides a safe, welcoming, respectful environment where children make new friends, gain new skills, and learn positive behaviours from counsellors who become their role models.
After two years of intermittent on-line learning, limited organized physical activity, too much screen time and lack of playtime with their friends, our children need summer camp more than ever. Time at camp is a powerful, life-enriching experience. Learning, memories and friendships are formed at camp, helping to positively shape children’s lives.
Your support helps the most vulnerable children in our communities to not only have fun, but to gain the important foundations that set them up for future successes at school and at play.