From small donations to full camp sponsorships each “drop” creates a wave of difference for our kids as the need for financial support grows. In the past, your donations helped one-in-five campers attend Y summer day camps. Last year, this need climbed to one-in-three.
We know that summer camp experience makes a tangible difference for kids, particularly following the Covid closures. 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.
But your gift goes beyond camp games. We now see more children struggling to cope with re-integrating into social situations and the mentorship they receive from camp staff helps them make the transition to healthy interactions with new friends.
We’ve had kids tell us that they are excited to come to camp because they can hang out with friends and not get into trouble; at one of our camps where a meal is provided, we’ve heard that for some, it is their first meal of the day.
Parents and guardians have also told us how much they love YMCA summer camps.
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 support in student success.
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.
Your “drop,” no matter how big or small, gives memories and foundations that last a lifetime.