Calling all Youth! The Washington County Family YMCA will be hosting their #BestSummerEver Break Camp for students ages 5-14 years old.
Starting Monday, June 8th, through Friday, July 24th, the YMCA will offer their Summer Day Camp from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Mondays through Fridays. All campers, ages 5-14, will spend their days enjoying summer fun and enrichment at the Bradie Shrum location at 1101 N. Shelby Street, Salem, IN 47167. Campers will be divided into age groups to encourage positive peer relations throughout the summer.
“We have a lot of fun planned this year,” said Rosie Morehous, Youth First Director at the Washington County Family YMCA. “Our Camp Coordinator, Ashley Hubbard, has been working hard to select and train our amazing staff, plan fun filled days, and schedule amazing field trips—all to make this break camp the BEST SUMMER EVER.”
Every day, campers will do an experiment, a challenge, and a creative learning lesson that all focus on building the youths’ 40 Developmental Assets. Qualifying campers will be permitted to swim at least two days a week at the Salem Middle School Pool. Lunch and a snack will be provided through the USDA Summer Food Service Program.
Some of the fun planned for fieldtrips this year includes a WNBA Fire Basketball Game and Kids Carnival, a trip to the Great Escapes Cinema, Bowling, swimming at the Bryan Park Pool in Bloomington, and SO MUCH MORE.
“Assets are a main focus for all of our youth programming at the Y,” said Morehous. “In Washington County, our kids have an average of about 18 assets out of the 40 needed to have successful futures—61% of our youth are at-risk and vulnerable due to their asset levels. With this in mind, we ensure that every activity we do is intentionally asset driven.”
When asked about the academic nature of the camp, Morehous stated that summer learning loss is a very important factor considered during camp planning. “We want all of our campers to take what they have learned during the school year and keep those juices flowing over the summer to be ready for the upcoming school year.” Summer camp will offer fun, creative, and hands on activities to keep critical thinking, reading, writing, and other academic skills in tune.
When asked what she is most excited about this summer, Youth First Program Coordinator, Ashley Hubbard said, “This year all of our campers—including our “Paddle Club” kids—will be staying at our Bradie Shrum location. We have enjoyed the Delaney Park site for many years, but are excited about the opportunities that staying at Bradie Shrum brings. It will give all of our kids more opportunity to be a part of community projects, and see what our community has to offer.”
Youth can attend camp on either a part-time or full-time basis. Part-time rates (1-3 days per week) are $55 per week for Members, and $75 per week for Non-members, with full-time rates (4-5 days per week) being $85 per week for Members, and $110 per week for Non-Members. Financial assistance is available based on need—contact the YMCA front desk for more details.