Camping at the Y Keeps Youth Learning All Summer Long
Monday, May 21, 2012 • 12:06pm
As summer fast approaches, West Essex YMCA reminds parents that camping is a unique and invaluable experience. Summer is a critical out-of-school time when children and teens can benefit from enriched learning, new experiences and making new friendships and memories that can last a lifetime.
According to Y camping experts there are five reasons why kids should attend summer camp:
- ADVENTURE: Summer camp is all about a wide variety of fun adventures and new experiences, and especially exploring the outdoors. YMCA camps have a new adventure for every child and teen. Visit www.westessexymca.org for details.
- HEALTHY FUN: Day and resident camps offer fun, stimulating activities that engage the body and mind, and also help children and teens learn the importance of nutrition to help improve their eating habits.
- PERSONAL GROWTH: While being away from the routine back home, youth have a chance to learn new skills, and develop confidence and independence by taking on new responsibilities and challenges.
- NEW FRIENDSHIPS: Amidst the fun of camp games, songs, swimming, Olympics and talent shows, campers meet new friends.
- MEMORIES: Summer camp is an unforgettable experience that will give each camper memories that will last a lifetime. Youth return to school with plenty of camp stories to share!
“The West Essex YMCA provides a variety of opportunities to help ensure that youth from 3 – 14 years of age are learning and being physically active in the summer, a time of exploration,” says Helen Flores, Executive Director of the West Essex Y. “Campers also learn how to be responsible and resourceful, work in groups, solve problems and make decisions that will help them grow as individuals – all while having fun.”
A leading nonprofit committed to strengthening community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, the Y works to help children and teens discover their full potential by providing opportunities to learn and grow. Choose form our progressive camps – Camp Peanut Shell (for pre-K campers), Super Summer (entering K – 6), Teen Adventure Camp (entering grades 7 – 9) – or our traditional day camp, Pioneer Trails, serving campers from pre-K – 8th grade.
Camp Peanut Shell, conveniently located off Route 10 in Livingston, provides an introduction to the camp experience for our youngest campers. Our staff create a positive learning environment, encouraging every camper to make new friends, become more independent and gain a new understanding of the world around them.
Super Summer has been providing working parents with peace of mind for over 18 summers. Camp takes place at Livingston High school, where campers enjoy all the amenities of an air-conditioned environment with superb outdoor facilities. Activities include art, sports, drama, cooking, science, swimming and more. Campers go on weekly trips. Extended hour before and after care available at no additional cost!
Finally local teens have a meaningful way to spend their summer. Teen Adventure Camp encourages positive values and character building experiences through challenging, fun activities. Teen Adventure follows an extensive trip schedule and includes team-building activities, sports, games, crafts and swimming.
Pioneer Trails offers a traditional day camp experience packed with age-appropriate activities and experiences. Campers discover new interests by exploring activities that promote personal development in a safe, supportive environment. Each week has a special theme with corresponding activities and special events. Club Time allows campers to choose an activity to immerse in for the week.
Camp is filling up fast. To learn more about our camp opportunities, visit www.westessexymca.org or contact the West Essex Y at 973-992-7500.