The Bob Freesen YMCA Summer Day Camp is offering day camp to give kids and teens in the Jacksonville area an adventurous, active and healthy summer – one that will surely be described as “the best summer ever” for years to come. YMCA camp programs offer youth fun and unique experiences w
ith an opportunity to explore the outdoors, meet new friends, discover new interests and create memories that will last a lifetime.
Summer is the ideal time for kids to get up, get out and explore. But, for some kids, summer means no access to recreational and educational activities to help them learn, grow and thrive during out-of-school time. As a result, some kids can experience learning loss and gain weight twice as fast compared to during the school year. Attending the Bob Freesen YMCA Summer Day Camp is a wonderful opportunity for kids to keep their minds and bodies active.
“We are so excited about this year’s camp stimulating new themes and experiences for our local children. YMCA summer camp supports the social-emotional growth, cognitive development and physical well-being of kids,” says Mary Henry, Bob Freesen YMCA executive director. “In our day camp, kids are in a welcoming environment where they can belong, they’re building relationships, developing character and discovering their potential. We really encourage parents to give their kids the gift of camp to keep their kids active and engaged throughout the summer.”
Judy Wright, Summer Camp Coordinator says there are five reasons why children and teens should attend summer camp:
- Adventure: Summer camp is all about a wide variety of new experiences and exploring the outdoors. YMCA camps have a new adventure for every child and teen. Visit www.jacksonvilleymca.org for details.
- Healthy fun: Day 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 healthy eating habits.
- Personal growth: While in the welcoming environment of camp, youth have a chance to learn new skills, and develop confidence and independence by taking on new responsibilities and challenges. Camps offer cognitive learning and social-emotional development opportunities for achievement.
- Friendships: Amidst the fun of camp games, songs, kite flying, sports, water activities and more, campers meet new friends and strengthen existing friendships. The bonds formed at camp are important and lasting for many youth.
- Memories: Summer camp is an unforgettable experience that will give each camper memories (and camp traditions) that will last a lifetime. Youth return to school with plenty of camp stories to share.
The Bob Freesen YMCA Summer Day Camp offers: 13 weeks of summer fun. No two weeks at Day Camp are the same. Throughout the summer we feature different themes filled with exciting new activities, new experiences, new field trips and new memories. Whether it’s trying a new sport or playing a familiar one; learning about science and nature by exploring the outdoors and with stimulating project; exploring creativity through art with local artists teaching new techniques, or learning about leadership so a child builds confidence and bonds to last a lifetime, it’s all found in the summer day camp at the Y. Campers can swim every day in the pool and 3-5 year olds registered in camp on Tuesdays and Thursdays receive free swimming lessons as part of their camp. In addition, lessons available on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the afternoon for older children for $40 for members and $80 for non-members. Campers enjoy walking the YMCA’s 1-mile long outdoor trail and have lots of room for physical activities indoor and out. Children are fed healthy snacks and lunch during their day and enjoy entertaining field trips once a week. Fabulous counselors will lead them during: Science Week, Sports Week, Arts & Crafts Week, Games Week, Music Week, Water Games Week, Mary Poppins Week and much more.
And, to ensure that all youth have the chance to experience camp, the Bob Freesen YMCA offers financial assistance to those in need. If you’re interested in helping send kids to camp this summer, you can donate to the Bob Freesen Y at any time.
A leading nonprofit committed to nurturing the potential of youth, the Y has been a leader in providing summer camp for over 131 years. The Bob Freesen YMCA continues to give youth an enriching, safe experience with caring staff and volunteers who model positive values that help build their kids’ character.
For more information on any of these opportunities, please call Judy at the Bob Freesen YMCA, 217-245-2141; check out our brochure, enrollment form and parent handbook at www.jacksonvilleymca.org, or stop by and see all that is availble for yourself at 1000 Sherwood Eddy Lane in Jacksonville.
The Bob Freesen YMCA mission is to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy mind, spirit and body for all. Our three areas of focus are: youth development, healthy living and social responsibility (www.jacksonvilleymca.org).
About the Y:
The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Across the U.S., 2,700 Ys engage 22 million men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Anchored in more than 10,000 communities, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. During each summer, over 950,000 youth attend summer day and overnight camps at the Y (ymca.net).