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  • YMCA offering 10 summer-camp programs for ages 3-17

  • The YMCA of Greater Rochester is offering 10 summer-camp programs (eight day and two overnight camps) to give kids and teens across the Greater Rochester and Upstate New York areas an adventurous, active, and healthy summer. The YMCA is a leading provider of youth development programming in the Greater Rochester area.

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  • The YMCA of Greater Rochester is offering 10 summer-camp programs (eight day and two overnight camps) to give kids and teens across the Greater Rochester and Upstate New York areas an adventurous, active, and healthy summer. The YMCA is a leading provider of youth development programming in the Greater Rochester area.

    The YMCA of Greater Rochester summer camp runs from June 24 to August 30. Registration is now open and available online at rochesterymca.org/camps. YMCA camp programs offer youth fun and unique experiences with an opportunity to explore the outdoors, meet new friends, discover new interests, and create memories that last a lifetime.

    Nearly 50 percent of US parents say technological distractions, such as television, cell phones and video games, make it difficult to maintain a healthy lifestyle for their children, according to the latest findings of the YMCA’s Family Health Snapshot, a survey that gauges children’s activity levels during the school year. With more free time in summer, ensuring that kids practice healthy habits could be a greater challenge. The Y encourages parents to help their kids unplug from technology and explore all the Y Camps have to offer.

    “Attending the YMCA of Greater Rochester Camps is a wonderful opportunity for kids to keep their minds and bodies active over the summer months,” said Mike Stevens, Executive Director of the Bay View Family Branch. “The YMCA of Greater Rochester has offered summer camp for over 120 years. When at Y Camp, kids learn about nature, take on new responsibilities, gain independence, and develop essential social skills and new relationships. We encourage parents to give their kids the gift of camp so that every child can benefit from the experience.”

    A leading nonprofit committed to nurturing the potential of youth, the Y has been a leader in providing summer camp for over 120 years. The YMCA of Greater Rochester continues to give youth an enriching, safe experience with caring staff and volunteers who model positive values that help build their kids’ character.

    The YMCA of Greater Rochester offers the following summer-camp programs:

    · Day Camp (ages 3-15)
    · Overnight Camp (ages 7-17)
    · Preschool Camp (ages 3-5)
    · Sports Camp (ages 3-12)
    · Teen Leadership Camp (ages 13-17)
    · Adventure and Specialty Camps (ages 5-15)
    · Family and Friends Camp (all ages)

    Stevens said there are five reasons why children and teens should attend summer camp:   

    1. 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 rochesterymca.org.

    2. 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.

    3. 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.

    4. NEW FRIENDSHIPS: Amidst the fun of camp games, songs, swimming, canoeing, and talent shows, campers meet new friends and strengthen existing friendships.

    5. MEMORIES: Summer camp is an unforgettable experience that will give each camper memories (and campfire stories) that will last a lifetime. Youth return to school with plenty of camp stories to share!

    To ensure that all youth have the chance to experience camp, the YMCA of Greater Rochester offers financial assistance to those in need.

    For more information and to register for summer camp at the YMCA of Greater Rochester visit, rochesterymca.org/camps.

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