Camp 2020: 57 Days of Fun!

Children spend nine months of the year scheduled, tested, and often stressed. The summer brings with it a relaxed schedule and the fun of summer camp, where each camper is encouraged just to be a kid!

Through PLAY, kids Learn to solve problems, make new friends, and discover the world around them which helps them grow. Summer Camp at the Hamilton Area YMCA offers daily activities that range from traditional camp favorites such as arts and crafts, music, sing-a-longs, science lab and dance to soccer, basketball, gaga, volleyball, swimming, and so much more!

The Importance of PLAY at Camp

1. Children learn through play. Time spent on the playground teaches campers social and cognitive skills as well as enhances physical abilities such as balance.

2. Play is healthy. Activity such as playing on the soccer fields is critical for children to grow strong and healthy.

3. Play reduces stress. Playing carefree in the sprinklers provides an outlet for children to release anxiety.

4. Play is more complex than you’d think. How children learn through play has been studied extensively. Following the game rules of GAGA, for example is a form of learning.

5. Making time for play is important to cognitive, language, physical, social and emotional development. Campers experience 3 daily activities periods and 2 swim periods each day providing plenty of time for as much play as possible.

6. Outside play is critical for exploring the world. Building forts, nature hikes, playing in the sand, and climbing the traversing wall are not only healthy, but build lasting memories.

7. Play comes naturally in a camp setting. Given the time to play, at the pool, at the playground, at the pavilion, children do amazing things!

8. Play is how children learn. Trial and error in a no stress environment provide opportunities that lead to improved self-esteem and lasting success.

Children look at camp as a fun way to spend the summer in the sun and splashing in the pool, but parents should understand that camp allows them to reap many life benefits that will follow them through their lives long after the sun has set on their summer camp days.

We have worked hard to plan an exciting summer of interesting and engaging camps and fun special events! Our Coordinators are college graduates who are working professionals in the fields of education and child development with over 31 years of camp experience and 13 years of teaching experience

And, our counselors are second to none, having had extensive training to welcome your children for the summer. For more information, visit hamiltonymca.org/sawmill-branch.

Hamilton Area YMCA Sawmill Branch, 185 Sawmill Road, Hamilton. 609-581-9622. www.hamiltonymca.org.

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