Remember the fun of summer when you were a kid? Exploring the outdoors, spending time with friends, playing games and splashing in the pool? YMCA Camp creates an exciting, safe environment for kids to have an unforgettable summer of fun. While campers take part in unique experiences and adventures, they are also building self-esteem, developing interpersonal skills, and making lasting friendships and memories.

YMCA Day Camps offer children positive developmental experiences and encourages them to create friendships with each other and with our staff. Our camp programs focus on building confidence through age-appropriate activities. Children experience a sense of achievement through opportunities in the outdoors and are welcomed to a physically and emotionally safe and stimulating environment.

Day campers are able to explore creativity, teamwork, and leadership in a wide range of physically active programs that promote lifelong healthy living.

Our goal is to introduce children to as many new experiences as possible and help each child feel confident and secure in a fun, safe camp environment. Our day camps challenge children to grow in imagination, creativity, self-directed initiative, and leadership.

We are dedicated to changing the lives of our campers by creating friendships and memories that will last a lifetime.

What to consider before choosing a summer camp program for your child:

When it comes to making a decision about where to send your child to summer camp, the decision has become more difficult. With so many different types of camps to choose from, parents will need to do some research to ensure that their child’s summer camp experience is a positive one. Doing research ahead of time will go a long way in making the decision easier. There are many things to consider when choosing the best summer camp for your child.

Include your child in the decision. Make sure you understand what types of activities and experiences your child is expecting from camp, so that he or she will have a positive camp experience.

Knowing and understanding the mission and philosophy of the association or organization running the summer camp program is important. You will want to know if the values are similar to the values of you and your child and also how these values affect the camp structure. This is extremely important when making the decision to send your child to a sports camp. The philosophies of sports camps can vary greatly, so finding out ahead of time if the sports camp has more of a competitive atmosphere versus an “everyone wins” philosophy is very important. A child who plays sports just for fun may find it difficult to be enrolled in a highly competitive sports camp.

Knowledge about the composition of the staff is one of the most important considerations when choosing your child’s summer camp. Knowing the age and experience of the camp directors and staff will give parents peace of mind when it comes to the safety and security of their children. Parents should make a point to ask the organization what factors it uses in determining which staff to hire and whether or not staff are subject to background checks. Parents should also know the ratio between staff and campers.

Health and safety: Ask questions about whether the staff is CPR and First Aid certified; is there a medical director on staff; what policies and procedures are in place for waterfront activities; what happens if my child has an illness or injury. These are all important factors to be aware of before selecting a summer camp.

In addition to all of the above listed items, there are many other important things to take into consideration. These include, but are not limited to, price, location, size of the camp, and hours. The summer camp experience is one in which your child will have the opportunity to make memories and friendships that will last a lifetime. Taking the time to research ahead time will ensure that your child will have a great summer.

Summer is just around the corner, so register today!

For more information on YMCA summer day camps, please contact the following:

Hamilton Area YMCA — Nick Pincin, 609-581-9622 x21105 or npincin@hamiltonymca.org. hamiltonymca.org.

Hopewell YMCA — Dan Williams, 609-737-3048 or dwilliams@hvymca.org. hvymca.org.

Princeton YMCA — Paul Zeger, 609-497-9622 x236 or pzeger@princetonymca.org. princetonymca.org.

Trenton YMCA — Yvonne Page, 609-599-9622 x 208 or ypage@trentonymca.org. www.trentonymca.org.

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