The Greater Scranton and Wilkes-Barre Family YMCAs are offering day and resident camp programs to give kids and teens in the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre region 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 with an opportunity to explore the outdoors, meet new friends, discover new interests and create memories that last a lifetime.
“YMCA summer camp supports the social-emotional growth, cognitive development and physical well-being of kids,” says Meghan Carnevale, Mission Advancement and Marketing Director, Greater Scranton and Wilkes-Barre Family YMCAs. “In our day and resident camp programs at the Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA’s Camp Kresge and our day camp program at the Greater Scranton YMCA, 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.”
Michael McElhinney, Director of Camping Services at the Greater Scranton & Wilkes-Barre Family YMCAs, 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 greaterscrantonymca.org or wbymca.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 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, swimming, canoeing and talent shows, 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!
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 Greater Scranton and Wilkes-Barre Family YMCAs continue 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, visit greaterscrantonymca.org or wbymca.org, or contact Michael McElhinney at (570) 443-2267.