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4 reasons to send your kid to the YMCA summer camp

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YMCA Camp memories last a lifetime.

Parents: you want the best opportunities for your children, right? Well, one call to the YMCA is all it could take to give your children something they’ll never forget.

More than 7.2 million children across America attend summer camps annually, and The Greater Carbondale YMCA Summer Day Camp program is now enrolling. Take a look at a few reasons you should sign your child up today:

1. Lifelong friendships are built. Camp gives your kid the opportunity to befriend other children outside of the world of school cliques, sports teams, and bullies. In a Psychology Today survey, camp counselors reported that camp makes kids feel more confident in front of others and helps them to feel that they belong. In another camp study, 92 percent of kids said that fellow campers helped them to feel good about themselves. And at the YMCA camp, you can rest assured the counselors will play a vital role in welcoming each child and making them feel right at home.

2. Healthy habits are formed. Did you know that one in three children is obese or overweight? Or that 80 percent of U.S. children do not meet the minimum daily exercise requirement? That’s why in 2011, Y-USA committed to former First Lady Michelle Obama and the Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) to become the nation’s healthiest childcare provider and put an end to the childhood obesity epidemic. At the YMCA summer camp, your child will participate in fun and engaging physical activity and learn nutrition advice that will last a lifetime.

3. Field trips to ridiculously cool places. What’s a summer vacation without lots of swimming, amusement parks, and fun with friends? Every Wednesday, the YMCA will take your child on a different field trip to places like Camel Beach, SnoCove, H2O Waterpark, and the Wayne County Fair. These trips might even help your little one to try something new—in a recent survey by the American Camp Association, 74 percent of kids who attended summer camps say they did things they were afraid to do at first.

4. Free meals are provided. Who doesn’t love free food? All campers will receive a free breakfast, lunch, and snack that fall within the YMCA’s Healthy Eating and Physical Activity (HEPA) standards. This means that water and milk will be provided as the primary beverages, fruits and vegetables will be available snack options, and your kid will participate in healthy cooking projects.

Embark on summer adventures with the Greater Carbondale YMCA Summer Day Camp program, perfect for elementary-aged students, and runs June 18-August 24. Financial assistance is available to those who need it. Go to www.greatercarbondaleymca.org/site/camps/ or call 570-282-2210 for more information. Register in-person at the YMCA, and ask for Mary or James.

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