Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Hockomock YMCA Branches Hold Summer Camp Open House May 22 at 12:00 p.m.

Registration is now open for summer camp at the Hockomock Area YMCA. All three branches in Foxboro, North Attleboro, and Franklin will hold an open house this Sunday, May 22 from 12:00-2:00 p.m. This afternoon will be highlighted with activities for the children to participate in and get to experience Y Camp hands-on! The open house is designed to provide prospective campers with a chance to see the camp, meet camp directors, ask questions, and learn about the variety of summer day camps our YMCA offers.

As parents look for opportunities to keep their kids active this summer, the Franklin YMCA reminds caregivers that camp is among the best options for engaging kids in activities that will help develop their spirit, mind and body, while getting them outdoors in a safe environment. “Camping is synonymous with personal development. It provides kids with the opportunity to practice social and decision-making skills through new experiences,” says Jim Downs, vice president of youth & community development of the Hockomock Area YMCA. “Kids come to camp to develop friendships, learn skills in a new environment, and make memories that will last a lifetime.”

YMCA Camp provides exciting and educational summer camp options for school-age children, teens, and options for children with special needs.

Attending summer camp at the YMCA can impact youth and teens in several important ways:

  • Kids learn when given a break from their daily routine. Camp offers kids and teens productive “time away” from the troubling economic news they hear every day, as well as an independence they do not typically experience at home or in school.
  • Lifelong memories are made at camp. Camp Wigwanawan is the ideal environment for developing new skills, learning from other campers and counselors, and making new friends to share it all with.
  • Decision-making skills are learned through experience. At camp, kids and teens learn and practice how to make smart choices, solve problems, and work as a team toward common goals. These skills are essential to character development.
  • At camp, kids and teens develop confidence by trying and learning new things, including adventurous outdoor activities that can lead to healthy, life-long habits.
  • Camp is the perfect environment for increasing kids’ and teens’ awareness and appreciation of nature and the great outdoors.

Collectively, the nation’s largest providers of camping programs, YMCAs have operated summer camps for more than 100 years. Each year, YMCAs operate more than 2,000 community and regional YMCA day camps that serve 600,000 individual campers each summer, which includes about 120 specialty camps for kids with disabilities. An additional 1.5 million individuals participate in camp programs throughout the balance of the year in family camps, weekend retreats, and school camping.

Please visit or call the Franklin branch at 508.528.8708, the Foxboro branch at 508.772.1353, or the North Attleboro branch at 508.695.7001 to learn more.

Franklin, MA

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