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YMCA camps have led kids in developing good values - and having fun - for more than 110 summers.

By Choice Camps Staff

Updated Sept. 16, 2009, 10:53 a.m.

Whether it's through singing or swimming, through nature hikes or computer classes, counselors at YMCA day and overnight camps have led kids in developing good values -- and having fun -- for more than 110 summers. Although they may be structured differently, YMCA day and overnight resident camps provide the same outcome: Kids have fun while they learn how to make new friends, build new skills and grow in self-reliance. Many Y camps use a natural setting to teach youth about the wonders of the world around them and how they can take good care of it. Some offer special sessions on academics, sports, arts, or teen adventure or leadership.

Although they may be structured differently, YMCA day and overnight resident camps provide the same outcome: Kids have fun while they learn how to make new friends, build new skills and grow in self-reliance. Many Y camps use a natural setting to teach youth about the wonders of the world around them and how they can take good care of it. Some offer special sessions on academics, sports, arts, or teen adventure or leadership.

For kids, Y camp is a fun way to enjoy the summer.For moms and dads, it's a way to give their children a positive developmental experience. And for parents who work outside the home, Y camp also serves as child care. Resident camp is usually for children 8 years old and older. Most day camps have programs for preschool ages and older.

Nearly 10 million children ages 17 and under engage in a wealth of enriching YMCA activities.

Source: YMCA National Website

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