EXCITING CHANGES AHEAD FOR YMCA DAY CAMPS
Expanded programming in response to community needs
With 51 summers of camp and over 12,000 area youth served, leaders of Meeting Waters YMCA are excited about some community-responsive changes they’re making this year.
The regional Y is adding a ninth week of camp, one more than in the past. They’ll also be offering before- and after-camp programs for the first time to provide greater supports for working parents.
Meeting Waters Y—which serves the Fall Mountain, Bellows Falls, Springfield, and Brattleboro regions—offers four different camp experiences for youth ages 5-15 and families. Its Y Day Camp for 6-13 year-olds offers nine one-week sessions between June 20th and August 19th. The Y’s Leader-in-Training program provides a week of leadership development (June 27-31) with youth leadership author and consultant Steve Fortier, followed by three weeks working alongside camp staff. Family Camp takes place on Saturday July 23rd. KinderCamp provides children entering kindergarten in the fall with a confidence-building experience from August 15th through 19th.
All camps are based at the regional Y’s 52-acre Lewis Day Camp facility, located on Route 5 in Springfield, just off I-91. Bus service is provided to and from camp each day from Walpole, North Walpole and Charlestown, as well as six towns in VT.
The regional Y’s camps participate in the federal Summer Food Program. All campers—regardless of town of residence or family income—qualify for a free healthy lunch each day.
Registration for the upcoming camp season has begun. To ensure that all youth have the chance to experience camp, the regional Y offers financial assistance from donations to its Reach Out to Youth Fund and accepts NH’s Child Care Scholarship subsidies.
A Camp Open House will be held on Saturday, May 21st from 1-3pm at the Y’s Lewis Day Camp facility on Missing Link Road/Route 5 in Springfield. For more information or to enroll, visit http://www.meetingwatersymca.org or call the Y office at 802-463-4769.