AL Summer Camp

IMPACT FOR LIFE
OUR FOCUS IS YOUTH DEVELOPMENT

 

Youth Development is the social-emotional, cognitive, and physical processes that all youth uniquely experience from birth to career. A successful development process fulfills children and teens’ innate need to be loved, spiritually grounded, educated, competent, and healthy. 

Trading stories and sharing a favorite book or song with a new friend. Being greeted with smiles and high-fives from staff and team-mates after scoring the winning point. Always fitting in, just for being you. This is what the Y's summer camp is all about—ensuring kids get more out of their summer break: more friendships, more achievements and more belonging.

Friendship

We demonstrate the role positive relationships play in the well-being of a child through:
• Staff-camper Relationships
• Camper Peer Friend-making
• Parent Engagement 

ACHIEVEMENT

We help children realize their passions, talents and potential through:
• Achievement Passport
• Skill Variety & Mastery Charts
•Disguised learning activities through STEM, Reading and Writing 

BELONGING

We are a place where kids feel safe, welcomed and can express their individuality through:
• Autonomous Choices
• Rituals and Traditions
• Daily Activity Framework
• Inclusion

Why Your Child Belongs at the Y:

Our core values. We make our core values—caring, honesty, respect and responsibility—part of everything we do.

Our commitment. We plan our programs around with developing the whole child. We will create a fun and engaging environment that is focused on friendship, achievement and belonging.

Our staff. We are caring, competent and experienced. Our training includes camp safety, activity planning, CPR, First Aid, and more, making your child’s experience both safe and fun.

Low camp staff/child ratios.
1:10 entering grades K-3
1:12 entering grades 4-8

Our promise. No child is denied access due to inability to pay.

Our pledge. We are dedicated to making you and your child’s experiences at the Y extraordinary. At the end of the day, your child will come home with stories of a fun-filled and fabulous day.

WHAT WE VALUE AT SUMMER DAY CAMP

Safety First

•Low staff to child ratios
•Campers are assigned a specific leader within camp
•Monitored sign in and sign out
•Rigorous staff training
•Safety standards

Fun Engaging Activities

•C.A.T.C.H activities to keep campers moving
•Field trips
•STEM learning
•Swimming and other water activities
•KidzLit and KidzMath games
•Camp Readers
•Special Events
•Sports and Games
•Multitude of outdoor activities

Parent Communication

•Parents receive weekly highlight sheets with activity schedule and special reminders.
•Parents can communicate with staff to help each child have a great experience.
•Our staff will let you know about your child’s successes and any problems.
•We conduct evaluations for feedback all summer long.
•Leadership team available by phone or email to answer questions.
•We keep your personal information confidential.

CAMPS OFFERED:

TRADITIONAL CAMPS

Campers will experience the adventure and excitement of the outdoors daily, meet new friends, and express their growing independence under the supervision of qualified and caring YMCA camp staff. Camp activities include C.A.T.C.H. games, STEM, KidzLit and KidzMath games, sports, crafts, songs, special events, swimming, and field trips. Campers will spend their day outdoors with rotating time inside for activities.

SPECIALTY CAMPS

Specialty day camps will provide opportunities to teach your child specific skills or provide them with new experiences. Each camp focuses on a specific activity or theme and lasts for one week. Part of each day will consist of activities that relate to a specific theme while other times will be spent doing traditional camp activities such as C.A.T.C.H. games, KidzLit & KidzMath activities, STEM activities, sports, crafts and more.. If your child is participating in a Specialty Camp week, they will NOT attend the regular Traditional Camp field trips and activities for that week. Please include your child in the selection of these camps. Once the week has begun, changes cannot be made.

SPORTS CAMPS

Our Sports Camps are designed to work on existing as well as new skills for the participants registered. Each day participants will spend time in the mornings working in skills clinics and in the afternoons they will swim and play games using the skills they worked on that morning. Camps are from 9-4 each day with an early drop off and late pick up option. All participants should be brought to the YMCA no later than 8:30am to get ready for the day. Each camp is run by a Vendor, Skills Coach, HS coach, or College coach/athlete.

DAY CAMP SWIM LESSONS

Day Camp Swim Lessons are offered in the mornings at 8:00am for 2 week sessions (Monday – Thursday of each week). Missed classes due to late arrivals will not be made up. Campers must be registered for two weeks of camp in order to attend day camp swim lessons. Campers will not miss any scheduled camp activities.

Members register here!
Non member registration begins February 8th.

MISSION: To put Judeo-Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.
VISION: We will lead our community to become the healthiest in America.
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