Developing emotional, social and cognitive skills are among the many benefits of summer camps for kids. In addition, summer camps help children develop lifelong skills, teach teamwork and resiliency, foster growth, and, oh yeah, create memories and friends forever.
Summer camps promote independence, encourage connections to our natural environment and create a time for screen-free play activities. The benefits are endless and last well into adulthood.
Not sure where to start? When choosing a summer camp for your child, look for an environment that meets their individual, unique needs.
“This was a great experience for my child. It gave him a break from screen time and the opportunity to have lots of fresh air, practice socials skills, and participate in fun activities while in a supportive environment,” says Cheryl, a YMCA Day Camp Parent.
YMCA Day Camps are in full registration mode, including its Little Mountain YMCA Kids Club day camp in Chilliwack. The day camps are weekly sessions and run from July 5 to Aug. 27. For more information and to register, visit gv.ymca.ca/daycamps
Time spent being physically active and social has never been more important. Through their Summer Day Camps, kids receive a minimum of 90 minutes of physical activity per day through activities like sports and games.
Whether through walking community trips, literacy programming, or Play it Fair games that promote respect and cooperation, campers will have many opportunities to connect and interact with peers in a safe and positive environment.
“Our team of passionate and qualified staff are excited to keep your kids engaged and having fun throughout the summer break,” says Cathy Poole, VP Children and Youth Services, YMCA of Greater Vancouver.
“My kids absolutely loved the leaders that ran their camp here in Chilliwack. I was so impressed with the way my kids talked about them and connected with them. My kids want to return to see the leaders – they were amazing!” says Rachel, a YMCA Day Camp Parent.
At the YMCA, program participants’ and staff’s health, safety, and well-being are top priorities. To this end, they have developed a COVID-19 Day Camp Health and Safety Plan in accordance with public health guidelines. More information on their protocol can be found on their website.
“Although spending time outdoors is always a focus of our camp programs, it is that much more important during the pandemic,” Poole says.