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Preparing your Child for Day Camp

You’ve tirelessly researched why camp matters and you found the perfect one for your child (probably at the Y *wink, wink*), now proud mama, camp season has arrived and it’s game time. Going to camp for the first time can be exciting, but also a little nerve-wracking. Here are a few helpful pointers to help you prepare your kids in having the best summer ever!

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Hot Fun in the Summertime

The first day of summer isn't until June 21st, but as most parents know the key to a successful summer is planning ahead!

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How the Day Camp Experience Enriches our Children

As a mom, it can be extremely difficult to let go. However, one thing is inevitable—one day you’re going to have to let that baby bird leave the nest. One great way to give your kids greater independence and enrich their lives while keeping them close to home is allowing them to participate in a day camp. 

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The Importance of Sleeping Under the Stars

For one night every two weeks, each cabin group adventures out into the woods with their sleeping bags and food in hand to spend a night in the great outdoors. As a camp counselor, I loved nothing more than putting my backpack on and leading my campers along the trail knowing that soon we would be cooking over an open fire, telling stories, and finally falling asleep under the stars.

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Selecting the Right Summer Camp Program

It may not feel like it, but summer will be here before you know it. And for most parents, that means finding the best summer overnight camp or day camp program for your children. Summer camp is awesome; I attended quite a few in my pre-teen years. I gained confidence and character, made long lasting relationships, accomplished things I didn't think I could, stayed active physically and mentally, and created lifelong memories. However, all kids are different and careful thought and consideration should be taken to make sure they attend a camp that is the right fit.

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Keeping the Why in the Y

A camper for life gives his perspective on why summer programs bring so much positive change to our youth. 

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Making a Difference in Uruguay Pt. 4: Tim

This is an ongoing series as told by a group of young leaders who visited Uruguay to help make a difference at the Y and surrounding communities. This is Tim's trip. His words. His story. 

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Making a Difference in Uruguay Pt. 3: Nate

This is an ongoing series as told by a group of young leaders who visited Uruguay to help make a difference at the Y and surrounding communities. This is Nate's trip. His words. His story. 

This past summer, I was selected, along with ten other teens, to travel to Uruguay as a part of a leadership program with my YMCA camp, Camp Becket-Chimney Corners.

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Making a Difference in Uruguay Pt. 2: Talia

This is an ongoing series as told by a group of young leaders who visited Uruguay to help make a difference at the Y and surrounding communities. This is Talia's trip. Her words. Her story. 

ICEP, (International Camper Exchange Program) is a global community service program where you travel to one of various locations to complete service projects and integrate with the local people and their culture.  ICEP Uruguay 2014 completed various types of service projects ranging from social service to physical aid.

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