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Posted: Tuesday, May 12, 2009 11:00 pm | Updated: 1:24 pm, Mon Apr 18, 2011.

The travel and tourism industry is offering unprecedented rates and perks to lure grown-ups away from home this summer.

Now, the YMCA of Southern Arizona is offering a break for kids.

Children can upgrade to a week of summer sleep-away camp at the Triangle Y Ranch Camp and Retreat Center in the Coronado National Forest for the same price as an extra week of YMCA Summer Day camp in Tucson.

A one-week stay at the Triangle Y Ranch Camp and Retreat Center near Oracle costs $385, about three times the cost of a week at YMCA Summer Day Camp. Children who attend at least four weeks of Summer Day Camp at a YMCA in the Tucson metro area can add a week at the Triangle Y camp for the same price as another week of day camp.

Triangle Y Ranch Camp and Retreat Center is located on 400 acres of land at an elevation of 5,000 feet near Oracle. Activities at the camp include a high ropes course, nature programs, rappelling, caving, horseback riding, pony preschool, archery, team-building exercises, riflery, campfire programs, arts and crafts, swimming, basketball, volleyball, a climbing wall and storytelling. Generations of children have attended this camp, built on land donated by Elizabeth Woods in 1949.

YMCA Summer Day Camp is offered at locations throughout the city, including the Northwest YMCA/Pima County Community Center at Shannon and Magee. Most of the programs are for children ages five to 12, and offer a variety of activities. Times and costs vary. Visit tucsonymca.org for details, or call Monica Lopez at 623-9211 ext. 231.

For more information about Triangle Y Ranch Camp and Retreat Center, visit tucsonymca.org or call 884-0987.

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