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YMCA prepares to host annual summer camps

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Posted: Wednesday, April 2, 2014 4:00 am

For nearly a century, the YMCA of Southern Arizona has led the way as Tucson’s largest and most respected provider of summertime activities for kids.  The cornerstones of the Y camps and what make them special are honesty, respect, responsibility, and caring.  In addition, the Y adds a unique component to help children develop positive identities, values, and social skills.  These building blocks are essential for young people to grow up to be healthy, competent, caring, and responsible adults.

The Y offers a variety Summer Day Camp programs designed to make sure that there is something of interest for every kid. 

The Kindergarten Summer Day Camp prepares a child for the school setting while having them grow and learn through educational games, songs, and activities. Snacks and plenty of fun round out the day and guarantees a great summer experience.

The Themed Summer Day Camps are the most popular summer camp. Each week has its own “theme” like Safari, Xtreme Sports, and Ahoy Matey!-all packed with themed activities, crafts and games, treasure hunts, water-fun, sports of all sorts, and field trips. And the Specialty Camps offer a wide variety of camps such as Bowling, Golf, Skateboarding, Ultimate Sports, Basketball, and Softball.

For teenagers the Y offers Leaders-in-Training programs which is a great way for older kids to make new friends, learn leadership skills and have fun. Teens participate in volunteer opportunities, team building, group work, and career exploration field trips.

The Northwest Adventure Day Camp program is a non-traditional program which features traditional camp activities, horseback riding, archery, climbing tower, crafts, music, nature programs, sports, as well as use of the outdoor pool where campers can swim. This Day Camp provides an opportunity to enjoy the majority of the day outside exploring nature. 

All of the Y camps promote a fun-filled summer where character counts and recognition for demonstrating honesty, respect, responsibility and caring are part of our daily recognition program. Campers learn about healthy lifestyles, gain independence and explore new interests.”

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