YMCA has summer camp programs, including leadership training

Provided photo: Last year, day campers at the Y visited the Medina Fire Department.

Staff Reports Posted 27 June 2018 at 10:39 am

MEDINA – The Orleans County YMCA this week started its summer day camps, with the program continuing through Aug. 24.

Children can register for a day, a week, or longer, said Greg Reed, the Y director.

The Orleans County YMCA has updated its programs to increase offerings to the community, Reed said.

“A few of those changes have included public access to a batting cage, rock climbing wall, and community partnerships,” he said.  “The new Summer Day Camp Director, Laura Fields, is an experienced YMCA child care staff member who is adored by students and her creativity in exploring new adventures.”

Daniel Doctor, who also works as director of community outreach for Medina Central School, is leading the oversight of the staff training, Leaders In Training, and Counselors In Training programs to kick off the summer.

• Summer Day Camp is for campers in grades 1 – 6 and Reed said it is the perfect place for children to have a fun and safe summer. In addition, the Y has leadership development programs for older campers. Day Camp allows children to grow and thrive while working with peer groups and enjoying a variety of both indoor and outdoor games and activities.

With options to choose from 5-day or “a la carte” per diem daily rates, there is something to fit the needs of all parents. If your child is in need of half-day care, due to enrichment programs, the YMCA is willing to explore options for this route, too, Reed said.

• Campers in grades 7- 8 can take part of the Leaders In Training (LIT) program, while students for grades 9 – 12 can register for the Counselors In Training (CIT) program. The CIT program is a free program, as high school students will “pay their way” in demonstrating their leadership skills in assisting YMCA staff with the Day Camp program. This is a great opportunity for building a resume for jobs and colleges, while opening employment opportunities at the YMCA.

Each week is based around a special theme and the Y offers age-appropriate activities like sports and games, arts and crafts, weekly field trips, utilizing our new rock wall, and more. Each day, camp is open from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. with additional recreational enrichment until 6 p.m., if needed.

The caring and nurturing staff are carefully selected based on their previous experience and schooling, Reed said.

YMCA summer camps are certified by the New York State Health Department and adhere to strict safety regulations.

Register for one week or join the Y for all 9. The YMCA offers flexible enrollment and payment plans to fit the needs of any family. The Y also provides scholarships (of up to 50% percent) for those who qualify, which makes YMCA summer camp one of the most affordable options around, Reed said.

For more information on the YMCA’s summer camp programs or to register, contact the Orleans County YMCA at 585-798-2040.

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