Programming keeps kids moving, exploring and learning
The “best summer ever” is right around the corner and the YMCA of Metuchen, Edison, Woodbridge & South Amboy has 11 camps to choose from to fit every child’s and family’s needs. Camp locations include Edison, Metuchen, Woodbridge, South Amboy, Avenel, Piscataway, Colonia and Fords. The YMCA of MEWSA offers camp activities to make sure kids and teens in our community are adventurous, active and healthy this summer, in both body and mind. YMCA camp programs offer youth fun and unique experiences with an opportunity to explore the outdoors, meet new friends, discover new interests and create memories that last a lifetime.
Summer is the ideal time for kids to get up, get out and explore. But, for some kids summer means no access to recreational and educational activities to help them learn, grow and thrive during out-of-school time. As a result, some kids can experience learning loss and gain weight twice as fast than during the school year. Attending a YMCA summer camp is a wonderful opportunity for kids to keep their minds and bodies active.
YMCA camps offer traditional, specialty and extended care camps, and offers enrichment, junior enrichment, and S.T.R.E.A.M. programs. The Oakcrest Camp & Swim Club, located on 14 acres of land in Edison, offers a full camp experience by providing outdoor swimming, tennis courts, basketball courts, volleyball courts and more. They also provide extended day camp for children participating in the Edison Public Schools Summer Enrichment and Activities Programs at J.P. Stevens High School.
“Summer camp is an excellent way to ensure kids stay engaged socially, physically, and academically throughout the summer,” says Rose Cushing, President & CEO. “In all of our camps, kids are in a welcoming environment where they can belong, they’re building relationships, developing character and discovering their potential. We really encourage parents to give their kids the gift of camp to keep them active and engaged all summer long.”
Chrissy Tolley, Camp Director for Oakcrest Camp and Camp Munsee, says there are five reasons why children and teens should attend summer camp:
1. ADVENTURE: Summer camp is all about a wide variety of new experiences and exploring the outdoors. YMCA camps have a new adventure for every child and teen. Visit www.ymcaofmewsa.org/camp for details.
2. HEALTHY FUN: Day and resident camps offer fun, stimulating activities that engage the body and mind, and also help children and teens learn the importance of nutrition to help improve their healthy eating habits.
3. PERSONAL GROWTH: While in the welcoming environment of camp, youth have a chance to learn new skills, and develop confidence and independence by taking on new responsibilities and challenges. Camps offer cognitive learning and social-emotional development opportunities for achievement.
4. FRIENDSHIPS: Amidst the fun of camp games, songs, swimming, canoeing and talent shows, campers meet new friends and strengthen existing friendships. The bonds formed at camp are important and lasting for many youth.
5. MEMORIES: Summer camp is an unforgettable experience that will give each camper memories (and camp traditions) that will last a lifetime. Youth return to school with plenty of camp stories to share!
To ensure that all youth have the chance to experience camp, the YMCA of MEWSA also offers financial assistance to those in need. If you’re interested in helping send kids to camp this summer, you can donate to the Y at http://www.ymcaofmewsa.org/giving/give.
A leading nonprofit committed to nurturing the potential of youth, the Y has been a leader in providing summer camp for over 131 years. The YMCA of MEWSA continues to give youth an enriching, safe experience with caring staff and volunteers who model positive values that help build their kids’ character.
Most YMCA camps are offering a weekly discount for families that register before June 1st. For more information, or to register for camp, visit http://www.ymcaofmewsa.org/camp.
About the Y
The YMCA of Metuchen, Edison, Woodbridge & South Amboy is a charitable, nonprofit organization devoted to supporting individuals and families—regardless of age, income or background—in their quest to realize their full potential through programs and services that foster youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Each day we serve over 6,000 YMCA members and 1,000 children in childcare in five communities throughout Middlesex County. The YMCA of MEWSA has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. www.ymcaofmewsa.org.