LIVINGSTON, NJ — The Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges hopses to see local children blossom at summer camp this year, whether it’s an extended sleepaway experience at Fairview Lake YMCA Camps in Stillwater Township, or specialty and traditional day camps at the Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges’ five other branches in East Orange, Hardyston, Livingston, Maplewood/South Orange, and Wayne.
These summer camps provide children and teenagers a safe place to build friendships, community, independence, responsibility and confidence, as they take on new challenges and gain competence.
“More than 3,500 kids enjoyed discovering who they are and what they can achieve at Metro YMCA camps last summer,” said Metro YMCA President and CEO Richard K. Gorab. “What they learn through camp experiences not only creates memories, it gives them life skills to grow into successful adults.”
Not all families can afford summer camp, according to the Y, despite the Metro Y’s efforts to keep tuition as low as possible. Lacking access to recreational and educational opportunities, some children experience significant learning loss and weight gain over the summer break from school.
That’s where the Metro YMCA Financial Assistance Fund comes in. The Y raises money so children can have a camp experience, regardless of their family’s ability to pay. On May 1, the Y launched a two-week campaign to send 200 more children to camp this summer. Last year, the fund helped to make camp a reality for 305 children.
“The Metro YMCA wants every child to have the opportunity to flourish physically, emotionally and cognitively over the summer,” said Metro Y Director of Development Lisa Kelly. “Summer camp offers children adventure, healthy fun, and so many opportunities for personal growth. This campaign is an investment in children that will strengthen our communities.”
For more information about Metro Y summer camps, go to metroymcas.org/camp. To help send a child to camp, make a donation at metroymcas.org/donate. For more information, contact Kelly at email@example.com or call 973-758-9622.
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