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Metro YMCA Kicks Off Campaign to Send More Kids to Camp This Summer

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Kids blossom at summer camp, 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.

Summer camp provides 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,” Metro YMCA President and CEO Richard K. Gorab said. “What they learn through camp experiences not only creates memories, it gives them life skills to grow into successful adults.”

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But not all families can afford summer camp, in spite of 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, no matter their family’s ability to pay. The Y on Monday 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,” Metro Y Director of Development Lisa Kelly said. “Summer camp offers children adventure, healthy fun, and so many opportunities for personal growth,” Kelly added. “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, please make a donation at metroymcas.org/donate. For more information, contact Kelly at lkelly@metroymcas.org or call 973-758-9622.

ABOUT THE Y

Established in 1885, the Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges is the largest association of YMCAs in New Jersey, serving more than 55,000 individuals, including 30,000 members, and providing nearly $1.3 million in direct financial assistance. Its six YMCAs, located in East Orange, Livingston, Maplewood, Hardyston, Stillwater and Wayne, are committed to nurturing the potential of kids, promoting healthy living, and fostering a sense of social responsibility. They offer an array of programs that build spirit, mind and body for people of all ages and all circumstances.

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