Youngsters in Bodden Town and the eastern districts have a new summer camp option this year.
The YMCA’s Summer Camp program has expanded to Savannah, bringing a traditional day camp experience to the eastern districts, where children can stay active, make new friends and have plenty of fun.
“Because of the increased community need for safe, productive activities for kids over the summer, the Y expanded its summer program to three locations, including Savannah,” said YMCA community relations director Vanessa Hansen.
“The Cayman Islands Baptist Church Youth Centre on Pedro Castle Road, with its gym and proximity to local attractions, provides the perfect setting for young campers to explore, learn, and have fun.”
At all three locations, which also include Camana Bay and Field of Dreams, campers will participate in outdoor adventures, sports, camp songs, arts and crafts, swimming, and field trips.
“What makes the Y program unique is the focus on character development,” said Ms. Hansen.
“We like to have fun at the Y, and we teach our core values of caring, respect, honesty, responsibility, and faith through play.”
Learning important life skills is also a feature of the YMCA camps.
“Waterproofing our kids is an important part of the program – by the end of summer, we will have campers who will have learned to swim,” said Ms. Hansen.
In addition to the camp program, which is for kids from 5 to 12 years of age, the Y offers a Counselors-in-Training (CIT) program. It is designed for young people aged 13 to 17, with a focus on leadership development. CITs assist the camp leaders while participating in team building and leadership projects.
“One of our regular CITs received the Year 10 community service award for his school, which he credits to the opportunities the Y has given him,” noted Ms. Hansen.
The Savannah camp runs from July 25 through Aug. 19. Camp hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; however, early drop-off and late pick-up are available to cater to working parents. To learn more about these or any other Y programs, visit www.ymcacayman.ky, call 926-9622 or email [email protected]