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YMCA 'cooking up' ways to keep kids entertained over the summer

Friday, May 26, 2006

Ivy Herron photos

Top: Jennifer Smith, Diana Moore, Sara Parks and Dan Summerlot recently met in the committee room at the Brazil YMCA to discuss creative summer activities for the YMCA Summer Day Camp. The campers will be able to participate in field trips, pool parties and learning how to cook their own nutritious snacks this year at the camp.

Bottom: YMCA counselors Sam Spencer, Tad R. Chew, Abby Fischer and Jennifer Jeffers practiced their CPR skills while (in the background) the rest of the class learn basic first-aid training. The training and certification of 27 people from Putnam and Clay counties participating in the event is to prevent an accident before one happens.

The ending of the school year has many parents struggling with ideas of how to keep their children entertained and educationally stimulated during the summer months.

"YMCA Summer Day Camp is a fun-filled camp that constantly has something for our campers to do. We have lots of new and exciting activity choices this year," YMCA Summer Camp Director Pam Fischer said. "There's always something going on at camp."

Campers can be dropped off at Forest Park Elementary as early as 6 a.m. and picked up as late as 6 p.m.

They will have the opportunity to participate in fun activities like field trips and pool parties. One new activity this year will be learning about proper nutrition and how to cook nutritious snacks for themselves.

"Camp is a safe environment for kids to have lots of fun while learning along the way," Fischer said. "We have 21 certified counselors and countless volunteers working together to make this a community driven project for the benefit of the kids."

Teaching a new character-based education program is an important part of this year's camp.

"We're stressing core values this year, like the impact of honesty, respect, caring and responsibility in these kids' lives," she said. "We're also reinforcing the no bullying policies being taught at area schools."

The successful tutoring program at last year's camp is also returning in an expanded form.

"For students who still need a little help with their school work, or need remediation, we're adding more tutoring sessions to this year's activities," Fischer said.

Children from throughout the county in kindergarten through 6th grade can take advantage of tutoring at the camp this year. Tutoring classes based on the standards set by the Indiana Department of Education are available from 8-10 a.m. Monday through Friday.

The YMCA Summer Day Camp begins on May 30 and runs until Aug. 11.

The YMCA is now accepting enrollment for the Summer Day Camp until the last day of camp. Parents can take advantage of $17 per day or $70 per week camp rates, including tutoring classes, for the first child and $55 for each additional child. If a parent only wants to enroll their child for tutoring classes the cost is $100 for 10 sessions.

"Parents can sign up anytime during camp. Children can come anytime they want, for a day or a week at a time. What ever best suits the family's schedule," Fischer said. "They just need to go to the Brazil YMCA to purchase the package of their choice and then come join us for some fun."

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