As the first day of YMCA Summer Day Camp approaches, organizers are looking for "summer necessities" that campers might not have or forget to bring with them during the 11-week program.
"We don't need a lot, and we don't need brand new things either," Camp Director Pam Fischer told The Brazil Times recently. "That's something that I think we need to teach our children: We don't have to have everything all at once and it doesn't have to be new."
Camp organizers are seeking donations of "gently used" tennis shoes and swimsuits in various sizes for school-age children (kindergarten through eighth grade), towels and sunscreen.
Although campers are involved in fitness activities, outdoor games and have the option of visiting the Forest Park Pool everyday, Fischer said they don't always arrive prepared to participate in the fun.
"We've had campers show up wearing cowboys boots or flip flops, which is fine, but they're not so easy to run in," Fischer said. "Safety is a big factor. We want the children to wear shoes that will allow them to be safe while having fun."
Trekking to the park pool is one of the favorite activities enjoyed by campers of all ages.
"We don't care if they want to go everyday," Fischer said. "They need swimsuits to be able to swim, but might forget it or their towels. We don't care if they are used. Everything is washed daily. As for towels, they can be a little worn. We just want to use them to dry off anyway."
With many activities taking place outside, YMCA Director Chad Zaucha said it is important to protect campers from the dangers of the sun.
"We need lots of sunscreen," he said. "We always ask campers to bring sunscreen with them, but there never seems to be enough."
Children entering kindergarten through fifth-grade will take part in the Clay County YMCA Summer Day Camp, while incoming middle school students through eighth-grade will attend the Junior High Camp. Parents can drop their children off for extended morning care at the camp from 6-8 a.m., from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. for regular Summer Day Camp and from 4-6 p.m. for extended evening care.
Contact the YMCA for registration information at 442-6761, or e-mail email@example.com.
The YMCA Summer Day Camp, which takes place at Forest Park Elementary from May 30-Aug. 8, is seeking donations of "summer necessities" to help campers enjoy the upcoming activities. Donations sought, which can be dropped off at the YMCA, include the following:
* Gently used tennis shoes (youth sizes),
* Swimsuits (all sizes),
* Towels, and
* Sunscreen lotion (at least 15 SPF).
Monetary donations will also be accepted to help support the camp activities, pay tuitions for needy children and purchase necessary supplies during the 11-week program.
Donations can be dropped off at the YMCA during normal business hours from now until the end of the summer day camp program.