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YMCA ready for start of Day Camp

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Pam Fischer
The annual YMCA of Clay County Summer Day Camp is scheduled to begin Tuesday, June 7.

This year, the camp will be a little different.

Camp Director Pam Fischer told The Brazil Times plans are in place to launch Leaders Achieving Unity Now Changing History (L.A.U.N.C.H.) this year.

"It's not a tutoring program," Fischer said. "It will be learning life skills. We're trying to change history."

The program is open to all middle school students.

Fischer said the program will include daily workshops, developing leadership skills and developing positive self-esteem.

"It will help kids learn about themselves," Fischer said, "while making wise choices."

The program will include role playing, guest speakers, community awareness programs, volunteer work and more.

Fischer said L.A.U.N.C.H. leaders will include Alyssa Papinchock, Abby Fischer, Sam Spencer and Caitlyn McKinney.

YMCA of Clay County CEO Deborah Plummer said Fischer's work with the program has been "valuable."

"Pam is an amazing advocate for children in our community," Plummer said. "She brings a great deal of passion to her position as summer camp director. She's a gifted teacher."

The summer camp means quite a bit to Plummer as well. She began her Y career as Summer Camp Director in 2003 in Greencastle, before coming to Brazil in 2004.

Deb Plummer
"I love summer time," Plummer said. "There's so much time for the staff to interact one-on-one with the kids. It's a pretty productive 10 weeks."

All Summer Day Camp activities will take place at Forest Park Elementary, Monday-Friday, from 6 a.m.-6 p.m. In addition, Fischer said Forest Park head cook Leslie Harris will cook meals for the children during the summer, including a hot breakfast from 7:30-8:30 a.m., and a hot lunch from 11 a.m.-noon.

"Hopefully, we'll have a lot of kids come in," Fischer said. "We had so many kids last summer, we didn't have enough room for the older kids."

"Our summer food program, being able to serve two free meals a day to those families that don't have other resources, has been very valuable," Plummer added.

The camp is scheduled to conclude Aug. 10.

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