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YMCA Summer Day Camp set to start

Sunday, June 3, 2012

YMCA Summer Day Camp Program Director Nicole Fry
The YMCA of Clay County will host the Y Summer Day Camp again this year, beginning June 4 and running until August 8.

The camp will take place at Forest Park Elementary School until July 20, when it will move to the YMCA building.

Campers who can participate must be entering kindergarten through eighth-grade.

Tutoring will be available for the campers from 9-11 a.m., each morning.

"With our tutoring program, campers are less likely to experience the summer learning loss that occurs during those summer months, which could lead children to be 2-3 months behind when they return to school in the fall," Program Director Nicole Fry said.

"By the time they reach high school, they could possibly be one to two years behind their classmates."

Also available will be enrichment activities, games, arts and crafts, swimming, skits, field trips and more.

"Kids who attend camp engage in physical activities over the summer," Fry said.

"This helps to prevent childhood obesity and other health problems that are related to this rising issue."

The camp will serve breakfast from 7:30-8:30 a.m., and lunch from 11 a.m.-noon.

Free breakfast and lunch will be offered to all participants and anyone under the age of 18 who comes to the school during the meal times.

Leslie Harris, from Forest Park Elementary, will be preparing the meals along with two other staff members.

While at Forest Park, hot meals will be served, and once the camp moves to the Y, sack lunch meals will be provided each day.

Fry explained why the Day Camp experience could be a major benefit to children.

"They gain friendships, healthy lifestyles, respect for themselves, others and their community, confidence and much more," Fry said. "The Y focuses on our core values: Caring, honesty, respect and responsibility.

"Our goal is to encourage each child to know these values and practice them in their day to day lives."

Parents may register the children anytime throughout the summer by stopping by the Y to fill out a form or by contacting Fry at 442-6761 or by e-mail at childcare@claycountyymca.org.

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