Summer camp helps youth learn, get outdoors

Starting May 1, the YMCA of Beaufort County is encouraging parents to help keep their kids physically active and mentally engaged by signing them up for the Y’s Day Camp programs. Summer is a critical out-of-school time when children and teens can benefit from enriched learning, new experiences and making new friendships. The Y’s camp offers all of this and more.
“While summer should be a time of exploration, youth are sometimes less involved in activities that stimulate their mind and body,” says Kaylin Garst, Y Childcare Director. “When at Y camps, kids have the opportunity to get outdoors and learn about nature, take on new responsibilities, gain independence, and develop essential social skills and new relationships. As a result, they become more confident, open to trying new things and grow as individuals and as part of a group.”
The YMCA of Beaufort County provides exciting and educational camp programming for children and teens, and their parents, including: traditional camp where campers will receive virtual learning; Kiddie Kamp for ages 3 and 4; CIT (Counselors in Training) Camp for teens 13 to 15, and specialty and sports camps for various ages.
A variety of camp hours are available to meet the needs of working families starting from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. And, to ensure that all youth have the chance to experience camp, the YMCA of Beaufort County offers financial assistance.
According to experts, there are five reasons why children and teens should attend summer camp:
• Adventure: Summer camp is all about a wide variety of fun adventures and new experiences, and especially exploring the outdoors.
• Healthy Fun: Day and resident camps offer fun, stimulating activities that engage the body and mind, and also help children and teens learn the importance of nutrition to help improve their eating habits.
• Personal Growth: While being away from the routine back home, youth have a chance to learn new skills, and develop confidence and independence by taking on new responsibilities and challenges.
• New Friendships: Amidst the fun of camp games, songs, swimming, fishing and talent shows, campers meet new friends.
• Memories: Summer camp is an unforgettable experience that will give each camper memories to last a lifetime.
For more information about YMCA summer camp, visit www.ymcabeaufort county.com or contact Kaylin Garst at 843-522-9622, childcareymca@gmail.com.

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