A summer away from school at YMCA camps

youth YMCAA teen volunteer camp counselor with the YMCA helps a young camper into a rock climbing harness.

Hundreds of South and Central Coast children and their families are spending their summer away from school at YMCA camps, including sports, specialty, water, sleepaway, family and traditional camps.

They Y Summer Camp Programs create opportunities for hundreds of South and Central Coast children and their families to spend their summer away from school at YMCA camps, including sports, specialty, water, sleepaway, family and traditional camps. Dozens of highly trained staff and volunteers help ensure that children make lasting friendships and have fun discovering who they are and what they can do.

“Being away from the routine of school and home can allow kids a chance to challenge themselves and develop independence,” said Sal Cisneros, President and CEO of the Channel Islands YMCA. “The nurturing environment of the Y camps encourages Summer Learning Gain, or cognitive and emotional development that helps children start their new school year ready to learn.”

Dozens of highly trained staff and volunteers help ensure that children make lasting friendships and have fun discovering who they are and what they can do.

Camps provide an opportunity for children to meet new kinds of people and develop real connections without the distractions of phone or television. Activities such as ropes courses, team sports and meal preparation encourage teamwork, allowing campers to build valuable relationship skills that help them into adulthood.

The Y camps are accredited by the American Camping Association (ACA) which sets the highest standards in the nation for day camps. This important seal of approval means the YMCA complies with up to 300 health, safety, and program quality standards set by ACA.

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