Goffstown & Manchester, NH (March 25, 2016) - Do you remember your favorite summer adventures? Did you stay all day at the pool with your friends? Did you head to the local park and play basketball? Or did you discover your favorite literary heroes and follow their adventures from your own backyard? For most, summer adventures were a combination of all of these—some exploration, activity and education.
For others, summer still evokes fond memories of camp and whether one attended a day camp or had an overnight experience, the benefits were many.
“Summer camp is an enduring tradition at The Granite YMCA,” said Hal Jordan, the association’s President and CEO. “Over the years, we’ve been proud to provide a high quality experience for thousands of youth, and we are pleased to announce that registration for our summer 2016 day camp programs are now open. We also offer financial assistance to ensure that all youth have the opportunity to experience the magic of summer camp.” (right photo courtesy of the YMCA)
Mr. Jordan went on to say that while summer is the perfect time for children to be outdoors and exploring, some don’t have access to recreational and educational activities. “Children who don’t remain active and engaged in the summer months, sometimes find themselves struggling when the school year starts up in September. That’s why The Granite YMCA is pleased to offer over 70 day camp programs at five different Y locations across NH to give kids of all ages an adventurous, active, and healthy summer.”
“There are few unique environments as special as camp, where kids become part of a community, form friendships, and grow to be more independent as they engage in physical, social and educational activities every day,” Mr. Jordan noted. He added that The Granite YMCA offers a variety of camps ranging from the traditional day camp (providing a wide array of activities) to specialty camps such as sports, gymnastics, tennis, leadership, cooking, and so much more.
“Summer camp provides a variety of opportunities to ensure that youth are learning and being physically active in a safe and supportive atmosphere,” said Mr. Jordan. “Campers learn how to be responsible, work in groups, solve problems, and make decisions that will help them grow as individuals and leaders—all while having fun and experiencing a sense of belonging.”
There are many benefits to summer camp, chief among them are adventure, personal growth, friendships, healthy fun, and memories that will last a lifetime. Parents and guardians can also be assured that all camp staff at The Granite YMCA are carefully selected based on their expertise, background, and skill set. Once hired, staff undergo trainings and certifications in compliance with state and local standards. “Many of our counselors were once campers themselves,” said Mr. Jordan. “This is their way of paying it forward and working to ensure that each camper has the best possible experience.”
Registration for the 2016 summer camp season is now open. For more information, visit www.graniteymca.org/daycamp or contact The Y’s day camp registrar at 603.623.3558.
About The Granite YMCA:
As one of the state’s longest standing and most enduring non-profits, The Granite YMCA focuses on youth development, healthy living, social responsibility, and family strengthening. Across the state, its six branches engage 30,000 men, women, and children – regardless of age, income or background – to improve their health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. In 2015, The Granite YMCA provided financial assistance and free services valued at $1.55 million to 19,488 individuals. www.graniteymca.org