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YMCA offers youth activities at summer day camp

by Larry S. Chowning

Registration for Middlesex YMCA Summer Day Camp is now open and many youths already have signed up. 

Unlike past years, the YMCA will provide transportation to the western end of the county this summer.

“We wanted to include kids from all over Middlesex and we realize transportation can be a problem for those living in the upper part of the county,” said YMCA program director Clark Laster. “The summer program we had last year was a blast and we hope to have as many kids who want to participate to be able to this summer.”

Each morning the YMCA bus will pick up campers at Food Lion in Saluda and bring them to the camp at the YMCA facility in Hartfield. Parents are asked to stay with their children until they get on the YMCA bus.

The Day Camp program runs from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Children ages 4 years, 9 months through 13 years will enjoy fun-filled days with swimming, arts and crafts, new games, sports, team-building exercises, daily devotionals, and weekly field trips. 

Day Camp sessions run each week, beginning June 15 and ending August 17, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m 

To ensure all youth, regardless of family income, have the opportunity to attend camp, the YMCA has a Guardian Scholarship Program.  If interested in the program, contact Cheryl Holleran at the YMCA (776-8846). 

“Our goal is to ensure every child has the opportunity to experience our Day Camp,” said Laster. “Last summer the Day Camp was rated 5 out of 5 stars, and we look to improve this year.” 

The cost of the program is $80 per week for members and $95 per week for other program participants. In addition to the weekly fee, youth pay a one-time $40 non-refundable registration fee that must be paid prior to camp in order to ensure a spot for a child. When registering, bring a copy of the child’s school physical, vaccination record, and birth certificate.

For more information, call the YMCA at 776-8846. 

posted 05.13.2009

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