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YMCA Summer Camp news

The YMCA Summer Camp took a cruise to Tangier Island on July 3. Above, campers walk the dock and board the ferry on Tangier Island.

by Rebecca Panis
Program Director

The Middlesex Family YMCA Summer Camp took a trip to Tangier Island on July 3. This was a great experience for all the kids. Tangier Island is a huge part of Chesapeake Bay and our local history, and most of the youth in our community do not know it exists.

At the Y, we want our campers to experience things they would not normally get to do. We are here to not only educate the kids about their surroundings, but also allow them to experience these new adventures firsthand.

Tangier Island was an adventure for us all—from the boat trip across the Chesapeake Bay, pulling into the harbor at Tangier, to talking with some of the kids on the island—everyone learned something new that day.

Knowing that there is something like that so close to us surprised all the children, and then learning that it may not be there in 50 years because of erosion shocked them all. It allowed us to educate the kids about the island, erosion and unusual things in our world.

Being on the boat was a great adventure for them all. Some of our kids will never get to do that again. We want to show the children that the world is theirs. They can go wherever and do whatever they want in their lives. Children thrive most when they are in charge of their choices, and these trips, daily activities and fellowship is what builds great character values. Hope to see you on our next adventure! 

posted 07.17.2013

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