VALPARAISO | Get ready for a summer filled with field trips, swimming, sports and fitness, cooking, crafts and more. Registration is now open for preschool and school-age camp at the Valparaiso Family YMCA.
Camp is from June 10 through Aug. 16.
Preschool-age children will enjoy days of age-appropriate activities that focus on the development of the whole child. Children will enjoy a summer of walking field trips, exploring the outdoors and new friendships. The Preschool Summer Enrichment Program will encourage children to reach their next developmental milestone.
“Summer day camp encourages children to grow spiritually, mentally and physically. Children come to camp to meet new friends and learn new skills and leave with memories that last a lifetime,” said Shannon Spratley, senior program director of child care at the Valparaiso Family YMCA.
School-age camp is structured by a daily schedule which provides focused activities developed from weekly themes such as Sweet Tooth Required and Get your Groove On. Camp activities also include: cooperative games, team sports, arts and crafts, singing, performance arts, storytelling, cooking, outdoor living skills, environmental education, community service, fitness classes and swimming. Activities will be held outdoors on YMCA grounds in the pavilion. Summer camp sign-ups are available on a weekly or multiweek basis.
Lindzy Curtis, Valparaiso Family YMCA camp director, is returning for her second year leading the program.
The Valparaiso Family YMCA has also announced a new summer camp partnership with Opportunity Enterprises. Opportunity Enterprises received a $10,000 grant from the National Inclusion Project to partner with the Valparaiso Family YMCA to make summer day camps inclusive for children with special needs. The camps will be staffed by a team from both OE and the YMCA. Camps will be open to children of all abilities, with at least 20 percent of the children having special needs.
“This grant will allow us to fill a significant need in our community,” said Liz Metts, grants and funding coordinator for Opportunity Enterprises.
Part of the grant money will be used to train camp directors and staff on inclusion through the Let’s ALL Play program. Through training, staffing, and scholarships, Let’s ALL Play gives children with disabilities the same experience as those without. The program's goal of is to assist organizations that serve children nationwide in moving toward full inclusion.
Call (219) 462-4185.