When looking for a summer camp, ideally you want to find programming that keeps kids moving, exploring and learning. And if you’re looking for a camp around Lansdale or Harleysville, the North Penn YMCA gives you just that!
The North Penn YMCA, with branches in Lansdale and Harleysville, is offering day camp to give kids and teens in the North Penn, Indian Valley and Perkiomen communities an adventurous, active and healthy summer—one that will surely be described as “the best summer ever” for years to come.
Camping, like many Y programs, is about learning skills, developing character and making friends. But few environments are as special as camp, where kids become a community as they learn both how to be more independent and how to contribute to a group as they engage in physical, social and educational activities. Camping teaches self-reliance, a love for nature and the outdoors and the development of attitudes and practices that build character and leadership—all amidst the fun of campfires, bugle calls, canoeing, archery, talent shows and meaningful relationships. Y counselors are dedicated to making sure camp is an amazing experience for every camper.
“YMCA summer camp supports the social-emotional growth, cognitive development and physical well-being of kids,” says Bob Gallagher, CEO. “In our day camps, kids are in a welcoming environment where they can belong, they’re building relationships, developing character and discovering their potential. We really encourage parents to give their kids the gift of camp to keep their kids active and engaged throughout the summer.”
Gallagher says there are five reasons why children and teens should attend summer camp:
- ADVENTURE: Summer camp is all about a wide variety of new experiences and exploring the outdoors. YMCA camps have a new adventure for every child and teen. Visit www.northpennymca.org for details.
- HEALTHY FUN: Day camps offer fun, stimulating activities that engage the body and mind, and also help children and teens learn the importance of nutrition to help improve their healthy eating habits.
- PERSONAL GROWTH: While in the welcoming environment of camp, youth have a chance to learn new skills, and develop confidence and independence by taking on new responsibilities and challenges. Camps offer cognitive learning and social-emotional development opportunities for achievement.
- FRIENDSHIPS: Amidst the fun of camp games, songs, swimming, and talent shows, campers meet new friends and strengthen existing friendships. The bonds formed at camp are important and lasting for many youth.
- MEMORIES: Summer camp is an unforgettable experience that will give each camper memories (and camp traditions) that will last a lifetime. Youth return to school with plenty of camp stories to share!
The North Penn YMCA offers: Preschool camp, day camp with flexible full and part-time options, enrichment and sports camps. And, to ensure that all youth have the chance to experience camp, the North Penn YMCA Camp offers financial assistance to those in need. If you’re interested in helping send kids to camp this summer, you can donate to the Y at www.northpennymca.org/donate.
A leading nonprofit committed to nurturing the potential of youth, the Y has been a leader in providing summer camp for over 132 years. The North Penn YMCA continues to give youth an enriching, safe experience with caring staff and volunteers who model positive values that help build their kids’ character.
For more information, visit NorthPennYMCA.org or contact Laura McMahon, 215-723-3569; Bob Varga, 215-368-1601; or Diane Manus, 215-256-0767.
The North Penn YMCA is a non-profit, charitable organization that offers a wide variety of programs and services for children, teens, seniors, families and those with special needs in the North Penn, Indian Valley and Perkiomen Valley communities. Established in 1955, the North Penn YMCA serves over 16,000 community members and their families through its three branches and numerous outreach locations, regardless of ability to pay. Locally, the Y provides over $700,000 in charitable services to 9,400 individuals each year. Visit the Y online at NorthPennYMCA.org.
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*This article was provided by the North Penn YMCA*