The YMCA of Roanoke Valley is once again offering summer camps to give children an adventurous, active and healthy summer– one that will surely be described as “the best summer ever” for years to come.

YMCA camp programs offer youth fun and unique experiences with an opportunity to explore the outdoors, meet new friends, discover new interests and create memories that last a lifetime.

Summer is the ideal time for kids to get up, get out and explore. But for some kids, summer means no access to recreational and educational activities to help them learn, grow and thrive during out-of-school time. As a result, some kids can experience learning loss and gain weight twice as fast than during the school year. Attending Y Summer Camp is a wonderful opportunity for kids to keep their minds and bodies active.

“YMCA summer camp supports the social-emotional growth, cognitive development and physical well-being of kids,” says Brittany Madonna, communications director, YMCA of Roanoke Valley. “In our day camp, kids are in a welcoming environment where they can belong by building relationships, developing character and discovering their potential,” said Madonna.

The YMCA of Roanoke Valley says there are five reasons why children should attend summer camp:

  1. ADVENTURE: Summer camp is all about a wide variety of new experiences and exploring the outdoors. Y Summer Camps have a new adventure for every child.
  2. HEALTHY FUN: Y Summer Camps offer fun, stimulating activities that engage the body and mind, and also help children learn the importance of nutrition to help improve their healthy eating habits.
  3. PERSONAL GROWTH: 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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,

Y Summer Camp is another beneficial program that the Botetourt Family YMCA will be able to provide youth and families in Botetourt Community. With support from the community, the Botetourt Family YMCA plans to break ground in late summer of this year with an anticipated opening date of December 2018. Community donations are being accepted at 1215 Roanoke Road, Suite 101 in Daleville.

This summer, the YMCA of Roanoke Valley will offer camps at the Kirk Family Y, Salem Family Y, Woodrow Wilson Elementary School and South Salem Elementary School. For more information on Y Summer Camps, visit ww.ymcaroanoke.org/camp.