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YMCA of Greater Charlotte Camps Keep Kids Moving, Learning and Growing All Summer
Date:5/10/2013

Charlotte, NC (PRWEB) May 10, 2013

For generations, the YMCA of Greater Charlotte has built a legacy of providing kids and teens with enriching, safe and fun summer camp experiences with caring staff and volunteers who model positive values that build kids’ character.

Operating for 138 years, the Y is a leading nonprofit that has built a legacy of providing award-winning camping programs as part of their commitment to nurture youth potential. Last year the Y hosted more than 3,300 children in resident camp and nearly 11,000 in day camp at Y branches across the Greater Charlotte region.

The Y’s youth development experts emphasize that the camp experience has a much deeper significance than filling idle summer months. “Camp is different from childcare,” affirms YMCA Association Director of Youth Programs Liz Godwin. “There’s a real purpose and benefit to camping. Countless adults attest that their camp experience had a positive impact on who they are today.”

Godwin provides five reasons why kids should attend summer camp:

  • Healthy Physical Activity & Adventure

With more free time in summer, ensuring that kids practice healthy habits could be challenging. According to the YMCA’s Family Health Snapshot, a survey that gauges children’s activity levels during the school year, nearly 50 percent of U.S. parents say technological distractions, such as television, cell phones or video games make it difficult to maintain a healthy lifestyle for their children. Camp empowers parents to help their kids unplug from technology, keeping their minds and bodies active in a safe and fun environment.

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