YMCA 5 Reasons Why Kids Should Attend Summer Camp

Summer Camps at YMCA Fairfax County Reston
Keeps Youth Moving, Learning and Exploring All Summer Long

Summer is the ideal time for kids to get up, get out, and explore, but for some kids no school means no access to the recreational and educational activities they need to learn, grow, and thrive. As a result, some kids will experience learning loss and can gain weight twice as fast as they do during the school year. For parents and caregivers looking to keep their kids’ minds and bodies active, the YMCA Fairfax County Reston offers a summer camp to provide youth with an adventurous, active, and healthy summer.

“YMCA summer camp supports the social and emotional development as well as the physical well-being of kids,” says Kiara Holloman, Program Director at the Reston Y camp. “Kids are in a welcoming environment where they can belong, build relationships, develop character and achieve – discovering their potential. We really encourage parents to give their kids the gift of camp so that every child can benefit from the experience.”

Holloman says there are five reasons why children and teens should attend summer camp:

  • ADVENTURE: Summer camp is all about a wide variety of fun adventures and new experiences, especially exploring the outdoors. YMCA camps present a new adventure for every child and teen. Visit www.ymcadc.org
  • HEALTHY FUN: Camp offers fun, stimulating activities that engage the body and mind, and also teaches children and teens about nutrition to improve their eating habits.
  • PERSONAL GROWTH: Being away from the routine back home gives youth the chance to learn new skills and develop confidence and independence by taking on new responsibilities and challenges. Camp offers children an opportunity to achieve on a cognitive, social, and emotional level while not in school.
  • NEW FRIENDSHIPS: Amidst the fun of camp games, songs, swimming, Lego robotics and talent shows, campers will have the chance to meet new friends and strengthen their existing friendships.
  • MEMORIES: Summer camp is an unforgettable experience that will give each camper memories (and camp traditions) that will last a lifetime. Campers will return to school with plenty of camp stories to share with their classmates!

For more information, visit www.ymcadc.org or contact Kiara Holloman at Kiara.Holloman@ymcadc.org

About the Y

The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Across the U.S., 2,700 Ys engage 21 million men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Anchored in more than 10,000 communities, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change.

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