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More than 10 million kids around the world go to summer camp each year, with thousands attending YMCA camps across Northwest North Carolina.

Branches of the YMCA offer a wide variety of camps, including traditional day camp, half day options, specialty camps, sports camps, teen camp, and resident camp at YMCA Camp Hanes. Registration is going on now at ykidscamp.org, on the YMCA’s new mobile app available on Google Play and iTunes, and in branches.

“The summer months are just around the corner. Summer is meant to be filled with learning enrichment, new experiences and making new friendships and memories that can last a lifetime,” said Tres Fordham, Executive Director of the Yadkin Family YMCA. “At the Y, we focus on programs that allow children to explore and get involved in activities that help them grow both mentally and physically.”

Summer camp gives children and teens the opportunity to get outdoors and learn about nature, discover new interests, be more physically active, and develop confidence, independence, leadership and social skills. Here are some of the YMCA camp options available:

Summer Day Camp offers almost all of the benefits of traditional camp — new experiences, skill building, a sense of community and lasting friendships — in rural and urban settings while returning home each afternoon. The summer zooms by with an action-packed schedule of swimming, arts & crafts, sports and more. Creative activities ensure that young minds stay active, while having an absolute blast. With flexible locations, your child belongs at summer day camp.

Sports and Specialty Camps are a great option to enhance your child’s interest in a particular sport, whether it’s a basketball academy or soccer clinic. Children are more motivated to do well in school and other activities when they excel outside the classroom. Building athletic skills during summer months is a great way to stay active and help your child achieve goals during the sports season.

YMCA Camp Hanes changes kids for the better. During evenings spent around a campfire and days having fun with friends, children grow. The resident camp sits below the beauty of Sauratown Mountain in King, NC (just 25 miles north of Winston-Salem). Core values are taught in everything we do from the ever-popular blob and zip lines to our new, state-of-the-art Shotgun Range and Equestrian Center. Learn more at www.camphanes.org, where you can see all the age levels, activities, session dates, rates, and more!

Learn more or register at ykidscamp.org.

About YMCA of Northwest North Carolina

The YMCA is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. The YMCA of Northwest North Carolina engages more than 115,000 men, women and children annually – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the community’s health and well-being and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Anchored in communities across seven counties, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. Learn more at www.ymcanwnc.org.

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