Summer camps announced at local YMCA

JAMESTOWN – The Jamestown YMCA is now accepting applications for the 2013 Summer Day Camp Program for children ages 3 to 12 years.

New this year, the YMCA is offering a mini day camp for preschoolers at the Heritage House location. The program operates for seven consecutive weeks during the summer starting on July 8 and offers programming Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to noon for children ages 3 and 4. The mini camp is designed to fill the learning gap through active play and educational opportunities that inspire children with a variety of activities that stimulate the body and mind.

Camp Discovery, for children ages 5-7, and Camp Chautau, for ages 8-12, will be offered 9 weeks during the summer and is scheduled to begin the week of June 24 through Aug. 23. The programs run Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with early drop off at 7:30 a.m. and late pick up at 5:30 p.m. for working parents at no extra charge.

YMCA programs include daily opportunities for children to engage in a variety of intellectual and physical activities throughout the day to keep children active, both in body and in mind. The YMCA’s day camp environment is designed to educate and support children as they make healthy lifestyle choices, enlarge their character and develop healthy relationships among their peers.

Camp Discovery will feature age appropriate activities such as storytelling, singing, arts and crafts, sports, gym games, swimming, science, drama, cooking and more.

Camp Chautau will feature a wide variety of activities that include arts and crafts, sports, field activities, swimming, games, singing, cheerleading, music, drama, dance, nature, cooking and much more.

For both camps, each week’s activities are theme related and include a special trip. All campers will receive a free camp T-shirt for special trip days.

Registrations can be made online or in person at the Welcome Center at the Jamestown YMCA. A $20 per week deposit is required for each child to hold their reservation. The remaining balance is due the week prior to the start of each week. Scholarships are available on a first come, first serve basis to qualifying individuals. Scholarship applications are available at the Welcome Center at the Jamestown YMCA. The YMCA is a United Way agency. For more information, contact Ronda Migliore, child care executive, at 664-2802, ext. 222.