“At Y Day Camp, we learned aboutcharacter. My favorite pillar isrespect because you can help othersby teaching them to respectthemselves and others. Plus, in campI read and read!” SHAINA J. 7, 2ND GRADE
“My family doesn’t have enough money, but instead ofgoing nowhere this summer, I went to camp. In thebeginning no one knew each other and we were shy.Camp encouraged us and we really learned that if wework together we can succeed. Different people canbe friends, and still be themselves. I learned so muchabout the environment, about nutrition, about people.I can teach it to my friends. At the end everyone wascrying because no one wanted to leave. I still can’tbelieve that it was only one week!” MARCUS G. 12, Y SUMMER RESIDENT CAMP PARTICIPANT
“My brother and I joined the Y becausethere is no other place like it in ourneighborhood. I used to be home alone allthe time and had no friends, but at theTeen Center I’ve made lots of friends. NowI participate in programs with my friendsall day. My favorite is art, I love to becreative! I finally feel like there issomeplace I belong.” RUBY A. 12
HOW DOES THE YMAKE A DIFFERENCEIN THE SUMMER?TEACHING CHARACTER, VALUES AND LEADERSHIPA. Day and Specialty CampsB. Resident CampsC. Making Summer Count for Everyone – Sustaining Memberships
The CCF fund has providedmore than 2,200 youth andfamilies with participation inY programs that explorenature, fitness, academics,sports, nutrition, civicaction, and wellness.
“Over the summer, kids in myneighborhood can become bad,because there isn’t a parentaround. In this program, they canlearn something good, andexperience positive things. TheYMCA is our good place.” SARAH Q., 8 Y DAY CAMP PARTICIPANT