The Power of Summer Camp
YMCA youth programs change kids for the better. The Y teaches the core values of Caring, Honesty, Respect, Responsibility and Faith. Y staff are positive role models that help kids realize and achieve their full potential.
“To me, Camp Hanes is WAY more than just a summer camp. It’s my second home. When I’m there I feel comfortable and happy all the time! Camp has taught me who I really am, and has helped me improve my character so much. Camp Hanes has a way of getting into your soul and grabbing hold. It’s by far the most unforgettable experience I have had in my childhood. Camp Hanes has definitively helped me turn myself into the person I want to be.” – John, age 14
At Summer Day Camp, Becca learned things that kids often learn at camp like how to shoot a bow and arrow and why snakes shed their skin. But Becca also learned some things about her own abilities to break out of her comfort zone and push herself to try new things. Along the way, Becca taught us all a few things about ourselves: Sometimes we fall down, but there is strength in allowing our friends to help us back up. Sometimes we get tired, but we benefit from pushing ourselves to get up the hill that life puts in front of us.
“This was the best summer of my life!” – Becca, age 8