Summer Camps Announced At Jamestown Area YMCA

The Jamestown YMCA is now accepting applications for the 2014 Summer Day Camp Program for children ages 3-12.

The YMCA is offering a mini day camp for preschoolers at the Heritage House location. The program operates for six consecutive weeks during the summer starting on July 7 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 5-8, and Camp Chautau, for ages 9-12, will be offered for eight weeks during the summer at the Jamestown YMCA. The camps run June 30 to Aug. 22. 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 and lessons, science, drama, cooking, and more. Each week’s activities are theme related and include a special trip such as, Waldameer, Sky Zone, Chuck E. Cheese, weekly trips to Camp Onyahsa and more. Each camper will receive a free camp T-shirt for special trip days.

Camp Chautau will feature a wide variety of activities that include arts and crafts, sports, field activities, swimming and lessons, games, singing, cheerleading, music, drama, dance, nature, cooking and more. Each week’s activities are theme related and include a special trip such as, Waldameer, Sky Zone, Chuck E. Cheese, weekly trips to Camp Onyahsa, and more. All campers will receive a free camp T-shirt for special trip days.

Camp Eastside at Immanuel Lutheran Church, for children ages 5-10, will be offered eight weeks during the summer and runs June 30 to Aug. 22. The programs run Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Camp Eastside will feature a wide variety of activities that include arts and crafts, sports, field activities, swimming and lessons, games, singing, cheerleading, music, drama, dance, nature, cooking and much more. Each week’s activities are theme related and include a special trip such as Waldameer, Warren Pool, Laser Tag, Presque Isle and more. All campers will receive a free camp T-shirt for special trip days.

Middle School Academy will be held at the Eastside YMCA, for age 10 (going into fifth grade) to age 14. Middle School Academy will be offered for eight weeks during the summer and runs June 30 to Aug. 22. The programs run Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Eastside YMCA. The Middle School Academy will feature a wide variety of activities that aim to keep the mind sharp, body active and expand friendships. Daily activities are geared toward creative crafts, hands on learning, swimming lessons and active play along with weekly trips such as Waldameer, Warren Pool, Laser Tag, Presque Isle and more.

Camp Discovery and Camp Chautau registrations can be made in person at the Welcome Center at the Jamestown YMCA. Camp Eastside and Middle School Academy Registrations can be made in person at the Eastside YMCA. A $10 per week deposit is required for each child to hold the 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, and applications are available at the Welcome Center at the Jamestown YMCA.

For more information, contact Gina Bloomquist, school age and family director, at 664-2802, ext. 222 or visit jamestownymca.org/daycamp.