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STANLY COUNTY FAMILY YMCA


It's June... summer is almost here and the Y is now closed on Sundays!


Welcome to Stanly County Family YMCA!  At our Y, our goal is to serve

you and your family through a variety of programs.  Our friendly staff

are here to guide you to a wonderful experience.  If there is anything

that we can do to help, please look for our YMCA name tags and you

will find a well-trained, knowledgeable person to help.


Why the Y Blog

TOP FIVE REASONS KIDS SHOULD GO TO SUMMER DAY CAMP

Summer camp can be one of the most rewarding, unforgettable experiences in achild’s life. Camp provides children with a community of caring mentors who provide experiential education that leads to self-respect and appreciation for life. All of the outcomes -  friendships, overcoming challenges, staying healthy and building character — prepare them for bigger, brighter lives down the road. In addition to great friendships and enduring memories, many important life skills are learned at camp. Here are five reasons kids should go to camp: Read more ...


Why the Y Blog


TOP FIVE REASONS KIDS SHOULD GO TO SUMMER DAY CAMP


Summer camp can be one of the most rewarding, unforgettable experiences in a

child’s life. Camp provides children with a community of caring mentors who provide

experiential education that leads to self-respect and appreciation for life. All of the

outcomes—friendships, overcoming challenges, staying healthy and building character

— prepare them for bigger, brighter lives down the road. In addition to great

friendships and enduring memories, many important life skills are learned at camp.

Here are five reasons kids should go to camp:


1. To try new things. Camp pushes children out of their comfort zone and

exposes them to new activities and experiences that they may not be familiar with.

Campers get the opportunity to try out different things and discover new hobbies

or passions. By exploring various types of activities, children have a greater

chance of finding something that they excel at or that makes them happy.


2. To develop social skills. Camp teaches children to communicate, to work

together as part of a team and to be a leader. Leadership is developed by asking

campers to fulfill responsibilities that may not be expected of them elsewhere,

while sharing resources and attention helps foster teamwork and the desire to

participate.


3. To face challenges and learn the value of hard work. Because they feel

safe at camp, youngsters are comfortable taking healthy risks, setting personal

goals and realizing their dreams. At camp, children learn the importance of working

hard to accomplish what they want and to never give up, all in a low-stress

setting.


4. To build character. On top of making new friends, campers also develop an

appreciation for the qualities required to cultivate and strengthen these

relationships. Camp provides children with the core values of a strong, moral

individual by teaching them about ethics, honesty, caring, respect and

responsibility. Parents frequently report that after camp, their children are more

kind, understand the importance of giving, are more equipped to stand up for

what they know is right, and are willing to be more responsible.


5. To foster independence. At camp, children learn the responsibility of making

their own decisions with the safety net of insightful counselors and staff in a safe

environment. Campers can risk finding out what works and what doesn’t, while

discovering new facets of themselves. The camp environment provides peer

support that allows children to quickly overcome their need for constant parental

dependency. 


Reserve your child's spot today and give them a gift of a lifetime!

The Y is committed to providing programs that build a healthy spirit, mind and body for all. We make every effort to ensure that no one is turned away due to inability to pay. Click to read more about our Open Door Scholarship Program for financial assistance.