Each summer, the Armed Services YMCA supports ASYMCA branches and YMCA affiliates across the country to help send military kids to camp. This initiative has allowed over 2,000 military children across the country to attend day and overnight camps this summer!
We’re spreading the good news with a blog series highlighting the various programs and curriculums offered at the summer camps, ranging from STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics) experiments, to cooking classes, Tae Kwon Do and more!
Check out this week’s Q&A with ASYMCA Fort Leonard Wood Executive Director, Matt Rumph as he shares information about their summer camp program.
Can you tell us a little bit about the summer camp program offered at ASYMCA Ft. Leonard Wood?
Sure! Operation Summer Camp is our summer camp program held at the YMCA Resident Camp Wakonda in Springfield, MO. The children enjoy 1 week of resident camp and get involved in many outdoor activities. Campers make lifelong friendships while learning new skills and the four core values of The Y, Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility, while living the “I’m Third” motto of God First, Others Second and Yourself Third. This program is sponsored by the Seven Stars Foundation and Veterans United Foundation.
How many children attended camp this summer?
This summer, 60 military children from Fort Leonard Wood attended camp for FREE!
What are some of your favorite camp activities?
I love fishing, kayaking and swimming!
Why do you think camp is so important?
Camp is the best experience you can give a child. It takes them away from the everyday distractions and opens up their minds to outdoor recreation activities. Our hope is the children through this experience grow in spirit, mind and body and start engaging in outdoor recreation opportunities in the future.
If you or your company is interested in supporting Summer Camp at ASYMCA Fort Leonard Wood, contact Matt Rumph via email at email@example.com