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Oct 29, 2018 10:20:17 AM

ASYMCA, YMCA of Northern Utah Partnership Sends Military Kids to Summer Camp

IMG_0374 (1)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 overni

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 YMCA of Northern Utah Director of Day Camps, Anthony Lambert, as he he shares information about their summer programs.ght camps this summer!

 

 

 

 

 

Question:

Can you tell us a little bit about your summer camp program?Girls in STEM - Amy Campbell Chemistry Bubble

Answer:

Sure! Camp was awesome, and the partnership with the Armed Services YMCA was a great contributor to that! We offered nine Summer Day Camps and two Overnight Camps in Utah.

Question:

How have you all incorporated STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) into your summer camp curriculum?

Answer:

We opened a brand new STEM Summer Day Camp, located near Hill Air Force Base. The STEM Summer Day Camp is hosted at one of Weber State University's campuses, and offers multiple STEM-themed weeks for youth ages 5-12. The camp succeeded in surpassing its goals, enrolling about 100 youth in its first year with each youth attending an average of two weeks. About fifteen percent of these were children of military service members, with almost all receiving the Heroes discounted program rate.

Question:

Why do you think STEM is so important?

Answer:

I've spent most of my YMCA career working in STEM programs, which has been incredibly fun and rewarding. STEM activities are great because they teach real-world skills while also fostering critical thinking through open-ended experiments or projects. It's exciting to see how each child approaches and solves each challenge. This learning element in combination with the benefits of Summer Day Camp (making new friends, trying new things, feelings a sense of belonging) creates a highly valuable experience for any child.

Question:

What was a highlight of your summer camp program?

Answer:

The youth most enjoyed Lego Robotics week and Health and Medical Science week. Campers designed their own robots, learned about various sensors and motors, and eventually programmed their own autonomous bot. For Health and Medical Science week, the campers visited the Weber State University cadaver lab where they learned about the human body, with lessons facilitated by a WSU professor.

Question:

Why do you think summer camp is so important?

Answer:

With so many distractions, youth aren’t spending enough time outdoors. Through camping, children and teens explore nature, become a community and develop confidence, independence, and leadership skills. Camping teaches self-reliance, a love for nature and the outdoors, and the development of attitudes and practices that build character and leadership—all amidst the fun of campfires, games, and meaningful relationships.

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If you or your company are interested in supporting summer camp at YMCA of Northern Utah, click here.

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