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 of El Paso Program Coordinator, Hannah Okura as she shares information about their summer programs.=
Can you tell us a little bit about the summer camp program offered at ASYMCA of El Paso?
Sure! We're happy to provide a space for children to build friendships and share common experiences while further developing their self-esteem and resilience! Weekly themes are developed with the idea that each week will focus on a different area of learning and exploring, including STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts & Mathematics), field trips, physical fitness/sports, arts & crafts, leadership, and teamwork. We provide a safe, fun, and friendly space for the kids of those who serve to remain engaged during the summer months.
How many children are registered to attend camp this summer?
This summer, we will serve over 50 children, the majority of whom are from military families.
What are some of your favorite summer camp activities?
Each week we have about 3-4 different field trips as well as a growing community garden and a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics) room. What's more unique this year is we have an upcoming robotics class, financial literacy class and El Paso's very first Culinary Herbs Farm (Veteran-owned and operated) will be visiting the kids at our Child Development Center to teach about living lettuce and hydroponic methods.
Why do you think camp is so important?
Summer Camps fill an urgent need for positive intervention with dependent children of our nation's military personnel. The ability to provide this remarkable experience will have a direct impact on the quality of life for both the children and the families of America's service men and women.
For more information on Summer Camp at ASYMCA of El Paso click here. If you or your company is interested in supporting Summer Camp at ASYMCA of El Paso, contact Hannah Okura via email at HOkura@asymca.org