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 Camp Pendleton Program Director, Maria Paige, as she shares information about their summer programs.
Can you tell us a little bit about the summer camp program offered at ASYMCA Camp Pendleton?
Each summer we provide Camp Flashhh (Families Laughing and Sharing Hugs, Hope, and Happiness) in partnership with MCCS Exceptional Family Member Program, as well as Paintball Camp at The Paintball Park, both aboard Camp Pendleton. Additionally, we partner with our San Diego YMCA community to provide military children with camp opportunities such as: Overnight Camps, STEM Camp, Fishing Camp and Operation Appreciation Camp.
Which camp programs are most popular?
Operation Appreciation Camp is a big hit every year! This summer camp hosted by the Magdalena Ecke Family YMCA is offered to children ages 7 and up and serves close to 200 children. Another popular camp is our Fishing Camp which is offered to children ages 7-15. With the support of the Oceanside Senior Anglers, we're able to provide Fishing Camp at no cost to participants!
How are you encouraging military children to partake in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) activities?
We offer an amazing Operation Little Learners-Summer Fun Preschool to military children! Summer Fun students enjoy a fun-filled 7 weeks of songs, games, activities, and STEM projects and experiments daily. Our STEM programming is engaging, hands-on, educational, and of course, FUN! We also support the promoting for Joe & Mary Mottino YMCA’s STEM Camp which is a week-long summer camp for military children ages 7 and up.
If you or your company is interested in supporting Summer Camp at ASYMCA Camp Pendleton, contact Samantha Holt via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.