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 YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth Executive Director, Andy Hockenbrock, as he shares information about their summer programs.
Can you tell us a little bit about your summer camp program?
At YMCA Camp Carter we are living our cause of strengthening our community one camper and family at a time. We offer a variety of specialty programs within our summer camp program. We offer day and overnight camps including a sports camp, a specialty camp, a teen camp, an LIT program for teens interested in developing leadership and camp counseling skills and a CIT program for teens looking to develop leadership and character skills. Our partnership with the ASYMCA allows us to offer subsidized camp rates to active duty and full time guard and reserve stationed in North Texas.
Can you tell us a little bit about Camp Carter, your summer resident camp?
Since 1948, Camp Carter YMCA has been a special place for youth to grow. Created especially for the youth of our community, there are few places where values are so important. At Camp Carter, each camper has the opportunity to learn, grow and have fun as they meet new friends, try new things and develop greater confidence in themselves. Camp Carter is customized to the camper’s age and level of development. Every day is packed with sports and activities, which leave each camper with improved skills and exciting memories.
How many kids attended camp this summer?
This summer at YMCA Camp Carter, we served a total of 976 youth in our Summer Camp program. 78 military campers received ASYMCA funding and an additional 13 military campers were able to come through funding from another program.
Why do you think summer camp is so important?
From building lasting friendships to making group decisions independent of the family, campers develop personal life skills that will follow them into adulthood. YMCA summer camps are the perfect place for kids to experience exciting activities and field trips while learning character values!
If you or your company are interested in supporting summer camp at YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth, contact Andy Hockenbrock click here.
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