Cortland YMCA summer camp extends programming

Cortland YMCA Executive Director Dave Hamilton reading “The Sneeches” by Dr. Suess to campers (photo courtesy of Cortland YMCA).

Editor's Note: This article was written by Matthew Kemak, Director of Development and Marketing for the Cortland YMCA.

CORTLAND— Parents, are you still looking for a fun, safe, tremendous summer day camp option? Are your kids full of energy needing to be used? Would you like a week to get school shopping done? If you said yes to any (or more) of these, YMCA Summer day
camp at the Y has added registrations slots available for all age groups, with pricing that cannot be beat. Y camp runs weekly during the summer, now including the addition of August 28th to September 1st, the last week before school starts.

Y Campers will experience great opportunities during the 2017 summer. Camp Director Devon Darrow said campers are immersed in a full YMCA camp experience. Darrow said, “Your child will be active in many ways, from swimming lessons, traveling to local parks, gym and outside activities to special field trips to state parks and even a planned trip to see a Syracuse Chiefs baseball game!” Darrow also added there will be plenty of arts and crafts in addition to the regular activities at the Y. As part of the YMCA’s Strategic Plan, the Y has a focus on themes and collaborating with local partners. Camp has visited CRT and enjoyed the play, Velveteen Rabbit, and will be traveling out to Lime Hollow to give our campers a taste of the outdoor experience. Last year, the Y campers even traveled out to Camp Owahta.

The Y recently just added a “week 10” of camp, running the last full week of summer from August 28th to September 1st. With limited summer care options available, Margo Upson, Camp Administrator, said the Y is going to be implementing some fun and exciting STEM programming, with the theme labeled, “Inventors Workshop.”

Upson, a parent with two campers in the Y camp, said it is a great opportunity to showcase Science, Technology, Engineering and Math to “get the kids excited and ready to start learning for the new school year!” Space is very limited, so sign up today for the very last week of summer care.

Remaining themes for camp include:

  • Sports Camp—with a trip to a Syracuse Chiefs game
  • Wild West
  • Comic Creations—campers will learn drawing concepts from local cartoonist, Sonya Langan
  • International Celebration
  • Harry Potter

Camp operates from 8 AM to 5 PM with extended care options available for an additional fee. Limited scholarships are available and DSS subsidies are accepted with approval.

The Cortland County Family YMCA has been proudly serving Cortland and the surrounding community for the past 149 years. We are for youth development, for healthy living and for social responsibility.