EXPLORE, DISCOVER & BUILD CONFIDENCE
Kids today need the camp experience more than ever. Every day brings something new, exciting and challenging; like the power of a positive mentor, the confidence that comes from trying ... then succeeding, and the importance of healthy, long-lasting friendships.
Located two hours from Los Angeles and 2 miles from Big Bear Lake YMCA Camp Whittle serves the youth population of greater Los Angeles through 7 weeks of youth summer resident camp. Campers enjoy the beautiful surroundings of the forest, lake and meadow as they participate in activities and adventure!
Registration for youth summer resident camp is categorized by the hosting YMCA branch for each week. Click on the Find Your Week tab to view the hosting YMCA branches and weeks available for the summer of 2014. Once you select your week simply click on the Register Today icon to start your online registration.
GOALS FOR SUMMER CAMPERS
Every summer, YMCA Camping Services has the opportunity, and the responsibility to provide a unique outdoor experience for over 3,000 children. During this one week adventure, there are several goals and desired outcomes for each participant.
• Grow in the 4 core values of caring, respect, honesty and responsibility
Campers will be faced with challenges throughout the week and they will have the opportunity to display the 4 core values. During the program debriefs, and cabin talks, there will be focused discussions on the importance of these character traits. Verbal recognition will be made when campers display one of these values, so others can recognize their growth in this area.
• Grow in the ability to make good, independent decisions
For many campers, this will be their first time away from home. Most children are very limited in their ability to make their own decisions, as their parents, teachers and coaches do most of the decision making. During their week at camp, participants will make decisions about their schedule, their involvement in keeping a clean cabin, when to take a shower, and what to eat. We have an amazing opportunity to guide their decision making process, and give them tools to make good decisions.
• Create life-long friendships
Camp presents a wonderful opportunity to create new friendships that can last a life time. Camp staff must be intentional in creating “friend making” activities and times throughout the week. Evaluations will be given to campers to assess their progress in this goal.
• Gain/grow an appreciation for nature and the out-of-doors
Campers will live in the outdoors and nature for 1 week. During this time, they will participate in programs such as Nature, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Petting Zoo, and Astronomy. Each of these program guides will have an opportunity to “wet the appetite” of campers, and give them a chance to explore further. Evaluations will be given to campers at the end of the week to assess their progress in this goal.
Camp AddressYMCA Camp Whittle
31701 Rim of the World Dr
Fawnskin, CA 92333