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 cores 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 decision, as their parents, teachers and coaches do most of the decision making. During their week at camp, participants will make decision 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, 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 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.