LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — The YMCA can help your child build a healthy mind, body and spirit this summer, officials said. The Lafayette Family YMCA offers summer activities that are safe and fun for children.
Two programs provided at the YMCA are the Straight Arrow Day Camp and Summer School Age Childcare. Representatives said both these programs reinforce the Y’s core values of respect, responsibility, honesty, caring and faith with an emphasis on healthy living and youth development.
A new addition to this year’s childcare program will be swim lessons. Officials said the YMCA believes all children need to learn to be safe in and around water. But as some might not have the opportunity to acquire these skills, officials decided to implement swimming into the program.
Incorporating health education will also be another new focus as the Y teams up with Ivy Tech Nursing students to provide health and wellness each day.
The Straight Arrow Day Camp provides youth with supervised activities that teach core values and leadership skills, representatives said. They said campers expand their horizons by developing new skills and building self-confidence. Camp also helps kids learn the values of teamwork and make new friendships.
Officials with the YMCA said there are two options available for summer childcare:
• Straight Arrow Day Camp – It’s a week-long camp experience, for children in K-10th grade. The children are bused out to our Camp located outside of Dayton for a day of fun activities that include horseback riding, canoeing, swimming, fishing, archery, gaga, human foosball, sling shots and more. This program runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. with morning and afternoon extended care available. There are still two more weeks of camp available our Pirate Ship Week that begins July 28 or our Carnival week that begins on Aug. 4.
• Summer School Age Childcare – It’s for ages 5-12, is housed at the YMCA and provides a combination of free-choice and structured activities. The days incorporate sports, games, art activities, visits from t the bookmobile, fun weekly field trips, swim lessons and more. This program runs from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., with different daily rates available.
The Lafayette Family YMCA, is located at 1950 S. 18th St. and has a downtown center at 250 Main St. For more information on either program, please call the YMCA at 765-474-3448.