Behind the Y: Celebrating Summer
Summer camp, perhaps more than any other program we offer, embodies the true spirit of the YMCA.
For ten weeks, children and teens from different towns, different backgrounds, and different ages come together to share in a common adventure. They swim in our lakes, ponds, and pools. They swing from the trees. They learn about teamwork, sharing, and responsibility. They improve their math and reading skills. They gain confidence, make memories, and develop friendships that last a lifetime.
Camp pulls together the very best parts of the Y to deliver a truly unique experience - but it doesn't come easy. Our staff and volunteers work tirelessly to prepare for each and every summer, working to ensure our facilities are ready for campers, and securing the necessary resources to do so.
The Y has been running summer camps for decades, and we're always aiming to improve for the future while still honoring our past - which is why I'm excited to share a few announcements that will help us to do just that.
The David B. Jenkins Sports Complex at Camp Yomechas
On July 24th, a small group of family and friends gathered amongst 400 campers at the new ballfield at Camp Yomechas in Middleboro to honor David Jenkins. David and his family are long-time supporters and volunteers - and they truly understand the importance of camp in a child's life. The new sports complex, which is partially completed, will give future generations of campers expanded outdoor recreation opportunities, including the recently completed baseball, softball, and soccer fields. We could think of no one more suited to be the complex's namesake.
YMCA Camp at Stoughton Will Become Camp Christina
On August 16th, just a few days from now,we will have the opportunity to recognize the support of the Mihos family and the legacy of their daughter, Christina. While Christina so perfectly embodied the Y's four core values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility - I would like to add a fifth adjective: Courage. At the age of 16, Christina's battle with cancer ended long after it should have - a testament to her fighting spirit and resiliency. In the 25 years since her passing, her family has been making charitable contributions through the Christina Marie Mihos Youth Foundation. We will be proud to have our camp in Stoughton carry her name and her legacy.
Formation of the New Camping Services Committee
In an effort to strengthen our commitment to camp, we recently formed a Camping Services Committee made up of a small group of board members and dedicated volunteers. This group will be tasked with developing, maintaining, and evaluating our camping programs - ensuring they are meeting the needs of the community and are living up to the quality of programming people expect from the YMCA.
Now that it's the middle of August, I think it's safe to say that once again, summer has gone by too fast - but what better way to spend it than at camp with the YMCA? I hope you will make every effort to enjoy these last few weeks before school begins and the cooler air marks the beginning of fall.
Until next time,