Keep Kids Active and Trying New Things this Summer at the Y

April 14, 2017

As a leading nonprofit committed to strengthening community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, the Y works to help children and teens discover their full potential by providing opportunities to learn and grow. The Kosciusko Community YMCA is encouraging parents to keep their kids physically active and mentally engaged by signing them up for one or several of the YMCA's 7 sports camps or the YMCA's day camp, Camp Little Eagle. This year at the Kosciusko Community YMCA, specialty camps include camps for ages ranging from 3 to 17, focused on gymnastics, fitness, basketball, soccer and golf. This is a great opportunity for children to try something new without committing to a full session or season of a sport.

To start off the summer Youth Gymnastics Camp for ages 6 and up on June 12-15, 1:00-3:30 p.m. will use gymnastics as a foundation in developing strength, flexibility and coordination. Gymnasts will work with the vault, uneven bars, balance beam and floor. Preschool Gymnastics Camp for ages 3-5 will build self-confidence and motor skills in a safe environment, June 13-15, 9:00-10:00 a.m. For ages 5-8 and 9-12, Volleyball Camp will be offered June 19-22, where they'll learn the basics of the sport. The younger kids will meet 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. and the older kids 1:00-3:00 p.m. Your child, ages 3 to 5, will find exercise fun and exciting as they move through fun activities in Preschool Fitness Camp, June 26-29, 11:30-12:00 p.m.

In July, Soccer Camp will be offered for two different age groups: ages 5-8 at 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. and ages 9-12 at 1:00-3:00 p.m., July 10-13. Participants will work on developing their passing, dribbling, and shooting, while having fun learning the most popular worldwide sport. All skill levels are welcome. Golf Camp will be offered in partnership with Denny Hepler of Raccoon Run July 18-20, 9:00-11:00 a.m. and includes three days of instruction and drills, chipping, putting, and the full swing. The time will end with a Golf Camp Tournament.

The Kosciusko Community YMCA will also be a host site for an official Pacers summer basketball camp through the National Basketball Academy July 17-21. These camps include expert instruction including drills, practice stations and skills contests for both boys and girls ages 5-17. Register for this camp at
Camp Little Eagle YMCA Summer Day Camp will also run Monday through Friday, 6:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. throughout the summer. Camp Little Eagle provides a safe environment in which campers can learn and be active with everything from swim lessons, group games and field trips to reading time, crafts and Bible lessons.

Registration for Camp Little Eagle and the youth sports camps is going on now, and financial assistance is available, please apply three weeks in advance. Our regular classes for youth and adults will also be going on this summer, to see a schedule see Register at the Parkview Warsaw YMCA or North Webster locations or sign up online at Call 574-269-9622 with any questions.

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