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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 specialty camps or the YMCA’s day camp, Camp Little Eagle. This year at the Kosciusko Community YMCA, camps will be available for ages ranging from 3 to 17, focused on gymnastics, fitness, basketball, soccer, volleyball and golf. We’re also offering condensed 2 week swim lessons so families can work around travel plans. This is a great opportunity for children to try something new without committing to a full session or season of a sport. To see a full listing of the Y’s camp offerings and summer swim lessons, see the website at kcymca.org
To start off the summer Youth Gymnastics Camp for ages 6 and up on June 11-14, 8:30-11:00 a.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 12-14, 11:15 a.m.-12:15 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 25-28, 1:00-1:30 p.m. Golf Camp will be offered in partnership with Denny Hepler of Raccoon Run June 26-28, 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.
To add options for families and give players more individualized attention, the Y is offering Soccer Camp, Basketball Camp and Volleyball camp in a different format this year. Soccer 1 will be offered June 11-14 at Kelly Park or at the YMCA, your choice. Soccer 2 will be offered June 18-21 at Kelly Park or Richardson-Dubois Park, your choice. Soccer 3 will be offered July 23-26 at the YMCA or Richardson-Dubois Park, your choice. Time slots for each of these camps will be: ages 3-4 will be 9:00-9:30 a.m. or 9:45-10:15 a.m., ages 5-6 will be 10:30-11:15 a.m. or 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m., ages 7-8 will be 1:00-2:00 p.m. and ages 9-10 will be 2:15-3:30 p.m. All soccer camps will work on improving soccer skills and develop passing, dribbling and shooting with all skill levels.
YMCA Volleyball Camp for ages 7-12 will meet June 25-28. Ages 7-8 will play 9:00-10:00 a.m. Those ages 9-10 will play 10:15-11:30 a.m. and those ages 11-12 will meet 11:45 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Volleyball camp will include age-specific instruction including how to pass, hit and serve properly.
YMCA Basketball Camp 1 will be July 9-12 at the YMCA and Basketball Camp 2 will be July 30-August 2 at the YMCA. Time slots for each of these camps will be: ages 3-4 at 9:00-9:30 a.m. or 9:45-10:15 a.m., and ages 5-6 at 10:30-11:15 a.m. or 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Participants will learn the basics of basketball through games and drills.
The Kosciusko Community YMCA will also be a host site for an official Pacers summer basketball camp through the National Basketball Academy July 16-20. These camps include expert instruction including drills, practice stations and skills contests for both boys and girls ages 7-17. Register for this camp at www.pacerscamps.com.
Camp Little Eagle YMCA Summer Day Camp will also run Monday through Friday, 6:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. throughout the summer, June 4-August 10. 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. 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 www.kcymca.org. Register at the Parkview Warsaw YMCA or North Webster locations or sign up online at www.kcymca.org. Call 574-269-9622 with any questions.