YMCA, city collaborate on summer day camp

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YMCA of the Greater Tri-Valley has collaborated with the City of Rome to hold the Rome Summer Day Camp at the John F. Kennedy Civic Arena.

The Kennedy Arena provides more outdoor play space including an area for an archery program, and an outdoor pool.

“Mayor (Jacqueline) Izzo and the city’s Parks and Recreation department understand children’s’ needs for active, outdoor play and physical fitness,” said Libby Blair, YMCA regional child care director.

“Use of the Kennedy Arena and its pool and grounds will allow the Y to enhance its summer camp program at a time when it is more important than ever,” the YMCA regional child care director added.

Contact the Rome Family YMCA, 301 W. Bloomfield St., at 315-336-3500 for information about summer camp at the Kennedy Arena.

Other locations include the Oneida YMCA, 701 Seneca St., 315-363-7788; and New Hartford YMCA, 630 French Road, 315-797-4787.

Programs for ages 4 (entering kindergarten in the fall) through 13 will be held from June 28 through Sept. 3, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

Interested families can download a registration form for each camper at www.ymcatrivalley.com and return the completed form to the child’s respective Y-Care location.

Age-appropriate camp activities encourage:

Exploration and development of new skills;

Physical activity and participation in games to keep bodies moving; and

Meeting and making new friends.

An average day includes sports, nature, and arts and crafts activities, swimming or water play.

“Our four core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility are essential parts of all of our programs,” said Blair.

“We value the unique personalities and potential of every child. This year, we have modified our care plans to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for all campers,” she added.

“Families can expect as many outdoor activities as possible, small group sizes, and safety guidance as provided by the CDC (the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention),” Blair said.

Rates per week for members are $180 per week for the first child and $160 per week for the second child. The non-member rate is $200 per week. The YMCA accepts Department of Social Services (DSS) Assistance.

Y-Care offers curriculum-based, year-round New York-licensed child care programs. For more information about the continuum of programs offered through The YMCA of the Greater Tri-Valley, visit www.ymcatrivalley.org or contact Blair, the regional child care director for Rome, Oneida and New Hartford at eblair@ymcatrivalley.org.

The YMCA of the Greater Tri-Valley serves the greater Rome, Oneida and New Hartford areas with programs and services for the whole family.

They are a charitable non-profit organization with two primary branches in Rome and Oneida and school-age child care in the New Hartford area.

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