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Community leaders experience YMCA day camp

• Jul 21, 2019 at 4:00 PM

Last week, several members of the Tri-Cities Family YMCA Board and members of the community learned what it takes to provide “The Best Summer Ever” through Summer Day Camp at the local Y.

“We’re great at providing camps, lessons and early childhood education,” said David Redeker, a board member and chairman of the YMCA’s annual campaign. “What we need to get better at is telling our story. We hope today you’ll see how we impact kids on a daily basis and how important our annual campaign is to making that happen.”

This summer, the Y will provide day camp to more than 400 youth, ages 4-17. One in four youth are able to attend because of the financial assistance provided by the Y through its annual campaign dollars.

“Financial support to send kids to camp helps us deliver on our mission of providing quality affordable child care for families in our community,” CEO Gregory Coil said.

An added impact is the training and development that goes into supporting the Y’s 32 summer camp counselors.

“We know the counselors are the foundation of the camp,” said Meredith Long, senior program director for the local Y. “When we work with them to develop their relationship building skills, empathy and confidence, they can then help the campers develop these same skills.”

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