The Y camp experience is all about learning skills, developing character, and building self-confidence. Even though many Y overnight camps have had to remain closed this summer in the interest of public safety due to COVID-19, many Ys are offering virtual overnight camp and modified day camp experiences.* But if your family chooses to keep your kids at home this summer, with a little creativity, there are still many ways they can enjoy some of the best parts of camp!
- Access virtual programs. With virtual platforms like YMCA 360, your kids can dance, do yoga, write poetry, explore music, and much more!
- Create a “Camp in a Box” experience. The American Camping Association has compiled a list of ready-to-use resources, including arts & crafts, music, and STEM activities you can use to create a fun and enriching experience for your kids at home this summer. The YMCA of Frederick County has Camp-To-Go Kits available for $25.
- Take indoor activities outside. Enjoying the outdoors is a major part of any camp experience. Try an art project, science experiment, or just read a book outside.
- Connect with friends and family virtually. Your kids may not be homesick this summer, but they probably have people in their lives that they miss seeing. Encourage them to exchange handwritten letters with friends, grandparents, and other family members. Follow up with a face-to-face call or a physically-distanced meeting outside!
*For more information about our current day camp experience, visit our camp website.