Atmore Area YMCA offers several fun activities for summer vacation

Published 2:45 pm Thursday, June 17, 2010

Summer break is in full swing and fun awaits children at the Atmore Area YMCA.

The YMCA is hosting their summer Day Camp, which offers parents a safe place to leave their children while school is out.

Ross Terry, youth sports director for the Atmore Area YMCA, said the great thing about the day camp is the active, safe environment.

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“It’s fun for the kids and we keep them active,” Terry said. “They do fun activities, do arts and crafts and go on field trips from time to time. It’s a safe environment for them to be in and all of our counselors are CPR and first aid certified.”

This summer the Y’s Day Camp is focusing on different themes for the children to participate in each week.

Terry said each theme will have several activities towards teaching the children about the selected subject.

“Every week there will be a different theme for the kids to have fun with,” Terry said. “There will be activities all day that are focused around the theme ranging from games to arts and crafts. Last week was sports extravaganza week and all of the campers had a fun time with that.”

When it comes to field trips, the day campers will have the chance to visit some interesting places.

Terry said there are a few places that he is looking into along with the annual camping trip if Little River has not been closed.

“In July, we plan to take them to Mobile to visit the Exploreum, which is always a fun trip,” Terry said. “I’m also working on possible field trips to the Pensacola Naval Air Station and the Dauphin Island Estuary. If Little River is still open towards the end of the summer then we will take the older kids on the annual camping trip out there.”

The cost of the Day Camp is $70 for members for the first child with each additional child costing $40. Costs for nonmembers is $90.

Also on tap at the YMCA are TaeKwonDo lessons from the Golden Dragons.

Summer sessions for TaeKwonDo started Tuesday and runs through Aug. 5.

The classes are from 3:30 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday.

Registration for the classes began on Monday.

Terry said TaeKwonDo is a great chance for children to learn focus and discipline.

“In TaeKwonDo, the kids are able to learn discipline and how to harness their focus,” Terry said. “A lot of the kids that have gone through that class have improved how they have acted and even improved their grades. It’s something fun for them to do.”

For more information contact the Atmore Area YMCA at 368-9622.

Children get exercise during day camp at the Atmore Area YMCA. Jump rope, above, is just one activity counselors use to keep participants active during the day.|Photo by Chandler Myers