The Best Summer Ever is Now Underway

School is out and while kids typically burst into summer with a zealous energy, most parents can tell you it doesn't take long for summer boredom to set in.

But boredom is banished at the Eugene Family YMCA, where children can have their Best. Summer. Ever! thanks to a variety of programs and activities that stimulate both mind and body.

"Children need an outlet to play and learn throughout the summer," said Julie Grossman, Eugene Family YMCA Executive Director. "From summer camp to swim lessons to our new STEM programming, the Y supports all children in the community and helps them discover their potential."

Studies show kids from all socio-economic backgrounds tend to track pretty well during the school year; it's during the summer months that all kids are at risk for a decline. "It's during out of school and summer hours where the Academic Achievement Gap widens - so much so that by the time our kids enter the third grade, there is a full academic year "gap" between low-income students and their more financially-secure peers," said Grossman.

The Eugene Family YMCA's Summer Camps provide kids with adventure, healthy fun, personal growth and friendships that can take a so-so summer and turn it into a memory that lasts a lifetime. The Y will expose our nearly 600 campers this summer to art museums, the great outdoors and skill-building adventures. All designed to ensure when it's time to head back into the classroom this fall, our community's kids are feeling confident and ready to learn.

Y camps keep literacy skills strong with reading integrated into the camp day and new this year is the exploration of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) activities. The new STEM programming is powered from funding from the Jane Higdon Memorial Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation.

"We provide engaging programming for hundreds of kids each day for 10 weeks during the summer," said Danielle Uhlhorn, YMCA Board of Directors President. "Summer can be a financial drain on working families; last year the Y provided nearly $50,000 in financial assistance. The Y is critical to keeping this community's kids engaged and learning over the summer months."

The Eugene Family YMCA's camps provide a welcoming environment for kids where they can belong, build relationships, develop character and discover their potential.

S'More than just campouts -- Y Camps encourage active bodies and active brains all summer long!

About the Eugene Family YMCA
The Eugene Family YMCA is one of the region's leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Across Lane County, the Eugene Y engages nearly 16,000 men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation's health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Anchored in more than just our building on Patterson Street, the YMCA has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change.

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