Wanted: local kids looking to have ‘The best summer ever’
Summer is near, and the annual job of finding wholesome activities to keep children not only busy but engaged is underway for area parents. With that in mind, leadership at the YMCA Storer Camps on Stoney Lake in Napoleon Township know that they have something special to offer area children – and parents – this summer.
Camp Storer is opening a slate of week-long day camps for children this summer that are both affordable and packed with activities. The rates, which are only $150 a week for non-YMCA members and $125 for YMCA members, includes two snacks, lunch and all of the activities, from archery to swimming to special activities, and care for the children from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
As one would expect from Camp Storer, every minute of the day is planned, from opening ceremony from 9 a.m. to 9:30 to sign out and after-care from 4 to 5:30 p.m.
The day camps will begin June 18. Dates include Super Hero Week from June 18 through 22; Storer Storyland Week from June 25 to June 29; Holiday Week from July 2 through July 6; Back to the Future Week from July 9 through July 13; Space and Science Week from July 16 through July 27; Hollywood Week from July 30 to August 3; and Water Extravaganza Week from August 6 through August 10.
Of course, the camps will feature all of the advantages that one would expect from Storer Camps, including an equine program, archery, swimming, character development and more.
“We are really excited about the day camps,” said Brian Frawley, Camp Associate Executive Director. “We saw a real need in the community for this, starting right here with our staff, and we want to engage with the people here so they can take advantage of our facilities and expertise.”
Camp Storer has a rich history of offering thousands of children a chance to go camping and get familiar with horses, campfires, swimming and other activities. The camp is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. Most of the children who attend camp are brought to the Napoleon-based facility from Toledo, but Frawley said he is excited about the camp’s expanding role in the greater Napoleon and Irish Hills area.
“Of course, we are state-licensed,” he noted. The day camps offer a staff-to-camper ratio of 1 to 6 for younger children and 1 to 8 for older. To enhance the experience, campers are broken into Oaks (5 to 6-year-old) and Maples (7 to 9-year-olds).
“The younger kids will experience our nature center, waterfront, sports and all that the outdoors has to offer,” said Frawley. He noted that the Maples will enjoy activities like archery, canoeing, gaga, and swimming.
To learn more about the camps, visit www.ymca.org and click on “latest news” or call 517-536-8607. Click here for more details.