Today's Front Pages at Newseum features Healthy Kids Day

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The Real Y

Posted by: Taras Holovko on Thursday, April 3, 2014


Pool?  Treadmill?  Gym?  Or perhaps something more?

Bunks Are Good for Brains: The Neuroscience of Sleepaway Camp

Posted by: An Interview with Tina Payne Bryson, PhD on Monday, March 3, 2014

When I visit a camp and consult with the leadership team there, I usually have two main messages. Number one: Whether you know it or not, you’re significantly impacting the brains of the young people you work with every summer. In fact, it turns out that the things that build the brain and are best for kids’ development are also the very things that are important for running a successful camp with high camper and counselor retention and successful recruitment. And number two: If you know just a few basic facts about the brain, you can be even better at everything I just mentioned. Knowing just a little about the science of how the brain changes in response to experiences, particularly relational experiences, can help camps be even more successful — in all kinds of ways.

Day Camp - Fun is Right Around the Corner

Posted by: ACA on Saturday, March 1, 2014
  • So, your child is ready for camp but you're not sure she is prepared for overnights away from home . . . .
  • There's a wonderful day camp that your son's school friends have been enjoying for years — it's in a park near your home . . . .
  • Your mother is staying with you this summer, and you don't want the grandchildren to miss an important chance to visit . . . .
  • The ballet school your daughter attends is offering a summer camp program filled with outdoor activities, crafts, and dance instruction . . . .

Camp Defines and Develops Character

Posted by: ACA on Friday, February 28, 2014

Character development is tricky. It isn’t something that can be learned from a textbook or in a lecture — it is learned through teachable moments and experiences. So where can families turn to help provide the right environment for character development? Families can go camping.

The Boy in The Boat - Life Lessons Learned At Camp

Posted by: Stephen Wallace, M.S. Ed., and Ben Seifer on Friday, February 28, 2014

As summer begins, parents are finalizing post-school plans for their children.Often, those schedules will include camp for a week, a month, or more.Some kids will attend day programs, others will enjoy overnight experiences.Their activities may be specialized, or include a little bit of most anything. Regardless of the exact ingredients, these children will learn the true meaning of what summer camp is all about.

We can change the world. And we can do it together.

Posted by: Kellie Bancalari on Wednesday, February 19, 2014

On January 10-12, 2014, over 1500 student descended on Hershey, Pennsylvania for the YMCA Model UN Conference. Read more to hear from Kellie, a 3rd year participant.

Start Off ‘Small’ When Setting New Year’s Resolutions

Posted by: YMCA on Wednesday, January 1, 2014

The New Year is a time for new beginnings and to set goals that strengthen one’s spirit, mind and body.

Mental Illness is not a "Casserole Illness"

Posted by: Susan Visser on Saturday, October 12, 2013
I was speaking on the phone with my friend Sara the other night when she told me a close friend of hers had been diagnosed with brain cancer. Sara went on to tell me about the meals she prepared and brought over to the family so that they would not ...

4 Reasons to Attend Y Summer Camp

Posted by: Bev McCarron on Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Y Camps are designed to provide children with an adventurous, active and healthy summer. Y camps offer a fun and unique experience that gives children and teens the opportunity to meet new friends, explore nature, discover new interests, be ...