Local YMCAs avoid ‘summer slump’ at camps

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KERNERSVILLE, N.C. -- Some local YMCAs are receiving a handy boost to make sure kids attending summer camp don’t get a case of the “summer slump,” but instead keep learning skills sharp year-round.

The YMCA of Northwest North Carolina has been awarded a $25,000 grant from Wells Fargo to provide science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) activities in all 12 of its traditional day camps.

“We have a teacher that will come around to each camp, allowing kids to get hands on experience analyzing and working on those critical thinking skills,” Roderick Howard, YMCA childcare services executive director, said.

The STEM activities will take place for one week in each camp beginning June 29. The activities will be reinforced for the remainder of the summer.

The grant will help fund curriculum packets, materials and supplies for the experiments and hiring certified teachers.

“We're really trying to focus on the whole child. Camp is all  about having fun and being active, but we also want to make sure they're getting the academic needs they need as well,” Howard said.

STEM week is available at each of the Y’s summer day camps taking place in Forsyth, Stokes, Yadkin, Davie, Iredell, Wilkes and Alexander counties.

Visit ykidscamp.org for registration information.