Charlotte YMCA 2018 camps are posted

Charlotte Metro YMCA camps have been posted!

Our database now includes the following branches: Brace, Harris, Johnston, Keith, Lake Norman, Lincoln County, Lowe's, McCrorey, Morrison, Sally's, Simmons, Steele Creek, and Stratford Richardson. Also Fort Mill. That’s 2000 individual camp sessions with 600 unique offerings.

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Even the YMCA Needs Summer Camp Guru

Things have come a long way since I first started sending my kids to the Y and you had to register in person. Now the online registration is fairly easy, and you can filter options. However, there are so many choices that the spreadsheet you can download from Summer Camp Guru is really a necessity.

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Spotlight: Camp JuMP

What do you do after years of acting classes and camps? Start your own theater camp, of course. Hannah Bridger started Camp JuMP when she was 15. Like any entrepreneur, she ran the business in her house the first year, rounded up clients from the neighborhood, and pressed her family into service.

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Spotlight: Charlotte Eagles Soccer Camp

"Super-fun" was my 8-yr-old daughter’s conclusion after the first day. I asked, “What did you do?” She said they just played games all day. I’m thinking, What?!? I was really hoping for some actual instruction. Upon further digging I came to realize the games were actually vehicles for learning and incorporated certain skills they were supposed to be working on. For example, there’s Crab Soccer, where the players must dribble through crab-infested waters (the coaches are crab-walking around the field). If their ball is kicked out they become a crab also. The game teaches the kids to watch where they’re going and dribble with intention, rather than blindly kicking and chasing the ball.

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Spotlight: Charlotte Youth Broadcasting

Broadcasting encompasses writing, production, journalism, public speaking, and filming, - and this camp covers it all. It’s a completely unique experience that provides kids with an inside view of a potential career path and teaches skills that are transferable to many other arenas.

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Spotlight: Matthews Playhouse

Willa Folmar has essentially grown up with Matthews Playhouse. A Matthews native, she went to theater camp as a kid and then became an apprentice counselor in middle school. She also participated in the school-year Senior Musical Theatre Company. She has spent ten years working with children ages 6 to 17, staging countless productions and sharing her love of the theater.

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Spotlight: Show Me the Money

Financial literacy, as they call it, is crucial for young adults, but it’s a topic that’s woefully glossed over in school. That’s why it’s so important that parents take the time to teach their kids about money. But where to start? How about Summer Camp?

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Spotlight: Terrific Scientific

My own biggest take-away as a parent was that my child was learning a lot and loved talking about it. Rather than the usual response of “Nothing”, he answered “What did you do today?” with plenty of details about all the cool activities they did. Kids are excited to go back the next day because they’re excited to learn. They experienced the joy of learning, got to talk about why things worked or failed, and explored the How and Why of things. I credit the camp for preventing the “summer brain drain.” My son was always on grade level in reading, but now he is two grades ahead. He didn’t get out of the habit of learning during summer vacation.

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