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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How to Choose a Camp for Tweens

Dealing with middle schoolers is tough on so many levels. They’re technically able to stay at home alone during the summer. But what will they be doing? Choosing a day camp for your tween is not about day care. It’s about enrichment and skills development. For a well-rounded summer, there are several key areas to cover.

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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: Fitwell Training: Summer Fitness

Whether your child is a star athlete or completely uncoordinated, Fitwell Training Solutions has designed a camp program will keep them active this summer. I spoke with Valerie Merriweather, a personal trainer and executive fitness coach, who designed the camp based on feedback from parents who wanted a program that provided qualified instruction and exposure to different activities. They wanted their kids to be active, but it’s sometimes hard to find an outlet for middle-school students who don’t play a sport.

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