YMCA programs keep kids moving, exploring, learning _lowres

Photo provided by Kristin Hogan -- A counselor engages area youth in an Americana YMCA camp in Zachary.

The Americana YMCA in Zachary is offering a variety of summer camps for children and teens ages 4 to 17, a news release said.

“YMCA summer camp programs offer opportunities for youth to explore the outdoors, meet new friends, discover new interests and create memories that last a lifetime,” said Kristin Hogan, marketing director for YMCA of the Capital Area.

Weekly camp themes will give area youth a chance to engage in learning, wellness and fun, Hogan said.

Some of the weekly themes planned include astronomy week, for campers to learn about stars and planets by engaging in activities and a field trip, and kinesiology week, which will teach youth how to be active and live a healthy lifestyle.

Other themes featured will be marine biology, agriculture, music, criminology and zoology.

Daily swimming activities, field trips, wellness activities, tennis and specialty camps will be offered as well as opportunities for teens 14 to 17 through counselors-in-training and leaders-in-training programs.

The programs help build leadership skills in preteens assisting counselors with younger campers that can also be used at school, home and within the community, Hogan said.

To ensure all youth have the same chance to experience camp, the YMCA offers financial assistance to those in need.

Registration deadline for the YMCA camps is May 8. For information, visit ymcabr.org/camp.