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Space Station Vacation: 3, 2, 1 will be one of the summer camps at Americana YMCA. Campers will travel through space and learn about the solar system through hands-on activities involving the planets, stars and moon.

Provided photo by Callie Lipkin

ZACHARY — The Americana YMCA is offering summer camp to kids ages 4 to 12 and a teen camp for teens ages 13-15 as an way for them to stay active and healthy this summer, a news release said.

YMCA summer camp programs offer youth an opportunity to explore the outdoors, meet new friends, discover new interests and create memories. The YMCA provides a welcoming environment for kids and teens where they can belong, build relationships, develop character and discover their potential, the release said.

Activities for camp include field trips, sports, swimming, arts and crafts, team-building, group games, etc. The YMCA has weekly themes planned. Each theme gives the youths the opportunity to engage in learning, wellness and fun. Some of the weekly summer camp themes include:

Summer Safari: This summer safari will foster a love of nature and animals. Campers will explore the zoo and meet zoo animals.

Space Station Vacation: Campers will learn about the solar system through hands-on activities involving the planets, stars and moon.

Ocean Commotion: Campers will participate daily in outdoor water games or indoor gym and pool games such as beach towel volleyball, learn water safety and water polo.

Some of the weekly teen camp themes include:

Dollars and $ense: Teens will learn the basics of how money works, how to work with their money and how to work towards goals.

Full Steam Ahead: Teens will participate in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, math) activities by creating and building things such as robots, catapults, bridges and other projects and equipment.

Sporting Wars: Everyone will compete with each other. Teamwork and team-building activities will be a key element this week as attendees learn how to work within group dynamics.

To ensure that all youth have the same chance to experience camp, the YMCA also offers summer camp to youth with autism, as well as financial assistance to those in need.

Camp will begin May 28 and run 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. every weekday, except July 4. The weekly cost is $115 for members and $160 for program participants. Register your child early to save on registration fees. Premiere registration for members and returning campers is open through Feb. 28, and early bird registration will be open to everyone from March 1 to April 15. For information, visit ymcabr.org/camp.

To learn about the financial assistance program, visit ymcabr.org/scholarships.