YMCA begins Summer Odyssey

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

The Cassville YMCA kicked off the second season of its Summer Odyssey program on Tuesday. Program participants will enjoy a variety of summer activities from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday throughout the summer.

"This is a great opportunity for kids to make memories," said Bob Crouthamel, Cassville YMCA sports and youth director. "We will do a lot of fun things throughout the day. We won't be sitting around, we will be active."

This week, children will participate in nature activities, including visits to the zoo and Roaring River State Park. The Summer Odyssey program will offer field trips each Tuesday and Thursday. Pool and park days will be held on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Throughout June, program participants will visit caves, museums, the Springfield skate park and Silver Dollar City. Children will also attend a Springfield Cardinals baseball game, and older participants will have the opportunity to go horseback riding.

Summer Odyssey is for children who completed kindergarten through the fifth grade during the 2010-11 school year.

YMCA family members can attend Summer Odyssey for $75 per week. Non-members will be charged $85 per week for the summer program. All field trips, pool admission fees and breakfast and afternoon snack costs are included in the fee.

"We do ask that the campers bring a bag lunch every day," said Crouthamel. "We offer financial assistance for all families who qualify."

Transportation services are offered for Washburn youngsters attending the Summer Odyssey program.

For more information on Summer Odyssey or financial assistance or to register a child for the summer program, call Crouthamel at 846-1535.

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