Summer adventures get underway

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

The summer heat is on its way but there will be plenty of activities to keep kids cool and entertained at the Cassville YMCA's Summer day Camp program this year.

The Cassville YMCA is once again hosting its summer day camp, which is designed to keep youth in kindergarten through sixth grades active and learning throughout the summer. Registrations are accepted throughout the summer.

Activities start May 21 and continue until Aug. 13. The YMCA Summer Day Camp is free to foster children.

"It really is a great program," said Bob Crouthamel, sports and youth director. "We will take field trips twice a week. This year, we're going back to Worlds of Fun in Kansas City, and the bus ride will be filled with movies and goofy fun."

Other plans for the summer include visits to Crystal Bridges Museum in Bentonville, Ark., and attending a Naturals baseball game in Arkansas, and a trip to the zoo.

"Of course, we will have our famous chocolate slide," Crouthamel said.

Monday, Wednesday and Fridays are park and pool days.

"We'll play games at the park or at the Y and then we will be at the pool in Cassville from 1 to 3:30 p.m.," Crouthamel continued. "Kids never get tired of the pool."

Breakfast and an afternoon snack are provided. Children are asked to bring sack lunches.

"It's going to be a lot of fun," Crouthamel said. "We have a good time and make a lot of memories for these kids. They get to meet friends and build relationships. It's looking like a good year, with lots of staff coming back from last year. They do a great job with the kids."

Activities may include: group games, character development and nutrition lessons, reading programs, arts and crafts, gardening and service learning projects.

Children in kindergarten through third grades, Rangers, will have the opportunity take part in a weekly Ozarks adventure such as visit to parks, museums and trips. The curriculum is designed around the imaginations of children participating in the program.

Challengers, students in fourth through sixth grades, will have the opportunity to participate in even more adventurous activities, such as canoeing and horseback riding. Daily activities will help children build character and community.

The camp will not be in session on May 28 or July 4, in observance of the Memorial Day and Fourth of July holidays.

More information may be obtained by calling 846-1535, or can be found online at

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