Summer Odyssey to begin May 31

Thursday, April 28, 2011

The Cassville YMCA will kick off its second season of Summer Odyssey on Tuesday, May 31. The program will offer a variety of activities from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. each day throughout the summer.

"Parents should enroll their children in Summer Odyssey, because it's a great opportunity for their kids to make memories," said Bob Crouthamel, Cassville YMCA sports and youth director. "We do a lot of fun things throughout the day. We won't be sitting around, we will be active."

The first week of the program will offer a nature theme. Youngsters will visit the zoo and Roaring River State Park.

Field trips will be scheduled for each Tuesday and Thursday throughout the summer. Pool and park days will be offered on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

"In the month of June, the older kids will be going horseback riding," said Crouthamel. "We will also be going to area caves, museums, a Springfield Cardinals game, the Springfield skate park and, everyone's favorite, Silver Dollar City."

Children attending the Summer Odyssey program will also have the opportunity go cart in Branson, visit the Monett Speedway and ice skate at the Jones Center in Arkansas.

"During chocolate week, we make a huge chocolate slide, and the kids will get to slide down it," said Crouthamel. "We will also offer a canoe trip and take a tour of the Palace Movie theater for arts week.

"Kids need to be active and have exercise throughout the day," said Crouthamel. "The Y is a family-oriented facility, and it's my mission that the kids are safe and are enjoying their childhood. It only happens once."

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.

"We will consider other pickup and drop-off sites in other areas if needed," said Crouthamel.

Children can attend one week or all weeks of 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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