YMCA offers new events for summer

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Archery tag, swimming, day and night camps on the schedule

The YMCA in Cassville has new events lined up for the summer to keep children active.

This summer, the YMCA will start archery tag, which can be described as dodge ball with arrows. The arrows are padded are for safety.

"It's very safe," said Rick Ragsdale, Cassville YMCA youth and sports director, "It feels like getting hit with a giant marshmallow."

The YMCA was able to purchase all of the necessary equipment for the activity through donations from Phil Hutchins, Commerce Bank, Arning and Willis Insurance.

"A lot of people in Cassville are into hunting and archery," Ragsdale said. "This is something fun for the entire community."

Archery tag will be available for anyone to play by the hour on the soccer fields near the Aquatic Center. For more information, contact the YMCA or the Aquatic Center.

In addition, the Aquatic Center will be opening over Memorial Day.

Also this summer, the YMCA will continue to offer Summer Day Camp from May 27 to Aug. 8. Students coming out of kindergarten through sixth grades can be dropped off at 7 a.m. and picked up at 6 p.m. Campers will take two field trips each week to do things like fishing, horseback riding and canoeing.

"Summer camp offers the community a place for their kids to go on trips, explore the outdoors and be active," Ragsdale said.

Campers can attend the whole summer or by the week. The price in Cassville is $80 for YMCA members and $100 for non-members.

Another summer option for students would be the YMCA Camp Wakonda. The sleep-away camp offers campers the experience of using climbing towers, ropes course, archery and rifle range, and more. For more information, people may visit www.campwakonda.org.

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