YMCA offers summer program for youth

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BENNINGTON — The Berkshire Family YMCA is offering a summer youth program for children in partnership with the town of Bennington. Based at Willow Park, this summer program is for children entering grade 1, through age 12.

The Green Mountain Summer Youth Program offers curriculum in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math). Games with gross motors will be offered, as well as exploring and creating with the arts. Y staff will provide hands-on lessons focusing on science experiments creating volcanoes, galaxies in a bottle, Legos and tower building with environmental resources. Program participants will take bus transportation to swim each week.

"Our Summer Youth Program provides a safe place for kids where they will make new friendships, develop decision-making and problem-solving skills, learn about team building and much more," the Y said in a media release. "We provide parents with an affordable option that also gives them peace of mind knowing that their children are safe, having fun and learning new lifelong skills. We are committed to recruiting and developing an outstanding group of counselors and directors that are dedicated to providing the best possible summer experience." The staff participates in extensive training, and the lifeguards are certified, the Y said.

Program dates: Monday, June 29 - Friday, Aug. 21

Participants: Open to Vermont residents entering grade 1 through age 12

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Location: Lower Willow Park, Bennington

Cost: $90 per youth per week. Must be paid prior to the start of each camp week reserved.

Before and after camp care: No cost. Must pre-register before 7:30 - 9 a.m. or after 4 - 5:30 p.m.

Contact: Kayla Becker, kbecker@bfymca.org, and Taylor Haynes, thaynes@bfymca.org. The Rec Center can be reached at 802-442-1053.

Spaces are limited. To register, or for more information, visit www.bfymca.org and click on Camp & Summer Programs.


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