Sunscreen. A water bottle. Extra socks. A waterproof jacket. Comfortable shoes. Swimming gear. These are just some of the usual items that we're sure come to your mind when thinking about what your child needs before heading to a YMCA day or overnight camp this summer. But what about all of those other valuable items that can't be found on any packing list and are often forgotten?
Not sure what we’re talking about? Here are three items on our Unofficial Packing List that will make your child's camp experience extra special.
An adventurous spirit
At many of our camps, kids can test their archery skills, navigate the exciting low and high ropes courses or sail the waters of Howe Sound. There is no shortage of opportunities at YMCA camps for participants to expand their horizons and step out of their comfort zone. So even though some activities or programs may be a bit more challenging or new, if your child keeps an open mind and brings an adventurous spirit, we have no doubt that by the end of their camp experience, they will have developed a wealth of valuable skills, grown as a leader and accumulated many wonderful memories. We're sure they will be telling you and the rest of your family about it for a long time.
Willingness to meet new people
There’s no better place than camp to not only strengthen old friendships, but create new ones too. With lots of opportunity each day to interact with other kids and participate in activities that relate to their interests, it’s easy to see why kids leave their camp experience having formed new bonds. Make sure you remind your child to take time on day one of camp to say "hello" to their fellow campers and get to know them.
Love for the outdoors
Regardless of the camp you choose for your child this summer, the Y knows the importance of giving them as much time as possible to be engaged in activities that take place outside. Ensuring your child connects with Mother Nature is a big focus of our camp programming. So whether it’s going on a hike, spending an afternoon kayaking, heading outside to play sports and games or working on their balance and cardio while paddle boarding, we encourage all campers to pack their love for the outdoors—they’ll be so glad they did!
Day Camp locations (ages 5 to 12 years*):
*Children must be turning six years old by December 31, 2019 to participate in these YMCA day camps.
The First Tee Golf Day Camp (ages 6 to 12 years)
Overnight Camps for boys and girls (@ YMCA Camp Elphinstone on B.C.'s Sunshine Coast)