By Fostering Healthy Futures
Summer is exciting for kids. It means playing outside until dark, eating popsicles, swimming, mud puddles and no school. However, summer can be stressful for parents because children transition from well-structured days at school to an unstructured routine of summer. For children with emotional and behavioral difficulties, this can also mean an increase in conflicts with siblings and peers and testing of parental limits. Many parents value the structure and stimulation of summer camps, but often financial barriers are too much in a difficult economy. This can be especially true for foster parents and relatives providing kinship care for extended family members.
Thanks to the wonderful generosity of the YMCA of Metropolitan Denver, 20 children who participated in or had a sibling enrolled in the Fostering Healthy Futures program at The Kempe Center received scholarships to attend three weeks of YMCA camp at no cost. These children will participate in fun-filled days of enriching, adult-lead, age-appropriate activities and field trips. YMCA Summer Camps are located at each of the Denver YMCA centers but also strategically placed in schools and community centers to allow youth to attend camps with peers and within their own communities.
At graduation, Fostering Healthy Future participants were asked, “What are you looking forward to this summer?” Many reported they were “so excited to attend YMCA camps!” and that they “get to go to camp for the first time in my life!”
Thank you YMCA for your generosity!