Providing Unique Experiences to Grow

Camp is a powerful experience that can strengthen the values that parents are teaching daily. Whether it’s through arts & crafts or swimming, field trips, sports or adventure activities, Y camps have allowed kids to be kids and stay safe during school breaks for the summer and holidays.

Every summer, YMCA Camp Twin Lakes has the opportunity and the responsibility to provide a unique outdoor experience for over 2,000 children.  During this one week adventure, there are several goals and desired outcomes for each participant.

Goals for campers

  • Grow in the 5 core values of caring, honesty, respect, responsibility and faith

    Campers will be faced with challenges throughout the week and they will have the opportunity to display the 5 core values.  During the program debriefs and cabin chats, there will be focused discussions on the importance of these character traits.  Verbal recognition will be made when campers display one of these values, so others can recognize their growth in this area.

  • Grow in the ability to make good, independent decisions

    For many campers, this will be their first time away from home.  Most children are very limited in their ability to make their own decisions, as their parents, teachers and coaches do most of the decision making.  During their week at camp, participants will make decisions about their schedule, their involvement in keeping a clean cabin, when to take a shower and what to eat.  We have an amazing opportunity to guide their decision making process and give them tools to make good decisions.

  • Create life-long friendships

    Camp presents a wonderful opportunity to create new friendships that can last a life time.  Camp staff must be intentional in creating friend-making activities and times throughout the week.

  • Gain/grow an appreciation for nature and the out-of-doors

    Campers will live in the outdoors and nature for one week.  During this time, they will participate in programs such as nature, hiking, swimming and astronomy in the outdoors.  Each of these program guides will have an opportunity to whet the appetite of campers, and give them a chance to explore further.