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Happenings at YMCA day camp

Posted on Tuesday, July 28, 2015 at 3:00 pm

YMCA Day Camp is currently being held at Louisiana Elementary School, and runs through Friday, Aug. 7 for children from all over Pike County.
Many important things have been happening in Day Camp this summer. One addition is summer lunches being provided by Operation Food Search in St. Louis and catered by Pike Pioneers in Louisiana. The meals have been great and really enjoyed by the children.
Other Day Camp activities have included arts and crafts, playing board games, Walking Club, making ice cream, tie-dying t-shirts, reading and library time, swimming, computers, gym time, and outside play.
Also, lessons have been taught by the Missouri Department of Conservation on trees, water pollution, soil tunnel, poster contest, snakes, germination & life cycle of plants. All campers made edible dirt. The campers took a trip to Hannibal to see the movie “Marshall, the Miracle Dog”. The movie was fantastic and it taught a great lesson about bullying.
Twin Pike Family YMCA Before and Afterschool Programs are getting ready to start with the school year in August. Children in the programs will be participating in academic and enrichment activities. Each child participates in a Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math (STEM) activity weekly.
These activities will be prepared and delivered by Cyndi Cerven at Bowling Green and Frankford; Rachel Turner at BONCL; Erin Tate at Clopton; and by Christina Hoskins at Louisiana.
Children will have the opportunity to complete homework with experienced help. Food and nutrition classes, daily exercise, computer/iPad time, reading and math activities, art and craft projects, games and choice times are all part of the weekly routine.
The Lay Family Foundation provides enrichment courses throughout the year. Last year’s activities include gardening, learning how to exercise using the different muscles in your body, Spanish classes, making healthy food choices, using newspapers in education, and camera and photography basics.
A new group of activities to be presented during the 2015-2016 school year are being reviewed at this time. A healthy snack is served each day after school and Transportation will be provided.  Hours of operation for the programs are as follows: Clopton 6:15-7:45 a.m. and 3-5 p.m.; Louisiana, 6:30- 7:30 a.m. and 3-5:30 p.m.; and BONCL, 6:45-8:15 a.m. and 3:15- 4:45 p.m.. Enrollment and applications can be picked up at Twin Pike Family YMCA or the local elementary schools.

An agent from the Missouri Department of Conservation captivates his Day Camp audience.

An agent from the Missouri Department of Conservation captivates his Day Camp audience.