The Community YMCA Encourages Parents to Sign Up Kids for Summer Camp

Shrewsbury, NJ – This summer, The Community YMCA is offering kids their best summer ever through enriching activities and learning experiences to help them get more out of the summer break – more learning, more exploration and more achievement.

From arts to archery and canoeing to cannonballs, “our programs center on three areas proven to impact kids’ development: friendship, accomplishment and belonging,” said The Community YMCA President and CEO Rhonda Anderson.

Working with SEER Analytics to find out how camp benefits kids, the Y recently surveyed nearly 30,000 parents and caregivers with kids enrolled in camp at nearly 190 Y associations nationwide. Ninety-two percent of parents/caregivers said they agreed the Y’s day camp program helped kids make new friends. In addition, 83 percent said they agreed the program helped their kids discover what they can achieve, while 87 percent agreed their child felt a sense of belonging at their Y camp.

“At the Y, we know that when kids are given an opportunity to accomplish new skills, make friends and feel like they belong, they are comfortable expressing individuality and feel more confident, connected and supported,” Anderson said. “We are focusing on these youth development areas to ensure that kids in our day camp programs go home with so much excitement for all they’ve enjoyed and accomplished, that they can’t wait to come back the next day.”

Y day camp activities help kids grow socially, emotionally, cognitively and physically, Anderson said. This year, The Community YMCA camps will have a greater focus on reading and storytelling to help prevent learning loss that often happens during the summer months, particularly among children from low-income families.

“The Community YMCA is committed to closing the Achievement Gap and helping all children learn, grow and thrive at summer camp and throughout the year,” Anderson said, adding that as a charitable organization, the Y provides financial assistance to families in need.

The Community YMCA offers a variety of camp experiences for children ages 2 ½ to 15 at four locations in Monmouth County: Camp Arrowhead, Marlboro; Camp Zehnder, Wall; Children’s Achievement Center, Matawan; and the Family Health and Wellness Center in Red Bank.

Families who enroll by March 31, will receive 10% savings on one week of camp.

To learn more about The Community YMCA day camp programs, call 732.671.5505, visit, or stop by an upcoming open house at Camp Zehnder March 7 or Camp Arrowhead March 14.