YMCA of Central Ohio

Give the Gift of Camp

Anyone who registers for Camp prior to December 15 will receive a YMCA Camp Willson hoodie sweatshirt or camp blanket. Not giving Camp to your kids, but making it a surprise present for grandkids, nieces and nephews, friends, or another child in your life? GREAT! Let us know by either enclosing a note with your registration, or calling the office, and we will keep your secret and mail your extra gift wherever you’d like. Check our our Summer 2014 Camps here.

Here is what you get by registering prior to December 15:

  • $25 off of your registration!  Pay only your $75 deposit now, and you can either be billed later for the balance, or break things up into monthly payments.
  • A YMCA Camp Willson hoodie sweatshirt or camp blanket for your Gift of Camp recipient!
  • A holiday card and note from Camp.
  • A gift bag for everything.

Visit our registration page to get started, save money on sending your little loved one to Camp and get a ton of great stuff! What are you waiting for?

Top 10 Reasons to Give the Gift of Camp

Camp is truly a life-changing experience — one that provides a lifetime of memories, and develops real life skills needed to be a leader in today’s changing world. For many families, camp is already a holiday tradition. For those families who haven’t considered camp yet this season, the American Camp Association® (ACA) lists the top ten reasons to give the gift of camp:

10. Gift-wrapping a pony has never been easy. Trust us, we’ve tried.

9. Aunt Maude’s fruitcake is still on the top shelf of the pantry.

8. According to research from The Children’s Mutual, 41 percent of toys and presents given during the December holidays are broken by March.

7. No waiting in line! The average American spends 25 percent of holiday shopping time in line.

6. No assembly or batteries required.

5. Camp helps boost confidence! According to ACA research, 92 percent of campers reported that camp helped them feel better about themselves.

4. First-hand experiences with nature! From insects to vegetation and woodland critters to fish, the camp experience surrounds children with nature and develops a hands-on appreciation for the environment and the natural world.

3. Friends come in all shapes and sizes, and from all different backgrounds. ACA research indicates that 96 percent of campers made new friends, and 93 percent of campers met people that were different from them. The camp experience helps develop authentic friendships and a sense of community, while making children more aware of the world around them.

2. Camp helps stem summer learning loss. According to the National Summer Learning Association, most children experience some degree of learning loss in the summer months. Research has shown that participation in an experiential education program, like camp, has a positive effect on children while helping to stem learning loss.

1. Camp is FUN!


Elaine Thompson

.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)