YMCA Camps offer children and youth the opportunity to improve physical literacy skills through YMCA Healthy Child Development. Designed to spark their imagination, build confidence, independence and communication skills, camps include international activities, games, hands on learning, skill development, crafts, swimming, and more. Campers will be motivated to earn Value Beads throughout their week in camp by practicing the YMCA core values of Caring, Honesty, Respect, Responsibility, Diversity and Social Inclusion.
“This partnership was generously supported by the Al Shamal Shriners,” says Nick Parkinson, President and CEO of The YMCA of Northern Alberta. “The Shriners are dedicated to helping children affected by illness and serious injury, and have committed enough funds to send 50 kids from Ronald McDonald House to a YMCA Summer Camp this summer.”
Throughout the summer, families with children staying at, or affiliated with, the Ronald McDonald House will be able to attend the many camp programs offered by the YMCA. This experience provides children living in stressful medical situations the opportunity to be a kid, just like any other kid. It also provides parents the ability to have their children experience some normalcy. Children undergoing treatment and their siblings are invited to participate in the program.