The , located in Granby, still has openings for some great summer programming, from the traditional camping experience to some exciting new options, according to Michael Garcia, senior director of camping.
Traditional Summer Camps
There are a number of summer day camps at the Farmington Valley YMCA for children in grades pre-K through 8 starting June 18 and running through the end of August, according to Garcia.
The cost of each camp varies based on the duration and age-group of the child. A one-week session for kids entering kindergarten through 8th grade is $277, while the cost for a two-week session is $461. There is also a half-day camp for four to 6-year-olds for $170.
There are also tons of camp options at Camp Chase in Burlington, which is managed by the Farmington Valley YMCA, Garcia said. Those options are for kids all the way up to 11th grade, according to the website.
Transportation is included in the camp package, Garcia said and there are bus stops in, among other places, Burlington, Plainville, Simsbury, Avon, Canton and Granby. Click on the links above for more information.
Spanish Immersion Program
This is a new program that is intended to give kids a leg up on their Spanish studies, according to Garcia. It is designed to run in conjunction with the Granby school system’s World Languages program, which extended its offering of Spanish to students in the 5th and 6th grade.
The unique program is for students entering first through sixth grades, Garcia said, and it is staffed with four people from Spain.
“The kids will be immersed in the Spanish language and culture,” Garcia said. “It’s not a lesson or a classroom setting, though. Kids will learn by understanding what they are seeing and through the instruction. This will provide a great leg up for kids going into their fall classes. …
“There is no other camp that I know of like this in the Farmington Valley. That’s pretty exciting for us.”
There are two one-week sessions, one at Camp Chase in Burlington from Aug. 6 - 10 and one at Camp Farmington Valley in Granby from Aug. 13 - 17. The cost for one week of the camp is $295 per child, Garcia said.
After-Summer School Program
Camp Farmington Valley joined the Granby half-day summer school program to provide kids with somewhere to go after school lets out in the middle of the day, Garcia said.
“It’s a great connection with the ‘Y,’” Garcia said.
The idea is for the camp to work hand in hand with the summer school curriculum to prevent summer learning loss, according to Garcia.
For more information, contact Jennifer Miller, summer school director, at 860-844-3048 x6331.
Full-Day Gymnastics Camp
In the past, the Farmington Valley YMCA offered gymnastics clinics. This year, FV YMCA is offering a full-day (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.), six-week-long camp for kids ages five and up taught by fully licensed and accredited instructors, Garcia said.
For more information on any of the camps, contact Michael Garcia at 860-653-5524 or at email@example.com.