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YMCA summer camps prepared for full return for kids

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WAUSAU, Wis. (WAOW) — Summer is right around the corner and the staff at Woodson YMCA are encouraging parents to begin the enrollment process for summer camps now.

According to YMCA Camp & Youth Sports Director Sammy Johnson, enrollment is already starting to fill up for camps.

They run for 12 weeks starting on Monday, June 7 and going until Friday, August 26.

There are roughly around 250 kids that are usually participants. The Y will limit group sizes and implement social distancing and other safety protocols this year, in accordance with statewide health recommendations.

A variety of camps including afternoon, full day, and a few others will take place. The Woodson YMCA's Camp Sturtevant is a site where camps are held and many previously canceled activities will be brought back this year.

"It's great for them to come back into a setting where they can learn both in nature and with other small groups of kids, as well to create new friendships and have challenging experiences," Johnson said. "Ultimately a fun, safe healthy experience."

Notable challenges that the COVID-19 pandemic has brought to many families is related to finances.

Planning summer camps for kids also comes with planning out payments to cover costs associated with a camp of choice.

The YMCA will be offering a scholarship program to help cover costs.

In addition to that, more funding opportunities are available this year as we still continue to navigate through any pandemic related hardships.

"The state has approved more funds for both the Good Start grant and the Wisconsin Shares program to provide kids an opportunity for childcare at a subsidized rate," Johnson said.

Learn more about the camps and financial assistance opportunities by clicking here.

Rashad Williams

News 9 Reporter

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