By NICHOLAS SAKELARIS | CoServ
Sometimes, kids just need to be kids, which means getting muddy, canoeing on the lake and ziplining through the trees on a beautiful summer day.
Weekly YMCA summer camps are back at Collin County Adventure Camp and Camp on the Lake.
“Camp on the Lake was definitely the highlight of the summer for my kids,” said Jason Brown, a former CoServ member and current Flower Mound resident. “During the challenges of Covid-19, Camp on the Lake provided the distraction, fun and interaction they needed.”
The CoServ Charitable Foundation is a longtime partner of the YMCA. Over the years CCF has awarded more than $103,500 to the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas – Cross Timbers and YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas – Frisco.
CCF’s support of these camps ensures that the YMCA never has to turn families away that can’t pay the full tuition for their children to attend.
“The partnership we’ve established with YMCA helps kids to opens their eyes to new interests and skills that they may not have discovered,” said Jessica Craft, CCF & Outreach Coordinator.
Collin County Adventure Camp offers day and overnight camps on 430 acres in Anna. Both offer activities like canoeing, archery, swimming, and ziplining for children 5 to 13 years old. Those that stay overnight (Jamboree) get to take place in night-time activities like stargazing.
“With COVID- 19, being stuck in their house a lot, it’s going to be even more impactful to get outside and play and act like a kid and have a good time,” said Amy Massingill, Associate Executive Director for Collin County Adventure Camp. “We have a lot of kids who stay with our camp throughout their whole lives. They started as 5- or 6-year-olds and now they work here. That’s very rewarding for us.”
Camp on the Lake is located on the shores of Lake Lewisville and offers many of the same activities as Adventure Camp, only in an all-day setting. Camp Director Michael Wright said not all children do well spending a week away from their parents so the day camp allows them to still go home every night.
“Parents love that it’s an outdoor experience where kids can be kids and they’re not looking at a screen,” Michael said.
Both camps offer bus service from multiple YMCA locations so parents can drop children off on their way to work. And both also offer training programs for teenagers (14 through 17 years old) who want to work as camp counselors there when they turn 18.
CoServ is able to support organizations like the YMCA thanks to our Members and Customers who round up their bills as part of Operation Roundup.