Kevin Morrison is a camp director at the YMAC’s summer camps which are going on now. (DHI Media/Jim Langham)
Kevin Morrison is a camp director at the YMAC’s summer camps which are going on now. (DHI Media/Jim Langham)

VAN WERT – Summer day camps are currently underway at Camp Clay and will continue through Aug. 7. Camp director Kevin Morrison noted that the camp is considered to be, “safe, affordable and a fun day camp for elementary children, ages 6-14.”

“From sports camps to the arts, we offer a broad assortment of themes to spark your child’s interest, excitement and creativity in an atmosphere that reinforces the values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility,” said Morrison. “We offer appropriate activities in indoor and outdoor settings designed to keep kids active, engaged and from fun.”

The cost is $90 per week for YMCA members and $130 a week for potential members. The camp takes place at Camp Clay, located at 9196 Liberty Union Road and goes from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Campers must be pre-registered by Wednesday of the previous week to guarantee a spot.

“The goal of the camp is to build character, physical skill development and relationship development,” said Morrison. “We are especially trying to instill the core values of the YMCA.”

Morrison noted that there is a complete emphasis on following all the guidelines pertaining to the COVID-19 virus including frequent handwashing and sanitizing of high traffic areas, respect for distancing, kids staying in one group per week and one counselor staying with the group throughout the week.

“There will be temperature checks when the kids arrive at the camp and when they are picked up,” said Morrison.

Each day begins with a morning opening and an end of day reflection. In addition, there will be a core value of each day and a discussion of how that core value can be used in a positive way.

There will be a different theme for each week. They include June 29-July 3, Star Wars; July 6-10, Prehistoric Dinosaurs; July 13-17, Build it Week; July 20-24, 3,2,1, Blast Off Week; July 27-31, Wacko Science Week, and Aug. 3-7, Splash Week.

Morrison noted that “Wacko Science Week” will be filled with exciting camp-style experiments and exploration.

“Splash Week will be wild week of fun in a perfect way to get outdoors and meet new friends,” said Morrison. “We will get to enjoy different water activities each day and visit some local water attractions.”

For those who may need a little extra time to pick up their campers, they can stay until 5:15 p.m. each day for an extra $20 per week.

For more information, contact Kevin Morrison at 419-238-0443 or Corey Clifton at 419-238-0443.