YMCA extends opportunities to children of military service members

April 24, 2019 Jonny Eberle Comments (0)

This summer, the Armed Services YMCA is partnering with YMCA Camp Seymour and YMCA Camp Lake Helena to provide low-cost overnight camp and day camp opportunities for 120 children of enlisted service members in Pierce and Kitsap Counties.

Washington state is home to the seventh largest military population in the nation, with over 45,000 active duty personnel. The Y has a long history of serving members of the military and their families going back over 150 years.

"At camp, kids are in a welcoming environment where they can belong; they build relationships, developing character and discovering their potential," said YMCA Camp Seymour’s Executive Director, Scott Jackson.

Active duty, full-time National Guard, and Reserve servicemembers stationed in Western Washington in ranks E-1 through E-5 are eligible to apply for a week of Summer Day Camp at YMCA Camp Lake Helena or a week of Overnight Camp at YMCA Camp Seymour at a subsidized rate. Funding for this program is provided by the Armed Services YMCA, and the YMCA of Pierce and Kitsap Counties  Annual Campaign.

YMCA camp programs offer youth fun and unique experiences with an opportunity to explore the outdoors, meet new friends, discover new interests and create memories that last a lifetime. Military children move six to nine times during their school career, making summer camp a significant opportunity and safe space where lifelong friendships can blossom.

For more information about the military campership opportunities, please visit https://www.campseymour.org/programs/military-camperships/ or call 253-884-3392.

About the Y

The Y is the nation’s leading nonprofit committed to strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. We provide $4.2 million in financial assistance and program subsidy annually, enabling 42,000 people in need to access YMCA programs. The Y has been enriching Pierce and Kitsap communities for 125 years.

About the Armed Services YMCA

The Armed Services YMCA is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit that serves active duty military members and their families. In 2017, we registered more than 250,000 participants and delivered more than 1.3 million points of services to junior enlisted Soldiers, Marines, Sailors, Airmen, Coast Guardsmen and family members at 200 service centers in 18 states. Whether providing respite child care for parents in need, summer camps for kids, or assisting with emergency needs, the Armed Services YMCA is a nonprofit with a mission: Strengthening Our Military Family. Visit our website to see how you can join us in supporting military families.

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