By Sarah Cormier
Macomb County Executive Office
The words “day camp” and “YMCA” are practically synonymous with one another. The YMCA has always had a reputation for providing a fun, safe learning environment for local youth that started over 125 years ago and continues on today.
I talked with Brian Frawley, community program director of the Macomb Family YMCA, to find out more about the day camp.
I learned that the Macomb Family YMCA Summer Day Camp program is a state licensed traditional day camp with a wide variety of activities. In addition to YMCA onsite fun, the day camp also allows for one large event each week which could be a field trip (Tigers game, zoo, orchard) or a special event like a juggler or presentation.
“Our campers participate in programs involving sports, swimming, arts and character development,” he said. “Character development is an intentional effort to teach honesty, caring, respect and responsibility in a fun way in our summer program.”
Frawley said what makes the YMCA day camp unique compared to others is the staff and the amount of training they must undergo before working with campers. He said staff is trained for 40 hours before they partake in the program. They must also undergo background checks, are drug tested, first aid- and CPR-certified and over the age of 18. Because the YMCA is licensed, there is also a low camper-to-staff ratio.
“This allows our staff to make a difference in young children’s lives every day,” said Frawley.
For more information on the YMCA’s day, overnight and school break camps, visit http://ymcadetroit.org/macomb/.