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SMYRNA – Daily cmping at the Y is an experience of a lifetime for children. Registration is now open for day camp, which begins June 25.

Exploring nature, gaining new experiences and making new friends are just some of the benefits of participating in day camp. As summer fast approaches, Camp Thompson reminds parents that camping is a unique and invaluable experience for children and teens.

“Getting a summer break from learning in school doesn’t mean that kids should not spend the summer leaning outside the classroom,” says Stacey Kline, Camp Director. “At day camp, campers learn how to be responsible and resourceful, work in groups, solve problems and make decisions that will help them grow as individuals – all while having fun.”

As a leading nonprofit committed to strengthening community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, the Y works to help children and teens discover their full potential by providing opportunities to learn and grow. According to camping experts at Camp Thompson, there are five reasons why kids should experience summer camp:

FOR ADVENTURE: Summer camp is all about fun adventures in the outdoors. YMCA camps have a new adventure for every child and teen. Visit for details.

FOR NEW EXPERIENCES: Day camps are about learning outside of school, exploring and appreciating the outdoors, developing new skills, making friends and showing leadership.

FOR PERSONAL GROWTH: While being away from the routine back home, youth have a chance to develop confidence and independence by taking on new responsibilities and challenges.

FOR NEW FRIENDSHIPS: Amidst the fun of camp games, songs, swimming, canoeing, hiking, and bicycling, campers meet new friends.

FOR MEMORIES: Summer camp is an unforgettable experience that will give each camper memories that will last a lifetime.

Camp Thompson provides exciting and educational camp programming for children and teens.

To ensure that every child and teen has the chance to go to camp, Camp Thompson offers financial assistance to those in need.

To learn more about camp opportunities, visit or contact the YMCA at 336-YMCA.

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