YMCA camps

Brian Johnson/AFN Chase and Ella Flores were pretty good at dodging during a game of dodgeball at the Ahwatukee Foothills YMCA on Wednesday. The Flores siblings and others were enrolled in Winter Wonderland's "Character Camp" that offered craft-making, cooking baking, action games like dodgeball and more. Dec. 22, 2010

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From swimming lessons to all-day camps and even camps for teens, the Ahwatukee Foothills Family YMCA has a program to fit just about any need this summer.

The Y has three main camps for kids. The first option is a full-day camp that goes from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The camp, designed for ages 5 to 11, will have a different theme for each of the 10 weeks from May 28 to Aug. 3. Kids will take part in field trips, arts and crafts, swimming and more.

For parents who want their kids to stay active during the summer but don’t want them to be gone all day, the Y has a part-day camp called Summer Adventures. The part-day camp will be Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The camp will be for seven weeks, each with a different theme including Color Wars, Amazing Race, Food Revolution and Wonders of Science, just to name a few.

Summer Adventures will focus on teaching kids team building and the YMCA’s four core values: caring, honesty, respect and responsibility.

For older campers, incoming sixth- through eighth-graders, there’s Movin’ On Teens Camp. The camp is available three or five days a week and will focus on keeping kids active through field trips. Teens will enjoy trips to Sunsplash, movies, Airworxs, laser tag, rock climbing, Diamondback’s games, bowling, swimming and more.

Each summer the YMCA also encourages parents to take part in its swimming lessons or free water safety courses.

“Last year in Arizona we had 181 water-related incidents and 49 of them ended in fatality,” said Connie Nelson-Askew, executive director of the Ahwatukee Foothills branch. “We’re really trying to emphasize to people to come in and take swim lessons.”

To introduce families to water safety the YMCA has a “Splash” Program to help children and parents learn basic swimming and water safety practices. There is no cost to attend, but the YMCA does ask that those interested pre-register for the event.

The classes will take place April 11 and April 18 at 5 p.m., 5:45 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. For more information on the classes, call (480) 759-6762.

Besides full-day and part-day camps the YMCA also has indoor sports, swimming and many other activities going on throughout the summer.

For additional offerings, schedules and prices, visit www.valleyymca.org, call (480) 759-6762 or stop in at 1030 E. Liberty Lane.

• Contact writer: (480) 898-7914 or ahurtado@ahwatukee.com

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